1. Diplo's Lawyer Joins Manatt, Phelps & Phillips As Firm Looks to Expand EDM Business

    September 02, 2014 4:32 PM EDT Attorney David Rappaport , whose clients include Diplo and Mad Decent, Phantogram , Cold War Kids and Dirty Projectors , among others, has joined the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the New York office. He will also oversee the Manatt’s music transactional practice.…

  2. Usher Reveals 'The UR Experience' Tour Dates

    September 02, 2014 2:48 PM EDT After teasing fans with eight dates from his upcoming The Ur Experience tour last week, Aug. 25, Usher reveals the full list of cities he'll be stopping through this fall. The UR Experience will kick off in Montreal, Quebec on Nov. 1 and close in Tampa, FL. on Dec. 14. The 27-city tour…

  3. TV on the Radio Drops New Song, Shares Tour Dates & 'Seeds' Release Date

    September 02, 2014 2:34 PM EDT New TV on the Radio music is finally here. The New York-based whiz kids have shared the official lyric video for a new song called “Happy Idiot,” which comes from their forthcoming studio album Seeds . Good news: The frothy, cotton candy theme of the Seeds trailer they teased in July is back!…

  4. Run the Jewels Reveal 'RTJ2' Album Art, Track List & Tour Dates

    September 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Run the Jewels , the collaborative project of Killer Mike and El-P , just revealed the cover art (above) and track list (below) for their second album, RTJ2, as well as a slew of tour dates behind the album. After hitting more than 30 North American cities this fall, the duo will play several…

  5. Exiting BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth Looks Back, Forward in Final Keynote

    September 02, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Yesterday, British trade body BPI held its annual general meeting, attended by Damon Albarn, representatives from the government and the BBC, and many, many members of the U.K. music industry. The day was a special occasion for BPI and BRIT Awards chairman Tony Wadsworth , who delivered the…

  6. Beyonce! Bruce Springsteen! Miley Cyrus! Check Out Some of the Coolest College Courses

    September 02, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Now that summer is over, it's time for school and between History 101 and English 300, several institutions of higher learning are offering courses on some of the country’s most influential artists. (We're looking at you, Beyonce!) We scoured the Internet and came up with our…

  7. 'Pancake Mountain,' Kid-Friendly and Music-Centric Series, Returns with New Season of (Weird) Programming

    September 02, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The series, co-conceptualized by punk demigod Ian Mackaye and ressurected thanks to the patronage of 'Star Wars' director J.J. Abrams, returns today. Katy Perry 's slightly scantily-clad performance on Sesame Street may not have flown with Big Bird -- or parents -- but the…

  8. Maroon 5 Announces 2015 World Tour

    September 02, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Maroon 5  doesn't waste any time: Their fifth studio album,  V , dropped Tuesday (Sept. 2), and they've already announed a world tour. Produced by Live Nation, the Maroon 5 World Tour 2015 will kick off at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Feb. 16, 2015. Magic! will join the…

  9. Led Zeppelin Makes Fashion Statement With Paul Smith Scarf Range

    September 01, 2014 11:35 PM EDT Want to wear a piece of Led Zeppelin ? That’s about to become a reality thanks to a partnership with British designer Paul Smith , who is developing a range of scarves inspired by the legendary rock group’s album covers.  According to the Independent , a series of six limited-edition Led Zep…

  10. Britney Spears Addresses Boyfriend Split On Stage at Las Vegas Show

    September 01, 2014 3:33 PM EDT Britney Spears also brought Perez Hilton onto the stage during the Aug. 31 show. Britney Spears reportedly took a moment during her Piece Of Me residency show at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood to address her recent split with boyfriend David Lucado. Britney Spears is Single Again, Confirmed by…

  11. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  12. Royal Blood, Lilly Wood Top U.K. Charts

    September 01, 2014 4:04 AM EDT English rock duo Royal Blood sold nearly 66,000 units to debut atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 31) with their self-titled Warner Bros./Warner Music album. French-Israeli duo Lilly Wood entered the singles chart at No. 1 with German DJ-producer Robin Schulz’s remix of their 2010…

  13. Kate Bush Sets U.K. Chart Record

    September 01, 2014 3:02 AM EDT Kate Bush has chalked up another record by becoming the first female in history to land eight albums simultaneously in the top 40 of the U.K’s Official Albums Chart. In the new list published Sunday, the revered English singer has two albums in the top 10 (The Whole Story at No. 6, Hounds of…

  14. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  15. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  16. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  17. Bertelsmann Reports First Half Profits, Sets Sights and Pins Hopes on Chinese Entrance

    August 29, 2014 10:27 AM EDT The German media group Bertelsmann has high hopes for investments in the Chinese music market, and optimism fueled by the successes of its music publishing division the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). At the presentation of Bertelsmann's half-year financial results in Berlin, chairman and…

  18. Britney Spears is Single Again, Confirmed by Rep

    August 28, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Following a tweet from Britney Spears this afternoon declaring, "Ahhhh the single life!" Spears' publicist has confirmed the "Perfume" singer and Las Vegas starlet has split with boyfriend David Lucado. "Yes, she's single," he said.   Britney Spears…

  19. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  20. SeatGeek Raises $35 Million From Accel Partners, Nas, Manning Brothers

    August 28, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Concert ticket search engine SeatGeek announced on Thursday that it has raised $35 million in a series B round of funding led by Accel Partners. Other investors in the round include rapper Nas , NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and Causeway Media Partners, a sports investment fund led…

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