1. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  2. Candlelight Vigil Marks Elvis Presley’s Death in Memphis

    August 16, 2014 10:37 AM EDT The scene is repeated each year on the anniversary of Presley’s death. Holding flickering candles, fans of Elvis Presley made a slow, nighttime walk past his gravesite at Graceland on Friday, marking the anniversary of his death 37 years ago. Fans strolled quietly through the Mediation Garden…

  3. Check Out Selena Gomez's Sad Face in Trailer for 'Rudderless'

    August 15, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Selena Gomez is a long way from Monte Carlo in a new trailer for Rudderless. The drama, directed by William H. Macy, centers on a man (Billy Crudup) who uses the songs his son wrote to cope with the teenager's tragic death. Gomez plays the son's girlfriend, and she'll…

  4. Gregg Allman Movie Production Company Cited Over On-Set Death

    August 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Federal safety officials have cited the production company formed to make a film about rock singer Gregg Allman for exposing its workers to grave risk, according to  Reuters . Back in February, camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was killed and eight other crew members were injured…

  5. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

  6. J. Cole Releases Heartrending Michael Brown Tribute 'Be Free'

    August 15, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “All we want to do is take the chains off. All we want to do is be free.” J. Cole  has responded to the tragic death of Michael Brown with a gut-wrenching new song. Over a somber, key-based beat, Cole pleas for peace and equality in light of Brown’s death and the protests in Ferguson, Mo.…

  7. Tomorrow's Hits: Kim Cesarion, Like a Storm & Sonia Leigh

    August 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Kim Cesarion With its daring pick-up line "I'll cover your body with my autograph," Kim Cesarion 's "Undressed" …

  8. 'American Idol' Alum Josh Gracin, Feared to Have Committed Suicide, Is Alive

    August 15, 2014 3:21 AM EDT In an increasingly disturbing trend, another American Idol alum was thought to have died unexpectedly, until police found the former contestant alive, if not so well. Josh Gracin , who competed on season two of the Fox show, left a disturbing note on his Facebook page on Aug. 14 (screen…

  9. Broadway to Dim Lights for Lauren Bacall

    August 15, 2014 3:08 AM EDT The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7:45 p.m. for one minute, in honor of the stage and screen actress who died on Tuesday at age 89. Lauren Bacall's illustrious career includes two Tony Awards for best actress in a musical: in 1970 for Applause , the…

  10. Casey Kasem to Be Buried in Norway

    August 14, 2014 11:36 PM EDT The body of DJ Casey Kasem , who died June 15 in Gig Harbor, Washington, is headed to Oslo, Norway, according to a report in the Norwegian newspaper VG, which was confirmed by Logan Clarke , a private investigator for Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem . He told The Hollywood Reporter, "…

  11. Jason Aldean & More Country Stars Top Hot Tours

    August 14, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Blake Shelton & Rascal Flatts round out the top 3. Country music dominates the first three slots on the weekly slate of Hot Tours based on ticket sales reported from summer treks by Jason Aldean , Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts . The country headliners are all on the road in North…

  12. Robin Williams Had 'Early Stages of Parkinson's Disease,' Wife Says

    August 14, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Susan Schneider discloses that her husband had not yet made a public statement about the diagnosis. Susan Schneider , the wife of Robin Williams , has disclosed that her late husband was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death earlier this week. Schneider…

  13. Rewinding The Charts: In 1965, Sonny & Cher 'Got' To No. 1

    August 14, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The couple's signature ode to devotional love topped the Hot 100 on Aug. 14, 1965 Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" may have been their debut hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but it wasn't the first time they were heard on smash singles. Sonny Bono was working for…

  14. Chris Walla Leaves Death Cab For Cutie

    August 13, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Meanwhile, the band's follow-up to 2011's "Codes & Keys" is now slated for early 2015. Death Cab For Cutie's founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer, Chris Walla, will quit the long-running indie rock group following the remaining dates on their summer festival…

  15. Frances Bean Cobain Tweets Support to Robin Williams' Daughter

    August 13, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Frances Bean Cobain tweeted a message of support to Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda.  One day after Williams' suspected suicide , Zelda Williams tweeted a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince , along with the message, "I love you. I miss you. I'll…

  16. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  17. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

  18. Lauren Bacall's Death: Stars React

    August 13, 2014 1:39 AM EDT As news broke that Hollywood great Lauren Bacall had died at the age of 89, an outpouring of condolence and respect came from the music world via electronic media.  Legendary singer and actor Barbra Streisand spoke of her shock at losing her “wise and loving friend” so soon after the…

  19. Lauren Bacall Dies: Her Top 5 Pop Song References

    August 12, 2014 10:26 PM EDT With Lauren Bacall's death Tuesday, she leaves behind a pop culture legacy spanning film and the stage, and even into pop music, with an influence marked in numerous hit song lyrics. From Madonna to Bon Jovi to The Clash, here are music's top five Bacall references.  5 "Just…

  20. Robin Williams' Kids on Dad's Death: 'The World Got a Little Grayer'

    August 12, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Zak, Zelda & Cody, along with their mom and Williams' ex-wife, release personal statements. As fans continue to process the news of Robin Williams' death , those closest to him are also trying to put their grief into words. On Tuesday, a day after Williams was found dead at age…

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