1. Diddy to Obama on Ferguson: 'Get on a Plane -- It's Serious'

    August 19, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the nation has watched the situation in Ferguson, Mo., continue to deteriorate as tensions boil between the police and protesters. While watching coverage of Ferguson on TV last night, Diddy took to Instagram to deliver a video message to…

  2. 'Midnight Rider' Executive Producer Pleads Not Guilty to Sarah Jones Manslaughter Charge

    August 19, 2014 4:56 AM EDT Midnight Rider executive producer and production manager Jay Sedrish has waived his right for an arraignment and asked the court to enter a not guilty plea to criminal charges in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones . Sedrish, director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin were charged…

  3. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  4. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  5. Aphex Twin Reveals New Album 'Syro' Via Underground Internet

    August 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT So that's what that blimp was about. Two days after flying an enigmatic blimp over London , Aphex Twin revealed he's releasing his first new album in 13 years, entitled Syro . Richard D. James made the announcement via Tor, a sort of underground Internet that protects users'…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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" …

  13. '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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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, "…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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