1. From Alicia Keys to Fall Out Boy, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 19, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Alicia Keys "We Are Here" RCA Records Never mind the simplistic chord progressions: A pregnant Keys ' latest move to effect social change through song would hit if it weren't such an overwrought exercise in cliche. The midtempo cut attempts to unify, but its earnestness…

  2. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in Augustin Miami…

  3. Chris Brown Returns to Top 10 on Social 50 Chart After Two Years

    September 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT On the Social 50 chart, Chris Brown continues his rise on the tally, climbing 22-10 to reach the chart’s top 10 for the first time since July 2012. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart'…

  4. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  5. Check out Slipknot's New Masks & New Album Rumors

    September 18, 2014 3:52 PM EDT New album '5: The Gray Chapter' will feature a new drummer and bassist; who are these masked men? As they prep their first studio album since 2008, Slipknot have hinted at more details surrounding the forthcoming 5: The Gray Chapter . The Iowa-based metal veterans just shared a…

  6. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Leads To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The band rewrites the record for the most No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Linkin Park, Kenny Chesney, MercyMe & more 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…

  7. Exclusive: Aloe Blacc, Foster The People Lead Lineup For 'Culinary Beats' Season 2

    September 05, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Aloe Blacc , Alex & Sierra , Magic Man , Ella Henderson , Walk Off The Earth and Foster The People are indulging their kitchen ambitions as the stars of Culinary Beats , a six-part web series that returns for its second season toady (Sept. 5) on Yahoo! Screen and Citibank’s YouTube…

  8. Arcade Fire, Wiz Khalifa and More Look to Groupon, LivingSocial to Sell Concert Tickets

    September 05, 2014 12:07 PM EDT Websites like Groupon have become the go-to place for folks looking for that half-off deal on a manicure, a two-for-one offer for a fancy dinner or that all-inclusive trip that won't break the bank. But increasingly, it's also becoming the place for music fans to scoop up deep…

  9. Pretty Reckless Only Female-Fronted Band to Top Mainstream Rock With First 2 Hits

    September 04, 2014 6:04 PM EDT The Taylor Momsen-fronted group tops Mainstream Rock Songs for a second time. Plus, chart action from The New Pornographers, Hozier & Slipknot. As the Pretty Reckless ' "Messed Up World" hops 4-1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart dated Sept. 13, the group becomes…

  10. Jane's Addiction & Devo to Headline CBGB Festival

    September 04, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform their 1988 album Nothing's Shocking in its entirety during the third annual CBGB Music & Film Festival , taking place Oct. 8-12 in venues throughout New York City. Devo are going for a bit of double-duty: The band will perform and the film Hardcore…

  11. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  12. Slipknot Reveal Details of New Album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’

    August 26, 2014 6:39 AM EDT Slipknot fans, the long wait is nearly over. The metal band’s fifth studio album -- their first in more than six years -- will be released Oct. 21 on Roadrunner Records. Titled 5: The Gray Chapter, the new set is Slipknot's first since 2008's "All Hope is Gone,” which reached…

  13. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  14. Lenny Kravitz to Play iTunes Festival in London

    August 20, 2014 11:43 PM EDT Apple's iTunes Festival in London has added Lenny Kravitz , Rudimental , Elbow and Paolo Nutini to its lineup of headliners. The eighth annual event will once again take place throughout September at The Roundhouse in the Camden neighborhood of the British capital. Listen to Lenny…

  15. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  16. Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival

    August 19, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Sam Smith, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer & more already announced as headliners. Ryan Adams , Jessie Ware , Lenny Kravitz and another dozen-plus artists have been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London, joining previously announced headliners Maroon 5 , Sam Smith and 5…

  17. Paul Giamatti to Star in 'Straight Outta Compton' as N.W.A Manager

    August 16, 2014 11:31 AM EDT The actor will play Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller Paul Giamatti has closed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton , The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The actor will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. Casting Company Apologizes for…

  18. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Deceased Slipknot Bassist's Doctor

    August 01, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Three months after Dr. Daniel Baldi was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, an Iowa judge has dismissed another lawsuit filed against Baldi by Gray's widow, according to the Des Moines Register . Brenna Gray filed suit against Baldi in…

  19. N.W.A Biopic Casts MC Ren & DJ Yella Roles

    July 29, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. round out the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast. Universal's N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is rounding out the cast, adding Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. They'll join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason…

  20. It's Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere 'Anything Goes' Video

    July 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The main G.U.Y. in Lady Gaga's life these days? Tony Bennett.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made their long-in-the-works project official today, announcing the album  Cheek to Cheek --  a collection of jazz standards including "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),"…

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