1. Danity Kane on Their Breakup: 'My Group Member Punched Me in the Back of My Head'

    August 08, 2014 3:18 PM EDT The reunion of Danity Kane is already over. Aubrey O’Day got punched by Dawn Richard Monday after a recording session, according to TMZ . ( Billboard has reached out to Richard, but did not immeadiately receive a response.)  Now, earlier today, O'Day and Shannon Bex released a lenghty…

  2. Jaust, 'Feel the Smoke Rise' (Lockah Remix): Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 08, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Jaust may seem like just another mysterious Los Angeles beatmaker -- all we know is he's from New Zealand and has done art installations and soundtracked video games and films -- but he's got talent and some high-profile friends. One of them is Scottish producer Tom Banks, who goes…

  3. Wanna See Ariana Grande's New Puppy?

    August 08, 2014 10:07 AM EDT Is Ariana Grande a Harry Potter fan?  The singer got a new pooch, and his name suggests that the 21-year-old may be a fan of the J.K. Rowling series, particularly Dumbledore's phoenix. Ariana Grande Teases New Song 'Love Me Harder' "Want to introduce y'all to somebody…

  4. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Debut Atop Artist 100

    August 07, 2014 2:42 PM EDT The group’s historic week continues after finally reaching the top of the Billboard 200 for the first time in its illustrious career. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 breaks into the Artist 100 top 10. 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers debut at No. 1 on the…

  5. Levi's Threw a Free Concert in Brooklyn Featuring Haim, Sleigh Bells

    August 07, 2014 11:54 AM EDT To attend the event, attendees just had to show up in Levi's jeans. On Tuesday (Aug. 5), Levi's hosted a free concert at New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park that featured two of the year’s hottest bands: Haim and Sleigh Bells. The event kicked off the new Live in Levi's…

  6. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  7. Nils Lofgren Talks Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young While Touting Massive Box Set

    August 06, 2014 7:28 PM EDT "I love being in bands," Nils Lofgren told a sold out crowd at the Grammy Museum Aug. 5, midway through stories about his experiences in Grin and groups that backed Neil Young , Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr . Most importantly, it's the live show aspect of being in a band. …

  8. Cody Bryan Band on the 'Dangerous Love' Behind Their 'Wreck Me' Album

    August 06, 2014 6:29 PM EDT The Cody Bryan Band's latest album, Wreck Me , has been out for a few months now, but the Texas-based band's frontman said they have really picked up the pace of promoting it. "We put out our first single, and we did our first radio tour through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and…

  9. MAGIC! Maintains No. 1 Perch on Hot 100; 'Bang Bang,' Meghan Trainor Soar Into Top 10

    August 06, 2014 3:14 PM EDT While "Rude" rules for a fourth week and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" jumps to No. 2, the top 10 is shaken up by the arrival of a super-trio and a chart newcomer. "Rude's" ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 continues for a fourth week as MAGIC!'…

  10. Why One Direction Was the Best Show Ever (Even If My Dad Was There)

    August 06, 2014 10:56 AM EDT It may not have been the perfect situation: two teenage girls and their dads at the Aug. 5 show of One Direction’s “Where We Are” tour at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.  But after three years of fangirling over one of my favorite bands -- owning all their music, following them on Twitter…

  11. Play on Brian Epstein's Final Night Makes London Debut

    August 05, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Monday’s (August 4) press night of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles , a play about the ill-starred manager who guided the Beatles to global domination, brought a warm response from an audience including such celebrities as Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and Paul McCartney ’s brother Mike McGear…

  12. Al Jarreau Salutes George Duke on New Star-Packed Album

    August 05, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The late musician’s influential legacy is saluted on 'My Old Friend,' featuring guests Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Albright and more. It’s a year to the day (Aug. 5) since the untimely death of revered Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke .…

  13. Ariana Grande Teases New Song 'Love Me Harder'

    August 05, 2014 1:24 PM EDT "Bang Bang" may still be in heavy rotation on your iPod, but Ariana Grande is already moving on to her next likely hit. The singer Instagrammed a video that provided a tease of one of the songs off the upcoming  My Everything , "Love Me Harder." Featuring The…

  14. Bass Drum of Death, 'Left for Dead': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 05, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Oxford, Miss. garage-rock band Bass Drum of Death was once the solo project of John Barrett , a former Fat Possum employee who in his spare time made demos fueled by swaggering guitars and rough-hewn drums, his voice emerging from the wreckage of noise like a driver from a smoldering pileup.…

  15. Listen to Skid Row's 'Rise of the Damnation Army -- United World Rebellion: Chapter Two'

    August 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Life has started imitating art for Skid Row -- and the New Jersey rock troupe couldn't be happier.  The group releases "Rise of the Damnation Army -- United World Rebellion: Chapter Two" on Aug. 5 as the second in a series of three EPs. And bassist Rachel Bolan tells Billboard…

  16. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Tops $100 Million, 'Everybody’s Winning'

    August 05, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Plagued by rumors of poor ticket sales and still a target for the tabloids, the Jay Z/Beyonce On The Run stadium tour will nevertheless wrap as a huge success. Jay Z and Beyonce 's On The Run tour wraps in North America with two nights at AT&T Park in San Francisco, both tonight …

  17. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  18. Trinidad James Responds to Being Dropped by Def Jam With "Doin' Me"

    August 04, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Three days after Atlanta rapper Trinidad James published a statement (that has since been deleted) on Twitter suggesting he had been dropped by his label Def Jam , the rapper released a surprise track entitled "Doin' Me" (produced by Raak) on SoundClound. Quickly peaking at No.…

  19. Actress-Singer Keke Palmer to Take on Title Role in Broadway's 'Cinderella'

    August 04, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Anyone have an extra pair of glass slippers? Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella  on Broadway has found its new star: Keke Palmer will take over the title role beginning Sept. 9. Palmer can currently be seen on Showtime's  Masters of Sex , and previously appeared in projects such as…

  20. Life After 'Animals:' Martin Garrix Reflects on His Dizzying Rise to Dance Stardom

    August 04, 2014 1:36 PM EDT There's a clown in the crowd at Tomorrowland, and no one knows that it's Martin Garrix . The young Dutch dance star ducks and weaves through the masses, clutching a cocktail and a shattered iPhone. A black handkerchief and backwards Spinnin' Records hat frame the painted…

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