1. Is Neil Young Recording His Orchestral Album?

    September 02, 2014 4:54 AM EDT Neil Young is apparently making good on his plan to record an orchestral album.  The legendary Canadian artist has been at work in the studio cutting a new recording with the highly-rated German-born composer and arranger Chris Walden . The longplayer is said to have a working title of…

  2. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  3. 'X Factor' U.K. Loses Steam Ahead of BBC Clash

    September 01, 2014 10:14 AM EDT The season's second episode of Simon Cowell's ITV show trips before dance-off with ballroom hit. After a stronger season launch on Saturday (Aug. 30) night, Simon Cowell's The X Factor U.K. on ITV on Sunday lost ratings steam ahead of a key showdown with BBC ballroom dance hit…

  4. 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 .…

  5. 'X Factor' U.K. Season Debut Ratings Rise

    August 31, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Simon Cowell's return as a judge boosts the ITV show above its 2013 and 2012 premiere figures. The season opener of The X Factor in the U.K. drew stronger overnight ratings than the last two seasons' debut episodes as Simon Cowell returned as a judge on the ITV show for the first…

  6. 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…

  7. Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

    August 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT A Spice Girl will join the creator as he returns to the ITV show after its U.S. cancellation The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in what will be its 11th season. U.S. Version of…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Woman Killed in Burning Man Bus Accident

    August 28, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Officials say a woman was struck and killed by a bus that was carrying passengers around the Burning Man festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Clear Channel CEO Channels Dissent & Tents at Burning Man Event spokesman Jim Graham says the incident happened just after midnight, early…

  11. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  12. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first Monday…

  13. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  14. Max Martin Scores 18th No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100

    August 28, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The co-writer and co-producer of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' increases his impressive tally of leaders. With the No. 1 debut of Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" on the Billboard Hot 100 , the song's co-writer and co-producer, Max Martin , adds yet another…

  15. The Brief Rap Career of NBA Player Robbie Hummel

    August 28, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Minnesota Timberwolves second year small forward Robbie Hummel isn’t exactly a household name for his NBA exploits (yet!) but what about as a rapper? On Aug. 27, Hummel sent out a few tweets to hype what was apparently a burgeoning hip-hop career. It’s too bad his own team’s PR didn’t take…

  16. Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman Channels Dissent and Tents at Burning Man

    August 28, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Burning Man, the annual art-aspirational and fifty-thousand-person-strong desert commune known for its loose barter system and for recently having been overrun by the technorati , is currently in the third day of its twenty-eighth year. While the event long ago lost any strong claim to being…

  17. Reunited Ramones Estates Plan Big Comeback Including Martin Scorsese Film

    August 27, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery has become a tradition. This past Sunday marked the tenth annual event honoring the late guitarist. In a marathon celebration that began before sundown diehard Ramones fans were treated to a Q&A that included Johnny’s widow Linda,…

  18. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  19. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state…

  20. Watch 'Weird Al' Yankovic Add Lyrics to TV Theme Songs at 2014 Emmys

    August 25, 2014 9:50 PM EDT 'Type, George, type as fast as you can,' Al sings over the 'Game of Thrones' theme. Ever wonder what happened to all the TV theme songs that explained exactly what the show was about? Well, "Weird Al" Yankovic has you covered. 2014 Emmys: The Best Music One…

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