1. EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

    August 19, 2014 2:44 PM EDT How shorter, fan-tested collections are resuscitating the recorded-music business. It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are moving enough units to build revenue for a baby act with a song…

  2. Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics Interpreted by T Bone Burnett and Friends, Set for Release

    August 19, 2014 2:29 PM EDT The forthcoming album and Showtime special features Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, among others. Anticipation -- if not hype -- is officially high for the Nov. 11 release of T Bone Burnett ’s latest production, Lost On The…

  3. Earl Sweatshirt: Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Video Is 'Inherently Offensive and Ultimately Harmful'

    August 19, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Hours after Taylor Swift premiered her single, "Shake It Off," and its accompanying music video, Earl Sweatshirt took to Twitter to express his thoughts on how it is "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful." haven't watched the taylor swift video and I don'…

  4. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Set to Take Off on Hot 100

    August 18, 2014 7:04 PM EDT The diva's new single is primed to make a big splash on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and could become her second No. 1. Could Taylor Swift 's new single "Shake It Off" become her second No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100? The track is already off to a sizzling…

  5. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  6. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

  7. Exclusive: Isaac Hayes Family Pushes Legacy Into the Future With 'Unvaulted' Project

    August 18, 2014 1:18 PM EDT This week marks six years since the untimely passing of music legend Isaac Hayes , but it should also be noted as new beginning of sorts. His family has united to form the Isaac Hayes Enterprises in Atlanta, a project which honors his legacy. Though his discography includes 22 studio albums,…

  8. Will New York's Met Opera Avoid Bankruptcy?

    August 18, 2014 1:17 PM EDT The Metropolitan Opera reached tentative agreements Monday morning with the unions representing its orchestra and chorus after an all-night bargaining session, according to the  The New York Times .  "These were difficult and highly complex negotiations, and I wish to commend the parties…

  9. Pharrell's 'Happy' is a Rare Bright Spot in Track Sales This Year

    August 18, 2014 12:12 PM EDT If U.S. track sales in 2014 had one theme, it would be "Happy" versus everything else. Pharrell 's hit song is the only top 200track of 2014 that's outselling its 2013 counterpart. And it's the only track to have bucked the downward trend in sales that is reshaping…

  10. Depression-Era Colony Cashing in on Johnny Cash's Fame

    August 16, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Money and memorabilia from Johnny Cash's family and friends have helped historians restore a significant part of the Historic Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull Depression-era families out of poverty. The country music icon's boyhood home, along with the colony'…

  11. The Vamps Debut in Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 15, 2014 5:28 PM EDT New U.K. pop band opens at No. 10 on Billboard 200 with Somebody To You EP. U.K. pop band  The Vamps make a splash at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 with their debut EP,  Somebody to You . The quartet's effort sold 20,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan,…

  12. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Weird Al' Has Biggest Comedy Album Since 2011

    August 15, 2014 4:22 PM EDT Also: The 'Now That's What I Call Music!' series collects its 97th charting album, Al Jarreau returns with a No. 1 Contemporary Jazz album, and the 'God's Not Dead' soundtrack makes a heavenly sales gain. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians…

  13. Top 10 EDM/Rap Collaborations Of All Time

    August 15, 2014 2:20 PM EDT EDM and rap have been flirting with each other for decades. Countless EDM remixes of rap songs exist, and producers like Just Blaze and Kanye West have incorporated elements of electronic music into rap. Still, true collaborations between the two genres have been few and far between--until…

  14. Nickelback Joins Republic Records, New Single Out Tuesday: Exclusive

    August 15, 2014 1:50 PM EDT The rock group's follow-up to 2011's 'Here and Now' is due out this fall. Nickelback will start a fresh chapter this fall by releasing its first album on new label home Republic Records, Billboard can exclusively confirm. The as-yet-untitled album will be the long…

  15. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  16. Drake & Lil Wayne Team Up for Big Chart Move

    August 15, 2014 9:30 AM EDT The duo's tour launch -- and hot new track 'Grindin'' -- pushes Drake up the Social 50 chart. Plus: Zendaya returns and Jacob Whitesides debuts. Drake experienced notable social gains during the charting week (ending Aug. 10) as his joint tour with Lil Wayne kicked off on…

  17. 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, "…

  18. El Dasa Tops Regional Mexican Albums Chart

    August 14, 2014 7:38 PM EDT Also: Cartel de Santa earns its first a top 10 on Latin Albums, and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga collects a third straight top 10 on Latin Songs. Regional Mexican singer El Dasa reaches the Billboard album charts for the first time as  Alegre y Enamorado  opens at No. 2 on Latin…

  19. Guest Post: Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers

    August 14, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Last week, Billboard published a guest editorial by Thomas McAlevey , CEO of streaming startup Radical.FM. The below is in response to Mr. McAlevey's piece. Dear Mr. McAlevey, I read your Billboard guest editorial “Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music is Already Profitable.” Forgive me…

  20. Exclusive: Kenny Rogers Reflects on Tribute Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 14, 2014 5:20 PM EDT On Friday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil Kenny Rogers: Through The Years , a new exhibit that pays tribute to the legendary entertainer. The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee's career will be celebrated with a wide array of artifacts, including a Tony Alamo denim outfit…

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