1. Maya Angelou's Work Mixed With Hip-Hop for Album

    September 03, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Maya Angelou 's iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called Caged Bird Songs . Shawn Rivera , the lead singer of R&B group Az Yet , and RoccStarr , who co-wrote Chris Brown 's "Fine China," produced the 13-song set, to be released…

  2. TV on the Radio Drops New Song, Shares Tour Dates & 'Seeds' Release Date

    September 02, 2014 2:34 PM EDT New TV on the Radio music is finally here. The New York-based whiz kids have shared the official lyric video for a new song called “Happy Idiot,” which comes from their forthcoming studio album Seeds . Good news: The frothy, cotton candy theme of the Seeds trailer they teased in July is back!…

  3. Exclusive Album Premiere: Folk-Bluegrass Trio Judah & the Lion's 'Kids These Days'

    September 02, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Folk-bluegrass band Judah & The Lion will release their debut full-length disc, Kids These Days , on Sept. 9. And Billboard.com is exclusively premiering the album, the follow-up to their 2013 EP, Sweet Tennessee,  which reached the No. 2 spot on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Click below to…

  4. Pepe Aguilar & Carlos Vives Among Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees

    August 28, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Regional Mexican crooner Pepe Aguilar and Colombian singer Carlos Vives are among the honorees being celebrated at the Hispanic Heritage Awards on Sept. 18. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation has announced that the entertainers, among others, will be honored at the Warner Theatre in Washington,…

  5. Merchandise Talks 'After the End,' Punk Culture & Hating Morrissey Comparisons

    August 28, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Merchandise’s Carson Cox knows that life will always be in flux. He used to be straight edge; now he’s not. He used to be vegetarian; he now eats meat. The Tampa-based band he fronts used to be signed to a small, D.I.Y.-minded label; now they’re with 4AD, which one might call a “major indie.”…

  6. Robin Williams Biography in the Works

    August 27, 2014 6:56 PM EDT New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff will pen the 'definitive' account of the late comedian's life. In the wake of his Aug. 11 suicide, Robin Williams is getting a high-profile posthumous biography by The New York Times Writer Dave Itzkoff . Billy Crystal Pays Tribute to Robin…

  7. Young Jeezy Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charge

    August 27, 2014 6:23 PM EDT The end of the 22-date Under the Influence of Music Tour has had a sobering impact on headliners Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa , as the former faces a gun charge and the latter has had at least one future show canceled in the wake of a shooting death . A 38-year-old man named Eric Johnson was…

  8. Morrissey Laments That Robin Williams 'Overshadowed' Other Celebrity Deaths

    August 27, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Morrissey has really been on a roll lately. Even when he isn't breaking up with his label or canceling a slew of tour dates , his ramblings on the site True to You are turning heads, albeit for all the wrong reasons. A few days after Henry Rollins offered his wrongheaded opinion on the…

  9. 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…

  10. Tumbleweed Bassist Jay Curley Dead at 42

    August 26, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Curley played bass in the Australia-based “stoner rock” band, which once opened for Nirvana. Jay Curley , bassist for the Australia-based alternative rock band Tumbleweed , has died, according to a post on the band’s official web site. He was 42. Tumbleweed broke the news on Tuesday morning.…

  11. Young Jeezy Arrested For Gun Possession

    August 25, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Young Jeezy is currently in custody for possession of a weapon, police confirmed to Billboard. The weapon at hand -- an assault rifle -- was found Sunday when the Irvine and Mountain View, Calif., police investigated a shooting that occurred at Wiz Khalifa 's concert in Mountain View,…

  12. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  13. Henry Rollins Apologizes for Robin Williams Suicide Criticism

    August 23, 2014 3:59 PM EDT “I am deeply sorry. Down to my marrow," Rollins wrote on his website. Henry Rollins has issued an apology for a recent LA Weekly column he wrote that criticizes Robin Williams and others who choose to kill themselves. “That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me,”…

  14. MTV Preps Live VMA Ads With Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora & More

    August 22, 2014 6:14 PM EDT The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. Witness 2013's telecast, which had an anticipated *NSYNC reunion and hyped…

  15. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Idol' Hits New Low

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Also: Sale pricing in the iTunes Store lifts Linkin Park, while The Vamps take a historic tumble down the chart. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17,…

  16. K-Pop Trend: Beast, INFINITE & Henry Add Classical Musical to the Mix

    August 21, 2014 8:23 PM EDT The popular acts are bringing orchestras to modern-day dance beats. But who did it best? Typically, Western pop and K-pop stay on the same page with their trends. Recent hits have been born out of stark piano ballads ( John Legend 's "All of Me" and  Taeyang 's  "Eyes…

  17. Henry Rollins Pens 'F--- Suicide' Essay Criticizing Robin Williams, Suicidal

    August 21, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Henry Rollins ' newest article for LA Weekly is sure to raise some eyebrows. In his weekly column posted Thursday, titled "Fuck Suicide," Rollins lambasts the suicidal, including the deceased Robin Williams .  In it he begins with compliments to Williams' talent and…

  18. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  19. Justin Bieber and His Bodyguard Sued for Alleged Assault

    August 20, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Justin Bieber and his team are in legal trouble again. Photographer Aja Oxman is suing Bieber and his bodyguard Dwayne Patterson for physically beating him and destroying his camera in Hawaii. In a lawsuit filed by attorney Sark Ohanian , Oxman seeks damages for assault and battery,…

  20. Bow Wow to Co-Star in 'CSI: Cyber'

    August 19, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Rapper joins Patricia Arquette in the 'CSI' spinoff. Rapper and actor Bow Wow, born Shad Moss, has been cast as a series regular on the CBS spinoff CSI: Cyber , the network announced Tuesday (Aug. 19). Moss will play 19-year-old hacker Brody "Baby Face" Nelson. A cyber…

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