1. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons: 'Maybe You Should Focus on Your Records a Little More'

    August 20, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has released his first solo album in five years, and by the sound of Space Invader the axeman seems to have had as much fun playing on it as -- gasp -- his early years in Kiss . From the opening title track to the instrumental closer, “Starship,” where Frehley…

  2. U.K. Producer SOPHIE Q&A: On Secrecy, Synthesis & What's Next

    August 19, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Mysterious U.K. producer SOPHIE , who is best known for the use of post-generational bass and vanguard style of sound engineering, has lately been lighting up the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists and Trending 140 charts. On July 27, SOPHIE released the song "LEMONADE," which…

  3. Victoria Justice's Music Career: Why Ariana Grande's Co-Star Is Still Worth Watching

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT While Grande continues to score chart hits, Justice has struggled to kick-start a solo career. Here's why she shouldn't be counted out. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams , so much depends upon a debut single in modern pop music. Want proof? Look at the recent career trajectories…

  4. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more 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…

  5. Hear Blake Shelton's 'Neon Light' From Upcoming Album 'Bringing Back the Sunshine'

    August 19, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Taylor Swift wasn't the only country(-ish) artist debuting new music Monday.  Blake Shelton dropped the lead single, "Neon Light," off his upcoming eleventh studio album, Bringing Back The Sunshine . The laid-back tune deals with the glimmer of hope in the distance following a…

  6. Seymour Stein to Keynote Tel Aviv Event, Says He'd 'Love to Sign Another Israeli Act'

    August 18, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Hey Israeli artists, the man who discovered the Ramones , Talking Heads and other rock icons wants to sign you. Seymour Stein , co-founder of Sire Records and current vice president of Warner Bros., will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Tune In Tel Aviv , an annual conference for…

  7. 'Rising Star' Recap: With a Record Contract Pending, Contestants Show Their True Artistic Colors

    August 18, 2014 3:46 AM EDT Tonight’s Rising Star began with Josh Groban accepting his official ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which makes sense, because this show is a lot like scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed: there’s a good bit of secondhand embarrassment, occasionally something is interesting enough to make you…

  8. 10 Things You Will (and Won't) Hear on a No. 1 Summer Hit

    August 15, 2014 3:59 PM EDT While "Problem," "Fancy" and "Rude" vie for the position of 2014's Song of the Summer, we got to thinking about the previous decade of smash hits -- from 2003's "Crazy In Love" to 2013's "Blurred Lines" -- to earn the No. 1 Song…

  9. Bob Seger Drops Studio Version of John Hiatt's "Detroit Made"

    August 14, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Bob Seger took a step closer to a new album -- which would be his first since 2006's Face the Promise -- with the release of a new song on Thursday. Seger released a cover of John Hiatt 's "Detroit Made" -- the opening song on his spring 2013 tour -- to radio stations,…

  10. Watch Joseph Arthur's Moving Tribute Music Video for Robin Williams

    August 13, 2014 6:42 PM EDT As the world mourns Robin Williams' suicide earlier this week , an outpouring of remembrances and story-sharing about the Oscar and Grammy-winning actor have filled the web and helped to celebrate the influence he had on so many lives.  Robin Williams' 10 Best Musical Moments…

  11. Calvin Harris Bites Back After Rita Ora's Teen Choice Claim

    August 13, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Feud! The Teen Choice Awards are bringing out everyone's drama-loving inner-teen. Earlier this week,  Rita Ora told Ryan Seacrest that she had to cancel her scheduled performance at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday because her ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris , wouldn't sign off on…

  12. Exclusive: DJ Mustard Talks Making of '10 Summers' Album & Chart Success

    August 11, 2014 1:30 PM EDT 's most bankable hitmaker is releasing his debut album on Google Play -- for free. DJ Mustard moved into his first "I made it" house two weeks ago in Los Angeles -- the kind with its own basketball court, pool and studio for him to make fresh beats without pulling out of…

  13. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Top Jazz Digital Songs Chart, Again

    August 11, 2014 6:19 AM EDT Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have teamed up for a second No. 1 on Billboard's Jazz Digital Songs chart, as “Anything Goes” debuts atop the list. The song sold 16,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the first offering from the duo’s upcoming…

  14. KCON 2014 Day 1: G-Dragon, IU, B1A4 & More Rock Los Angeles

    August 10, 2014 7:45 PM EDT K-pop stars like Teen Top, VIXX, Lee Seung Gi and more all made showings at a convention's deafening concert Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and its surrounding area was turned into a K-pop heaven with panels, workshops and a marketplace dedicated to all things…

  15. Outside Lands 2014 Friday Highlights: Kanye West, Disclosure, Kacey Musgraves and More

    August 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don’t worry,…

  16. Maddie & Tae's 'Girl' Jumps Into Top 20 on Hot Country Songs

    August 07, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" hits a half-million in sales and Florida Georgia Line's Motley Crue cover debuts. Rookie duo Maddie & Tae make a notable jump on Hot Country Songs with their counterculture anthem "Girl In a Country Song," which leaps 26-16…

  17. Linkin Park: Co-Headlining Tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars Has Been a 'Long Time' Coming

    August 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT "Not only has Thirty Seconds to Mars grown tremendously over the last several years … they're amazing live," says the group's Chester Bennington. Doing the upcoming Carnivores Tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars is no chance pairing for Linkin Park. Apparently it's a…

  18. Jurassic 5 Considering New Material: 'I Hope There's More Music To Come,' Says Nu-Mark

    August 06, 2014 5:50 PM EDT More new music will be part of the Jurassic 5 reunion, although its members aren't yet sure in what form it will be released. The hip-hop group, which reunited last year after a seven-year break and is out on the road this summer, has dropped one new single, "The Way We Do It,"…

  19. Gospel Singer Joseph Habedank's Journey Through Addiction, Towards His New Record

    August 05, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Joseph Habedank -- longtime member of the successful gospel group The Perrys -- is branching out on his own with a new solo album, Welcome Home , that was created as he emerged from the crucible of addiction (to pain medication) that eventually saw him check into Nashville-area treatment…

  20. 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…

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