1. Tony Bennett Joins Campaign Urging Kids to Stay in School

    August 28, 2014 1:52 AM EDT Tony Bennett and Edward James Olmos are among the celebrities joining a public media effort to boost school graduation rates. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and TV station WNET New York announced details Wednesday of next month's American Graduate Day 2014. The daylong broadcast…

  2. Suge Knight Dismissed from Hospital: Report

    August 27, 2014 8:17 PM EDT After suffering from a reported six gunshot wounds at a pre-VMA party early Sunday, Suge Knight has left the hospital, reports TMZ .  Suge Knight Investigation Moved to Homicide Bureau The website says the Death Row Records founder left Cedars-Sinai in Beverly Hills around 6 a.m. Wednesday…

  3. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  4. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Usher, Raury & More

    August 27, 2014 5:19 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about everything from Katy Perry working with eccentric MC Riff Raff to Brad Paisley 's make-out song to insanely promising newcomers like Raury and Sofi de la Torre . We don't always agree with each other -- and…

  5. BET Suspends Producer After Blue Ivy Joke

    August 27, 2014 3:00 PM EDT BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z 's daughter that aired Monday on the network's music video countdown show, 106 & Park . How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be A source at the network, who spoke on the condition of…

  6. Suge Knight Investigation Moved to Homicide Bureau

    August 26, 2014 10:55 PM EDT Sheriff's department says updates are coming soon as scene of early Sunday shooting becomes stop for tour buses. Word of Suge Knight 's condition and the ongoing investigation following the reported six gunshot wounds he suffered early Sunday morning at a nightclub in West…

  7. Meghan Linsey Q&A: Her New Single, Calling Out the Bros & Life After Steel Magnolia

    August 26, 2014 6:53 PM EDT 'Try Harder Than That' features rapper Bubba Sparxxx. Meghan Linsey , the charismatic singer best known for her stint in Steel Magnolia , is doing things on her own musically these days, and her first single, "Try Harder Than That," is beginning to make an impact at…

  8. BET Apologizes for Blue Ivy Joke Read By Karrueche Tran

    August 26, 2014 5:03 PM EDT On Monday night, Aug. 25, Beyoncé 's loyal fanbase, the Beyhive, came after Chris Brown 's girlfriend and on-air personality Karrueche Tran after she recited a tasteless joke about Bey and Jay Z 's daughter, Blue Ivy. BET's 106 & Park aired a segment in which they…

  9. Universal Music Sues Over VH1 DJ Competition Series

    August 26, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The third season of 'Masters of the Mix' allegedly used lots of unlicensed music. Universal Music describes a new lawsuit over VH1's Masters of the Mix as a "cut-and-dry copyright infringement case," but modest trappings aside, there's a few reasons to pay…

  10. Indies Fighting Google, Amazon for Control of .Music Domain Name

    August 26, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced its support of music industry control of the domain name .music. In doing so, the coalition will go up against Google and Amazon, which are also pursuing .music for their own purposes. With the support of .music LLC's…

  11. G-Unit Puts Spotlight On Police Brutality In 'Ahhh Shit' Video

    August 26, 2014 1:42 PM EDT "Put your hands up, you still getting shot," 50 Cent raps on G-Unit ' s new song, "Ahhh Shit." The crew's new song, released late Monday, Aug. 25, features Young Buck , 50 and Kidd Kidd rapping, candidly, about racism and police brutality. After flashing a Rated…

  12. 'The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill' Documentary: Review

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT On Tuesday, Kate Bush will take over London's Eventim Apollo for 22 nights of concerts collectively entitled "Before the Dawn" (selling out 77,000 tickets in 15 minutes while doing so). Just in time for the momentous occasion -- her first live shows since 1979's epic…

  13. 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…

  14. Aphex Twin on Kanye West: 'He Tried to F---ing Rip Me Off'

    August 26, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Richard D. James -- aka Aphex Twin -- is primed to release his first proper album in 13 years. With SYRO due out Sept. 23 via Warp, James has completed a lengthy interview with  Pitchfork , which the site posted some excerpts from . Among the juiciest details is an apparent beef with Kanye…

  15. 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…

  16. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  17. Nile Rodgers-Founded Label Partners With Game Music Connect Conference

    August 26, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Sumthing Else Music Works, Nile Rodgers ' record label specializing in video game soundtracks, has partnered with this year's Game Music Connect 2014, a London-based conference for fans of music in games and aspiring composers. Attendees to this year's event, being held at…

  18. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  19. Amazon to Buy Twitch for $970 Million

    August 25, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Amazon is acquiring Twitch for $970 million.  Twitch, Live Video Streaming Giant, to Silence Illegal Audio The gaming platform, which primarily hosts live streams of users playing video games that other visitors to the site can then watch and comment on, draws over 55 million unique viewers…

  20. Was the VMAs' Robin Williams Tribute Undercooked?

    August 25, 2014 12:16 PM EDT At least one outlet  is calling the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards’ tribute to Robin Williams “touching.” But in the eyes of most who chronicled the evening on social media or recapped it afterwards, the VMAs' 20-second tribute to the late comedian came off as awkward, undercooked, or just…

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