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. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Hackers Use Twitter Bomb Scare to Divert Sony Exec's Plane

    August 25, 2014 9:51 AM EDT An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was diverted on Sunday after a hacker group dubbed the Lizard Squad used Twitter to call in a bomb scare. Earlier in the day, the group claimed responsibility for a denial-of-service attack that knocked out…

  12. 'Rising Star' Recap: Season One Winner Crowned as Voting Proves its Worth

    August 25, 2014 5:35 AM EDT Tonight, a Capitol Records contract was awarded, and not even a West Coast save could have made its recipient anybody but Jesse Kinch . With 10 episodes under its belt, a few disappointed teenager in its wake, and hopefully not too much permanent follicle damage to Kesha’s hair, the Wall made…

  13. MTV VMAs to Feature Ferguson Public Service Announcements

    August 24, 2014 3:59 PM EDT One clip is a 15-second quiet reflection on the civil rights protests. A 15-second clip directly addressing the civil rights protests in Ferguson, Mo., is set to air during the commercial time of the main show at the raucous MTV Video Music Awards , a network rep confirmed to The Hollywood…

  14. Former British Rapper Reportedly Under Investigation for James Foley Beheading

    August 23, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary is a former West London rapper who performed under the name L Jinny. A British rapper now fighting with the Islamic State (aka ISIS) is reportedly a suspect in the beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to several unconfirmed published reports,…

  15. Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez Talk Making of Smokey Robinson's 'My Girl' Remake

    August 22, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Smokey Robinson 's new album Smokey & Friends is an R&B/soul masterpiece that features new duet versions of some of the singer/songwriter's most memorable songs, including remakes of tracks written by Robinson for himself and his group the Miracles , as well as other acts…

  16. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  17. Christina Aguilera’s Self-Titled Debut at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Once upon a time, when ex-Mouseketeers with burning ambition and blinding smiles ruled the universe, there lived two princesses. One was an iffy singer with undeniable sex appeal; the other was a secret soul diva working within record-label constraints, biding her time until she could unleash…

  18. James Blake Unveils New Song, Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

    August 22, 2014 9:33 AM EDT James Blake premiered a new song on Thursday night (Aug. 21) during his BBC Radio 1 residency. The track, with its robot vocal elements and Tom Waitsian clack-clangs, was given the title of "200 Press" because, as the British artist-producer explained, "only 200 are going to be…

  19. Polite Guy Andrew Rannells Ready to Get His Hedwig On

    August 21, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Andrew Rannells says he never dreamed of becoming a rock star while growing up. What he hoped for was a part on Broadway. Now he's getting both at the same time - and a load of mascara as well. Starting Wednesday, the Tony Award-nominated star of The Book of Mormon  on Broadway and HBO&…

  20. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

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