1. Judge: Chris Brown Doing Well Since Jail Release

    August 13, 2014 7:21 PM EDT Brown appeared in an L.A. court Wednesday for a progress report. A judge says Chris Brown has been doing well and following his probation rules since his release from jail in June. Chris Brown Kicks Off Weekend With NSFW Instagram Pic The Grammy-winning R&B singer appeared in a Los…

  2. Danielia Cotton ft. Rachael Yamagata's 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Sweet dreams are made of Eurythmics covers, from  Marilyn Manson 's grungy, simmering boil  to Korean girl group Girls' Generation 's medley of, ah,  "Sweet Dreams"  and "Get the Party Started" medley. Now, New Jersey jazz singer and guitarist Danielia…

  3. Killer Mike Honors Michael Brown In Fiery Instagram Post

    August 12, 2014 4:52 PM EDT "Look at what govt sanctioned murder has done," the rapper writes in his moving essay. Atlanta rapper Killer Mike has never been shy about voicing his political opinions -- he once rapped "George Bush don't like blacks? No shit, Sherlock!" and has made his audiences…

  4. Exclusive Video Premiere: Rapper Maurico Pays Tribute to Nashville With "City Come Alive"

    August 12, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Many different styles flow in the musical waters of Nashville, and today we shine the spotlight on up-and-coming hip-hop artist Maurico , who releases his debut EP, I Am Maurico , this week. Billboard has the exclusive premiere of his brand-new video for the single "City Come Alive.…

  5. Exclusive: T.I. Talks Female Rappers & Executive Producing 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'

    August 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT T.I. has advanced from being in front of the reality TV cameras to going completely behind the scenes, as executive producer of  Sisterhood of Hip Hop debuting Tuesday, Aug. 12, on Oxygen. The eight-episode docu-series produced by 51 Minds ( T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , Below Deck )…

  6. Norwegian Artist Bernhoft's New Album Receives the App Treatment from New Startup

    August 12, 2014 10:33 AM EDT After working for years on records by the Waterboys , Depeche Mode , and the Cure , among others, and realizing that albums were being made with less care and attention these days, producer Phillip Tennant started thinking about the music industry backwards. "No one’s got the funds…

  7. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour…

  8. 'SNL' Star Vanessa Bayer Battles Bands for Laughs With New YouTube Series 'Sound Advice'

    August 11, 2014 3:25 PM EDT On Saturday Night Live , Vanessa Bayer, 32, delivers a spot-on Miley Cyrus. As the inept, bitchy “media coach” Janessa Slater in her YouTube series Sound Advice , Bayer’s taking on real musicians with her brother Jonah, a music journalist and series co-writer. So far its channel, Above…

  9. Man Arrested After Altercation With Pocket Knife at Country Music Festival

    August 11, 2014 2:58 PM EDT Violence at music festivals continues. A man named Aaron Williams was arrested Thursday morning at the WE Fest country musical festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Billboard has confirmed. The three-day festival featured headliners such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley,…

  10. Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Launches DIY-Focused Startup

    August 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT It took the Dillinger Escape Plan 's Ben Weinman a few years to figure out what he actually wanted to do with his own record label. Launched in 2009, Party Smasher Inc. was first and foremost a way for the mathcore minor deities to release their own music after finishing out their…

  11. 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…

  12. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

  13. Drake Gets the Best of Lil Wayne in Chicago: Live Review

    August 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The two YMCMB rappers battled it out video game-style in the Windy City. In front of a crowd estimated at around 25,000, Drake and Lil Wayne went toe-to-toe during their Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour stop in the City of Wind on Sunday night, August 10. Before either rapper appeared on the First…

  14. Chance the Rapper Breaks the Mold with ‘Everyday Wonderful: Arthur’

    August 11, 2014 6:04 AM EDT It is not every day that an artist kicks off a mass discussion on Twitter about a theme song from a '90s children sitcom, but Chance The Rapper managed to do so on July 30 with the release of his track “Everyday Wonderful: Arthur” that has resided on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140…

  15. Modest Mouse & Brand New Rock New York's Forest Hills Stadium

    August 10, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Brand New's local legend continues; Modest Mouse shares new songs, caves and plays "Float On." Modest Mouse and Brand New went down to the tennis court on Aug. 9 and talked it up like… angsty indie kids. In just the third concert since Queens, N.Y.'s 91-year old Forest…

  16. Henry Stone, Fixture on Disco Scene, Dies at 93

    August 10, 2014 10:18 AM EDT Henry Stone, who worked with Ray Charles, James Brown and many others, died Aug. 7 of natural causes. Henry Stone, a fixture on the R&B and disco scene who was instrumental in the careers of Ray Charles, James Brown and KC & the Sunshine Band, has died. He was 93. Stone, a co…

  17. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Shawn Mendes and the Great EP Comeback

    August 08, 2014 8:58 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers finally claimed its first No. 1 album , as Hypnotic Eye bowed in the top slot, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Of course, aside from Petty there was -- as usual --…

  18. Lance Bass Talks Surprise 'N Sync Album: 'I Was Shocked'

    August 08, 2014 5:48 PM EDT A July 29 post on Joey Fatone ’s Facebook page said it all: “Who knew we had another album out today? I didn’t! Lol.” Indeed, the most surprised ’N Sync loyalists were the group’s own members: Justin Timberlake , JC Chasez , Lance Bass , Chris Kirkpatrick and Fatone . J.C. Chasez: '…

  19. Billy Gilman Grows Up: From 'One Voice' to 'Say You Will'

    August 08, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Billy Gilman is back. The former child country star -- best known for 2000's tender "One Voice" -- has just released a brand new single, "Say You Will." It's the first solo single from Gilman in over five years, though he did spearhead the 2012 charity release …

  20. Jaust, 'Feel the Smoke Rise' (Lockah Remix): Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 08, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Jaust may seem like just another mysterious Los Angeles beatmaker -- all we know is he's from New Zealand and has done art installations and soundtracked video games and films -- but he's got talent and some high-profile friends. One of them is Scottish producer Tom Banks, who goes…

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