1. Lana Del Rey To Play Two Gigs In L.A. Cemetery

    September 23, 2014 6:04 AM EDT Lana Del Rey’s latest album Ultraviolence  has been accused of being gloomy, doomy and outright dark. Now she’s out to prove her critics right by announcing a pair of concerts at a cemetery.  The American artist will play two special shows at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Oct. 17 and 18…

  2. Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Win Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 23, 2014 2:40 AM EDT Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism  (Six Shooter Records) was named Canadian album of the year at the Polaris Music Awards Monday night (Sept. 22) in Toronto, beating out albums by Arcade Fire , Drake , Owen Pallett and six others. She collected the top honor having just…

  3. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  4. Education By Dre (And Iovine, Too): Music Biz Philanthropists Help Schools Rise Up

    September 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT A look at the many exec-driven programs at the country's top institutions. The late afternoon sun beams into the top floor of a building at the center of the University of Southern California campus as more than 30 excited college freshmen and their parents gather with school officials…

  5. News Roundup: Everything Happening This Morning

    September 22, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Nude Leaks Continue:  Two alleged nude pictures of Rihanna appeared on 4chan and Reddit  early Sunday (Sept. 21) morning . The photos appear to have been taken during a fitting, according to TMZ.  Bummer for Bowie Fans:  It's mostly been a good few weeks for fans of the Thin White Duke…

  6. The Big Parade Music Conference Debuts in Tokyo: Billboard Charts, Streaming Services, and Steve Lillywhite

    September 21, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Japan has hosted a major music conference with significant international players for the first time in recent memory. The Big Parade, held September 12th-15th, was packed with line-up of live showcases (of strictly Japanese bands) buttressing three days of talks, speeches and panels. The…

  7. Snoop Dogg & Doug E Fresh Highlight BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 21, 2014 10:29 AM EDT DJ Mustard won Producer of the Year and Future's song "Move That Dope" took home Best Club Banger award. With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence. The rapper dubbed "The Human Beat Box" choked up and…

  8. Beyonce & Jay Z On The Run HBO Special: What Was The Best Moment?

    September 21, 2014 10:08 AM EDT The whole thing was pretty ***Flawless, to be honest. Saturday night's On The Run tour special on HBO had something for everyone. In the two-and-a-half-hour show, Beyonce and Jay Z powered through seemingly all of their hits -- from "Big Pimpin" to "Single Ladies" -…

  9. Producer MeLo-X Gives Inside Look at Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour

    September 20, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Not many have what it takes to impress Beyonce and Jay Z, except if you're MeLo-X . The Brooklyn-based multimedia artist was called to produce the music featured in the interlude visual sections played throughout Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run tour. Beyonce was drawn to MeLo’s…

  10. Lady Gaga Talks Manager Split, Tel Aviv Concert and Media Treatment of Celebrities

    September 20, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Lady Gaga also touched on being unhappy and her under-selling "ARTPOP" album. After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up. "I've very centered now. I meditate a lot. I'm happy. I am more sober than I&…

  11. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

  12. Quotes of the Week: What Did Jay Z Say About Conceiving Blue Ivy?

    September 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT "It's special to us because we got engaged here and this is where baby Blue was conceived." The rapper Jay Z explaining what Paris, where he and wife Beyonce wrapped their On the Run Tour, means to them. "People ... always want to think we're in a boxing match, that…

  13. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column)

    September 19, 2014 3:23 PM EDT 'They might as well be selling Buicks,' writes the host of KCSN's morning show. U2 has always been about messages. In the band's early days in Dublin, beginning with the 1980 album Boy and its hit single "I Will Follow," they openly addressed Bono and the Edge…

  14. Check out Slipknot's New Masks & New Album Rumors

    September 18, 2014 3:52 PM EDT New album '5: The Gray Chapter' will feature a new drummer and bassist; who are these masked men? As they prep their first studio album since 2008, Slipknot have hinted at more details surrounding the forthcoming 5: The Gray Chapter . The Iowa-based metal veterans just shared a…

  15. Beyonce and Jay Z's Rumor-Filled Summer: A Timeline

    September 18, 2014 3:50 PM EDT It’s been one crazy (in love?) summer for  Beyonce  and  Jay Z . For a long time, they had been pros at keeping their six-year marriage mostly out of the public spotlight, but summer 2014 will be remembered in the pop culture world as the moment the whole thing almost came tumbling down.…

  16. What Is Jay Z and Beyonce’s Best Collaboration? Vote Now!

    September 17, 2014 12:42 PM EDT "Crazy in Love," "Drunk in Love" or another one that you love even more? Cast your vote in our new poll. On Tuesday night (Sept. 16), rumors began to swirl that Jay Z and Beyonce, better known as music’s most groundbreaking power couple, are working on a new…

  17. Kendrick Lamar Announces 'I' Single; Reveals Artwork

    September 17, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar is gearing up to release his first single, "I." The rapper took to Twitter on Wednesday, Sept. 17, to reveal the song title and single artwork. Check it out below: The single is scheduled to hit radio on Tuesday, Sept. 23, according to reports sprouting from a…

  18. New York Jets QB Geno Smith Talks Jay Z, Roc Nation Sports & His Favorite Music

    September 17, 2014 11:20 AM EDT New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith was one of the first professional athletes to sign with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports when he was drafted out of West Virginia University in 2013. To preview the new NFL season, Billboard already spoke to a bunch of NFL players about their pump-up music,…

  19. Big K.R.I.T. Releases 'See Me On Top Vol. 4' Mixtape: Listen

    September 16, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. , who hardly ever abandons his style, shows the virtues of persistence and consistency. He's been releasing mixtapes since 2005 -- some of these, like 2011's Return of 4 Eva , are potent -- carrying the torch for an older tradition of southern rap that draws its…

  20. Rihanna Song Pulled From Thursday Night Football For Good

    September 16, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Jay Z's 'Run This Town,' featuring Rihanna, was cut last week due to the Ray Rice controversy, leading to angry tweets from the singer. UPDATE: Roc Nation released a statement to Billboard on Tuesday indicating that "Run This Town" was pulled by the label, not by CBS.…

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