1. L.A.'s Mayor, Jay Z and Live Nation's Alliance Draws Criticism Over Potential Conflicts

    August 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Revelers at Jay Z's Labor Day weekend Made in America festival might wonder how such a major music event in the center of downtown Los Angeles came together in only a few months without the usual…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 2014 Is the Best Year for Stadium Concerts in 20 Years

    August 22, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Billboard declared 1994 the "Year of the Stadium." Then receipts began sinking. Now, 20 years later, the big-venue shows are setting records again in a startling comeback. Jason Aldean says that when his team first broached the idea of adding stadiums to his tour route in 2013, “I…

  5. Crossfaith, Phoenix & More Hit Japan's Summer Sonic

    August 21, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Queen with Adam Lambert & more also grace the Tokyo & Osaka stages. Summer Sonic, the biggest music festival in Japan devoted to international repertoire, was held Aug. 16 and 17 simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The event has recently seen industry…

  6. From Jay Z and Beyonce to the Stones: A Look at 6 Top Tours of 2014

    August 19, 2014 5:33 PM EDT These A-list road warriors logged major miles this year: They grossed a staggering $843 million, set career and live-event records, and reached more than 8 million fans. Read on to find out who's ruled the concert circuit so far in 2014: Kevin Kane/WireImage BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE…

  7. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  8. Journey, Steve Miller Band Lead Hot Tours With Summer Run

    August 07, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Journey and the Steve Miller Band take the top ranking in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the final box office stats reported from their summertime trek through North America. The veteran rock bands joined forces in mid-May to co-headline an 11-week tour, playing primarily at outdoor…

  9. Watch Jimmy Kimmel Review Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour

    August 05, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Jimmy Kimmel made it out to the Rose Bowl for the One the Run Tour, and he shared his thoughts on Beyonce and Jay Z during the opening monologue of Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night. Jimmy was used to seeing football games at the Rose Bowl, so Beyonce’s myriad costume changes threw him for a…

  10. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Tops $100 Million, 'Everybody’s Winning'

    August 05, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Plagued by rumors of poor ticket sales and still a target for the tabloids, the Jay Z/Beyonce On The Run stadium tour will nevertheless wrap as a huge success. Jay Z and Beyonce 's On The Run tour wraps in North America with two nights at AT&T Park in San Francisco, both tonight …

  11. OutKast, YG Bring Few Surprises To First Night of Drake's Two-Day OVO Fest

    August 04, 2014 3:58 AM EDT Drake’s fifth annual OVO Festival, held in his hometown of Toronto, expanded to two days for the first time this year. But for the first of two nights on Sunday, OVO was less about Drake (who was set to headline the following night) and unbilled appearances from his many A-list friends.…

  12. Lollapalooza's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    August 01, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Eminem or the Arctic Monkeys? Calvin Harris or OutKast? Here's our expert advice. If you’re a pro at the music festival game, you know you’ve got to come prepared. Lollapalooza 2014: Wall-to-Wall Coverage from Billboard Once strictly an alt-rock festival, Lolla now offers a refined…

  13. Chronixx Tops Reggae Album Chart Following 'Tonight Show' & Central Park Performances

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Two recent high-profile performances in New York City by Jamaica's most talked about reggae artist, Chronixx, have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay. Chronixx (b. Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence…

  14. Jhene Aiko Talks Making Of 'Souled Out' Album & Family

    July 28, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Jhene Aiko stands around 5 feet tall and weighs perhaps as much as a decaf macchiato; the 2015 Cadillac Escalade stretches 18-and-a-half feet and tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds. Right now, the buzz-building singer-rapper -- she has performed with her friend Drake on "Saturday…

  15. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  16. Beyoncé Leads MTV VMAs With 8 Nominations

    July 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Beyoncé has received eight nominations for the 2014 MTV VMAs, including a nod for Video of the Year for "Drunk In Love" with her husband Jay Z, as well as Best Female and Best Choreography for “Partition.” “Drunk in Love” is also up for Best Collaboration. Eminem and Iggy Azalea…

  17. Kanye West to Headline Both Made in America Festivals; Iggy Azalea Added to L.A. Bill

    July 16, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Looks like Kanye West will be headlining both coasts of Budweiser Made In America next month when it expands to Los Angeles as well as Philadelphia on Aug. 30 and 31. Also newly announced to the L.A. lineup is Iggy Azalea, who will play the West Coast festival on Saturday. More on Made in…

  18. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

  19. Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

    July 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles as a live act, tracing their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England, and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse…

  20. Denver Chive Fest Lineup Exclusive: Edward Sharpe, Cold War Kids & More

    July 10, 2014 12:01 AM EDT The inaugural edition of Denver's Chive Fest, hosted by entertainment photo web giant theCHIVE.com in association with C3 Presents, will include performances from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids, Talib Kweli and more, Billboard.com can exclusively announce. The…

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