1. 'Rising Star' Recap: With a Record Contract Pending, Contestants Show Their True Artistic Colors

    August 18, 2014 3:46 AM EDT Tonight’s Rising Star began with Josh Groban accepting his official ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which makes sense, because this show is a lot like scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed: there’s a good bit of secondhand embarrassment, occasionally something is interesting enough to make you…

  2. Paul McCartney Closes San Francisco’s Candlestick Park

    August 18, 2014 1:14 AM EDT San Francisco said goodbye on Thursday to Candlestick Park -- the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. The storied venue shut down after an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney that finished around midnight. It will then…

  3. Watch Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff Reunite, Perform 'Summertime'

    August 17, 2014 6:18 PM EDT Will Smith surprised fans in Las Vegas Friday, joining his longtime friend and collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff for a few guest Fresh Prince reunion jams including the duo's 1991 hit "Summertime" and a dance-along to Sugarhill Gang's "Apache," often called "Jump…

  4. Paul Giamatti to Star in 'Straight Outta Compton' as N.W.A Manager

    August 16, 2014 11:31 AM EDT The actor will play Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller Paul Giamatti has closed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton , The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The actor will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. Casting Company Apologizes for…

  5. B1A4 Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Band Mates?': Video

    August 15, 2014 7:30 PM EDT With a set that brought out super soakers and heel-clicking choreography , B1A4 proved onstage at KCON 2014 that they have a natural knack for having fun together. While performing K-Pop Hot 100 hits like "Solo Day" and "What's Happening," B1A4 sure looked like a…

  6. SPICA Explain Recording in America vs. Korea, Global Aspirations at KCON 2014: Video Interview

    August 15, 2014 5:00 PM EDT SPICA premiered their debut English single "I Did It" with Billboard days before performing it in front of thousands at KCON 2014. Ahead of its biggest live performance to date, the talented girl group sat down to reflect on preparing for their U.S. debut and talk about what's…

  7. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  8. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  9. Gimme Five: IU's Favorite Singers (Video)

    August 14, 2014 7:30 PM EDT Though she's only 21,  IU  has proven in her six years on the K-pop scene that she has a musical taste far beyond her years. The singer has earned No. 1s on the K-Pop Hot 100 after dabbling in everything from big band swing  to  classic Korean tunes . After telling Billboard she'd…

  10. How Did Fans Hype Up B1A4 for KCON 2014?: Video Interview

    August 14, 2014 5:15 PM EDT When most people get off an airplane, they're tired or jetlagged (maybe both) and yearning to get their final destination. But the boys of B1A4 tell Billboard they were overjoyed to be greeted by so many fans at the airport upon their arrival. The K-pop boy band added that the energy…

  11. Watch Microsoft Brilliantly Shade Apple With 2NE1's K-Pop Hit in New Ad

    August 13, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Microsoft lets the girl group do the talking to declare (in Korean) 'I Am the Best.' Technology companies doing side-by-side comparisons in TV ads is nothing new. But subtly shading your competition by soundtracking the ad with a foreign language hit is rather brilliant. For its new…

  12. Glenn Danzig Loses Misfits Merch Money Lawsuit

    August 13, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Glenn Danzig 's lawsuit against former Misfits bandmate Jerry Only -- who leads the oldies circuit incarnation of the groundbreaking punk band -- has been thrown out of court . Danzig claimed Only entered into contracts with various stores, including Hot Topic, to sell Misfits merch…

  13. IU Talks First US Performance, New Album & 'Modern Family' at KCON 2014: Video Interview

    August 13, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Without a doubt, one of the most exciting aspects of KCON 2014 was K-pop's solo superstar IU  performing her first-ever performance in America. Backstage at the festival, the K-Pop Hot 100 all-time leader  talks to Billboard about her experience. More IU Read About IU's KCON…

  14. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  15. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy Announces 'Sukierae' Tour Dates With Son Spencer

    August 13, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Jeff Tweedy is heading out on the road this fall to promote his upcoming album Sukierae , which features his son Spencer on drums. In that spirit, the 18-year old Tweedy will accompany his dad on the tour, which kicks off in September. The project is called TWEEDY and the new album drops Sept…

  16. Jeff Goldblum to Perform at NYC’s Cafe Carlyle

    August 13, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Jeff Goldblum is coming back to New York but not to act -- he'll be singing. The Cafe Carlyle said the "Jurassic Park" and "The Fly" star will perform Sept. 16-20 with his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra . The actor has sung and played piano with the band…

  17. KCON More Than Doubles Attendance in 2014

    August 12, 2014 8:22 PM EDT America's premiere K-pop festival hit 42,000 in attendance, up from last year's 20,000 America's premiere festival dedicated to all things K-pop and "Hallyu" (aka Korean wave), KCON 2014 revealed that it more than doubled last year's attendance numbers to over 42…

  18. Radio One, REVOLT, Motown Execs Among Living Legends Foundation Honorees

    August 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Radio One/TV One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, REVOLT Media & TV CEO Keith Clinkscales and Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, are among those named to be receive honors at this year's Living Legends Foundation Awards Celebration. The show will be held on Oct. 3 at…

  19. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  20. KCON 2014 Day 2: Girls' Generation, CNBLUE, SPICA & More Close L.A. Festival With Loud Bang

    August 12, 2014 2:03 AM EDT BTS, Jung Joon Young, Danny Im and more were on hand to close the K-pop festival KCON 2014 picked up right where it left off Saturday with another day of K-pop paradise featuring panels, workshops, artist meet-and-greets and a marketplace dedicated to all things "Hallyu" (aka Korean…

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