1. '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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Watch Danielle Haim Jam With The Killers

    August 10, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The Killers decided to let drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. sit out for a song on Saturday night when they hit the stage at the Independent in San Francisco, CA. Instead, they invited Haim singer Danielle Haim to join the group for a vintage track.  And, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers revealed…

  9. Dawn Richard Pens Open Letter After Danity Kane Breakup

    August 10, 2014 5:04 PM EDT Shortly after Danity Kane revealed that they have broken up (again), Dawn Richard penned an open letter to her fans.  The letter is in response to the reports that she punched Aubrey O'Day after a recording session, a report she previously called "exaggerated lies and false…

  10. Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill 'Banged Up' After Tour Bus Accident

    August 10, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill was injured in a tour bus accident and the band has since delayed Sunday's (August 10) show in Saratoga Springs, NY. They confirmed the news on their Facebook account.  Followill was treated for broken ribs. "IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to an…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Hilary Duff Releases Cover Art For Single 'All About You'

    August 09, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Hilary Duff fans might want to mark down Monday on their calendars. The singer is set to premiere her new single, "All About You," on August 11. It was revealed on Twitter that she will appear on the Adam Bomb radio show next week to give her fans a first listen to the song, which…

  14. Beyonce Instagrams Photo In Team Carter Jersey

    August 09, 2014 8:39 PM EDT Despite what the rumor mill might have to say about Jay Z and Beyonce's marriage , the pop star may have subtly responded to chatter in a new Instagram photo posted on Saturday (August 9). In the snapshot, Beyonce is wearing a jersey with the name "Carter" printed across the…

  15. Omarion Welcomes Baby Boy

    August 09, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Start sending Omarion some blue baby gifts. It's a boy for the singer and his girlfriend Apryl Jones. He revealed the baby news on his Instagram account, giving his followers a first look at their son, Megaa Omari Grandberry. "World. Allow me to introduce. MEGAA OMARI GRANDBERRY. He…

  16. Aaliyah Biopic Adds Missy Elliott and Timbaland Roles: Report

    August 09, 2014 6:21 PM EDT With the Aaliyah role finally locked into place for the upcoming Lifetime biopic about the singer, more pivotal roles are reportedly being revealed.  According to The Wrap , Chattrisse Dolabaille and Izaak Smith have been cast as Aaliyah's collaborators Missy Elliott and Timbaland.…

  17. Selena Gomez To Receive 'Ultimate' Surfboard At Teen Choice Awards

    August 09, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Selena Gomez has proven she can do just about anything when it comes to entertaining the masses. And now the multi-hyphenate performer is being recognized for her work on the charts and on the big screen. 2 014 Teen Choice Awards: See All the Photos Here! Gomez will be presented with the…

  18. Watch Taylor Swift Play Piano In Brand-New 'The Giver' Clip

    August 09, 2014 4:41 PM EDT For fans wondering what Taylor Swift will be up to in the upcoming "The Giver" film adaptation, they won't have to wait much longer to find out. The singer is featured in a new preview for the flick, out later this month. Swift appears in an exclusive first look, featured on…

  19. 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 --…

  20. 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: '…

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