1. Katy Perry Tops YouTube List of Most Popular Music Videos of 2014 (So Far)

    July 29, 2014 5:37 PM EDT She's coming at you like a dark horse: So far, Katy Perry tops the list of most played music videos for 2014, YouTube announced July 29. The music video for Perry's single "Dark Horse" has racked up nearly 500 million views and counting. It's followed by…

  2. N.W.A Biopic Casts MC Ren & DJ Yella Roles

    July 29, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. round out the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast. Universal's N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is rounding out the cast, adding Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. They'll join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason…

  3. Festival Deaths on the Rise in the EDM World

    July 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Drug-related deaths spike along with casualties of overheating, dehydration and accidental self-immolation -- is ecstasy to blame or is it just the cost of doing EDM business? On July 18, a student was found dead of undetermined causes at Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia. In June,…

  4. How 'Get On Up' Nailed the James Brown Look

    July 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Film's production and costume designers lead Billboard through the film's many times and places. Harlem's Apollo Theater, where James Brown recorded his legendary live album in 1962, was built in a middle school auditorium in Natchez, Miss., for Get On Up. "We got lucky,…

  5. Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' Q&A: 'I Wasn't Shy About Being a Struggling Actor Again'

    July 28, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Zach Braff is pretty confident the soundtrack to his new film, Wish I Was Here , won't be a platinum blockbuster like the one from his 2004 directorial debut, Garden State . "Selling 1.5 million copies in this day and age is ridiculous," the actor-director tells Billboard. …

  6. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  7. Nicki Minaj Gets Animated For Cartoon Network

    July 26, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Nicki Minaj has taken on a number of personas in her music, but now the MC is flexing her flair for the dramatic on the small screen. The rapper will appear on an upcoming episode of Cartoon Network's "Steven Universe." During the animated appearance, Minaj will play a…

  8. Report: Tim McGraw Fan Seeking Apology, Possible Legal Action After Concert Incident

    July 26, 2014 8:00 PM EDT According to a new report, the fan who alleges that Tim McGraw slapped her  at an Atlanta concert on July 13 might soon take legal action.  The female fan's lawyer, Eric Hertz, tells TMZ that the she feels "humiliated" after the incident and wants an apology from the country…

  9. Demi Lovato Debuts Shorter Locks, Announces New Performance

    July 26, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Demi Lovato just doesn't stop! She just added a new gig to her summer. The singer will take the stage at the Teen Choice Awards and she's bringing a friend along for the ride. She will be joined by Cher Lloyd. The twosome will perform their duet "Really Don't Care,"…

  10. Hundreds See James Brown Film Premiere In Augusta

    July 26, 2014 11:12 AM EDT Filmmakers and stars of the new James Brown movie have given the soul singer's hometown a first look at their finished work. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic The Augusta Chronicle reports the director and stars of the…

  11. Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said About the Classic Back Then

    July 25, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Between the Beastie Boys ' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. It's not just the Beastie's magnum opus -- it'…

  12. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

  13. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  14. Does Run The Jewels Have a Case Against Apple's New MacBook Ad?

    July 25, 2014 11:24 AM EDT On July 22, Apple released a new "Stickers" ad for the MacBook Air. Soundtracked by Glasgow producer Hudson Mohawke 's latest banger, "Chimes," the clip whips through a series of short clips of some stock and recognizable images, with outlines of the Eiffel Tower and…

  15. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  16. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  17. Kidz Bop Charts 40th Album

    July 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Those darn Kidz are at it again. The Kidz Bop Kids, that is. The franchise scores its 40th charting album on the Billboard 200 as Kidz Bop 26 bows at No. 4 with 46,000 sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series The latest effort…

  18. Beatport's New President Lloyd Starr on Download Farms, What EDM Even Is (Q&A)

    July 23, 2014 2:48 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matthew Addell's June 24 exit, the door opened…

  19. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  20. 'SNL' Star Jay Pharoah Avoids Tongues, Blood, Teeth on 'Bad Kisser' (Video)

    July 23, 2014 10:29 AM EDT If you're sad that Weird Al's video parody blitzkrieg has passed, look no further than "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jay Pharoah's reimagining of Usher's "Good Kisser." It's called -- wait for it -- "Bad Kisser." Sasheer Zamata Joins …

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