1. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  2. Taylor Swift Turns Radio On With 'Shake It Off'

    August 19, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Her new pure-pop single is set for lofty launches on the Pop and Adult Pop Songs airplay charts. As expected, Taylor Swift soared onto radio airwaves with her highly anticipated new single "Shake It Off." Swift released the high-energy, anti-haters pop anthem Tuesday during her…

  3. Life of Sugar Hill Records' Sylvia Heading to Big Screen

    August 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson was considered the mother of hip-hop. Paula Wagner , the producer who has been working on Broadway projects since splitting with former partner Tom Cruise, has acquired the film rights to the life story of the singer considered the mother of hip-hop: Sylvia Robinson . Sylvia&…

  4. Foo Fighters Parody 'Carrie' in Brilliant Ice Bucket Challenge Video

    August 19, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Just when you thought this whole ice bucket thing might have run dry, along comes the Foo Fighters with a genius take on the viral charity stunt. Justin Timberlake & More: Music's Top 10 Ice Bucket Challenges Paying homage to Brian De Palma 's 1976 classic film Carrie , the Foos…

  5. Drake Congratulates, Mocks Kevin Hart After Engagement

    August 19, 2014 3:56 PM EDT What are friends for? When Kevin Hart finally popped the question to Eniko Parrish, his girlfriend of five years, Drake wasted no time in doing what a friend does best: Mocking him mercilessly. Yes, Drake also gave mazels to Hart via Instagram, writing, "Very special day for one of my…

  6. EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

    August 19, 2014 2:44 PM EDT How shorter, fan-tested collections are resuscitating the recorded-music business. It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are moving enough units to build revenue for a baby act with a song…

  7. The 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.

    August 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On April 23, just one day after the release of her soon-to-be No. 3 album on the Billboard 200, Iggy Azalea was onstage at the House of Blues in Boston playing for a sellout crowd of 2,500. A major artist in front of a small crowd -- investors call it a "perishable experience"; fans…

  8. Diddy to Obama on Ferguson: 'Get on a Plane -- It's Serious'

    August 19, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the nation has watched the situation in Ferguson, Mo., continue to deteriorate as tensions boil between the police and protesters. While watching coverage of Ferguson on TV last night, Diddy took to Instagram to deliver a video message to…

  9. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

  10. Aphex Twin Reveals New Album 'Syro' Via Underground Internet

    August 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT So that's what that blimp was about. Two days after flying an enigmatic blimp over London , Aphex Twin revealed he's releasing his first new album in 13 years, entitled Syro . Richard D. James made the announcement via Tor, a sort of underground Internet that protects users'…

  11. George Strait’s Final Concert to Get Cable Broadcast

    August 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT If you weren’t one of the record-setting 104,000 fans in attendance at George Strait’s final concert, you’re in luck. The entire show will air on CMT Friday, Aug. 29 in a two-hour exclusive premiere. George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away will air from 7 to 9 p.m. (ET) and includes new…

  12. Madonna Refuses to Let Instagram Ruin Her Nipple Pic Birthday Fun

    August 18, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Instagram's infamous anti-nipple policy has a new enemy: Madonna . On the Queen of Pop's 56th birthday, she posted an image of herself in 1920s garb next to a topless (well, unless you consider a pearl necklace a top) woman. Instagram swiftly removed the nipple pic, which Madonna…

  13. NSFW: Lily Allen Flashes Nipple at V Festival

    August 18, 2014 11:01 AM EDT For the second time this year, Lily Allen delivered an unexpectedly revealing performance thanks to a malfunctioning silver catsuit. During her set at V Festival in Chelmsford, England, Allen's nipple accidentally popped out. According to MTV UK , Sheezus herself didn't seem to…

  14. Report: Kanye West & Paul McCartney Recording Together

    August 18, 2014 10:29 AM EDT As speculation about Kanye West 's seventh studio album reaches a fever pitch, a new report is entering the fray that's sure to blow minds and traumatize baby boomers: Kanye and Paul McCartney are allegedly working on music together. Page Six reports that 'Ye and Macca have…

  15. 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…

  16. Exclusive: Primus' Les Claypool Talks Woodstock '94, 20 Years Later

    August 16, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Claypool reflects on mud-tossing, stage fright & Trent Reznor's Semen Demon. Twenty-five years after Woodstock set the tone for future rock festivals to come and arguably changed a generation, Gen X attempted to make lightning strike twice in Upstate New York with Woodstock '94…

  17. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Weird Al' Has Biggest Comedy Album Since 2011

    August 15, 2014 4:22 PM EDT Also: The 'Now That's What I Call Music!' series collects its 97th charting album, Al Jarreau returns with a No. 1 Contemporary Jazz album, and the 'God's Not Dead' soundtrack makes a heavenly sales gain. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians…

  18. Elvis Presley's Granddaughter Engaged to Australian Stuntman

    August 15, 2014 4:16 PM EDT Lisa Marie's daughter, Riley Keough, is engaged to Ben Smith-Petersen. Happy news from the Presley dynasty: Riley Keough , granddaughter of Elvis Presley , is engaged to be married. Unlike mother Lisa Marie Presley -- who has two children with musician Danny Keough and two with music…

  19. 10 Things You Will (and Won't) Hear on a No. 1 Summer Hit

    August 15, 2014 3:59 PM EDT While "Problem," "Fancy" and "Rude" vie for the position of 2014's Song of the Summer, we got to thinking about the previous decade of smash hits -- from 2003's "Crazy In Love" to 2013's "Blurred Lines" -- to earn the No. 1 Song…

  20. Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Dillon Francis & Jake Miller: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 11

    August 15, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

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