1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

    August 29, 2014 8:45 PM EDT R&B legend Smokey Robinson earns his highest charting album since 1981, while Amy Grant debuts on both the Christian and Dance/Electronic Albums charts- On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1 , giving the hip-hop star his first chart…

  2. L.A. Mayor Defends Plans for Jay Z's Made in America

    August 29, 2014 8:14 PM EDT 'What's important is that Los Angeles figure out a way to get to 'Yes,'' he says of Jay Z-headed festival. The Made in America festival is coming to downtown Los Angeles, not as an inconvenience, but as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs for crew…

  3. Former Jethro Tull Bass Player Glenn Cornick Dies

    August 29, 2014 7:09 PM EDT Glenn Cornick , the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull , died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday. Drew Cornick says his 67-year-old father had been receiving hospice care. Cornick performed with Jethro Tull from its inception in late 1967 until…

  4. Netflix-Comcast Battle Shows Net Neutrality Has Real Consequences

    August 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT The case of Netflix vs. Comcast is a lesson on the real-world implications of network neutrality. The term "network neutrality," a principle that all Internet data should be treated equally, has been more of an elusive concept than a well-defined issue in the music industry. It'…

  5. Johnny Winter Song Premiere: Hear 'Mojo Hand' Featuring Aerosmith's Joe Perry

    August 29, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Producer Paul Nelson discusses the making of the star-studded new album. The arrival of Johnny Winter's guest-laden Step Back on Sept. 2 will be bittersweet for producer Paul Nelson after Winter's death on July 16 at the age of 70 in Switzerland. "I listen to the album, and it&…

  6. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The single logs third-largest streaming week on record, while Wiz Khalifa debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Smokey Robinson launches at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums. Following the release of Nicki Minaj 's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally…

  7. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  8. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  9. SeatGeek Raises $35 Million From Accel Partners, Nas, Manning Brothers

    August 28, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Concert ticket search engine SeatGeek announced on Thursday that it has raised $35 million in a series B round of funding led by Accel Partners. Other investors in the round include rapper Nas , NFL quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning and Causeway Media Partners, a sports investment fund led…

  10. Max Martin Scores 18th No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100

    August 28, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The co-writer and co-producer of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' increases his impressive tally of leaders. With the No. 1 debut of Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" on the Billboard Hot 100 , the song's co-writer and co-producer, Max Martin , adds yet another…

  11. 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…

  12. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100

    August 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to a monster first week for 'Shake It Off,' Swift rattles and rolls to No. 1. Taylor Swift takes over as the top artist in the U.S., as she vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 , marking her first week atop the chart. She'd re-entered the list at No. 69 last week…

  13. John Lennon's Killer Admits He’s ‘An Idiot’

    August 28, 2014 12:16 AM EDT John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, according to a transcript released Wednesday. "…

  14. 615 Spotlight: Tim Menzies Explains Hiatus, Talks Gospel-Leaning New Album

    August 27, 2014 5:57 PM EDT This week, we go in a different direction with the 615 Spotlight. Rather than showcase a brand new artist, we update you on a singer-songwriter so highly respected in Music City that demo versions of songs he's written for big-name artists -- such as Reba McEntire, Mark Chesnutt and…

  15. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  16. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

  17. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  18. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Hal Ketchum's Comeback Single 'I'm The Troubadour'

    August 26, 2014 6:15 PM EDT For a few years, Hal Ketchum lost his musical way. "I just kind of lost my powder for a while," the country singer tells Billboard. "I just didn't feel like playing or writing. One day I just said, 'This is a gift that God has given me, so I better get back to it.…

  19. Ice Bucket Challenge Round-Up: Aerosmith, Rick Rubin, John Mayer & More Musicians

    August 26, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Even Posh Spice! The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is still going strong, which means even more musicians are willing to tape themselves dumping ice water on their heads and putting that video on the Internet for enternity. The latest participants? Rick Rubin (answering Eminem 's challenge ),…

  20. Steve Aoki, Disco Donnie to Speak at Electronic Music Conference

    August 26, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Asia-Pacific's Electronic Music Conference has unveiled a first round of speakers, as well as other details, for this year's event taking place in Sydney on Dec. 2-4.   The announcement features over 40 speakers, most notably Steve Aoki , who'll deliver the conference's…

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