1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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. "…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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 ),…

  9. 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…

  10. 'The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill' Documentary: Review

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT On Tuesday, Kate Bush will take over London's Eventim Apollo for 22 nights of concerts collectively entitled "Before the Dawn" (selling out 77,000 tickets in 15 minutes while doing so). Just in time for the momentous occasion -- her first live shows since 1979's epic…

  11. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  12. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state…

  13. Nile Rodgers-Founded Label Partners With Game Music Connect Conference

    August 26, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Sumthing Else Music Works, Nile Rodgers ' record label specializing in video game soundtracks, has partnered with this year's Game Music Connect 2014, a London-based conference for fans of music in games and aspiring composers. Attendees to this year's event, being held at…

  14. Tribune Company Names John Batter New Gracenote CEO, Plans 'Aggressive' Expansion

    August 26, 2014 8:16 AM EDT Tribune Media Company has named John Batter as the new chief executive of Gracenote, a provider of audio and video metadata and recognition services, as well as executive vice president at Tribune Media. Interim chief executive Shashi Seth , who also had the role of president at Tribune…

  15. Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta Talks New Single 'Never Been In Love,' Featuring Icona Pop

    August 25, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Check out the brand-new lyric video for 'Never Been In Love.' "When you heard the title of the song did you think it would be a negative song?" Cobra Starship 's Gabe Saporta asks. The frontman is doing an early interview to hype Cobra Starship’s so-far-untitled fifth…

  16. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Crowns Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, AC

    August 25, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The ballad becomes one of only three songs ever to lead the three lists simultaneously. Plus, new No. 1s for Jeremih, ScHoolboy Q, Demi Lovato & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  17. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  18. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  19. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  20. Hackers Use Twitter Bomb Scare to Divert Sony Exec's Plane

    August 25, 2014 9:51 AM EDT An American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was diverted on Sunday after a hacker group dubbed the Lizard Squad used Twitter to call in a bomb scare. Earlier in the day, the group claimed responsibility for a denial-of-service attack that knocked out…

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