1. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  2. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  3. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

  4. Pras Michel, Founding Member of the Fugees, Takes Ice Bucket Challenge in North Korea

    August 31, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Pras Michel passed on the challenge to four people, including former bandmate Lauryn Hill. It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel , a founding member of the Fugees , has done it -- getting his dousing…

  5. Made in America Concert Set to Rock Downtown L.A.

    August 30, 2014 2:37 PM EDT More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the multi-stage show. Downtown Los Angeles is ready for its inaugural outdoor music festival. The Budweiser Made in America concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Park. Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and…

  6. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  7. Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

    August 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT A Spice Girl will join the creator as he returns to the ITV show after its U.S. cancellation The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in what will be its 11th season. U.S. Version of…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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'…

  11. 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&…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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. "…

  20. 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…

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