1. Ryan Star Video Exclusive: Watch The 'Bullet' Premiere

    August 29, 2014 11:39 AM EDT Earlier this year, alt-rock mainstay Ryan Star returned with Angels + Animals , a new album highlighted by the reflective single "Bullet." Check out the official music video to "Bullet," premiering exclusively on Billboard.com, below: Directed by Joshua Butler, the…

  2. U.K. Group Rallies Musicians, Writers and Performers to Fight Government Cuts

    August 29, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Newly formed U.K. protest group Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity are calling on musicians, writers, artists and performers to voice their opposition against government cuts in public and voluntary services.     Over 500 people working in the creative arts have so far signed up to the…

  3. Who Should Play Rivers Cuomo on Weezer TV Show?

    August 28, 2014 6:59 PM EDT Ohh-wee-ohh, they look just like Buddy Holly. Weezer already has a cruise to its name, so at this point, a TV show should be a no-brainer, right? With the band's new studio album approaching ( Everything Will Be Alright in the End is due Oct. 7 ), fans will also be treated to a Rivers…

  4. Watch Arcade Fire and David Byrne Cover Suicide at Brooklyn Show

    August 25, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour continued to trot out distinguished guests Aug. 24, as the indie rock collective welcomed former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the stage. Byrne -- who obeyed Arcade Fire’s dress code by wearing a tuxedo -- joined the band for a cover of Suicide’s “Dream…

  5. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  6. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  7. Hello, World: Bandposters and Its Smart, Simple Idea

    August 20, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Name: Bandposters Founders: Jonathan Sexton (CEO), Mike Fabio (COO), Travis Vignon (CTO) Founded: 2013 Location: Nashville, TN Business sector(s): Marketing Funding: Undisclosed seed round Investors: Mark Montgomery, Joe Glaser, Jonathon Barnes, Tom Osborne, Back Porch Group Strategic…

  8. Bow Wow to Co-Star in 'CSI: Cyber'

    August 19, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Rapper joins Patricia Arquette in the 'CSI' spinoff. Rapper and actor Bow Wow, born Shad Moss, has been cast as a series regular on the CBS spinoff CSI: Cyber , the network announced Tuesday (Aug. 19). Moss will play 19-year-old hacker Brody "Baby Face" Nelson. A cyber…

  9. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  10. Flavor Flav Battery Case Closed in Las Vegas

    August 18, 2014 8:26 PM EDT A Nevada judge has closed a criminal case against Flavor Flav after she was told the 55-year-old rapper and reality TV star completed a required domestic violence counseling course. The entertainer, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., wasn't in court Monday (Aug. 18)…

  11. Will New York's Met Opera Avoid Bankruptcy?

    August 18, 2014 1:17 PM EDT The Metropolitan Opera reached tentative agreements Monday morning with the unions representing its orchestra and chorus after an all-night bargaining session, according to the  The New York Times .  "These were difficult and highly complex negotiations, and I wish to commend the parties…

  12. Mysterious Aphex Twin Blimp Seen Flying Over London

    August 16, 2014 12:36 PM EDT A mysterious green blimp with the Aphex Twin logo printed on one side and “2014” appearing on the other was spotted hovering over London’s Oval Space venue on Saturday (Aug. 16). Aphex Twin's $46k Record, Minecraft and a Benevolent Internet Community The blimp sighting has left some to…

  13. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  14. Exclusive: Kenny Rogers Reflects on Tribute Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 14, 2014 5:20 PM EDT On Friday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil Kenny Rogers: Through The Years , a new exhibit that pays tribute to the legendary entertainer. The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee's career will be celebrated with a wide array of artifacts, including a Tony Alamo denim outfit…

  15. Damon Dash Makes Move to Collect Money From Lee Daniels' Films

    August 14, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder says Daniels owes him money for such works as 'The Butler' and 'Precious.' Damon Dash believes he is owed money from several of Lee Daniels ' film and television projects, including The Butler . The Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder has…

  16. Come Inside Arcade Fire’s Bedroom in ‘You Already Know’ Video

    August 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire has returned with a more innocuous video for the Reflektor track, "You Already Know," after causing controversy with their preceding "We Exist" music video. The band merrily rocks along to the new wave track in a sun-drenched bedroom, that's livened by…

  17. Norwegian Artist Bernhoft's New Album Receives the App Treatment from New Startup

    August 12, 2014 10:33 AM EDT After working for years on records by the Waterboys , Depeche Mode , and the Cure , among others, and realizing that albums were being made with less care and attention these days, producer Phillip Tennant started thinking about the music industry backwards. "No one’s got the funds…

  18. Robin Williams Dead at 63, Suicide Suspected

    August 11, 2014 7:41 PM EDT The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had been recently battling severe depression. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter The full statement is below. On…

  19. Rick Springfield Nixes Australia Tour To Make Movie

    August 10, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Rick Springfield’s long-awaited homecoming tour of Australia has been canceled because of his acting commitments.  Springfield, the artist behind such hits as "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart," was originally due to…

  20. Rick Springfield Joins Meryl Streep's Band in 'Ricki and the Flash'

    August 06, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Meryl Steep will have a musician with more than four decades of experience appearing by her side in her upcoming film, Ricki and the Flash. Rick Springfield , the musician behind hits like "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart,…

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