1. 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…

  2. Electric Wurms Song Premiere: Hear 'The Bat' from the Flaming Lips Side Project

    August 11, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss their new collaboration, touring possibilities and Miley Cyrus. Wayne Coyne says the Electric Wurms is "mostly Steven's group," referring to his Flaming Lips compatriot Steven Drozd. But Drozd insists that Coyne get his due credit for the…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. Panic! at the Disco Preaches the ‘Gospel’ at New York Madison Square Garden Theater Show

    August 06, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Panic! continue to do what many of their mid-2000s competitors couldn’t -- grow up without becoming a nostalgia act. In New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium on Tuesday, One Direction openers 5 Seconds of Summer were supposedly bringing back pop-punk. But the kids who came out to see Panic! at the…

  6. Jay Z, Beyonce and the Rumor Mill: Who's Pulling the Strings?

    August 05, 2014 6:07 PM EDT For most of their six-year, seven-digit-earning marriage, Beyonce and Jay Z were a glimmering aberration in the world of celebrity rumors: an unflappable married couple seemingly impervious to gossip. In fact, just one year ago, two people tightly controlled the Jay Z/Beyonce media…

  7. Al Jarreau Salutes George Duke on New Star-Packed Album

    August 05, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The late musician’s influential legacy is saluted on 'My Old Friend,' featuring guests Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Albright and more. It’s a year to the day (Aug. 5) since the untimely death of revered Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke .…

  8. Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes: Lollapalooza Security Guards Assaulted Me

    August 01, 2014 11:32 PM EDT Singer-producer claims he was "jumped by three security guards" following his festival performance. Update :  Lollapalooza has released the following statement regarding Friday night's incident: "Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a…

  9. See a Bloodied & Buff Nick Jonas in 'Kingdom' Trailer

    July 31, 2014 8:42 PM EDT MMA drama premieres on DirecTV's Audience Network on Oct. 8. If you've ever hoped for a Disney Channel and UFC crossover, this is the show for you. Kingdom , a mixed martial arts drama coming to DirecTV's Audience Network on Oct. 8, stars middle JoBro Nick Jonas as a jacked-up…

  10. Exclusive: Fool's Gold to Release 'Draft Picks 2014' Compilation Through BitTorrent

    July 31, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Brooklyn label Fool's Gold has announced the release of a free BitTorrent Bundle,  Draft Picks 2014 , featuring unreleased tracks from new signees including Salva , Giraffage , and Troyboi . The compilation also features an assortment of demos, leaks, remixes, and remastered material. …

  11. Fired OSU Band Leader Says He Was Fixing 'Sexualized Culture'

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ohio State University's fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture "in dire need of change" before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. The university fired Jonathan Waters last week after the two-month investigation…

  12. How 'Get On Up' Nailed the James Brown Look

    July 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Film's production and costume designers lead Billboard through the film's many times and places. Harlem's Apollo Theater, where James Brown recorded his legendary live album in 1962, was built in a middle school auditorium in Natchez, Miss., for Get On Up. "We got lucky,…

  13. Jenny Lewis on Rocking Out, Ryan Adams and Saying Goodbye to Rilo Kiley

    July 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT "I just stumbled out of my Ford Focus in these mules,” says Jenny Lewis, pointing to her purple-bowed footwear. Settling into an airy cafe near her Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the one-time child actor who turned indie rock “It” girl evokes a glam version of Seinfeld ’s Elaine:…

  14. This Week In Billboard Chart History: 'N Sync Tops Hot 100 With 'It's Gonna Be Me'

    July 28, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Fourteen years ago this week, the boy band landed its first and only Hot 100 No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Eminem, Neil Diamond and Los Del Rio Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 28, 2007 Plain White…

  15. Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Gets Documentary Treatment

    July 27, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Unlocking the Truth, the teenage Brooklyn band who signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony Music, including a $60,000 advance on a two-album deal with an option for four more records, will be the subjects of a feature documentary. Black Label Media and SeeThink Films will finance and…

  16. Newport Jazz Fest Founder Looks to the Future on 60th Anniversary

    July 27, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals. That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music…

  17. Ohio State Fires Leader of Viral Marching Band

    July 24, 2014 10:33 PM EDT Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts. Jonathan Waters had led the…

  18. Kirko Bangz & August Alsina Team Up For 'Rich' Video: Watch

    July 23, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Kirko Bangz chooses the wrong path to achieve success in his new video for "Rich." The Houston rapper is joined by the song's featured guest, August Alsina, in its accompanying Rock Davis and Jay Rodriguez-directed video, which portrays the consequences of living the fast life.…

  19. How Shawn Mendes Is Turning Vine Fame Into a Music Career

    July 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Shawn Mendes — a sweet-voiced, dreamy-faced 15-year-old Canadian singer whose name, at the moment, is inextricably connected with the words "Vine sensation" — sits on a stool in a rehearsal room on Manhattan's West side. Tom Jackson, a long-haired veteran "performance…

  20. Lady Gaga Shows Nipple While 'Listening to Miles Davis' on a Plane

    July 18, 2014 11:41 AM EDT Lady Gaga’s been #artRAVE-ing her heart out lately, most recently in Dallas, but that hasn’t stopped the pop star from traveling to visit her pal Jeff Koons. Lady Gaga's Biggest Hot 100 Hits Gaga posted a pic of she and her pup, Asia, on their way to The Yellowstone Club in Montana.…

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