1. T.I. Sounds off on Ferguson: 'America Has Created a Monster'

    August 19, 2014 7:33 PM EDT As protests over the Aug. 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. have continued to turn from peaceful to riots, Tuesday T.I. spoke out about the issue on Instagram.  In two posts, about three hours apart, the Atlanta rapper included two of the more iconic images to…

  2. U.K. Producer SOPHIE Q&A: On Secrecy, Synthesis & What's Next

    August 19, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Mysterious U.K. producer SOPHIE , who is best known for the use of post-generational bass and vanguard style of sound engineering, has lately been lighting up the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists and Trending 140 charts. On July 27, SOPHIE released the song "LEMONADE," which…

  3. 'Canadian Idol' Contestant Acquitted of Terrorism

    August 19, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Khurram Syed Sher appeared on the show in 2008. A former Canadian Idol contestant was acquitted on Tuesday (Aug. 19) of conspiring to facilitate terrorism, with the judge finding insufficient evidence that he intended to join a plot.   Khurram Syed Sher , an Ontario doctor whose 2010 arrest…

  4. Foo Fighters Parody 'Carrie' in Brilliant Ice Bucket Challenge Video

    August 19, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Just when you thought this whole ice bucket thing might have run dry, along comes the Foo Fighters with a genius take on the viral charity stunt. Justin Timberlake & More: Music's Top 10 Ice Bucket Challenges Paying homage to Brian De Palma 's 1976 classic film Carrie , the Foos…

  5. Read Ferguson Native Michael McDonald's Take On Violence, Race & Michael Brown

    August 19, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Before his time with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald learned music growing up in Ferguson, Mo., where he spent 14 years of his childhood. With the nation now watching his hometown in horror and disbelief, McDonald penned an insightful op-ed on Michael Brown's death…

  6. Russian Streaming Startup Zvooq Has a Unique Strategy (and Just Received $20M in Funding)

    August 19, 2014 3:20 PM EDT The piracy-rife country has a new, above-board option for music streamers -- with a pricing twist to boot. Russian music streaming service Zvooq has raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Russian e-commerce company Ulmart with participation of Essedel Capital, a Finnish private equity…

  7. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in Ferguson

    August 19, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them." I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope…

  8. Victoria Justice's Music Career: Why Ariana Grande's Co-Star Is Still Worth Watching

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT While Grande continues to score chart hits, Justice has struggled to kick-start a solo career. Here's why she shouldn't be counted out. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams , so much depends upon a debut single in modern pop music. Want proof? Look at the recent career trajectories…

  9. DJ Skee Debuts DASH Radio, Taps East Village Radio Co-Founder, L.A. Reid As Investors

    August 19, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Give Scott Keeney , a.k.a. DJ Skee , a minute to talk about his love for radio, and you’ll wind up getting five. That’s what Peter Ferraro , co-founder of East Village Radio, got on the day he announced the impending closure of his pioneering internet radio station. “At first I was like, …

  10. The 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.

    August 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On April 23, just one day after the release of her soon-to-be No. 3 album on the Billboard 200, Iggy Azalea was onstage at the House of Blues in Boston playing for a sellout crowd of 2,500. A major artist in front of a small crowd -- investors call it a "perishable experience"; fans…

  11. Diddy to Obama on Ferguson: 'Get on a Plane -- It's Serious'

    August 19, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the nation has watched the situation in Ferguson, Mo., continue to deteriorate as tensions boil between the police and protesters. While watching coverage of Ferguson on TV last night, Diddy took to Instagram to deliver a video message to…

  12. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more 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…

  13. Hear Blake Shelton's 'Neon Light' From Upcoming Album 'Bringing Back the Sunshine'

    August 19, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Taylor Swift wasn't the only country(-ish) artist debuting new music Monday.  Blake Shelton dropped the lead single, "Neon Light," off his upcoming eleventh studio album, Bringing Back The Sunshine . The laid-back tune deals with the glimmer of hope in the distance following a…

  14. Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Adds T.I. to Growing Cast

    August 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Marvel's Ant-Man has announced several new castings, including rapper T.I. , Bobby Cannavale ( Boardwalk Empire ), Judy Greer ( Archer ) and John Slattery ( Mad Men ). The film, directed by Peyton Reed , began principal photography on Monday in San Francisco. It stars Paul Rudd  as its…

  15. For Taylor Swift's '1989,' a 1989 Pop Mixtape

    August 18, 2014 10:11 PM EDT With the announcement today of Taylor Swift's new album, 1989 , came with an explanation for its full-blown pop lead single "Shake It Off": Not only is the album title in dedication to the year in which she was born, it's also a referential mark to the era from which…

  16. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

  17. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below…

  18. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  19. 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…

  20. Nelly Talks Ferguson & Setting Up a Scholarship in Michael Brown's Name: 'We Need to Strategize'

    August 18, 2014 11:37 AM EDT The St. Louis rapper tells Billboard about setting up a scholarship fund with Brown's family. Nelly may have been thousands of miles from his hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, but the city was at the forefront of his mind while playing the Uforia festival in Los Angeles. During…

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