1. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  2. Casey Kasem to Be Buried in Norway

    August 14, 2014 11:36 PM EDT The body of DJ Casey Kasem , who died June 15 in Gig Harbor, Washington, is headed to Oslo, Norway, according to a report in the Norwegian newspaper VG, which was confirmed by Logan Clarke , a private investigator for Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem . He told The Hollywood Reporter, "…

  3. Spoon Scores Top 10 Debut With Unusual Vinyl Promotion

    August 14, 2014 7:53 PM EDT Spoon's eighth album lands the alt-rock band its best vinyl sales week. Plus, chart action from Godsmack, Hozier and Slipknot. Godsmack 's new album  1000HP  debuts on Top Rock Albums at No. 2 and the Billboard 200 at No. 3, selling 58,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10,…

  4. El Dasa Tops Regional Mexican Albums Chart

    August 14, 2014 7:38 PM EDT Also: Cartel de Santa earns its first a top 10 on Latin Albums, and Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga collects a third straight top 10 on Latin Songs. Regional Mexican singer El Dasa reaches the Billboard album charts for the first time as  Alegre y Enamorado  opens at No. 2 on Latin…

  5. Jason Aldean & More Country Stars Top Hot Tours

    August 14, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Blake Shelton & Rascal Flatts round out the top 3. Country music dominates the first three slots on the weekly slate of Hot Tours based on ticket sales reported from summer treks by Jason Aldean , Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts . The country headliners are all on the road in North…

  6. Robin Williams Had 'Early Stages of Parkinson's Disease,' Wife Says

    August 14, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Susan Schneider discloses that her husband had not yet made a public statement about the diagnosis. Susan Schneider , the wife of Robin Williams , has disclosed that her late husband was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death earlier this week. Schneider…

  7. Broods Get Bigger with The Help of Lorde's Producer: Album Preview

    August 14, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Prior to the release of their debut album, the pop group will open for Sam Smith across North America. Much of Broods' music possesses a quiet vulnerability, with singer Georgia Nott's delicate voice lilting over the twitching rhythms and threatening to evaporate altogether. At…

  8. Rustie Plots 'Attak' on Billboard Twitter Charts

    August 14, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Danny Brown-featuring single boosts the Glasgow producer. Glasgow native Russell Whyte, aka Rustie , has been frequenting the real-time Billboard Emerging Artists chart as well as the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 after the release of "Attak," featuring Danny Brown . Released July…

  9. Where's the Money, Jabberwocky? ATP Cancels Festival, Leaves Fans in the Lurch

    August 14, 2014 1:43 PM EDT It's been a couple days since All Tomorrow's Parties dropped the bombshell news that they were calling off this weekend's Jabberwocky festival in London. Citing good-but-not-good-enough ticket sales, ATP announced that had they carried on with the event, headlined by James…

  10. Watch PARTYNEXTDOOR's Clip For 'Recognize' Feat. Drake…& Kylie Jenner

    August 14, 2014 3:15 AM EDT Wait, there’s another rap video starring a member of the greater Kardashian clan.  PARTYNEXTDOOR has dropped his party-time clip for “Recognize,” featuring Drake and a surprise cameo from  Kylie Jenner . Boats, cars and bikinis all appear in the NSFW promo. And of course, PARTYNEXTDOOR's…

  11. Justin Bieber Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges in DUI Case

    August 13, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Pop singer Justin Bieber pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of careless driving and resisting arrest seven months after his arrest in Miami Beach following what police initially called an illegal street drag race. The 20-year-old pop star's plea deal with prosecutors,…

  12. Celine Dion Puts Career on Hold 'Indefinitely' to Deal With Husband's Health

    August 13, 2014 9:52 AM EDT Celine Dion is canceling her upcoming fall tour of Asia and her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace until further notice. Via press release, Dion announced her career is essentially on hold as she focuses on her ailing husband's health. "Celine Dion has decided to postpone all of…

  13. Watch Steven Spielberg's Niece Audition for 'The Voice' Israel

    August 13, 2014 5:25 AM EDT More than two months after teasing its highly anticipated "Hollywood" blind audition, The Voice Israel finally unleashed its star power for season three: Contestant Jessica "Jessy" Katz , niece of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg . The daughter of Playmount…

  14. Justin Bieber Reportedly Reaches Plea Deal in Street Drag Case

    August 13, 2014 3:02 AM EDT Justin Bieber will plead guilty to lesser charges stemming from his arrest in South Florida in what police initially described as an illegal street drag race, two people directly involved in the case told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The two people said the 20-year-old pop star would…

  15. Exclusive: Sinead O'Connor on the Catholic Church and Why She Stepped Back From Being a Priest

    August 12, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Pope Francis bores Sinead O’Connor, but that doesn’t mean she’s let him off the hook.    While talking to the unflinchingly honest singer/songwriter about her new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss , Billboard asked O’Connor, 47, what she makes of Pope Francis, who succeeded Pope Benedict…

  16. Record Industry Considering a Standard, Global Album Release Day

    August 12, 2014 12:12 PM EDT The change was spurred in part by Beyonce's most recent surprise release, as well as piracy from Down Under. The music industry is on the verge of adopting a global street date that could see all countries issuing new releases on a Friday, probably beginning a year from now, in July…

  17. Shooter Jennings Pays Tribute to Late, Great George Jones on 'Don't Wait Up'

    August 12, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Shooter Jennings' new EP "Don’t Wait Up (For George)" is a very personal project for the singer. It’s a tribute to a man that he got to know very well over the years -- George Jones . As the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter , Jennings recalls that Jones was a part of…

  18. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour…

  19. 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…

  20. Listen: French Montana Releases 'Don't Panic' Song

    August 11, 2014 3:09 PM EDT French Montana teams up with go-to producer DJ Mustard for his new song, "Don't Panic." Exclusive: DJ Mustard Talks Making of '10 Summers' Album & Chart Success "Don't Panic" is first single off the rapper's upcoming sophomore album, "Mac …

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