1. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  2. 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…

  3. Tracy Morgan Still Struggling After Crash

    August 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former Saturday Night Live actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead. Attorney Benedict Morelli tells The Star-Ledger newspaper that Morgan relies on a wheelchair and it may…

  4. 3 Convicted in Death of Georgia Rapper Lil Phat

    August 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT A jury has convicted three men in the shooting death of an Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat . Rapper Lil Phat Killed in Atlanta Shooting Melvin Vernell III was shot and killed in June 2012 outside a hospital where he was awaiting the birth of his child. On Friday, prosecutors said the gunman,…

  5. Nicki Minaj's 'Pinkprint' Release Date Not Yet Determined: Update

    August 29, 2014 4:18 PM EDT UPDATE: Reps for Nicki Minaj tell Billboard that a 2014 release date for The Pinkprint has not yet been determined. Nicki Minaj plans to release her third studio album, The Pinkprint , on Nov. 28. Fall Album Preview: 72 Must Hear Releases The rapper/singer has released two chart hits from…

  6. Chris Brown Due Back in D.C. Court for Plea Hearing

    August 29, 2014 4:07 PM EDT Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in a District of Columbia court for what would be a third attempt at a plea deal to resolve an assault case that dates to October 2013 . Chris Brown Responds to Suge Knight Pre-VMA Party Shooting According to court filings, Brown was scheduled to appear in D…

  7. One Direction Where We Are Tour Breaks $200 Million in Sales

    August 29, 2014 12:53 PM EDT One Direction is the first touring artist in 2014 to break the $200 million ticket sales barrier based on revenue reported this week from the European and North American legs of its Where We Are world tour. The London-based band heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours with $130 million in…

  8. 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…

  9. Bertelsmann Reports First Half Profits, Sets Sights and Pins Hopes on Chinese Entrance

    August 29, 2014 10:27 AM EDT The German media group Bertelsmann has high hopes for investments in the Chinese music market, and optimism fueled by the successes of its music publishing division the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). At the presentation of Bertelsmann's half-year financial results in Berlin, chairman and…

  10. Read Beyonce's Adorable Poem For Blue Ivy Carter

    August 29, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Giving an interview is so passé. Beyonce covers CR Fashion Book  this week and there are a bunch of truly gorgeous pictures (would you expect anything less?) inside. But instead of an accompanying Q&A, there is a poem written by Beyonce for her daughter/all of us. Apparently the words…

  11. Listen to Justin Bieber's Down-Low Features on Khalil's New 'A Long Story Short' Mixtape

    August 28, 2014 7:47 PM EDT It seems drunken street racing luxury sports cars isn't the only perk of being buddies with Justin Bieber .  Top 5 Questions We Have After Seeing This New Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez Picture Singer Khalil was arrested alongside Bieber earlier this year for street racing a red Ferrari…

  12. Wale Leaves Roc Nation Management for 77 North

    August 28, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Wale has parted ways with Jay Z 's Roc Nation management group to be repped by 77 North Management, the team behind LeBron James and NFL upstart Johnny Manziel.  Wale’s ‘The Followers’ Shoots to No. 1 on Trending 140 Amid Meek Mill Feud Though XXL reports the split was reportedly…

  13. Lindsay Ell (The 'Female Keith Urban') Talks Singing With Keith Urban

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT From hearing her debut single, "Trippin' On Us," on the airwaves to sharing the stage with the Band Perry and Keith Urban , 2014 has been one incredible moment after another for Canada-born songstress Linsday Ell . "Any time I think about it all, it seems like such a…

  14. Chase Rice 'Ignite's Top Country Albums Chart

    August 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT The former 'Survivor' star wins this week's chart challenge. Plus, Blake Shelton blasts in with his new single 'Neon Light.' Chase Rice , singer/songwriter and 2010 runner-up on CBS' Survivor: Nicaragua , storms in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums…

  15. Jessie J Joins 'Finding Neverland' Concept Album

    August 28, 2014 3:43 PM EDT The 'Sweet Talker' can fly. Jessie J  is recording a song for the Finding Neverland Broadway musical's concept album, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 'Finding Neverland' Musical Coming to Broadway The track is called "Stronger," which producer Harvey…

  16. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first Monday…

  17. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  18. T-Mobile Adds Rdio, Songza Grooveshark to Free Data Program

    August 28, 2014 12:14 PM EDT T-Mobile, the fourth-largest mobile carrier in the U.S., announced on Wednesday it has added Rdio, Songza, Grooveshark and others to its Music Freedom program, a perk launched this summer that removes all data charges from streaming music through popular services. The phone carrier also added…

  19. 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…

  20. Album Sales Hit A New Low

    August 28, 2014 8:59 AM EDT The market for albums continues to recede, following a (now) long-standing trend that has been accelerated by streaming's success. As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones -- the wrong kind.   This week's 3.97-million album sales tally…

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