1. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  2. Watch Amber Rose Twerk in Celebration of Wiz Khalifa’s No. 1 Album

    August 30, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Amber Rose is one proud wife -- and she’s not afraid to show it. Wiz Khalifa Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 In celebration of her husband Wiz Khalifa earning his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Blacc Hollywood , Rose shared a steamy video of herself twerking to the…

  3. 'Cantinflas' Star Oscar Jaenada Discusses Film’s Mario Moreno-Inspired Soundtrack

    August 30, 2014 1:14 PM EDT The film's soundtrack features Latin music from Aleks Syntek to La Santa Cecilia. As the Cantinflas film is being seen across the country over Labor Day weekend, fans of the late comedic actor Mario Moreno are also being treated to the soundtrack, which sets the tone beautifully for one…

  4. 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…

  5. Kings of Leon Ready for Stage After Drummer's Injury

    August 30, 2014 10:37 AM EDT Kings of Leon will headline the second night of the "Budweiser Made In America" on Aug. 31. A brotherly reunion is coming to the City of Brotherly Love: Family band Kings of Leon will play its first show Sunday in Philadelphia since drummer Nathan Followill injured his ribs. Kings…

  6. Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.?

    August 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT A Spice Girl will join the creator as he returns to the ITV show after its U.S. cancellation The X Factor creator Simon Cowell will return as a judge on the U.K. version of the show this Saturday night amid hopes that its ratings can be revived in what will be its 11th season. U.S. Version of…

  7. 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…

  8. L.A. Mayor Defends Plans for Jay Z's Made in America

    August 29, 2014 8:14 PM EDT 'What's important is that Los Angeles figure out a way to get to 'Yes,'' he says of Jay Z-headed festival. The Made in America festival is coming to downtown Los Angeles, not as an inconvenience, but as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs for crew…

  9. Former Jethro Tull Bass Player Glenn Cornick Dies

    August 29, 2014 7:09 PM EDT Glenn Cornick , the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull , died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday. Drew Cornick says his 67-year-old father had been receiving hospice care. Cornick performed with Jethro Tull from its inception in late 1967…

  10. Brad Paisley & Kem Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 29, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Country star Brad Paisley is aiming for his ninth top 10 album. Country star Brad Paisley is set to collect his ninth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Moonshine in the Trunk , is aiming for a high arrival on the chart. Industry sources forecast the new album,…

  11. Nick Jonas Says New Single Is 'New-Agey Lionel Richie'

    August 29, 2014 6:11 PM EDT "New-agey Lionel Richie ." That's how Nick Jonas describes his new single, "Jealous," which is due for release on Sept. 7. "It is an uptempo song," Jonas told us at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards . "It's kind of a new-agey Lionel Richie vibe,…

  12. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  13. Country Duo The Secret Sisters on Their New Extended Disc and Paying Tribute to The Everly Brothers

    August 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their sound. “We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard. "Dad was big into Crosby,…

  14. Netflix-Comcast Battle Shows Net Neutrality Has Real Consequences

    August 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT The case of Netflix vs. Comcast is a lesson on the real-world implications of network neutrality. The term "network neutrality," a principle that all Internet data should be treated equally, has been more of an elusive concept than a well-defined issue in the music industry. It'…

  15. 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…

  16. Snoop Dogg Dons Whiteface for... Some Reason

    August 29, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Happy Friday? Following in the footsteps of Nick Cannon for the first time in his life, Snoop Dogg has donned whiteface for a series of Instagram videos. Whiteface Snoop, who goes by the name Todd, is urging his fellow bros to sign up for a website called WhiteGuysConnect.com, which a quick…

  17. The MusicCares Challenge Emerges to Benefit Artists (and Show Off Great Music)

    August 29, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Last Saturday Tom DeSavia , head of creative services at Songs Music Publishing, was sick of the naysaying from detractors of the now-ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge which, according to Forbes , has increased donations to the ALS Association by 3,500% over last year, from $2.8 million to over…

  18. 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…

  19. The Juice Podcast: Usher, Big Sean & Ariana Grande, Blue Ivy & the Beyhive

    August 29, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Slander in the R&B and hip-hop realms was strong this week; some of it was justified, and some of it was not. For this week's episode of The Juice Podcast, Taj Rani (BET) and Michael Arceneaux (Complex, Ebony) join me to discuss the happenings of the week, including Usher 's new…

  20. Riff Raff Mad at 'Chubby' Sam Smith For Cropping Him Out of VMA Photo

    August 29, 2014 3:42 PM EDT This is how he do. Here's the thing about having so many celebrities at awards shows: Unless you're Beyonce , everyone gets cropped out of a photo at some point or another. Yes, Riff Raff , even you. Katy Perry's All-Denim Ensemble Is a Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake…

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