1. 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…

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Katy Perry's 'This Is How We Do' Darts Into Top 40

    August 29, 2014 12:29 PM EDT 'Prism' produces a sixth top 40 hit. Plus, moves for Bobby Shmurda, Blake Shelton, Mr. Probz and Steve Aoki. As previously reported , Taylor Swift soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 with "Shake It Off" and Nicki Minaj pounces 39-2 with "Anaconda."…

  3. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  4. 5 Seconds of Summer's Calum Hood Admits Naked Pics Are Of Him

    August 29, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Attention all teens: If you send out naked pictures and you're famous, they will definitely wind up all over the Internet.  That's the lesson 5 Seconds of Summer 's Calum Hood is learning today, after sending out some (faceless) nude photos on Snapchat earlier this week.…

  5. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The single logs third-largest streaming week on record, while Wiz Khalifa debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Smokey Robinson launches at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums. Following the release of Nicki Minaj 's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally…

  6. Jason Derulo's 'Bubblegum' Lyric Video Pops Up

    August 28, 2014 5:11 PM EDT The lyrics may be PG-13, but in the new lyric video for Jason Derulo 's song "Bubblegum" is a kid-friendly, candy-colored display. In the track, Derulo meets a lady with a "ghetto booty" and a penchant for blowing...bubblegum. "She just wanna pop, pop, pop that…

  7. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  8. The Madden Brothers on Overcoming 'Moments of Self-Doubt' and Working With Pharrell

    August 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Benji and Joel Madden are literally surrounded by their success. As they sit with Billboard in a Hollywood recording studio, the 35-year-old twin brothers are flanked by gold and platinum records and posters commemorating sold-out shows during the previous 15 years with Good Charlotte . They…

  9. 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…

  10. Ed Sheeran Brings His One-Man Band to L.A.'s Staples Center: Concert Review

    August 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Can one man with no band, no backup singers, no dancers, and no stage-mates whatsoever entertain a crowd of nearly 20,000? That question was answered Wednesday night at L.A.'s Staples Center when Ed Sheeran hit the stage with just a guitar and a loop pedal, and the answer was a 20,000…

  11. Tony Bennett Joins Campaign Urging Kids to Stay in School

    August 28, 2014 1:52 AM EDT Tony Bennett and Edward James Olmos are among the celebrities joining a public media effort to boost school graduation rates. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and TV station WNET New York announced details Wednesday of next month's American Graduate Day 2014. The daylong broadcast…

  12. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  13. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours Truly ,…

  14. 'Glee' Final Season Details Revealed

    August 27, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Who's a series regular? Why is Rachel back in Ohio? Glee 's sixth and final season premise has been revealed. According to Fox, the truncated season will again revolve around Lea Michele 's Rachel Berry, who returns to Ohio after a "humiliating failure" as a TV…

  15. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  16. Reunited Ramones Estates Plan Big Comeback Including Martin Scorsese Film

    August 27, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery has become a tradition. This past Sunday marked the tenth annual event honoring the late guitarist. In a marathon celebration that began before sundown diehard Ramones fans were treated to a Q&A that included Johnny’s widow Linda,…

  17. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  18. Rock Duo Death From Above 1979: Being in a Band Together ‘Is No Longer Repulsive’

    August 26, 2014 3:52 PM EDT For most bands, an eight-year break would be career-ending. But for Death From Above 1979 , it was a long, much-needed breath of fresh air. The Toronto rock duo, consisting of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler , blew minds and eardrums in 2004 with their brand of fierce dance-punk,…

  19. 'The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill' Documentary: Review

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT On Tuesday, Kate Bush will take over London's Eventim Apollo for 22 nights of concerts collectively entitled "Before the Dawn" (selling out 77,000 tickets in 15 minutes while doing so). Just in time for the momentous occasion -- her first live shows since 1979's epic…

  20. LL Cool J Lends a Hand For New York Schoolkids

    August 26, 2014 12:23 AM EDT LL Cool J says it is important to help out kids in need. The "NCIS" actor and hip-hop star handed out backpacks with school supplies to children in Jamaica, Queens, on Sunday. LL Cool J & Russell Simmons Visit NYC Jail He notes that a relatively small contribution can have a big…

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