1. Henry Rollins Pens 'F--- Suicide' Essay Criticizing Robin Williams, Suicidal

    August 21, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Henry Rollins ' newest article for LA Weekly is sure to raise some eyebrows. In his weekly column posted Thursday, titled "Fuck Suicide," Rollins lambasts the suicidal, including the deceased Robin Williams .  In it he begins with compliments to Williams' talent and…

  2. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  3. Super Bowl Halftime Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Weighs In

    August 21, 2014 6:56 PM EDT 'I don't know that a Super Bowl performance, other than exposing an artist to a larger audience, does as much as the right performance on 'Saturday Night Live' or the right moment on the Grammys,' Ken Ehrlich tells Billboard. The NFL is making headlines this week for…

  4. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: Diplo Got Drunk With Madonna and 4 Other Details on Their Upcoming Collaboration

    August 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Diplo is one of the most in-demand producers on the planet. Who else but the 35-year-old DJ could knock out "four or five" songs for Usher's next album in a week's time, work on new tunes with both  Ty Dolla $ign  and  Lorde  and gather 30 new tracks for  Major Lazer …

  5. SPICA Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Bandmates?': Video

    August 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Watching SPICA   onstage at KCON 2014 , the girl group seem like they're cut from the same cloth of K-pop star: gorgeous gals all carrying big, soulful voices. But how well have the soul sisters gotten to know one another in their two years together? Backstage at the L.A. festival, the K…

  6. SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Rise Again, Is Poised for Another Record Year

    August 21, 2014 5:24 PM EDT SoundExchange paid out $161 million to performing artists and rights holders in the second quarter, an 8-percent increase from the same period last year. The number of royalty recipients -- both performing artists and record labels -- increased 34 percent to 22,343. The quarterly…

  7. Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

    August 21, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Say it ain't so! After some rumors began floating around that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon would be divorcing in the next few weeks, Cannon himself confirmed that things are not great right now in his personal life. "There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in…

  8. Island Records Promotes Steve Yegelwel to SVP

    August 21, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Island Records has promoted veteran A&R man Steve Yegelwel to senior vp at the Universal Music Group imprint. According to a news release, Yegelwel will be involved in running the label's A&R department and will work closely with executive vp Eric Wong on marketing up-and-coming…

  9. WME Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

    August 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Grosslight most recently served as the agency’s global head of music. WME board member  Peter Grosslight  died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its Global Head…

  10. Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga Already Planning 'Cheek To Cheek' Sequel

    August 21, 2014 3:41 PM EDT "We'll be touring together for quite a while," Bennett also tells Billboard. Tony Bennett says he and Lady Gaga plan to spend more time joined at the musical hip -- or, if you prefer, cheek. With the pair's duets album, Cheek To Cheek , ready to come out Sept. 23 -- and…

  11. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  12. T.I. Releases 'New National Anthem'; Talks Pharrell Williams Executive Producing 'Paperwork'

    August 21, 2014 2:29 PM EDT " What the fuck do you know about being a black man in America? And you wonder why we walk around strapped.. ." T.I. spits truth on the injustice and racism in America on his new single, "New National Anthem." The rapper's third single, which features Skylar Grey ,…

  13. Imogen Heap Behind-The-Scenes Video Premiere: Watch The Making of 'Sparks'

    August 21, 2014 12:36 PM EDT Pop provocateur Imogen Heap recently released her fourth solo album and most ambitious project to date. Sparks was painstakingly pieced together over the course of three years, with tons of fan interaction and intense periods of traveling from the London native. Learn more about Heap's…

  14. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Deal heralds expanded mobile offerings and the evolution of the in-venue experience -- like settling bar tabs in the app -- for fans and promoters. San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for…

  15. Sarah Jaffe Video Premiere: Watch The Haunting 'Lover Girl' Clip

    August 21, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Sarah Jaffe has returned with an arresting new album, Don't Disconnect , that further removes the singer-songwriter from her acoustic folk beginnings. The single "Lover Girl," which was released last month, has received an imaginative music video that recalls the oddball…

  16. Exclusive: The Griswolds Premiere New Song '16 Years' & Talk Debut Album

    August 21, 2014 11:48 AM EDT There are plenty of reasons for A&R staff to book flights to Australia these days. Iggy Azalea is tearing up the pop charts, Betty Who could be soon, and alternative acts like the Preatures and Tame Impala are seen all over American festival lineups. You can go ahead and add the…

  17. From Dusseldorf to Denver: Spotify Map Shows Moments of Musical Serendipity

    August 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT While you're in Anywheresville, listening to Magic 's "Rude" for the umpteenth time on Spotify, there's a possibility someone else in the whole wide world is jamming to the same chart-topping song at the same exact time... down to a fraction of a second. With over 40…

  18. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  19. Pop Shop Podcast: Robyn & Royksopp Interview, Taylor Swift Returns, Troye Sivan & More

    August 21, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  20. Ariana Grande Crowns Billboard Artist 100

    August 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spurred by the success of four current hits, the diva logs her first week at No. 1. Ariana Grande is the top artist in the U.S. this week, as she vaults 4-1 on the  Billboard Artist 100  chart, marking her first week atop the ranking. She also becomes the first female artist to lead the…

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