1. Capitol's Steve Barnett, Manager Troy Carter, UMG's Jeff Harleston Get Into ALS Ice Bucket Act

    August 22, 2014 9:34 PM EDT The Capitol Music Group chairman likes his ice water in a silver pitcher. As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to snowball in virality at a furious rate, the music industry is getting into the act, with Republic Records EVP Charlie Walk and now Capitol Music Group chairman Steve Barnett…

  2. Nicki Minaj Dancer Bit by Snake During VMA 'Anaconda' Rehearsal (Report)

    August 22, 2014 9:34 PM EDT In an episode where the irony is surely lost on no one, one of Nicki Minaj's backup dancers was reported bit by a six-foot-long snake during a MTV Video Music Awards run-through performance Friday.  Sir Mix-A-Lot Has One Word for Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video The snake is…

  3. Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 'Masterclass' Scribes Talk Writing for Latin Superstars

    August 22, 2014 8:12 PM EDT Their names may not be as widely recognized as Ricky Martin and Carlos Santana , but their lyrics and songs have been heard around the globe. The songwriters featured at the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame's "Masterclass in the Round" have written some of the most iconic…

  4. Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez Talk Making of Smokey Robinson's 'My Girl' Remake

    August 22, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Smokey Robinson 's new album Smokey & Friends is an R&B/soul masterpiece that features new duet versions of some of the singer/songwriter's most memorable songs, including remakes of tracks written by Robinson for himself and his group the Miracles , as well as other acts…

  5. Google & Apple Show Strong Potential for Digital Music Apps in New comScore Mobile Report

    August 22, 2014 7:18 PM EDT If the future of digital music will be shaped by mobile usage, the U.S. market could have few winners and many losers. Insights in comScore's new "The U.S. Mobile App Report" show that only a handful of companies offer apps that many Americans use on a regular basis. Time spent…

  6. Bacon Brothers Q&A: New Album, Jamming With Daryl Hall & Playing 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon'

    August 22, 2014 6:44 PM EDT The Bacon Brothers return to the musical world with 36 Cents , their first disc of all-new material in six years. In an interview with Billboard, both Michael and Kevin Bacon expressed excitement to get new music out to the public, and also amazement at the work that goes into releasing a…

  7. New York Fashion Week Preview: From Lorde to Madonna, Designers’ Front-Row Dream ‘Gets’

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers…

  8. Horn in the USA: How Macklemore Is Influencing Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & More

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Looking at the numbers behind the sax resurgence. With Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" set to  make a No. 1 debut the Billboard Hot 100 , it seems like 2014 is the summer of the horn riff. From "Talk Dirty" to "Problem" to "Bang Bang" to "Rude,…

  9. Ludacris Q&A: His Next Album, Mourning Paul Walker & Vin Diesel's Rap Skills

    August 22, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Rapper, receiving BMI President's Award this weekend, is looking at November for personal 'Ludaversal' album. This weekend in Los Angeles, rapper Chris " Ludacris " Bridges will be given BMI's President's Award , a honor for songwriting and impact on pop…

  10. Aaliyah’s Afterlife: How the Singer Still Lives on in Music and Fashion

    August 22, 2014 4:36 PM EDT years after her death, the R&B star lives on with an astonishing influence over music and fashion On her aunt’s porch in Haines City, Fla., in 2001, you could find a 15-year-old Sevyn Streeter doing her best Aaliyah impression. She and her cousin would glide from side to side,…

  11. Chris Brown Drops Diplo-Produced 'X' Title Track

    August 22, 2014 4:26 PM EDT With Chris Brown 's long-delayed X album dropping Sept. 16 , the R&B star just revealed the title track to his upcoming sixth album. "X" -- produced by Billboard's current cover star Diplo -- finds Breezy in decidedly EDM territory. Although his voice is restrained and…

  12. Parole Denied Yet Again for John Lennon's Killer

    August 22, 2014 3:44 PM EDT A parole board has again declined to release John Lennon 's killer. It's the eighth time 59-year-old Mark David Chapman has been denied parole. New York corrections officials announced the decision Friday (Aug. 22). They say a three-member board denied Chapman's parole after a…

  13. 2014 Is the Best Year for Stadium Concerts in 20 Years

    August 22, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Billboard declared 1994 the "Year of the Stadium." Then receipts began sinking. Now, 20 years later, the big-venue shows are setting records again in a startling comeback. Jason Aldean says that when his team first broached the idea of adding stadiums to his tour route in 2013, “I…

  14. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  15. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  16. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Clean Bandit Continues U.S. Invasion With 'Rather Be'

    August 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British group's hit is yet another by a foreign act. Plus, moves for Jeremih, Echosmith, Rae Sremmurd and Hozier. As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week with "Rude" and Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea boast a whopping three titles each in…

  17. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back…

  18. Plan B Joins Foxes, Olly Murs on U.K.-Wide Industry Program 'The Big Music Project'

    August 22, 2014 10:47 AM EDT The Big Music Project, an initiative to promote young artists and entrepreneurs in the U.K. music industry, has partnered with singer and rapper Plan B, joining Foxes, Olly Murs, trade body the British Phonographic Industry and many more in the government Brit Award-winning British soul…

  19. James Blake Unveils New Song, Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

    August 22, 2014 9:33 AM EDT James Blake premiered a new song on Thursday night (Aug. 21) during his BBC Radio 1 residency. The track, with its robot vocal elements and Tom Waitsian clack-clangs, was given the title of "200 Press" because, as the British artist-producer explained, "only 200 are going to be…

  20. Listen: Our Top 5 Favorite 5 Diplo Remixes

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Over the past decade, Diplo has mastered the art of taking a catchy pop or indie song and priming it for the club. His SoundCloud page has more than 4 million followers who hang on his every upload, with another 2.7 million followers on the page for his dancehall side project Major Lazer .…

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