1. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn Mural

    September 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT That Arcade Fire mural that popped up in Brooklyn? Tracy Maurice was behind that, too. Sept. 14 marked the 10-year anniversary of Arcade Fire’s Funeral , an album that changed alternative music as we know it. Billboard already gushed about its greatness in this classic track-by-track review ,…

  2. Watch How Awkward 'Star Wars' Is Without John Williams' Score

    September 14, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Move over, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford -- the most important person involved in Star Wars: Episode IV:  A New Hope is definitely John Williams . A newly uploaded clip of the final scene of A New Hope shows the value of the film composer's vital contribution of his song …

  3. Frank Ocean's Dad Sues Russell Simmons for $142 Million: Report

    September 14, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Frank Ocean 's father is suing hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons for calling him a deadbeat dad, requesting $142 million in damages.  Frank Ocean Nabs Three Six Zero's Mark Gillespie as Manager Ahead of New Album Ocean's dad, Calvin Cooksey, has been absent from his son's…

  4. Lady Gaga Arrives in Israel Ending Concert Cancellation Curse

    September 14, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Tony Bennett joined Mama Monster in Tel Aviv for a surprise duet. Following a violent summer that resulted in multiple concert cancellations, it took Lady Gaga to sing a new tune in Israel. Israel Conflict Turns a Promising Touring Summer Grim, to the Tune of $20 Million With the likes…

  5. GWAR Discusses Oderus Urungus and the Carnage to Come on the Eternal Tour

    September 13, 2014 5:40 PM EDT "We’ll kill everybody that gets in our way" The guys in GWAR put most method actors to shame. During our very twisted and funny conversation with the grotesquely masked metal band backstage at Chicago’s Riot Fest on Friday (Sept. 14), it was nearly impossible to get the members…

  6. Beyonce & Jay Z HBO Show Will Have A Very Special Guest...

    September 12, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Watch a clip from Nicki Minaj's 'Flawless' duet with Bey. Nicki Minaj once rapped , "I'm out in Paris motherf---er with Beyonce." Now, it's the truth. Minaj joined  Beyonce  in Paris for the " Flawless" remix as part of Beyonce and Jay Z's On…

  7. Soda Stereo Sales Spike After Gustavo Cerati's Death

    September 12, 2014 2:35 PM EDT The death of one of Latin America's premier rock stars triggers digital sales of his band's biggest hits. Following the death of rocker Gustavo Cerati on Sept. 4, digital sales of his hits (as frontman of Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo ) have impacted Latin Pop Digital Songs .…

  8. Ariana Grande, ODESZA Own No. 1s On Dance Charts

    September 12, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Ariana Grande breaks to the top of Dance/Mix Show Airplay, while duo ODESZA crowns Dance/Electronic Albums. Ariana Grande scores her first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies 7-1. Grande peaked at No. 2 in her first chart…

  9. Jeezy Debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    September 12, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Jeezy scores his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, while Rae Sremmurd grasps its first top 10 on Hot Rap Songs. Jeezy arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with Seen It All: The Autobiography , moving 164,000 units in the week ending Sept. 7, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  10. Why Deadmau5' Trademark Battle With Disney Has Cost Him Dearly

    September 12, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Deadmau5 -- aka Joel Zimmerman -- unleashed fury upon The Walt Disney Company in early September for opposing his attempt to register a trademark of the signature mouse head he wears while performing. On Twitter, the DJ told his 3 million followers how "stupid" it was that anyone…

  11. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  12. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  13. Move Over Elvis: Tiesto to Score Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas

    September 12, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Las Vegas' Bellagio Fountains are about to get "Maximal Crazy," thanks to Tiesto . The electronic music producer will debut a score for the Sin City attraction, which features choreographed water sequences set to lights and music -- usually from the likes of Frank Sinatra and…

  14. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  15. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  16. SXSW 2014 Brought $315 Million to Austin

    September 11, 2014 9:51 PM EDT This past year's South by Southwest Music, Film, Interactive, Edu and Eco Conferences and Festivals brought more than $315.3 million to the city of Austin, Texas, according to an analysis the organization released Thursday.  SXSW 2014: Photos From Austin "SXSW continues to be an…

  17. Neil Young Is Back on the 'Human Highway' With Recut Film

    September 11, 2014 8:08 PM EDT The rocker addressed a Toronto Film Festival audience at 'Director's Cut' premiere. "Boy, did I go for a big trip," says Neil Young 's character at one point in the film Human Highway , a line that just about sums up the viewing experience of the singer's…

  18. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The set scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Frank Foster. Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum .…

  19. Maroon 5 Moves to Top of Billboard Artist 100

    September 11, 2014 4:28 PM EDT The band is the biggest act in the U.S. this week, spurred by the debut of its album 'V.' Maroon 5 tops the Billboard Artist 100 for the first time, vaulting 7-1. The surge is fueled by the band's No. 1 debut atop the Billboard 200 with its fifth album, V . Maroon 5 Tops…

  20. Simon Le Bon on David Lynch's 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': 'It's Quite Bizarre'

    September 11, 2014 12:44 AM EDT The video-driven 1980s band Duran Duran -- which "made MTV," as VJ Martha Quinn has said -- will screen David Lynch's new cut of his 2011 film Duran Duran: Unstaged in about 300 U.S. theaters. The one-night-only event will take place Sept. 10, presented by Screenvision in…

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