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 Problems…

  2. 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…

  3. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A)

    August 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT With his unmistakable sound, Ghana-born, Camberwell (London)-based Kwabena Adjepong , better known as Kwabs , stood out on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists Chart for the week of Aug. 30, where his track "Walk" debuted at No. 36.   In listening to "Walk," it's…

  4. Who Wants to Buy Seattle Club Chop Suey? It's a Steal

    August 29, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Chop Suey, a funky lounge and music venue in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, is up for sale after rent in the stand-alone building rose too high. Known for its experimental streak with showcases like their Black Werido parties, but also home to concerts from the likes of Macklemore…

  5. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  6. 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…

  7. Woman Killed in Burning Man Bus Accident

    August 28, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Officials say a woman was struck and killed by a bus that was carrying passengers around the Burning Man festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Clear Channel CEO Channels Dissent & Tents at Burning Man Event spokesman Jim Graham says the incident happened just after midnight, early…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first Monday…

  11. SiriusXM Has Good Week in Important Legal Battle Over Pre-1972 Music

    August 28, 2014 2:25 PM EDT A judge is leaning toward rejecting jury instructions proposed by Warner, Universal and Sony. SiriusXM could be on the verge of fending off the first major challenge in an ongoing lawsuit brought by major record labels over its royalty-free broadcasting of pre-1972 music. Pitbull Given Own…

  12. Top 5 Questions We Have After Seeing This New Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez Picture

    August 28, 2014 12:20 PM EDT But what does it all MEAN? Bieber, oh Bieber, what are we going to do with you?   Justin Bieber has once again uploaded a photo to Instagram of himself with on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez . It's unclear if the photo is new, or if he's just reminiscing. (Both have…

  13. T-Mobile Adds Rdio, Songza Grooveshark to Free Data Program

    August 28, 2014 12:14 PM EDT T-Mobile, the fourth-largest mobile carrier in the U.S., announced on Wednesday it has added Rdio, Songza, Grooveshark and others to its Music Freedom program, a perk launched this summer that removes all data charges from streaming music through popular services. The phone carrier also added…

  14. 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…

  15. L.A.'s Mayor, Jay Z and Live Nation's Alliance Draws Criticism Over Potential Conflicts

    August 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Revelers at Jay Z's Labor Day weekend Made in America festival might wonder how such a major music event in the center of downtown Los Angeles came together in only a few months without the usual…

  16. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100

    August 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to a monster first week for 'Shake It Off,' Swift rattles and rolls to No. 1. Taylor Swift takes over as the top artist in the U.S., as she vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 , marking her first week atop the chart. She'd re-entered the list at No. 69 last week…

  17. 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…

  18. Young Jeezy Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charge

    August 27, 2014 6:23 PM EDT The end of the 22-date Under the Influence of Music Tour has had a sobering impact on headliners Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa , as the former faces a gun charge and the latter has had at least one future show canceled in the wake of a shooting death . A 38-year-old man named Eric Johnson was…

  19. '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…

  20. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

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