1. Watch Cypress Hill’s B-Real Turn Pot-Head for Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 27, 2014 1:18 AM EDT Cypress Hill’s B-Real has given a boost to his “green” credentials by completing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in his own inimitable style.   The Californian rapper (real name Louis Freese) refuses to waste water, so he’s done a dry shower of sorts. “I know we’re going through a drought,” he…

  2. MTV Preps Live VMA Ads With Usher, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora & More

    August 22, 2014 6:14 PM EDT The ratings of MTV's Video Music Awards hinge so much year-over-year on zeitgeisty, unpredictable moments, it's often hard to forecast what will be the most talked-about topic the morning after. Witness 2013's telecast, which had an anticipated *NSYNC reunion and hyped…

  3. Tracy Morgan Struggling After Crash, Says Lawyer

    August 11, 2014 11:34 AM EDT Tracy Morgan is struggling more than two months after he was injured in a motor vehicle crash that left a fellow comedian dead. His attorney, Benedict Morelli , told NBC's Today show Monday the former Saturday Night Live cast member is fighting hard. Morgan suffered a broken leg and…

  4. Daddy Yankee Remembers 'Gasolina' 10 Years Later: 'I Knew It Was a Home Run'

    August 10, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Daddy Yankee looks back on the track that turned him into the messiah of reggaeton. Just over a decade ago, Daddy Yankee sat listening to the sounds of the streets in the tiny apartment he shared with his wife and three children in Villa Kennedy, a housing project in San Juan, Puerto…

  5. Guest Post: Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music Is Already Profitable

    August 07, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Just how bright is the future of the music industry really? A new generation has spoken and access (streaming any music in the world from ‘the cloud’) will win out over ownership (collecting a finite number of songs as CDs or files), just as personal radio (interactive Internet radio…

  6. A Royalty Pain: Making Sense Of Music's Compensation Issues

    August 04, 2014 1:36 PM EDT From the outside, it looks simple: Terrestrial radio and Internet-based music services play the songs, the creators and performers of which are then compensated -- no matter where they play and when they were released -- and everyone in the business lives happily ever after. From the inside,…

  7. Exclusive: Daddy Yankee's Track-by-Track Review of His 'Barrio Fino,' 10 Years Later

    August 01, 2014 12:45 PM EDT The King of Reggaeton revisits each track of his album that kickstarted a global Latin movement Ten years ago this week, Daddy Yankee became the first reggaeton act to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart with Barrio Fino . It would become the top-selling Latin album of the…

  8. Ford, General Motors Sued for Unpaid Royalties

    July 28, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies -- which represents artists' and recording companies' interests within the digital duplication sector (think blank CDs and "digital jukeboxes") -- has brought a suit in Washington, D.C., against two major automobile companies…

  9. Coldplay Donates $17,000 For Terminally Ill Fan’s Fund-Raiser

    July 28, 2014 6:36 AM EDT The members of Coldplay have donated £10,000 ($17,000) to a fund-raising appeal organized by a terminally ill fan. Briton Jody Duff, a long-time Coldplay fan, is battling with motor neurone disease, a progressive neurological condition that has confined him to a wheelchair.  Through his…

  10. Jack White to Throw First Pitch at Detroit Tigers Game

    July 26, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Jack White is taking a shot at the Big Leagues. First Pitch Disasters: 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey & More The baseball-loving rock star has been tapped to throw the first pitch before the Detroit Tigers take on the Chicago White Sox at Detroit’s Comerica Park on July 29. Jack…

  11. Country Act LiveWire Revs Up With Video for New Single 'Drivin' You Outta My Mind' (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Today in The 615 spotlight, we bring you the world premiere of the video for the new single "Drivin’ You Outta My Mind" from rising country group LiveWire. "It all came together pretty quickly. We wrote it in Nashville -- Danny Bell and myself in a hotel room. He was just…

  12. Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Deadly Crash

    July 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart over a New Jersey Turnpike accident that left one person dead and several people hospitalized, including the “30 Rock” actor. Tracy Morgan Transferred to Rehab Tracy Morgan Now in Fair Condition After Crash Tracy Morgan Recovering After Surgery Following Crash…

  13. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Coroner's Report Reveals Attendee's Death as Ecstasy Overdose

    July 09, 2014 9:47 PM EDT A 24-year-old California man who was found unresponsive in the parking lot of last month's Electric Daisy Carnival died of an Ecstasy overdose, authorities in Las Vegas said Wednesday. Clark County coroner's officials ruled the death of San Leandro resident Montgomery Tsang an…

  14. Motörhead Fan Suffers Brain Injury From Headbanging

    July 04, 2014 1:52 AM EDT Doctors reassure metal fans that the risk of injury is ‘very, very low’ and fans should ‘rock on.’ It turns out that heavy metal really can be dangerous for your health – at least in some rare cases - following the news that a German heavy metal fan suffered bleeding in the brain after a…

  15. Mayer Hawthorne: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Take a closer look at Mayer Hawthorne, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it was only natural that Mayer Hawthorne would fall in love with both soul and hip-hop.…

  16. Frank Sinatra's First New Jersey Driver's License Fetches $15K At Auction

    June 27, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Frank Sinatra's first New Jersey driver's license has sold for $15,757 at auction. The yellowed, text-only 1934 license was issued, typo and all, to Francis Sintra, 841 Garden Street, Hoboken, New Jersey. Frank Sinatra's First New Jersey Driver's License Up For Auction…

  17. Frank Sinatra's First New Jersey Driver's License Up For Auction

    June 24, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Frank Sinatra's first New Jersey driver's license is on the auction block. The Star-Ledger reports that the yellowed, text-only 1934 license was issued, typo and all, to Francis Sintra, 841 Garden St., Hoboken, New Jersey. Scorsese To Direct Frank Sinatra Biopic The license is…

  18. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: A-Trak, Kaskade, Tiesto, Carl Cox & More

    June 22, 2014 1:55 PM EDT After an exhausting opening day of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the event’s second day on June 21 was slightly more laid back as festival-goers recharged their batteries. But it didn’t take away from the fact that the crowd appeared to grow overnight. While the party was still…

  19. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Steve Angello, Diplo, Hardwell, Steve Aoki & More

    June 21, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Ahead of this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, which kicked off Friday night (June 20), Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella told Billboard that the festival’s fourth edition would be “one for the record books.” Electric Daisy Carnival Preview: Organizer Says 2014 Will Be 'One For…

  20. Electric Daisy Carnival Preview: Organizer Says 2014 Will Be 'One For The Record Books'

    June 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella discusses what makes EDC unique, how they will minimize drug use and the progress of a dance awards show. Since making its Sin City debut in 2011, Insomniac's flagship Electric Daisy Carnival festival in Las Vegas has become a musical holiday that many…

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