1. 'Canadian Idol' Contestant Acquitted of Terrorism

    August 19, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Khurram Syed Sher appeared on the show in 2008. A former Canadian Idol contestant was acquitted on Tuesday (Aug. 19) of conspiring to facilitate terrorism, with the judge finding insufficient evidence that he intended to join a plot.   Khurram Syed Sher , an Ontario doctor whose 2010 arrest…

  2. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  3. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  4. Gloria and Emilio Estefan Broadway Show Sets Launch Date, Opens Twitter Casting Call

    August 18, 2014 4:17 PM EDT The pair's worldwide -- Twitter-based -- casting search begins today. On Your Feet! , the previously announced Broadway musical based on the life of Latin music power couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan , is slated to premiere on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Marquis Theatre in New York City.…

  5. Round Hill Buys Howie Day Catalog in Auction

    August 18, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Round Hill Music has won an auction to buy the publishing catalog of Howie Day , as well as the royalty income stream from master recordings of his work, including the hit song "Collide." According to sources, the Day publishing catalog generates a net publisher's share of…

  6. Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

    August 18, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40, a format that was itself a one-time halfway point between top 40 and R&B radio. It worked well for KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio) Los…

  7. Seymour Stein to Keynote Tel Aviv Event, Says He'd 'Love to Sign Another Israeli Act'

    August 18, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Hey Israeli artists, the man who discovered the Ramones , Talking Heads and other rock icons wants to sign you. Seymour Stein , co-founder of Sire Records and current vice president of Warner Bros., will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Tune In Tel Aviv , an annual conference for…

  8. Watch Kim Kardashian Meet French Montana!

    August 16, 2014 8:52 PM EDT French Montana recently told Billboard fans would have to "wait and see" if he would make any cameos on the current season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Well, they won't have to wait much longer.  A preview for this week's "KUWTK" takes viewers…

  9. Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Video

    August 16, 2014 8:01 PM EDT With so many A-listers taking part in the very viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge , even more pop stars are getting in on the charitable action. On Saturday (August 16), Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Fifth Harmony and The Vamps all dumped a bucket of ice over their heads, which is…

  10. Michael Cera Releases Album He Calls 'Honest'

    August 16, 2014 7:25 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Michael Cera released an indie folk album last week - quietly, in a way almost as unassuming as the actor himself. "I would record a lot of the songs in the middle of the night just at home. I never thought anyone would ever listen to them," he said in an interview…

  11. Watch Nicki Minaj's Sexy 'Anaconda' Lyric Video

    August 16, 2014 7:02 PM EDT While fans will have to wait until Wednesday (August 20) for the premiere of the official "Anaconda" video, Nicki Minaj has gifted her Barbz and Kenz with the lyric video to the raunchy track. The lyric video includes plenty of close-ups of derrieres, obviously, including the rapper…

  12. Kid Ink Arrested In Las Vegas: Report

    August 16, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Kid Ink was reportedly arrested in Las Vegas on Saturday (August 16) while he was in town to perform at 1 OAK nightclub. He was booked by authorities for disturbing the peace and later released on Saturday afternoon without posting bail. According to TMZ , police arrived at the Sin City…

  13. Madonna Turns 56 In Her 'Birthday Suit,' With Some Love From Zendaya

    August 16, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Celebrate! Madonna turns 56 today (August 16). And in true Madge style, she's spending her birthday  in the nude. Sort of. The singer Instagrammed a vintage shot of herself wearing little more than lacy gloves as a way to thank her legions of fans for showing her so much love on her…

  14. Aerosmith To Resume Tour Following Drummer's Health Scare

    August 16, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is back and ready to rock again. Kramer will take the stage tonight with his Aerosmith bandmates after a health scare earlier this week .  On Wednesday (August 13) it was reported he had to "undergo a minor medical procedure." It was also reported, at…

  15. SPICA Explain Recording in America vs. Korea, Global Aspirations at KCON 2014: Video Interview

    August 15, 2014 5:00 PM EDT SPICA premiered their debut English single "I Did It" with Billboard days before performing it in front of thousands at KCON 2014. Ahead of its biggest live performance to date, the talented girl group sat down to reflect on preparing for their U.S. debut and talk about what's…

  16. Remixed LeAnn Rimes Debuts on Dance/Electronic Albums

    August 15, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Plus, moves for the Chainsmokers, Dillon Francis, Royksopp & Robyn, and Nico & Vinz LeAnn Rimes debuts on Dance/Electronic Albums for the first time, as Dance Like You Don't Give A... Greatest Hits: Remixes bows at No. 16. The album features all-new remixes of Rimes hits,…

  17. Is Katy Perry Playing The Super Bowl? Five Reasons Behind The Theory

    August 15, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Could the KatyCats be flocking to Glendale, Arizona in February? Here are five reasons we think the "PRISM" star is playing the halftime show. With the NFL regular season getting underway in a few weeks, pop fans can also start speculating about who will be performing at the Super…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Keeps Bounding

    August 15, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The song achieves a feat last managed almost two decades ago. Plus, a new (literally) Katy Perry fan spurs a rebound for 'Dark Horse.' As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Rude" and Charli XCX charges into the top 10 with "…

  19. Nickelback Joins Republic Records, New Single Out Tuesday: Exclusive

    August 15, 2014 1:50 PM EDT The rock group's follow-up to 2011's 'Here and Now' is due out this fall. Nickelback will start a fresh chapter this fall by releasing its first album on new label home Republic Records, Billboard can exclusively confirm. The as-yet-untitled album will be the long…

  20. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

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