1. Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player

    August 26, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda’s rise has been almost as fast as the Web connections that fueled it. In March, he released his raw, homemade debut video for his aggressive breakout single “Hot N---a.” At one point in the clip, the Jamaican-American rapper tosses his hat in the air and hits his…

  2. Seth MacFarlane on Playing It Straight for His New ‘Holiday for Swing’ Album

    August 26, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Seth MacFarlane may be famous for creating irreverent comedies like Family Guy and  Ted , but he takes crooning very seriously.  Holiday For Swing , his Christmas-themed follow-up to 2011's Grammy-nominated  Music Is Better Than Words (due this fall via Republic Records), finds him…

  3. Ariana Grande's Fashion Focus: Breaking Down Her Many Confident Looks

    August 26, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Ariana Grande is frequently compared to young Mariah Carey for her vocal and emotional range, but that's not where the similarities end. Both Carey's debut, Emotions , and Grande's latest, My Everything , depict the vocalists in whimsical generational repose, Carey mid-flip and…

  4. Rock Duo Death From Above 1979: Being in a Band Together ‘Is No Longer Repulsive’

    August 26, 2014 3:52 PM EDT For most bands, an eight-year break would be career-ending. But for Death From Above 1979 , it was a long, much-needed breath of fresh air. The Toronto rock duo, consisting of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler , blew minds and eardrums in 2004 with their brand of fierce dance-punk,…

  5. Listen: Jennifer Lopez Recruits Iggy Azalea For 'Booty' Remix

    August 26, 2014 3:45 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has teamed up with Iggy Azalea for the remix to her latest A.K.A. single, "Booty." The two bootylicious ladies shout out those with similar assets -- and their own, of course. "The last time the world seen a booty this good was on 'Jenny From the Block'…

  6. Transformation Tuesday: Miley Cyrus, Humanitarian?

    August 26, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After using her VMA win to put a spotlight on youth homelessness, we may have an Angelina Jolie-in-the-making on our hands. Miley Cyrus  knows how to keep people guessing -- she's done it for more than half of her life, ever since she became a teen queen on Disney cultural…

  7. Miley Cyrus' VMA Date: Criminal Record Uncovered

    August 26, 2014 1:55 PM EDT When Miley Cyrus put a homeless young man named Jesse on national television to make a plea for homeless youth in America at the VMAs, it was one of the night's most poignant moments. Now, information is coming to light about the 22-year-old's troubles with the law. Not long…

  8. G-Unit Puts Spotlight On Police Brutality In 'Ahhh Shit' Video

    August 26, 2014 1:42 PM EDT "Put your hands up, you still getting shot," 50 Cent raps on G-Unit ' s new song, "Ahhh Shit." The crew's new song, released late Monday, Aug. 25, features Young Buck , 50 and Kidd Kidd rapping, candidly, about racism and police brutality. After flashing a Rated…

  9. We Came As Romans Covers The Wanted's 'Glad You Came': Video Premiere

    August 26, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Metalcore group We Came As Romans isn't exactly known for its boy band covers, but during its recent shows and for the upcoming live DVD Present, Future, and Past , the band decided to have some fun with The Wanted's biggest chart hit, "Glad You Came." Watch the unlikely…

  10. Robyn & Royksopp Video Interview: New Music, 'Do It Again' & More

    August 26, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Robyn discusses her upcoming solo EP, while Royksopp previews their new album, due out in November. Last May, longtime collaborators Robyn and Royksopp released Do It Again , a wide-ranging "mini-album" that combined the best traits of the Swedish pop goddess and the Norwegian…

  11. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  12. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  13. Chinese Bear Bile Farms' New Nemesis: Former Guns N' Roses Drummer Matt Sorum

    August 26, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Drummer and animal rights activist Matt Sorum has taken up the cause of bears who've suffered years of abuse in Chinese bile farms. The former Guns N' Roses rocker, who now fronts the solo project Fierce Joy , teamed with Animals Asia to adopt a moon bear named Phoenix, whose bile…

  14. Catey Shaw Video Premiere: Watch The 'Brooklyn Girls' Follow-Up 'Human Contact'

    August 26, 2014 12:30 PM EDT In the middle of July, Catey Shaw's "Brooklyn Girls" became (for better or worse) the talk of the Internet, as the hipster salute went viral and scooped up over 300,000 YouTube views. Her follow-up single is titled "Human Contact" and previews the aptly titled The…

  15. VMAs Ratings Down Despite Blue Ivy Surprise

    August 26, 2014 12:02 PM EDT The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards was the most-watched show on television Sunday, pulling in 8.3 million total viewers, down 18 percent from the 10.1 million viewers who tuned in last year. Based on Nielsen numbers, the original broadcast had 10.3 million viewers tuning in on MTV, MTV2, VH1…

  16. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state…

  17. Not Just Hype: Latinos Spend More on Music

    August 26, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Marketers are always talking about music being a “passion point” for Hispanics. Now, hard research shows the hype is true -- and measurable. According to Nielsen’s Listen Up, their just released report on Hispanic consumers and music, Hispanics -- regardless of origin, age, immigration status…

  18. Tumbleweed Bassist Jay Curley Dead at 42

    August 26, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Curley played bass in the Australia-based “stoner rock” band, which once opened for Nirvana. Jay Curley , bassist for the Australia-based alternative rock band Tumbleweed , has died, according to a post on the band’s official web site. He was 42. Tumbleweed broke the news on Tuesday morning.…

  19. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  20. Morrissey Announces Tour Dates Which Somehow Haven't Been Cancelled

    August 26, 2014 9:49 AM EDT Not much is certain in the world of Morrissey these days, but European fans can at least hold out hope that they’ll get to see the former Smiths frontman in the coming months. Morrissey announced a series of European tour dates on Monday via his site True To You . The tour kicks off Oct. 6…

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