1. Plan B Joins Foxes, Olly Murs on U.K.-Wide Industry Program 'The Big Music Project'

    August 22, 2014 10:47 AM EDT The Big Music Project, an initiative to promote young artists and entrepreneurs in the U.K. music industry, has partnered with singer and rapper Plan B, joining Foxes, Olly Murs, trade body the British Phonographic Industry and many more in the government Brit Award-winning British soul…

  2. James Blake Unveils New Song, Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

    August 22, 2014 9:33 AM EDT James Blake premiered a new song on Thursday night (Aug. 21) during his BBC Radio 1 residency. The track, with its robot vocal elements and Tom Waitsian clack-clangs, was given the title of "200 Press" because, as the British artist-producer explained, "only 200 are going to be…

  3. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  4. Rewinding The Charts: 50 Years Ago, The Supremes' Reign Began

    August 22, 2014 8:05 AM EDT The legendary Motown girl group scored the first of 12 Hot 100 No. 1s on Aug. 22, 1964 There are girl groups, and then there are the Supremes. 50 years ago, Florence Ballard, then 21, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson (both 20), became Motown's brightest stars, notching their first No. 1 single…

  5. 'Motown The Musical' to Take a Break From Broadway

    August 22, 2014 2:15 AM EDT "Motown the Musical" is taking a break from Broadway. Producers said Friday the $18 million show will play its final performance at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 18 and intends to reopen in July 2016 at a still-to-be-announced Nederlander-owned theater. ‘Motown The Musical'…

  6. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: Diplo Got Drunk With Madonna and 4 Other Details on Their Upcoming Collaboration

    August 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Diplo is one of the most in-demand producers on the planet. Who else but the 35-year-old DJ could knock out "four or five" songs for Usher's next album in a week's time, work on new tunes with both  Ty Dolla $ign  and  Lorde  and gather 30 new tracks for  Major Lazer …

  7. Luke Bryan Rides 'Roller Coaster' to Top of Trending 140

    August 21, 2014 5:28 PM EDT Luke Bryan 's "Roller Coaster" rode in at No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart on Aug. 18, thanks to a timely tweet from the country star. Bryan shared the lyrics to the track that day, causing the song to immediately jump to the top of the tally. While the song…

  8. Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

    August 21, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Say it ain't so! After some rumors began floating around that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon would be divorcing in the next few weeks, Cannon himself confirmed that things are not great right now in his personal life. "There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in…

  9. Island Records Promotes Steve Yegelwel to SVP

    August 21, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Island Records has promoted veteran A&R man Steve Yegelwel to senior vp at the Universal Music Group imprint. According to a news release, Yegelwel will be involved in running the label's A&R department and will work closely with executive vp Eric Wong on marketing up-and-coming…

  10. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  11. Behind the (Unheard) Music: Is Aphex Twin Poised for a Grammy Nod?

    August 21, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Aphex Twin , the obscure electronic music artist (real name: Richard D. James ) who has been teasing his next album on blimps, street graffiti and via the "deep web," will release his first album in 13 years on Sept. 23 through Warp Records. The label announced the news this morning…

  12. Katy Perry, RiFF RAFF Team Up For 'This Is How We Do' Remix: Listen

    August 21, 2014 4:16 PM EDT Katy Perry has received an unlikely helping hand for a new remix of her current single "This Is How We Do": RiFF RAFF, the oddball rap star whose infamous corn-rows Perry mimics in the remix artwork. Listen to the "This Is How We Do" remix below: The explicitly summery…

  13. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Deal heralds expanded mobile offerings and the evolution of the in-venue experience -- like settling bar tabs in the app -- for fans and promoters. San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for…

  14. Check Out Aphex Twin's Bizarre Cover Art for 'Syro'

    August 21, 2014 12:25 PM EDT After using a blimp and the deep Internet to tease his upcoming new album, Aphex Twin has unveiled the cover art and release date for  Syro , his first new album in 13 years. Syro will drop Sept. 23 via Warp -- just over a month away! That means we can probably expect to hear new Aphex music…

  15. Ariana Grande Crowns Billboard Artist 100

    August 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spurred by the success of four current hits, the diva logs her first week at No. 1. Ariana Grande is the top artist in the U.S. this week, as she vaults 4-1 on the  Billboard Artist 100  chart, marking her first week atop the ranking. She also becomes the first female artist to lead the…

  16. Emma Stone Confirms Starring Role in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 21, 2014 3:47 AM EDT It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apart due to scheduling conflicts related to The…

  17. Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Out Ex Chris Martin for Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 20, 2014 9:12 PM EDT Yes, it's another celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenge , but this one has a twist. Iggy Azalea & More: Music's Latest Ice Bucket Challenges When Gwyneth Paltrow stripped down to her black bikini on Wednesday (Aug. 20) to raise awareness and money for ALS research, she challenged…

  18. The K-Pop Makeup Craze: 2NE1, SPICA & More Share Favorite Products & Tips

    August 20, 2014 8:52 PM EDT As the popularity of Korean music acts soars, its effect on the beauty industry kicks into full gear. It's undeniable that K-pop is taking over the world. YouTube reports viewership of K-pop videos has grown from around 700 million views in 2010 to more than 5.5 billion in 2013. No…

  19. Wiz Khalifa Rolling Toward First No. 1 Album

    August 20, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The rapper's new 'Blacc Hollywood' could start atop the Billboard 200 next week, selling around 80,000 copies. Hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa is on track to snare his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . Industry sources forecast his new release, Blacc Hollywood , to sell…

  20. Jake Miller Talks Twitter's Effect On 'First Flight Home'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT Florida hip-hop artist's new song has lit up Billboard's Twitter Trending 140. 'I went from the kid who was always listening to his iPod to the kid in other people's iPods.' "First Flight Home," Jake Miller 's latest song and video, has flown sky-high.…

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