1. Kiss' Gene Simmons: 'I'm On the Side of Donald Sterling'

    August 05, 2014 3:24 PM EDT The Kiss member feels Sterling should have been let off with a fine, fears loss of privacy Even when it seems everyone is opposed to something as awful as Donald Sterling’s racist rant, everyone isn’t always on the same page. In an interview for The Wall Street Journal , Kiss’ Gene Simmons…

  2. HARD Summer 2014: Top 10 Performances

    August 05, 2014 1:12 PM EDT For a certain sect of dance music fans, namely those who favor hip hop influences over pop-leaning EDM, HARD Summer is like Christmas. Over the weekend, the annual music festival drew roughly 40,000 people to Los Angeles for a bill that included superstar DJs Skrillex , Diplo and…

  3. Bass Drum of Death, 'Left for Dead': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 05, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Oxford, Miss. garage-rock band Bass Drum of Death was once the solo project of John Barrett , a former Fat Possum employee who in his spare time made demos fueled by swaggering guitars and rough-hewn drums, his voice emerging from the wreckage of noise like a driver from a smoldering pileup.…

  4. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Tops $100 Million, 'Everybody’s Winning'

    August 05, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Plagued by rumors of poor ticket sales and still a target for the tabloids, the Jay Z/Beyonce On The Run stadium tour will nevertheless wrap as a huge success. Jay Z and Beyonce 's On The Run tour wraps in North America with two nights at AT&T Park in San Francisco, both tonight …

  5. Drake Welcomes Usher, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill And Many More To Fifth Annual OVO Fest

    August 05, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Drake’s OVO Festival is like hip-hop Christmas in Toronto – you anticipate it every year but you never know what you’re gonna get. Prior years have brought surprise cameos from the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , or Diddy, Mase, Kanye West and Lil Wayne , and this year’s…

  6. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  7. Chart Highlights: 'Bang Bang' Debuts, Sia, Billy Currington & Big Data Score New No. 1s

    August 04, 2014 8:13 PM EDT Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fly onto multiple airplay lists as the trio's "Bang Bang" bounds onto Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay. Meanwhile, an array of acts -- including Sia and Hozier -- notch new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select…

  8. Don Omar To Release 'The Last Don 2' This Fall

    August 04, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Reggaetón star Don Omar will feature fellow Puerto Rican reggaetón colleagues Wisin, Yandel (who split early last year) and Daddy Yankee on his upcoming album, The Last Don 2 , due out in October. The four artists are also speaking about the possibility of a joint tour that could launch in…

  9. 'Rising Star' Recap: The Wall Looms Large As New Solo Round Begins

    August 04, 2014 6:42 AM EDT No matter the show, no matter the judges, no matter their chairs’ ability to spin or rise…it always comes down to song choice, doesn’t it?  Alas, in the first round of solo performances following the Duels, the contestants of Rising Star couldn’t choose a song that suited their voice and the…

  10. Usher & Stevie Wonder Play Multimillion-Dollar Fan Wedding

    August 02, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Best rehearsal dinner ever? That award might go to Kaily Smith and Adam Westbrook, the couple whose carnival-themed, pre-wedding bash in Dana Point, California, last night included live performances from not one but two multi-platinum artists: Usher and Stevie Wonder. Usher’s New Look…

  11. Neil Young Urges Fans to Boycott Non-Organic Cotton

    August 02, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Neil Young took to his website on Friday to speak out against the purchase of non-organic cotton. The FarmAid co-founder and veteran activist, who has championed environmental, social and aural causes over the years, has vowed to phase the material out of his tour merchandise in favor of 100…

  12. YouTube Product Management Head Shiva Rajaraman Leaves for Spotify

    August 01, 2014 7:31 PM EDT YouTube is losing another top employee. Product management head Shiva Rajaraman is leaving the streaming video service for Spotify. His departure comes as YouTube prepares to launch a music streaming service of its own. More YouTube News YouTube's Music Industry Liaison Chris LaRosa to…

  13. Oregon's Pickathon Points the Way to Music Festivals Going Green

    August 01, 2014 4:45 PM EDT When the stage goes quiet at the close of any summer music festival, there comes a new kind of chorus known to anyone who's tromped back to a campsite alongside 10,000 other weary music lovers: the crunch of a sea of disposed water bottles. From California’s Coachella to New York City’s…

  14. La Roux Lights Up With No. 1 Debut

    August 01, 2014 2:45 PM EDT The now-solo act debuts atop Dance/Electronic Albums with 'Trouble In Paradise.' Plus: chart action for Lil Jon, Clean Bandit and Basement Jaxx, and Dave Aude says that Andy Bell is his "favorite vocalist of all time." La Roux follows her Grammy Award-winning, self-titled…

  15. Dave Grohl's New HBO Series 'Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways' Sets Premiere Date

    August 01, 2014 1:27 PM EDT The series Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways will debut on HBO on Oct. 17 and air on Fridays from 11 p.m. to midnight. Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl , each episode of the documentary series is devoted to a different American musical landmark, chronicling the history, cultural…

  16. 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…

  17. Israel Conflict Turns a Promising Touring Summer Grim, to the Tune of $20 Million

    August 01, 2014 12:27 PM EDT The conflict in Gaza and insurance challenges have made for a cruel summer for promoters. Neil Young and Backstreet Boys have postponed shows -- are Gaga and Lana next? “This looked like it was going to be one of the best summers in Israel’s history when it came to international acts, but now…

  18. Jessie J, Troye Sivan: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 9

    August 01, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  19. Carlos Vives and Marc Anthony Team For Tropical No. 1

    July 31, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Plus: Jenni Rivera's daughter Chiquis nets second chart hit on Hot Latin Songs, Larry Hernandez earns top debut on Latin Albums. Colombian star Carlos Vives earns his fifth No. 1 single on Tropical Airplay , as "Cuando Nos Volvamos" jumps 2-1. The track features Marc Anthony ,…

  20. 5 Seconds of Summer Soar to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    July 31, 2014 3:44 PM EDT The group takes over at the top, fueled by No. 1 start on the Billboard 200. Also jumping: OneRepublic and Jason Aldean. 5 Seconds of Summer jump 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, dethroning Sam Smith , who slips to No. 2 after two weeks at the top. The list, which launched three weeks…

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