1. A Breakdown of DMX's Epic Sling Shot Video

    July 29, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Today's free laugh for the blogosphere is brought to you by DMX . On Tuesday (July 29), TMZ posted a video of the rapper and his friend riding the Sling Shot in Orlando. Let's break down the 1:36-minute video, which I wish was longer: 1. DMX yells out his signature ad-libs before…

  2. Common & No I.D. Talk 'Resurrection' Anniversary & Making of 'Nobody's Smiling': Exclusive Q&A

    July 29, 2014 1:40 PM EDT It's been twenty years since Common 's sophomore LP, Resurrection , shook up the rap industry and gave hip-hop fans the classic ode "I Used to Love H.E.R." The rapper/actor hasn't slowed down since. Last week, via producer and Def Jam Executive Vice President No I.D.&…

  3. R. Kelly Dropped From Ohio Festival After Protests

    July 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT The musician was slated to appear on the opening day of the Labor Day weekend event, but complaints poured in via social media, mostly about his legal history and charges of being a sexual predator, and bands and vendors pulled out of the festival. R. Kelly has been dropped from the lineup of…

  4. Jhene Aiko Talks Making Of 'Souled Out' Album & Family

    July 28, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Jhene Aiko stands around 5 feet tall and weighs perhaps as much as a decaf macchiato; the 2015 Cadillac Escalade stretches 18-and-a-half feet and tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds. Right now, the buzz-building singer-rapper -- she has performed with her friend Drake on "Saturday…

  5. Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' Q&A: 'I Wasn't Shy About Being a Struggling Actor Again'

    July 28, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Zach Braff is pretty confident the soundtrack to his new film, Wish I Was Here , won't be a platinum blockbuster like the one from his 2004 directorial debut, Garden State . "Selling 1.5 million copies in this day and age is ridiculous," the actor-director tells Billboard. …

  6. Bingo Players' Big Comeback: Exclusive Interview

    July 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The group's Maarten Hoogstraten talks about the loss of his friend and bandmate and coming back to 'Knock You Out' When Bingo Players returned to Boom, Belgium for the Tomorrowland festival, it was a homecoming of sorts for the group’s Maarten Hoogstraten. In 2013, Hoogstraten&…

  7. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Avicii, Dillon Francis, Kygo & More

    July 26, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Tomorrowland kicked off its second weekend honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary on Friday (July 25). Boasting one of the deepest talent pools and arguably the most impressive production value that dance music has to offer, Tomorrowland is an immersive and at times overwhelming experience…

  8. Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55th Anniversary

    July 26, 2014 10:33 AM EDT The Newport Folk Festival has kicked off three days of music to a sold-out crowd. The festival began Friday with a lineup that includes Ryan Adams, Jimmy Cliff and Band of Horses, along with some lesser-known acts including Rhode Island-based Death Vessel. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport…

  9. Dept. of Justice Looks to Make Illegal Streaming a Felony

    July 25, 2014 5:01 PM EDT A Department of Justice office told a House Judiciary hearing Thursday he supports a felony penalty for illegal streaming.   Noting the rise of streaming, David Bitkower , Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, said tougher penalties would reflect the reality of today&…

  10. 'Weird Al' Yankovic: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 8

    July 25, 2014 11:10 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,…

  11. President Obama Talks Tech, Election With Industry Players at Live Nation CEO's House

    July 25, 2014 9:49 AM EDT An assortment of entertainment industry executives and business leaders, as well as Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis , attended a roundtable discussion Thursday morning with President Barack Obama at the Mandeville Canyon home of Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino , sources told The Hollywood…

  12. After Singer Buddy Melton's Farming Accident, Bluegrass Band Balsam Range Even "Tighter"

    July 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Buddy Melton, the lead singer for rising bluegrass band Balsam Range feels lucky to get to perform -- and not for the standard reasons. In 2012, he was involved in a 2012 farming accident that resulted in several procedures to repair his sinus cavity. Doctors were unsure whether the singer…

  13. Kidz Bop Charts 40th Album

    July 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Those darn Kidz are at it again. The Kidz Bop Kids, that is. The franchise scores its 40th charting album on the Billboard 200 as Kidz Bop 26 bows at No. 4 with 46,000 sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series The latest effort…

  14. Ted Nugent Responds to Casino Concert Cancellation: 'I'm Not Racist'

    July 23, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Conservative rocker blames left-wing detractors for Indian tribe canceling show After a planned Aug. 4 concert at Idaho's Coueur D'Alene Casino was canceled over his "racist views," Ted Nugent is firing back at his "haters." The conservative rocker says his…

  15. Martin Garrix to Headline Life in Color Halftime Show During Futbol Final in Miami (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Lasers, fireworks, EDM will accompany the Guinness International Champion’s Cup final on August 4 Life in Color, a production company that bills itself as the world’s largest paint party, is set to host the halftime show of the Guinness International Champion’s Cup Final on August 4 in Miami.…

  16. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry Explains His Heartbeat-Driven Classical Album

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry gets to the heart of the matter — literally — on his new classical album, "Music for Heart and Breath." While recording the 12 compositions for the set, Parry and co-producer Bryce Dessner of The National outfitted the musicians, from duos to a…

  17. George Harrison Memorial Tree Taken Over by Beetles

    July 21, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Pine tree will be replanted, L.A. city councilman says The George Harrison Tree, planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004 in tribute to the late Beatles guitar player, has died — due to a beetle infestation. City Councilman Tom LaBonge told the Los Angeles Times that the pine tree…

  18. Wiz Khalifa Releases 'You And Your Friends,' Feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Snoop Dogg & DJ Mustard

    July 21, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign also appear on Juicy J's "Shell Shock," the "Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtle" theme song. Wiz Khalifa recruited DJ Mustard – one of today's most sought after producers in hip-hop – for his new single, "You and Your Friends." …

  19. Former Destiny's Child Member Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

    July 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT The singer was allegedly partying with two NFL players the night before Former Destiny's Child singer Farrah Franklin was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of disorderly conduct in Conway, South Carolina, according to police. The 33-year-old singer was booked at 4:55 a.m. on…

  20. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport Honors Traditional Folk

    July 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT There are few musicians as inextricably linked to the Newport Folk Festival as the late Pete Seeger. Newport, known as the place where Bob Dylan cast aside his acoustic guitar and went electric in 1965, has made its mark on the festival scene more recently with an innovative mix of old and…

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