1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

    August 29, 2014 8:45 PM EDT R&B legend Smokey Robinson earns his highest charting album since 1981, while Amy Grant debuts on both the Christian and Dance/Electronic Albums charts- On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1 , giving the hip-hop star his first chart…

  2. L.A. Mayor Defends Plans for Jay Z's Made in America

    August 29, 2014 8:14 PM EDT 'What's important is that Los Angeles figure out a way to get to 'Yes,'' he says of Jay Z-headed festival. The Made in America festival is coming to downtown Los Angeles, not as an inconvenience, but as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs for crew…

  3. Tracy Morgan Still Struggling After Crash

    August 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former Saturday Night Live actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead. Attorney Benedict Morelli tells The Star-Ledger newspaper that Morgan relies on a wheelchair and it may be…

  4. Brad Paisley & Kem Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 29, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Country star Brad Paisley is aiming for his ninth top 10 album. Country star Brad Paisley is set to collect his ninth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Moonshine in the Trunk , is aiming for a high arrival on the chart. Industry sources forecast the new album,…

  5. Nick Jonas Says New Single Is 'New-Agey Lionel Richie'

    August 29, 2014 6:11 PM EDT "New-agey Lionel Richie ." That's how Nick Jonas describes his new single, "Jealous," which is due for release on Sept. 7. "It is an uptempo song," Jonas told us at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards . "It's kind of a new-agey Lionel Richie vibe,…

  6. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  7. Netflix-Comcast Battle Shows Net Neutrality Has Real Consequences

    August 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT The case of Netflix vs. Comcast is a lesson on the real-world implications of network neutrality. The term "network neutrality," a principle that all Internet data should be treated equally, has been more of an elusive concept than a well-defined issue in the music industry. It'…

  8. The MusicCares Challenge Emerges to Benefit Artists (and Show Off Great Music)

    August 29, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Last Saturday Tom DeSavia , head of creative services at Songs Music Publishing, was sick of the naysaying from detractors of the now-ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge which, according to Forbes , has increased donations to the ALS Association by 3,500% over last year, from $2.8 million to over…

  9. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A)

    August 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT With his unmistakable sound, Ghana-born, Camberwell (London)-based Kwabena Adjepong , better known as Kwabs , stood out on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists Chart for the week of Aug. 30, where his track "Walk" debuted at No. 36.   In listening to "Walk," it's…

  10. Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security

    August 29, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Two concertgoers died at last year's event. Heightened security is in place for a New York City music festival where two people died last year. Electric Zoo Festival Makes Anti-Drug PSA Electric Zoo officials say they're beefing up plainclothes security and using off-duty and former…

  11. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  12. Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT If Blur hadn’t made it big, frontman Damon Albarn would’ve been A-OK. He’s a clever guy from a good family, and one way or another, this handsome, multi-talented Londoner was going to leave his mark on the world. The same is not necessarily true for Noel and Liam Gallagher, the brothers…

  13. Johnny Winter Song Premiere: Hear 'Mojo Hand' Featuring Aerosmith's Joe Perry

    August 29, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Producer Paul Nelson discusses the making of the star-studded new album. The arrival of Johnny Winter's guest-laden Step Back on Sept. 2 will be bittersweet for producer Paul Nelson after Winter's death on July 16 at the age of 70 in Switzerland. "I listen to the album, and it&…

  14. U.K. Group Rallies Musicians, Writers and Performers to Fight Government Cuts

    August 29, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Newly formed U.K. protest group Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity are calling on musicians, writers, artists and performers to voice their opposition against government cuts in public and voluntary services.     Over 500 people working in the creative arts have so far signed up to the…

  15. Diddy's 1998 Remix of Smashing Pumpkins' 'Ava Adore' Surfaces

    August 29, 2014 10:26 AM EDT File this one under "remixes you never thought possible" -- the magic of the internet has treated us to Diddy (then Puff Daddy)'s 1998 remix of the Smashing Pumpkins ’ 1998 hit, "Ava Adore." This would have been a lot more outrageous had it surfaced in the late '…

  16. Check Out Ed Sheeran Dressed As Little Orphan Annie on 'Kimmel'

    August 29, 2014 10:10 AM EDT When you were dream casting Annie (as you do!), did you ever consider Ed Sheeran for the title role? Jimmy Kimmel did. Thursday night on J immy Kimmel Live! , the host (jokingly) explained that ABC was producing a live version of Annie , much like the upcoming production of Peter Pan Live! on…

  17. President Obama Taps New 'Piracy Czar'

    August 29, 2014 8:45 AM EDT President Barack Obama has nominated Danny Marti to be the new U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, or "piracy czar." Marti is the managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend's Washington, D.C., office. He is an Emory University law school graduate, and he served as…

  18. Meet WINNER: K-Pop's Exciting New Boy Band

    August 29, 2014 12:32 AM EDT The quintet's first single was revealed less than three weeks ago and now they have a No. 1 on Billboard's World Albums chart and a Top 10 entry on Heatseekers Albums. It's an intrinsic property of the K-pop scene that its stars go through years of training before their public…

  19. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The single logs third-largest streaming week on record, while Wiz Khalifa debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Smokey Robinson launches at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums. Following the release of Nicki Minaj 's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally…

  20. Lindsay Ell (The 'Female Keith Urban') Talks Singing With Keith Urban

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT From hearing her debut single, "Trippin' On Us," on the airwaves to sharing the stage with the Band Perry and Keith Urban , 2014 has been one incredible moment after another for Canada-born songstress Linsday Ell . "Any time I think about it all, it seems like such a…

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