1. Ryan Star Video Exclusive: Watch The 'Bullet' Premiere

    August 29, 2014 11:39 AM EDT Earlier this year, alt-rock mainstay Ryan Star returned with Angels + Animals , a new album highlighted by the reflective single "Bullet." Check out the official music video to "Bullet," premiering exclusively on Billboard.com, below: Directed by Joshua Butler, the…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

  7. MTV VMAs' 15 Craziest Moments of All Time

    August 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When you get the world’s biggest pop stars together in the same room, egos are bound to mix in unexpected ways. Broadcasting that live, a la the VMAs? You're just asking for fireworks. As you prepare for what will undoubtedly be another eye-popping MTV Video Music Awards, look back…

  8. U.K. Producer SOPHIE Q&A: On Secrecy, Synthesis & What's Next

    August 19, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Mysterious U.K. producer SOPHIE , who is best known for the use of post-generational bass and vanguard style of sound engineering, has lately been lighting up the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists and Trending 140 charts. On July 27, SOPHIE released the song "LEMONADE," which…

  9. Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood': Track-by-Track Review

    August 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Since the release of his mixtape in 2005, Wiz Khalifa has evolved from a rising Pittsburgh rapper to a pop icon. While his easygoing persona makes him come off like one of hip-hop's most casual rappers, his work ethic speaks otherwise, spanning from a ceaseless touring schedule to a…

  10. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

  11. Bebe Rexha Video Premiere: Watch The 'I Can't Stop Drinking About You' Clip

    August 12, 2014 2:16 PM EDT The "Take Me Home" singer finds sanctuary in a Los Angeles home in her debut video. Pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha is finally having her solo moment, after fronting a band, co-writing a monster hit single and performing vocals on an EDM smash last year. Best known for her spot…

  12. Eminem & Rihanna's Monster Tour Roars to Life at Rose Bowl: Concert Review

    August 08, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Eminem & Rihanna 's long-awaited Monster tour, which kicked off Aug. 7 in Los Angeles at a sold-out Rose Bowl, is billed as a co-headlining tour between the two music superstars, and the pair treated the show as if they were equals, starting and ending together. However, sharing the…

  13. 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.…

  14. Exclusive Video Premiere: Watch Flyleaf's 'Set Me on Fire'

    July 29, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Watch the new visual from Flyleaf's upcoming album, which guitar Sameer Bhattacharya calls "one of the coolest records we've ever made." Kristen May has been a comfortable fit for Flyleaf since she joined the hard rock outfit in place of original singer Lacey Sturm in…

  15. Jack Antonoff on Growing Up in New Jersey: 'There Was This Darkness'

    July 28, 2014 3:50 PM EDT A little more than two years ago, Jack Antonoff celebrated Fun's No. 1 single, "We Are Young," in an unusual way: by starting to write songs for a new band, Bleachers. "The Beatles did 12 songs every six months," says Antonoff, who chafes at the idea that if you’re as…

  16. 'Rising Star' Recap: Contestants Begin to Shine As Head-To-Head Duels Round Wraps

    July 28, 2014 4:28 AM EDT Say what you will about Rising Star and its ragtag team of genre-diverse judges, somebody is doing some work with these contestants behind the scenes. Whether that’s the “Groban-ator” throwing in some off-camera mentoring to make sure this gig doesn’t tarnish his credible musician resume…

  17. Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said About the Classic Back Then

    July 25, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Between the Beastie Boys ' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. It's not just the Beastie's magnum opus -- it'…

  18. Casey Kasem's Son on Corpse-Moving, Meat-Hurling Widow Jean Kasem: 'She's Bat S--- Crazy'

    July 25, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Casey Kasem's body was taken from Tacoma, Washington's Gaffney Funeral Home to Canada, a Gaffney worker confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on July 23, but his distraught relatives don't have any specific information on the whereabouts of his remains a month after his death. …

  19. Punk's Quiet Visionary: Debbie Harry, Tommy Stinson, Danny Fields and More on Tommy Ramone

    July 18, 2014 3:11 PM EDT In 1974, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone. The last surviving original member of the band is remembered as the odd man out who helped shaped the sound and look of punk rock's founding fathers. This feature first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . DANNY FIELDS…

  20. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

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