1. 'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Book of Mormon' Star Ben Platt on Cabaret, Magic and Meryl Streep

    September 02, 2014 12:21 AM EDT Ben Platt is not your average twentysomething — well, twenty-year-old. He hasn’t even added a "something" yet, and he already has a more robust resume than those many "somethings" his senior. While his contemporaries are off at college, playing beer pong and pledging…

  2. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  3. Pras Michel, Founding Member of the Fugees, Takes Ice Bucket Challenge in North Korea

    August 31, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Pras Michel passed on the challenge to four people, including former bandmate Lauryn Hill. It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel , a founding member of the Fugees , has done it -- getting his dousing…

  4. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  5. 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…

  6. 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&…

  7. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  8. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  9. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  10. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  11. Watch Cypress Hill’s B-Real Turn Pot-Head for Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 27, 2014 1:18 AM EDT Cypress Hill’s B-Real has given a boost to his “green” credentials by completing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in his own inimitable style.   The Californian rapper (real name Louis Freese) refuses to waste water, so he’s done a dry shower of sorts. “I know we’re going through a drought,” he…

  12. Neil & Pegi Young Getting Divorced After 36 Years

    August 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Sad news from the Neil Young camp: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years. The Youngs were frequent musical collaborators throughout their marriage. They have often toured together over the years and even performed together during the 1994…

  13. Ice Bucket Challenge Round-Up: Aerosmith, Rick Rubin, John Mayer & More Musicians

    August 26, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Even Posh Spice! The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is still going strong, which means even more musicians are willing to tape themselves dumping ice water on their heads and putting that video on the Internet for enternity. The latest participants? Rick Rubin (answering Eminem 's challenge ),…

  14. 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…

  15. Ed Sheeran: I Recorded Two Songs with David Guetta

    August 25, 2014 1:41 AM EDT The 23-year-old tells Billboard that he was in the studio with the dance maestro. Before Ed Sheeran took the MTV Video Music Awards stage to accept his first-ever VMA for Best Male Video for "Sing," the U.K. singer-songwriter dished to Billboard on his most recent collaboration.…

  16. Chris Brown’s ‘X’ Track List: Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Trey Songz & More

    August 24, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Chris Brown's new album will be released on Sept. 16 through RCA. Chris Brown’s long-delayed sixth album, X , will feature guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar , R. Kelly , Trey Songz , Akon and Brandy , among others. Brown has already released several new tracks for the forthcoming…

  17. Watch Eminem and Rihanna Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage in Detroit

    August 24, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Eminem and Rihanna saved the biggest splash of The Monster Tour for last. Literally. Eminem chose the duo's Saturday night show at Comerica Park in his home town of Detroit -- the sixth and final date of their tour -- to answer Dr. Dre's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As the MC and…

  18. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back…

  19. Tickets Selling Fast for Willie Nelson & Neil Young's Pipeline Protest Concert

    August 21, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold. The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tickets for the Sept. 27 concert had been sold…

  20. Foo Fighters Talk Music With Barack Obama, Slash, Dolly Parton in 'Sonic Highways' Trailer

    August 21, 2014 9:44 PM EDT HBO has released a new trailer for its upcoming Foo Fighters series, Sonic Highways , which follows the band across the country, recording in different studios in different cities with an all-star cast of different musicians.  Foo Fighters Announce 'Sonic Highways' Track List, Share…

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