1. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons: 'Maybe You Should Focus on Your Records a Little More'

    August 20, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has released his first solo album in five years, and by the sound of Space Invader the axeman seems to have had as much fun playing on it as -- gasp -- his early years in Kiss . From the opening title track to the instrumental closer, “Starship,” where Frehley…

  2. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  3. Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival

    August 19, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Sam Smith, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer & more already announced as headliners. Ryan Adams , Jessie Ware , Lenny Kravitz and another dozen-plus artists have been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London, joining previously announced headliners Maroon 5 , Sam Smith and 5…

  4. Parents Television Council Warns MTV VMAs to Avoid 'Explicit Sexual Content'

    August 19, 2014 1:46 AM EDT Less than a week before the Video Music Awards , the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter from PTC president Tim Winter to Janet Borelli , senor vp standards and practices at MTV Networks/Viacom Media Networks, and…

  5. VMAs Warned by Parents Television Council to Tone It Down

    August 18, 2014 5:14 PM EDT 'The 2013 VMAs were a public relations kerfuffle for your network that I feel certain you will not wish to repeat.' Less than a week before the Video Music Awards, the Parents Television Council has called on MTV to avoid another "public relations kerfuffle." In a letter…

  6. Pharrell's 'Happy' is a Rare Bright Spot in Track Sales This Year

    August 18, 2014 12:12 PM EDT If U.S. track sales in 2014 had one theme, it would be "Happy" versus everything else. Pharrell 's hit song is the only top 200track of 2014 that's outselling its 2013 counterpart. And it's the only track to have bucked the downward trend in sales that is reshaping…

  7. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  8. Adam Levine Goes Back to the ‘70s With New Musical TV Series

    August 15, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Two 10-hour events come courtesy of Adam Levine and disco descendants the Bogarts Robin Hood is headed for TV. And if all goes as planned, radio and the stage, too. Boardwalk Entertainment Group has inked a deal at NBC to develop Robin Hood & Marian , as well as a project about the music…

  9. Paramore Dedicates 'Last Hope' to Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Hayley Williams talks to fans about depression at Denver show. Paramore paid tribute to Robin Williams at a concert in Denver Tuesday night. Prior to singing "Last Hope," frontwoman Hayley Williams gave a speech about belonging. "I realized how sad that we had been and how we…

  10. 10 Things You Will (and Won't) Hear on a No. 1 Summer Hit

    August 15, 2014 3:59 PM EDT While "Problem," "Fancy" and "Rude" vie for the position of 2014's Song of the Summer, we got to thinking about the previous decade of smash hits -- from 2003's "Crazy In Love" to 2013's "Blurred Lines" -- to earn the No. 1 Song…

  11. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  12. Ariana Grande, Kanye West, Dillon Francis & Jake Miller: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 11

    August 15, 2014 11:55 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,…

  13. Nikki Sixx Slams Gene Simmons Over ‘Moronic’ Comments on Depression

    August 15, 2014 1:21 AM EDT Gene Simmons has made a career from spouting all manner of wild stuff from his mouth. This time he’s apparently launched a vitriolic attack on folks with mental health problems, urging them “have some dignity and jump”. And it’s not going down well. The veteran rocker’s latest brush with…

  14. Robin Williams Had 'Early Stages of Parkinson's Disease,' Wife Says

    August 14, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Susan Schneider discloses that her husband had not yet made a public statement about the diagnosis. Susan Schneider , the wife of Robin Williams , has disclosed that her late husband was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death earlier this week. Schneider…

  15. Pop Shop Podcast: Meghan Trainor Talks 'All About That Bass,' Hot 100 Songs To Watch

    August 14, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  16. Questlove Drums for Kings of Leon on ‘Tonight Show’: Watch

    August 14, 2014 2:22 AM EDT Questlove is many things: a drummer, DJ, TV and record producer, thinker and now an honorary member of Kings of Leon .  Read Questlove’s Heartwarming Story About Robin Williams & The Roots Kings Of Leon Cancel Tour Dates, Questlove To Fill In for ‘Tonight Show’ Slot Questlove Defends Iggy…

  17. Watch Joseph Arthur's Moving Tribute Music Video for Robin Williams

    August 13, 2014 6:42 PM EDT As the world mourns Robin Williams' suicide earlier this week , an outpouring of remembrances and story-sharing about the Oscar and Grammy-winning actor have filled the web and helped to celebrate the influence he had on so many lives.  Robin Williams' 10 Best Musical Moments…

  18. Broadway to Dim Lights for Robin Williams

    August 13, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Comedy legend co-starred in Mike Nichols' 'Waiting for Godot' with Steve Martin. Memorials for Robin Williams have been created in Hollywood, Boston , Boulder and San Francisco , and on Wednesday night, New York City will pay tribute to the late actor. The marquees of Broadway…

  19. Songs of Summer 2014 Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Season's Biggest Artists!

    August 13, 2014 12:35 PM EDT How well do you know the voices behind summer's most inescapable hits? Take our brain-busting quiz on Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith & more! While last summer's biggest hits were helmed by a parade of familiar faces -- Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk and Miley Cyrus among…

  20. Frances Bean Cobain Tweets Support to Robin Williams' Daughter

    August 13, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Frances Bean Cobain tweeted a message of support to Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda.  One day after Williams' suspected suicide , Zelda Williams tweeted a quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince , along with the message, "I love you. I miss you. I'll…

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