1. Ariana Grande Gets to 'Break Free' to Open MTV VMAs

    August 24, 2014 9:05 PM EDT Before Ariana Grande highlighted the MTV Video Music Awards with a bang -- er, excuse us, "Bang Bang" -- alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, the pop superstar opened the VMAs and blazed through her EDM-tastic new single "Break Free." Grande continued a breakout year by…

  2. MTV VMAs to Feature Ferguson Public Service Announcements

    August 24, 2014 3:59 PM EDT One clip is a 15-second quiet reflection on the civil rights protests. A 15-second clip directly addressing the civil rights protests in Ferguson, Mo., is set to air during the commercial time of the main show at the raucous MTV Video Music Awards , a network rep confirmed to The Hollywood…

  3. Former British Rapper Reportedly Under Investigation for James Foley Beheading

    August 23, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary is a former West London rapper who performed under the name L Jinny. A British rapper now fighting with the Islamic State (aka ISIS) is reportedly a suspect in the beheading of American journalist James Foley, according to several unconfirmed published reports,…

  4. M.I.A. Resolves NFL's War Over Super Bowl Middle Finger

    August 22, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The league sought $16.6 million in arbitration. After more than three years, a dispute over M.I.A. 's halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI has been resolved. Super Bowl Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Weighs In When the singer extended her middle finger during her performance on…

  5. 'Motown The Musical' to Take a Break From Broadway

    August 22, 2014 2:15 AM EDT "Motown the Musical" is taking a break from Broadway. Producers said Friday the $18 million show will play its final performance at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on Jan. 18 and intends to reopen in July 2016 at a still-to-be-announced Nederlander-owned theater. ‘Motown The Musical'…

  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. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  8. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  9. T.I. Sounds off on Ferguson: 'America Has Created a Monster'

    August 19, 2014 7:33 PM EDT As protests over the Aug. 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. have continued to turn from peaceful to riots, Tuesday T.I. spoke out about the issue on Instagram.  In two posts, about three hours apart, the Atlanta rapper included two of the more iconic images to…

  10. Meek Mill's Appeal of Jail Term Rejected

    August 18, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail Monday (Aug. 18) to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for…

  11. Nelly Talks Ferguson & Setting Up a Scholarship in Michael Brown's Name: 'We Need to Strategize'

    August 18, 2014 11:37 AM EDT The St. Louis rapper tells Billboard about setting up a scholarship fund with Brown's family. Nelly may have been thousands of miles from his hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, but the city was at the forefront of his mind while playing the Uforia festival in Los Angeles. During…

  12. Coheed and Cambria Announces 'In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3' Reissue: Exclusive

    August 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Hear a remastered version of "A Favor House Atlantic," and read what Claudio Sanchez says of the group's future. Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez fesses up to an ulterior motive for the upcoming remastered re-release of the group's second album, 2003's In…

  13. Exclusive: Carlos Santana Remembers 'Monumental' Woodstock Fest, 45 Years Later

    August 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "There were women and men, an ocean of hearts screaming," the legendary guitarist tells Billboard about the iconic event. Santana didn't foresee the notoriety that would come with their performance at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. Carlos Santana and his bandmates…

  14. Leave That Feathered Headdress at Home, Says Canadian EDM Festival

    August 15, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Those itching to snap a music festival selfie in feathered headdresses may be in for a rude awakening. Many festivals have expanded their lists of prohibited items from traditional safety hazards (like fireworks and glass bottles) to include fashion accessories that are seen as culturally…

  15. French Montana Talks New Album, Kanye and Media Attention on His Relationship With Khloe Kardashian

    August 15, 2014 1:15 PM EDT On a sweltering afternoon, a camera flashes on French Montana at his new house in suburban Pompton Plains, N.J. "Yo! Make sure they get my six-pack," jokes the rapper, while holding his snarling German shepherd Zane near the edge of his turquoise swimming pool. Under a white…

  16. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

  17. Exclusive: Annie Lennox Talks Return to Music With 'Nostalgia' Album, Reveals Cover, Track List & More

    August 14, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Annie Lennox is taking a trip back. Nostalgia , her first non-holiday album in seven years, is a collection of the iconic singer's impassioned takes on standards primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Jo Stafford and…

  18. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  19. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

  20. Watch Ariana Grande 'Break Free' in Intergalactic New Video

    August 12, 2014 9:46 PM EDT Pop star channels Barbarella in the B-movie homage. Ariana Grande is breaking free in her space-tastic new music video -- with a little help from a few ladies that came before her. Ariana Grande Reunites With Big Sean for 'Best Mistake': Listen In the just-released visual…

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