1. Nile Rodgers-Founded Label Partners With Game Music Connect Conference

    August 26, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Sumthing Else Music Works, Nile Rodgers ' record label specializing in video game soundtracks, has partnered with this year's Game Music Connect 2014, a London-based conference for fans of music in games and aspiring composers. Attendees to this year's event, being held at…

  2. Taylor Swift Claims '1989' Album Won't Be Relationship-Centric

    August 20, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Everything has changed. Bad news for those fans who were hoping for "Dear John Part 2" on  Taylor Swift 's upcoming pop album,  1989 : The lyrics won't be so boyfriend-centric this time around. In an interview with Fusion , Swift details the difference between her upcoming…

  3. Taylor Swift Is Going Pop. And That's a Good Thing.

    August 19, 2014 6:19 PM EDT With "Shake It Off," music's most dependable superstar dives into the unknown… and sticks the landing. Confession: I love Taylor Swift's country side. She's an incredible songwriter that has built an empire on evocative storytelling and polished guitar…

  4. 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…

  5. 'American Idol' Alum Josh Gracin Checks Into Psychiatric Facility After Suicide Scare

    August 16, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Says the season-two finalist: "I am getting help" American Idol season-two alum Josh Gracin has been discharged from the hospital and has voluntarily checked himself into an inpatient psychiatric facility, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 'American Idol' Alum Josh…

  6. 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,…

  7. Guest Post: Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers

    August 14, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Last week, Billboard published a guest editorial by Thomas McAlevey , CEO of streaming startup Radical.FM. The below is in response to Mr. McAlevey's piece. Dear Mr. McAlevey, I read your Billboard guest editorial “Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music is Already Profitable.” Forgive me…

  8. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter

    August 11, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Cher, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Quincy Jones all remember the comedian online. As news broke that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams had died Monday of a suspected suicide, an outpouring of condolence and appreciation came from the music world via social media.  Miley Cyrus, Katy…

  9. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  10. Ben Folds to Vacate RCA Studio A on Music Row

    August 01, 2014 9:33 PM EDT He put up a good fight, but singer-songwriter Ben Folds announced on Friday he'll be leaving his recording space at the historic Studio A in Nashville's old RCA building after the property's brand-new owner raised the rent 124 percent. "Haha," Folds says in a  message…

  11. Dionne Warwick Knows Her Way to San Jose, Where Honors Await

    August 01, 2014 1:08 AM EDT In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song. But after the iconic singer recorded "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" and the song became a huge hit, the 73-year old singer says with a laugh that she "cried all the way to the bank.…

  12. Brian Eno Addresses Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Passionate Letter on David Byrne’s Website

    July 30, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Brian Eno has shared his feelings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a passionate letter that has been published on David Byrne’s website. “I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno,” Byrne wrote on his site. “I shared it with my office and we all felt a great…

  13. Questlove Writes Poignant Tribute to Late Roots Manager Richard Nichols

    July 30, 2014 5:04 PM EDT 'He will live on in me, in Black Thought, in the rest of the Roots, and in every artist and project he touched,' Quest writes. On July 17, Roots manager Richard Nichols lost a long battle with leukemia and the music world lost a figure who was almost as instrumental in forming the…

  14. Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 71

    July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT 'Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman,' Kiss' Gene Simmons says. Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper , Lou Reed , Kiss and Aerosmith , among others, died Wednesday (July 30) at the age of 71 in Phoenix. Wagner, who was…

  15. Lily Allen No Longer Involved With 'Bridget Jones' Musical

    July 30, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Dear Diary: We aren't pleased. A moment of silence for what could have been: Lily Allen is no longer writing the music for the upcoming  Bridget Jones's Diary  musical.  Related Australian Police Investigating Prank Photo of Lily Allen in Handcuffs: Report Miley Cyrus To Bring Lily…

  16. 5 Seconds of Summer's Influences: 10 Acts That Shaped Their Sound

    July 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Seconds of Summer wants you to know they're a rock band. Sure, you'll see One Direction play some guitars in concert, and yes the rock band look was part of the Jonas Brothers' act, but it's been a long time since a boy band truly pulled off the vibe. With their debut…

  17. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  18. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  19. P. Reign Breaks Down the Making of 'Where You Been' Song & Video

    July 22, 2014 2:03 PM EDT On July 16, P. Reign answered countless of fans' demands for new music when he released his new song, "Where You Been," and its accompanying music video. The track was produced by Bass Line, who is signed to Reign's label imprint, Reps-Up Records. "Where You Been” was…

  20. Ariana Grande's 'Sam & Cat' TV Show Canceled

    July 14, 2014 10:53 AM EDT "Sam & Cat," the Nickelodeon sitcom starring Ariana Grande, has been canceled after one season, the network confirmed on Sunday (July 13). The pop superstar wrote a lengthy note about the news on Sunday, expressing gratitude toward Nickelodeon, show-runner Dan Schneider…

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