1. 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…

  2. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first Monday…

  3. David Lynch Almost Directed a Kanye West Video: 'I Feel I Let Him Down'

    August 28, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Sad face emoticons from the legendary film director. When David Lynch told the Los Angeles Times he loved Kanye West 's "Blood on the Leaves" last year, fans were quick to note the director's dark, singular vision would be a perfect fit for a music video for the rapper&…

  4. Rdio Partners With Toronto Film Festival, Announces Free Ellie Goulding Show

    August 27, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Next month's  Toronto International Film Festival has an official music partner. Streaming service Rdio has announced it is setting up a music hub at the 11-day event with giveaways, a listening station and live music, starting with a free Ellie Goulding show at the iconic Massey Hall.…

  5. SpinMedia Appoints Stephen Blackwell as CEO

    August 25, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Death and Taxes founder Stephen Blackwell has been named CEO of SpinMedia, the digital publishing company announced on Monday. Related News Hype Machine Partners with Townsquare Media, Departing SpinMedia SpinMedia LLC Acquired By New Investors as SpinMedia Group Receives $10M SpinMedia…

  6. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  7. Polite Guy Andrew Rannells Ready to Get His Hedwig On

    August 21, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Andrew Rannells says he never dreamed of becoming a rock star while growing up. What he hoped for was a part on Broadway. Now he's getting both at the same time - and a load of mascara as well. Starting Wednesday, the Tony Award-nominated star of The Book of Mormon  on Broadway and HBO&…

  8. Pete Wentz Welcomes Baby Boy

    August 21, 2014 8:46 PM EDT Saint Lazslo is the Fall Out Boy bassist's second son. Pete Wentz and his girlfriend of three years, Meagan Camper, welcomed a baby boy on Wednesday, People reports. They've named the baby Saint Lazslo. Pete Wentz Relaunching His Label as DCD2 It's the second child for Wentz --…

  9. Jake Miller Talks Twitter's Effect On 'First Flight Home'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT Florida hip-hop artist's new song has lit up Billboard's Twitter Trending 140. 'I went from the kid who was always listening to his iPod to the kid in other people's iPods.' "First Flight Home," Jake Miller 's latest song and video, has flown sky-high.…

  10. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  11. Exclusive: The Supremes' Mary Wilson Talks No. 1 Single 'Where Did Our Love Go' 50 Years Later

    August 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The singer reveals why the trio didn’t care for the song, how they felt about Motown’s other girl groups and how a Billboard chart-topper changed their lives. Before Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard became the most successful girl group of the rock era, Motown released eight…

  12. 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…

  13. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in Ferguson

    August 19, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them." I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope…

  14. Lindsey Stirling Partners With Maker Studios

    August 19, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Maker Studios has partnered with violinist Lindsey Stirling , whose top-rated YouTube channel boasts more than 5 million subscribers who have watched videos of her unique style of classical dubstep more than a half-billion times. The partnership will afford Stirling access to production…

  15. Top 10 EDM/Rap Collaborations Of All Time

    August 15, 2014 2:20 PM EDT EDM and rap have been flirting with each other for decades. Countless EDM remixes of rap songs exist, and producers like Just Blaze and Kanye West have incorporated elements of electronic music into rap. Still, true collaborations between the two genres have been few and far between--until…

  16. 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…

  17. Simon Cowell Bringing Betty Boop to the Big Screen

    August 15, 2014 2:29 AM EDT Simon Cowell' s Syco Entertainment and Australian digital production house Animal Logic ( Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby ) are bringing Betty Boop back to the big screen. The pair announced Thursday they will develop and produce the cartoon starlet's first music-driven, hybrid…

  18. 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…

  19. Exclusive: Drake, Lil Wayne Debut 'Street Fighter'-Inspired Tour App DvsLW

    August 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Just before the Drake Vs Lil Wayne tour kicks off Friday night at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, an interactive app designed for the tour is debuting on Google Android and Apple iOS. DvsLW, a collaboration with tour sponsor Capcom (the video-game publisher behind Street Fighter and…

  20. Mika El-Baz to Lead RCA's West Coast Office

    August 05, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Mika El-Baz is on the move at RCA Records. The record label announced on Tuesday that El-Baz will be relocating from New York City to Los Angeles to head up its west coast office. She'll take on the new role -- executive vp of west coast -- while keeping her duties as executive vp of…

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