1. 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 Problems…

  2. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  3. VMAs: Which Performance Triggered the Biggest Sales Spike?

    August 29, 2014 3:57 AM EDT MTV doled out the Moonmen during Sunday's Video Music Awards, but the musicians who really won at the awards show are the ones who performed. After performing a snippet from every single trackduring a 16-minute medley and receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Beyonce saw…

  4. Meet WINNER: K-Pop's Exciting New Boy Band

    August 29, 2014 12:32 AM EDT The quintet's first single was revealed less than three weeks ago and now they have a No. 1 on Billboard's World Albums chart and a Top 10 entry on Heatseekers Albums. It's an intrinsic property of the K-pop scene that its stars go through years of training before their public…

  5. 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…

  6. Jessie J Joins 'Finding Neverland' Concept Album

    August 28, 2014 3:43 PM EDT The 'Sweet Talker' can fly. Jessie J  is recording a song for the Finding Neverland Broadway musical's concept album, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 'Finding Neverland' Musical Coming to Broadway The track is called "Stronger," which producer Harvey…

  7. 10 Biggest 'Shake' Singles in Billboard Hot 100 History

    August 27, 2014 2:30 PM EDT After leaving country music in the dust and crafting her first unabashed pop single, Taylor Swift scored her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Shake It Off." Aside from the fact that "Shake It Off" is an undeniable earworm, you can credit part of its…

  8. Reunited Ramones Estates Plan Big Comeback Including Martin Scorsese Film

    August 27, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery has become a tradition. This past Sunday marked the tenth annual event honoring the late guitarist. In a marathon celebration that began before sundown diehard Ramones fans were treated to a Q&A that included Johnny’s widow Linda,…

  9. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

  10. Morrissey Reportedly Compiles Ramones Best-Of

    August 27, 2014 5:40 AM EDT Morrissey isn’t dwelling on his fracas with Harvest Records. The former Smiths frontman has reportedly been busy curating a new Ramones compilation.  In a post published on his fan site True To You , Morrissey is said to have compiled the track-listing for a forthcoming Best of the Ramones…

  11. K-Pop Legend Lee Seung Chul to Perform With North Korean Refugee Choir in Boston

    August 26, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The South Korean singer will join With-U, a 55-member choir of young North Korean defectors, at Harvard University. Legendary South Korean singer  Lee Seung Chul will perform with a choir of North Korean defectors at Harvard University this week.  Dream On - Lee Seung Chul's Benefit will…

  12. 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…

  13. Prince Set to Release First Solo Album in Four Years

    August 25, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The musician's full-length album with 3rd Eye Girl will drop on the same day. Prince is back. The musician announced Monday morning that he will release his first solo album in four years, entitled ART OFFICIAL AGE , out Sept. 30. The news was delivered via 3rd Eye Girl , who also…

  14. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Idol' Hits New Low

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Also: Sale pricing in the iTunes Store lifts Linkin Park, while The Vamps take a historic tumble down the chart. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17,…

  15. Sam Smith to Perform at MTV VMAs

    August 20, 2014 11:55 PM EDT Last, but definitely not least? For the MTV Video Music Awards, it's Sam Smith . The network announced Tuesday that the final performer of this year's awards show — which will be held at Inglewood, Calif.'s renovated venue The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24 — is the "Stay With…

  16. Louis Vuitton to Invest $80 Million in K-Pop Culture Factory YG Entertainment

    August 20, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Louis Vuitton is getting into the K-Pop business. The world's largest luxury brand's private equity arm, LVMH, announced Wednesday it will invest up to $80 million in South Korea's YG Entertainment Inc., the record label and talent agency behind some of the genre's…

  17. Jessie J Playing VMAs, Debuting 'Bang Bang' Video After Performance

    August 20, 2014 11:51 AM EDT It's official: J essie J is also hitting the Forum stage on Sunday night. The singer will join Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande in kicking off the MTV Video Music Awards with their first-ever performance of "Bang Bang," their joint single set to be featured on Grande and J's…

  18. Charles M. Young, Punk Rock Journalist, Dead at 63

    August 19, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Rock journalist Charles M. Young, who joined Rolling Stone magazine in 1976 and championed New York's CBGB punk scene at its inception, died of cancer on Monday, Aug. 18. Young's passing follows a year-and-a-half battle with with a stage four brain tumor, he was 63.  At Rolling…

  19. 'Sons of Anarchy' Band The Forest Rangers Crowdfunding Debut Album

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The band that accompanies the biker saga on FX's Sons of Anarchy is asking its gang of fans to help support an album of all original songs. The Forest Rangers, led by musician and music supervisor Bob Thiele Jr. , have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to record and release a new album.…

  20. 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…

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