1. U.K. Producer SOPHIE Q&A: On Secrecy, Synthesis & What's Next

    August 19, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Mysterious U.K. producer SOPHIE , who is best known for the use of post-generational bass and vanguard style of sound engineering, has lately been lighting up the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists and Trending 140 charts. On July 27, SOPHIE released the song "LEMONADE," which…

  2. Watch Katy Perry's Bikini-Clad ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Madonna

    August 19, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Dressed in just a black bikini, a shawl, sandals and sunglasses, Katy Perry took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday to help fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease.  Foo Fighters Parody 'Carrie' in Brilliant Ice Bucket Challenge Video The…

  3. Russian Streaming Startup Zvooq Has a Unique Strategy (and Just Received $20M in Funding)

    August 19, 2014 3:20 PM EDT The piracy-rife country has a new, above-board option for music streamers -- with a pricing twist to boot. Russian music streaming service Zvooq has raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Russian e-commerce company Ulmart with participation of Essedel Capital, a Finnish private equity…

  4. Watch Dr. Dre Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, See Who He Nominated

    August 19, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Dr. Dre was challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by his new employer , Apple CEO Tim Cook , so he clearly wasn’t going to back down. He’s so rich he’s got a custom-built water-dropping device and doesn’t even bother taking his watch off when the water drops. Check out the video…

  5. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

  6. Watch Lady Gaga Complete the Ice Bucket Challenge With A Very Gaga Twist

    August 18, 2014 11:45 AM EDT She's on the edge...of freezing Lady Gaga does what she wants with her body -- including pouring ice water all over it. By now your Facebook feed is likely crowded with friends and celebrities taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, where you pour a bucket of ice water on your head…

  7. Remixed LeAnn Rimes Debuts on Dance/Electronic Albums

    August 15, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Plus, moves for the Chainsmokers, Dillon Francis, Royksopp & Robyn, and Nico & Vinz LeAnn Rimes debuts on Dance/Electronic Albums for the first time, as Dance Like You Don't Give A... Greatest Hits: Remixes bows at No. 16. The album features all-new remixes of Rimes hits,…

  8. Def Jam 30th Anniversary Show Coming to NYC

    August 14, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous & Foxy Brown among performers scheduled for Brooklyn concert. Five months after Def Jam celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW , the party is coming to Brooklyn. The game-changing record label will celebrate three decades of trend-setting hip-hop with…

  9. David Nail Preps for I'm A Fire Tour With Tips From Darius Rucker

    August 13, 2014 5:30 PM EDT David Nail has toured plenty before as the opening act for headliners like  Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum. But talking to him about his I'm A Fire Tour, set for this fall, makes it sounds like a totally new ball game for the Missouri native. "I feel like we have worked really…

  10. Exclusive: Erica Nicole Gets Candid About Her Longtime Struggle With Hearing Loss

    August 13, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Listening to newcomer Erica Nicole 's 2014 single "I Listen To My Bad Girl," the last thing you'd expect to learn about the Atlanta singer is that she's struggled with hearing loss since her teenage years. Now, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, Nicole admits…

  11. 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.…

  12. Exclusive Song Premiere: Lauren Jenkins Gives Motley Crue's 'Looks That Kill' a Country Twist

    August 13, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Wednesday is a big day for country newcomer Lauren Jenkins, who's being signed to Big Machine Label Group, Billboard is revealing exclusively in addition to premiering her countrified twist on Motley Crue's "Looks That Kill" from the cover album Nashville Outlaws: A…

  13. Exclusive Video Premiere: Sugur Shane Celebrates Philly Vogue Culture With 'Kill Da Bitch'

    August 12, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Pairing Philly hip-hop sensibilities with house-inspired beats, Sugur Shane delights in defying classification. The title track off the animated rapper’s new  Kill Da Bitch  EP reflects this indefinable approach, layering chopped vocal snippets and searing rap verses over grumbling synth…

  14. Watch Taylor Swift Tease 'Tonight Show' Appearance With Dorky Video

    August 08, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Eww. Is Taylor Swift gunning for another Saturday Night Live hosting gig? The singer -- who will be ramping up public appearances in the coming weeks to promote her as-yet-unofficial new music -- is featured in a new video from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon . Swift will be on the program…

  15. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  16. Alt-J Finds Summer Fun in 'Left Hand Free' Video

    August 07, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Alt-J's new single "Left Hand Free" is the British group's most brazen rocker to date, and the official music video accordingly captures the raucous spirit of summer, with an Americana twist. Directed by Ryan Staake, the "Left Hand Free" was filmed on the…

  17. Wu-Tang Clan Goes the Full Nine Rappers For 'Daily Show' Performance

    August 07, 2014 3:42 AM EDT The Wu-Tang Clan has proved there’s greater strength in numbers as all nine members reunited for a late night TV slot. RZA and Raekwon buried the hatchet and stepped-out with the Clan overnight to perform on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart . And they used the session to reveal their…

  18. Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Brings In $5M from New Funding Round

    August 06, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Russell Simmons ' digital consumer entertainment brand and cross-platform network has secured $5 million in Series A financing from new media venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, with participation from Advancit Capital, Nu Horizons Investments and e.ventures The financing will…

  19. Lorde Talks 'Mockingjay,' 'Weird Al' and New Music Backstage at Lollapalooza 2014

    August 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Staring out into the sprawling sea of bodies — a crowd so dense that it spilled over into the neighboring stage’s real estate — Lorde took time out in the middle of her maiden Lollapalooza performance to sit on the edge of the stage and breathe in the impressive scene. Lollapalooza 2014: …

  20. Watch The Roots React to the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer

    July 30, 2014 10:06 AM EDT We're pretty scared as well. By now, you've probably seen the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer (and maybe you've watched it more than once... no judgment! Well, a little bit of judgment.) No matter who you are, there's at least one moment in the trailer where your jaw is going…

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