1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

    August 29, 2014 8:45 PM EDT R&B legend Smokey Robinson earns his highest charting album since 1981, while Amy Grant debuts on both the Christian and Dance/Electronic Albums charts- On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1 , giving the hip-hop star his first chart…

  2. Tracy Morgan Still Struggling After Crash

    August 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT An attorney for Tracy Morgan says the former Saturday Night Live actor is having a tough time recovering from a June accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left a fellow comedian dead. Attorney Benedict Morelli tells The Star-Ledger newspaper that Morgan relies on a wheelchair and it may be…

  3. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A)

    August 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT With his unmistakable sound, Ghana-born, Camberwell (London)-based Kwabena Adjepong , better known as Kwabs , stood out on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists Chart for the week of Aug. 30, where his track "Walk" debuted at No. 36.   In listening to "Walk," it's…

  4. 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…

  5. Hear Maroon 5's Gwen Stefani Collaboration 'My Heart Is Open'

    August 29, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Back in July, Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine told Billboard  his band was collaborating with Gwen Stefani for their new album, V . Well, that track, "My Heart Is Open," has finally surfaced, and it's an emotional piano ballad clearly crafted for  Adult Contemporary radio…

  6. Wale Leaves Roc Nation Management for 77 North

    August 28, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Wale has parted ways with Jay Z 's Roc Nation management group to be repped by 77 North Management, the team behind LeBron James and NFL upstart Johnny Manziel.  Wale’s ‘The Followers’ Shoots to No. 1 on Trending 140 Amid Meek Mill Feud Though XXL reports the split was reportedly…

  7. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The single logs third-largest streaming week on record, while Wiz Khalifa debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Smokey Robinson launches at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums. Following the release of Nicki Minaj 's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally…

  8. Exclusive: Steve Aoki on 'Neon Future,' Working With Fall Out Boy & Trying to Live Forever

    August 28, 2014 5:23 PM EDT The superstar DJ also explains hooking up with Guitar Center for "The Greatest Feeling on Earth" campaign When you're Steve Aoki -- one of the planet's highest-paid, hardest-working DJs -- life is understandably quite busy. But unlike many other workaholic musicians, it&…

  9. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Making Music From U.S. Open Data

    August 28, 2014 2:35 PM EDT In a winning entry for today's most random news: LCD Soundsystem's  James Murphy  is now making electronic songs for the US Open.  Murphy partnered with IBM to turn US Open tennis match data into music on IBM Cloud, using algorithms from the match. Every match so far has a different…

  10. Matrimony Video Premiere: Watch The Gorgeous 'Southern Skies' Clip

    August 28, 2014 11:47 AM EDT Alt-folk collective Matrimony released its lovely debut album Montibello Memories last May through Columbia Records, and after Billboard.com premiered the band's single "Southern Skies" back in March , we're happy to also launch the gorgeous music video for the song. Check…

  11. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100

    August 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Thanks to a monster first week for 'Shake It Off,' Swift rattles and rolls to No. 1. Taylor Swift takes over as the top artist in the U.S., as she vaults to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 , marking her first week atop the chart. She'd re-entered the list at No. 69 last week…

  12. Tony Bennett Joins Campaign Urging Kids to Stay in School

    August 28, 2014 1:52 AM EDT Tony Bennett and Edward James Olmos are among the celebrities joining a public media effort to boost school graduation rates. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and TV station WNET New York announced details Wednesday of next month's American Graduate Day 2014. The daylong broadcast…

  13. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Usher, Raury & More

    August 27, 2014 5:19 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about everything from Katy Perry working with eccentric MC Riff Raff to Brad Paisley 's make-out song to insanely promising newcomers like Raury and Sofi de la Torre . We don't always agree with each other -- and…

  14. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  15. Meghan Linsey Q&A: Her New Single, Calling Out the Bros & Life After Steel Magnolia

    August 26, 2014 6:53 PM EDT 'Try Harder Than That' features rapper Bubba Sparxxx. Meghan Linsey , the charismatic singer best known for her stint in Steel Magnolia , is doing things on her own musically these days, and her first single, "Try Harder Than That," is beginning to make an impact at…

  16. Universal Music Sues Over VH1 DJ Competition Series

    August 26, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The third season of 'Masters of the Mix' allegedly used lots of unlicensed music. Universal Music describes a new lawsuit over VH1's Masters of the Mix as a "cut-and-dry copyright infringement case," but modest trappings aside, there's a few reasons to pay…

  17. 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…

  18. Aphex Twin on Kanye West: 'He Tried to F---ing Rip Me Off'

    August 26, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Richard D. James -- aka Aphex Twin -- is primed to release his first proper album in 13 years. With SYRO due out Sept. 23 via Warp, James has completed a lengthy interview with  Pitchfork , which the site posted some excerpts from . Among the juiciest details is an apparent beef with Kanye…

  19. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart 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 well as your city, state…

  20. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

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