1. Billy Joel, Garth Brooks & More to Receive ASCAP Honors

    August 21, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Stevie Wonder, Joan Baez & Stephen Sondheim also among Centennial Award winners. Billy Joel , Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards. Backstage With Billy Joel: The Billboard Cover Story Interview Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim…

  2. Island Records Promotes Steve Yegelwel to SVP

    August 21, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Island Records has promoted veteran A&R man Steve Yegelwel to senior vp at the Universal Music Group imprint. According to a news release, Yegelwel will be involved in running the label's A&R department and will work closely with executive vp Eric Wong on marketing up-and-coming…

  3. Behind the (Unheard) Music: Is Aphex Twin Poised for a Grammy Nod?

    August 21, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Aphex Twin , the obscure electronic music artist (real name: Richard D. James ) who has been teasing his next album on blimps, street graffiti and via the "deep web," will release his first album in 13 years on Sept. 23 through Warp Records. The label announced the news this morning…

  4. T.I. Releases 'New National Anthem'; Talks Pharrell Williams Executive Producing 'Paperwork'

    August 21, 2014 2:29 PM EDT " What the fuck do you know about being a black man in America? And you wonder why we walk around strapped.. ." T.I. spits truth on the injustice and racism in America on his new single, "New National Anthem." The rapper's third single, which features Skylar Grey ,…

  5. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  6. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Triple Up In Hot 100's Top 10, MAGIC! Still No. 1

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT While 'Rude' rules for a sixth week, Grande and Azalea infuse the top 10 with three hits apiece, including new top 10s 'Break Free' and 'Black Widow' MAGIC!'s pop/reggae smash "Rude" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, narrowly…

  7. Exclusive: Joey Fatts Talks Collaborative 9th Wonder Album

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT It wasn't long ago that 22-year old rapper Joey Fatts was living out of his car. Now, the Long Beach, Calif. rapper is signed to Waka Flocka Flame 's 36Brickhouse label and is charting Billboard hits.   Fatts placed two entries on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart thanks…

  8. Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, Shakira and More: Music's Latest 10 Ice Bucket Challenges

    August 20, 2014 6:07 AM EDT The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is showing no sign of cooling off. In case you’ve been living on a space station for the past month, the social media phenomenon is channeling money and awareness toward Lou Gehrig's disease by confronting celebrities and everyone else to either pour a bucket…

  9. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  10. Watch 'Black Widow' Get Taken Over by Batman, Mickey Mouse & More

    August 19, 2014 3:12 PM EDT You know a song is a hit when the parodies and homages begin -- which is exactly what is happening with Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora 's hit "Black Widow." YouTubers Danny Padilla and  Mason Sperling  are viral-ready in their latest, which has the talented duo singing "Black…

  11. Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics Interpreted by T Bone Burnett and Friends, Set for Release

    August 19, 2014 2:29 PM EDT The forthcoming album and Showtime special features Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, among others. Anticipation -- if not hype -- is officially high for the Nov. 11 release of T Bone Burnett ’s latest production, Lost On The…

  12. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  13. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  14. The Top Five Artists Who Could (Successfully) Drop a Surprise Album

    August 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT It's not just about popularity, but the mechanics of the modern record business. What other acts could follow Beyonce and her surprise self-titled album release last December? Well, just about anybody. But who could do it and find tremendous success — like Beyonce ? (2 million sold in…

  15. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  16. Justin Bieber Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates President Obama & Beliebers

    August 17, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Bieber poured ice cold buckets of water over his head after being nominated by his manager, Scooter Braun. Justin Bieber has taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge twice now in an effort to help spread the message about Lou Gehrig's disease. Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez Accept ALS Ice…

  17. Watch Justin Timberlake Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to 8-Year-Old Boy With Autism

    August 16, 2014 3:24 PM EDT A young boy with Autism got the birthday gift of a lifetime when Justin Timberlake serenaded him midway through a recent concert during the pop star’s latest tour. Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Lil Wayne and More: Music's Top 10 Ice Bucket Challenges In a post on The Manifest…

  18. Mysterious Aphex Twin Blimp Seen Flying Over London

    August 16, 2014 12:36 PM EDT A mysterious green blimp with the Aphex Twin logo printed on one side and “2014” appearing on the other was spotted hovering over London’s Oval Space venue on Saturday (Aug. 16). Aphex Twin's $46k Record, Minecraft and a Benevolent Internet Community The blimp sighting has left some to…

  19. Elvis Presley & Madonna: The Day the Music Died, and Was Born

    August 16, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Today, Aug. 16, marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop (happy 56th birthday!) and lost the King of Rock & Roll Today marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop and lost the King of Rock & Roll. Madonna was born Aug. 16, 1958. As we celebrate the Material Girl's…

  20. French Montana Talks New Album, Kanye and Media Attention on His Relationship With Khloe Kardashian

    August 15, 2014 1:15 PM EDT On a sweltering afternoon, a camera flashes on French Montana at his new house in suburban Pompton Plains, N.J. "Yo! Make sure they get my six-pack," jokes the rapper, while holding his snarling German shepherd Zane near the edge of his turquoise swimming pool. Under a white…

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