1. 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 signs…

  2. Bob Marley Gets Bio-Musical Treatment in Baltimore

    August 19, 2014 9:46 PM EDT Baltimore's theater scene will feel some positive vibrations next year when Baltimore Center Stage premieres a Bob Marley musical. Focused on the reggae legend's life between 1975 and the tail-end of 1977, the story of "Marley" will include the assassination attempt and a…

  3. T.I. Sounds off on Ferguson: 'America Has Created a Monster'

    August 19, 2014 7:33 PM EDT As protests over the Aug. 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. have continued to turn from peaceful to riots, Tuesday T.I. spoke out about the issue on Instagram.  In two posts, about three hours apart, the Atlanta rapper included two of the more iconic images to…

  4. 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…

  5. Native Run Talk Hearing Their Song on Radio for the First Time

    August 19, 2014 6:50 PM EDT As busy as they've been, Rachel Beauregard and Bryan Dawley -- who make up the pop-country duo Native Run -- are making an effort to enjoy their budding success. "This is so unprecedented for us, as we've never had a song go to radio. We're just trying to relish the moment…

  6. From Jay Z and Beyonce to the Stones: A Look at 6 Top Tours of 2014

    August 19, 2014 5:33 PM EDT These A-list road warriors logged major miles this year: They grossed a staggering $843 million, set career and live-event records, and reached more than 8 million fans. Read on to find out who's ruled the concert circuit so far in 2014: Kevin Kane/WireImage BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE…

  7. Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood': Track-by-Track Review

    August 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Since the release of his mixtape in 2005, Wiz Khalifa has evolved from a rising Pittsburgh rapper to a pop icon. While his easygoing persona makes him come off like one of hip-hop's most casual rappers, his work ethic speaks otherwise, spanning from a ceaseless touring schedule to a…

  8. Pharrell's Grammys Hat Headed to D.C. Museum

    August 19, 2014 3:20 PM EDT The hat is here to stay. Just when you think you've heard the last of Pharrell Williams ' famous Grammys hat, it rears its, uh, brim once again. This time, the high-crowned topper is making its return with a temporary exhibition at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum. Fast food chain…

  9. Guest Post: Why Honda's $50 Million Play for Music Content Isn't Working

    August 19, 2014 2:54 PM EDT The company's expensive play isn't adding up. We all know that music marketing spending is growing exponentially. Like mobile, digital or social, it has the power to improve the bottom line, to unite people, and to put brands in a position of providing actual real-life value. So……

  10. Victoria Justice's Music Career: Why Ariana Grande's Co-Star Is Still Worth Watching

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT While Grande continues to score chart hits, Justice has struggled to kick-start a solo career. Here's why she shouldn't be counted out. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams , so much depends upon a debut single in modern pop music. Want proof? Look at the recent career trajectories…

  11. Earl Sweatshirt: Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Video Is 'Inherently Offensive and Ultimately Harmful'

    August 19, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Hours after Taylor Swift premiered her single, "Shake It Off," and its accompanying music video, Earl Sweatshirt took to Twitter to express his thoughts on how it is "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful." haven't watched the taylor swift video and I don'…

  12. DJ Skee Debuts DASH Radio, Taps East Village Radio Co-Founder, L.A. Reid As Investors

    August 19, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Give Scott Keeney , a.k.a. DJ Skee , a minute to talk about his love for radio, and you’ll wind up getting five. That’s what Peter Ferraro , co-founder of East Village Radio, got on the day he announced the impending closure of his pioneering internet radio station. “At first I was like, …

  13. CODE Guest Playlist: Claude VonStroke

    August 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Summer is nearly over, but don't tell the Dirtybird crew. Originally formed around a grill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Claude VonStroke's merry band of misfits have taken their BBQ concept on the road. Between now and November, the forward-thinking dance label will…

  14. 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…

  15. Beyonce's Best Music Video Poll: Vote Now For Your Favorite Clip!

    August 19, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "Crazy In Love" or "Halo"? "Run The World (Girls)" or "Independent Women"? Sound off on your all-time favorite Beyonce video! On Sunday night (Aug. 24), Beyonce will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards…

  16. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Release 'Cheek to Cheek' Album Cover, Track List & New Song

    August 19, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Who wants to go dancing? Start planning your classy dinner party now. Lady Gaga  and  Tony Bennett  have released the album cover (above) and track list for their upcoming duets album  Cheek to Cheek , out Sept. 23. The duo already released a video for "Anything Goes," and starting…

  17. 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…

  18. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  19. Gimme Five: SPICA's Most Inspirational Singers (Video)

    August 18, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Listen to any SPICA  record and one can instantly tell their pipes were inspired by the big divas who came before them. With singles that range from funk-pop ( "I Did It," "You Don't Love Me" ) to EDM ( "Tonight" ) to straight-up R&B ( "Painkiller…

  20. Flavor Flav Battery Case Closed in Las Vegas

    August 18, 2014 8:26 PM EDT A Nevada judge has closed a criminal case against Flavor Flav after she was told the 55-year-old rapper and reality TV star completed a required domestic violence counseling course. The entertainer, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., wasn't in court Monday (Aug. 18)…

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