1. Nicki Minaj Dancer Bit by Snake During VMA 'Anaconda' Rehearsal (Report)

    August 22, 2014 9:34 PM EDT In an episode where the irony is surely lost on no one, one of Nicki Minaj's backup dancers was reported bit by a six-foot-long snake during a MTV Video Music Awards run-through performance Friday.  Sir Mix-A-Lot Has One Word for Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video The snake is…

  2. Aloe Blacc & JC Chasez Talk Making of Smokey Robinson's 'My Girl' Remake

    August 22, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Smokey Robinson 's new album Smokey & Friends is an R&B/soul masterpiece that features new duet versions of some of the singer/songwriter's most memorable songs, including remakes of tracks written by Robinson for himself and his group the Miracles , as well as other acts…

  3. Aaliyah’s Afterlife: How the Singer Still Lives on in Music and Fashion

    August 22, 2014 4:36 PM EDT years after her death, the R&B star lives on with an astonishing influence over music and fashion On her aunt’s porch in Haines City, Fla., in 2001, you could find a 15-year-old Sevyn Streeter doing her best Aaliyah impression. She and her cousin would glide from side to side,…

  4. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  5. Christina Aguilera’s Self-Titled Debut at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Once upon a time, when ex-Mouseketeers with burning ambition and blinding smiles ruled the universe, there lived two princesses. One was an iffy singer with undeniable sex appeal; the other was a secret soul diva working within record-label constraints, biding her time until she could unleash…

  6. Plan B Joins Foxes, Olly Murs on U.K.-Wide Industry Program 'The Big Music Project'

    August 22, 2014 10:47 AM EDT The Big Music Project, an initiative to promote young artists and entrepreneurs in the U.K. music industry, has partnered with singer and rapper Plan B, joining Foxes, Olly Murs, trade body the British Phonographic Industry and many more in the government Brit Award-winning British soul…

  7. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  8. Tickets Selling Fast for Willie Nelson & Neil Young's Pipeline Protest Concert

    August 21, 2014 11:16 PM EDT Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold. The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tickets for the Sept. 27 concert had been sold…

  9. Big 'Break': Ariana Grande Gets First No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    August 21, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Plus, action for Porter Robinson, FKA Twigs & Beyonce. Ariana Grande earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies to the top (3-1). It's also the first No. 1 for Zedd, who reached No. 2 with his smashes…

  10. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

  11. Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga Already Planning 'Cheek To Cheek' Sequel

    August 21, 2014 3:41 PM EDT "We'll be touring together for quite a while," Bennett also tells Billboard. Tony Bennett says he and Lady Gaga plan to spend more time joined at the musical hip -- or, if you prefer, cheek. With the pair's duets album, Cheek To Cheek , ready to come out Sept. 23 -- and…

  12. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  13. British Rockers Young Guns Premiere Video For Arena-Worthy ‘I Want Out’

    August 21, 2014 1:10 PM EDT American rock fans should have Young Guns on their radars. Not to be confused with the Philly-based hip-hop duo Young Gunz (this is Guns with an “s,” mind you) Young Guns are already a main stage festival act in the U.K. rock scene, looking to expand their influence in the States. And their…

  14. Exclusive: The Griswolds Premiere New Song '16 Years' & Talk Debut Album

    August 21, 2014 11:48 AM EDT There are plenty of reasons for A&R staff to book flights to Australia these days. Iggy Azalea is tearing up the pop charts, Betty Who could be soon, and alternative acts like the Preatures and Tame Impala are seen all over American festival lineups. You can go ahead and add the…

  15. Man Dies at Hank Williams Jr. Show Following Alleged Altercation

    August 20, 2014 9:38 PM EDT In a summer plagued by death, rape and arrests around country music events, a tragic accident has taken another life.  Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert Sunday night, before a Hank Williams Jr. concert, a 55-year-old man died after a fall in the concourse of the…

  16. Sarah Dunn on Her Old-Fashioned Upbringing: 'We Didn't Have a CD Player or Tape Deck'

    August 20, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Sarah Dunn, the voice behind the Sarah Dunn Band 's "You or the Whiskey," definitely qualifies as an old soul. And not just in her attitude toward building her career.  "I was delivered by a midwife in Monett, Missouri, in this antebellum home. I like to think I had a…

  17. 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…

  18. Gucci Mane Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

    August 20, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Rapper pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge back in May. Rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced Wednesday (Aug. 20) to serve three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge several months ago. The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis,…

  19. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Prime Minister David Cameron continues his push for explicit online content to be monitored. Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children…

  20. 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…

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