1. L.A. Mayor Defends Plans for Jay Z's Made in America

    August 29, 2014 8:14 PM EDT 'What's important is that Los Angeles figure out a way to get to 'Yes,'' he says of Jay Z-headed festival. The Made in America festival is coming to downtown Los Angeles, not as an inconvenience, but as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs for crew…

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Katy Perry's 'This Is How We Do' Darts Into Top 40

    August 29, 2014 12:29 PM EDT 'Prism' produces a sixth top 40 hit. Plus, moves for Bobby Shmurda, Blake Shelton, Mr. Probz and Steve Aoki. As previously reported , Taylor Swift soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 with "Shake It Off" and Nicki Minaj pounces 39-2 with "Anaconda."…

  3. Sammy Hagar Faces Revived Libel Suit From Ex-Playboy Bunny

    August 28, 2014 11:40 PM EDT A federal appeals court says an Iowa woman who claims rock singer Sammy Hagar fathered her baby 25 years ago may sue him for libel, invasion of privacy, and breach of contract. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, may sue the former Van Halen…

  4. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  5. 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&…

  6. L.A.'s Mayor, Jay Z and Live Nation's Alliance Draws Criticism Over Potential Conflicts

    August 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Revelers at Jay Z's Labor Day weekend Made in America festival might wonder how such a major music event in the center of downtown Los Angeles came together in only a few months without the usual…

  7. 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…

  8. BET Suspends Producer After Blue Ivy Joke

    August 27, 2014 3:00 PM EDT BET has suspended a producer after a joke about Beyonce and Jay Z 's daughter that aired Monday on the network's music video countdown show, 106 & Park . How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be A source at the network, who spoke on the condition of…

  9. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

  10. BET Apologizes for Blue Ivy Joke Read By Karrueche Tran

    August 26, 2014 5:03 PM EDT On Monday night, Aug. 25, Beyoncé 's loyal fanbase, the Beyhive, came after Chris Brown 's girlfriend and on-air personality Karrueche Tran after she recited a tasteless joke about Bey and Jay Z 's daughter, Blue Ivy. BET's 106 & Park aired a segment in which they…

  11. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  12. Burning Man Delayed by Rare Rains, Mud

    August 25, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday (Aug. 25) after a rare batch of heavy rain forced organizers to temporarily close entry to the counterculture event in the desert 90 miles north of Reno. Listen to Rob Garza's Burning Man Playlist Standing water…

  13. How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be

    August 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT Viacom president says Bey was 'obvious choice' to receive Video Vanguard Award, giving her 16 minutes of air time to shut down the rumor mill. If there was any lingering suspicion about the health of Jay Z and Beyonce 's seven-year-old marriage, the couple put it to bed with a…

  14. Exclusive: Kellie Pickler Teases Fifth Album, Talks Meeting Her Idols

    August 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Nashville is a place where dreams have a magical way of coming true, and for a select group of music fans on Saturday night, Kellie Pickler delivered a too-good-to-be true performance for an intimate crowd just south of Music City. In addition to performing, Pickler chatted with Billboard and…

  15. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  16. Eminem Announces 'Shady XV' With New Track 'Guts Over Fear' and New Compilation

    August 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Shady XV , a two-CD compilation featuring an album of Shady Records' greatest hits and an album of new material from Eminem , Slaughterhouse , Bad Meets Evil , D-12 and Yelawolf , will be released Nov. 24. The album will also feature collaborations with guest artists. Eminem, Sia Team Up…

  17. Sam Smith Stuns VMAs With Gorgeous, No Frills Performance

    August 24, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Sam Smith didn't have the craziest or the flashiest VMA performance, but when he took the stage to deliver the gentle, gorgeous "Stay With Me," he didn't need tricks to wow the Forum crowd. Get More: 2014 VMA , Artists.MTV , Music , Sam Smith There was no twerking,…

  18. Watch Eminem and Rihanna Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage in Detroit

    August 24, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Eminem and Rihanna saved the biggest splash of The Monster Tour for last. Literally. Eminem chose the duo's Saturday night show at Comerica Park in his home town of Detroit -- the sixth and final date of their tour -- to answer Dr. Dre's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As the MC and…

  19. Listen: Fifth Harmony Unveils Sassy New Song ‘Them Girls Be Like’

    August 23, 2014 2:53 PM EDT “Them Girls Be Like” references everything from "Mean Girls” to Beyonce. Fifth Harmony has dropped some new music ahead of their pre-show performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24. Fifth Harmony Live: Watch 'Bo$$' Performance & New Song 'We Know'…

  20. 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,…

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