1. 13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Remembering Aretha Franklin's Record-Setting Achievements & More

    August 18, 2018 9:00 AM EDT Travis Scott  rules the charts this week, as the rapper's latest album  Astroworld  opens at  No. 1 on the Billboard 200  with the second-largest weekly unit total of 2018, sparking his rise to  No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100  for the firs ...

  2. BTS Lead Social 50 Chart Following 'Love Yourself: Answer' Comeback Trailer

    August 17, 2018 3:06 PM EDT The boyband has now led the chart for 87 weeks. BTS rules Billboard ’s Social 50 chart for an 87 th nonconsecutive week, ruling the ranking dated Aug. 18, as the K-pop boy band revealed its comeback trailer and announced its first-ever stadium tou ...

  3. Maluma To Perform at 2018 VMAs

    August 17, 2018 2:59 PM EDT It’s official! Maluma has been added to the performer lineup for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. After releasing a steamy music video for "Mala Mia," the Latin star announced that he will be performing at 2018 VMAs on Monday, Aug. 20 wi ...

  4. Travis Scott Lands Entire 'ASTROWORLD' Album on Streaming Songs Chart

    August 17, 2018 2:48 PM EDT The album is led by “Sicko Mode,” which debuts at No. 2. Travis Scott appears 17 times on Billboard ’s Streaming Songs chart dated Aug. 18, giving the rapper the distinction of having his entire new album reach the ranking. The whole tracklist of ...

  5. Rewinding the Charts: In 1986, Run-D.M.C. Raised 'Hell' & Hip-Hop's Profile

    August 17, 2018 2:40 PM EDT The trio's third album became the first rap LP to crack the top 10 of the Billboard 200 & the first certified platinum by the RIAA. Critics who dismissed rap as a passing fad were proved wrong when trailblazer Run-D.M.C. 's third alb ...

  6. Executive Turntable: Moves at Columbia, Sony/ATV, Nettwerk Records & More

    August 17, 2018 2:39 PM EDT Columbia Records announced Friday (Aug. 17) that Noah Goldstein has been appointed to senior vp of A&R, Goldstein’s hire represents one of the first major moves from Ron Perry , who took over as chairman and CEO of Columbia in January. For the ...

  7. Danny Clinch's Sea. Hear. Now. Festival Hits Asbury Park Next Month With Jack Johnson, Ben Harper

    August 17, 2018 1:53 PM EDT Produced by legendary photographer Danny Clinch and C3 Presents, Sea. Hear. Now. festival is slated to take over Asbury Park next month in September. The debut festival will feature headlining performances from Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminal ...

  8. Makin' Tracks: Dan + Shay's Stark Treatment Of 'Speechless' Speaks Volumes

    August 17, 2018 12:55 PM EDT When  Dan + Shay  flew to Des Moines, Iowa, for a June 23 appearance at the Big Country Bash in St. Charles, the duo was overwhelmed by the reception. The Middle America fans practically shouted the words to "Tequila," which ended up pea ...

  9. Earning More From Music Than His Finance Job, Shoffy Releases 'Direction' With Maroon 5's Sam Farrar: Q&A

    August 17, 2018 12:02 PM EDT In 2016, Alex Shofler made a brave move from working as a financial analyst in Beverly Hills to being a full-time musician. But he didn't take a pay cut. After running numbers in the office by day and making music by night under the moniker S ...

  10. BTS, DPR and More U.S. Tours We're Excited For in 2018

    August 17, 2018 11:57 AM EDT Each year, the United States, and North America in general, has increasingly seen more and more Korean artists coming to the country on tours. The year 2018 has been no different, and the next few months are already filling up with tour dates from ...

  11. Janet Jackson Remembers Aretha Franklin: 'Her Music Will Live On Forever'

    August 17, 2018 11:56 AM EDT Janet Jackson stopped by iHeartRadio on Thursday (Aug. 16) to promote her new single  "Made For Now," and pay tribute to the late soul icon  Aretha Franklin , who passed away earlier that morning.  "She lived down the street from my ...

  12. Lupillo Rivera, Banda el Limon and More to Play First Billboard Latin Music Showcase In Mexico

    August 17, 2018 11:08 AM EDT Billboard ’s first-ever Billboard Latin Music Showcase in Mexico takes place tonight (August 17) at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. Presented by Emax Entertainment with radio network Cadena Centro as its main media partner, the showcase is ...

  13. Journey and Def Leppard Rock Hot Tours List, GOT7 Debuts

    August 17, 2018 10:45 AM EDT Journey and Def Leppard lead the newest Hot Tours round-up (below) with the second leg of their co-headline tour. They reported 17 shows to Billboard Boxscore for a total gross of $30,384,259. The second leg of their six-month trek spanned July 1 ...

  14. L.A. Reid's Hitco Roster Dazzles Highline Ballroom With The Hit List Showcase

    August 17, 2018 10:05 AM EDT Over the last several months, L.A. Reid has been hard at work establishing his newest endeavor, Hitco Entertainment. The independent label, founded by the former Epic Records chairman/CEO alongside entrepreneur Charles Goldstuck , has been staffin ...

  15. Landlord Accuses R. Kelly of Taking Stove, Causing $203,400 in 'Extensive Damage' to Rentals

    August 17, 2018 9:07 AM EDT An Atlanta-area property company is suing Grammy-winning R&B artist R. Kelly for $203,400 over "extensive damage" to two homes he rented.   The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  reports  SB Property Management Global, LLC., based in East ...

  16. Prince's 23 Catalog Albums From 1995 to 2010 Are Now Available to Stream

    August 17, 2018 3:09 AM EDT Prince’s works just got a royal rollout.   A raft of the late artist’s albums from the years 1995-2010 have dropped in full across digital music platforms, in addition to the Anthology, which was assembled and curated with the Prince estate and co ...

  17. Dinah Jane of Fifth Harmony Signs Solo Deal With L.A. Reid's Hitco

    August 16, 2018 8:08 PM EDT Dinah Jane of Fifth Harmony has signed a solo record deal with L.A. Reid 's Hitco label, Billboard has confirmed.     Hitco is distributed under the independent company EMPIRE and with Jane's signing now has about 15 artists, including O ...

  18. Live Nation UK President/COO Paul Latham Announces Retirement

    August 16, 2018 6:31 PM EDT The much-admired exec has spent more than three decades in the music industry. Paul Latham , the long-serving president and COO of Live Nation U.K., has announced his retirement after more than three decades in the live music industry. The much-ad ...

  19. Sting International, Shaggy's Longstanding Producer, Reflects on His Pioneering Career (And Working With the Other Sting)

    August 16, 2018 5:00 PM EDT At just five years old Shaun "Sting International" Pizzonia was collecting records and deejaying for his friends. Before his 10th birthday he had his own turntables and speakers set up. At 16 he was asked to spin at a Christmas party for ...

  20. Mavis Staples on Aretha Franklin: 'She Was a Regular Person Who Just Happened to Be Very Talented'

    August 16, 2018 4:08 PM EDT The Staples family home in Chicago hosted many great entertainers in the '60s and '70s: Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Ray Charles — and often Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic cancer . “My memories of having Ar ...

  21. Bud Light River City Rockfest Announces New Elevated Experiences for Attendees

    August 16, 2018 3:12 PM EDT This year’s Bud Light River City Rockfest returns on Sept. 22 with a massive rock lineup in its sixth year, but will also include more elevated and expanded experiences for attendees, the festival announced Thursday (Aug. 16). Held at AT&T Cen ...

  22. Lenny Kravitz on Aretha Franklin: 'She Was Always Cracking Me Up'

    August 16, 2018 2:12 PM EDT Lenny Kravitz, a student, duet partner and friend of Aretha Franklin's, reflects on losing the soul icon following her Aug. 16 death. As told to Gary Graff. I love Aretha. I've loved Aretha since I was a child. Jackson 5 records, Aretha ...

  23. Barack & Michelle Obama React to Aretha Franklin's Death: 'The Gift of Her Music Remains to Inspire Us All'

    August 16, 2018 1:49 PM EDT Barack and Michelle Obama shared their love for Aretha Franklin upon the news of her passing Thursday morning (Aug. 16), declaring that the Queen of Soul "helped define the American experience" on Twitter and in a joint statement. The fo ...

  24. The Best Quotes About Aretha Franklin From Other Singers: Etta James, Mariah Carey, Elton John & More

    August 16, 2018 12:10 PM EDT Earlier this week, news broke that legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin was "gravely ill," according to her family. Today (Aug. 16), Franklin's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed that the artist has died at 76 after battl ...

  25. Spotify, Berklee & Electric Lady Studios Launch EQL Studio Residency Program for Female Producers, Engineers

    August 16, 2018 11:51 AM EDT Spotify, in partnership with Berklee College of Music and Electric Lady Studios, has announced that it will be launching the Equal (EQL) Studio Residency Program for emerging female producers and engineers. ​The program, which will begin on Oct. 1 ...

  26. SMG Promotes Christine Pileckas at Intrust Bank Arena

    August 16, 2018 11:46 AM EDT SMG announced today the promotion of Christine Pileckas to director of booking & marketing for Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Pileckas has served as the arena’s director of sales & marketing since 2012 and marketing manager since 2 ...

  27. 'A Beacon of Humanity': Music Industry Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin

    August 16, 2018 11:10 AM EDT The death of Aretha Franklin , the undisputed Queen of Soul, has been met with heartache and boundless respect from all corners of the music business. Labels, luminaries and industry associations from Atlantic Records to the CEO of Apple are eulog ...

  28. Diana Ross, John Legend, Ariana Grande & More Stars Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin

    August 16, 2018 10:41 AM EDT The music world lost another legend this morning (Aug. 16), as Aretha Franklin passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The Queen of Soul was more than just one of the most succesful musicians of all time -- she was an inspiration to art ...

  29. Aretha Franklin, Legendary 'Queen of Soul,' Dies at Age 76

    August 16, 2018 10:05 AM EDT Aretha Franklin , whose legendary voice inaugurated her enduring reign as the Queen of Soul, has died at 76, Franklin's longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirms in a statement on Thursday (Aug. 16). The icon had been battling pancreatic ca ...

  30. Harvey Mason Jr. & Mindi Abair Named Co-Chairs of Recording Academy's National Advocacy Committee

    August 16, 2018 10:00 AM EDT The committee's initial focus will be passage of the Music Modernization Act. The Recording Academy has named saxophonist/vocalist Mindi Abair and producer/songwriter Harvey Mason Jr. as co-chairs of its National Advocacy Committee. They join ...

  31. TickPick Hires Tim Miller as It Prepares for Expansion

    August 16, 2018 9:00 AM EDT The dynamic pricing veteran will serve as TickPick's head of strategic partnerships. No-fee ticket marketplace TickPick has hired ticketing and sports management veteran Tim Miller as head of strategic partnerships and planning to spearhead T ...

  32. Janet Jackson & Her Rhythm Nation Records Partner With Cinq Music For New Indie Release: Exclusive

    August 16, 2018 9:00 AM EDT When Janet Jackson ’s "Made For Now" music video, featuring Daddy Yankee , premieres at midnight, it will also mark her debut with a new label. Jackson has partnered with indie distributor, label and publisher Cinq Music for a recording ...

  33. Stormzy Launches Scholarship for Black Students

    August 16, 2018 7:36 AM EDT London grime rapper Stormzy is setting up a scholarship to help black students attend Britain’s prestigious Cambridge University. The grime artist says the Stormzy Scholarship will pay the 9,250 pound ($11,750) a year tuition fees, plus a maintena ...

  34. Swedish House Mafia & Longtime Manager Amy Thomson Part Ways

    August 16, 2018 2:53 AM EDT Swedish House Mafia’s longtime manager Amy Thomson has split with the dance super group, just five months after their triumphant return to the stage.   The separation is an entirely amicable one, judging by an announcement Thomson posted on social ...

  35. Neil Diamond Talks Parkinson's Battle, New DVD

    August 16, 2018 2:11 AM EDT Neil Diamond may have retired from the road due to Parkinson’s disease, but he said he’s working hard to get back onstage. “Well, I’m doing pretty well. I’m active. I take my meds. I do my workouts. I’m in pretty good shape. I’m feeling good. I wa ...

  36. Cardi B to Open the 2018 MTV VMAs

    August 15, 2018 5:56 PM EDT With the MTV Video Music Awards set to take place on Monday at New York's Radio City Music Hall, a new act has been added to the already stacked lineup. Cardi B -- who, along with The Carters, leads the way with 10 nominations -- will serve a ...

  37. Ultra Mexico 2018 Announces Phase 1 Lineup With Marshmello, Axwell & Ingrosso, More

    August 15, 2018 5:27 PM EDT Mexico City is about to get really sticky. Ultra Music Festival announced phase 1 of its 2018 lineup, and it's bringing ooey-gooey goodness south of the border. Marshmello  is gonna smash the stage like a piñata stick, while two different hea ...

  38. 'Anyone Who Knows What Love Is': Why An Obscure '60s Song Is Bigger Than Ever In 2018

    August 15, 2018 5:11 PM EDT It involves pantyhose, a future country star and 'Black Mirror.' Why is a song that didn't make the top half of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964 having its best chart year ever in 2018? When the U.K. anthology series Black Mirror first ...

  39. Twitter Temporarily Limits Alex Jones' Account

    August 15, 2018 4:09 PM EDT The move comes after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended the platform's decision not to ban the far-right commentator earlier this month. After defending the decision to not ban Alex Jones from its platform earlier this month, Twitter has now te ...

  40. Gary Richards and All His Friends Get Ready for His First LiveStyle Festival

    August 15, 2018 3:31 PM EDT Less than a year after leaving Live Nation, Richards returns with the All My Friends festival set for Los Angeles Aug. 18-19. Gary Richards may have left the company and brand he built, but he’s not lost connection with the thousands of music fans ...

  41. Pandora Partners With T-Mobile For Free One-Year Pandora Plus Subscription

    August 15, 2018 2:41 PM EDT Pandora has become the latest music streaming service to sign a partnership with a telecoms company. Today (Aug. 15), Pandora announced a new deal with T-Mobile that would give the carrier's customers the option to access the Pandora Plus sub ...

  42. Jorge Luis Chacín Signs Global Publishing Deal With peermusic

    August 15, 2018 2:23 PM EDT Jorge Luis Chacín has signed a global publishing deal with peermusic, Kathy Spanberger, president & chief operating officer Anglo American Region and Julio Bagué, vice president Latin division, East Coast & Puerto Rico, have officially ann ...

  43. Amazon Music Names Andre Stapleton as Head Of U.S. Label Relations

    August 15, 2018 1:44 PM EDT Amazon Music has hired music industry veteran Andre Stapleton as its head of U.S. label relations, the company announced on Wednesday (Aug. 15). Stapleton’s new position will focus on driving label relations account activity across Seattle, Nashvi ...

  44. Nicki Minaj Teams Up With Don C for Nicki x Just Don Collection

    August 15, 2018 1:22 PM EDT Nicki Minaj  has evolved into a style icon throughout her decorated career, modeling exclusive looks from lavish designers and sitting front row at European fashion shows. In support of Minaj's  Queen album, she's collaborated with stree ...

  45. Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson Lead Discogs' Midyear 2018 Sales Report

    August 15, 2018 12:31 PM EDT Classic rock and pop dominated Discogs ' midyear marketplace report for the first half of 2018, with Pink Floyd 's Dark Side of the Moon and Michael Jackson 's Thriller coming it at Nos. 1 and 2 respectively atop the online vinyl/CD ...

  46. Australian Collecting Society Inks Licensing Deal With Facebook

    August 15, 2018 11:36 AM EDT Australian collecting society APRA AMCOS announced Wednesday (Aug. 15) a landmark agreement with Facebook that will see Australian, New Zealand and international songwriters, composers and music publishers remunerated for the use of their music on ...

  47. Pearl Jam Missoula Concert Poster Depicts Rotting Trump Corpse Being Eaten by Eagle

    August 15, 2018 11:16 AM EDT The artwork was created by bassist Jeff Ament and artist Bobby Brown. Pearl Jam is not a band known for holding its tongue. The "Bush Leaguer" rockers made their feelings about President Donald Trump perfectly clear on the tour poster fo ...

  48. BBC Won't Appeal Cliff Richard Privacy Ruling

    August 15, 2018 11:03 AM EDT The BBC said Wednesday it will not appeal a recent court ruling in favor of singer Cliff Richard who had sued over the U.K. public broadcaster’s coverage of a police raid at his home in 2014.    The BBC had back then reported that the music star w ...

  49. White House Insists Trump's 'Dog' Attack on Omarosa Not Racist

    August 15, 2018 10:38 AM EDT President Donald Trump unloaded on former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Tuesday (Aug. 14), calling her a “crazed, crying lowlife” and “that dog,” as a clash rooted in the reality star’s accusations of racism focused new attention on his frequent d ...

  50. Judge Rules Actress Can Sue Harvey Weinstein in Sex Trafficking Case

    August 15, 2018 10:18 AM EDT A New York judge has ruled that an aspiring actress can sue disgraced former movie studio boss Harvey Weinstein for violating sex trafficking laws because the proverbial casting couch, in which women are asked to trade sex for Hollywood opportunit ...

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