1. British Hitmaker Alex Da Kid Tackles the ‘20s With His Soundtrack Debut

    September 23, 2014 2:29 PM EDT The 2013 hit movie The Great Gatsby has spawned another 1920s-themed musical with a modern twist: the film Ziggy starring Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara as star-crossed lovers in the time of Prohibition -- he playing a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York and falls in love with the…

  2. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  3. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  4. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  5. Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

    September 23, 2014 12:33 AM EDT More details have emerged in Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee . As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons…

  6. Pink Floyd Sets New Release Date for ‘The Endless River’

    September 22, 2014 10:22 PM EDT Pink Floyd's new album will arrive on Nov. 10. A Monday news release gives fresh details about The Endless River ,  the British rock group's first new material in 20 years. Earlier this year, Coumbia Records announced the set would get an October release. Pink Floyd Confirms…

  7. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  8. Jimmy Fallon’s Impromptu Restaurant A Cappella Session, Leonard Cohen’s New Album Plans and More Insider Scoop

    September 22, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Jimmy Fallon’s Napkin Trick Jimmy Fallon treated patrons at Rao's restaurant in East Harlem to a high-spirited performance on Sept. 14 that included pulling a dinner napkin from his pants. The Tonight Show  host engaged in an impromptu a cappella session with his dining companion,…

  9. Education By Dre (And Iovine, Too): Music Biz Philanthropists Help Schools Rise Up

    September 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT A look at the many exec-driven programs at the country's top institutions. The late afternoon sun beams into the top floor of a building at the center of the University of Southern California campus as more than 30 excited college freshmen and their parents gather with school officials…

  10. Drake vs. Mac DeMarco? An Inside Look at How the Winner of the Polaris Prize Is Named

    September 22, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Behind the unique, alcohol-fueled (and potentially violent) debate that determines the annual prize for Canada's top album. The Polaris Prize will be announced this evening, with our sister to the north's top album being named after what is, apparently, a unique system for…

  11. Exclusive: Daniel Caesar Premieres 'Praise Break' EP, Talks Creative Process & 'Violet' Video

    September 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The singer-songwriter also premieres the video to first 'Praise Break' single, 'Violet' Daniel Caesar is a new artist that’s bound to break out. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter has the vocal and lyrical clout that can pacify the most heavy hearted, which one can…

  12. Watch the Replacements Cover a Michael Jackson Song at NYC Reunion Show

    September 22, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Hey! Looks like the Replacements played a new song at their Sept. 19 show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. Well, it's “new” if the term implies a song they don’t normally play that wasn’t written by Westerberg and company. Watch The Replacements Play 'Fallon' After…

  13. Jimmy Fallon Turned 40 With a Performance From Stevie Wonder

    September 20, 2014 4:51 PM EDT You only turn 40 once and Tonight Show  host Jimmy Fallon did it in style. The comedian celebrated his milestone birthday on Friday night (Sept. 19) and some shiny stars stopped by the late-night talk show to celebrate the occasion. Seth Rogen popped out of a cake- in his  birthday suit. He…

  14. Producer MeLo-X Gives Inside Look at Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour

    September 20, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Not many have what it takes to impress Beyonce and Jay Z, except if you're MeLo-X . The Brooklyn-based multimedia artist was called to produce the music featured in the interlude visual sections played throughout Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run tour. Beyonce was drawn to MeLo’s…

  15. August Alsina Wakes From Three Day Coma Following Onstage Fall

    September 19, 2014 7:24 PM EDT After taking a nasty onstage spill during his show Monday night in New York, August Alsina Friday posted an image of himself to Instagram explaining he'd just awaken from a three day coma.  Before Stage Fall, August Alsina Commands Crowd in NYC He wrote:  This is a bit graphic but i…

  16. Exclusive Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Never Give All Your Heart'

    September 19, 2014 6:01 PM EDT During the past 25 years, Joe Bonamassa has established a solid reputation as a guitarist, singer, bandleader, producer and song interpreter. And on the new Different Shades of Blue , his 11th solo studio album, he stakes an even stronger claim as a songwriter. The diverse 11-song set, due…

  17. Emerging Picks of the Week: Death From Above 1979, James Bay & More

    September 19, 2014 2:36 PM EDT As we move into autumn, we've rounded up our favorite tracks that have gained on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Our first three picks capture an international scope, featuring performers from Canada, Australia and Great Britain (with Scotland still intact). And, just…

  18. Luke James, 'Options': Live Video Premiere

    September 19, 2014 1:55 PM EDT In anticipation of his forthcoming self-titled album, Luke James premieres a live performance video of his song "Options" exclusively on Billboard Friday, Sept. 19. This is the first of a 3-part video series from the singer called "Midnight Roses: The Luke James Experience.…

  19. Irving Azoff Bets Big on Outspoken Swedish House Mafia Manager Amy Thomson

    September 19, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Former Swedish House Mafia manager brings dance-music savvy to Azoff-Dolan-Burkle team -- but how long can the fever last? Azoff MSG Entertainment is betting big on dance music. The joint venture among Irving Azoff , Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan and billionaire investor Ron…

  20. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

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