1. Is Neil Young Recording His Orchestral Album?

    September 02, 2014 4:54 AM EDT Neil Young is apparently making good on his plan to record an orchestral album.  The legendary Canadian artist has been at work in the studio cutting a new recording with the highly-rated German-born composer and arranger Chris Walden . The longplayer is said to have a working title of…

  2. 'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Book of Mormon' Star Ben Platt on Cabaret, Magic and Meryl Streep

    September 02, 2014 12:21 AM EDT Ben Platt is not your average twentysomething — well, twenty-year-old. He hasn’t even added a "something" yet, and he already has a more robust resume than those many "somethings" his senior. While his contemporaries are off at college, playing beer pong and pledging…

  3. Led Zeppelin Makes Fashion Statement With Paul Smith Scarf Range

    September 01, 2014 11:35 PM EDT Want to wear a piece of Led Zeppelin ? That’s about to become a reality thanks to a partnership with British designer Paul Smith , who is developing a range of scarves inspired by the legendary rock group’s album covers.  According to the Independent , a series of six limited-edition Led Zep…

  4. Chart Highlights: Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Thunders To Top Of Pop Songs

    September 01, 2014 4:15 PM EDT She scores her first No. 1 as a lead act. Plus, new leaders for Jennifer Lopez, the Pretty Reckless, Lady Antebellum & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  5. Motley Crue’s Final Tour Is a Must-See: Here are Six(x) Reasons Why

    September 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT L.A.’s baddest boys are taking a full-throttle victory lap on their Final Tour. Roughly 15,000 people filled PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., on Aug. 30 to see Motley Crue before the band retires from the road. Motley Crue Reveals 'Dirt' Movie Details, Previews Final Tour &…

  6. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  7. Annalise Emerick on 'Field Notes,' Collecting Fans & Telling Stories

    September 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Annalise Emerick definitely qualifies as a "Road Warrior." Since 2011, the Nashville native has spent a lot of time on the highway, spreading the word about her music. She tells Billboard if you are going to build a career in the music business, full-throttle is the only way to go. …

  8. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Aerosmith Ascends To No. 1

    September 01, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1998, the band topped the Billboard Hot 100 at last. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Faith Hill and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 1, 1973 Kind of impossible to…

  9. Royal Blood, Lilly Wood Top U.K. Charts

    September 01, 2014 4:04 AM EDT English rock duo Royal Blood sold nearly 66,000 units to debut atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 31) with their self-titled Warner Bros./Warner Music album. French-Israeli duo Lilly Wood entered the singles chart at No. 1 with German DJ-producer Robin Schulz’s remix of their 2010…

  10. Rodriguez Lands Three Albums On Australian Sales Chart

    September 01, 2014 12:38 AM EDT Sixto Rodriguez has three albums in the top 30 of this week’s Australian sales chart, fuelled by the announcement of his upcoming national tour and the free-to-air TV broadcast of the Oscar-winning documentary Looking for Sugar Man. The first Rodriguez album Cold Fact  (Inertia) from 1969 is…

  11. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

  12. Courtney Love Calls the Current Draft of Her Memoir a ‘Disaster’

    August 31, 2014 1:44 PM EDT "It's a disaster," Love told Paper of the current draft of her book. Courtney Love is hard at work on her upcoming memoir, The Girl With the Most Cake , but the writing process hasn’t been easy, the singer said in a recent interview with Paper . Courtney Love Preps 'Blonde…

  13. Made in America L.A.: Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Afrojack Rock Day 1

    August 31, 2014 11:55 AM EDT An estimated 35,000 people came out for the downtown Los Angeles debut of Made in America. In 2013, Made In America in Philadelphia was an absolute triumph, a well-run two-day event featuring Beyonce , Deadmau5 , Calvin Harris and more. A large part of what made it so successful was the…

  14. Hear New Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’ Song Teased by Twitter’s Head of Music

    August 30, 2014 9:16 PM EDT Bob Moczydlowsky, the head of music at Twitter , has teased a new song snippet from the Foo Fighters ’ eighth studio, Sonic Highways . Foo Fighters Talk Music With Barack Obama, Slash, Dolly Parton in 'Sonic Highways' Trailer The approximately eight-second Vine clip -- which shows…

  15. One Direction’s Harry Styles Supports Gay NFL Player Michael Sam at St. Louis Concert

    August 30, 2014 7:46 PM EDT Harry Styles sported Michael Sam’s Rams jersey onstage on Aug. 27. One Direction singer Harry Styles showed his support for Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, in front of thousands of fans during the group’s Aug. 27 concert in St. Louis. One Direction…

  16. Made in America Concert Set to Rock Downtown L.A.

    August 30, 2014 2:37 PM EDT More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the multi-stage show. Downtown Los Angeles is ready for its inaugural outdoor music festival. The Budweiser Made in America concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Park. Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and…

  17. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  18. Kings of Leon Ready for Stage After Drummer's Injury

    August 30, 2014 10:37 AM EDT Kings of Leon will headline the second night of the "Budweiser Made In America" on Aug. 31. A brotherly reunion is coming to the City of Brotherly Love: Family band Kings of Leon will play its first show Sunday in Philadelphia since drummer Nathan Followill injured his ribs. Kings…

  19. Former Jethro Tull Bass Player Glenn Cornick Dies

    August 29, 2014 7:09 PM EDT Glenn Cornick , the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull , died of congestive heart failure at his home in Hilo, Hawaii, on Thursday. Drew Cornick says his 67-year-old father had been receiving hospice care. Cornick performed with Jethro Tull from its inception in late 1967…

  20. Country Duo The Secret Sisters on Their New Extended Disc and Paying Tribute to The Everly Brothers

    August 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their sound. “We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard. "Dad was big into Crosby,…

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