1. 'Love & Mercy' Stars John Cusack & Paul Dano on How They Became Brian Wilson

    September 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The film about the Beach Boys mastermind premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It wasn't just the script that got actors John Cusack and Paul Dano excited about playing Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson in director Bill Pohlad 's new film, Love & Mercy …

  2. Record Store Day's Don VanCleave Joins Nashville-Based Tech Think Tank

    September 19, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Record Store Day co-founder Don VanCleave has joined FLO {thinkery} , a Nashville-based group that helps artists and entertainers dream up new companies at the intersection of music and technology. VanCleave's role will be to work with other senior executive advisors on new ideas, said…

  3. 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…

  4. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  5. Jeff Healey, The Band Among Canada Walk of Fame Inductees

    September 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The late Jeff Healey , the blind blues-rock singer who played guitar on his lap, and The Band , which featured Canadians  Robbie Robertson , Rick Danko , Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel , as well as American Levon Helm , are the two musical honorees to be inducted into Canada's Walk of…

  6. Jeff Healey, The Band Among Canada Walk of Fame Inductees

    September 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The late Jeff Healey , the blind blues-rock singer who played guitar on his lap, and The Band , which featured Canadians  Robbie Robertson , Rick Danko , Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel , as well as American Levon Helm , are the two musical honorees to be inducted into Canada's Walk of…

  7. Bruce Springsteen & Louis C.K. to Headline NYC's Stand Up for Heroes

    September 16, 2014 7:51 PM EDT John Mulaney, John Oliver & Brian Williams also on the lineup for comedy & music event benefiting wounded vets. Bruce Springsteen , Louis C.K. , John Mulaney , John Oliver and Brian Williams will headline the eighth edition of Stand Up for Heroes, being held Nov. 5 at the Theater at…

  8. Conan O'Brien Sets George Harrison Week on TBS Show

    September 15, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tribute is timed to the release of the "George Harrison: The Apple Years" reissue The late George Harrison is getting a weeklong tribute on TBS' Conan. George Harrison to be Honored by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones at 'George Fest' Benefit Concert Timed to the release of…

  9. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  10. Watch Exclusive The Dead Daisies Video -- Featuring Fans!

    September 11, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Get ready for a jolt in your Thursday. Billboard is excluisvely premiering a track from The Dead Daisies , a "supergroup" of revolving members. Currently, the group feautres Jon Stevens ( Noiseworks / INXS ) on vocals, David Lowy ( Mink /Red Phoenix ) on guitar, Richard Fortus (…

  11. Lionsgate Nabs Beach Boys Biopic 'Love & Mercy'

    September 10, 2014 3:36 PM EDT The film made its world premiere Sept. 7 at the Elgin Theatre Lionsgate/Roadside has acquired North American rights to Bill Pohlad 's Beach Boys biopic  Love & Mercy . A source pegs the deal at $3 million. John Cusack , Paul Dano , Elizabeth Banks  and Paul Giamatti star in the film…

  12. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  13. Spotify, The Echo Nest Launch 'Insights' Data Blog to Explore Music Scientifically

    September 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT When Spotify acquired the industry’s leading music intelligence company , The Echo Nest, in March, it sent a major signal to the rest of business stating the importance of data and curating the context of your content. But the first publicly announced project between the companies is not any…

  14. U2's Surprise 'Songs of Innocence': Album Review

    September 09, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Had Apple not been readying the launch of its new iPhone 6, U2 might have had to invent the thing itself. In a bold move only this band could pull off, Bono and the gang hijacked the tech giant's Sept. 9 unveiling and announced the release -- free to all 500 million iTunes users --…

  15. Corner Office: Danny Strick on a Post-Jody Gerson Company and ‘Wild West’ Publishing World

    September 09, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The publishing veteran on company culture post-acquisition, the looming battle with PROs and Jody Gerson's exit. When Danny Strick , 58, told his father in 2000 that he was leaving his position as the U.S. president of BMG Music Publishing to become a senior A&R executive at Madonna …

  16. Watch The Cure Cover 'Hello, Goodbye' for Star-Studded Paul McCartney Tribute Album

    September 09, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, KISS, The Who and more fete the former Beatle A Paul McCartney tribute album of epic proportions -- Billy Joel, The Who, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper and more are involved -- is on the way, and the first cover song is already here! It's…

  17. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  18. Justin Bieber Assault Charge Dropped

    September 08, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Charge stemmed from an alleged altercation with a Toronto limo driver in December. Prosecutors said Monday (Sept. 8) they have dropped an assault charge against Canadian pop star Justin Bieber in connection with an incident involving a Toronto limousine driver. Justin Bieber Charged With…

  19. The Man Who Sketches Beyonce and Pharrell Is a $1,000 a Minute Art Sensation

    September 05, 2014 4:43 PM EDT If Andy Warhol had favored magic markers instead of silk screens and lived in a world where 15 seconds (not 15 minutes) of fame was the norm, he’d have a formidable rival in Donald Robertson. The cosmetics executive, whose self-appointed nickname is “Drawbertson,” has built a lucrative second…

  20. Florida Georgia Line to Perform Live on 'Nashville'

    September 05, 2014 1:49 AM EDT Country duo Florida Georgia Line is heading to Nashville. Composed of members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard , the band will perform on the ABC musical drama's Sept. 24 premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT, which will be presented live. Kelley and Hubbard will take the stage on separate occasions…

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