1. Aretha Franklin Blasts Unauthorized Bio, Calls It a 'Very Trashy Book'

    November 24, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money -- or soul -- on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz 's Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin , a "trashy book." Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering '…

  2. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  3. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after World War II by his father Harry, who named the…

  4. Stephen King Talks His Musical ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,’ John Mellencamp and Why Broadway Isn’t Necessarily Better

    November 24, 2014 12:00 PM EST Stephen King has already conquered the page and the screen, and now he's eyeing the stage. For the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County , he worked for more than a decade alongside creative partner John Mellencamp and musical collaborator T Bone Burnett . The show debuted in 2012…

  5. AMAs 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 23, 2014 8:00 PM EST Who took home honors at the 2014 American Music Awards ? Check out the full list of winners below! Full AMAs Coverage Here  | Live Blog | Red Carpet Show Artist Of The Year  Iggy Azalea Beyoncé Luke Bryan Eminem Imagine Dragons John Legend Lorde One Direction -- WINNER Katy Perry…

  6. Why Queen Latifah’s Reign in Syndication Is Ending

    November 22, 2014 12:00 AM EST Her show wasn’t growing -- which made it impossible to justify the cost. Queen Latifah is the latest victim of the tough economics and harsh realities of making a show work in national television syndication. It is expensive to launch a new syndicated show, hard to make inroads against…

  7. Trio of Studies Find Digital Listening Drives Sales – But Are They Answering the Right Question?

    November 21, 2014 12:15 PM EST Data released this week have revealed the positive benefits free or listening has on music purchases. A study by Pandora and consumer surveys by the Country Music Association and BitTorrent show, in different ways, that free music can come with benefits. The timing of this new data couldn&…

  8. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  9. Sleater-Kinney Talks New Album, Previews Unreleased Songs on NPR

    November 20, 2014 11:48 PM EST About a month after unexpectedly releasing its first new song in nine years, the reunited members of Sleater-Kinney previewed new tracks during an interview with NPR that aired on Thursday (Nov. 20). Listen to Sleater-Kinney's First New Song in Nine Years, 'Bury Our Friends&…

  10. Latin Grammys Pushed Back for Obama Immigration Address

    November 20, 2014 3:06 PM EST Univision is delaying its telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards to show President Barack Obama 's speech on immigration live on Thursday (Nov. 20), while ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering it. The news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all plan to air Obama live too. Latin…

  11. Must-Hear Music Podcast: One Direction, Azealia Banks, TV on the Radio & More

    November 20, 2014 11:50 AM EST This week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers tackle highly anticipated new albums from One Direction , Azealia Banks and TV on the Radio . In addition to tracks from Kevin Gates and Ty Dolla $ign , we also discuss the strange crossover track -- "Nude Beach a Go-Go"…

  12. Joan Manuel Serrat Celebrated at Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year Event

    November 20, 2014 11:25 AM EST Juanes, Vicentico, Diego Torres, Ruben Blades, Calle 13, Pablo Alboran, Miguel Bose and more perform in his honor. At one point during the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year dinner in honor of Spanish singer/songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat on Wednesday night, a video was shown…

  13. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Settlement Reached in Sarah Jones' Parents' Civil Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 4:02 PM EST Richard & Elizabeth Jones have reached confidential agreements with some of the defendants. The parents of Sarah Jones , the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set , have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the…

  14. Tracy Morgan Still Recovering From Brain Injury

    November 18, 2014 3:43 PM EST Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's unknown if the actor-comedian will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday (Nov. 18).   Benedict Morelli said the former Saturday…

  15. Zayn Malik Responds to Matt Lauer's Substance Abuse Question: 'I'm Angry and Upset'

    November 18, 2014 12:01 PM EST One Direction 's  Zayn Malik has responded to Matt Lauer questioning his bandmates if Malik was a substance abuser, telling the U.K.'s The Sun   (via Us Weekly ),"  I'm really angry and upset by what was said on the Today show. I was really ill at the weekend,…

  16. Premiere: Listen to Brooklyn Trio Pink Murder's Beachy Debut EP

    November 18, 2014 11:30 AM EST The trio make island-flavored electro-pop inspired by Brian Eno and David Byrne. Temperatures are dropping in the Northeast, but Pink Murder , a group of budding musicians from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Philadelphia, is just heating up. The trio is made up of Stargazy 's Michael Panico,…

  17. Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine' Dawns Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 18, 2014 10:45 AM EST Ballard becomes the first act to score his first two No. 1s this year. Plus, Brad Paisley returns to the top 10. Frankie Ballard claims his second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Sunshine & Whiskey" rises 2-1. He first rang the top bell with "Helluva…

  18. Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel and More Honored at ASCAP's Centennial Awards Gala

    November 18, 2014 9:54 AM EST Stevie Wonder gave an emotional speech that silenced the crowd, Garth Brooks was misty eyed and Billy Joel was classic when he performed "New York State of Mind." The ASCAP Centennial Awards on Monday night honored the musical icons -- including Joan Baez and Stephen Sondheim --…

  19. Steve Albini Says Many of Music's Problems Have Been Solved, Addresses That 'Purple Dwarf in Assless Chaps'

    November 17, 2014 1:39 PM EST Legendary engineer, producer and musician Steve Albini delivered a densely packed, hour-long keynote speech at Melbourne's Face the Music conference on Saturday. The substantive bulk of his 6,700-or-so-words were spent defending, not lambasting, the Internet's role in the total…

  20. Chopin's Preserved Heart Exhumed in Secret

    November 17, 2014 10:18 AM EST As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for from self-imposed exile in France…

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