1. Charlie Daniels' Holiday Season Starts With Christmas 4 Kids Concert

    November 20, 2014 7:51 PM EST The legendary Charlie Daniels is proud of his longtime association with the annual benefit concert Christmas 4 Kids . "It's a concert with a heart," the southern rocker tells Billboard . "It's a very special thing. People are basically pretty doggone good and pretty…

  2. Country Singer Ty Herndon Comes Out As Gay

    November 20, 2014 1:42 PM EST GLAAD applauded Herndon, saying, "Gay people can also be Christians, cowboys, and even country music stars." Country singer Ty Herndon has come out as gay in a new interview with People : "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man." The 52-year-old country singer earned…

  3. What Beyonce Can Learn From Podcasts & More From Rob Light's Billboard Touring Conference Q&A

    November 19, 2014 6:41 PM EST Creative Artists Agency managing partner & head of music also talks co-headlining tours and rising genre trends. Creative Artists Agency managing partner/head of music Rob Light is one of the most powerful people in music -- No. 9 on Billboard's 2014 Power 100 ranking , to be…

  4. Bono Recruits Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman & More for Ebola PSA

    November 19, 2014 4:55 PM EST Fellow musicians Ellie Goulding, Akon & Angelique Kidjo also appear. Given his extensive history of international activism, you might be surprised to see that Bono is keeping silent about the growing Ebola crisis in Africa. Well, that's only technically true. While Bono and a slew…

  5. Justin Timberlake Becomes Co-Owner of Audio Company AfterMaster

    November 19, 2014 8:09 AM EST Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/20 sound experience when you listen to music: He's now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc. AfterMaster, a subsidiary of Studio One Media Inc., announced Wednesday that the Grammy-winning pop star…

  6. 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…

  7. 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 --…

  8. Exclusive: MLKMN Premieres 'Bounce' Lyric Video, Talks Working With Diplo

    November 17, 2014 1:18 PM EST Producer and rapper MLKMN (born Oscar Botello) is making waves with a sound inspired by his bi-cultural upbringing. Born in Mexico and raised in Laredo, Texas, those influences are apparent in "Bounce," the latest track from his major label U.S. debut, Milkstape (out Nov. 17). A…

  9. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST On his label's 10th anniversary, the man behind breakouts by Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Dislosure on juggling two titles, A&R'ing Sting and the streaming debate: "The equation has to be fair." For Martin Kierszenbaum -- Cherrytree Records founder, Interscope…

  10. Did Adele Snub Band Aid's 2014 'Do They Know It's Christmas'?

    November 17, 2014 12:35 PM EST The 30th anniversary of the 1984 holiday charity classic “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is here, and the charitable folks at Band Aid decided to celebrate with an anti-Ebola edition. It’s a virtual who’s-who of big names in British and Irish music -- One Direction , Sam Smith , Ellie…

  11. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Nirvana Brought Grunge to No. 1

    November 17, 2014 8:05 AM EST 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' signaled a historic change in the format's sound. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Destiny's Child and Paul Simon. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Nov.…

  12. Watch: One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chris Martin & More Sing New Band Aid 30 Charity Single

    November 16, 2014 6:07 PM EST The new Band Aid 30 charity single "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" debuted during The X Factor in the United Kingdom on Sunday (Nov. 16). One Direction, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran Among Stars Recording Ebola-Fighting Charity Single As previously reported , a host of U.K.…

  13. One Direction, Ellie Goulding On 'Epic' Band Aid Recording Session

    November 15, 2014 6:55 PM EST A who's who of U.K. stars joined forces on Saturday (Nov. 15) to record a new version of "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"  And now you can see what some of your favorite A-listers wore to the event. Led by Bob Geldof ; One Direction , Rita Ora , Ed Sheeran , Ellie…

  14. One Direction, Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran Among Stars Recording Ebola-Fighting Charity Single

    November 15, 2014 3:30 PM EST 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' will be available for download on Monday. A host of U.K. music stars assembled at a studio in London on Saturday to record a new version of "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" One Direction, Bono & Ed Sheeran Among Lineup for Ebola…

  15. TLC's 'CrazySexyCool' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    November 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST Technically, they should’ve called it CoolCrazySexy. After all, each word in the title of this Atlanta R&B trio’s sophomore album corresponds to one of the group’s members, just like the letters T, L, and C. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins was undeniably cool. Rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was…

  16. Billboard Legend of Live Honoree Lionel Richie Remembers His Time With The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson (and His Snake)

    November 14, 2014 3:54 PM EST Lionel Richie splays his body over an armchair in his palatial Beverly Hills mansion, with a scarf wrapped around his neck and The Police playing on the sound system. "I don't need five or six homes," he says. "I just need one good one." In fact, Richie, 65, owns…

  17. Calvin Harris No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Songs & Albums Charts

    November 14, 2014 1:15 PM EST Calvin Harris careens onto Billboard 's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1 with Motion (35,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Motion , which includes cameos from Ellie Goulding , Haim and Gwen Stefani , among others, also motors onto the Billboard 200 at No. 5,…

  18. Exclusive: Clive Davis and More Weigh In on Whitney Houston's First-Ever Live Album

    November 14, 2014 12:50 PM EST From "You Give Good Love" to "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston 's studio recordings are legendary. But her first-ever live album, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances  (released as a CD and CD/DVD on Nov. 10 via Legacy) proves that the late pop…

  19. Exclusive 'The Hobbit' Song Premiere: Hear Billy Boyd's 'The Last Goodbye' From New Soundtrack

    November 14, 2014 11:58 AM EST The actor who plays Pippin sings a tune for 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.' Peter Jackson’s latest big-screen trilogy based on a J.R.R. Tolkien classic concludes next month with the epic The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies , and Lord of the Rings actor…

  20. Iggy Azalea Teases Snippet of New Track 'We In This Bitch'

    November 14, 2014 10:13 AM EST Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic is getting the re-release treatment this month, and an early sample of one of the new songs has reached the internet. Below, check out a 30-second sample of “We in This Bitch,” a track based off a loose, disco-style bass line and spacey synths. It comes from…

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