1. Album Review: Lady Antebellum Moves Away From Its Comfort Zone on ‘747’

    September 30, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Lady A secured its crossover star status with country- and AC-approved hits "Need You Now" and "Just a Kiss," but little in the group's repertoire has elevated it beyond midtempo maestros -- until now. Lady Antebellum Talk Soaring to a New Sound on '747'…

  2. Album Review: Prince's First Two Albums In Four Years Are a Mixed Bag

    September 30, 2014 9:20 AM EDT During the first phase of his career, while under contract with Warner Bros., Prince released 18 albums in as many years. Four are absolute masterpieces; two or three others are damn close. Over the next 18 years, after emancipating himself from the label's "slave masters" in…

  3. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  4. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  5. How Stevie Nicks Became a Selfie Queen

    September 29, 2014 12:38 PM EDT While Stevie Nicks was recording her new album  24 Karat Gold -- Songs From the Vault  (due out Oct. 7) on a strict three-month deadline, she also had to create cover art for the album. But she didn't have a concept, and there was no time for a photo shoot, so for the cover art and CD…

  6. Wynton Marsalis To Christen St. Louis Jazz Center

    September 27, 2014 6:13 PM EDT ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will help christen a new St. Louis jazz center that organizers hope will serve as a venue worthy of the genre's top acts while inspiring the next generation of jazz greats from an area that has produced Miles Davis, Clark Terry and David…

  7. TomorrowWorld 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Zedd, Kygo, Jody Wisternoff & More

    September 27, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Dance fans from across the globe congregated at TomorrowWorld, which kicked off its second edition Friday (Sept. 26) with a stacked artist lineup on seven compelling stages. Billboard takes you down to Georgia to recap all the action and best behind-the-scenes moments from Day 1 in the…

  8. Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT For many, the idea of a “classic” Dave Matthews Band album is laughable, if not perverse. That goes for fans and non-fans alike. On one side, you’ve got hardcore Daveheads, who generally prefer stretched-out, heavily improvised live versions of songs to their more compact studio…

  9. John Mellencamp: ‘Meg and I Never Really Break Up’

    September 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT It's no surprise John Mellencamp -- who is known for his candor -- called his new album, released Sept. 23 on Republic, Plain Spoken . The rock'n'roots legend, who turns 63 on Oct. 7, continues to be an open book on everything from his new lifetime recording contract to an…

  10. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  11. Lady Antebellum Talk Soaring to a New Sound on '747'

    September 25, 2014 6:19 PM EDT If you think there's a little something different about 747 , the new disc from Capitol Nashville's Lady Antebellum , Charles Kelley says you are very much spot-on. Lady Antebellum's '747' Track List Revealed "We were working with a new producer, so I think…

  12. Morning Roundup: Mary J. Blige Performs New Songs & 9 More Stories to Know

    September 25, 2014 10:18 AM EDT PornHub Records reveals itself: Not content with helping to briefly boost Coolio’s admittedly flaccid career a couple months ago, PornHub is launching its own record label , debuting with a talent contest open to all comers, from flute-based folk to classic hardcore. Kendrick Respects His…

  13. Watch Mary J. Blige Perform New Songs 'Therapy' & 'Right Now'

    September 24, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Mary J. Blige has released two songs in advance of her upcoming album The London Sessions , due Dec. 3. She performed both on Later...With Jools Holland supported by a lean, efficient four-piece band. "Right Now" is built around a tricky beat, and the glitchy, uptempo…

  14. British Radio DJ Convicted of Indecent Assault

    September 23, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Veteran British radio DJ Dave Lee Travis was convicted Tuesday (Sept. 23) of indecent assault . The 69-year-old Travis, whose real name is David Griffin, was cleared on two other assault charges. Travis was a longtime DJ on BBC radio and host of TV music show Top of the Pops . He was…

  15. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  16. Evanescence’s Future Uncertain, Says Amy Lee: ‘I Have a Lot More That I Want To Do With My Life’

    September 22, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer also talks about her fulfilling film project and becoming a mother this summer. Evanescence may not be so immortal after all. After the experience of working on her first film score -- for War Story with composer Dave Eggar, and the Aftermath companion album -- Amy Lee tells…

  17. Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen to Bush's 'Man on the Run'

    September 22, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Gene Simmons may say rock is dead, but Gavin Rossdale is hoping to prove otherwise with Bush 's new album, Man on the Run , which comes out Oct. 21. "I wanted to make a really interesting rock record," Rossdale tells Billboard. "Rock is in this weird shadow and…

  18. News Roundup: Everything Happening This Morning

    September 22, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Nude Leaks Continue:  Two alleged nude pictures of Rihanna appeared on 4chan and Reddit  early Sunday (Sept. 21) morning . The photos appear to have been taken during a fitting, according to TMZ.  Bummer for Bowie Fans:  It's mostly been a good few weeks for fans of the Thin White Duke…

  19. Foo Fighters Announce South American Tour Dates

    September 21, 2014 11:17 AM EDT The Foo Fighters have announced a handful of South American concert dates in support of their eighth studio album, Sonic Highways , due Nov. 10 through Roswell Records/RCA Records. Hear New Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’ Song Teased by Twitter’s Head of Music The band will begin the South…

  20. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

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