1. Beatles Special, 'Cosmos' Take Home Music Emmys

    August 18, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Tony Awards & 'Sherlock: His Last Vow' are also musical winners. Composer Alan Silvestri won two awards for his work on Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey as Emmys in the music categories were handed out as part of the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday. Silvestri was honored in…

  2. Kenny Chesney Preps for 'Big Revival' After Massive Flora-Bama Concert

    August 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Kenny Chesney only performed one concert this year -- this weekend's Flora-Bama-Jama -- but it proved to be the party of the summer. Chesney brought his hits to the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge in Pensacola on Saturday, attracting more than 40,000 people -- some coming from as far away as…

  3. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  4. Listen to Ice-T Narrate a 'Dungeons & Dragons' Audiobook

    August 18, 2014 11:53 AM EDT "This guy got a talking sword!" If you’ve been following Ice-T’s podcast , you know that the he’s been dabbling in audiobooks lately. What sort of audiobooks? Dungeons and Dragons, which he admits is quote the pronunciation challenge.  Well, now we’ve got hard evidence that Ice-T&…

  5. Watch GWAR Leader Oderus Urungus' Fiery Viking Funeral at GWAR B-Q

    August 17, 2014 9:31 PM EDT As GWAR's annual GWAR B-Q carried on over the weekend, it was with a somber note of remembrance to band leader Oderus Urungus who died of a heroin overdose in March.  Gwar's Top 5 Mainstream Moments: Fox News, 'Beavis & Butt-Head' & More Though friends and family…

  6. Madonna Turns 56 In Her 'Birthday Suit,' With Some Love From Zendaya

    August 16, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Celebrate! Madonna turns 56 today (August 16). And in true Madge style, she's spending her birthday  in the nude. Sort of. The singer Instagrammed a vintage shot of herself wearing little more than lacy gloves as a way to thank her legions of fans for showing her so much love on her…

  7. Disney's 'American Idol' Experience to Close Early

    August 15, 2014 8:56 PM EDT The Orlando theme park attraction won't make it to the next round. Walt Disney World's American Idol Experience attraction will be closing come the end of the summer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As first reported in The Orlando Sentinel , the Experience will shut down for…

  8. Spotify Begins Rollout of Expansion to Canada

    August 15, 2014 2:51 PM EDT A month after announcing its expansion to Canada, Spotify has begun sending out invites to select potential users of the music streaming service. The Swedish startup confirmed to Billboard that invites have been going out, but refused to comment on the timing of a full-fledged launch in…

  9. Rich Jacobellis Named Partner at First Artists

    August 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Composer and music supervisor agent Rich Jacobellis has been named partner at the music agency First Artists Management. Jacobellis' clients include Emmy-winning and nominated composers Bear McCreary ( Da Vinci's Demons ), Wendy and Lisa ( Nurse Jackie ), Nathan Barr ( The Americans…

  10. Gregg Allman Movie Production Company Cited Over On-Set Death

    August 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Federal safety officials have cited the production company formed to make a film about rock singer Gregg Allman for exposing its workers to grave risk, according to  Reuters . Back in February, camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was killed and eight other crew members were injured…

  11. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  12. Guest Post: Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers

    August 14, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Last week, Billboard published a guest editorial by Thomas McAlevey , CEO of streaming startup Radical.FM. The below is in response to Mr. McAlevey's piece. Dear Mr. McAlevey, I read your Billboard guest editorial “Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music is Already Profitable.” Forgive me…

  13. Austin Mahone on Tour: Behind-The-Scenes Q&A and Live Performances

    August 14, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Eighteen-year-old Austin Mahone is in the midst of his biggest tour to date, playing sold-out shows for his “Mahomies” around the country. When Mahone hit Downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the fifth show of the 30-date run, Billboard caught up with the singer, as…

  14. David Nail Preps for I'm A Fire Tour With Tips From Darius Rucker

    August 13, 2014 5:30 PM EDT David Nail has toured plenty before as the opening act for headliners like  Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum. But talking to him about his I'm A Fire Tour, set for this fall, makes it sounds like a totally new ball game for the Missouri native. "I feel like we have worked really…

  15. Exclusive: Erica Nicole Gets Candid About Her Longtime Struggle With Hearing Loss

    August 13, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Listening to newcomer Erica Nicole 's 2014 single "I Listen To My Bad Girl," the last thing you'd expect to learn about the Atlanta singer is that she's struggled with hearing loss since her teenage years. Now, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, Nicole admits…

  16. Music Biz Agent Claims Colleague Impersonated Him on Twitter

    August 13, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Joseph Cassiere's lawsuit over @QuotesOfJJ also provides one of the first tests of a fairly new California cyber-bullying law. Joseph Cassiere , a booking agent in the music industry, has brought a lawsuit against a former colleague who allegedly set up a Twitter account to impersonate…

  17. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  18. Spotify & BandPage Team to Put Merch Right In Front of Fans, Optimize It for Artists

    August 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spotify and BandPage have announced a partnership that will bring BandPage's digital storefront to the market-leading subscription streaming music service and its 40 million users. The deal will allow the 500,000-plus artists using the BandPage platform to list merchandise -- widely…

  19. Watch Steven Spielberg's Niece Audition for 'The Voice' Israel

    August 13, 2014 5:25 AM EDT More than two months after teasing its highly anticipated "Hollywood" blind audition, The Voice Israel finally unleashed its star power for season three: Contestant Jessica "Jessy" Katz , niece of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg . The daughter of Playmount…

  20. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

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