1. Exclusive: Earth, Wind & Fire to Release First Holiday Album

    October 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Eight-time Grammy Award-winning group Earth, Wind & Fire is adding another first to its long list of achievements: a holiday album. The aptly titled Holiday will be released Oct. 21 through Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Recordings division. The 13-track set, available now for pre…

  2. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest Linda…

  3. 2015 Grammys Predictions: Who Are The Early Favorites?

    September 30, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Beyonce, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and more are among our (very early) guesses for next year's ceremony. Who’s ready for the Grammy Awards… in four months?! Okay, so the 2015 Grammys are still a little while away, but Tuesday (Sept. 30) is the final day of eligibility for the 57th Annual…

  4. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  5. Report: Judge Rules Against Grooveshark in Summary Judgment Case

    September 30, 2014 2:42 PM EDT After Universal Music Group called for a summary judgment  yesterday (Sept. 29) in their four-years-and-counting lawsuit against Grooveshark, a judge has ruled against the music streaming service, which has been accused of uploading thousands of copyright-infringing songs. And yet , even…

  6. Which Superstar Is Hosting the 2014 MTV EMAs?

    September 30, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The star will also perform at the 20th anniversary of the big European show. Nicki Minaj will host the 20th anniversary edition of the MTV EMAs in Glasgow, Scotland this November. MTV made the announcement on Tuesday. Minaj, who performed at the MTV VMAs with Usher , will release her third…

  7. 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…

  8. EU Says Ireland Gave Apple Sweetheart Tax Deals

    September 30, 2014 8:29 AM EDT European Union regulators said Tuesday that a probe has led to the "preliminary" conclusion that Ireland has given Apple "illegal state support" via special tax arrangements. The European Commission, the EU's antitrust authority, has been looking at sweetheart tax…

  9. TomorrowWorld 2014 Day 3 Highlights: David Guetta, Kaskade, Richie Hawtin & More

    September 30, 2014 4:24 AM EDT Despite a bit of evening rain, TomorrowWorld finished strong on Sunday (Sept. 28). From marquee main stage acts like Kaskade , David Guetta and Martin Garrix to the assorted techno talent on Richie Hawtin’s Minus Stage, there was no shortage of options for the festival faithful in Georgia.…

  10. Watch Mayer Hawthorne & Kendrick Lamar's Rashida Jones-Directed 'Crime' Video

    September 29, 2014 10:06 PM EDT Partying never looked so hard to do as in Mayer Hawthorne 's new video for "Crime."  How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard Actress Rashida Jones ( Parks and Recreation , The Social Network ) directs the…

  11. Urban Outfitters Doesn't Sell the Most Vinyl

    September 29, 2014 3:42 PM EDT While Urban Outfitters may be telling the world that it is the world's premier seller of vinyl, record label executives tell Billboard that Amazon is the largest retailer selling the format. Reportedly, Urban Outfitters chief administrative officer Calvin Hollinger made that claim to…

  12. 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…

  13. 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)”…

  14. Here's How Bono Describes George Clooney's Wedding

    September 29, 2014 9:59 AM EDT In case you haven't been on Twitter lately, George Clooney got married to Amal Alamuddin over the weekend in Italy, and tons of A-list entertainers turned up to celebrate, including Bono . While leaving Venice Monday morning, a reporter for People asked Bono about the nuptials. After…

  15. Alt-J Nabs U.K. No. 1 with 'This Is All Yours'

    September 29, 2014 6:44 AM EDT British band Alt-J converted their status as critical indie favorites into mainstream crossover by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sept. 28) with their  This Is All Yours  album (Infectious Music). Meanwhile, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj , “Bang Bang” (Lava…

  16. 15 TomorrowWorld 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Bob Moses & More

    September 28, 2014 5:43 PM EDT On Saturday (Sept. 27), TomorrowWorld entered its second sunny day in Georgia’s Chattahoochee Hills. With OWSLA, Mad Decent and Pete Tong’s All Gone stage showcases on deck, the day featured some of the festival’s finest assembled talent. Billboard takes you to back down South to recap all…

  17. Robin Williams' Life Celebrated at San Francisco Tribute

    September 28, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Family and famous industry friends of  Robin Williams ' gathered to celebrate his legendary life Saturday in San Francisco,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The private tribute – held at the Curran Theatre – drew hundreds of guests and included music and video tributes as well as…

  18. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Marry! Five Songs for the Happy Couple

    September 27, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Sorry ladies, George Clooney is officially off the market! Oscar-winning Clooney, 53, and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, officially tied the knot on Saturday (Sept. 27) during a private symbolic ceremony in Venice, Italy, E! has confirmed . The couple will file the paperwork to…

  19. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  20. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

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