1. 'Get On Up' Star Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

    July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things "one step at a time," his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic's debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater. To play James Brown, the…

  2. Reggaeton Star Yandel Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 11:31 AM EDT Reggaetón star Yandel has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for worldwide representation in all areas, Billboard has learned. The move is the latest in Yandel’s solo career bid, which he officially launched a year ago when he and longtime collaborator Wisin decided to each go solo…

  3. Nashville Rockers Sol Cat Happy to Call Music City Their Home

    July 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Nashville Dancin', the summer concert series in downtown Nashville, is starting to wind down its Thursday night run with shows over the next two weeks. This upcoming week's line-up includes Space Capone, Lettuce and Music City's own Sol Cat. The band's vocalist Brett…

  4. Becky G Added to People en Espanol Festival Lineup

    July 21, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Becky G is the latest addition to the lineup for the annual People en Español Festival, taking place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention center in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 30 and 31. Becky G will perform as part of the “Chicas Poderosas” (Powerful Girls) concert, presented by Disney, and also…

  5. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  6. Gregg Allman Biopic Filmmakers Say Crew Member's Death "Was Not a Crime"

    July 18, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The producer-director duo behind the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” have broken their silence following the entering of a not guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing . “In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people…

  7. Teen Metal Band Just Signed to Sony Now Releasing Book

    July 18, 2014 9:12 AM EDT The teen metal band Unlocking the Truth, which recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony , plans to release a book next year. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group (USA), said Friday that it would publish a book written by the Brooklyn trio chronicling the…

  8. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  9. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready on the Genius of Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' (Exclusive)

    July 17, 2014 9:08 AM EDT On the album's 20th anniversary, the Pearl Jam guitarist breaks down what makes this record so enduring With Soundgarden's mighty "Superunknown" celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready offers his thoughts on what makes the classic album a…

  10. David Bowie Promises ‘More Music Soon’

    July 17, 2014 5:07 AM EDT When David Bowie last shared some new music, it came as a surprise to almost everyone. This time he’s giving a heads-up.  It’s been roughly 16 months since “The Next Day” (Iso/Columbia Records) crashed sales charts around the globe. Now, the Thin White Duke has hinted there will be “more…

  11. Five Latin Alternative Artists To Put On Your Radar

    July 16, 2014 9:42 PM EDT Though you might be familiar with the major players in Latin music, there is a world of alternative artists who operate beyond traditional media to grow their fan bases.  Latin America is host to a plethora of acts, some big in their own local territories, many worth discovering and adding to…

  12. Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

    July 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles as a live act, tracing their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England, and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse…

  13. Nine Inch Nails Opener Oneohtrix Point Never Talks 'Cyberdrones,' Slimescapes, and Whammy Bars

    July 15, 2014 2:26 PM EDT When Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor tapped Daniel Lopatin, an experimental sound collagist known for his project Oneohtrix Point Never's ambient dronescapes and mind-bendingly abstract visuals, to replace the now-defunct Death Grips as his tour opener, Lopatin had decided not to play…

  14. Dwight Yoakam Confirms Return To Warner, Releases New Single

    July 14, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam has signed a new worldwide recording deal with Warner Bros./Reprise Records, marking a return to the label and a reunion with company head Cameron Strang, who originally inked him to indie New West Records. The artist had discussed the re-signing to the label at last month’s…

  15. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  16. Beck Announces 'Song Reader' Album with Jack White, Jack Black & More

    July 09, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Beck's quirky sheet music project is about to come to life Back in 2012, Beck released a little experiment "album" that existed solely in the form of sheet music. Now, two years later, "Song Reader" is getting a proper release, with an impressive, genre-hopping cast…

  17. Josh Groban Jams with 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Musical Sidekick Reggie Watts: Exclusive (Watch)

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reggie Watts, the comedian and musician who plays sidekick to Scott Aukerman on IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” took a rare step away from the keyboards to let Josh Groban display a rarely seen skill. Groban’s not only a sharp pianist, his style has nothing in common with the music he sings.   …

  18. Gregg Allman Biopic Director Indicted For Fatal Crash

    July 04, 2014 7:39 AM EDT Randall Miller, the director of troubled Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider,” and two of the film’s producers have been indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges following a fatal train crash on the film’s Georgia set, which led to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Seven other…

  19. Taylor Swift's Red Wraps as All-Time Country Tour

    July 03, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift has smashed the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist with the final stats reported from her Red tour that played arenas and stadiums in four continents during a 15-month span.  According to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, the tour’s overall gross of $150…

  20. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

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