1. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  2. Suge Knight Shot at Pre-VMA Party

    August 24, 2014 9:41 AM EDT The Death Row Records founder is reportedly out of surgery. Marion "Suge" Knight was shot during a party at 1OAK nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif., on early Sunday (Aug. 24) morning, Billboard confirms. The former Death Row Records CEO went into surgery following the incident…

  3. Death After Hank Williams Jr. Concert Ruled Homicide

    August 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The Oakland County medical examiner's office has ruled as a homicide the death of a 55-year-old man after a confrontation with a teenager at a Detroit-area Hank Williams Jr. concert. Sheriff's officials announced the finding Friday as they investigate Tuesday's death of…

  4. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  5. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  6. Polite Guy Andrew Rannells Ready to Get His Hedwig On

    August 21, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Andrew Rannells says he never dreamed of becoming a rock star while growing up. What he hoped for was a part on Broadway. Now he's getting both at the same time - and a load of mascara as well. Starting Wednesday, the Tony Award-nominated star of The Book of Mormon  on Broadway and HBO&…

  7. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  8. Crossfaith, Phoenix & More Hit Japan's Summer Sonic

    August 21, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Queen with Adam Lambert & more also grace the Tokyo & Osaka stages. Summer Sonic, the biggest music festival in Japan devoted to international repertoire, was held Aug. 16 and 17 simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The event has recently seen industry…

  9. Lenny Kravitz to Play iTunes Festival in London

    August 20, 2014 11:43 PM EDT Apple's iTunes Festival in London has added Lenny Kravitz , Rudimental , Elbow and Paolo Nutini to its lineup of headliners. The eighth annual event will once again take place throughout September at The Roundhouse in the Camden neighborhood of the British capital. Listen to Lenny…

  10. Man Dies at Hank Williams Jr. Show Following Alleged Altercation

    August 20, 2014 9:38 PM EDT In a summer plagued by death, rape and arrests around country music events, a tragic accident has taken another life.  Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert Sunday night, before a Hank Williams Jr. concert, a 55-year-old man died after a fall in the concourse of the…

  11. Sara Bareilles to Perform During Emmys 'In Memoriam' Tribute

    August 20, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Billy Crystal will honor Robin Williams at the show. Sara Bareilles will perform during the In Memoriam segment and Billy Crystal will pay tribute to the late Robin Williams at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to Robin…

  12. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  13. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  14. Taylor Swift Turns Radio On With 'Shake It Off'

    August 19, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Her new pure-pop single is set for lofty launches on the Pop and Adult Pop Songs airplay charts. As expected, Taylor Swift soared onto radio airwaves with her highly anticipated new single "Shake It Off." Swift released the high-energy, anti-haters pop anthem Tuesday during her…

  15. Life of Sugar Hill Records' Sylvia Robinson Heading to Big Screen

    August 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson was considered the mother of hip-hop. Paula Wagner , the producer who has been working on Broadway projects since splitting with former partner Tom Cruise, has acquired the film rights to the life story of the singer considered the mother of hip-hop: Sylvia Robinson .…

  16. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  17. Lindsey Stirling Partners With Maker Studios

    August 19, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Maker Studios has partnered with violinist Lindsey Stirling , whose top-rated YouTube channel boasts more than 5 million subscribers who have watched videos of her unique style of classical dubstep more than a half-billion times. The partnership will afford Stirling access to production…

  18. Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival

    August 19, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Sam Smith, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer & more already announced as headliners. Ryan Adams , Jessie Ware , Lenny Kravitz and another dozen-plus artists have been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London, joining previously announced headliners Maroon 5 , Sam Smith and 5…

  19. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

  20. Meek Mill's Appeal of Jail Term Rejected

    August 18, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail Monday (Aug. 18) to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for…

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