1. Nas Celebrates 20 Years of 'Illmatic' at Toronto Concert & Documentary Screening

    October 09, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Nas performed all of his breakthrough album after a screening of 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic.' Those who filled Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Wednesday night to watch Nas ' documentary and witness the rapper perform Illmatic from front to back left the concert with new…

  2. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's Record-Setting All-Female Top Five

    October 08, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Headed up by Trainor's 'All About That Bass,' women monopolize the top five for a record-breaking fifth consecutive week. Plus, Maroon 5's 'Animals' roars into the top 10 and One Direction debuts at No. 13. It's all about girl power high atop the Billboard…

  3. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  4. Film Review: ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary Pays Homage to Nas’ Seminal 1994 Hip-Hop Classic

    October 07, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Few albums in hip-hop history are as universally celebrated as Nasir " Nas " Jones' 1994 debut, Illmatic . But the story behind the LP's creation -- the concepts, production process and societal influences that put Nas at the forefront of the rap vanguard -- is subject…

  5. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  6. Exclusive: 'Pop Nation' Musical Celebrates '90s Boy Bands & Bubblegum Divas

    October 06, 2014 6:18 PM EDT If you've ever had a long argument about which band was better,  Backstreet Boys  or *NSYNC ,  Pop Nation  is your theatrical experience. The new show, merging music, theater and the nightclub experience, will begin performances at Hudson in New York City on Nov. 14.  Pop Nation …

  7. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  8. Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in C3 Presents

    October 06, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Related Biz Video: The 3 Charlies of C3 on Lollapalooza's Record-Breaking Success, 'Over-Sponsorship,' Global Expansion ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy, Says More…

  9. How Iggy Pop Inspired Music Supervisor Gary Calamar to Record His Solo EP

    October 06, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Iggy Pop provided words of encouragement to music supervisor Gary Calamar after the two collaborated on "Let's Boot and Rally" for season five of True Blood in 2012. "It might have been an off-the-cuff comment," says Calamar, "but him talking to me inspired me…

  10. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  11. Kevin Metheny, Howard Stern Rival & Radio Executive, Dead at 60

    October 04, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Kevin Metheny, a longtime radio programmer and operations manager, has died. Metheny died Friday at the age of 60. His death was first confirmed by allaccess.com and later reported by The Chicago Tribune . The Daily News  reports he died of a heart attack. Metheny was best known to…

  12. Hear Todd Rundgren Sing the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 03, 2014 7:45 PM EDT With Adult Swim's Squidbillies back for its eighth season, a list of notable musicians are lending their talent to the animated series' theme song. After Dwight Yoakum gave it a real nice honky tonk rendition last week, now Todd Rundgren has his go, delivering a demented, glitched…

  13. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  14. Courtney Love Is Going to Be in an Opera (Yes, Really)

    October 03, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Courtney Love is going to be an opera star -- an offbeat, non-traditional opera star, but an opera star nonetheless. Love has been cast in the upcoming pop opera Kansas City Choir Boy , which will present 10 shows during New York’s Prototype: Opera/Theater/Now Festival from Jan. 8 to 17. …

  15. Blondie, Pharrell Williams Honored at Sarcastic, Self-Aware Clio Awards

    October 02, 2014 11:21 PM EDT We're here to celebrate you -- you should be a little more f---ing excited!" said Whoopi Goldberg to a less-than-enthused crowd while kicking off the 55th annual Clio Awards, held at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday night.  "It's kind of like being…

  16. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

  17. Tim Rice Keen to Relaunch 'From Here to Eternity' on Broadway

    October 02, 2014 2:31 AM EDT Tim Rice is hoping his musical From Here to Eternity doesn't take an eternity to get to Broadway. The celebrated lyricist is hoping a filmed version of the West End production broadcast this month will generate some interest in America. The ambitious adaptation of James Jones'…

  18. Nas Talks 'Lost Tapes' Follow-Up at 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Excitement was mounting at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night, as celebrities took a trip down the red carpet and memory lane with the premiere of Time Is Illmatic , the Nas documentary from One9 and Erik Parker . "I actually have a tingling sensation, it's…

  19. Raul Midon Returns With 'Don't Hesitate'

    October 01, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Set includes Bill Withers co-write; cover of Who classic 'I Can See for Miles.' At one point in the insightful 2009 film Still Bill , the legendary Bill Withers is shown co-writing a song with fellow singer/songwriter/musician Raul Midón . Now the pair's collaboration is…

  20. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100; Tove Lo, Clean Bandit Climb Into Top 10

    October 01, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Trainor's 'All About That Bass' leads an all-female top five for a record-tying fourth week. Plus, Tove Lo's 'Habits (Stay High)' and Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne, reach the top 10. It's all about a record-tying…

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