1. Neil Diamond Takes Guests Down 'Melody Road' at Capitol Studios Listening Party

    September 09, 2014 1:28 AM EDT Neil Diamond's first album for Capitol Records, Melody Road , has met with approval from his co-producers and label executives, but he has a final hurdle: his mother. "She's 96," Diamond told a small gathering at Capitol's Studio A on Monday night, assembled to hear…

  2. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  3. Spanish Singer Rosana Delights in Intimate Miami Show

    September 08, 2014 6:39 PM EDT In Latin music -- the realm of the troubadour, the serenade and the romantic -- few things separate more clearly the men from the boys (or, in this case, the women from the girls) than what an artist can do with just a voice and a guitar. Last week at the MO Bar + Lounge inside the Mandarin…

  4. Michael C. Hall to Star in Broadway's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    September 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT A serial killer is headed to Broadway, as  Dexter  star  Michael C. Hall  is next in line to don a wig and heels in  Hedwig and the Angry Inch . The actor, who starred in the Showtime series for eight seasons, will take over the title role on Oct. 16 at the Belasco Theatre. His limited…

  5. Jimmy Barnes Undergoes Back Surgery, Bags Another No. 1 Album Down Under

    September 08, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Jimmy Barnes has another No. 1 Down Under, but he’s on doctor’s orders to keep celebrations to a minimum.   The Australian rock hero is recovering from emergency back surgery which kept him in hospital on Fathers Days (Sept. 7) as the new ARIA Albums Chart was published, showing Barnes’  30…

  6. Carole King Musical 'Beautiful' Sets Dates For U.S., London Run

    September 08, 2014 12:57 AM EDT The high notes of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical are set to soar beyond Broadway as the production will start its London run and U.S. tour. According to the Associated Press, a West End production of the Tony-nominated show will begin previews on Feb. 10 at the Aldwych Theatre. A U.S.…

  7. Joan Rivers' Funeral: Howard Stern Gives Eulogy & Audra McDonald Sings ‘Smile’

    September 07, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Paul Shaffer and many others were also in attendance. Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that brought together the worlds of Hollywood,…

  8. The Roys Explain New Point of 'View' On Latest Album

    September 05, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Brother and sister bluegrass duo The Roys are proud of each of the 11 tracks from their newest release, The View , but both tell Billboard that for a lot of reasons, the title cut is something very special. The Roys Tackle Tradition on 'Gypsy Runaway Train' "We were on tour in…

  9. Pharrell & Soundgarden Kick Off NFL Opener

    September 04, 2014 8:23 PM EDT 'Happy' singer & hometown heroes play outside Seattle's stadium before Seahawks-Packers game. While the crowd outside Seattle's CenturyLink Field was already plenty excited for the season's first NFL game -- between their Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers --…

  10. Gustavo Cerati RIP: Shakira, Zeta Bosio, Ricky Martin Pay Tribute to Legendary Rocker

    September 04, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Legendary rocker Gustavo Cerati is mourned by his musical peers. The news of the death of iconic Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati flooded social feeds this afternoon, with many of his musical colleagues expressing their sorrow. After a stroke in 2010, the Soda Stereo front man, and revered…

  11. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee's…

  12. What Pressure? Lee Brice Is Ready for 'I Don't Dance' to Top 'Hard 2 Love'

    September 04, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Lee Brice loves hearing stories about how his music has affected his fans -- although sometimes, those stories can tug on his emotions a bit too hard. "With 'I Drive Your Truck,' there's story after story after story," Brice tells Billboard of his Billboard Country…

  13. Latin Rock Icon Gustavo Cerati Dead at 55

    September 04, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Millions of fans mourn the loss of Latin America’s most emblematic rock star and one of the region's most celebrated artists of all time. Gustavo Cerati , the front man of the legendary Argentine pop-rock group Soda Stereo , who went on to a brilliant but too short solo career, has died.…

  14. The 10 Best NFL Fight Songs

    September 04, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Professional football finally returns on Thursday night (Sept. 4) when the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers square off in the first game of the regular season. Football season means that the weather is getting cooler, school is back in session, and of course, it's time to shout…

  15. Behind Radio's Country/Pop Convergence in Charleston, West Virginia

    September 04, 2014 1:24 PM EDT “No. They didn’t legalize marijuana in West Virginia. We’re doing this on purpose.” That's a WKAZ (Tailgate 107.3) Charleston, W. Va., liner anticipating some of the likely responses of any radio people who might be listening to this new country/pop hybrid. If you were familiar with …

  16. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  17. Jack White Offered to Produce The Libertines Reunion Album

    September 04, 2014 10:15 AM EDT When The Libertines reunited in London's Hyde Park this past summer, the 65,000-strong crowd freaked out to the point where 38 fans were injured and eight hospitalized . Clearly, fervor over the beleaguered British rockers hasn't subsided since they first called it quits in 2004.…

  18. Sleeper Agent Covers Bleachers' 'I Wanna Get Better': Video Premiere

    September 03, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Kentucky indie rockers Sleeper Agent released its anthemic new album About Last Night in March, and now the group has decided to tackle another sing-along from its RCA Records labelmate, Bleachers. Watch Sleeper Agent cover Bleachers' alternative hit "I Wanna Get Better,"…

  19. Exclusive Premiere: King Tuff's 'Danger in the Dark'

    September 03, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ahoy, Tuffy! King Tuff , that is: the Vermont garage-rocker has released his new single, "Danger in the Dark," created for rum giant Captain Morgan 's new advertising campaign, the Tavern Series. Kendrick Lamar-Inspired Short Film to Debut at Sundance's Next Fest Despite…

  20. Disney Reveals 'Frozen Fever' Animated Short Coming in 2015

    September 03, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Fans of  Frozen  don't have to let it go just yet. During Tuesday night's behind-the-scenes special about the making of  Frozen on ABC, Disney revealed the company will release a new animated short,  Frozen Fever ,  in the spring of 2015. Like the original hit film, the short will…

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