1. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  2. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit

    September 16, 2014 5:36 PM EDT This weekend marks the Second Annual Bone Appetit -- an event that benefits Downtown Dogs Group, a no-kill animal rescue organization based in Jackson, Tenn. In addition to celebrating our furry friends, the event also features a lot of food and a lot of music. The event is catered by many of…

  3. Bob Geldof, Eddie Izzard Plead for Scotland to Remain Part of U.K.

    September 16, 2014 12:23 PM EDT "The United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age," the singer tells a rally in London. Music star Bob Geldof and comedian Eddie Izzard were among those who attended a London rally organized Monday by the "Let's Stay Together" campaign, which is…

  4. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn Mural

    September 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT That Arcade Fire mural that popped up in Brooklyn? Tracy Maurice was behind that, too. Sept. 14 marked the 10-year anniversary of Arcade Fire’s Funeral , an album that changed alternative music as we know it. Billboard already gushed about its greatness in this classic track-by-track review ,…

  5. GWAR Discusses Oderus Urungus and the Carnage to Come on the Eternal Tour

    September 13, 2014 5:40 PM EDT "We’ll kill everybody that gets in our way" The guys in GWAR put most method actors to shame. During our very twisted and funny conversation with the grotesquely masked metal band backstage at Chicago’s Riot Fest on Friday (Sept. 14), it was nearly impossible to get the members…

  6. Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne . Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates Funeral ,…

  7. Neil Young Is Back on the 'Human Highway' With Recut Film

    September 11, 2014 8:08 PM EDT The rocker addressed a Toronto Film Festival audience at 'Director's Cut' premiere. "Boy, did I go for a big trip," says Neil Young 's character at one point in the film Human Highway , a line that just about sums up the viewing experience of the singer's…

  8. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  9. 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…

  10. Hear One of Joan Rivers' Final Interviews

    September 08, 2014 5:18 PM EDT When Joan Rivers died last week at age 81 , the world lost the rare comedy legend who never slowed down over the course of a five-decade career. Just this past July, the caustic comic stopped by SiriusXM to discuss everything from her '60s comedy peers to one-liners written on scraps of…

  11. TuneCore Opens Nashville Office, Hires Shelby Kennedy to Run It

    September 08, 2014 12:32 PM EDT TuneCore is planting roots in Music City. The digital music distribution and publishing company announced Monday it will open a Nashville office with newly hired Shelby Kennedy at the helm as vice president of entertainment relations. Kennedy is a well-known figure in Nashville, having…

  12. Roger Waters Discusses Emotional Anti-War Documentary ‘The Wall’ at TIFF

    September 07, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "It has a more universal message, which is passionately anti-war," Roger Waters says. If a concert film can be emotional and even require a tissue, Roger Waters The Wall is it. Roger Waters Premieres His New Doc at Toronto International Film Festival Roger Waters , the Pink Floyd…

  13. Arcade Fire, Wiz Khalifa and More Look to Groupon, LivingSocial to Sell Concert Tickets

    September 05, 2014 12:07 PM EDT Websites like Groupon have become the go-to place for folks looking for that half-off deal on a manicure, a two-for-one offer for a fancy dinner or that all-inclusive trip that won't break the bank. But increasingly, it's also becoming the place for music fans to scoop up deep…

  14. Exclusive Song Premiere: Legendary Musician Herb Alpert's New Single 'Sneaky'

    September 03, 2014 10:00 AM EDT With a career that stretches almost six decades and includes nine Grammy wins, Herb Alpert continues to be a prolific music-maker at the age of 79. On Sept. 30, the legendary trumpet player and producer will release his upcoming disc,  In the Mood , a collection of songs featuring his take on…

  15. 2014 CMA Awards Nominations Revealed on 'GMA'

    September 03, 2014 8:23 AM EDT Check out the full list of CMA nominees On Wednesday morning in Times Square, Little Big Town and Darius Rucker took over ABC's Good Morning America to reveal the 2014 Country Music Association Awards nominees. As you might expect, the CMA nominees are some of the absolute biggest names…

  16. David Anderle, A&R for Frank Zappa, Beach Boys & More, Dies at 77

    September 02, 2014 8:27 PM EDT David Anderle , the A&R executive who worked with Frank Zappa , the Beach Boys , Sheryl Crow and Aaron Neville during a 35-year career, died Monday of cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 77. A classmate of Herb Alpert and Lou Adler at Fairfax High School, Anderle served his longest…

  17. Ryan Star Video Exclusive: Watch The 'Bullet' Premiere

    August 29, 2014 11:39 AM EDT Earlier this year, alt-rock mainstay Ryan Star returned with Angels + Animals , a new album highlighted by the reflective single "Bullet." Check out the official music video to "Bullet," premiering exclusively on Billboard.com, below: Directed by Joshua Butler, the…

  18. U.K. Group Rallies Musicians, Writers and Performers to Fight Government Cuts

    August 29, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Newly formed U.K. protest group Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity are calling on musicians, writers, artists and performers to voice their opposition against government cuts in public and voluntary services.     Over 500 people working in the creative arts have so far signed up to the…

  19. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  20. Watch Arcade Fire and David Byrne Cover Suicide at Brooklyn Show

    August 25, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Arcade Fire’s Reflektor tour continued to trot out distinguished guests Aug. 24, as the indie rock collective welcomed former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to the stage. Byrne -- who obeyed Arcade Fire’s dress code by wearing a tuxedo -- joined the band for a cover of Suicide’s “Dream…

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