1. Daddy Yankee Drops First English Track: 'This Is Not a Love Song'

    September 09, 2014 12:00 AM EDT Daddy Yankee , one of the most revered rappers in Latin music, has released the uptempo song "This Is Not a Love Song" in English. The Cataracs , who have worked with everyone from Enrique Iglesias to Beyonce , produced the song, which also features newcomer Duncan . There are no…

  2. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  3. Spoon Might Take a Break for Another Divine Fits Record

    September 08, 2014 5:21 PM EDT “If that happens we're probably not going to do another Spoon record for two years,” predicts Jim Eno. he four years leading up to Spoon's new They Want My Soul was the longest gap between any of the group's eight albums and came after some dedicated time off for the band…

  4. How Cancer Reunited The Runaways’ Cherie Currie and Producer Kim Fowley

    September 08, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Once a Sunset Strip scenester of the highest order, nightlife no longer rules legendary Hollywood impresario/producer Kim Fowley , 75, who is currently receiving treatment for an ongoing battle with cancer. But in a strange turn of events, he’s being cared for by Cherie Currie , former…

  5. 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…

  6. Billboard Cover Story Preview: 'The Voice' Coaches Discuss Season Seven & More

    September 08, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Photographed exclusively for Billboard by Smallz + Raskind The four superstar coaches from The Voice will grace the cover of Billboard ahead the singing competition show’s upcoming season seven, which premieres Sept. 22 on NBC. 'The Voice' Season 7 Trailer Features Gwen Stefani,…

  7. Jay Park Showcases His Rapping & Singing 'Evolution' on Strong Sophomore LP

    September 06, 2014 8:40 PM EDT The Seattle-bred star shines on hip-hop bangers, R&B ballads and, most notably, on his Michael Jackson-inspired new single. At SXSW earlier this year , Jay Park declared he wanted  to "switch people's perspective about K-pop" in 2014. The singer/rapper's long…

  8. Country Legend Ronnie Milsap Releasing 21-Disc Box Set

    September 05, 2014 5:37 PM EDT This fall promises to be a monumental one for Ronnie Milsap . Next week will see the Academy of Country Music give him a Career Achievement Award at the ACM Honors ceremony in Nashville, and in October, the singer will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame's 2014 class,…

  9. Watch Jeezy & Future Perform 'No Tears' With The Roots on 'Tonight Show'

    September 05, 2014 10:08 AM EDT Jeezy also pays tribute to Joan Rivers during his performance Jeezy is out promoting a new studio album, Seen It All: The Autobiography , one of hip-hop’s most anticipated releases of 2014. On Sept. 4, he stopped by The Tonight Show for a one-of-a-kind performance of album cut “No Tears.”…

  10. Hip-Hop Activist Talib Kweli on Ferguson: 'There Needs to Be an All-Out Revolution' to Change Racism

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT I am a child of the civil rights movement. My parents met in 1969. They attended New York University together and protested the Vietnam War. My mother got into NYU thanks to a scholarship that was established in Dr. Martin Luther King’s name the year that he was murdered. Because my parents…

  11. Watch Meghan Trainor & The Roots Do 'All About That Bass' With Classroom Instruments

    September 05, 2014 9:45 AM EDT At this point, we can all agree that The Tonight Show 's best segment is musicians coming on and performing their hits with classroom instruments alongside Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, right? Another installment of the winning series took place last night, with Meghan Trainor stopping by…

  12. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  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. SOJA and the American Reggae Movement: D.C. Band Makes 'Noise' With Highest Debut

    September 04, 2014 1:22 PM EDT "I wanted to be Bob Marley since the first time I saw a picture of him and I still do; what I mean by that is conscious music needs to have a spotlight on it and he did that bigger than anyone who ever lived," explained Jacob Hemphill , lead singer/songwriter of the Washington D.C.…

  15. Obama Immigration Policy Rooted in John Lennon Deportation Case

    September 04, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Imagine. The argument over President Barack Obama 's legal authority to defer deportations begins 42 years ago with a bit of hashish, a dogged lawyer and, yes, John Lennon and Yoko Ono . President Richard Nixon was seeking re-election, "American Pie" was leading the pop charts…

  16. Interpol Plays Deep Cuts & 'El Pintor' at 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Temple

    September 03, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Interpol claims NYU roots, called Manhattan home before the Brooklyn scene became trendy, and eventually played Madison Square Garden while signed to Capitol Records. But if New York is your home turf, you’ve never quite seen it all. Primed to releasing their first new album in four years,…

  17. 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…

  18. Garth Brooks Releases Comeback Single 'People Loving People'

    September 03, 2014 10:15 AM EDT As the 2014 CMA nominations were revealed Wednesday morning, one of country's biggest stars released his first solo single since 2008, "People Loving People," to country radio. After spending more than a decade away from music, Garth Brooks is officially launching his comeback.…

  19. A2IM Names Molly Neuman VP, Jen Masset Promoted to Senior Director Membership Services

    September 02, 2014 9:37 PM EDT American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced a number of new staff changes that include the promotion of Jennifer Masset to senior director membership services and the addition of three new employees, including new vp Molly Neuman. The new team members will help to build…

  20. Hot 100 Record-Breaker Fred Stobaugh, 97, Returns With New Song

    September 02, 2014 1:05 PM EDT After becoming the senior-most artist ever to appear on the Hot 100 last year, the beloved songwriter releases follow-up 'Took Her Home,' a second tribute to his late love, Lorraine A year ago this month, "Oh Sweet Lorraine" spent a week on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 42.…

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