1. George Hamilton IV, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies at 77

    September 18, 2014 1:50 AM EDT If you look at the career of George Hamilton IV , one might be prone to label him as simply a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry and one of traditional country music’s most durable artists. However, Hamilton -- who passed away Wednesday (Sept. 17) at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77 -- was…

  2. Barbra Streisand Talks Music-Making, Booze, Elvis & Politics

    September 18, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn't a conscious effort to exclude females. "Everyone we asked was ... busy," Streisand said. The performer almost scored one major diva: Beyonce . Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album  …

  3. Mayor Offers Tim McGraw Help to Find Portland, Maine

    September 17, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn't know where it is. And he doesn't want to know, either. The country singer included a song, "Portland, Maine," on his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town , which came out Tuesday. Tim McGraw, ‘Sundown Heaven Town’: Track-by-Track Album…

  4. Gimme Five: Girls' Generation's Tiffany's Favorite Pop Songs Right Now

    September 17, 2014 9:16 PM EDT The big diva vocals, the subtle shifts in harmonies, the on-trend horn-laden production ...not to mention the replay-worthy video: "Holler," the just-released single from Girls' Generation-TTS , is making a play to be one of fall's most addictive K-pop tracks. But what…

  5. Exclusive: Coachella and Firefly Founders Team Up on Joint Venture

    September 17, 2014 5:43 PM EDT The deal brings together Goldenvoice, the U.S.' most successful festival producer, with Red Frog, the company behind our fastest-growing fest. Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events to…

  6. Eric Bellinger's 'Awkward' Reaches Top of Trending 140

    September 17, 2014 5:34 PM EDT On Tuesday Sept.16, Eric Bellinger debuted a new song from his upcoming mixtape, Choose Up Season , titled"Awkward." The track, which features rapper The Game , dons a smooth piano-based melody on which Bellinger's laments a failed relationship. Shortly after its release, …

  7. Ty Bates Talks Self-Titled EP, Classic Country...and 'Saved by the Bell'

    September 17, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Country newcomer Ty Bates says that on the road with his band and crew, some very interesting conversations come up. "We are on the road a lot, so we talk about a lot of different topics. I think Saved by the Bell came up last week, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ," the…

  8. Joy Division Twitter a Surprise to Joy Division's Peter Hook

    September 17, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Since parting ways with New Order in 2007, bassist Peter Hook has been on fairly unfriendly terms with his erstwhile Joy Division /New Order bandmates. Aside from saying the current incarnation of New Order -- which includes three original members -- is "not New Order," Hook…

  9. Reggaeton Star Don Omar Arrested in Puerto Rico

    September 17, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 17) in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence. Authorities said in a statement that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera was detained early Wednesday at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta.…

  10. NOFX's Fat Mike Talks Punk, Drugs & 'Backstage Passport 2'

    September 17, 2014 4:21 PM EDT 'I'm not gonna stop doing coke. Are you crazy?' Fat Mike tells Billboard. There are varying degrees of truthfulness in interviews. There's honest, then there's revealing, then "wow," and finally, "Holy sh--, did they just say that?" NOFX frontman…

  11. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  12. Q&A: Andre Harrell Talks About the Inaugural Revolt Music Conference, State of the Business

    September 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Why Miami? Because Sean Combs wanted to have dinner at his house... natch. From Thursday, October 16th through the 19th in Miami, the first Revolt Music Conference will kick off. The conversation -- and the bar scene -- around the beach that weekend should be lively, with the event set to…

  13. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Tove Lo, The Preatures, Blake Mills, Mapei & More

    September 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT It's (unofficial) Swedish pop appreciation week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, with new songs from Tove Lo (yes, there's much more to her than "Habits"), Erik Hassle and Mapei all getting love from the Billboard staff. We also talk about new tracks from Blake Mills …

  14. Jewel Talks Public Housing, Homelessness & Miley Cyrus' VMAs Date

    September 17, 2014 2:22 PM EDT It's been almost 20 years since Jewel 's iconic debut, Pieces of You, introduced the world to her singular talent. But the singer-songwriter hasn't forgotten her roots, and she's certainly never forgotten the struggles she endured while attempting to make her way in the…

  15. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's All-Female Top Five For Second Week

    September 17, 2014 2:10 PM EDT 0 For a second straight week, women shut out men in the top five, led by Trainor's debut hit 'All About That Bass.' It's all about women in the Billboard Hot 100 's top five again, as Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" heads up an all…

  16. Lecrae Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, new albums by Jhene Aiko and Ryan Adams start in the Top 5. Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the first…

  17. Exclusive: Pioneering YouTube Collagist Kutiman, Millions of Views Later, Is Not In It for the Money

    September 17, 2014 10:53 AM EDT In 2009, Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel was looking for YouTube tutorials he could watch to improve his own playing, when he stumbled across a clip of drummer Bernard Purdie (whose credits include session drumming for James Brown and musical direction for Aretha Franklin ) performing the …

  18. What Would Unity in the Radio Community Look Like?

    September 17, 2014 9:56 AM EDT In 2012, the broadcast group then known as Clear Channel -- now iHeartMedia, though for chronological purposes we'll refer to the company under its previous name -- came to the fall NAB/RAB Radio Show in Dallas on the heels of a deal it had made a few months earlier with Big Machine…

  19. Listen to Alex & Sierra's New Song 'Here We Go'

    September 17, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Just before the plug was pulled on Fox's X Factor in February, boyfriend-girlfriend duo Alex & Sierra made history as the only group to win the U.S. version of the singing competition. Now, seven months later, the couple is about to release its Columbia/Syco debut, It’s About Us on…

  20. Girls' Generation-TTS on Why New 'Holler' EP Represents Their 'Mind, Body and Soul'

    September 16, 2014 6:51 PM EDT 0 The trio get deep on their new video, how they differ from their band mates and why the 'Rihanna, Ciara-type' record is them at their most raw. In early 2012, Girls' Generation-TTS   made Billboard chart history when their  Twinkle  EP became the highest…

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