1. Exclusive: Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli Talks Bob Dylan, New Tour & 'Gentlemen' at 21

    September 08, 2014 10:00 AM EDT No list of the best '90s albums is complete without the Afghan Whigs ' Gentlemen . Released in 1993 on Elektra after two albums on Sub Pop, the band’s major label debut escalated the Cincinnati group into the elite of the alternative world. It was a raw and provocative collection…

  2. One Direction Reveal New Album 'Four,' Release Free Song (for 24 Hours Only)

    September 08, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Big news for One Direction fans: The prolific boy band revealed their fourth album in three years, simply titled Four , is coming Nov. 17 via Syco/Colombia Records. The news comes with a free download of a new song, "Fireproof," available for just 24 hours right here . "…

  3. 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…

  4. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

  5. Placido Domingo’s L.A. Opera Contract Extended

    September 06, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Placido Domingo 's contract as general director of the Los Angeles Opera has been extended through the 2018-19 season. Placido Domingo to Close-Out London's iTunes Festival The 73-year-old tenor became artistic consultant to the company in 1984 and was artistic director from 2001-03…

  6. Juanes Reflects on His Past, Plots His Future

    September 05, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Latin superstar discusses his earliest L.A. memories, new album plans and more For Colombian superstar Juanes , playing the first Los Angeles edition of the Budwesier Made In America festival last weekend brought back a lot of memories. “Here my solo career started, so for me to come back…

  7. 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': Film Review

    September 05, 2014 1:25 AM EDT David Lynch has had some strange musical bedfellows over the years, but few of his partners seem more unlikely than Duran Duran , whose glamorous synth-rock falls nowhere on the spectrum between the ethereal dreaminess of his Twin Peaks mode or the industrial creepzone he has explored more…

  8. U2 Not Launching a New iPhone, But A New Album?

    September 04, 2014 6:29 PM EDT As rumors began swirling -- and later denied by the band themselves -- that U2 would be debuting its next album on the soon-to-launch iPhone 6, signs are still looking favorable that the long-anticipated project could still arrive sometime this fall. As Interscope chairman John Janick…

  9. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  10. Brothers Osborne Talk 'Rum,' Growing Up Musical & Opening for Eric Church

    September 04, 2014 4:59 PM EDT With their self-titled debut EP dropping Sept. 9 and "Rum" climbing the Billboard Country Songs chart, newcomers Brothers Osborne are sporting smiles these days. "To work so long on the music and to finally have something that people can listen to is great," T.J. Osborne…

  11. 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…

  12. 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 …

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. Former Universal Exec Admits to Stealing $1M From Label

    September 04, 2014 9:56 AM EDT Duncan Schwier , a former production exec at Universal Music, admitted in a British court this week to syphoning more than £640,000 (USD $1 million) from the major label. Using falsified invoices, Schwier directed money to nonexistent companies for more than a decade. The court was told that…

  16. Selling 'Used' Digital Music Proves Troublesome for Two ReDigi Executives

    September 03, 2014 8:13 PM EDT CEO John Ossenmacher and CTO Larry Rudolph can't escape an ongoing copyright lawsuit Remember ReDigi, the upstart digital company that stirred excitement with a business model around letting consumers buy and sell previously purchased tracks on iTunes? There's more bad news for…

  17. Country Newcomer Danika Portz Talks Eclectic Influences: Katy Perry, Dolly Parton & The Circus

    September 03, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Danika Portz's debut single "Greatest Show On Earth" definitely qualifies as one of the most unique country singles this summer. The dramatic, haunting melody is underscored by the fact that the Iowa native simply sounds like nobody else in Nashville these days, especially on a…

  18. FCC's Open Internet Comments Overhwelmingly In Favor of Net Neutrality

    September 03, 2014 11:05 AM EDT % of comments were in favor of maintaing net neutrality. An analysis of over 800,000 comments submitted so far to the FCC's Open Internet forum debating the regulation of Internet service providers reveals a heavy use of form letters and an unsurprisingly robust opposition to ending…

  19. Ariana Grande Nabs Second No. 1 Album In Less Than A Year

    September 03, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Meanwhile, Brad Paisley and Kem enjoy Top 5 debuts below "My Everything." As reported earlier , Ariana Grande has scored her second No. 1 album in less than a year, as her new release, My Everything , opens atop the Billboard 200 .   The album, which was released Aug. 25, sold…

  20. Chrissy Amphlett ‘Lane’ Gets the Go Ahead

    September 03, 2014 5:33 AM EDT The late Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett will have a lane named after her in the heart of Melbourne. The city's soon-to-become Amphlett Lane sits off Little Bourke St near Spring St and backs onto the recently closed Palace Theatre where Amphlett and the Divinyls played. Currently the…

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