1. The Top Five Artists Who Could (Successfully) Drop a Surprise Album

    August 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT It's not just about popularity, but the mechanics of the modern record business. What other acts could follow Beyonce and her surprise self-titled album release last December? Well, just about anybody. But who could do it and find tremendous success — like Beyonce ? (2 million sold in…

  2. Bob Seger Reveals Release Date for 'Ride Out'

    August 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Bob Seger will be releasing Ride Out , his first new album in eight years -- and possibly his final studio album ever -- on Oct. 14. The set follows 2006's platinum-certified  Face The Promise , which broke an 11-year drought, though Seger has also released new music on the interim…

  3. Paul McCartney Closes San Francisco’s Candlestick Park

    August 18, 2014 1:14 AM EDT San Francisco said goodbye on Thursday to Candlestick Park -- the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. The storied venue shut down after an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney that finished around midnight. It will then…

  4. Paul Giamatti to Star in 'Straight Outta Compton' as N.W.A Manager

    August 16, 2014 11:31 AM EDT The actor will play Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller Paul Giamatti has closed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton , The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The actor will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. Casting Company Apologizes for…

  5. Elvis Presley & Madonna: The Day the Music Died, and Was Born

    August 16, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Today, Aug. 16, marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop (happy 56th birthday!) and lost the King of Rock & Roll Today marks the date that we welcomed the Queen of Pop and lost the King of Rock & Roll. Madonna was born Aug. 16, 1958. As we celebrate the Material Girl's…

  6. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Keeps Bounding

    August 15, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The song achieves a feat last managed almost two decades ago. Plus, a new (literally) Katy Perry fan spurs a rebound for 'Dark Horse.' As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Rude" and Charli XCX charges into the top 10 with "…

  7. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

  8. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  9. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM 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  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  10. 'American Idol' Alum Josh Gracin, Feared to Have Committed Suicide, Is Alive

    August 15, 2014 3:21 AM EDT In an increasingly disturbing trend, another American Idol alum was thought to have died unexpectedly, until police found the former contestant alive, if not so well. Josh Gracin , who competed on season two of the Fox show, left a disturbing note on his Facebook page on Aug. 14 (screen…

  11. Bob Seger Drops Studio Version of John Hiatt's "Detroit Made"

    August 14, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Bob Seger took a step closer to a new album -- which would be his first since 2006's Face the Promise -- with the release of a new song on Thursday. Seger released a cover of John Hiatt 's "Detroit Made" -- the opening song on his spring 2013 tour -- to radio stations,…

  12. Midge Ure Album Premiere: Stream 'Fragile' Now

    August 14, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Midge Ure calls Fragile , the former Ultravox leader's first new release in more than a decade, "the type of album I needed a lifetime in music to create." And there was some bumpy terrain leading up to it. Listen to Fragile in full, exclusively on Billboard.com: "It'…

  13. Michael Jackson’s ‘A Place With No Name’ Premieres On Twitter: Watch

    August 14, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson’s latest video has premiered on Twitter.  The promo for “A Place With No Name” was tweeted overnight from the late pop star's official account. A message tells Jackson’s 1.5 million followers, “It’s time! The first ever premiere of "A Place With No Name" right…

  14. Broadway to Dim Lights for Robin Williams

    August 13, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Comedy legend co-starred in Mike Nichols' 'Waiting for Godot' with Steve Martin. Memorials for Robin Williams have been created in Hollywood, Boston , Boulder and San Francisco , and on Wednesday night, New York City will pay tribute to the late actor. The marquees of Broadway…

  15. Brazil's Controversial World Cup Stadiums Poised to Expand Its Touring Market

    August 13, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Brazil spent $4 billion to build or renovate 12 stadiums in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, a move that, like the rest of the country's soccer spending spree, generated more jeers than cheers. While a few of these stadiums will get some action during the 2016 Summer Olympics,…

  16. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  17. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

  18. Emma Stone in Talks to Perform in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 13, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Emma Stone , who last year abandoned appearing in the Broadway revival of "Cabaret," might still be in need of fishnets and a bowler hat. Roundabout Theatre Company said Monday that Stone is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. She would take over from…

  19. Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

    August 12, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Hollywood's icon of cool won two Tonys for best actress in a musical. Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has…

  20. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

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