1. Country Duo The Secret Sisters on Their New Extended Disc and Paying Tribute to The Everly Brothers

    August 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their sound. “We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard. "Dad was big into Crosby,…

  2. One Direction Where We Are Tour Breaks $200 Million in Sales

    August 29, 2014 12:53 PM EDT One Direction is the first touring artist in 2014 to break the $200 million ticket sales barrier based on revenue reported this week from the European and North American legs of its Where We Are world tour. The London-based band heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours with $130 million in…

  3. Exclusive: Kellie Pickler Teases Fifth Album, Talks Meeting Her Idols

    August 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Nashville is a place where dreams have a magical way of coming true, and for a select group of music fans on Saturday night, Kellie Pickler delivered a too-good-to-be true performance for an intimate crowd just south of Music City. In addition to performing, Pickler chatted with Billboard and…

  4. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  5. Exclusive: Chase Rice Talks Making It Despite Label Execs and Critics

    August 15, 2014 6:56 PM EDT This Tuesday marks a momentous date in the life and career of Chase Rice . The singer will release his third full-length disc, Ignite The Night , on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records. It also marks the birth anniversary of his late father, Daniel. Coincidence? Think again. "We…

  6. Simon Cowell Bringing Betty Boop to the Big Screen

    August 15, 2014 2:29 AM EDT Simon Cowell' s Syco Entertainment and Australian digital production house Animal Logic ( Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby ) are bringing Betty Boop back to the big screen. The pair announced Thursday they will develop and produce the cartoon starlet's first music-driven, hybrid…

  7. Exclusive: Kenny Rogers Reflects on Tribute Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 14, 2014 5:20 PM EDT On Friday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil Kenny Rogers: Through The Years , a new exhibit that pays tribute to the legendary entertainer. The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee's career will be celebrated with a wide array of artifacts, including a Tony Alamo denim outfit…

  8. Watch Steven Spielberg's Niece Audition for 'The Voice' Israel

    August 13, 2014 5:25 AM EDT More than two months after teasing its highly anticipated "Hollywood" blind audition, The Voice Israel finally unleashed its star power for season three: Contestant Jessica "Jessy" Katz , niece of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg . The daughter of Playmount…

  9. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour…

  10. Electric Wurms Song Premiere: Hear 'The Bat' from the Flaming Lips Side Project

    August 11, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss their new collaboration, touring possibilities and Miley Cyrus. Wayne Coyne says the Electric Wurms is "mostly Steven's group," referring to his Flaming Lips compatriot Steven Drozd. But Drozd insists that Coyne get his due credit for the…

  11. Lana Del Rey Postpones First Israel Concert

    August 08, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Lana Del Rey has postponed her first-ever concert in Israel due to the hostilities in nearby Gaza. The "West Coast" singer-songwriter was scheduled to perform at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Ground's on Wednesday, Aug. 20. According to the Jerusalem Post , organizers said a…

  12. Bon Jovi Explains Why He's Bidding on Buffalo Bills In New Letter

    August 03, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi is hoping he's written a hit with Buffalo Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto. In a letter published by the Buffalo News on Sunday, Bon Jovi wrote that it's his…

  13. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  14. Neil Young Urges Fans to Boycott Non-Organic Cotton

    August 02, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Neil Young took to his website on Friday to speak out against the purchase of non-organic cotton. The FarmAid co-founder and veteran activist, who has championed environmental, social and aural causes over the years, has vowed to phase the material out of his tour merchandise in favor of 100…

  15. Israel Conflict Turns a Promising Touring Summer Grim, to the Tune of $20 Million

    August 01, 2014 12:27 PM EDT The conflict in Gaza and insurance challenges have made for a cruel summer for promoters. Neil Young and Backstreet Boys have postponed shows -- are Gaga and Lana next? “This looked like it was going to be one of the best summers in Israel’s history when it came to international acts, but now…

  16. Apple's Beats Acquisition Is Complete

    August 01, 2014 11:17 AM EDT Update : Th e Wall Street Journal has reported that Ian Rogers will be leading iTunes Radio following the completion of Apple's acquisition. It's official: Beats is now all Apple's. The companies confirmed the $3 billion acquisition in two separate posts earlier this morning.…

  17. Reports of Significant Layoffs at Beats Following Apple Acquisition

    July 31, 2014 10:03 AM EDT This is a developing story -- Billboard will update as more information becomes available. The merging of Beats into Apple following the latter's $3 billion acquisition of the former has arrived at a difficult stage, as a rumored 200 employees are to be let go from Beats due to…

  18. Brian Eno Addresses Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Passionate Letter on David Byrne’s Website

    July 30, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Brian Eno has shared his feelings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a passionate letter that has been published on David Byrne’s website. “I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno,” Byrne wrote on his site. “I shared it with my office and we all felt a great…

  19. One Direction's Zayn Malik Barraged With Death Threats After '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Within just minutes of going online, a tweet by Zayn Malik managed to cause a storm of Middle East controversy for the One Direction singer Monday. Several weeks into Israel’s deadly military assault on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,000 Palestinians and 50 Israelis killed, Malik tweeted…

  20. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

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