1. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  2. One Direction's Niall Horan Turns 21: Who Wished Him A Happy Birthday?

    September 13, 2014 5:37 PM EDT One Direction singer Niall Horan is having a big week. Not only did 1D's latest song, "Fireproof," score 1.1 million downloads in 24 hours, but he also just turned 21 on Sept. 13. Thank you all so much for your birthday wishes , 21 aye ? Jesus ! Can't believe the love you…

  3. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  4. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  5. Gloria Estefan Tribute Planned at Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    September 11, 2014 5:23 PM EDT When Gloria Estefan is inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame on Oct. 18, her peers, including Ednita Nazario and Jon Secada , will pay tribute to the Latin superstar. Gloria Estefan Among 2014 Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees Nazario and Secada will celebrate Estefan in a…

  6. Carlos Vives to Play for 200,000+ Fans During Five-City Colombia Tour

    September 11, 2014 4:25 PM EDT Two years ago, Colombian folk/pop fusion master Carlos Vives had no label, no tour and hadn't released an album in nearly a decade. What a difference a year makes. Carlos Vives & Marc Anthony Team for Tropical No. 1 In 2013, Vives released Corazón Profundo under a new label, Sony…

  7. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

  8. Simon Le Bon on David Lynch's 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': 'It's Quite Bizarre'

    September 11, 2014 12:44 AM EDT The video-driven 1980s band Duran Duran -- which "made MTV," as VJ Martha Quinn has said -- will screen David Lynch's new cut of his 2011 film Duran Duran: Unstaged in about 300 U.S. theaters. The one-night-only event will take place Sept. 10, presented by Screenvision in…

  9. Broadway Will Dim Lights for Joan Rivers After All

    September 09, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Cyndi Lauper & other celebs fought to reverse Broadway League's decision. In the end, Broadway's leaders saw the light -- and decided to turn them off. Joan Rivers' Funeral: Howard Stern Gives Eulogy & Audra McDonald Sings   The Broadway League, which represents theater…

  10. Broadway Won't Dim Lights for Joan Rivers

    September 08, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Late comedian was nominated for a Tony in 1994. Despite being a long champion of New York theater, Joan Rivers will not be memorialized by the dimming of Broadway's lights. Hear One of Joan Rivers' Final Interviews The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers,…

  11. Simone Battle's Death Ruled a Suicide

    September 08, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The death of girl group singer Simone Battle was ruled a suicide by hanging, authorities said. G.R.L.'s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull & Simon Cowell The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, Los Angeles…

  12. Sam Smith Reclaims U.K. No. 1 with 'In The Lonely Hour'

    September 08, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) regained the top spot on the U.K. album chart, where it debuted in June, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its new sales data Sunday (Sept. 7). Lilly Wood and Robin Schulz’s “Prayer In C” (Atlantic/Warner Music) withstood the challenge…

  13. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull, Simon Cowell

    September 06, 2014 7:27 PM EDT In the wake of the news of G.R.L.'s Simon Battle's death, many of those closest to her have expressed their sadness over her reported suicide . Everyone from her fellow G.R.L. members to music producers to fellow performers have taken to social media to react to her death. Two of…

  14. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Dies at 25

    September 06, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Law enforcement sources reportedly say she was found hanging and the death appears to be suicide. G.R.L. member Simone Battle has died at the age of 25, Billboard has confirmed. G.R.L. Drops 'Ugly Heart' Single: Listen Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5. A…

  15. 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…

  16. '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…

  17. Garth Brooks' 'People' Poised for Strong Country Airplay Chart Debut

    September 04, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The format icon returns with 'People Loving People,' which is set for a lofty launch. Garth Brooks prepares to make a head-turning debut on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-fueled Country Airplay chart with "People Loving People," his first proper radio single in six years.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. Passenger on Tour: Behind-the-Scenes Q&A and Exclusive Live Performance

    September 02, 2014 12:00 PM EDT English singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger , is in the midst of his biggest headlining tour to date, supporting his acclaimed new album Whispers . His earnest folk-rock tunes have enchanted sold-out crowds across America, and our cameras caught up…

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