1. Exclusive: Zac Brown’s Label Partners With John Varvatos Records, Republic & Big Machine

    September 20, 2014 1:41 PM EDT After spending the last year as a free agent, Zac Brown ’s Southern Ground Artists has found a new label home -- a strategic partnership with Universal’s John Varvatos Records, Big Machine Label Group and Republic Records. iHeartRadio Fest 2014: Photos Live from Las Vegas! The deal will…

  2. Chris Brown Set for Sixth Straight Top 10 Album

    September 19, 2014 8:39 PM EDT Also heading for the Billboard 200's top 10: Barbra Streisand, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Train & Slash. Chris Brown is on the verge of earning his sixth consecutive top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- his entire output of releases. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top…

  3. Big & Rich Look Back on 10 Years as They Go Indie for New Album 'Gravity'

    September 19, 2014 6:10 PM EDT has been a year of renewed energy for Big & Rich . As their current single, "Look At You," sits at No. 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart , they're not only gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album, Gravity -- they're looking back on 10 years of Big…

  4. Quotes of the Week: What Did Jay Z Say About Conceiving Blue Ivy?

    September 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT "It's special to us because we got engaged here and this is where baby Blue was conceived." The rapper Jay Z explaining what Paris, where he and wife Beyonce wrapped their On the Run Tour, means to them. "People ... always want to think we're in a boxing match, that…

  5. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column)

    September 19, 2014 3:23 PM EDT 'They might as well be selling Buicks,' writes the host of KCSN's morning show. U2 has always been about messages. In the band's early days in Dublin, beginning with the 1980 album Boy and its hit single "I Will Follow," they openly addressed Bono and the Edge…

  6. Happy Release Day! Now Watch a Dude Drop His Brand-New iPhone 6

    September 19, 2014 2:14 PM EDT "It was a bit scary." It's being called the iPhone fumble seen 'round the world.* In less than a day, millions have watched 18-year-old Jack Cooksey drop the first purchased iPhone 6 outside an Apple store in Perth, Australia. The excruciating moment occurred moments…

  7. Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format

    September 18, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Updated: 10:26 A.M., Sept. 18. Those hints that U2 dropped last week -- "We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed" -- seem to be more than just a promotional posture.…

  8. 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…

  9. Jeff Healey, The Band Among Canada Walk of Fame Inductees

    September 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The late Jeff Healey , the blind blues-rock singer who played guitar on his lap, and The Band , which featured Canadians  Robbie Robertson , Rick Danko , Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel , as well as American Levon Helm , are the two musical honorees to be inducted into Canada's Walk of…

  10. Jeff Healey, The Band Among Canada Walk of Fame Inductees

    September 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The late Jeff Healey , the blind blues-rock singer who played guitar on his lap, and The Band , which featured Canadians  Robbie Robertson , Rick Danko , Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel , as well as American Levon Helm , are the two musical honorees to be inducted into Canada's Walk of…

  11. Tim Dog's Death Confirmed After Faked-Death Reports

    September 16, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Last year, movie-worthy rumors swirled around the rapper Tim Dog . Although a number of outlets reported that he had died in February 2013, it was very difficult to locate any concrete evidence of this fact. Due to his involvement in a fraud scheme that led to a 2011 conviction -- and a…

  12. Tim McGraw, ‘Sundown Heaven Town’: Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 16, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Tim McGraw has scored more than 50 top 10 hits on Billboard's Country Airplay chart during the last 20 years. On Sept. 16, the singer rolls out Sundown Heaven Town , his 13th studio album. On the disc,  co-produced by McGraw and longtime collaborator  Byron Gallimore,  the singer…

  13. 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…

  14. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  15. Apple Shows You How to Remove That Free U2 Album

    September 15, 2014 3:27 PM EDT It’s a beautiful day for iTunes users who were upset to find a U2 album in their library last week. Apple has launched a one-click support website allowing dissatisfied users to permanently remove U2’s Songs of Innocence less than a week after the company gifted the set to 500 million iTunes…

  16. Lorde Dazzles at New York City's Pier 97, Covers Kanye West & Bon Iver

    September 15, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Lorde is at a crossroads. A lot of kids her age are drifting between high school and college; Ella Yelich-O'Connor likely fancies herself sort of like Kanye West between College Dropout and Late Registration . On tour with Majical Cloudz, she’s in a space where she can still bask in the…

  17. Watch Tim Cook Talk Beats Music, Apple Watch & Steve Jobs' Untouched Office on 'Charlie Rose'

    September 15, 2014 12:49 PM EDT Following the unveiling of the new Apple Watch , CEO Tim Cook sat down with Charlie Rose on his PBS talk show last week for a wide-ranging discussion about the company's newest gadget, plus the state of television and why he green lit the purchase of Beats. Part one of the interview…

  18. Tim McGraw on Autotune, Acting and Why He & Faith Hill Are Not Like Jay Z & Beyonce: 'We Don't Really Pay That Much Attention to It'

    September 15, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Tim McGraw can put a time stamp on the moment his hustle began. Twenty years ago, the country kingpin, now 47, scored his first Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Not a Moment Too Soon" (Curb), and he hasn't let up since -- even four of his greatest-hits albums crowned the Country…

  19. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  20. 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…

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