1. Aretha Franklin Album Coming This Month

    September 17, 2014 9:59 PM EDT A rep for Clive Davis has confirmed to  Billboard a new album with Aretha Franklin will be released Sept. 30.  Aretha Franklin Feeling Fit, Ready To Impress at Ohio State Fair According to a Showbiz 411 report Wednesday the album is nearly finished, with Franklin's vocals done and…

  2. Taylor Swift's 6 Best Tumblr Moments -- So Far

    September 17, 2014 6:36 PM EDT I knew you were trouble when you signed on. Red  alert: Popular cheerleader  Taylor Swift  decided to wade in with the weirdos at the lunch table all the way on the other side of the cafeteria and took over her  official Tumblr  this week. 10 Taylor Swift Lyrics That Purr-fectly…

  3. Joy Division Twitter a Surprise to Joy Division's Peter Hook

    September 17, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Since parting ways with New Order in 2007, bassist Peter Hook has been on fairly unfriendly terms with his erstwhile Joy Division /New Order bandmates. Aside from saying the current incarnation of New Order -- which includes three original members -- is "not New Order," Hook…

  4. Jay Z Wants Lawsuit Over Alleged One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    September 16, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Jay Z and Rihanna 's hit song "Run This Town" is in the news again, but this time it doesn't involve Rihanna saying "f-ck you" to a major TV network . As the singer unleashes her fury to CBS for pulling the song from last week's Thursday Night Football, her…

  5. Guest Post: 'Just Trust Us' Is Not Good Enough for Songwriters

    September 16, 2014 1:10 PM EDT "Occasionally, our artist focus puts us in the crosshairs of influential trade industry groups and their corporate members." The Future of Music Coalition responds to an op-ed published last week by the Nat'l Music Publishers Assoc.'s David Israelite. The following is in…

  6. Phil Collins to Headline Miami Benefit Concert, His First Show in 4 Years

    September 15, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Dec. 6 concert will benefit his Little Dreams Foundation. In December, Phil Collins will perform as part of his first bona fide concert in four years at the Fillmore Miami Beach to benefit his Little Dreams Foundation. Adele, Phil Collins Working on New Music Together Collins will headline…

  7. Exclusive: Listen to 'Vampire Diaries' star Michael Malarkey's Song 'Feed the Flames'

    September 15, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Now you can listen to Enzo whenever you want. Vampire Diaries  star Michael Malarkey is set to release a 5-song EP,  Feed the Flames , on Oct. 12; the title track will debut on iTunes Sept. 16. "As far as my songwriting goes, I became infatuated with Tom Waits after graduating high…

  8. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  9. Keith Urban Postpones Concert After Nicole Kidman's Dad Dies

    September 12, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Country star was set to play Washington State Fair on Saturday night. Keith Urban postponed his Washington State Fair appearance following the sudden death of wife Nicole Kidman 's dad . Nicole Kidman's Father Dies in Singapore The country superstar was set to play the fair in…

  10. One Music Fest Executives Talk Talent Scouting & Future of the Brand

    September 12, 2014 5:15 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, One Music Fest returns to Atlanta for its fifth year. The festival has grown to become one of late summer's mandatory activities for music lovers in the Peach State. In fact, many attendees come from far beyond the Georgia state lines -- last year, fans traveled…

  11. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  12. Move Over Elvis: Tiesto to Score Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas

    September 12, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Las Vegas' Bellagio Fountains are about to get "Maximal Crazy," thanks to Tiesto . The electronic music producer will debut a score for the Sin City attraction, which features choreographed water sequences set to lights and music -- usually from the likes of Frank Sinatra and…

  13. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  14. Did Kanye West Dash to the Hospital in Australia?

    September 11, 2014 1:59 AM EDT Reps for Kanye West have no comment on claims that the rapper made an emergency hospital visit while on tour in Australia.  According to various published reports, the 37-year-old was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday just hours before his final Melbourne concert. Rough Version of Kanye…

  15. Vanessa Hudgens Is Coming to Broadway

    September 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Thank heaven for this girl. Vanessa Hudgens is moving from high school musicals to the big leagues. Producers announced Wednesday (Sept. 10) that the High School Musical star will take on the title role in the new production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe 's Gigi , which will…

  16. Warner Music Group Announces Leadership Consolidation

    September 10, 2014 7:00 AM EDT With an eye on innovation in a rapidly changing industry, Warner Music Group has announced a consolidation of all its global business development functions under a single leadership team. Under the new structure, WMG COO Rob Wiesenthal will oversee the company's digital biz-dev efforts…

  17. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  18. Ka-Ching! Cashless Wristbands at Music Fests Mean Big Bucks

    September 08, 2014 5:04 PM EDT On average, 20 percent more is spent when attendees pay with the new wearable technology. The Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, will announce this week that ACL Fest will be the latest major festival offering a cashless option for concessions and merchandise purchases.…

  19. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review

    September 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Jhené Aiko 's songs are intimate conversations, which have flourished since the release of her 2011 mixtape Sailing Soul(s ). Her vocals are lithe enough to seduce, while her sharp lyricism and wordplay are tools to knife through a man's crap. On Aiko's major label debut,…

  20. Twitter Unveils 'In-Tweet' Purchasing; Launches With Brad Paisley, Eminem in Tow

    September 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The social giant will streamline in-stream purchasing for artists with a new "buy" button. A year ago when former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard joined Twitter as the social networking giant's first head of commerce , he told Billboard , "the music industry should be…

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