1. Nas Talks 'Lost Tapes' Follow-Up at 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Excitement was mounting at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night, as celebrities took a trip down the red carpet and memory lane with the premiere of Time Is Illmatic , the Nas documentary from One9 and Erik Parker . "I actually have a tingling sensation, it's…

  2. Lauren Shera Talks 'Gold and Rust' Album & Relocating to Nashville

    October 01, 2014 7:57 PM EDT Americana-flavored performer Lauren Shera is a recent transplant to Tennessee, having moved to The 615 a couple of years ago from her native California. She stands amazed at how the city has grown in those 24 months. "It's been the perfect change of pace," she tells Billboard…

  3. Five Acts Who Were Snubbed for This Year's Latin Grammy Nominations

    October 01, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Rap duo Calle 13 received nine Latin Grammy nominations for their alt/rap album Multi_Viral when nominees for the nominees for the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards were announced on Sept. 24. That Calle 13 would get tons of nods wasn't really surprising; the duo always does, and in fact…

  4. Krewella Responds to Kris 'Rain Man' Trindl Lawsuit

    October 01, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf assert they did not boot Trindl from the band & urge fans not to pick sides. On Tuesday, news broke about a lawsuit filed by former Krewella producer/DJ Kris Trindl against his ex-bandmates, sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf . Trindl seeks at least $5 million in…

  5. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit the Meters who has won a Grammy Lifetime…

  6. Was 1994 the Best Year for Movie Soundtracks?

    October 01, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Part of grunge's golden era and a crucial turning point for hip-hop, 1994 is often lauded as one of the best years for music, ever. And from cult favorites like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption to blockbusters like Forrest Gump and The Lion King , 1994 is also recognized as a…

  7. Music Companies Not Spared as Stocks Tumble

    October 01, 2014 5:14 PM EDT It was a tough day on Wall Street. Publicly traded music companies fared no better than any other as stocks across the market plunged on Wednesday. Sparked by weak economic data in the United States and Europe, equity markets suffered from widespread selling by investors seeking safer…

  8. Burning Man App Becomes Tool for Hong Kong Protestors

    October 01, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Now into a fifth day of pro-democracy protests that has seen downtown Hong Kong, one of the busiest districts in the world, come to a virtual stand still, demonstrators have been notable for their preparedness. Goggles, face-masks, plastic ponchos and umbrellas have been standard items…

  9. 'Law & Order: SVU' Will Take On Jay Z/Solange Elevator Fight

    October 01, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Apparently even Law & Order: SVU knows that sh** goes down when there's a billion dollars in an elevator. The long-running NBC drama announced that an upcoming episode, "American Disgrace," will depict a fictionalized version of the Jay Z / Solange elevator fight.  The…

  10. U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT By its third album, 1983’s War , U2 had mined its influences and forged the building blocks of its unique sound. These included Bono’s obliquely heroic lyrics, the Edge’s polished-shrapnel guitar riffs, and the charging rhythms of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. On their…

  11. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's 'Cheek To Cheek' Debuts at No. 1

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bennett and Gaga edges out Kenny Chesney, who debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's jazzy new duets album, Cheek To Cheek , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It's the second No. 1 for Bennett and the third for Gaga. The standards album,…

  12. Happy 95th Birthday, Broadcasting! So, What Have You Done For Us Lately?

    October 01, 2014 10:59 AM EDT This month marks the 95th anniversary of radio's first wireless broadcast. On Oct. 17, 1919 -- 24 years after Guglielmo Marconi discovered that radio signals could be sent and received -- Frank Conrad , an engineer at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company's laboratory in…

  13. Former t.A.T.u. Member Lena Katina Returns with ‘Who I Am’: Single Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Lena Katina, best known as one-half of the defunct Russian pop group t.A.T.u. , has spent the past couple years crafting her solo debut in Los Angeles, and is ready to launch her first album's lead single. Listen to the singer’s “Who I Am,” premiering exclusively on Billboard.com: “Who…

  14. Watch Ben Affleck Ruin 'Let It Go' on 'Tonight Show'

    September 30, 2014 10:49 PM EDT Ben Affleck has many skills, but belting out Frozen tunes isn't one of them, much to his son's chagrin. The Gone Girl star and new Batman , who appeared on Monday's Tonight Show , said that his two-year-old son, Samuel, loves the hit Disney film. Affleck tries his best to…

  15. 'American Idol' Alum Didi Benami on Mining Heartbreak for Songwriting Gold

    September 30, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Listen to the season-nine finalist's new song 'Lost at Sea.' American Idol season-nine alum Didi Benami is about to release her proper debut album, Reverie -- the result of a successful PledgeMusic crowdfunding campaign (with proceeds earmarked for Brandon McMillan’s Argus…

  16. Jon Stewart Responds to 'Vicious' One Direction Fans

    September 30, 2014 4:53 PM EDT The Daily Show has responded -- briefly -- to One Direction fans following outcry over a Daily Show segment last week that jokingly mentioned 1D among a bunch of terrorist groups. One Direction fans subsequently demonstrated their total control on social media, trending …

  17. Krewella Mired in Legal Mess Involving DJ's Newfound Sobriety

    September 30, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Yousaf sisters conspired to remove Kris Trindl from the group, says a new lawsuit. The story of Krewella starts out like an American fable: Two sisters and one former boyfriend from a Chicago suburb form a music group and, using some social-media savvy, rocket to fame as headliners of…

  18. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  19. Ticketmaster Enters Qatar, Site of World Cup

    September 30, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Live Nation's Ticketmaster has opened up an office in Qatar, its second entry into the Middle East in two years. The tiny nation of 2 million has a rapidly growing economy and was recently awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup, an event it insists will happen despite concerns about the…

  20. AC, Radio Disney Are All About That (Edited) 'Bass'

    September 30, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Trainor's playful Hot 100 No. 1 is receiving airplay on family-friendly radio … but with reworked lyrics. Chances are you're hearing Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" on the radio, a lot. If it's on a station geared to families, however, you may be hearing…

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