1. Jody Gerson Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Group

    August 01, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Jody Gerson will assume the reins of power at Universal Music Publishing Group beginning Jan. 1, when she joins that company as chairman/CEO. She replaces Zach Horowitz , who led the company for the past two years. In naming Gerson, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has tapped…

  2. DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen Dies At 35

    August 01, 2014 5:55 AM EDT New York-based DJ and electronic music producer Jeffrey Tonnesen has died unexpected at the age of 35. Tonnesen was a familiar face behind the decks at New York’s top-end nightclubs, and he was equally at home playing for the catwalks; his blue-chip fashion clients included Prada, Tiffanys…

  3. Waka Flocka Flame, '0 to 100 (Freestyle)': Exclusive Video Premiere & Q&A

    July 31, 2014 11:50 AM EDT 'Drake deserves a Grammy for '0 to 100,'' Waka tells The Juice. After turning heads with feature appearances on Flosstradamus ' "TTU (Too Turnt Up)," DJ Scream's "Always" and Steve Aoki 's "Rage the Night Away," Waka Flocka…

  4. Lollapalooza Preview: C3's Charlies Jones Talks Repeat Headliners, 10th Anniversary & More

    July 30, 2014 3:08 PM EDT As Lollapalooza in Chicago approaches its 10th anniversary, there's still one tradition that Charlie Jones of C3 Presents, which produces the annual music festival, looks forward to most each year. Lollapalooza 2014: Wall-to-Wall Coverage from Billboard "One of my favorite parts of…

  5. Lily Allen No Longer Involved With 'Bridget Jones' Musical

    July 30, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Dear Diary: We aren't pleased. A moment of silence for what could have been: Lily Allen is no longer writing the music for the upcoming  Bridget Jones's Diary  musical.  Related Australian Police Investigating Prank Photo of Lily Allen in Handcuffs: Report Miley Cyrus To Bring Lily…

  6. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Welcomes Baby Girl

    July 29, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Congratulations are in order for Maynard James Keenan, the frontman for Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, who announced on Tuesday the birth of his daughter. A Perfect Circle's Best-of Collection 'Nice, Nostalgic Walk Down Memory Lane,' Guitarist Says The musician and his…

  7. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  8. It's Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere 'Anything Goes' Video

    July 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The main G.U.Y. in Lady Gaga's life these days? Tony Bennett.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made their long-in-the-works project official today, announcing the album  Cheek to Cheek --  a collection of jazz standards including "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),"…

  9. Beck, Jenny Lewis & Conor Oberst: Watch Their Late Night Performances

    July 29, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Beck puts his comedy skills to the test with Stephen Colbert A trio of indie rock standbys gave their fans reason to flip through the channels Monday night just before bedtime. Grabbing the biggest spotlight was Beck, who appeared on Colbert Report for an interview and a two-song performance.…

  10. Singer-Songwriter Dale Watson: Trucking Music Isn't Dead

    July 28, 2014 4:20 PM EDT If you're thinking of calling Dale Watson a country singer, think again. On the cover of the singer-songwriter's recently released 3-CD box set entitled  The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy  is a sticker that says “File Under Ameripolitan.” So, what exactly does that mean? “I don’t even…

  11. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  12. 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 .…

  13. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Avicii, Dillon Francis, Kygo & More

    July 26, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Tomorrowland kicked off its second weekend honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary on Friday (July 25). Boasting one of the deepest talent pools and arguably the most impressive production value that dance music has to offer, Tomorrowland is an immersive and at times overwhelming experience…

  14. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  15. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  16. 'Get On Up' Star Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

    July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things "one step at a time," his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic's debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater. To play James Brown, the…

  17. Nashville Rockers Sol Cat Happy to Call Music City Their Home

    July 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Nashville Dancin', the summer concert series in downtown Nashville, is starting to wind down its Thursday night run with shows over the next two weeks. This upcoming week's line-up includes Space Capone, Lettuce and Music City's own Sol Cat. The band's vocalist Brett…

  18. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  19. Gregg Allman Biopic Filmmakers Say Crew Member's Death "Was Not a Crime"

    July 18, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The producer-director duo behind the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” have broken their silence following the entering of a not guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing . “In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people…

  20. Teen Metal Band Just Signed to Sony Now Releasing Book

    July 18, 2014 9:12 AM EDT The teen metal band Unlocking the Truth, which recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony , plans to release a book next year. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group (USA), said Friday that it would publish a book written by the Brooklyn trio chronicling the…

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