1. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  2. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  3. Watch Beck Cover George Harrison's 'Wah-Wah' on 'Conan'

    September 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It’s George Harrison Week on Conan and Beck kicked things off with a cover of the All Things Must Pass song “Wah-Wah.” Beck’s backing band is about as tight as the main man’s leather jacket, so we’re getting a skillfully faithful cover here. It doesn’t pack as much Wall of Sound punch as…

  4. Rita Ora to Replace Kylie Minogue as Coach on U.K.'s 'The Voice'

    September 23, 2014 5:16 AM EDT Rita Ora , who has worked with such brands as Adidas, is joining the BBC's U.K. version of singing competition The Voice as the fourth coach on the upcoming fourth season. Kylie Minogue this year had filled that spot, but was widely expected not to continue on the show and quit this…

  5. Wu-Tang Clan & Lil’ Kim Reign in Brooklyn: Live Review

    September 22, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Nostalgia was the selling point at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sept. 19, when hip-hop magazine The Source held its inaugural SOURCE360 variety concert to commemorate its 25th anniversary. While relative newcomers Curren$y and Dom Kennedy opened the evening, it was the electric sets…

  6. Snoop Dogg & Doug E Fresh Highlight BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 21, 2014 10:29 AM EDT DJ Mustard won Producer of the Year and Future's song "Move That Dope" took home Best Club Banger award. With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence. The rapper dubbed "The Human Beat Box" choked up and…

  7. Emerging Picks of the Week: Death From Above 1979, James Bay & More

    September 19, 2014 2:36 PM EDT As we move into autumn, we've rounded up our favorite tracks that have gained on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Our first three picks capture an international scope, featuring performers from Canada, Australia and Great Britain (with Scotland still intact). And, just…

  8. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  9. Beyonce and Jay Z's Rumor-Filled Summer: A Timeline

    September 18, 2014 3:50 PM EDT It’s been one crazy (in love?) summer for  Beyonce  and  Jay Z . For a long time, they had been pros at keeping their six-year marriage mostly out of the public spotlight, but summer 2014 will be remembered in the pop culture world as the moment the whole thing almost came tumbling down.…

  10. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  11. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg, Common, DJ Mustard, YG Among Performers Set For BET Hip Hop Awards

    September 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Doug E. Fresh named 2014 I Am Hip Hop Icon Award honoree With his return engagement as host of BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 announced earlier, Snoop Dogg is now also set to perform. He will be joined by a high-wattage confirmed performer lineup that includes Common , Birdman , DJ Premier , DJ…

  12. Conan O'Brien Sets George Harrison Week on TBS Show

    September 15, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tribute is timed to the release of the "George Harrison: The Apple Years" reissue The late George Harrison is getting a weeklong tribute on TBS' Conan. George Harrison to be Honored by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones at 'George Fest' Benefit Concert Timed to the release of…

  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. Gucci Mane Pleads Guilty to Assault

    September 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Prosecutors say Gucci Mane has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for attacking a fan at an Atlanta nightclub. Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones says the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty Monday (Sept. 15) to hitting a man in…

  15. Watch ‘Weird Al,’ Conan O'Brien Sing at 'The Simpsons' 25th Anniversary Live Show

    September 13, 2014 3:49 PM EDT America's favorite yellow family was feted with songs, a red suit and lots of inflatable donuts. If Mr. Burns were in attendance at the live "The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl" show Friday (Sept. 12), he might have referred to the show as "excellent." '…

  16. Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to Play Star-Studded Bridge School Benefit

    September 12, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Pearl Jam , Tom Jones and Soundgarden will be among the typically all-star cast at this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young . The iconic singer-songwriter will also perform at the annual event, which will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at the…

  17. 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 include…

  18. 'Simpsons' Producer Al Jean Dishes on Show's Best Musical Moments

    September 12, 2014 3:00 PM EDT To close out The Simpsons binge-fest of all 552 episodes on FXX last month, the Hollywood Bowl is dedicating three nights to the beloved animated series. From Sept. 12-14, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will be accompanied by stars like Conan O'Brien , “Weird Al” Yankovic ,…

  19. Mac Wiseman Talks 'Songs From My Mother's Hand,' Merle Haggard Duet Album & More

    September 11, 2014 6:58 PM EDT There is no false advertising with the title of Mac Wiseman 's latest album, Songs From My Mother's Hand . "All of the material on this CD are from old composition books where my mother copied lyrics from listening to a live radio program back in the late '20s and early &…

  20. Seth MacFarlane Announces Release Date for 'Holiday For Swing'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It's time for the holidays for Ted, or rather, Seth MacFarlane . MacFarlane announced today that his holiday album, Holiday for Swing , will drop Sept. 30. This follows his 2011 debut, Music Is Better Than Words , and a 2013 Oscar Nomination for co-writing "Everybody Needs a Best…

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