1. Film Review: ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary Pays Homage to Nas’ Seminal 1994 Hip-Hop Classic

    October 07, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Few albums in hip-hop history are as universally celebrated as Nasir " Nas " Jones' 1994 debut, Illmatic . But the story behind the LP's creation -- the concepts, production process and societal influences that put Nas at the forefront of the rap vanguard -- is subject…

  2. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  3. Montgomery Gentry Tease Early 2015 Release for New Album

    October 06, 2014 6:15 PM EDT With "Headlights" giving Montgomery Gentry their first chart appearance since 2012, the duo's Troy Gentry tells Billboard it's good to be back. "It's been a while, and it's great to hear some Montgomery Gentry back on the radio. We’ve got a new deal with…

  4. Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in C3 Presents

    October 06, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Related Biz Video: The 3 Charlies of C3 on Lollapalooza's Record-Breaking Success, 'Over-Sponsorship,' Global Expansion ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy, Says More…

  5. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  6. Hear Todd Rundgren Sing the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 03, 2014 7:45 PM EDT With Adult Swim's Squidbillies back for its eighth season, a list of notable musicians are lending their talent to the animated series' theme song. After Dwight Yoakum gave it a real nice honky tonk rendition last week, now Todd Rundgren has his go, delivering a demented, glitched…

  7. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  8. Exclusive: Rob Scallon Covers Slayer's 'Angel of Death,' Explains Making Money Off YouTube

    October 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Some things work best in pairs: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, heavy metal and... banjos? That's right -- Rob Scallon became a viral internet sensation when he released a banjo cover of Slayer 's "Raining Blood," which currently has more than 3.3 million views…

  9. Eminem, Rihanna & More Booked for 'Valor' Concert

    October 02, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Eminem , Bruce Springsteen , Metallica and Rihanna are among the artists booked for a televised live concert from the National Mall in Washington next month to raise awareness of issues concerning veterans. Eminem, Metallica & More Make New Guiness Book of World Records The Concert for…

  10. Tim Rice Keen to Relaunch 'From Here to Eternity' on Broadway

    October 02, 2014 2:31 AM EDT Tim Rice is hoping his musical From Here to Eternity doesn't take an eternity to get to Broadway. The celebrated lyricist is hoping a filmed version of the West End production broadcast this month will generate some interest in America. The ambitious adaptation of James Jones'…

  11. 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…

  12. Raul Midon Returns With 'Don't Hesitate'

    October 01, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Set includes Bill Withers co-write; cover of Who classic 'I Can See for Miles.' At one point in the insightful 2009 film Still Bill , the legendary Bill Withers is shown co-writing a song with fellow singer/songwriter/musician Raul Midón . Now the pair's collaboration is…

  13. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100; Tove Lo, Clean Bandit Climb Into Top 10

    October 01, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Trainor's 'All About That Bass' leads an all-female top five for a record-tying fourth week. Plus, Tove Lo's 'Habits (Stay High)' and Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne, reach the top 10. It's all about a record-tying…

  14. Album Premiere: Macy Gray Takes an Old-School Approach on 'The Way'

    October 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Macy Gray has won a Grammy, cracked the Top 5 on the Hot 100 and has steadily released music over the past 15 years, but she was still surprised when Booker T. Jones , one of the founders of the legendary Stax band Booker T. and the MG's , agreed to work with her on her new album, The…

  15. 'Midnight Rider' Trial Date Set for Early 2015

    September 30, 2014 10:16 PM EDT The involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass case against the Midnight Rider filmmakers in the February death of Sarah Jones is set to go to trial almost a year after the camera assistant was stuck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic. A trial date of March 9,…

  16. Watch Mayer Hawthorne & Kendrick Lamar's Rashida Jones-Directed 'Crime' Video

    September 29, 2014 10:06 PM EDT Partying never looked so hard to do as in Mayer Hawthorne 's new video for "Crime."  How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard Actress Rashida Jones ( Parks and Recreation , The Social Network ) directs the…

  17. Alabama Talk 'Angels Among Us,' Devastating Tornadoes & Church Classics

    September 29, 2014 9:52 PM EDT One of the most powerful tracks on Alabama 's new Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites: Deluxe Edition is the moving "Raising Alabama," a song that lead singer Randy Owen is one of their most personal. Alabama Gets More Love With 'High Cotton' Tribute "…

  18. 'Midnight Rider' Assistant Director Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

    September 29, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Hillary Schwartz is set to be arraigned Tuesday morning. The criminal case involving the death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones has been expanded to include first assistant director Hillary Schwartz . Schwartz has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal…

  19. Kelly Clarkson Wants Her Baby To Be Lady Gaga's Opening Act

    September 29, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Is Lady Gaga getting a new opening act?  Kelly Clarkson uploaded a super cute picture of her new baby, River Rose, on Twitter, with the three-month-old baby dressed up in one fancy-pants bib that looked like it may have come straight off Mother Monster. "Watch out Lady Gaga!! River…

  20. Katherine Jenkins Marries American Artist Andrew Levitas

    September 29, 2014 4:04 AM EDT Singer Katherine Jenkins has married Andrew Levitas , the American film director and artist, during a hush-hush ceremony at London's Hampton Court Palace. The Welsh mezzo-soprano had kept the big occasion a secret, until she tweeted her 294,000 fans on Saturday with a message about her…

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