1. 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…

  2. 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." '…

  3. '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 ,…

  4. 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 &…

  5. 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…

  6. 'The Simpsons' Set to Take Over the Hollywood Bowl

    September 11, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Conan O'Brien, 'Weird Al' Yankovic & more will bring Springfield to Hollywood. "Weird Al" Yankovic , Conan O'Brien and Beverly D'Angelo are among the voices of Simpsons characters who will perform songs they sang on the long-running animated series at…

  7. Get Ready for a Simpsons Music Marathon

    September 10, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Not even two weeks after FXX wrapped its record-breaking Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, the fledging network is heading back to Springfield's well with a music-themed Simpsons marathon. No, they're not spotlighting the series' diverse music guest roster -- although if you'…

  8. Top Arena Execs Dish on How They Move Ticket Sales

    September 09, 2014 6:20 PM EDT What does it take to run a successful arena in today’s competitive and volatile touring business? Venue executives from across the country will convene Sept. 14-16 in Long Beach, Ca. for the Arena Management Conference organized by the IAVM, the International Association of Venue Managers.…

  9. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  10. Tom Hiddleston Preps for Hank Williams Biopic With Surprise Festival Performance

    September 07, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Tom Hiddleston surprised concert goers at Michigan's Wheatland Music Festival Saturday, stopping by to perform a cover of Hank Williams ' "Move It On Over." Watch the clup below.  Tom Hiddleston To Play Hank Williams in Biopic The British actor famous for playing the super…

  11. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

  12. Country Legend Ronnie Milsap Releasing 21-Disc Box Set

    September 05, 2014 5:37 PM EDT This fall promises to be a monumental one for Ronnie Milsap . Next week will see the Academy of Country Music give him a Career Achievement Award at the ACM Honors ceremony in Nashville, and in October, the singer will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame's 2014 class,…

  13. Sting & Al Green Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 04, 2014 2:35 PM EDT It's a rare honor for an artist to receive accolades from the president, let alone have him sing one of your tunes. Now Al Green can claim both, knowing that President Barack Obama is a fan. Green is among five artists receiving this year's Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards…

  14. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

  15. Royal Blood, Lilly Wood Top U.K. Charts

    September 01, 2014 4:04 AM EDT English rock duo Royal Blood sold nearly 66,000 units to debut atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 31) with their self-titled Warner Bros./Warner Music album. French-Israeli duo Lilly Wood entered the singles chart at No. 1 with German DJ-producer Robin Schulz’s remix of their 2010…

  16. Kate Bush Sets U.K. Chart Record

    September 01, 2014 3:02 AM EDT Kate Bush has chalked up another record by becoming the first female in history to land eight albums simultaneously in the top 40 of the U.K’s Official Albums Chart. In the new list published Sunday, the revered English singer has two albums in the top 10 (The Whole Story at No. 6, Hounds of…

  17. Ed Sheeran Brings His One-Man Band to L.A.'s Staples Center: Concert Review

    August 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Can one man with no band, no backup singers, no dancers, and no stage-mates whatsoever entertain a crowd of nearly 20,000? That question was answered Wednesday night at L.A.'s Staples Center when Ed Sheeran hit the stage with just a guitar and a loop pedal, and the answer was a 20,000…

  18. Seth MacFarlane on Playing It Straight for His New ‘Holiday for Swing’ Album

    August 26, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Seth MacFarlane may be famous for creating irreverent comedies like Family Guy and  Ted , but he takes crooning very seriously.  Holiday For Swing , his Christmas-themed follow-up to 2011's Grammy-nominated  Music Is Better Than Words (due this fall via Republic Records), finds him…

  19. 'The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill' Documentary: Review

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT On Tuesday, Kate Bush will take over London's Eventim Apollo for 22 nights of concerts collectively entitled "Before the Dawn" (selling out 77,000 tickets in 15 minutes while doing so). Just in time for the momentous occasion -- her first live shows since 1979's epic…

  20. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

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