1. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  2. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  3. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Deal heralds expanded mobile offerings and the evolution of the in-venue experience -- like settling bar tabs in the app -- for fans and promoters. San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for…

  4. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  5. Nas Announces 'Time Is Illmatic' Fall Tour With Documentary Screenings

    August 12, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Nas is hitting the road with the album that started it all. The rapper will take stages across North America this fall for a tour that coincides with screenings of his Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic , it was announced Tuesday. The tour will kick off on Oct. 2 in Rochester and…

  6. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Boyz II Men's 'Road' Leads To No. 1

    August 11, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1992, the vocal titans tallied their first Hot 100 leader. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Ray Parker, Jr., Richard Marx and Nelly Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug. 11, 1984 Back then, he used…

  7. Legendary DJ Alan Freed's Ashes Sent Packing at Rock Hall of Fame

    August 04, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Rock music is constantly reinventing itself, such that even the style's initial promoter, Alan Freed , must eventually step aside to make room for Beyoncé .  The ashes of the Cleveland DJ who coined the term "rock 'n' roll" six decades ago went home with his son on…

  8. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  9. Code Picks of the Week: The Weeknd, Sam Smith & More

    August 01, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. The Weeknd, "Often" (Kygo Remix) Debuted during his smash Tomorrowland set, Kygo’s official remix for the Weeknd marks a well-timed…

  10. Beck & Warby Parker Glasses Now Available

    July 29, 2014 8:52 PM EDT The eyewear company partners with the singer for a pair of limited-edition frames. No stranger to creating cool capsule collections -- from  Man of Steel -inspired   frames  to a recent collab with Victoria's Secret angel Karlie Kloss -- Warby Parker is back at it again with a new…

  11. Parker Ighile On His Forthcoming Artist Album: ‘I’ve Taken The Time To Perfect It’

    July 29, 2014 6:01 AM EDT Parker Ighile is a relaxed character. He won’t be rushed. The British-Nigerian producer, songwriter and protégé of Nicki Minaj has been honing his first extended artist release, and he's been at it for some time now. It’ll come when it’s ready. “I’m still an active producer and I’ve been…

  12. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Paul Kalkbrenner, Markus Schulz & Maceo Plex

    July 28, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Tomorrowland wrapped up its second weekend in fitting fashion on Sunday (July 27). A few hours of rainfall did nothing to dampen the 10-year anniversary party in Boom, Belgium, where techno and trance dominated the schedule outside of the main stage. Capping off a weekend of coverage,…

  13. Moogfest Skips Another Year, Will Return in 2016

    July 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT 'We need a year off to focus on Moog Music, our primary business,' brand director tells Billboard. Moogfest , the celebration of art, technology and music in Asheville, N.C., will not return until 2016, says parent company Moog Music. Moog Music invested 3 million into this year&…

  14. Tomorrowland 2014: Top Picks for Weekend Two

    July 23, 2014 2:44 PM EDT It’s halftime for Europe’s most hyped music festival. With the first weekend in the books, Tomorrowland gears up for its second round this weekend. Before heading to Boom, Belgium to check out the scene, Billboard makes artist picks for each day of Weekend Two in light of Weekend One’s best…

  15. Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon & More Win Big at First Alternative Press Music Awards

    July 22, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Underground's best and brightest take their talents to Cleveland for inaugural show Once its river burned, and now the city's lighting up. It's been a good month for Cleveland, which not only welcomed back their prodigal baller, but also kicked off the inaugural Alternative…

  16. Code Picks of the Week: Guy Gerber & Diddy, Oliver Heldens & More

    July 11, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Guy Gerber & Diddy – My Heart This curious collaborative pairing unveiled the first track off their forthcoming album “11 11.” Gerber…

  17. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  18. Selena Gomez Accidently Hits Cop in ‘Behaving Badly' Trailer

    July 07, 2014 6:12 AM EDT Strippers, cougars and guns are all involved in the first trailer for the upcoming Selena Gomez comedy Behaving Badly, due in theaters Aug. 1. Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) plays Rick, who does his best to win over popular girl Nina (Gomez). Somehow, this involves filling his parents&…

  19. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  20. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Premiere Video for 'Somethin' Bad'

    June 26, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s new video for “Somethin’ Bad” premiered Wednesday (June 25) on CMT’s website. The hard-rocking video features the two singers in a mock-movie trailer as bandits Priscilla Parker and Belle Boyd. The single, off of Lambert’s latest album, “Platinum,”…

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