1. Exclusive: Earth, Wind & Fire to Release First Holiday Album

    October 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Eight-time Grammy Award-winning group Earth, Wind & Fire is adding another first to its long list of achievements: a holiday album. The aptly titled Holiday will be released Oct. 21 through Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Recordings division. The 13-track set, available now for pre…

  2. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  3. Songwriter-Producer Rodney Jerkins: Mary J. Blige Is in ‘The Best Place She Has Been in a Long Time’

    September 29, 2014 6:06 PM EDT The year 2015 will mark songwriter-producer Rodney Jerkins' 20th in the music business. His first 19 have seen him produce or co-produce 16 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 for the likes of Michael Jackson , Whitney Houston , Mariah Carey and others, including four No. 1s. And next…

  4. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  5. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban label Bronx native Harrell, 54, founded in…

  6. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Marry! Five Songs for the Happy Couple

    September 27, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Sorry ladies, George Clooney is officially off the market! Oscar-winning Clooney, 53, and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, officially tied the knot on Saturday (Sept. 27) during a private symbolic ceremony in Venice, Italy, E! has confirmed . The couple will file the paperwork to…

  7. Taylor Swift and Avicii Long-Lost Siblings? See the Uncanny Instagram Photo

    September 27, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Could Taylor Swift and Avicii somehow be brother and sister? Exclusive: Taylor Swift Teams With Subway, Diet Coke For #MeetTaylor Promotion Not likely, but the “Shake It Off” singer humorously questioned whether the two were related after coming across an uncanny side-by-side photo of her…

  8. Watch Denzel Washington Impersonate Jay Z on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’

    September 27, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Oscar winner Denzel Washington does a pretty mean impression of Jay Z . Eminem & Sia Spell It Out in 'Guts Over Fear' Lyric Video During a recent appearance on the The Queen Latifah Show to promote his new film The Equalizer , Washington recalled visiting a recording studio…

  9. Andy Grammer, Martina McBride & More to Perform at Vital IEBA Conference

    September 26, 2014 6:14 PM EDT With countless developing artists competing for concert dates around the country, getting on the radar of the talent buyers who book those shows is crucial to launching a successful touring career. Indeed, as most musical acts continue to rely on touring as their primary source of income,…

  10. Global Citizen Festival's Co-Founder Explains Its Birth & Mission

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Prior to the launch of the Global Citizen Festival in 2012, co-founder Ryan Gall spent his time filming documentaries and hosting small charity events. Now he’s now helping organize one of the world’s largest single-day charity concerts, thanks to an inspirational moment during a Texas…

  11. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  12. Sting to Perform with No Doubt at Global Citizen Festival

    September 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Sting will join No Doubt for a special collaboration at the Global Citizen Festival, which returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Sept. 27. Details on the “must see” performance remain under tight wraps, though celebrated live event and television producer Ken Ehrlich…

  13. Watch: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver & The Strokes Members Form Supergroup for Charity

    September 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Members of Arcade Fire , Bon Iver and the Strokes joined forces on stage at the third annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game on Saturday (Sept. 20) at the  McGill Sports Complex in Montreal. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn…

  14. Madonna Adds DJ Dahi & Blood Diamonds to Collaborators List

    September 21, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The list of collaborators for Madonna ’s next album continues to grow. Who's Working on Madonna's Album? 20 Possible Collaborators The diva posted an Instagram photo on Saturday (Sept. 20) of DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds working behind a computer, with the caption, “Nothing can stop…

  15. Foo Fighters Announce South American Tour Dates

    September 21, 2014 11:17 AM EDT The Foo Fighters have announced a handful of South American concert dates in support of their eighth studio album, Sonic Highways , due Nov. 10 through Roswell Records/RCA Records. Hear New Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’ Song Teased by Twitter’s Head of Music The band will begin the South…

  16. Garth Brooks Reveals New Album Release Date

    September 20, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Garth Brooks has confirmed that his new as-yet untitled album will be released on Nov. 11 through Pearl/RCA Nashville. Garth Brooks' 'People' Debuts In Country Airplay Chart's Top 20 Brooks revealed the news in a press conference in Atlanta on Friday (Sept. 19). The…

  17. Gladys Knight 'On Top of the World' With New Album & TV Movie

    September 19, 2014 3:47 PM EDT The singer talks gospel album, Lifetime movie, 'DWTS' and dream collaborators Missy Elliott & Kanye West. "I'm just on top of the world," says Gladys Knight . And the legendary singer has every right to be. Where My Heart Belongs -- her new gospel album on…

  18. George Hamilton IV, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies at 77

    September 18, 2014 1:50 AM EDT If you look at the career of George Hamilton IV , one might be prone to label him as simply a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry and one of traditional country music’s most durable artists. However, Hamilton -- who passed away Wednesday (Sept. 17) at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77 -- was…

  19. 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…

  20. Selena Gomez Shows Off Her New Bangs on Instagram

    September 14, 2014 10:41 PM EDT Selena Gomez is rocking some new bangs -- and her fans definitely seem to approve of the new ‘do. Poll: Should Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Be Back Together? The pop singer posted two photos of her new fringe haircut on Instagram over the weekend, and each one has received more than…

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