1. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  2. WME Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

    August 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Grosslight most recently served as the agency’s global head of music. WME board member  Peter Grosslight  died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its Global Head…

  3. Emma Stone Confirms Starring Role in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 21, 2014 3:47 AM EDT It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apart due to scheduling conflicts related to The…

  4. Paul Giamatti to Star in 'Straight Outta Compton' as N.W.A Manager

    August 16, 2014 11:31 AM EDT The actor will play Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller Paul Giamatti has closed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton , The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The actor will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. Casting Company Apologizes for…

  5. Disney's 'American Idol' Experience to Close Early

    August 15, 2014 8:56 PM EDT The Orlando theme park attraction won't make it to the next round. Walt Disney World's American Idol Experience attraction will be closing come the end of the summer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As first reported in The Orlando Sentinel , the Experience will shut down for…

  6. Watch Lil Wayne Rap Over ESPN's 'Sports Center' Theme

    August 14, 2014 7:03 PM EDT It's no secret Lil Wayne loves sports and ESPN, but getting him to rap over the Sports Center  theme is new level of fan engagement. Watch: Lil Wayne Debuts 'Krazy' Video The rap icon showed up at the sports network offices in Bristol, Conn. offices bright and early following a…

  7. Lynyrd Skynyrd to Be Honored at Star-Studded Concert Event

    August 11, 2014 5:23 PM EDT "One More For The Fans!" will feature performances from the legendary rock group and their famous friends. The music and legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd will be honored this fall during a night-long concert event titled "One More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of…

  8. Man Arrested After Altercation With Pocket Knife at Country Music Festival

    August 11, 2014 2:58 PM EDT Violence at music festivals continues. A man named Aaron Williams was arrested Thursday morning at the WE Fest country musical festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Billboard has confirmed. The three-day festival featured headliners such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley,…

  9. Dirty Heads Extend Fall & Winter Tour Dates

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Change -- and the Sound of Change -- has been good for Dirty Heads . The genre-blending California group's fifth album logged its first-ever No. 1 release, on the Top Alternative Albums chart in July, as well as career-high No. 2 and No. 8 slots on the Top Rock Albums and Billboard 200…

  10. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  11. Exclusive: Drake, Lil Wayne Debut 'Street Fighter'-Inspired Tour App DvsLW

    August 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Just before the Drake Vs Lil Wayne tour kicks off Friday night at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, an interactive app designed for the tour is debuting on Google Android and Apple iOS. DvsLW, a collaboration with tour sponsor Capcom (the video-game publisher behind Street Fighter and…

  12. Figure in '80s Payola Scandal Now Faces Mob-Linked Charges

    July 30, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Onetime record promoter Joe Isgro is back in court. He's been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case, and an admitted loan shark who shook…

  13. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  14. Singer-Songwriter Dale Watson: Trucking Music Isn't Dead

    July 28, 2014 4:20 PM EDT If you're thinking of calling Dale Watson a country singer, think again. On the cover of the singer-songwriter's recently released 3-CD box set entitled  The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy  is a sticker that says “File Under Ameripolitan.” So, what exactly does that mean? “I don’t even…

  15. Jenny Lewis on Rocking Out, Ryan Adams and Saying Goodbye to Rilo Kiley

    July 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT "I just stumbled out of my Ford Focus in these mules,” says Jenny Lewis, pointing to her purple-bowed footwear. Settling into an airy cafe near her Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the one-time child actor who turned indie rock “It” girl evokes a glam version of Seinfeld ’s Elaine:…

  16. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  17. Report: Tim McGraw Fan Seeking Apology, Possible Legal Action After Concert Incident

    July 26, 2014 8:00 PM EDT According to a new report, the fan who alleges that Tim McGraw slapped her  at an Atlanta concert on July 13 might soon take legal action.  The female fan's lawyer, Eric Hertz, tells TMZ that the she feels "humiliated" after the incident and wants an apology from the country…

  18. Woody Allen Musical 'Bullets Over Broadway' to Close

    July 22, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Allen's $14 million musical will have its final Broadway performance Aug. 24. Woody Allen's $14 million "Bullets Over Broadway" is closing , with a final performance slated for Aug. 24, its producers announced Tuesday. " Bullets," Allen's first stage musical…

  19. Drake & Lil Wayne Channel 'Street Fighter' In Tour Trailer (Watch)

    July 22, 2014 3:52 PM EDT Drake and Lil Wayne are hitting the road Aug. 8 for their co-headlining Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour , and the YMCMB rumble is going down "Street Fighter" style. The tour's Capcom-themed trailer shows Lil Wayne as Sage preparing to battle Drake as Protégé. Maybe the tour will…

  20. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry Explains His Heartbeat-Driven Classical Album

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry gets to the heart of the matter — literally — on his new classical album, "Music for Heart and Breath." While recording the 12 compositions for the set, Parry and co-producer Bryce Dessner of The National outfitted the musicians, from duos to a…

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