1. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  2. Britain's ITV Scraps 'Rising Star' Amid Soft Ratings in U.S., Germany

    September 17, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Britain's ITV has scrapped plans to air a U.K. version of Israeli talent competition Rising Star next year amid soft ratings in key international territories. ITV Studios and format owner Keshet's Keshet International UK unit had been working on the British version of the show…

  3. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Ascend To No. 1 On Adult Contemporary With 'Am I Wrong'

    September 15, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The pair is the first duo to lead the list with a debut hit since 1998. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Dustin Lynch and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  4. Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies at 75

    September 13, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Joe Sample, a jazz pianist who had a successful solo career and also performed with numerous high-profile musicians, died Friday in Houston. He was 75. The news was announced on Sample's Facebook page, although the cause of death was not mentioned. Variety had previously reported the…

  5. Rita Ora Discusses New Album & Calvin Harris: 'I Don't Control Other People's Minds'

    September 12, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It's nearly 3 p.m. on the second day of the inaugural Los Angeles edition of Made in America Festival, and a big crowd has gathered to catch Rita Ora 's main-stage performance. It's a major upgrade -- two years ago, Ora played to a side-stage crowd three rows deep at the fest&…

  6. Cosimo Matassa, Hall of Fame Inducted New Orleans R&B Musician, Dies at 88

    September 12, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa , who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88. Matassa, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 2009, died on Thursday, granddaughter Mia Matassa told The Associated Press.…

  7. Watch The Cure Cover 'Hello, Goodbye' for Star-Studded Paul McCartney Tribute Album

    September 09, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, KISS, The Who and more fete the former Beatle A Paul McCartney tribute album of epic proportions -- Billy Joel, The Who, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper and more are involved -- is on the way, and the first cover song is already here! It's…

  8. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  9. Beyonce & Jay Z Sell Out Stadium Tour

    September 04, 2014 4:13 PM EDT Beyonce and Jay Z land atop the Hot Tours chart, having wrapped the North American leg of their On the Run tour that played stadiums in 16 markets during a six-week span in the summer. Box office grosses totaled $96 million from ticket sales reported by tour promoter Live Nation for 19 sold…

  10. Joan Rivers' Top 10 Musician Insults, From Michael Jackson to Taylor Swift

    September 04, 2014 3:15 PM EDT To say celebrities had love-hate relationships with Joan Rivers would be an understatement, as surely her scathing attention is a symbol of "making it" but also comes with the comedian's wrath. And judging from her stand-up bits, one-line zingers and interviews, it seems Rivers…

  11. 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…

  12. TBS Cancels CeeLo Green's 'The Good Life'

    September 02, 2014 4:04 PM EDT The unscripted series will not return for a second season. TBS doesn't want any part of CeeLo Green 's The Good Life . The Turner-owned cable network has canceled the unscripted series after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. CeeLo Tweets: 'Women Who Have Really…

  13. Sammy Hagar Faces Revived Libel Suit From Ex-Playboy Bunny

    August 28, 2014 11:40 PM EDT A federal appeals court says an Iowa woman who claims rock singer Sammy Hagar fathered her baby 25 years ago may sue him for libel, invasion of privacy, and breach of contract. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, may sue the former Van Halen…

  14. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first…

  15. School Tries to Fire Teacher for Playing Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love' to Students

    August 22, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Oh baby. One Atlanta school district isn't a fan of surfborts. The school district is seeking to remove a sixth grade teacher for playing  Beyonce  and  Jay Z' s steamy hit "Drunk in Love" in the classroom, presumably to assist with teaching...Sex appeal? How to grind on a…

  16. 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…

  17. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  18. 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…

  19. This Week In Billboard Chart History: The Beatles Defined The Summer Of 'Love'

    August 18, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1967, the Fab Four reigned with an anthem for its age – and the ages. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Huey Lewis & the News Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug.…

  20. Exclusive: Annie Lennox Talks Return to Music With 'Nostalgia' Album, Reveals Cover, Track List & More

    August 14, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Annie Lennox is taking a trip back. Nostalgia , her first non-holiday album in seven years, is a collection of the iconic singer's impassioned takes on standards primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Jo Stafford and…

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