1. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  2. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include…

  3. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  4. Karen O Brings ‘Crush Songs’ to Life at New York's Manderley Bar

    September 11, 2014 12:43 PM EDT A neon sign shone through the smoke-filled haze of the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, where a small standing crowd, with smartphones at the ready, awaited the evening’s headliner, Karen O . Crush Palace, the heart-shaped sign read, a nod to Karen O’s first solo album, Crush Songs ,…

  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. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  7. Vanessa Hudgens Is Coming to Broadway

    September 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Thank heaven for this girl. Vanessa Hudgens is moving from high school musicals to the big leagues. Producers announced Wednesday (Sept. 10) that the High School Musical star will take on the title role in the new production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe 's Gigi , which will…

  8. Linda Perry & Sara Gilbert Expecting First Child Together

    September 09, 2014 4:35 PM EDT On Tuesday's (Sept. 9) episode of The Talk , co-host and series creator Sara Gilbert revealed some major news: She's pregnant . Gilbert has two children -- a 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son -- from her previous relationship with TV producer Allison Adler, but this will be her…

  9. How Lee Brice Turned His Own Wedding Song Into a Country Smash

    September 09, 2014 12:25 PM EDT If there’s one thing Lee Brice has learned during the course of his career, it’s patience. In 2003, the country singer-songwriter-producer, who’s now 35, signed to Curb Records. But after the release of his debut album stalled, he tried a different approach: penning hits for Jason Aldean and…

  10. Roger Waters Discusses Emotional Anti-War Documentary ‘The Wall’ at TIFF

    September 07, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "It has a more universal message, which is passionately anti-war," Roger Waters says. If a concert film can be emotional and even require a tissue, Roger Waters The Wall is it. Roger Waters Premieres His New Doc at Toronto International Film Festival Roger Waters , the Pink Floyd…

  11. Roger Waters Premieres His New Doc at Toronto International Film Festival

    September 07, 2014 10:32 AM EDT "Roger Waters: The Wall" chronicles his recent tour covering the seminal 1979 Pink Floyd album. Roger Waters celebrated his 71st birthday in style with a world premiere of his new documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival. When the former Pink Floyd front man walked…

  12. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Dies at 25

    September 06, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Law enforcement sources reportedly say she was found hanging and the death appears to be suicide. G.R.L. member Simone Battle has died at the age of 25, Billboard has confirmed. G.R.L. Drops 'Ugly Heart' Single: Listen Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5. A…

  13. Man Spends 8 Days in Jail for Posting Metal Lyrics on Facebook

    September 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that violent rap lyrics cannot be used as evidence in trials, except for special situations when those lyrics are closely connected to the case in question. "One would not presume that Bob Marley, who wrote the well-known song 'I Shot…

  14. Ja Rule to Star in MTV Family Docu-Series 'Follow the Rules'

    September 04, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule is set to turn the spotlight on his family. MTV has handed out a straight-to-series order for docuseries Follow the Rules , The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Nick & Drew Lachey's New Reality Series 'Lachey's Bar' Gets Greenlight From MTV…

  15. Joan Rivers' Death: Music Stars React

    September 04, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Following the news that Joan Rivers died on Thursday (Sept. 4), musicians took to Twitter to express their sadness and share some of their favorite memories. Duran Duran posted a video of an interview they did on The Late Show With Joan Rivers in 1987. Anna Kendrick joked, "Being…

  16. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  17. Passenger on Tour: Behind-the-Scenes Q&A and Exclusive Live Performance

    September 02, 2014 12:00 PM EDT English singer-songwriter Mike Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger , is in the midst of his biggest headlining tour to date, supporting his acclaimed new album Whispers . His earnest folk-rock tunes have enchanted sold-out crowds across America, and our cameras caught up…

  18. BMG Chrysalis Acquires Infectious Music Label, Home to Alt-J, These New Puritans

    September 02, 2014 11:15 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis U.K. has acquired British independent label Infectious Music for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Infectious will move its operations into BMG Chrysalis U.K.'s central London offices with Infectious chairman and founder Korda Marshall reporting to BMG Chrysalis U.K.…

  19. 'Pancake Mountain,' Kid-Friendly and Music-Centric Series, Returns with New Season of (Weird) Programming

    September 02, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The series, co-conceptualized by punk demigod Ian Mackaye and ressurected thanks to the patronage of 'Star Wars' director J.J. Abrams, returns today. Katy Perry 's slightly scantily-clad performance on Sesame Street may not have flown with Big Bird -- or parents -- but the…

  20. 'Pitch Perfect 2,' 'Book of Mormon' Star Ben Platt on Cabaret, Magic and Meryl Streep

    September 02, 2014 12:21 AM EDT Ben Platt is not your average twentysomething — well, twenty-year-old. He hasn’t even added a "something" yet, and he already has a more robust resume than those many "somethings" his senior. While his contemporaries are off at college, playing beer pong and pledging…

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