1. R.F.C.'s Smoke DZA & Al-Doe, 'They Got Money,' Featuring Damon Dash: Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT DZA's R.F.C. Music Group will release their debut album, The Outsiders, on Nov. 18. Smoke DZA is inaugurating his new imprint, R.F.C. Music Group, with their debut album, The Outsiders . The LP, out Nov. 18 through iHipHop Distribution, will feature all members of the imprint's…

  2. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  3. Randy Houser, O.A.R., Al Kooper Added to Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Concert

    October 17, 2014 1:41 PM EDT More artists have been added to the upcoming star-studded tribute to southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd , set to invade Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Nov. 12. Randy Houser , O.A.R. and Al Kooper , who discovered Skynyrd and produced many of their hits, are the newest additions to "…

  4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Explains This Year's Trip to 'The Christmas Attic'

    October 16, 2014 6:12 PM EDT External pressure is what inspired Trans-Siberian Orchestra to perform its second holiday rock opera, 1998's The Christmas Attic , during its annual North American tour this year. "We never intended to do [1996's] Christmas Eve and Other Stories for 13 years in a row. It just…

  5. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  6. Exclusive Video: Inside the Making of the Doobie Brothers 'Southbound' Album Featuring Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and More

    October 15, 2014 3:49 PM EDT If the Doobie Brothers had gotten their start today instead of four decades ago, they -- like the Eagles -- they might very well be considered more country than pop. Their music influenced many of today's biggest stars in the format, who join the iconic band for the Nov. 4 release of …

  7. Jihadi Rap: Understanding the Subculture

    October 10, 2014 7:10 PM EDT If you hadn't heard of Jihadi rap -- also known as Jihad rap -- before, the naming of   L Jinny , aka Abdel-Majed Abdel-Bary , as a possible suspect behind the brutal execution of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and English aid worker David Haines in Syria has shone…

  8. One Direction's Where We Are Tour Attended by 3.4 Million Fans

    October 10, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience world tour leads the pack in this week’s ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on $48.4 million in ticket sales reported from concerts in North America, Europe and Australia. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music…

  9. Gorgon City, BJ the Chicago Kid & Gregory Porter: Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 10, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Heading into autumn, Billboard brings you three tracks from our Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with one theme in mind: feeling good. Whether an inspiring DJ-backed beat, a slow R&B groove, or a lively jazz tune, this week's selections are certain to relax and enliven.…

  10. Exclusive Premiere: Prog Supergroup Flying Colors Shares 'A Place in Your World' Studio Video

    October 10, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The members of Flying Colors just want a place in your world -- and they’ve got the flashy riffs, drum fills and vocal harmonies to prove it. The prog-friendly supergroup released its sophomore album Second Nature on Sept. 30 and they're premiering the video for the catchy single “A…

  11. Neil Young Announces Release Date, Tracklist for ‘Storytone’

    October 10, 2014 1:11 AM EDT Neil Young is ready to share his orchestral album.  The veteran Canadian rocker’s new studio set  Storytone will arrive Nov. 4 in the U.S. via Reprise Records (Oct. 31 in Australia). For the full listening experience, the recording will spill over onto two discs -- a solo effort, and its…

  12. Alanis Morissette's 'Jagged Little Pill' Revisited: 10 Classic Moments

    October 07, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Nineteen years ago today, an angst-ridden Canadian rocker catapulted to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her Grammy-winning album Jagged Little Pill , proving that a former child actor and bubblegum pop singer can come into her own and make one helluva mark on the music industry.…

  13. Why 1992 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for 1992 and 1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1992, BMG and Columbia's music subscriptions were still in full…

  14. Rainbow Room Reopens Atop NYC's Skyline

    October 06, 2014 1:09 AM EDT The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline. "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald , one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in the sweeping views outside and the…

  15. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  16. James Dolan Donates $100K to ALS Association

    October 02, 2014 11:35 PM EDT Jim Dolan, founder and frontman of JD & The Straight Shot, CEO of Cablevision and executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company, presents a donation of $100,000 to Dorine Gordon, president and CEO of the ALS Association, Greater New York chapter, at Madison Square Garden. The…

  17. Harry Styles Helps With a Marriage Proposal During a One Direction Concert

    October 02, 2014 9:43 AM EDT That's what makes him beautiful. Sometimes it's about the little things, and sometimes love is all about the big, romantic gesture -- like proposing to your girlfriend at a  One Direction  concert. Note to all other guys: The proposal bar has officially been raised thanks to…

  18. Could 'Weird Al' Yankovic’s Silent Film Short Be an Oscar Contender?

    September 30, 2014 10:43 AM EDT The comedian plays an actor playing Jesus in silent film 'The Moving Picture Co. 1914.' “Weird Al” Yankovic , who resurrected his recording career with a No. 1 album in July, has long resembled Jesus, and now he’s playing him in The Moving Picture Co. 1914 , a 22-minute silent…

  19. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  20. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

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