1. Bob Crewe, Singer/Songwriter Behind Many Four Seasons Hits, Dies at 83

    September 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT He also discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and wrote disco classics including 'Lady Marmalade.' Bob Crewe -- the singer, songwriter, producer and label owner who created many of the Four Seasons ' hits, discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and was…

  2. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  3. Move Over Elvis: Tiesto to Score Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas

    September 12, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Las Vegas' Bellagio Fountains are about to get "Maximal Crazy," thanks to Tiesto . The electronic music producer will debut a score for the Sin City attraction, which features choreographed water sequences set to lights and music -- usually from the likes of Frank Sinatra and…

  4. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The set scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Frank Foster. Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum .…

  5. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  6. 19. Akdong Musician: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Lee Chan-hyuk: Sept. 12, 1996 (Age: 18); Lee Soo-hyun: May 4, 1999 (Age: 15) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why They're Hot: A year after winning Korea's American Idol -esque competition K-pop Star 2 , brother-sister duo Akdong Musician hit the scene…

  7. 18. Rae Sremmurd: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Khalif “Swae Lee” Khalif: June 7, 1995 (Age: 19); Aaquil “Slim” Brown: Dec. 29, 1993 (Age: 20) Last year's rank: N/A Why They're Hot: Rae Sremmurd , composed of brothers Khalif "Swae Lee" Khalif and Aaquil "Slim" Brown, took…

  8. Lecrae vs. Jhene Aiko for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    September 10, 2014 8:53 PM EDT Rapper Lecrae is battling R&B singer Jhene Aiko for the top slot on the albums chart. Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae and rising R&B star Jhene Aiko are both on course for the No. 1 position on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Jhene Aiko's 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track…

  9. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  10. Justin Bieber Gets Naked At 'Fashion Rocks'; Crowd Boos

    September 10, 2014 6:16 AM EDT Fashion Rocks was all about music and clothes — or, in Justin Bieber's case, lack thereof. During the CBS live telecast on Tuesday night, the singer hit the Barclays Center stage with model Lara Stone to present performer Rita Ora and the corresponding Calvin Klein fashion show. Though…

  11. Crystal Gayle Says Country Hall of Fame Exhibit Gives Her a Chance to 'Look Back'

    September 09, 2014 6:36 PM EDT 'When I Dream' runs through Nov. 3 in Nashville. It's not too often that an artist nails a song on the first take. However, that's exactly what happened in 1977 when Crystal Gayle hit the studio to record the song that would become her signature tune, "Don't It…

  12. Top Arena Execs Dish on How They Move Ticket Sales

    September 09, 2014 6:20 PM EDT What does it take to run a successful arena in today’s competitive and volatile touring business? Venue executives from across the country will convene Sept. 14-16 in Long Beach, Ca. for the Arena Management Conference organized by the IAVM, the International Association of Venue Managers.…

  13. 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…

  14. Exclusive: Listen to Leighton Meester's New Song 'Heartstrings'

    September 09, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Leighton Meester is channeling  Chiles Stanton . Meester -- who showed off her voice in Country Strong -- just wrapped a turn on Broadway in Of Mice and Men , and is now putting the finishing touches on her debut LP Heartstrings . Below, Billboard can exclusively debut the title track, which…

  15. Neil Diamond Takes Guests Down 'Melody Road' at Capitol Studios Listening Party

    September 09, 2014 1:28 AM EDT Neil Diamond's first album for Capitol Records, Melody Road , has met with approval from his co-producers and label executives, but he has a final hurdle: his mother. "She's 96," Diamond told a small gathering at Capitol's Studio A on Monday night, assembled to hear…

  16. 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…

  17. Michael C. Hall to Star in Broadway's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    September 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT A serial killer is headed to Broadway, as  Dexter  star  Michael C. Hall  is next in line to don a wig and heels in  Hedwig and the Angry Inch . The actor, who starred in the Showtime series for eight seasons, will take over the title role on Oct. 16 at the Belasco Theatre. His limited…

  18. Carole King Musical 'Beautiful' Sets Dates For U.S., London Run

    September 08, 2014 12:57 AM EDT The high notes of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical are set to soar beyond Broadway as the production will start its London run and U.S. tour. According to the Associated Press, a West End production of the Tony-nominated show will begin previews on Feb. 10 at the Aldwych Theatre. A U.S.…

  19. Joan Rivers' Funeral: Howard Stern Gives Eulogy & Audra McDonald Sings ‘Smile’

    September 07, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Paul Shaffer and many others were also in attendance. Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that brought together the worlds of Hollywood,…

  20. The Roys Explain New Point of 'View' On Latest Album

    September 05, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Brother and sister bluegrass duo The Roys are proud of each of the 11 tracks from their newest release, The View , but both tell Billboard that for a lot of reasons, the title cut is something very special. The Roys Tackle Tradition on 'Gypsy Runaway Train' "We were on tour in…

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