1. 21 Under 21’s Next Class: Vote For 2015’s Best Bet

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Is 2015 the year of Raury, Ella Henderson, Gabi Wilson or someone else? Cast your vote! This year’s edition of our annual 21 Under 21 rankings includes pop mainstays, rising EDM stars, hip-hop heroes and, perhaps most importantly, lots of new talent, as artists like 5 Seconds of Summer…

  2. Paul Simon Performs 'Here Comes The Sun' for George Harrison Week on 'Conan'

    September 24, 2014 10:20 AM EDT As part of  George Harrison  Week on  Conan , Paul Simon  stopped by Tuesday night to perform one of Harrison's most enduring songs,  The Beatles  classic "Here Comes The Sun." Simon is no stranger to performing the hit. He's sung the Abbey Road classic at various…

  3. Is Simon Cowell’s ‘X Factor’ U.K. Protege Ella Henderson the Next Adele?

    September 23, 2014 12:07 PM EDT From: Tetney, England Age: 18 First step: Henderson finished sixth on the U.K. X Factor in 2012. With a smoky, soulful voice, she was often described as a budding Adele . Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.? Reboot: After The X Factor , she signed with Simon Cowell's Syco…

  4. Nick Cave Explains the Truth Behind His Staged Documentary '20,000 Days on Earth'

    September 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Depending on your appetite for the impossible, psychoanalyzing Nick Cave is either a nightmare or the Holy Grail. And although that's hardly the aim behind Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's 20,000 Days on Earth  -- a partly staged documentary about Cave that's named after one…

  5. Watch Beck Cover George Harrison's 'Wah-Wah' on 'Conan'

    September 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It’s George Harrison Week on Conan and Beck kicked things off with a cover of the All Things Must Pass song “Wah-Wah.” Beck’s backing band is about as tight as the main man’s leather jacket, so we’re getting a skillfully faithful cover here. It doesn’t pack as much Wall of Sound punch as…

  6. Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

    September 23, 2014 12:33 AM EDT More details have emerged in Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee . As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons…

  7. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  8. The Big Parade Music Conference Debuts in Tokyo: Billboard Charts, Streaming Services, and Steve Lillywhite

    September 21, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Japan has hosted a major music conference with significant international players for the first time in recent memory. The Big Parade, held September 12th-15th, was packed with line-up of live showcases (of strictly Japanese bands) buttressing three days of talks, speeches and panels. The…

  9. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  10. One Direction's Niall Horan Turns 21: Who Wished Him A Happy Birthday?

    September 13, 2014 5:37 PM EDT One Direction singer Niall Horan is having a big week. Not only did 1D's latest song, "Fireproof," score 1.1 million downloads in 24 hours, but he also just turned 21 on Sept. 13. Thank you all so much for your birthday wishes , 21 aye ? Jesus ! Can't believe the love you…

  11. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  12. 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…

  13. Gloria Estefan Tribute Planned at Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    September 11, 2014 5:23 PM EDT When Gloria Estefan is inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame on Oct. 18, her peers, including Ednita Nazario and Jon Secada , will pay tribute to the Latin superstar. Gloria Estefan Among 2014 Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees Nazario and Secada will celebrate Estefan in a…

  14. Carlos Vives to Play for 200,000+ Fans During Five-City Colombia Tour

    September 11, 2014 4:25 PM EDT Two years ago, Colombian folk/pop fusion master Carlos Vives had no label, no tour and hadn't released an album in nearly a decade. What a difference a year makes. Carlos Vives & Marc Anthony Team for Tropical No. 1 In 2013, Vives released Corazón Profundo under a new label, Sony…

  15. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

  16. Simon Le Bon on David Lynch's 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': 'It's Quite Bizarre'

    September 11, 2014 12:44 AM EDT The video-driven 1980s band Duran Duran -- which "made MTV," as VJ Martha Quinn has said -- will screen David Lynch's new cut of his 2011 film Duran Duran: Unstaged in about 300 U.S. theaters. The one-night-only event will take place Sept. 10, presented by Screenvision in…

  17. 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…

  18. Broadway Will Dim Lights for Joan Rivers After All

    September 09, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Cyndi Lauper & other celebs fought to reverse Broadway League's decision. In the end, Broadway's leaders saw the light -- and decided to turn them off. Joan Rivers' Funeral: Howard Stern Gives Eulogy & Audra McDonald Sings   The Broadway League, which represents theater…

  19. Broadway Won't Dim Lights for Joan Rivers

    September 08, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Late comedian was nominated for a Tony in 1994. Despite being a long champion of New York theater, Joan Rivers will not be memorialized by the dimming of Broadway's lights. Hear One of Joan Rivers' Final Interviews The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers,…

  20. Simone Battle's Death Ruled a Suicide

    September 08, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The death of girl group singer Simone Battle was ruled a suicide by hanging, authorities said. G.R.L.'s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull & Simon Cowell The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, Los Angeles…

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