1. Diana Krall's 'Pop' Album to Include New Paul McCartney Song

    April 09, 2014 6:43 PM EDT Diana Krall is breaking out the big guns for her next studio album, her first in two years. The Grammy-winning artist is working with David Foster on demos for a "pop record" that tentatively includes tracks by Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, and a new composition by Paul McCartney.…

  2. Outside Lands 2014: Kanye West, Tom Petty, The Killers Top Lineup

    April 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto and Death Cab For Cutie are also going to San Francisco, Aug. 8-10 Hip-hop superstar Kanye West, who rented out San Fancisco's ballpark last fall so he could propose to Kim Kardashian, will return to "The City By the Bay"…

  3. 'Shameless' Racks Up 750 Synchs (35 in One Episode) on Its Way to New Soundtrack

    April 07, 2014 8:04 PM EDT As "Shameless" characters change, so, too, does the music Airborne Toxic Event, Exitmusic and Wavves were among the nearly two dozen artists used in the April 6 season four finale of “Shameless,” the Showtime series that has become a substantial home for independent recording…

  4. Vince Neil Talks Mötley Crüe Country Tribute Album at ACM Awards: Watch

    April 07, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Mötley Crüe's time as a live act may be coming to an end, but an upcoming country tribute album is giving their songs new life. Crüe frontman Vince Neil was on hand at yesterday (April 6)'s ACM Awards, where he spoke about the covers album and how he's being accepted into the…

  5. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical

    April 07, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Casting is in place for the world premiere of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the Broadway musical about struggling inner-city lives, inspired by and set to the music and lyrics of rap legend Tupac Shakur. Heading the cast of the non-biographical musical drama is Saul Williams, the…

  6. Kaiser Chiefs Crowned Leaders of U.K. Albums Chart

    April 07, 2014 3:26 AM EDT U.K. modern rock band the Kaiser Chiefs debuted at No. 1 on the new British album chart Sunday (Apr. 6) with their fifth full-length, “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/Universal). Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” (Interscope/Universal), currently No. 8 on Billboard’s…

  7. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney's wife, Jan, told The Hollywood Reporter…

  8. Joan Osborne, 'Mongrels': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 04, 2014 3:45 PM EDT On April 8, singer-songwriter Joan Osborne will treat her devoted fans to a new studio album called "Love and Hate." Billboard has an exclusive first look at its new song "Mongrels." "Love and Hate" is the eighth studio album and Entertainment One Records debut…

  9. Meet Birdy: 10 Things To Know About The U.K. Teen

    April 01, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The "Wings" artist discusses fast food, her current iPod staples and her new sophomore album. Jasmine van den Bogaerde, better known by her stage name Birdy, is gearing up for a huge year: the 17-year-old British singer/songwriter is hitting the road with Christina Perri for a…

  10. Linda Ronstadt on Skipping Rock Hall Ceremony: 'If You're Working for Prizes, You're in Trouble'

    April 01, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Health is the primary reason Linda Ronstadt will not be attending next week's 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn. But, the singer tells Billboard, she's really not all that chuffed about missing it. "I haven't given it one thought, I have…

  11. Stevie Nicks To Receive BMI Icon Award in May

    March 31, 2014 5:03 PM EDT There should be a veritable "Landslide" of emotion when Stevie Nicks is honored by BMI with its prestigious Icon Award at the 62nd Annual Pop Awards ceremony, Tuesday, May 13, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The invitation-only ceremony will also recognize the…

  12. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  13. SFX Chief Robert Sillerman Tops 'Power 50' Dance Music Poll

    March 31, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Robert Sillerman’s rollercoaster March has climaxed with the SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO topping a poll which ranks the “most powerful” people in dance music.  Sillerman is No. 1 on dance music title inthemix’ second annual “Power 50“ list , nudging out 2013's leader Pasquale…

  14. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  15. Josh Thompson Ready to 'Turn It Up' on Second Album: 'It's Definitely More of a Party'

    March 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Josh Thompson will release his sophomore album, "Turn It Up," this coming Tuesday. It's been four years since his debut album "Way Out Here," and he says he can't wait for fans to hear what he has been up to. "It's about time," he tells Billboard. …

  16. Johnnyswim, 'Home': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT The husband-wife folk duo talks about their full-length debut, "Diamonds" After three EPs, including 2013's particularly well-received "Heart Beats," the husband-wife duo Johnnyswim is more than chomping at the bit to release its full-length debut, "Diamonds,…

  17. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  18. VFiles: The Soho Boutique That's Dressing the Music Industry

    March 25, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Julie Anne Quay, founder of Soho store and social media site VFiles, hasn't just created a successful business platform: She's created a lifestyle. "People are tribal," says Australia native Quay, in her store on Mercer and Grand Streets in Manhattan. She picks up a pair…

  19. John Lennon Artwork Going to Auction

    March 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT John Lennon's drawings and manuscripts are coming to auction. Sotheby's says a collection of the late Beatles singer's material will make up the "You Might Well Arsk" sale. The auction is scheduled for June 4 in New York. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders,…

  20. Weezer Teases Return to Studio: Watch

    March 19, 2014 8:16 PM EDT Though the band was highly prolific toward the latter part of last decade, releasing four full-lengths and one compilation album from 2005-2010, Weezer has remained fairly dormant since "Death to False Metal" dropped in 2010 -- though it's maintained a touring regimen,…

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