1. The Voice' Recap: Gwen Stefani, Pharrell's 'Candy Cane Sword Fight' End Auditions

    October 07, 2014 2:49 AM EDT The Voice's blind auditions wrapped on Monday night with the inevitable: a battle between Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams . While Adam Levine and Blake Shelton  usually throw insults across the studio when fighting for a singer, the veteran coaches knew what was coming between the…

  2. Gorgon City & LIV Cover Drake's 'Doing It Wrong': Exclusive Premiere

    October 06, 2014 7:20 PM EDT With their debut album Sirens set to drop this week, U.K. house duo Gorgon City decided to lend their talents to one of Drake 's more underappreciated tunes. Reinterpreted through Gorgon City's smooth and soulful studio lens, "Doing It Wrong" takes on new life with a…

  3. Little Big Town's Little Secret: Natalie Hemby & Barry Dean on Writing Country Hits

    October 02, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Creative Nation songwriters have worked with Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire & many more superstars. In a recent interview, legendary singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin praised the work of Natalie Hemby , who has scored with hits such as "Downtown" ( Lady Antebellum )…

  4. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

  5. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit the Meters who has won a Grammy Lifetime…

  6. Album Premiere: Macy Gray Takes an Old-School Approach on 'The Way'

    October 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Macy Gray has won a Grammy, cracked the Top 5 on the Hot 100 and has steadily released music over the past 15 years, but she was still surprised when Booker T. Jones , one of the founders of the legendary Stax band Booker T. and the MG's , agreed to work with her on her new album, The…

  7. AC/DC's Malcolm Young Suffering From Dementia, Family Confirms

    September 30, 2014 7:16 PM EDT The family of AC/DC 's Malcolm Young confirmed to People that the guitarist has left the band because he is suffering from dementia. AC/DC's Malcolm Young Reportedly Suffering From Dementia "Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their…

  8. Album Review: Lady Antebellum Moves Away From Its Comfort Zone on ‘747’

    September 30, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Lady A secured its crossover star status with country- and AC-approved hits "Need You Now" and "Just a Kiss," but little in the group's repertoire has elevated it beyond midtempo maestros -- until now. Lady Antebellum Talk Soaring to a New Sound on '747'…

  9. How Stevie Nicks Became a Selfie Queen

    September 29, 2014 12:38 PM EDT While Stevie Nicks was recording her new album  24 Karat Gold -- Songs From the Vault  (due out Oct. 7) on a strict three-month deadline, she also had to create cover art for the album. But she didn't have a concept, and there was no time for a photo shoot, so for the cover art and CD…

  10. Robin Williams' Life Celebrated at San Francisco Tribute

    September 28, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Family and famous industry friends of  Robin Williams ' gathered to celebrate his legendary life Saturday in San Francisco,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The private tribute – held at the Curran Theatre – drew hundreds of guests and included music and video tributes as well as…

  11. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  12. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  13. Sting to Perform with No Doubt at Global Citizen Festival

    September 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Sting will join No Doubt for a special collaboration at the Global Citizen Festival, which returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Sept. 27. Details on the “must see” performance remain under tight wraps, though celebrated live event and television producer Ken Ehrlich…

  14. Malcolm Young Not Returning to AC/DC

    September 24, 2014 4:34 PM EDT Malcolm Young is out of AC/DC . A statement Wednesday (Sept. 24) from the band's label said: "Unfortunately, due to the nature of Malcolm's condition, he will not be returning to the band." AC/DC's Malcolm Young 'Taking a Break' Due to Illness No…

  15. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More

    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week's Must-Hear Music podcast kicks off with a detailed dissection of Kendrick Lamar's "i," the first full taste of his sophomore album. While everyone ( Jason Lipshutz , Erika Ramirez  and Joe Lynch ) agrees it was far from what we expected, the Billboard staff…

  16. News Roundup: Everything Happening This Morning

    September 22, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Nude Leaks Continue:  Two alleged nude pictures of Rihanna appeared on 4chan and Reddit  early Sunday (Sept. 21) morning . The photos appear to have been taken during a fitting, according to TMZ.  Bummer for Bowie Fans:  It's mostly been a good few weeks for fans of the Thin White Duke…

  17. Jimmy Fallon Turned 40 With a Performance From Stevie Wonder

    September 20, 2014 4:51 PM EDT You only turn 40 once and Tonight Show  host Jimmy Fallon did it in style. The comedian celebrated his milestone birthday on Friday night (Sept. 19) and some shiny stars stopped by the late-night talk show to celebrate the occasion. Seth Rogen popped out of a cake- in his  birthday suit. He…

  18. 'The Voice' Winner Josh Kaufman to Star in Broadway's 'Pippin'

    September 18, 2014 4:31 PM EDT The soul man makes the unprecedented move to the stage after coaching from Usher. Sure, The Voice has yet to launch a Top 40 chart-topper , but what about a Broadway star?   Josh Kaufman , the soul man who won the most recent season under Usher's wing , is set to front Pippin for a…

  19. Pharrell Williams Wants to Follow in Blake Shelton's Footsteps on 'The Voice'

    September 18, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are the new faces to the coaching staff, but don't expect any major format changes. The Voice returns on Sept. 22 and for new judge  Pharrell Williams , it's more than just another gig.  “I don’t want to call it a job," Williams said at a…

  20. Barbra Streisand Talks Music-Making, Booze, Elvis & Politics

    September 18, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn't a conscious effort to exclude females. "Everyone we asked was ... busy," Streisand said. The performer almost scored one major diva: Beyonce . Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album  …

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