1. Country Comedy Legend Ray Stevens Recalls Early Days in 'Nashville'

    October 17, 2014 9:30 PM EDT If you are looking for Ray Stevens to divulge all in his brand new book, Ray Stevens' Nashville , he tells Billboard that you might be in for a little bit of a letdown. "It's a selected memoir," says the legendary comedian. "There's a lot I left out. I wasn&…

  2. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  3. How Caron Veazey Architected Pharrell's Epic Year

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT PHARRELL'S RIGHT-HAND WOMAN This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . TITLE: GM, I Am Other Entertainment STAFF : 15 CITY: New York COMPANY FOUNDED IN:…

  4. How Do You Get Nominated for a Grammy? Behind the ‘Mysterious’ Voting Process

    October 17, 2014 11:47 AM EDT The Grammy vote begins with its 21,000-strong membership (industry personnel, singers, musicians, producers, engineers, conductors, songwriters, arrangers, art directors, music video artists and technicians) of whom only 12,000 are eligible to cast ballots because they meet the criteria of…

  5. Exclusive Premiere: Watch Singer-Songwriter's Halsey's Gritty 'Hurricane' Video From Her Visual 'Room 93' EP

    October 16, 2014 1:27 PM EDT The singer Halsey's life changed suddenly earlier this year. She had been playing acoustic shows as a matter of necessity, to pay her bills, and she ended up in the studio one day with a friend of a friend to record one song, "Ghost." That track has been streamed more than…

  6. SESAC Settles Television Class-Action for $58.5 Million

    October 15, 2014 6:06 PM EDT SESAC has agreed to pay $58.5 million to TV stations as part of a settlement with the Television Music License Committee, which was part of a class-action suit filed against the privately-owned performance right organization in 2009 that alleged antitrust behavior by the PRO. The suit was…

  7. Rewinding the Charts: 20 Years Ago, R.E.M. Had A 'Monster' Smash

    October 15, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On Oct. 15, 1994, the Athens, Ga., band scored its only No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200. As alternative became mainstream in the early- to mid-'90s, thanks largely to grunge acts like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, R.E.M. likewise rode the wave with its more jangly-pop-leaning…

  8. Bill Murray Will Sing Christmas Carols in a Sofia Coppola TV Special

    October 14, 2014 6:46 AM EDT According to a new article in Variety , Lost in Translation collaborators Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reteam for a holiday special sometime in the future. (This year? Could we be so lucky?!) The project will be made for television and will feature Murray singing some timeless…

  9. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  10. Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst to Headline KCSN Benefit Concerts

    October 13, 2014 12:43 PM EDT Los Angeles public radio station KCSN will hold its annual benefit concert on two consecutive weekends in December. On the bill: Sarah McLachlan , with special guest  Laura Marling , on Dec. 5; Ryan Adams , Conor Oberst and David Gray on Dec. 12. More Radio News All-Beyonce Radio Station…

  11. Samsung and Google Play Team Up to Corner the Latin-American Streaming Market

    October 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Google Play has joined with Samsung in a bold move for the quickly growing Latin American music streaming market. Via a promotion launched in September, anyone who buys a new Samsung device (Galaxy S4, S5 and Galaxy Tab) in any of 17 countries gets a free six-month subscription to the…

  12. 'Saturday Night Live' Recap: Hozier Takes Audience to Church in Debut Performance

    October 12, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Irish singer-songwriter Hozier paid a visit to Saturday Night Live on Oct. 11 to perform a pair of tracks from his self-titled debut, which is aiming for the top 10 on this week’s Billboard 200. Our 10 Favorite 'Saturday Night Live' Songs Although the first two episodes of SNL …

  13. 'Saturday Night Live' With Bill Hader & Hozier: 5 Things We Want to See

    October 11, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bill Hader is coming home! Bill Hader is coming home! The hilarious impression master/former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader is returning to SNL tonight as host. He'll be joined by first-time music guest Hozier . Check out what we hope to see when the two take the stage…

  14. Exclusive: Sixx:A.M.'s 'Give Me a Love' Lyric Video Premieres, Nikki Sixx Talks Band's New Album

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT After more than 30 years in the music business, Nikki Sixx still gets a kick out of shocking people. He isn’t resorting to the extremes that horrified parents and defined his band Motley Crue in the ’80s and ’90s, but his methods are still effective. Just look at how Motley Crue signing a…

  15. New York Lawmaker Proposes Tax Credits for Music Production

    October 10, 2014 11:15 AM EDT A state legislator is proposing tax credits for music production in New York similar to the credits that have been provided for film and television production. Assemblyman Joe Lentol, a Brooklyn Democrat, is offering legislation to establish a 20 percent tax credit. Related California…

  16. Jessie J on Digging Deep for Her New Album: ‘I’m Not Afraid of the Pain’

    October 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Jessie J is trying something new: not oversharing. On the phone from Hong Kong, where she recently wrapped a series of shows, the singer is expressing regrets about comments she made earlier this year to The Mirror about her bisexuality. ("It was a phase," she said then.) …

  17. Hozier Gets a Big Hug in New 'SNL' Promo

    October 10, 2014 6:58 AM EDT Hozier , the 24-year-old Irish singer-songwriter, has been buzzing online since his song "Take Me to Church" and its eponymous EP showed up in late 2013. But he just released his self-titled debut album, and he's about to get the Saturday Night Live stamp of approval this…

  18. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

  19. 'New York Is Music' Coalition Aims to Stimulate Empire State's Ailing Music Industry

    October 09, 2014 10:30 AM EDT About a year ago on a routine trip to Los Angeles, Downtown Music Publishing CEO Justin Kalifowitz noticed the music industry members he talked to out there -- managers, clients, lawyers -- said they hadn't been to New York in a while because they didn't need to. "The music…

  20. Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    October 09, 2014 8:26 AM EDT Congrats, Billie Joe; congrats, Trent; congrats, Morrissey. And congrats to your band members, and to everyone, because today is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations day ! A 25-year period needs to have passed for acts to gain eligibility, and Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are this year&…

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