1. Nashville Songwriter Paul Craft Dies at 76: Report

    October 19, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Nashville songwriter and Hall of Famer Paul Craft has died in Tennessee at the age of 76. The Tennessean reported that Craft died Saturday at a Nashville hospital "after years of deteriorating health." Craft penned the words to songs made famous by the likes of Ray Stevens , Mark…

  2. 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&…

  3. Alleged Track List for Taylor Swift's '1989' Hits Twitter

    October 17, 2014 4:25 PM EDT It's difficult to keep a secret from the Internet. With 10 days to go until Taylor Swift 's hotly anticipated fifth studio album 1989 drops, Twitter is circulating an alleged leaked copy (below) of the 1989 track list. We've reached out to Swift's rep to confirm if it&…

  4. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  5. 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:…

  6. Dave Grohl's 'Good Guy' Status Landed the President For 'Sonic Highways' Series

    October 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Ever wanted to travel the country with the fighters/chart"> Foo Fighters and record an album with them? Well the band's new docuseries, Sonic Highways , gives fans and music lovers alike the chance to do just that. It premieres on HBO Friday (Oct. 17) and spans the country,…

  7. Dr. Luke Lawsuit Arrives During Down Year for Super-Producer

    October 17, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The high-profile legal battle with Kesha arrives during a prolonged absence of hits for Luke. The gloves are off between Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and Kesha : the pop superstar has filed a lawsuit against the producer for alleged emotional abuse and sexual assault , and the pop maestro…

  8. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  9. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  10. Here's Nicki Minaj’s 'Anaconda' as a Serious Poem: Listen

    October 17, 2014 12:28 AM EDT Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” will never be confused with Tennyson's "Ulysses." Though an unusual new version shows the pop hit in an entirely different light. In a clip posted online, "Anaconda" is presented as a dramatic poem. Comedian Ian Martin gives the bawdy lyrics…

  11. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  12. iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Lineup: Pitbull, Becky G Join Ricky Martin, Roberto Tapia

    October 16, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Nov. 22 Forum showcase includes Daddy Yankee, Prince Royce, Jessie & Joy. If pop star Ricky Martin , Latin rock queen Alejandra Guzman and bachata crooner Prince Royce weren't enough for fans, now they're getting an even hotter ticket as Pitbull , J. Balvin and Becky G join…

  13. Ray Scott Talks Self-Titled Album, Brandy Clark & Tijuana Jail

    October 16, 2014 6:28 PM EDT Ray Scott has always marched to the beat of his own drummer. He tells Billboard that for him to be true to himself artistically, that's the way it has to be. "I have to do it that way. There's no need for me to even try to attempt to chase trends. I wouldn't do it anyway…

  14. 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…

  15. Pop Shop Podcast: Special Co-Host Darren Criss & Special Guest Jimmy Fallon!

    October 16, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  16. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  17. Billy Joel Sells Long Island Mansion

    October 16, 2014 3:28 AM EDT Billy Joel has sold his beachfront mansion on Long Island. Newsday reports that the sale was confirmed by the listing agent, Nancy Mizrahi of Saunders & Associates. Billy Joel Joins NY Beach Cleanup  She said the deal on the 5,500-square-foot Sagaponack home was closed late last week.…

  18. Oscar Host Neil Patrick Harris: Watch 7 of His Musical Hosting Moments

    October 15, 2014 7:01 PM EDT No disrespect to Barney Stinson, but " Neil Patrick Harris : Awards Show Host" may just be the Emmy- and Tony-winning actor's most delightful role yet. Earlier Wednesday (Oct. 15), it was announed that Harris would finally get his shot on the biggest stage of all: He'…

  19. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows across the city. The festival started off strong…

  20. Garth Brooks Breaks His N. American Ticket Sales Record (That He Set Last Month)

    October 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT The hits just keep coming for Garth Brooks , who has now broken his own North American ticket sales record for a single city, moving more than 188,000 tickets sold from 11 shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis between Nov. 6 and 15.   The personal best Brooks just beat was from his…

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