1. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  2. 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

    August 12, 2014 9:23 AM EDT On Monday, Aug. 11, news that Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was dead of a suspected suicide at 63 stunned the world. From Taylor Swift to Ozzy Osbourne to Pete Wentz , Twitter was taken over by an outpouring of grief over the loss of the comedy titan. Although Williams…

  3. Shooter Jennings Pays Tribute to Late, Great George Jones on 'Don't Wait Up'

    August 12, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Shooter Jennings' new EP "Don’t Wait Up (For George)" is a very personal project for the singer. It’s a tribute to a man that he got to know very well over the years -- George Jones . As the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter , Jennings recalls that Jones was a part of…

  4. Drake's Kevin Durant Comment Costs Toronto Raptors $25,000 Fine

    August 11, 2014 3:17 PM EDT When the Toronto Raptors recruited Drake as their official ambassador last September , they probably weren't expecting the stalwart Canadian to cost them thousands of dollars in fines. Unfortunately for both parties, Drake is learning that you can get away with saying a lot more in hip…

  5. Greyson Chance Single Premiere: Hear 'Thrilla in Manila' From Second Album

    August 11, 2014 1:20 PM EDT The former "Paparazzi" YouTube wonder is grown up, and has a wonderfully stylish new single. Pop prodigy Greyson Chance has returned with a new album, Planet X , that features a much more mature sound than his 2011 debut, Hold On 'Til The Night . The 16-year-old is…

  6. Arcade Fire Cover Nirvana in Washington State

    August 11, 2014 9:59 AM EDT When Arcade Fire 's Reflektor Tour rolled into Washington's Gorge Amphitheatre on Friday night, the Canadian indie collective continued their covers hot streak with a medley of Nirvana 's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and their own "Rococo," another song about…

  7. Veteran Publicist Mack Newberry Dies at 89

    August 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The veteran publicist represented such music stars as Dolly Parton and John Denver. Mack Newberry, a veteran publicist who represented numerous music and TV stars and helped manage PR efforts for the Grammys, has died in St. Augustine, Florida. He was 89. Newberry spent over a decade at PR…

  8. Outside Lands 2014 Friday Highlights: Kanye West, Disclosure, Kacey Musgraves and More

    August 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don’t worry,…

  9. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Shawn Mendes and the Great EP Comeback

    August 08, 2014 8:58 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers finally claimed its first No. 1 album , as Hypnotic Eye bowed in the top slot, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Of course, aside from Petty there was -- as usual --…

  10. Rosanne Cash to Receive Performing Arts Award From Smithsonian Magazine

    August 08, 2014 5:19 PM EDT At the third annual Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Awards, country legend Rosanne Cash will receive the Performing Arts award from fellow legend T-Bone Burnett. The Grammy-winning eldest daughter of Johnny Cash has notched 11 No. 1 country singles over the course of her lengthy…

  11. Fall Out Boy Subjected to Unlistenable Westboro Baptist Church Parody

    August 08, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Westboro Baptist Church has recorded a Fall Out Boy parody just weeks after targeting Panic! at the Disco with a limp protest (which Brendon Urie 's band brilliantly neutralized, btw). Is the hateful, homophobic organization going through its pop-punk phase? "Thnk Gd Fr Vrythng"…

  12. Billy Gilman Grows Up: From 'One Voice' to 'Say You Will'

    August 08, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Billy Gilman is back. The former child country star -- best known for 2000's tender "One Voice" -- has just released a brand new single, "Say You Will." It's the first solo single from Gilman in over five years, though he did spearhead the 2012 charity release …

  13. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Worked with David Guetta on New Music

    August 08, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "They said, 'Y'know, the only thing missing in dance music is a good guitar player,'" Gibbons explains. ZZ Top is celebrating its 45th year as a band this year, commemorating it with the new compilation The Very Baddest of ZZ Top . But guitarist Billy Gibbons tells…

  14. Beyonce, Nicki Minaj & Nick Jonas: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 10

    August 08, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  15. Not Made In The U.S.A.: Where Today's Hits Are Coming From

    August 08, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Fans and execs are looking globally for new hitmakers. There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100 . And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too. The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada ( MAGIC! &…

  16. CODE Picks of the Week: Pryda, Joe Goddard, Autograf & More

    August 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Pryda, "Backdraft" [Pryda Recordings] Eric Prydz revived his Pryda alias this week with a four-track eponymous EP. While upbeat…

  17. 20 Most Forced Rhymes In Pop Music History

    August 08, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Ariana Grande's "Break Free" isn't the only offender: here are the 20 most awesomely awkward rhymes in popular music. "I fought him on it the whole time...'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It&…

  18. Elton John, Billie Jean King to Host Tennis Match

    August 08, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Billie Jean King and Elton John will host a tennis match at Royal Albert Hall in London. The longtime friends will coach teams that feature former No. 1-ranked Kim Clijsters and John McEnroe and Britain's Tim Henman and 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki. Bonnaroo 2014: Elton John…

  19. Billy Joel to Feature in PBS 'Boomer' Documentary

    August 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Billy Joel, Maria Shriver and Samuel L. Jackson -- baby boomers all -- will be among those featured in an upcoming PBS documentary about the post-World War II generation. PBS announced Thursday that American Masters: The Boomer List  will air Sept. 23 on member stations. The 90-minute…

  20. Maddie & Tae's 'Girl' Jumps Into Top 20 on Hot Country Songs

    August 07, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" hits a half-million in sales and Florida Georgia Line's Motley Crue cover debuts. Rookie duo Maddie & Tae make a notable jump on Hot Country Songs with their counterculture anthem "Girl In a Country Song," which leaps 26-16…

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