1. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  2. Billboard Touring Conference Panel Will Explore Venue Options

    September 08, 2014 4:19 PM EDT As competition among venues for booking live shows continues to increase, with more options for live performance to choose from than ever, the upcoming Billboard Touring Conference will feature a panel that drills down into how venue decisions are made, featuring those who make those…

  3. Joel Embiid Sounds Off: Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Talks Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & The Shmoney Dance

    September 08, 2014 3:39 PM EDT The NBA rookie discusses his crazy Twitter account, Rick Ross grunts, Nicki Minaj's butt and bonding over Bobby Shmurda. On June 20, six days before being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid had two screws inserted into the…

  4. Simone Battle's Death Ruled a Suicide

    September 08, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The death of girl group singer Simone Battle was ruled a suicide by hanging, authorities said. G.R.L.'s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull & Simon Cowell The cause of death was determined two days after the 25-year-old Battle was found dead in her West Hollywood home, Los Angeles…

  5. Code Picks of the Week: Knife Party, Fehrplay & More

    September 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen! Knife Party, “Resistance” [Earstorm/Big Beat] If Knife Party’s high-octane new single is any indication, the duo’s forthcoming album Abandon Ship should see no shortage of twisted…

  6. Michael C. Hall to Star in Broadway's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    September 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT A serial killer is headed to Broadway, as  Dexter  star  Michael C. Hall  is next in line to don a wig and heels in  Hedwig and the Angry Inch . The actor, who starred in the Showtime series for eight seasons, will take over the title role on Oct. 16 at the Belasco Theatre. His limited…

  7. Exclusive: Hear Two Songs From Final Season of 'Sons of Anarchy'

    September 08, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Can't wait for the final season of Sons of Anarchy ? While we don't have footage of Jax (save for that creepy photo above!), Billboard can exclusively premiere two songs -- both incredible covers -- from the final season: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by The Forest Rangers feat. The…

  8. Watch: Elle Varner & A$AP Ferg Team Up For 'Don't Wanna Dance' Video

    September 08, 2014 10:44 AM EDT A$AP Ferg is developing a promising side career rapping opposite talented female artists. First he appeared in Haim 's "My Song 5." Then he showed up opposite Ariana Grande , rapping on "Hands On Me." Now, in his strongest collaboration yet, he saves the day in Elle…

  9. What Divorce Rumors? Mariah Carey Heads Back To Work

    September 06, 2014 8:15 PM EDT With so much attention on her personal life and marriage to Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey is shifting the focus back to her work. The singer has shared a couple of snapshots taken during her rehearsals for her “The Elusive Chanteuse Show.” The trek is slated to kick off on October 4 in Tokyo,…

  10. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull, Simon Cowell

    September 06, 2014 7:27 PM EDT In the wake of the news of G.R.L.'s Simon Battle's death, many of those closest to her have expressed their sadness over her reported suicide . Everyone from her fellow G.R.L. members to music producers to fellow performers have taken to social media to react to her death. Two of…

  11. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Dies at 25

    September 06, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Law enforcement sources reportedly say she was found hanging and the death appears to be suicide. G.R.L. member Simone Battle has died at the age of 25, Billboard has confirmed. G.R.L. Drops 'Ugly Heart' Single: Listen Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5. A…

  12. Marsha Vlasic, Agent to Neil Young, Muse & More, Leaving ICM Partners

    September 05, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Rock agent Marsha Vlasic is leaving ICM Partners after six years with the talent agency. Vlasic's client roster includes heavyweights such as Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Iggy Pop and Muse .  ICM's Steve Levine informed the company of Vlasic's exit with this email late Friday …

  13. Thalia's 'Viva Tour' to Debut on HBO Latino

    September 05, 2014 7:23 PM EDT Thalia 's Viva Tour (En Vivo), which premieres Friday (Sept. 5) on HBO Latino and can be seen for free during a special preview through Monday, features the Mexican singer's greatest hits. Exclusive Video Premiere: Laura Pausini & Thalia's 'Sino a Ti' The 90…

  14. Exclusive: Capitol Forms In-House Ad Agency seventeenfifty, Preps New York Upfront

    September 05, 2014 2:30 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chief Steve Barnett relocated 31 of EMI’s former East Coast staff to the Capitol’s iconic Hollywood headquarters on Vine Street, he set out to create a new corporate culture in which “confidence is contagious.” That strategy has already produced blockbuster albums…

  15. Jeezy on Ferguson: '13-Year-Olds Holding Molotovs? That's Not Supposed to Happen'

    September 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On Aug. 24, rapper Jeezy , born Jay Jenkins , and five associates were arrested on felony gun charges after -authorities found an AK-47 on his tour bus. The police were investigating the death of an attendee of Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa ’s Under the Influence of Music Tour ( Eric Johnson , 38),…

  16. The Secrets Behind 'Dick in a Box' & More: Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake on the Viral Hits of 'SNL'

    September 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In an exclusive excerpt from the newly updated  Saturday Night Live  book  Live From New York , Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history. 'LAZY SUNDAY' The first breakthrough Digital Short featured…

  17. Billboard Cover: Chris Brown Opens Up About Rihanna, Jail & Accepting Life as a 'Learning Experience'

    September 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On Aug. 13, a high spirited Chris Brown gave Billboard his first formal interview since leaving jail in June. Kicked back in front of a control board at Hollywood’s hot Chalice Recording Studios, a vintage-gear-stuffed space favored by young artists, the 25-year-old was taking a…

  18. Gustavo Cerati RIP: Shakira, Zeta Bosio, Ricky Martin Pay Tribute to Legendary Rocker

    September 04, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Legendary rocker Gustavo Cerati is mourned by his musical peers. The news of the death of iconic Argentine rocker Gustavo Cerati flooded social feeds this afternoon, with many of his musical colleagues expressing their sorrow. After a stroke in 2010, the Soda Stereo front man, and revered…

  19. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  20. Exclusive: Kristin Chenoweth Signs With Concord Music Group

    September 04, 2014 11:51 AM EDT The one and only Kristin Chenoweth has signed a worldwide recording deal with Concord Music Group, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer will release a new album, Coming Home , on Nov. 18. "All of us are thrilled to have someone of Kristin&…

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