1. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg, Common, DJ Mustard, YG Among Performers Set For BET Hip Hop Awards

    September 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Doug E. Fresh named 2014 I Am Hip Hop Icon Award honoree With his return engagement as host of BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 announced earlier, Snoop Dogg is now also set to perform. He will be joined by a high-wattage confirmed performer lineup that includes Common , Birdman , DJ Premier , DJ…

  2. Conan O'Brien Sets George Harrison Week on TBS Show

    September 15, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tribute is timed to the release of the "George Harrison: The Apple Years" reissue The late George Harrison is getting a weeklong tribute on TBS' Conan. George Harrison to be Honored by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones at 'George Fest' Benefit Concert Timed to the release of…

  3. Gucci Mane Pleads Guilty to Assault

    September 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Prosecutors say Gucci Mane has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for attacking a fan at an Atlanta nightclub. Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones says the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty Monday (Sept. 15) to hitting a man in…

  4. Bogota Music Market Highlights New Platforms, Burgeoning Colombian Music Scene

    September 15, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Salsa laced with rap, rock-edged blues, Andean countryside music played with drums and electric guitars, a symphony orchestra, and a singer of folk/rock fusion whose moves overshadow Shakira 's. It was an eclectic group of performers who took the stage before an audience of more than 1…

  5. Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to Play Star-Studded Bridge School Benefit

    September 12, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Pearl Jam , Tom Jones and Soundgarden will be among the typically all-star cast at this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young . The iconic singer-songwriter will also perform at the annual event, which will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at the…

  6. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include…

  7. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  8. Mac Wiseman Talks 'Songs From My Mother's Hand,' Merle Haggard Duet Album & More

    September 11, 2014 6:58 PM EDT There is no false advertising with the title of Mac Wiseman 's latest album, Songs From My Mother's Hand . "All of the material on this CD are from old composition books where my mother copied lyrics from listening to a live radio program back in the late '20s and early &…

  9. Seth MacFarlane Announces Release Date for 'Holiday For Swing'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT It's time for the holidays for Ted, or rather, Seth MacFarlane . MacFarlane announced today that his holiday album, Holiday for Swing , will drop Sept. 30. This follows his 2011 debut, Music Is Better Than Words , and a 2013 Oscar Nomination for co-writing "Everybody Needs a Best…

  10. David Bowie Announces New Song 'Sue' for Career-Spanning Album Release

    September 10, 2014 2:08 AM EDT David Bowie promised new music, and he's about to deliver on his word. The Thin White Duke will issue a new song "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" as part of the release this November of a career-spanning collection, titled Nothing Has Changed (The Definitive Collection) . "…

  11. Top Arena Execs Dish on How They Move Ticket Sales

    September 09, 2014 6:20 PM EDT What does it take to run a successful arena in today’s competitive and volatile touring business? Venue executives from across the country will convene Sept. 14-16 in Long Beach, Ca. for the Arena Management Conference organized by the IAVM, the International Association of Venue Managers.…

  12. Why Benjamin Booker’s ‘Blues Punk’ Sound Got Him Recruited By Jack White

    September 09, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Artist on the Verge: Benjamin Booker From: Tampa, Fla. Age: 24 Soundalikes:  With a voice as smooth as a sun-dried bone and riffs ripped from a Delta blues playbook, Booker sings like  Ray LaMontagne  and shreds with the intensity of  Gary Clark Jr . Influences: Booker’s “blues punk” mixes…

  13. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  14. Corner Office: Danny Strick on a Post-Jody Gerson Company and ‘Wild West’ Publishing World

    September 09, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The publishing veteran on company culture post-acquisition, the looming battle with PROs and Jody Gerson's exit. When Danny Strick , 58, told his father in 2000 that he was leaving his position as the U.S. president of BMG Music Publishing to become a senior A&R executive at Madonna …

  15. Watch The Cure Cover 'Hello, Goodbye' for Star-Studded Paul McCartney Tribute Album

    September 09, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Brian Wilson, KISS, The Who and more fete the former Beatle A Paul McCartney tribute album of epic proportions -- Billy Joel, The Who, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper and more are involved -- is on the way, and the first cover song is already here! It's…

  16. Ka-Ching! Cashless Wristbands at Music Fests Mean Big Bucks

    September 08, 2014 5:04 PM EDT On average, 20 percent more is spent when attendees pay with the new wearable technology. The Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, will announce this week that ACL Fest will be the latest major festival offering a cashless option for concessions and merchandise purchases.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. The Man Who Sketches Beyonce and Pharrell Is a $1,000 a Minute Art Sensation

    September 05, 2014 4:43 PM EDT If Andy Warhol had favored magic markers instead of silk screens and lived in a world where 15 seconds (not 15 minutes) of fame was the norm, he’d have a formidable rival in Donald Robertson. The cosmetics executive, whose self-appointed nickname is “Drawbertson,” has built a lucrative second…

  20. George Harrison to be Honored by Brian Wilson, Norah Jones at 'George Fest' Benefit Concert

    September 04, 2014 8:58 PM EDT George Harrison will be remembered with a all-star tribute concert in Los Angeles this fall, featuring performances by Brian Wilson , Norah Jones , the Killers ' Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer, the Flaming Lips ' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd and even "Weird Al" Yankovic…

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