1. 'Sons of Anarchy' Band The Forest Rangers Crowdfunding Debut Album

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The band that accompanies the biker saga on FX's Sons of Anarchy is asking its gang of fans to help support an album of all original songs. The Forest Rangers, led by musician and music supervisor Bob Thiele Jr. , have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to record and release a new album.…

  2. Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics Interpreted by T Bone Burnett and Friends, Set for Release

    August 19, 2014 2:29 PM EDT The forthcoming album and Showtime special features Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, among others. Anticipation -- if not hype -- is officially high for the Nov. 11 release of T Bone Burnett ’s latest production, Lost On The…

  3. For Taylor Swift's '1989,' a 1989 Pop Mixtape

    August 18, 2014 10:11 PM EDT With the announcement today of Taylor Swift's new album, 1989 , came with an explanation for its full-blown pop lead single "Shake It Off": Not only is the album title in dedication to the year in which she was born, it's also a referential mark to the era from which…

  4. Beatles Special, 'Cosmos' Take Home Music Emmys

    August 18, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Tony Awards & 'Sherlock: His Last Vow' are also musical winners. Composer Alan Silvestri won two awards for his work on Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey as Emmys in the music categories were handed out as part of the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Saturday. Silvestri was honored in…

  5. Rosanne Cash Praises 'Meticulous' Restoration of Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home

    August 18, 2014 4:30 PM EDT According to the U.S. Census, the population of Dyess, Arkansas, is 515. On Saturday, that number seemed to double as throngs of people descended upon the northeast corner of the state for the dedication of Johnny Cash 's boyhood home . Newly renovated by Arkansas State University with…

  6. Listen to Ice-T Narrate a 'Dungeons & Dragons' Audiobook

    August 18, 2014 11:53 AM EDT "This guy got a talking sword!" If you’ve been following Ice-T’s podcast , you know that the he’s been dabbling in audiobooks lately. What sort of audiobooks? Dungeons and Dragons, which he admits is quote the pronunciation challenge.  Well, now we’ve got hard evidence that Ice-T&…

  7. FCC Extends Deadline for Net Neutrality Comments

    August 18, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commision has announced a five-day extension for the second round of public comments on its "Open Internet" proceedings regarding net neutrality. The deadline has been pushed back from Sept. 10 until Sept. 15 "To ensure that members of the public have…

  8. Is Katy Perry Playing The Super Bowl? Five Reasons Behind The Theory

    August 15, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Could the KatyCats be flocking to Glendale, Arizona in February? Here are five reasons we think the "PRISM" star is playing the halftime show. With the NFL regular season getting underway in a few weeks, pop fans can also start speculating about who will be performing at the Super…

  9. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

  10. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  11. Santana's 'Corazon' Live Concert Package Out Sept. 9

    August 14, 2014 6:21 PM EDT Following the success of his first-ever all Spanish-language album Corazón , Santana will release a live CD/DVD package titled Corazón, Live From Mexico: Live It to Believe It (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia) on Sept. 9 that includes a live CD and DVD plus a documentary film shot in different Mexican…

  12. Sam Smith Back Atop Billboard Artist 100

    August 14, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Brit singer returns to No. 1, while Nicki Minaj blasts into the top 5. Sam Smith remains the only artist to have led the Billboard Artist 100 chart for multiple frames (over the list's first six weeks), as he rebounds 2-1 for a third cumulative week at No. 1. The list provides the first…

  13. Bob Seger Drops Studio Version of John Hiatt's "Detroit Made"

    August 14, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Bob Seger took a step closer to a new album -- which would be his first since 2006's Face the Promise -- with the release of a new song on Thursday. Seger released a cover of John Hiatt 's "Detroit Made" -- the opening song on his spring 2013 tour -- to radio stations,…

  14. Midge Ure Album Premiere: Stream 'Fragile' Now

    August 14, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Midge Ure calls Fragile , the former Ultravox leader's first new release in more than a decade, "the type of album I needed a lifetime in music to create." And there was some bumpy terrain leading up to it. Listen to Fragile in full, exclusively on Billboard.com: "It'…

  15. Exclusive Song Premiere: Lauren Jenkins Gives Motley Crue's 'Looks That Kill' a Country Twist

    August 13, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Wednesday is a big day for country newcomer Lauren Jenkins, who's being signed to Big Machine Label Group, Billboard is revealing exclusively in addition to premiering her countrified twist on Motley Crue's "Looks That Kill" from the cover album Nashville Outlaws: A…

  16. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 13, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Also, Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" hits No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , becoming the second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014.  The blockbuster film's set, subtitled Awesome…

  17. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter

    August 11, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Cher, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Quincy Jones all remember the comedian online. As news broke that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams had died Monday of a suspected suicide, an outpouring of condolence and appreciation came from the music world via social media.  Miley Cyrus, Katy…

  18. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

  19. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  20. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

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