1. Deborah Cox on Re-Recording Whitney Houston’s Vocals for Lifetime Biopic: ‘I Had Some Big Shoes to Fill’

    August 22, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Airing in 2015, Lifetime’s I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story ,” starring Yaya DaCosta (pictured below, right) , has already faced major challenges. Family matriarch Cissy Houston denounced the biopic, directed by Angela Bassett . Then there were problems securing the rights…

  2. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Deal heralds expanded mobile offerings and the evolution of the in-venue experience -- like settling bar tabs in the app -- for fans and promoters. San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for…

  3. Weezer Pushes Back 'Everything Will Be Alright in the End' Release Date

    August 21, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Bummer news for Weezer stans -- the band is pushing back the release date on their upcoming album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. But take heart! They're only pushing it back one week, and they're giving fans who've preordered the record an advance song on the original…

  4. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  5. Exclusive: Joey Fatts Talks Collaborative 9th Wonder Album

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT It wasn't long ago that 22-year old rapper Joey Fatts was living out of his car. Now, the Long Beach, Calif. rapper is signed to Waka Flocka Flame 's 36Brickhouse label and is charting Billboard hits.   Fatts placed two entries on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart thanks…

  6. Exclusive: The Supremes' Mary Wilson Talks No. 1 Single 'Where Did Our Love Go' 50 Years Later

    August 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The singer reveals why the trio didn’t care for the song, how they felt about Motown’s other girl groups and how a Billboard chart-topper changed their lives. Before Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard became the most successful girl group of the rock era, Motown released eight…

  7. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  8. Austin Mahone on Tour: Behind-The-Scenes Q&A and Live Performances

    August 14, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Eighteen-year-old Austin Mahone is in the midst of his biggest tour to date, playing sold-out shows for his “Mahomies” around the country. When Mahone hit Downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the fifth show of the 30-date run, Billboard caught up with the singer, as…

  9. Exclusive: Hardwell & Tiësto Talk Fame and Friendship

    August 14, 2014 12:04 PM EDT The dynamic duo discuss how their partnership came to be backstage at TomorrowLand 2014 A few hours before enthralling tens of thousands at TomorrowLand, two friends sit backstage comparing their kicks. Hardwell ’s radiant red Nike Air Yeezys are blinding against the couch’s white canvas.…

  10. 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…

  11. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

  12. 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…

  13. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, Paisley is never too busy to come home and…

  14. 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…

  15. Daddy Yankee Remembers 'Gasolina' 10 Years Later: 'I Knew It Was a Home Run'

    August 10, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Daddy Yankee looks back on the track that turned him into the messiah of reggaeton. Just over a decade ago, Daddy Yankee sat listening to the sounds of the streets in the tiny apartment he shared with his wife and three children in Villa Kennedy, a housing project in San Juan, Puerto…

  16. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  17. Exclusive: Hear Dr. John's 'Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen' ft. Ledisi & The McCrary Sisters

    August 08, 2014 11:32 AM EDT Need some new music to kick off your weekend mix? Billboard has an exclusive listen to Dr. John's latest, a cover of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen" feat. Ledisi & The McCrary Sisters, off his upcoming album Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch . "Everybody rose to…

  18. Napalm Death's Barney Greenway Speaks to Being Loved by Indonesia's New President

    August 08, 2014 11:07 AM EDT The reformer likes his music brutal... not his government. Last week, Indonesia -- a country long embattled and embittered by corruption and violence -- elected Governor Joko Widodo of Jakarta as its new president. His favorite music? Metallica . Slayer . Napalm Death . Randy Blythe , singer…

  19. Guest Post: Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music Is Already Profitable

    August 07, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Just how bright is the future of the music industry really? A new generation has spoken and access (streaming any music in the world from ‘the cloud’) will win out over ownership (collecting a finite number of songs as CDs or files), just as personal radio (interactive Internet radio…

  20. Gospel Singer Joseph Habedank's Journey Through Addiction, Towards His New Record

    August 05, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Joseph Habedank -- longtime member of the successful gospel group The Perrys -- is branching out on his own with a new solo album, Welcome Home , that was created as he emerged from the crucible of addiction (to pain medication) that eventually saw him check into Nashville-area treatment…

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