1. New Zealand Underground Icon Peter Gutteridge Dies

    September 15, 2014 5:58 AM EDT Peter Gutteridge , a singer and multi-intrumentalist who was a founding member of New Zealand indie bands the Clean, the Chills and the Great Unwashed and is synonymous with the influential Kiwi label they were signed to, Flying Nun, died Monday morning of unknown causes. According to various…

  2. MSG's James Dolan Opens for Eagles, Pens Songs About Eliot Spitzer & Trayvon Martin

    September 12, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Go on and blame the opening act if anything goes awry at this weekend's Eagles show in New York City. That's because billionaire Cablevision CEO James Dolan , who also runs Madison Square Garden, where the concert takes place on Saturday, has secured his own band to warm up the…

  3. Jeezy Debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    September 12, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Jeezy scores his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, while Rae Sremmurd grasps its first top 10 on Hot Rap Songs. Jeezy arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with Seen It All: The Autobiography , moving 164,000 units in the week ending Sept. 7, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  4. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  5. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  6. 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…

  7. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  8. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  9. Lionsgate Nabs Beach Boys Biopic 'Love & Mercy'

    September 10, 2014 3:36 PM EDT The film made its world premiere Sept. 7 at the Elgin Theatre Lionsgate/Roadside has acquired North American rights to Bill Pohlad 's Beach Boys biopic  Love & Mercy . A source pegs the deal at $3 million. John Cusack , Paul Dano , Elizabeth Banks  and Paul Giamatti star in the film…

  10. Interpol's 'El Pintor': Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 09, 2014 12:50 PM EDT If you’re Interpol , you must be hearing the words “return to form” a great deal these days. You’ve played the major label game, and retreated back to your original indie home, Matador Records. You lost your iconic bass player, and have struggled to prove you’re still the same band fans fell…

  11. Rewinding The Charts: 25 Years Ago, New Kids On The Block Were 'Hangin' ' At No. 1

    September 09, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Boston boy band topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with its breakthrough album and the set's title cut, respectively In every era of pop music, boy bands have elicited irrepressible shrieks from adoring female fans. In the '60s, it was the Beatles. In the '70s, the…

  12. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  13. 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…

  14. Hear One of Joan Rivers' Final Interviews

    September 08, 2014 5:18 PM EDT When Joan Rivers died last week at age 81 , the world lost the rare comedy legend who never slowed down over the course of a five-decade career. Just this past July, the caustic comic stopped by SiriusXM to discuss everything from her '60s comedy peers to one-liners written on scraps of…

  15. 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…

  16. Spotify Unveils Video Takeover Ads for Free Users

    September 08, 2014 1:20 PM EDT If you're one of the tens of millions who use Spotify's free service, prepare to be taken over. The streaming music giant has announced a pair of new video ad products that will give brands a super-sized presence while you listen. For the desktop there's Video Takeover, in…

  17. Broadway's 'Newsies' Ready to Hit the Road

    September 08, 2014 2:06 AM EDT The North American tour of the Broadway hit "Newsies" is about to high-kick its way from coast to coast, led by a 22-year-old actor who'll make a triumphant homecoming in Pittsburgh just in time for Thanksgiving. Dan DeLuca will be playing leading man Jack Kelly in the Tony…

  18. Miley Cyrus Goes Topless at Alexander Wang's NYFW Afterparty

    September 08, 2014 1:28 AM EDT Alexander Wang took Fashion Week afterparties to a new level Saturday night: He hijacked a secret one.  The designer — who has been known for his over-the-top parties in the past including a concert in a gas station, a frat party and a carnival — arrived at a party thrown by Club Shade, an…

  19. The Roys Explain New Point of 'View' On Latest Album

    September 05, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Brother and sister bluegrass duo The Roys are proud of each of the 11 tracks from their newest release, The View , but both tell Billboard that for a lot of reasons, the title cut is something very special. The Roys Tackle Tradition on 'Gypsy Runaway Train' "We were on tour in…

  20. Ja Rule to Star in MTV Family Docu-Series 'Follow the Rules'

    September 04, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule is set to turn the spotlight on his family. MTV has handed out a straight-to-series order for docuseries Follow the Rules , The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Nick & Drew Lachey's New Reality Series 'Lachey's Bar' Gets Greenlight From MTV…

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