1. George Hamilton IV, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies at 77

    September 18, 2014 1:50 AM EDT If you look at the career of George Hamilton IV , one might be prone to label him as simply a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry and one of traditional country music’s most durable artists. However, Hamilton -- who passed away Wednesday (Sept. 17) at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77 -- was…

  2. Flume and Chet Faker's 'Drop the Game' (Sweater Beats Remix): Exclusive Premiere

    September 09, 2014 3:48 PM EDT The post-EDM electronic scene in Australia has gotten a lot of attention because of Flume , a DJ and producer who has been selling out shows around the world with his subtler, sexier dancefloor workout indebted to J Dilla and Flying Lotus . Earlier this year he dropped the Drop the Game  EP…

  3. Violent Soho, Sia Lead Australia’s Independent Music Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Violent Soho , Sia Furler , Chet Faker and RÜFÜS lead the nominations for Australia's ninth annual Independent Music Awards. Violent Soho is out front with chances in four categories. The Brisbane alternative rock outfit is up for best independent artist and their third studio album…

  4. Watch Paul McCartney & Johnny Depp's Half-Hour Blues Jam Session

    September 05, 2014 4:55 PM EDT When Paul McCartney released his "Early Days" video in July, fans were treated to Johnny Depp's third appearance in a Macca music video (after "My Valentine" and "Queenie Eye"). The clip was interspersed with footage of McCartney, Depp and a group of blues…

  5. 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…

  6. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts Picks of the Week: Jamie T & More

    August 22, 2014 6:09 PM EDT This week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart picks form an eclectic group of acts who are very different but all stand out as a result of recent music video releases. From an homage video by rapper BJ the Chicago Kid to Jamie T singing in a room full of deteriorating zombies,…

  7. The Bellamy Brothers Talk Being 'Bro Country Before It Was Cool'

    August 08, 2014 5:49 PM EDT has seen country music mainstays The Bellamy Brothers racking up the miles. David Bellamy tells Billboard that they, to quote Hank Snow, have been everywhere this year. "Our tour has actually zigzagged the world this year. We started off the year in India and Sri Lanka, came back…

  8. Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Gets Documentary Treatment

    July 27, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Unlocking the Truth, the teenage Brooklyn band who signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony Music, including a $60,000 advance on a two-album deal with an option for four more records, will be the subjects of a feature documentary. Black Label Media and SeeThink Films will finance and…

  9. Teen Metal Band Just Signed to Sony Now Releasing Book

    July 18, 2014 9:12 AM EDT The teen metal band Unlocking the Truth, which recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony , plans to release a book next year. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group (USA), said Friday that it would publish a book written by the Brooklyn trio chronicling the…

  10. Tween Rockers Unlocking the Truth Sign Seven-Figure Deal with Sony: Report

    July 13, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The young headbangers have already played the main stage at Coachella and opened for Guns N' Roses Brooklyn-based tween rock band Unlocking the Truth has reportedly signed a seven-figure album deal with Sony. Unlocking the Truth — comprising 13-year-old guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse,…

  11. Grammy Winning Eminem Engineer Steve King Dies at 56

    June 04, 2014 9:35 PM EDT Eminem is among the many in the music and recording worlds mourning the death of Steve King, the engineer who won a Grammy in 2003 for "The Eminem Show" and also mixed the rapper's award-winning "Lose Yourself" from the "8 Mile" film soundtrack. King's…

  12. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time period, you would be hard pressed to find a…

  13. Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Channels Jimi Hendrix in Right-Leaning Film (Video)

    May 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Megadeth co-founder Dave Mustaine is marking the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with a heavy metal guitar version of his own that will appear in "America," Dinesh D'Souza's follow-up to "2016: Obama's…

  14. Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Take America: Inside Their TV Special, Tour (Cover Story)

    May 27, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Katy Perry is practically naked. Dress rehearsal for "Crossroads," the June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, is an hour away, but all Perry can think about is getting undressed. Recently arrived at her trailer on-site at Sony'…

  15. Code Picks of the Week: Bassnectar, Claude VonStroke and More

    May 09, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Promise Land – Vega (Original Mix) [DOORN] The Italian duo continue to bend big room rules with a finely crafted production that could slot into any main stage festival set this summer without falling prey to the cookie-cutter tendencies of its contemporaries. Bassnectar ft. Rye Rye – Now…

  16. Breathe Carolina Leads Debut Parade On Dance Albums Chart

    April 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Breathe Carolina heads up five top 10 debuts on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, landing its first No. 1 in four tries, as "Savages" starts with 14,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band posts its best sales week, a figure previously held by its…

  17. Pair of Detroit EDM Festivals Called Off

    April 17, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Two new electronic music festivals scheduled for July 4th weekend in Detroit have been canceled for this year -- but have already announced dates for 2015. The Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) was slated to take place July 4-6 at the city's Campus Martius Park as a free event,…

  18. The Tax Man Cometh: 10 Artists That Got Unpleasant IRS Attention

    April 15, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Time to pony up to the IRS. Those that have failed to historically have had to deal with them eventually, whether they liked it or not. Willie Nelson, Ja Rule, Toni Braxton and more can confirm. With the deadline for IRS Tax filing today (Tuesday, April 15, folks!), here's a reminder…

  19. Arthur Smith, 'Dueling Banjos' Writer, Dead at 93

    April 04, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Arthur Smith, a multi-instrumentalist whose song "Feudin' Banjos" later became known as the popular "Dueling Banjos," has died. He was 93. According to the Charlotte Observer, Smith, a Charlotte, N.C., resident, passed away April 3 of natural causes, just two days…

  20. Buckwheat Groats Drops NSFW Video Praising Tom Hanks: Watch

    March 19, 2014 9:14 PM EDT We may never have asked for a rap song praising Tom Hanks, but life is but a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get. Yesterday (March 18), rap duo Buckwheat Groats filled the hole in our lives we didn't even know existed with "Tom Hanks," its new music…

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