1. HIM to Release Limited-Edition Vinyl Boxed Set, Remastered Catalog in November

    September 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Previously unreleased live version of Right Here in My Arms playing only at Billboard for 24 hours. Finnish “love metal” band HIM is releasing a limited-edition boxed set, Lashes to Ashes, Lust to Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective ’96-’03 , through the End Records on Nov. 25. It will contain four…

  2. 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…

  3. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  4. NBC's 'Peter Pan' Casts Tony Nominee as Mrs. Darling

    September 09, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Kelli O'Hara joins Allison Williams in live TV event. NBC has found Peter Pan Live 's Mrs. Darling. Five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara has been tapped to play the wife to George Darling and the mother to Wendy, John and Michael, the network announced Tuesday (Sept. 9). First…

  5. Ashley Tisdale Marries Christopher French

    September 09, 2014 3:22 PM EDT Ashley Tisdale, best known as Sharpay in the  High School Musical  franchise, got married on Monday.  The actress married Christopher French (the lead singer of  Annie Automatic ) after less than two years of dating. Tisdale's  High School Musical  co-star Vanessa Hudgens was among the…

  6. Placido Domingo’s L.A. Opera Contract Extended

    September 06, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Placido Domingo 's contract as general director of the Los Angeles Opera has been extended through the 2018-19 season. Placido Domingo to Close-Out London's iTunes Festival The 73-year-old tenor became artistic consultant to the company in 1984 and was artistic director from 2001-03…

  7. Chicago Radio Personality Roy Leonard Dies at 83

    September 05, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Longtime Chicago radio and TV personality Roy Leonard , who introduced listeners and viewers to some of America's biggest celebrities as they were just getting started, has died. He was 83. Leonard was well known around the Midwest for his decades of talk radio, celebrity interviews and…

  8. MTV International to Air Snoop Dogg, Demi Lovato Documentaries

    September 04, 2014 4:50 AM EDT MTV said on Wednesday that it would roll out hourlong music documentary series The Ride across its international networks, putting the spotlight on key moments in the careers of the likes of Snoop Dogg and Demi Lovato .  After a first hourlong doc on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis aired in the U…

  9. First Look: Allison Williams as 'Peter Pan' Unveiled

    September 03, 2014 9:58 AM EDT The first photo of Girls star Allison Williams as Peter Pan has been revealed. In the image, released Wednesday morning by NBC and tweeted by its Today morning show, Williams sports short hair, a ragged green suit and brown boots, as she's shown perched on a ship. First photo! See…

  10. Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault in Washington

    September 02, 2014 10:11 AM EDT Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hitting a man outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a…

  11. Motley Crue’s Final Tour Is a Must-See: Here are Six(x) Reasons Why

    September 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT L.A.’s baddest boys are taking a full-throttle victory lap on their Final Tour. Roughly 15,000 people filled PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., on Aug. 30 to see Motley Crue before the band retires from the road. Motley Crue Reveals 'Dirt' Movie Details, Previews Final Tour &…

  12. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  13. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lil Wayne Take Top Honors at 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

    August 23, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Ludacris is given President's Award at Hollywood ceremony. The 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards crowned Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with the Song of the Year prize, Lil Wayne with the Songwriter of the Year trophy, and Warner-TamerLane Publishing Corp. was named Publisher of the Year.…

  15. Emma Stone Confirms Starring Role in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 21, 2014 3:47 AM EDT It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apart due to scheduling conflicts related to The…

  16. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons: 'Maybe You Should Focus on Your Records a Little More'

    August 20, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has released his first solo album in five years, and by the sound of Space Invader the axeman seems to have had as much fun playing on it as -- gasp -- his early years in Kiss . From the opening title track to the instrumental closer, “Starship,” where Frehley…

  17. 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.…

  18. Guest Post: Allow Artists to Slip Through the Digital Cracks At Your Peril, Streamers

    August 14, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Last week, Billboard published a guest editorial by Thomas McAlevey , CEO of streaming startup Radical.FM. The below is in response to Mr. McAlevey's piece. Dear Mr. McAlevey, I read your Billboard guest editorial “Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music is Already Profitable.” Forgive me…

  19. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  20. Peermusic Ups Yvonne Drazan and Julio Bague to VPs of Latin Division

    August 11, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Peermusic is further solidifying its Latin music operation with two key promotions on both coasts. Effective immediately, Yvonne Drazan will serve as vp, Latin Division, West Coast and Julio Bagué will serve as vp, Latin Division, for the East Coast and Puerto Rico. Both will continue to…

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