1. First New Yusuf/Cat Stevens Album in Five Years Is Streaming

    October 20, 2014 8:02 AM EDT In 1977, after ten years as a recording artist, Cat Stevens converted to Islam and took the name Yusuf . Shortly after, he auctioned off all his guitars for charity and left music behind. Until Yusuf came back in 2006 with an album -- An Other Cup -- and then more one, Roadsinger , in 2009.…

  2. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  3. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  4. Album Review: Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley's 'American Middle Class' a Strong, Focused Debut

    October 14, 2014 7:43 PM EDT Angaleena Presley 's strong solo debut album, American Middle Class , is sure to be lumped in with work from country's other prominent female singers from the last few years. This association is partially because Presley first gained attention as a member of the Pistol Annies with…

  5. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  6. Latest 'Simpsons' Couch Gag Ditches Theme Song for Cat Stevens

    October 13, 2014 8:56 AM EDT The 26th season of The Simpsons is under way, and its credits-closing couch gag has been making headlines. After a prolonged, abstract, almost sci-fi version of the mainstay scene on the Sept. 28 premiere, Sunday night's "Super Franchise Me" kept things fresh with a little…

  7. Stoney LaRue Ready to Take Flight With 'Aviator'

    October 10, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Acclaimed singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue will release his fourth studio album, Aviator , on Oct. 28, and he says the recording process was an incredible experience. "Everything about the process was absolutely wonderful. Now, we're just waiting for everybody else to get it in…

  8. 'Saturday Night Live' Actress Jan Hooks Dies at 57

    October 09, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Jan Hooks , best known for her work on Saturday Night Live , died on Thursday (Oct. 9) in New York at the age of 57, her representative, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No further details were immediately available. Jan Hooks Top 5 'SNL' Musical Moments On…

  9. Stagecoach 2015 Lineup: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton & Tim McGraw to Headline

    October 06, 2014 3:42 PM EDT The Stagecoach festival announced its 2015 lineup Monday (Oct. 6). The festival -- in its 9th year -- is a huge showcase for country music. Check out the lineup below: Stagecoach Festival 2015 lineup is here! On sale next Tues, Oct 14 @ 10am. info http://t.co/OWo67ynX3O #yeehaw pic.twitter…

  10. Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff’s Bizarre Bromance and More Insider Scoop

    October 03, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Bieber-Hoff Bromance Justin Bieber and David Hasselhoff's bizarre mutual wish -- to work together -- is coming true. Lanette Phillips, the executive producer of Bieber and Cody Simpson 's tentatively titled music video "Home to Muma," tells Overheard that Bieber had his…

  11. Big Pun's Mother May be a Bank Robber

    October 02, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Late rapper Christopher " Big Pun " Rios' mother may be a repeat bank robber. A 63-year-old woman named Gail Simpson who was arrested in Miami in September after robbing a Wells Fargo is believed to be Gail Tirado, according to  online people searches  -- Big Rios'…

  12. Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering 'Rolling in the Deep': 'It's What Contemporary Music Needs More Of'

    October 02, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday night, Aretha Franklin and longtime collaborator and mogul Clive Davis sat down with veteran music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at New York City's 92Y for a lengthy discussion and preview of her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (due out…

  13. Could 'Weird Al' Yankovic’s Silent Film Short Be an Oscar Contender?

    September 30, 2014 10:43 AM EDT The comedian plays an actor playing Jesus in silent film 'The Moving Picture Co. 1914.' “Weird Al” Yankovic , who resurrected his recording career with a No. 1 album in July, has long resembled Jesus, and now he’s playing him in The Moving Picture Co. 1914 , a 22-minute silent…

  14. Robin Williams' Life Celebrated at San Francisco Tribute

    September 28, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Family and famous industry friends of  Robin Williams ' gathered to celebrate his legendary life Saturday in San Francisco,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The private tribute – held at the Curran Theatre – drew hundreds of guests and included music and video tributes as well as…

  15. 'Big Brother' Finale: 6 Frankie Grande GIFs for All Outcomes

    September 24, 2014 8:35 PM EDT When the Big Brother finale airs Wednesday night (Sept. 24), you better be armed with the proper GIFs to express your emotions online. Let's go to the most expressive BB16 houseguest for some help: Ariana Grande 's big bro Frankie Grande . Ariana Grande Knew How Frankie Could Win …

  16. Jessica Simpson Will Soon Be Jessica Johnson

    September 24, 2014 5:33 PM EDT It's Newlyweds: Round Two . Jessica Simpson stopped by the Today show Wednesday morning (Sept. 24), ostensibly to talk about her billion-with-a-B-dollar fashion empire, but instead, Matt Lauer and Simpson talked marriage. Simpson got married over the summer to Eric Johnson, with whom…

  17. 21 Under 21 (2014): Music's Hottest Young Stars

    September 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT What’s it like to become a music star with millions of fans before being able to legally order a beer to celebrate those achievements? These 21 artists know the feeling. Welcome to Billboard.com’s 2014 edition of 21 Under 21, our annual ranking of music’s most powerful minors, and perhaps…

  18. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  19. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit

    September 16, 2014 5:36 PM EDT This weekend marks the Second Annual Bone Appetit -- an event that benefits Downtown Dogs Group, a no-kill animal rescue organization based in Jackson, Tenn. In addition to celebrating our furry friends, the event also features a lot of food and a lot of music. The event is catered by many of…

  20. Teen Top Return a Little Sexier, Edgier on Emotional 'Missing' Single

    September 15, 2014 7:53 PM EDT The band's new song tells the story of a toxic relationship with a video that boasts drinking, baths and one shirtless member. At their debut New York concert in March , Teen Top told  Billboard ,   "now that we're getting older and more mature, we hope to show a very sexy and…

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