1. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  2. Move Over Elvis: Tiesto to Score Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas

    September 12, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Las Vegas' Bellagio Fountains are about to get "Maximal Crazy," thanks to Tiesto . The electronic music producer will debut a score for the Sin City attraction, which features choreographed water sequences set to lights and music -- usually from the likes of Frank Sinatra and…

  3. 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…

  4. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The set scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Frank Foster. Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum .…

  5. Watch Exclusive The Dead Daisies Video -- Featuring Fans!

    September 11, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Get ready for a jolt in your Thursday. Billboard is excluisvely premiering a track from The Dead Daisies , a "supergroup" of revolving members. Currently, the group feautres Jon Stevens ( Noiseworks / INXS ) on vocals, David Lowy ( Mink /Red Phoenix ) on guitar, Richard Fortus (…

  6. 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…

  7. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

  8. Barbra Streisand Set for 'Tonight Show,' Her First Late-Night Spot in Decades

    September 11, 2014 5:16 AM EDT Barbra Streisand is heading back to late-night TV after a very long time away. Jimmy Fallon announced on Wednesday's Tonight Show that the legendary singer and Oscar-winning actress will appear on the show as both a guest and performer on Monday, Sept. 15. SiriusXM To Launch Barbra…

  9. Simon Le Bon on David Lynch's 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': 'It's Quite Bizarre'

    September 11, 2014 12:44 AM EDT The video-driven 1980s band Duran Duran -- which "made MTV," as VJ Martha Quinn has said -- will screen David Lynch's new cut of his 2011 film Duran Duran: Unstaged in about 300 U.S. theaters. The one-night-only event will take place Sept. 10, presented by Screenvision in…

  10. Lecrae vs. Jhene Aiko for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    September 10, 2014 8:53 PM EDT Rapper Lecrae is battling R&B singer Jhene Aiko for the top slot on the albums chart. Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae and rising R&B star Jhene Aiko are both on course for the No. 1 position on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Jhene Aiko's 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track…

  11. Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize?

    September 10, 2014 7:11 PM EDT If you're a U.K. musician making alternative music, the Mercury Prize is one of the greatest honors you can achieve. The annual award celebrates the best full-length from a British Isles-based artist and regularly goes to a dark horse, a left-field candidate largely ignored by the…

  12. 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…

  13. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  14. Megadeth Pulls Out of Motorhead's Motorboat Cruise

    September 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Most cruises are relaxing. Motörhead's upcoming Motörboat cruise -- advertised as "the Loudest Boat in the World" -- will not be one of them. Unfortunately, one headlining group won't be able to add to the din: Megadeth has pulled out of the event because frontman Dave…

  15. Justin Bieber Gets Naked At 'Fashion Rocks'; Crowd Boos

    September 10, 2014 6:16 AM EDT Fashion Rocks was all about music and clothes — or, in Justin Bieber's case, lack thereof. During the CBS live telecast on Tuesday night, the singer hit the Barclays Center stage with model Lara Stone to present performer Rita Ora and the corresponding Calvin Klein fashion show. Though…

  16. David Bowie Announces New Song 'Sue' for Career-Spanning Album Release

    September 10, 2014 2:08 AM EDT David Bowie promised new music, and he's about to deliver on his word. The Thin White Duke will issue a new song "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" as part of the release this November of a career-spanning collection, titled Nothing Has Changed (The Definitive Collection) . "…

  17. Crystal Gayle Says Country Hall of Fame Exhibit Gives Her a Chance to 'Look Back'

    September 09, 2014 6:36 PM EDT 'When I Dream' runs through Nov. 3 in Nashville. It's not too often that an artist nails a song on the first take. However, that's exactly what happened in 1977 when Crystal Gayle hit the studio to record the song that would become her signature tune, "Don't It…

  18. Top Arena Execs Dish on How They Move Ticket Sales

    September 09, 2014 6:20 PM EDT What does it take to run a successful arena in today’s competitive and volatile touring business? Venue executives from across the country will convene Sept. 14-16 in Long Beach, Ca. for the Arena Management Conference organized by the IAVM, the International Association of Venue Managers.…

  19. 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…

  20. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

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