1. The Railers 'Kinda Dig the Feeling' of Making It in Nashville

    November 10, 2014 8:20 PM EST The story of the Railers began in a grocery store. So says the band's Cassandra, who was studying opera at North Arizona University. "I walked in through the 'out' doors and ran into Jonathan," she recalled to Billboard . "We realized that we were both studying…

  2. From Train to Motorhead, Inside the Big Business of Music Cruises

    November 10, 2014 4:57 PM EST Cruise organizers are rockin’ the boat -- literally -- as they cater to a rising tide of fans eager to set sail with their favorite artists. When Lynyrd Skynyrd helmed its inaugural Simple Man Cruise in 2007, the ship ran out of Jack Daniel’s on the first night. “We drank the boat dry,”…

  3. Fergie's 'L.A. Love (La La)' Video Has Chelsea Handler, Hilary Swank & More Bizarre Cameos

    November 10, 2014 4:42 PM EST Fergie 's second solo album doesn't drop until 2015, but the video for lead single "L.A. Love (La La)" is here! And it features a slew of entirely unexpected cameos. As Fergie rolls around California in her double-decker, Day of the Dead-themed party bus, she's…

  4. Listen to Sweet Lullaby Kelly Rowland Wrote for Her Son

    November 10, 2014 4:00 PM EST Aww:  Kelly Rowland has written a lullaby for newborn son, Titan Jewell Witherspoon, and fans get to hear the result. "I've waited all my life to see ya/ I've been dreaming about you," she sings on "Mommy's Little Baby." "I wondered what you'd be…

  5. How Dance-Pop Act Zhu Scored a Major-Label Deal Using Just His Logo and His Music

    November 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST Dance-pop act Zhu scored a hit single, a major-label deal and a high-profile stateside debut using just his logo and music. In February, a mysterious Outkast medley surfaced on dance-music blogs, credited to an unknown artist who signed his work simply in white paint strokes. Less than…

  6. Three 'Boyhood' Songs, Including Two by Ethan Hawke, Enter Oscar Race

    November 08, 2014 1:32 PM EST As the Oscar race approaches the Thanksgiving break, with only a small handful of major awards hopefuls that haven't yet screened, IFC Films' summer release Boyhood continues to look like the film to beat. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15…

  7. Marshall Tucker Band Singer Doug Gray on the Group’s Timeless Songs, New Live Album

    November 08, 2014 11:38 AM EST San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner recently took the mound to the tune of “Fire On The Mountain,” the 1975 classic from The Marshall Tucker Band , during the baseball team’s post-season run. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed Throw in the constant inclusion of classic…

  8. Neil Young Bassist Rick Rosas Dead

    November 07, 2014 4:35 PM EST Longtime Neil Young bassist Rick Rosas has passed away at age 65, according to several sources . Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina first posted the news on his Facebook page, followed by Neil Young's unofficial fan page Thrasher's Wheat . Rosas cause of death is not yet known. …

  9. Exclusive Essay: Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos Pays Tribute to Home-Video Pioneer Ron Eisenberg

    November 07, 2014 4:29 PM EST Home video pioneer Ron Eisenberg , the founder and former president of ETD (East Texas Distributing), died at his Houston home on Oct. 31. He was 73.  Ron was a "keep it simple" kind of executive. If it seemed like a good idea, it was probably worth trying. If it didn't work,…

  10. Emmylou Harris To Be Honored at Washington DC Event

    November 07, 2014 1:27 PM EST Emmylou Harris  is getting her own celebration. On Jan. 10, a collection of music stars -- including Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride -- will come together for a very special concert: The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration honoring the 13-time Grammy winner. …

  11. Watch Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips Cover the Beatles on 'Conan'

    November 07, 2014 7:53 AM EST "A Day in the Life" might be an all-time classic  Beatles song, but that didn't stop the Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus from covering it on With a Little Help From My Fwends , along with the rest of  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band . Or from performing the track…

  12. Doobie Brothers Feel Right at Home With Country Crowd

    November 06, 2014 5:36 PM EST Band talks new album 'Southbound,' featuring Blake Shelton, Sara Evans & more country stars. This week, the legendary Doobie Brothers released a brand-new album called Southbound, which pairs the iconic band with some of the hottest stars of the country format, such as…

  13. Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference Day One Report: Trent Reznor, Mark Mothersbaugh, and More

    November 06, 2014 7:14 AM EST At the Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference on Wednesday, the intersection of commerce and art was frequently met. The topic came up again and again in panels and discussions that included interviews with film composers and analytics measuring the life of a…

  14. Howard Shore, Billboard/THR Maestro Award Honoree, Talks Legendary Film Scores (and Naps)

    November 06, 2014 6:31 AM EST To hear Maestro Award winner Howard Shore tell it at the 2014 Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, you might think he was the inspiration behind the film Forrest Gump  -- which is surprisingly not among the 80-plus films he's scored. Shore, who spoke at the…

  15. The Syndicate Absorbs Tijuana Gift Shop

    November 06, 2014 2:08 AM EST The Syndicate, the marketing and promotion company based in Weehawken, N.J., is absorbing public relations company Tijuana Gift Shop and has made the TGS principal Jeff Kilgour VP of PR and artist development at the Syndicate. Kilgour is bringing over the Tijuana Gift Shop roster, which…

  16. ZHU Delivers Audiovisual Odyssey in North American Debut

    November 05, 2014 5:29 PM EST Faceless artist plays HARD Day of the Dead. Towering palm trees frame gray and lavender tones while purple lights dance in stuttered steps below. "This is the Nightday," says Jake Udell, ZHU 's manager. "Look at the sky." The setting couldn't have been better…

  17. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Wu-Tang Clan, Fifth Harmony, Theophilus London & More

    November 05, 2014 5:00 PM EST On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about an eclectic bunch of new songs in the worlds of hip-hop, indie, R&B and pop. Since Pop-Shop's Jason Lipshutz was lucky enough to attend an advance listening session of Wu-Tang Clan 's long-awaited  A…

  18. BMI Advises Pandora That Big Publishers Won't Be Withdrawing Licensing Rights

    November 05, 2014 9:25 AM EST For the past year, there's been an ongoing mystery in the music industry over whether Universal Music and Sony/ATV would withdraw their song catalogues from ASCAP and BMI. This is a big deal. Take the fuss over the decision on Monday by Taylor Swift to remove her works from Spotify.…

  19. 10 Things We Learned From Cyndi Lauper's Reddit AMA

    November 04, 2014 7:00 PM EST In 1984, Cyndi Lauper used her, well, unusual style to her advantage, releasing She's So Unusual , the first debut female album to land four top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Lauper recently told Billboard the songs contained "were about empowering all us freaks. We stood up…

  20. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    November 04, 2014 5:30 PM EST Nashville has always been known as a songwriter's town, and that perception has been bolstered in the past decade by the increasing success of the CMA Songwriters Series. The series celebrated its 10th anniversary this year by expanding into television and drawing standing-room-only…

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