1. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers" producer Buddy Cannon to get him…

  2. The Verve Pipe, 'Overboard', Co-Written by Jeff Daniels: Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 12, 2014 9:18 AM EDT "I just helped him focus it a little bit," says the actor of working with frontman Brian Vander Ark The Verve Pipe is back with its first proper rock album in 13 years, “Overboard,” due out June 17. Listen to the title track, co-written by acclaimed actor Jeff Daniels below.  On the…

  3. Gene Watson: 'People Are Starved for Traditional Country Music'

    June 11, 2014 10:20 PM EDT Since arriving on the charts almost four decades ago with the classic "Love In The Hot Afternoon," Gene Watson has remained one of the format's most distinctive stylists. Hits like "Farewell Party," Fourteen Carat Mind" and "Got No Reason Now For Goin'…

  4. Casey Kasem's Daughter Denies Stepmother's Porn, Scientology Accusations

    June 11, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Jean Kasem, the wife of ailing DJ Casey Kasem, filed a declaration in court June 9 accusing Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem of working in porn and scheming to give her father's fortune (estimated at $80 million) to Scientology. "In addition to her conversion to Scientology…

  5. Sam Smith's Google+ Hangout With Billboard

    June 11, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Watch again! Sublime British vocalist Sam Smith chatted live with Billboard and guests June 18 at 7pm ET. The day after Sam Smith both drops his highly anticipated debut album "In the Lonely Hour" and makes his Apollo Theater debut, the suave Brit singer-songwriter will join…

  6. Bonnaroo's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See) 

    June 11, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Frank Ocean or Flaming Lips? Zedd or Lauryn Hill? Here are the most painful set overlaps, and which artist to see. Picture this: it's Friday night at Bonnaroo. The daytime heat has broken and you just filled your stomach with something from a nearby food truck that's healthy,…

  7. 'Philosophy of Phish': Oregon State Offers Course Tied to Band's Summer Tour

    June 11, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Phish fans wanting to get a bit deeper during the band's upcoming summer tour will have a new outlet to explore their favorite jams. As long as they're willing to do some homework. Oregon State University is offering a course this summer called "Philosophy School of…

  8. Irving Azoff Signs Gwen Stefani, No Doubt (Exclusive)

    June 11, 2014 12:02 PM EDT In his second major move of the week, Irving Azoff has signed Gwen Stefani and No Doubt for management, Billboard has learned. On Tuesday (June 10) it was announced that Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE) -- the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company -…

  9. Jennifer Lopez Will Kick Off The World Cup

    June 11, 2014 4:11 AM EDT Not so fast: J.Lo is performing at the World Cup after all. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On? Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a Flop? World Cup Panel at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference Jennifer Lopez said in an interview with The Associated Press that she is flying to…

  10. 'Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran': 9 Things to See in MTV's Docuseries Premiere (Video)

    June 10, 2014 9:08 PM EDT MTV's docuseries "Nine Days and Nights" kicks off on Tuesday night with its first subject: Ed Sheeran, the hit singer-songwriter whose latest turn for a touch of hip-hop has him nervous about whether he will "be a career artist, or [the guy who] had a very big album in…

  11. Members of Soundgarden, OFF! and Queens of the Stone Age at Work on New Band

    June 10, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd, Dimitri Coats of Off! and Alain Johannes -- formerly of Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures -- have joined forces for what Coats calls a "fun little side project" that will hopefully have some music ready for…

  12. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Bring Taste of California to Nashville

    June 10, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Thursday marks the kickoff for the 2014 season of Nashville Dancin' the annual concert series held on Nashville's Riverfront Park, and the night promises some interesting talent. The Kernal & His New Strangers and Los Colognes will be on the bill, as will headliner Houndmouth.…

  13. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. With Pride Month here, Billboard reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT…

  14. Darius Rucker Talks Kenny Rogers, Mötley Crüe & Recording His Next Album

    June 10, 2014 11:02 AM EDT For Darius Rucker, the CMA Music Festival is not only a chance to hang out with fans for a week, it also serves as a reminder that he is one. "When you're on the road a lot, you don't get to see a lot of shows. I still remember the first CMA event I came to with Brooks &…

  15. Lena Dunham Performs Sia's 'Chandelier' on 'Seth Meyers': Watch

    June 10, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Since Sia does not perform live (or, at least, perform while facing an audience or camera), the pop singer-songwriter has needed some assistance while performing her Hot 100 hit "Chandelier" on television. After music video star Maddie Ziegler helped her out on "Ellen,"…

  16. Casey Kasem Judge Orders Hold on End-of-Life Measures, Wife: 'Don't Let Them Kill my Husband'

    June 09, 2014 8:14 PM EDT A judge ruled Monday that the ailing radio host should be fed, hydrated and medicated after daughter Kerri moved to implement end-of-life measures. A judge ruled Monday that Casey Kasem should be fed, hydrated and medicated while a court-appointed attorney evaluates the health of the ailing…

  17. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  18. Shenandoah Just Misses Fiery Crash In Texas

    June 09, 2014 4:53 PM EDT The country group Shenandoah narrowly escaped a fiery crash when a vehicle carrying a fuel tank exploded in front of their tour bus in Southeast Texas. Shenandoah spokesman Don Murry Grubbs said Monday that no member of the band or crew was hurt in the early Saturday incident on the Neches…

  19. Colbie Caillat's Surprise EP: Inside 'Gypsy Heart Side A' & Her Star-Studded 'Try' Lyric Video

    June 09, 2014 3:01 PM EDT "I think 12 songs is too much to listen to all at once," says Caillat, who will release the rest of her new album later this year. On Monday (June 9), Colbie Caillat surprised fans by releasing five new songs as a standalone EP, "Gypsy Heart Side A," that preludes the…

  20. CODE First Play: Justin Jay, 'Instincts'

    June 09, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Roundly considered one of dirtybird’s brightest talents, 21-year-old Justin Jay has readied his first original EP on the San Francisco label since last year’s breakout “Static.” Claude VonStroke & the Dirtybird Crew Talk New Members, Partying in Miami: Watch The release’s title track, …

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