1. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  2. Pharrell Williams Wants to Follow in Blake Shelton's Footsteps on 'The Voice'

    September 18, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are the new faces to the coaching staff, but don't expect any major format changes. The Voice returns on Sept. 22 and for new judge  Pharrell Williams , it's more than just another gig.  “I don’t want to call it a job," Williams said at a…

  3. Mark Mothersbaugh to Speak at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    September 17, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Mark Mothersbaugh , the co-founder of Devo who has scored films and television series for more than 25 years, will discuss his recent work with director-writer-producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference . Howard Shore to…

  4. Inside Pentatonix, 'Pitch Perfect' and the Pop-Culture Phenomenon of A Cappella Music

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT The band Pentatonix, already swimming in brand alignments and video views, is having a moment as instrumentless interest keeps swelling. Alongside needle-moving, genre-defying priority releases on the RCA Records slate -- Sia 's 1000 Forms of Fear and "Weird Al" Yankovic '…

  5. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  6. 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 ,…

  7. Exclusive: Diego Boneta Signs to Sony Music U.S. Latin

    September 04, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Diego Boneta may soon be known as the Latin Jared Leto : After making a name for himself in TV and film, Boneta has inked a recording deal with Sony Music U.S. Latin. The Mexican heartthrob is a rising star who has become somewhat of a fixture on U.S. TV with roles in MTV's Underemployed…

  8. Hear Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford & Jim James Perform 'New' Bob Dylan Song 'Married to My Hack'

    September 02, 2014 12:00 PM EDT A second song from 'Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes' has arrived. The second taste of the highly-anticipated  Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes  collection -- which features new recordings of shelved Bob Dylan  lyrics from  1967 as produced by T Bone Burnett -- has…

  9. Country Duo The Secret Sisters on Their New Extended Disc and Paying Tribute to The Everly Brothers

    August 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their sound. “We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard. "Dad was big into Crosby,…

  10. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  11. Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics Interpreted by T Bone Burnett and Friends, Set for Release

    August 19, 2014 2:29 PM EDT The forthcoming album and Showtime special features Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, among others. Anticipation -- if not hype -- is officially high for the Nov. 11 release of T Bone Burnett ’s latest production, Lost On The…

  12. Veteran Publicist Mack Newberry Dies at 89

    August 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The veteran publicist represented such music stars as Dolly Parton and John Denver. Mack Newberry, a veteran publicist who represented numerous music and TV stars and helped manage PR efforts for the Grammys, has died in St. Augustine, Florida. He was 89. Newberry spent over a decade at PR…

  13. Rosanne Cash to Receive Performing Arts Award From Smithsonian Magazine

    August 08, 2014 5:19 PM EDT At the third annual Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Awards, country legend Rosanne Cash will receive the Performing Arts award from fellow legend T-Bone Burnett. The Grammy-winning eldest daughter of Johnny Cash has notched 11 No. 1 country singles over the course of her lengthy…

  14. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

  15. 'Glee' Star Naya Rivera Is Married

    July 23, 2014 4:28 PM EDT The actress wed actor Ryan Dorsey over the weekend. "Glee" star Naya Rivera is a married woman. The actress tied the knot over the weekend, marrying actor Ryan Dorsey in Cabo San Lucas on Saturday, Rivera's rep confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . A small group of close family…

  16. Doley Bernays, 'Prey': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 14, 2014 12:40 PM EDT The rapper will release his new EP, 'Bond Place Hotel,' on August 26. The Bronx has bred a new promising rapper: Doley Bernays. Close to a year after releasing his EP, "Just In Case," Bernays preps his sophomore EP, "Bond Place Hotel." Check out the first single,…

  17. 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson on Enation, Songwriter Co-Stars and Avery's Fate (Q&A)

    July 10, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The angst-ridden rocker talks about filming the ABC country music drama that's somewhat critical of the major labels his band has never tried to chase. ABC's country music drama 'Nashville' continues to center on a handful of musicians, each uniquely struggling for their…

  18. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  19. Jeff Bridges on Touring, Austin City Limits, and His 'Pretty Eclectic Show'

    June 24, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Jeff Bridges is going on the road. The actor, famous for roles in films such as "Crazy Heart," "The Big Lebowski," and "True Grit," is taking his music to fans in the midwest and the east coast this summer, along with his band, The Abiders. The tour, which…

  20. The Go-Gos, Pink Martini, Kristin Chenoweth Inducted Into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame

    June 24, 2014 12:18 AM EDT Before a capacity house of about 17,000, Pink Martini, fronted by singer China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, started off the night with standards including Amado Mio and Sympathique in concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Lauderdale took a moment on stage to recall how the band…

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