1. 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…

  2. Barbra Streisand Talks Music-Making, Booze, Elvis & Politics

    September 18, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn't a conscious effort to exclude females. "Everyone we asked was ... busy," Streisand said. The performer almost scored one major diva: Beyonce . Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album  …

  3. Rick Ross Sets Release Date for 'Hood Billionaire' Album

    September 17, 2014 1:42 PM EDT After teasing Hood Billionaire with his first single "Elvis Presley Blvd" on Monday, Rick Ross announced the release date for his forthcoming album. Hood Billionaire is slated to drop on Nov. 24, making it the Bawse's second album of 2014. Rick Ross Rules With Fifth No. 1…

  4. 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…

  5. Barbra Streisand Duets With Jimmy Fallon For First Late Night Appearance in 50 Years

    September 16, 2014 1:16 AM EDT It’s not often that an entire episode of The Tonight Show is dedicated to one guest. But for a legend like Barbra Streisand , Jimmy Fallon can certainly make an exception. Streisand carried the Sept. 15 episode by herself, as she hyped her upcoming duets album Partners , out Sept. 16 via…

  6. Rick Ross Releases 'Elvis Presley Blvd' Single, Announces 'Hood Billionaire' Album

    September 15, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Rick Ross delivered the first taste of his forthcoming album, Hood Billionaire , with his first single, "Elvis Presley Blvd." In the NSFW music video, the rapper posts up on his Cadillac, while an on-screen couple, disguised as the legendary Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley, go…

  7. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Clear Channel -- now…

  8. Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to Play Star-Studded Bridge School Benefit

    September 12, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Pearl Jam , Tom Jones and Soundgarden will be among the typically all-star cast at this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young . The iconic singer-songwriter will also perform at the annual event, which will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at the…

  9. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  10. 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…

  11. Exclusive: Veteran Marsha Vlasic to Bring Deep Client Roster to Artist Group International

    September 09, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Marsha Vlasic will join Artist Group International (AGI) as president, less than a week after news broke that she was leaving ICM Partners. All of her clients, including Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Regina Spektor , Cage The Elephant , Muse , the Strokes , Moby , Band Of Horses , Silversun…

  12. SiriusXM To Launch Barbra Streisand Channel

    September 09, 2014 4:38 AM EDT SiriusXM is launching an exclusive, limited-run station featuring the works of Barbra Streisand , the satellite radio giant announced Monday. Starting this Friday (Sept. 12) at 5 p.m. ET, through Oct. 10, fans can tune into The Barbra Streisand Channel on Sirius channel 69, XM channel 73 and…

  13. Marsha Vlasic, Agent to Neil Young, Muse & More, Leaving ICM Partners

    September 05, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Rock agent Marsha Vlasic is leaving ICM Partners after six years with the talent agency. Vlasic's client roster includes heavyweights such as Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Iggy Pop and Muse .  ICM's Steve Levine informed the company of Vlasic's exit with this email late Friday …

  14. SOJA and the American Reggae Movement: D.C. Band Makes 'Noise' With Highest Debut

    September 04, 2014 1:22 PM EDT "I wanted to be Bob Marley since the first time I saw a picture of him and I still do; what I mean by that is conscious music needs to have a spotlight on it and he did that bigger than anyone who ever lived," explained Jacob Hemphill , lead singer/songwriter of the Washington D.C.…

  15. 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…

  16. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  17. Royal Blood, Lilly Wood Top U.K. Charts

    September 01, 2014 4:04 AM EDT English rock duo Royal Blood sold nearly 66,000 units to debut atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 31) with their self-titled Warner Bros./Warner Music album. French-Israeli duo Lilly Wood entered the singles chart at No. 1 with German DJ-producer Robin Schulz’s remix of their 2010…

  18. Kate Bush Sets U.K. Chart Record

    September 01, 2014 3:02 AM EDT Kate Bush has chalked up another record by becoming the first female in history to land eight albums simultaneously in the top 40 of the U.K’s Official Albums Chart. In the new list published Sunday, the revered English singer has two albums in the top 10 (The Whole Story at No. 6, Hounds of…

  19. Labor Day Playlist: 20 Songs About Working for the Man

    August 28, 2014 3:32 PM EDT In America, we live to work and work to live -- and we never stop complaining about it. Even folks who love their jobs are never satisfied. If baseball weren’t our national pastime, bitching about our stupid jerk-face bosses surely would be. Luckily, we pause once a year on the first…

  20. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

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