1. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

  2. Record Store Day's Don VanCleave Joins Nashville-Based Tech Think Tank

    September 19, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Record Store Day co-founder Don VanCleave has joined FLO {thinkery} , a Nashville-based group that helps artists and entertainers dream up new companies at the intersection of music and technology. VanCleave's role will be to work with other senior executive advisors on new ideas, said…

  3. Ole-Bluestone Announces Co-Publishing Deals with Ok Mayday, David Bratton, Others

    September 19, 2014 6:30 AM EDT The joint venture music publishing company formed by Timbaland and ole is on the move with a bunch of co-publishing signings: alternative rock band  Ok Mayday ; gospel songwriter David Bratton ; hip-hop/R&B producer/songwriter Maurice "Velly" Conway ; and rapper Justin "…

  4. Watch Eric Prydz Talk 'Epic 3.0' & Playing Madison Square Garden at All Costs

    September 18, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Eric Prydz is losing money on his upcoming show at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sept. 27. But the Swedish producer swears it's worth it.  Eric Prydz Brings Epic Show to NYC in 2013: Review "Madison Square Garden is career-defining," he said. "And it's a…

  5. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 23-year old woman wanted to live in. At least…

  6. Run the Jewels' El-P Calls 'Meow' Kickstarter 'An Opportunity to Do Something Good in a Fun Way' (Update)

    September 17, 2014 8:31 PM EDT UPDATE: Meow the Jewels has been officially funded with only 10 days left! MEOW THE JEWELS HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN FUNDED WITH MORE THAN 10 DAYS LEFT! — el-p (@therealelp) October 15, 2014 A few days ago, Run the Jewels announced a number of just slightly ludicrous pre-order packages in…

  7. Exclusive: Coachella and Firefly Founders Team Up on Joint Venture

    September 17, 2014 5:43 PM EDT The deal brings together Goldenvoice, the U.S.' most successful festival producer, with Red Frog, the company behind our fastest-growing fest. Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events…

  8. Eric Bellinger's 'Awkward' Reaches Top of Trending 140

    September 17, 2014 5:34 PM EDT On Tuesday Sept.16, Eric Bellinger debuted a new song from his upcoming mixtape, Choose Up Season , titled"Awkward." The track, which features rapper The Game , dons a smooth piano-based melody on which Bellinger's laments a failed relationship. Shortly after its release, …

  9. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  10. Lecrae Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, new albums by Jhene Aiko and Ryan Adams start in the Top 5. Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the first…

  11. 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…

  12. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  13. Bogota Music Market Highlights New Platforms, Burgeoning Colombian Music Scene

    September 15, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Salsa laced with rap, rock-edged blues, Andean countryside music played with drums and electric guitars, a symphony orchestra, and a singer of folk/rock fusion whose moves overshadow Shakira 's. It was an eclectic group of performers who took the stage before an audience of more than 1…

  14. Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies at 75

    September 13, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Joe Sample, a jazz pianist who had a successful solo career and also performed with numerous high-profile musicians, died Friday in Houston. He was 75. The news was announced on Sample's Facebook page, although the cause of death was not mentioned. Variety had previously reported the…

  15. 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…

  16. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  17. 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…

  18. Artist Development Case Study: Brantley Gilbert

    September 11, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Trailblazing superstar-in-the-making Brantley Gilbert has taken a unique path to stardom, significantly impacting musical trends and, in effect, broadening country’s audience through his compelling blend of rock and urban influences with traditional country themes and musicality. On the…

  19. Vanessa Hudgens Is Coming to Broadway

    September 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Thank heaven for this girl. Vanessa Hudgens is moving from high school musicals to the big leagues. Producers announced Wednesday (Sept. 10) that the High School Musical star will take on the title role in the new production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe 's Gigi , which will…

  20. Why Benjamin Booker’s ‘Blues Punk’ Sound Got Him Recruited By Jack White

    September 09, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Artist on the Verge: Benjamin Booker From: Tampa, Fla. Age: 24 Soundalikes:  With a voice as smooth as a sun-dried bone and riffs ripped from a Delta blues playbook, Booker sings like  Ray LaMontagne  and shreds with the intensity of  Gary Clark Jr . Influences: Booker’s “blues punk” mixes…

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