1. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  2. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  3. Roger Waters Discusses Emotional Anti-War Documentary ‘The Wall’ at TIFF

    September 07, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "It has a more universal message, which is passionately anti-war," Roger Waters says. If a concert film can be emotional and even require a tissue, Roger Waters The Wall is it. Roger Waters Premieres His New Doc at Toronto International Film Festival Roger Waters , the Pink Floyd…

  4. Roger Waters Premieres His New Doc at Toronto International Film Festival

    September 07, 2014 10:32 AM EDT "Roger Waters: The Wall" chronicles his recent tour covering the seminal 1979 Pink Floyd album. Roger Waters celebrated his 71st birthday in style with a world premiere of his new documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival. When the former Pink Floyd front man walked…

  5. Juanes Reflects on His Past, Plots His Future

    September 05, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Latin superstar discusses his earliest L.A. memories, new album plans and more For Colombian superstar Juanes , playing the first Los Angeles edition of the Budwesier Made In America festival last weekend brought back a lot of memories. “Here my solo career started, so for me to come back…

  6. Annalise Emerick on 'Field Notes,' Collecting Fans & Telling Stories

    September 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Annalise Emerick definitely qualifies as a "Road Warrior." Since 2011, the Nashville native has spent a lot of time on the highway, spreading the word about her music. She tells Billboard if you are going to build a career in the music business, full-throttle is the only way to go. …

  7. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  8. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock…

  9. 'The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill' Documentary: Review

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT On Tuesday, Kate Bush will take over London's Eventim Apollo for 22 nights of concerts collectively entitled "Before the Dawn" (selling out 77,000 tickets in 15 minutes while doing so). Just in time for the momentous occasion -- her first live shows since 1979's epic…

  10. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  11. 2014 Is the Best Year for Stadium Concerts in 20 Years

    August 22, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Billboard declared 1994 the "Year of the Stadium." Then receipts began sinking. Now, 20 years later, the big-venue shows are setting records again in a startling comeback. Jason Aldean says that when his team first broached the idea of adding stadiums to his tour route in 2013, “I…

  12. Oscar-Winning Director to Helm Upcoming Stax Records Film ‘Respect Yourself’

    August 18, 2014 4:34 PM EDT The director of Oscar winner 20 Feet From Stardom will helm "Respect Yourself" The tale of Stax Records, the trailblazing label that launched Otis Redding’s career and released hits like Eddie Floyd’s “Knock on Wood,” is eyeing the big screen and Broadway. Evergreen Media Group, the…

  13. Paul Giamatti to Star in 'Straight Outta Compton' as N.W.A Manager

    August 16, 2014 11:31 AM EDT The actor will play Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller Paul Giamatti has closed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton , The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The actor will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. Casting Company Apologizes for…

  14. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour…

  15. Electric Wurms Song Premiere: Hear 'The Bat' from the Flaming Lips Side Project

    August 11, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss their new collaboration, touring possibilities and Miley Cyrus. Wayne Coyne says the Electric Wurms is "mostly Steven's group," referring to his Flaming Lips compatriot Steven Drozd. But Drozd insists that Coyne get his due credit for the…

  16. Play on Brian Epstein's Final Night Makes London Debut

    August 05, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Monday’s (August 4) press night of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles , a play about the ill-starred manager who guided the Beatles to global domination, brought a warm response from an audience including such celebrities as Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and Paul McCartney ’s brother Mike McGear…

  17. Neil Young Urges Fans to Boycott Non-Organic Cotton

    August 02, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Neil Young took to his website on Friday to speak out against the purchase of non-organic cotton. The FarmAid co-founder and veteran activist, who has championed environmental, social and aural causes over the years, has vowed to phase the material out of his tour merchandise in favor of 100…

  18. Tom Petty Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    July 30, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Veteran rock act Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are aiming for their first No. 1 album, as  Hypnotic Eye  could debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters suggest the set -- which was released on July 29 through Reprise/Warner Bros. Records -- may sell around 100…

  19. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  20. Miley Cyrus Tattoos Her Assistant

    July 29, 2014 12:12 AM EDT If Miley Cyrus’ singing career ever takes a nosedive, we can only hope the Hannah Montana alum doesn’t pursue a career in skin art. As evidenced by the star's Instagram posts over the weekend, Cyrus and her assistant-slash-bestie Cheyne Thomas recently tested their skills with a tattoo…

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