1. Exclusive: Sinead O'Connor on the Catholic Church and Why She Stepped Back From Being a Priest

    August 12, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Pope Francis bores Sinead O’Connor, but that doesn’t mean she’s let him off the hook.    While talking to the unflinchingly honest singer/songwriter about her new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss , Billboard asked O’Connor, 47, what she makes of Pope Francis, who succeeded Pope Benedict…

  2. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, Paisley is never too busy to come home and…

  3. Robin Williams' 10 Best Musical Moments

    August 11, 2014 10:10 PM EDT The world was saddened to hear that Oscar-winner Robin Williams had died Monday of a suspected suicide at the age of 63. Williams' influence was vast, and spanned across film and television to music as well with five Grammys to his credit and three charting albums on the…

  4. Smule Reveals Artist Program to Foster 'Organic' Fan Engagement

    August 11, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Smule, developer of music apps such as Magic Piano and Sing!, has launched a program that will help connect bands with fans. Called the Smule Artist Program, the initiative provides artists and labels access to 20 million active users who, through their creative efforts on Smule apps, have…

  5. 15 Surprising Artists Without a No. 1 Album

    August 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT What do David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and Kiss have in common? They've all failed to crack the top spot on the Billboard 200. In light of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ achievement of earning its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 -- after a nearly 37-year wait -- what other…

  6. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Worked with David Guetta on New Music

    August 08, 2014 4:27 PM EDT "They said, 'Y'know, the only thing missing in dance music is a good guitar player,'" Gibbons explains. ZZ Top is celebrating its 45th year as a band this year, commemorating it with the new compilation The Very Baddest of ZZ Top . But guitarist Billy Gibbons tells…

  7. Sinead O'Connor on Celebrity Crush Dave Chappelle: 'If He Were a Bike, I'd Be Riding Him'

    August 08, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Through the years, Sinead O'Connor -- who is featured on the cover of Billboard's Aug. 16 issue -- hasn't been shy about expressing unbridled lust for comedian Dave Chappelle and actor Robert Downey Jr., but she has never really gone into detail about her crushes. Until now.…

  8. Behind Myspace's Troublesome Second Act

    August 08, 2014 11:16 AM EDT The once formidable site must "continue to shift" strategy. Myspace is trying to achieve what made Steve Jobs and Tina Turner legendary: a successful second act. But the former king of social networks has failed to win over consumers and musicians since its re-launch as a music…

  9. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  10. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: 5 Revelations From Sinead O'Connor

    August 07, 2014 6:32 PM EDT   Sinead O'Connor photographed by Nicole Nodland on July 17, 2014 at Brunswick Studios in London.  Nicole Nodland Sinead O'Connor is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, fearless and iconoclastic musicians of our time, but the last few years have found more people focusing on…

  11. Journey, Steve Miller Band Lead Hot Tours With Summer Run

    August 07, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Journey and the Steve Miller Band take the top ranking in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the final box office stats reported from their summertime trek through North America. The veteran rock bands joined forces in mid-May to co-headline an 11-week tour, playing primarily at outdoor…

  12. Jazz Musician Plans Tribute Album to Daughter Killed in Sandy Hook Shooting

    August 07, 2014 11:38 AM EDT After his 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Newtown school shooting, Jimmy Greene found a homemade book on her desk titled "Ana's flower book for Dad." The book was filled with page after page of beautifully drawn flowers in different colors and shapes. "It's a…

  13. Al Jarreau Salutes George Duke on New Star-Packed Album

    August 05, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The late musician’s influential legacy is saluted on 'My Old Friend,' featuring guests Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Albright and more. It’s a year to the day (Aug. 5) since the untimely death of revered Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke .…

  14. Musictoday Spun Off From Live Nation, Acquired by Delivery Agent

    August 05, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Musictoday, an e-commerce company for the music industry founded by Coran Capshaw (current CEO of Red Light Management), has been acquired by interactive-commerce company The Delivery Agent. Under majority ownership by Live Nation since 2006 , Musictoday has been spun off from the concert…

  15. Young the Giant Covers TLC, Helps on Weezer Classic at Lollapalooza Afterparty

    August 03, 2014 9:24 PM EDT Young the Giant recruited plenty of friends (and covers) at the band's Lollapalooza aftershow Saturday night at Chicago's House of Blues. The California natives were joined at times by Grouplove and Manchester Orchestra at the hour-long warmup to their main stage show in Grant Park…

  16. Beyonce Drops 'Flawless' Remix Featuring Nicki Minaj: Listen

    August 03, 2014 1:16 AM EDT "Of course sometimes shit goes down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator." Happy weekend, everyone! Beyonce has joined forces with Nicki Minaj for a surprise remix of "Flawless" that has left the rap blogosphere and Twitter completely blown away. Listen…

  17. Lollapalooza 2014 Friday Highlights: Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Lorde Rule Day 1

    August 02, 2014 3:10 AM EDT There may have been a little rain on this year’s parade, but the afternoon drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of the thousands of young revelers who flooded Chicago’s Grant Park for the first day of Lollapalooza 2014. Celebrating its 10th year in the Windy City, the annual summer bash…

  18. Israel Conflict Turns a Promising Touring Summer Grim, to the Tune of $20 Million

    August 01, 2014 12:27 PM EDT The conflict in Gaza and insurance challenges have made for a cruel summer for promoters. Neil Young and Backstreet Boys have postponed shows -- are Gaga and Lana next? “This looked like it was going to be one of the best summers in Israel’s history when it came to international acts, but now…

  19. See a Bloodied & Buff Nick Jonas in 'Kingdom' Trailer

    July 31, 2014 8:42 PM EDT MMA drama premieres on DirecTV's Audience Network on Oct. 8. If you've ever hoped for a Disney Channel and UFC crossover, this is the show for you. Kingdom , a mixed martial arts drama coming to DirecTV's Audience Network on Oct. 8, stars middle JoBro Nick Jonas as a jacked-up…

  20. 'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Returns to 'Rock of Ages'

    July 31, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The season four alum talks about the return to the role he created in the '80s rock musical, making new music and what he has in common with Adam Lambert. It's mid-July, and Constantine Maroulis is getting ready to return to Broadway in one of his most beloved roles -- Drew, the…

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