1. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

  2. Was 1994 the Best Year for Movie Soundtracks?

    October 01, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Part of grunge's golden era and a crucial turning point for hip-hop, 1994 is often lauded as one of the best years for music, ever. And from cult favorites like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption to blockbusters like Forrest Gump and The Lion King , 1994 is also recognized as a…

  3. U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT By its third album, 1983’s War , U2 had mined its influences and forged the building blocks of its unique sound. These included Bono’s obliquely heroic lyrics, the Edge’s polished-shrapnel guitar riffs, and the charging rhythms of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. On their…

  4. Jared Leto, Snoop Dogg Pump Dollars Into Reddit

    October 01, 2014 10:17 AM EDT Investors have put $50 million into the site, which plans to give back a percentage to community members. Reddit, the community-driven link site popular for its "ask me anything" series and abundance of NSFW material, announced this week that it has raised $50 million from…

  5. Thank Goodness! 'Gilmore Girls' on Netflix Uses the Same Theme Song

    October 01, 2014 9:39 AM EDT For everyone planning to revisit Stars Hollow, great news: Gilmore Girls on Netflix uses the same theme song as on the network broadcast.  Gilmore Girls is finally available to stream on Netflix beginning Wednesday, and it was unknown if the music might change -- other shows on Netflix,…

  6. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  7. Could 'Weird Al' Yankovic’s Silent Film Short Be an Oscar Contender?

    September 30, 2014 10:43 AM EDT The comedian plays an actor playing Jesus in silent film 'The Moving Picture Co. 1914.' “Weird Al” Yankovic , who resurrected his recording career with a No. 1 album in July, has long resembled Jesus, and now he’s playing him in The Moving Picture Co. 1914 , a 22-minute silent…

  8. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  9. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  10. Corner Office: Andre Harrell, Vice Chairman of Revolt, on Working for Diddy and Discovering Robin Thicke

    September 29, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The former head of Motown on working for Diddy, discovering Robin Thicke and trading records for the tough terrain of cable TV. When Andre Harrell first met Sean Combs , the future Puff Daddy was but a wide-eyed intern at Uptown Records, the urban label Bronx native Harrell, 54, founded in…

  11. Original Stars of Broadway’s ‘Chicago’ to Reunite

    September 28, 2014 11:14 PM EDT Look closely and you'll see some familiar faces at the Nov. 23 performance of Chicago . Original stars Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey will be making cameos that night to celebrate the show becoming the second longest-running show in Broadway history. Carole…

  12. Bryan Adams, 'Tracks of My Years': Exclusive Album Premiere

    September 26, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Listen to Adams' first studio album in more than six years. Bryan Adams is the man behind classic songs like "Summer of '69" and "Heaven," and on his next album -- exclusively premiering on Billboard -- he's taking other artists' classics and making…

  13. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  14. Adult Swim's 'Squidbillies' Is Back: Hear Dwight Yoakam Sing the Theme Song

    September 25, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The show Squidbillies has returned for its eighth season, and several famous singers -- known for their work in different genres -- will cover the theme song. Check out a clip below where country-singer Dwight Yoakam tackles the track. Yoakam, whose first three albums all hit the No. 1 spot…

  15. Would Drake Work on Music With LeBron James?

    September 25, 2014 11:54 AM EDT We all know how much Drake wants to be BFFs with his favorite athletes, so this one shouldn’t come as a surprise -- he’s down to work with LeBron James . A TMZ reporter caught up with Drizzy on Sept. 23 as he left the Los Angeles premiere of Survivor's Remorse , a new television show…

  16. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More

    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week's Must-Hear Music podcast kicks off with a detailed dissection of Kendrick Lamar's "i," the first full taste of his sophomore album. While everyone ( Jason Lipshutz , Erika Ramirez  and Joe Lynch ) agrees it was far from what we expected, the Billboard staff…

  17. Agent Nick Storch Joins Artist Group International

    September 24, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Respected rock/pop agent Nick Storch has followed  Marsha Vlasic to Artist Group International. Storch began his career at Face The Music Touring, then moved to the Agency Group, prior to his five-year tenure at ICM Partners. Marsha Vlasic, Agent to Neil Young, Muse & More, Leaving ICM…

  18. Barbra Streisand Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Chris Brown at No. 2

    September 24, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Tim McGraw, George Strait and Train all notch Top 5 debuts as well. As reported yesterday , Barbra Streisand earns her 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of Partners . The all-star collaborations set sold 196,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 21, according to…

  19. Patti Labelle’s Team Wins Cadet-Beating Lawsuit

    September 23, 2014 10:11 PM EDT A former West Point cadet has lost his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against staff members for R&B singer Patti LaBelle over a beating received while waiting outside a Houston airport terminal for a ride home. Patti LaBelle Had Bodyguard Beat Cadet, Attorney Says The federal jury in…

  20. Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings List -- Who Joins Him?

    September 23, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Who makes the most money in hip-hop? It's a fraught question, and one that comes up frequently in rap lyrics -- Drake , for example, raps in his song "5 AM in Toronto," "I made the Forbes list, n---a/F--- your list, everything's lookin' gorgeous." Today,…

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