1. Meet the Bros. Landreth Before Their January Debut

    November 26, 2014 5:24 PM EST Music has always been a family affair for the Bros. Landreth . Before siblings Joey and David started to dream of a career together, they would tag along with their parents to their gigs. "My mom used to do lights for some of my dad's bands, so when David was born, there were…

  2. Jim Brickman Spends a 'Winter's Night' With Kenny Rogers, Jana Kramer & More

    November 26, 2014 4:36 PM EST Christmas music has long been very important to pianist Jim Brickman . The performer has just issued On a Winter's Night, a brand-new yuletide collection, and he tells Billboard that he can't wait for fans to hear it. "I'm so thrilled," he says. "It's been…

  3. Bob Seger Opens Tour With Some New and Some 'Old Time Rock & Roll'

    November 20, 2014 9:17 PM EST Nobody could complain about seeing the same old Bob Seger show after the Detroit rocker and his Silver Bullet Band opened their latest tour on Wednesday night (Nov. 19) at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Mich. Before a packed house of partisan home state fans -- who braved a bitter chill…

  4. Michigan-Born Country Star Frankie Ballard Shares His Inspirations -- From Kid Rock to Steve Earle

    November 18, 2014 6:24 PM EST Battle Creek, Mich., native Frankie Ballard brought a "Detroit country" vibe to the rising-hit title track from his Warner Music Nashville LP Sunshine & Whiskey (No. 2 on the Nov. 22 Country Airplay chart), so it's no surprise that the music of his early years was his…

  5. Taylor Swift Earned Less Than $500,000 From Spotify This Year, Label Boss Says

    November 12, 2014 8:18 PM EST That's a much smaller number than the one offered by Spotify's Daniel Ek earlier this week. The Taylor Swift vs. Spotify saga continued Wednesday (Nov. 12) with revelations about royalties the singer generated at the streaming company. Scott Borchetta , head of Swift's…

  6. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book

    November 11, 2014 4:33 PM EST 'Writing is getting me off,' drummer says. At the recent Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, Doors drummer John Densmore was presented with the Inspiration Award by Henry Rollins . After the ceremony, he stood outside the Avalon mere feet from ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne . It was a…

  7. Stevie Wonder Reveals Two New Projects on the Way

    November 06, 2014 4:38 PM EST One is a set of orchestral remakes of his songs with David Foster. Even as he readies his anxiously awaited Songs in the Key of Life Performance tour, Stevie Wonder has two new recording projects in motion. Wonder tells Billboard that he's "about eight songs" into When the…

  8. Woman Sentenced in Stabbing of Mary J. Blige's Dad

    November 04, 2014 8:24 PM EST A woman accused of stabbing the father of R&B singer Mary J. Blige during a domestic dispute in Michigan has been sentenced to jail. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Cheryl White of Battle Creek was sentenced Monday to a year in jail, but with 270 days already served. She'…

  9. 'Lord of the Rings' Composer Howard Shore Talks Hobbits, His Start on 'SNL' and Working With Martin Scorsese

    November 03, 2014 1:53 PM EST Whatever you think of director Peter Jackson’s decision to pump up J.R.R. Tolkien’s table-setting novel The Hobbit into three films to rival the more naturally epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, the indisputably good news is that when the final installment, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five…

  10. Corner Office: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Jack White, TV’s ‘Nashville’ Effect and Running the 'It' City

    October 27, 2014 10:14 AM EDT With the CMAs coming to town, Music City’s chief executive talks tax incentives, TV’s 'Nashville' effect and why Jack White matters. Karl Dean , 59, can spit out music business stats like nobody’s business. He’ll tell you, for example, that the city he has governed since 2007…

  11. Remembering Mark Bell: His Top 10 Productions

    October 14, 2014 7:01 PM EDT The music world mourned the death of pioneering producer Mark Bell , reportedly following complications from an operation. A key acid house advocate and Warp Records staple, Bell was best known for being a member of British electronic act LFO and producing seminal Björk and Depeche Mode…

  12. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  13. Violent Soho, Courtney Barnett & Sheppard Among Winners at Australia’s Independent Music Awards

    October 08, 2014 11:49 PM EDT Violent Soho , Courtney Barnett , Sheppard and Remi were among the big winners Wednesday night (Oct. 8) when the trophies were handed out at Australia’s Independent Music Awards. There was no glory for either Sia or Chet Faker, however, who each had three nominations but failed to win a…

  14. Debbie Harry to Headline John Lennon Tribute Concert

    October 08, 2014 10:50 PM EDT Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. The announcement Wednesday by the nonprofit Theatre Within came a day before what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now…

  15. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  16. Man Charged in $5M Violin Theft Pleads Guilty

    October 03, 2014 3:36 PM EDT A man accused of masterminding the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin pleaded guilty to robbery on Friday (Oct. 3), nearly eight months after the 300-year-old instrument was snatched from a musician who was attacked with a stun gun following a performance in Milwaukee. Brit Cops…

  17. 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,…

  18. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest…

  19. Wynton Marsalis To Christen St. Louis Jazz Center

    September 27, 2014 6:13 PM EDT ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will help christen a new St. Louis jazz center that organizers hope will serve as a venue worthy of the genre's top acts while inspiring the next generation of jazz greats from an area that has produced Miles Davis, Clark Terry and David…

  20. One Direction Returns To No. 1 on Hot Tours

    September 26, 2014 5:11 PM EDT One Direction marks its seventh overall week at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Tours ranking thanks to the latest reported figures ($12.9 million in sales) from three stadium performances. Fans packed the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Sept. 16, and sellout crowds…

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