1. Culture Club Return For New Album & Reunion Tour

    August 12, 2014 5:44 PM EDT The new wave act's classic lineup reunites for the first time in 14 years Good news for Culture Club fans: The highly popular British new wave band has a new album in the works to go with 2014 tour dates in both the United States and the United Kingdom. And unlike previous reunions,…

  2. Stax Records Musical: Lawsuit Explores Who Owns the Rights

    August 12, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Just last month, Concord Music Group announced that it was developing a Broadway musical about the iconic music label Stax Records, which launched the careers of such soul artists as Otis Redding , Isaac Hayes and Booker T. & the MG's amid the racial tension of the civil rights era.…

  3. Top Sex Songs Playlist: What the World Listens to When Feeling Sexy

    August 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Do try this at home. We at Billboard could try to peg this analysis -- produced in cooperation with the big sexy brains at Spotify and the Echo Nest -- of listeners' favorite sexy sex songs as a seasonal offering, something to the tune of: "It's summer, it's hot and…

  4. ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' Musical Heading to Broadway

    August 08, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Looks like it’s time for a little twang on Broadway. With a book by Larry L. King and Pete Masterson , and music and lyrics by Carol Hall , The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is set to open in 2015 in a new production directed and choreographed by Tony, Emmy and Olivier winner Rob Ashford .…

  5. CBGB Announces Third Annual Music and Film Festival

    August 06, 2014 2:31 AM EDT CBGB , the iconic New York club that has presented the next big thing in music for 40 years, will stage the third annual CBGB Music & Film Festival from Oct. 8 to 12. Last year's festival premiered with more than 50 music-based films, including the New York premiere of the Oscar…

  6. Jay Z, Beyonce and the Rumor Mill: Who's Pulling the Strings?

    August 05, 2014 6:07 PM EDT For most of their six-year, seven-digit-earning marriage, Beyonce and Jay Z were a glimmering aberration in the world of celebrity rumors: an unflappable married couple seemingly impervious to gossip. In fact, just one year ago, two people tightly controlled the Jay Z/Beyonce media…

  7. Chart Highlights: 'Bang Bang' Debuts, Sia, Billy Currington & Big Data Score New No. 1s

    August 04, 2014 8:13 PM EDT Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fly onto multiple airplay lists as the trio's "Bang Bang" bounds onto Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay. Meanwhile, an array of acts -- including Sia and Hozier -- notch new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select…

  8. Elvis' Guitar Donor Says He Is Rightful Owner

    July 31, 2014 6:53 PM EDT A judge will determine whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson owned the guitar when he donated it to a museum last year. A man who donated to a South Dakota museum a slightly damaged acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley that is at the center of a custody battle insisted Thursday he had…

  9. '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…

  10. Alice Cooper Pays Tribute to 'Irreplaceable' Guitarist Dick Wagner

    July 30, 2014 6:12 PM EDT 'There was just a magic in the way we wrote together,' Cooper says of late collaborator. Alice Cooper paid tribute to his longtime collaborator Dick Wagner on Wednesday, issuing a statement that extolled the virtues of the late guitarist and songwriter who co-wrote his hits "…

  11. Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 71

    July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT 'Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman,' Kiss' Gene Simmons says. Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper , Lou Reed , Kiss and Aerosmith , among others, died Wednesday (July 30) at the age of 71 in Phoenix. Wagner, who was…

  12. Music Agent Terry Rhodes Leaving Jeff Berg's Resolution: Sources

    July 30, 2014 8:52 AM EDT Veteran music agent Terry Rhodes is leaving Jeff Berg 's Resolution, according to sources. Rhodes, whose clients have included Bryan Adams and the Beach Boys , is the latest to transition out of the young agency founded by former ICM chairman Berg. Steve Alexander left Resolution earlier…

  13. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  14. Hunter Hayes Turns on the Charm in 'Tattoo' Video

    July 29, 2014 4:11 PM EDT With his clean-cut looks, cherub face and clear, controlled vocals, Hunter Hayes is country's rising golden boy. And his just-dropped "Tattoo" video is a perfect example why he's leading country music's youth revolution . Backed by a gigantic boombox and armed with…

  15. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  16. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  17. Bruce Springsteen Releases Short Film, 'Hunter of Invisible Game'

    July 09, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen and his documentarian Thom Zimny shot a 10-minute film for "Hunter of Invisible Game" that was posted at www.brucespringsteen.net Wednesday (July 9). With nearly six minutes of Springsteen-composed score added to the track from his most recent album, "High…

  18. Mastodon's 'Sun' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    July 03, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The band scores its first No. 1 on the survey and highest rank on the Billboard 200. Also, chart action for Phish, KONGOS and Imagine Dragons Mastodon notches its first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 6), as "Once More 'Round the Sun"…

  19. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and was released June 23 through Atlantic…

  20. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

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