1. Carole King Musical 'Beautiful' Sets Dates For U.S., London Run

    September 08, 2014 12:57 AM EDT The high notes of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical are set to soar beyond Broadway as the production will start its London run and U.S. tour. According to the Associated Press, a West End production of the Tony-nominated show will begin previews on Feb. 10 at the Aldwych Theatre. A U.S.…

  2. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

  3. The Top 5 Best Selling 'SNL' Digital Downloads of All Time

    September 05, 2014 11:30 AM EDT In the Sept. 13 issue of Billboard , readers can find an exclusive excerpt of the newly updated Saturday Night Live book Live From New York . In it, Andy Samberg , Justin Timberlake , and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history: “Lazy Sunday”…

  4. David Guetta Q&A: The Superstar Producer Talks New Music, the Future of EDM & More

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT After three years, David Guetta is finally wrapping up his sixth album. Admittedly, it has been hard for the 46-year old French producer find studio time with his touring schedule: This month, he’s doing sets Ibiza and Las Vegas every single weekend, with festivals and a Miami show or two…

  5. Hip-Hop Activist Talib Kweli on Ferguson: 'There Needs to Be an All-Out Revolution' to Change Racism

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT I am a child of the civil rights movement. My parents met in 1969. They attended New York University together and protested the Vietnam War. My mother got into NYU thanks to a scholarship that was established in Dr. Martin Luther King’s name the year that he was murdered. Because my parents…

  6. SOJA and the American Reggae Movement: D.C. Band Makes 'Noise' With Highest Debut

    September 04, 2014 1:22 PM EDT "I wanted to be Bob Marley since the first time I saw a picture of him and I still do; what I mean by that is conscious music needs to have a spotlight on it and he did that bigger than anyone who ever lived," explained Jacob Hemphill , lead singer/songwriter of the Washington D.C.…

  7. Rod Stewart's Hits Tour Heading to Australia & NZ

    September 04, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Rod Stewart's The Hits Tour will roll into Australia and New Zealand in 2015. The veteran British singer will play arenas and wineries on his trek, which includes his first-ever show in Dunedin, a student town in NZ's South Island. Rod Stewart Tops Hot Tours With $4 Million Gross…

  8. 2014 CMA Noms: Dierks Bentley & Miranda Lambert Score Big, Jason Aldean Gets Snubbed

    September 03, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the nominations for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards were announced by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town -- and, as usual, there were a few surprises. The biggest head-scratcher of all was the omission of Jason Aldean -- who headlined…

  9. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

  10. Sofi de la Torre's 'Vermillion' is a Pop Song You Need to Embrace

    September 02, 2014 4:48 PM EDT The Spanish singer-songwriter talks about traveling the world and finding her sound with the electro-pop track. Sofi de la Torre's single "Vermillion" has not yet appeared on any Billboard charts, has sold a negligible amount of downloads and has only been viewed 22,000…

  11. TV on the Radio Drops New Song, Shares Tour Dates & 'Seeds' Release Date

    September 02, 2014 2:34 PM EDT New TV on the Radio music is finally here. The New York-based whiz kids have shared the official lyric video for a new song called “Happy Idiot,” which comes from their forthcoming studio album Seeds . Good news: The frothy, cotton candy theme of the Seeds trailer they teased in July is back!…

  12. Electric Zoo Overcomes 'Curse' – Of Drug-Related Deaths, At Least

    September 02, 2014 1:03 PM EDT While the fest was forced to end early again, at least everyone remained safe this year. Severe thunderstorms forced New York city's Electric Zoo festival to cancel it's final day on Sunday, Aug. 31. A flash flood warning was issued to the greater New York area around 4 p.m., and…

  13. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  14. Bad Weather Shuts Down Concerts, Delays Flights

    September 01, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday (Aug. 31) slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning. Electric Zoo Evacuated Due to Storm…

  15. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  16. Electric Zoo Evacuated Due to Storm Threat, Final Day Canceled

    August 31, 2014 5:10 PM EDT The Electric Zoo festival on Randall's Island in New York has been cut short on its final day and fans are being evacuated due to extreme weather conditions.  Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd With severe thunder storms rolling into the…

  17. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  18. Country Duo The Secret Sisters on Their New Extended Disc and Paying Tribute to The Everly Brothers

    August 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their sound. “We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard. "Dad was big into Crosby,…

  19. Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security

    August 29, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Two concertgoers died at last year's event. Heightened security is in place for a New York City music festival where two people died last year. Electric Zoo Festival Makes Anti-Drug PSA Electric Zoo officials say they're beefing up plainclothes security and using off-duty and former…

  20. How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She & Him, Childish Gambino & Superchunk to Play His Backyard

    August 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Donick Cary is enlisting musicians to help prevent teen suicide. Every year for one evening, Donick Cary opens his backyard to bands like Yo La Tengo, She & Him, The Polyphonic Spree and Childish Gambino . Cary, co-executive producer on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation , has used his Los…

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