1. Jimmy Fallon Turned 40 With a Performance From Stevie Wonder

    September 20, 2014 4:51 PM EDT You only turn 40 once and Tonight Show  host Jimmy Fallon did it in style. The comedian celebrated his milestone birthday on Friday night (Sept. 19) and some shiny stars stopped by the late-night talk show to celebrate the occasion. Seth Rogen popped out of a cake- in his  birthday suit. He…

  2. Producer Melo-X Gives Inside Look at Beyonce & Jay Z's On the Run Tour

    September 20, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Not many have what it takes to impress Beyonce and Jay Z, except if you're Melo-X . The Brooklyn-based multimedia artist was called to produce the music featured in the interlude visual sections played throughout Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On the Run tour. Beyonce was drawn to Melo’s…

  3. August Alsina Wakes From Three Day Coma Following Onstage Fall

    September 19, 2014 7:24 PM EDT After taking a nasty onstage spill during his show Monday night in New York, August Alsina Friday posted an image of himself to Instagram explaining he'd just awaken from a three day coma.  Before Stage Fall, August Alsina Commands Crowd in NYC He wrote:  This is a bit graphic but i…

  4. Exclusive Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Never Give All Your Heart'

    September 19, 2014 6:01 PM EDT During the past 25 years, Joe Bonamassa has established a solid reputation as a guitarist, singer, bandleader, producer and song interpreter. And on the new Different Shades of Blue , his 11th solo studio album, he stakes an even stronger claim as a songwriter. The diverse 11-song set, due…

  5. Emerging Picks of the Week: Death From Above 1979, James Bay & More

    September 19, 2014 2:36 PM EDT As we move into autumn, we've rounded up our favorite tracks that have gained on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Our first three picks capture an international scope, featuring performers from Canada, Australia and Great Britain (with Scotland still intact). And, just…

  6. Luke James, 'Options': Live Video Premiere

    September 19, 2014 1:55 PM EDT In anticipation of his forthcoming self-titled album, Luke James premieres a live performance video of his song "Options" exclusively on Billboard Friday, Sept. 19. This is the first of a 3-part video series from the singer called "Midnight Roses: The Luke James Experience.…

  7. Irving Azoff Bets Big on Outspoken Swedish House Mafia Manager Amy Thomson

    September 19, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Former Swedish House Mafia manager brings dance-music savvy to Azoff-Dolan-Burkle team -- but how long can the fever last? Azoff MSG Entertainment is betting big on dance music. The joint venture among Irving Azoff , Madison Square Garden owner James Dolan and billionaire investor Ron…

  8. BMI's Revenue Collections Grow to $977 Million, Royalty Distributions to $840 Million

    September 18, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) saw revenue collections grow to $977 million in the past fiscal year, up 3.5 percent from the $944 million it gathered the year previously. Meanwhile, royalty distributions to publishers and songwriters grew 3.2 percent to $840 million from $814 million in the…

  9. Exclusive: Clive Davis Says Aretha Franklin Is 'On Fire' on New Album of Diva Classics

    September 18, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Following news Aretha Franklin is preparing a new album for release before the end of the month with Clive Davis overseeing production, there's great anticipation over what the legendary soul singer has put together with the help of Clive Davis' oversight.  Aretha Franklin Album…

  10. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago…

  11. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 23-year old woman wanted to live in. At least…

  12. Metallica's Kirk Hammett Is 'Tickled' About Contributing to New Exodus Album

    September 18, 2014 11:09 AM EDT Guitarist tells Billboard that reconnecting with his old bandmates is like "coming back to a fraternity you lost contact with." For Kirk Hammett , the guitar solo he performs on "Salt the Wound," a track on Exodus ' upcoming album Blood In, Blood Out (Nuclear…

  13. Darrell Hammond Named 'SNL' Announcer After Don Pardo's Death

    September 18, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," Lorne Michaels tells USA Today. Darrell Hammond is rejoining Saturday Night Live as the show's new announcer, after longtime voice Don Pardo passed away in August at 96. Hammond will introduce the…

  14. James Brown's Daughter Details Domestic Abuse, Son Alleges Murder in Dueling New Memoirs

    September 17, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Yamma Brown offers chilling details of how her father beat her mother and Daryl Brown writes he has a "gut feeling" the singer was murdered. A pair of new books about James Brown by two of his children offer a disturbing look into the world of the Godfather of Soul, with graphic…

  15. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  16. Watch The Rembrandts Play the 'Friends' Theme Song At Central Perk

    September 17, 2014 11:50 AM EDT They're still there for you. Ready to feel old? The 20th anniversary of the premiere of Friends is next week.  As part of the celebration, a pop-up Central Perk coffee shop, full of memorabilia from the show, is in New York City for the next month. On Tuesday night, the shop had a few…

  17. Exclusive: Pioneering YouTube Collagist Kutiman, Millions of Views Later, Is Not In It for the Money

    September 17, 2014 10:53 AM EDT In 2009, Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel was looking for YouTube tutorials he could watch to improve his own playing, when he stumbled across a clip of drummer Bernard Purdie (whose credits include session drumming for James Brown and musical direction for Aretha Franklin ) performing the …

  18. What Would Unity in the Radio Community Look Like?

    September 17, 2014 9:56 AM EDT In 2012, the broadcast group then known as Clear Channel -- now iHeartMedia, though for chronological purposes we'll refer to the company under its previous name -- came to the fall NAB/RAB Radio Show in Dallas on the heels of a deal it had made a few months earlier with Big Machine…

  19. Republic Records Restructures Media Department With New Executive Hires

    September 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Republic Records announced a restructuring of its media department Tuesday that includes new executive hires.  Beau Benton joins the record label as vice president, media, following nearly a decade at the independent public relations firm 42 West, working press for notables Rihanna , Lady…

  20. August Alsina Spills Off Stage in NYC: Watch

    September 16, 2014 1:27 AM EDT August Alsina took a nasty fall during his show Monday night at New York’s Irving Plaza. According to sources at the venue, Alsina wandered off stage mid-song and dropped onto the crowd barrier. He didn't return. The house DJ played on for a few moments before the announcement was made…

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