1. Arthur Smith, 'Dueling Banjos' Writer, Dead at 93

    April 04, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Arthur Smith, a multi-instrumentalist whose song "Feudin' Banjos" later became known as the popular "Dueling Banjos," has died. He was 93. According to the Charlotte Observer, Smith, a Charlotte, N.C., resident, passed away April 3 of natural causes, just two days…

  2. RZA on His $5 Million Dollar Record: 'A Flower That's Unfolding' (Q&A)

    April 04, 2014 4:40 PM EDT The concept of the one-off, unique recording is as old as the phonograph record itself -- before mass-production, every record was by necessity a unique performance. But there's no question that Wu-Tang Clan have turned the whole idea -- as well as the entire model of creators'…

  3. Taylor Hawkins' Birds of Satan, 'Pieces of the Puzzle': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 04, 2014 2:13 PM EDT The Foo Fighters drummer discusses his new project and the status of the Foos' next LP. Taylor Hawkins calls the Birds of Satan, his latest "other" band, "a cover band making a record of original songs." The Foo Fighters drummer put the group together last year with…

  4. Chris Brown Taken Into Custody For D.C. Case

    April 03, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Chris Brown has been taken into custody by U.S. marshals and will be transported to Washington, D.C., for an upcoming misdemeanor assault trial, an official said Thursday. Brown, 24, was turned over to marshals Wednesday at a Los Angeles jail, marshals' spokeswoman Laura Vega said. She…

  5. Gene Simmons Celebrates Kiss' 40th Anniversary With Crowdsourcing Campaign

    April 03, 2014 2:47 AM EDT Gene Simmons is looking for help celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kiss. The rocker announced Wednesday night that Kiss is launching a campaign on Tongal -- a company that pairs creatives and brands to crowdsource the pitch-and-development process -- asking content creators and fans to…

  6. Dan + Shay Q&A, 'First Time Feeling' (Warehouse Sessions): Video Exclusive

    April 02, 2014 7:07 PM EDT The "19 You + Me" country duo does an acoustic take on "First Time Feeling" in this exclusive clip. Fresh-faced Warner Bros. Nashville duo Dan + Shay released their debut album, "Where It All Began," earlier this week, and the "19 You + Me" singers…

  7. Brad Paisley to Debut New Single at ACM Awards

    April 02, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow are set to perform together and Brad Paisley will show off his new single at this weekend's 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Other newly announced performers include Lee Brice, Tim McGraw and Darius Rucker. More presenters for the CBS…

  8. U2, Linda Ronstadt Albums to Be Preserved By Library of Congress

    April 02, 2014 5:07 AM EDT U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25…

  9. Countdown to the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference: 1989-1993

    April 01, 2014 7:05 PM EDT In honor of the 25 anniversary of Billboard's Latin Music Conference, Billboard.biz is breaking out the greatest moments from Latin music's premiere event. The conference has hosted Superstar Q&A’s from Latin legends including Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Don Omar and the late…

  10. Linda Ronstadt on Skipping Rock Hall Ceremony: 'If You're Working for Prizes, You're in Trouble'

    April 01, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Health is the primary reason Linda Ronstadt will not be attending next week's 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn. But, the singer tells Billboard, she's really not all that chuffed about missing it. "I haven't given it one thought, I have…

  11. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  12. Martina McBride, 'Everlasting': Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 31, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The country star breaks down her new album -- listen to it here FIRST -- and talks "vivacious" duet with Kelly Clarkson Martina McBride's new album, "Everlasting," is all about memories. A collection of pop and R&B standards produced by Don Was, McBride…

  13. SFX Chief Robert Sillerman Tops 'Power 50' Dance Music Poll

    March 31, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Robert Sillerman’s rollercoaster March has climaxed with the SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO topping a poll which ranks the “most powerful” people in dance music.  Sillerman is No. 1 on dance music title inthemix’ second annual “Power 50“ list , nudging out 2013's leader Pasquale…

  14. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  15. Seth Rogen On His ‘Bound 2’ Spoof: I’m A ’Huge Fan of Kanye West’

    March 30, 2014 11:32 PM EDT Attention Hollywood casting agents: Seth Rogen is looking for someone to play the part of baby North in the next Kim Kardashian-Kanye West spoof with pal James Franco. The 31-year-old actor made the press rounds at CinemaCon in Las Vegas to promote his upcoming movie, "The Interview"…

  16. Teen Top Talks Covering Cody Simpson, Wanting to Go Sexy at Debut NYC Show

    March 28, 2014 10:16 PM EDT "We're really thankful and really nervous" Nearly four years after their debut, K-pop sextet Teen Top finds itself at a peculiar moment in their career. With half their members no longer actual teens, their name is awkward and, despite being burgeoning young men, the outfit…

  17. The Band Perry to Open ACM Awards

    March 28, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Country trio The Band Perry have been announced as the opening act at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music. The family band will rock their new single "Chainsaw" on the April 6 telecast, which will also feature a tribute to Merle Haggard and a performance by Hunter Hayes. They…

  18. Tribeca Film Festival: Music Docs Spotlight Nas, Bjork, James Brown + More

    March 28, 2014 9:51 AM EDT The Tribeca Film Festival has added music documentaries on James Brown and Bjork along with post-screening performances from rapper Nas, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and a tribute to jazz trumpeter Clark Terry featuring Quincy Jones, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, singer Dianne Reeves, pianist…

  19. Lorde's Boyfriend on Singer's Accomplishments: 'I Couldn't Be Prouder'

    March 27, 2014 8:07 PM EDT Lorde's boyfriend is coping just fine with watching the New Zealand pop star succeed around the world. Auckland photographer James K. Lowe mused on his Ono Field blog, “Everybody Returns Someday,” about how his life has changed since his 17-year-old girlfriend, real name Ella Yelich O…

  20. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

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