1. Billboard Touring Conference Panel Will Explore Venue Options

    September 08, 2014 4:19 PM EDT As competition among venues for booking live shows continues to increase, with more options for live performance to choose from than ever, the upcoming Billboard Touring Conference will feature a panel that drills down into how venue decisions are made, featuring those who make those…

  2. Neil Patrick Harris Marries David Burtka

    September 08, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Elton John performed at the reception. Neil Patrick Harris is a newlywed. The TV and Broadway star wed David Burtka , his partner of 10 years, on Saturday in Italy, Harris' rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . "We happily confirm that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were…

  3. Ryan Adams on His New Album: It Has 'Sexuality, Trouble and a Little Bit of Danger’

    September 08, 2014 3:51 PM EDT Cynically speaking, the best Tom Petty album to come out this year may be the one by prolific singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer Ryan Adams . Full of crunchy chords, undeniable melodies and high-flying harmonies, the self-titled effort (out Sept. 9 on his own Pax Am label through Capitol’s…

  4. Why Garth Brooks Should Have Gone With iTunes

    September 08, 2014 2:39 PM EDT The superstar took a gamble by launching his own digital store -- can it pay off? Well, the outlook isn't bright. Last week, Garth Brooks debuted GhostTunes , a new music download store seemingly created to be the exclusive source of Brooks' digital catalog. Although the store has a…

  5. Michael C. Hall to Star in Broadway's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    September 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT A serial killer is headed to Broadway, as  Dexter  star  Michael C. Hall  is next in line to don a wig and heels in  Hedwig and the Angry Inch . The actor, who starred in the Showtime series for eight seasons, will take over the title role on Oct. 16 at the Belasco Theatre. His limited…

  6. Taylor Swift Makes Album Promotion an Art in Her Debut 'Shake It Off' Week

    September 08, 2014 10:57 AM EDT What does it take to push an album or song to the top of the charts? Ask Taylor Swift , who spent the last month tirelessly promoting her debut pop album,  1989 , and pushing its lead single "Shake It Off" into the national pop-culture conversation. Hard work pays off. The song…

  7. Watch Tom Morello Premiere His Michael Brown Protest Song 'Marching on Ferguson'

    September 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Performing as the Nightwatchman , Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello premiered his Michael Brown -inspired protest song “Marching on Ferguson” on a Sept. 5 show at Los Angeles' Ford Theatre. Check out the video below to see Morello rock out the bluesy, two-minute track with his three…

  8. Billboard Cover Story Preview: 'The Voice' Coaches Discuss Season Seven & More

    September 08, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Photographed exclusively for Billboard by Smallz + Raskind The four superstar coaches from The Voice will grace the cover of Billboard ahead the singing competition show’s upcoming season seven, which premieres Sept. 22 on NBC. 'The Voice' Season 7 Trailer Features Gwen Stefani,…

  9. Exclusive: Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli Talks Bob Dylan, New Tour & 'Gentlemen' at 21

    September 08, 2014 10:00 AM EDT No list of the best '90s albums is complete without the Afghan Whigs ' Gentlemen . Released in 1993 on Elektra after two albums on Sub Pop, the band’s major label debut escalated the Cincinnati group into the elite of the alternative world. It was a raw and provocative collection…

  10. One Direction Reveal New Album 'Four,' Release Free Song (for 24 Hours Only)

    September 08, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Big news for One Direction fans: The prolific boy band revealed their fourth album in three years, simply titled Four , is coming Nov. 17 via Syco/Colombia Records. The news comes with a free download of a new song, "Fireproof," available for just 24 hours right here . "…

  11. Jimmy Barnes Undergoes Back Surgery, Bags Another No. 1 Album Down Under

    September 08, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Jimmy Barnes has another No. 1 Down Under, but he’s on doctor’s orders to keep celebrations to a minimum.   The Australian rock hero is recovering from emergency back surgery which kept him in hospital on Fathers Days (Sept. 7) as the new ARIA Albums Chart was published, showing Barnes’  30…

  12. Roger Waters Premieres His New Doc at Toronto International Film Festival

    September 07, 2014 10:32 AM EDT "Roger Waters: The Wall" chronicles his recent tour covering the seminal 1979 Pink Floyd album. Roger Waters celebrated his 71st birthday in style with a world premiere of his new documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival. When the former Pink Floyd front man walked…

  13. 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 …

  14. Placido Domingo’s L.A. Opera Contract Extended

    September 06, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Placido Domingo 's contract as general director of the Los Angeles Opera has been extended through the 2018-19 season. Placido Domingo to Close-Out London's iTunes Festival The 73-year-old tenor became artistic consultant to the company in 1984 and was artistic director from 2001-03…

  15. Rod Stewart Sued for Reusing Image of the Back of His Head

    September 05, 2014 8:59 PM EDT Photographer demands $2.5 million in damages. Celebrity photographer Bonnie Schiffman has filed a copyright lawsuit that claims Rod Stewart misused an image she took that adorned the singer's 1989 greatest-hits album as the centerpiece of his comeback tour. Rod Stewart's Hits Tour…

  16. Bob Marley's 'Legend' Finally Heading for Top 10

    September 05, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Thanks to a 99-cent sale deal, Bob Marley's mega-selling 30-year old album is set for its first visit to the Billboard 200's top 10. A Legend is heading for the top 10 for the first time. Bob Marley & the Wailers ' greatest-hits album Legend is on course for the Billboard…

  17. DJ Mustard Talks Opening for Skrillex & Working With Diplo

    September 05, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Hot hip-hop producer down to join EDM duo in Jack U. Life is really good right now for producer DJ Mustard . The 24-year-old from Compton, Calif., who most people got to know as YG 's DJ, is stepping quickly into the limelight on his own with a string of hit singles he's produced…

  18. Juanes Reflects on His Past, Plots His Future

    September 05, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Latin superstar discusses his earliest L.A. memories, new album plans and more For Colombian superstar Juanes , playing the first Los Angeles edition of the Budwesier Made In America festival last weekend brought back a lot of memories. “Here my solo career started, so for me to come back…

  19. Man Spends 8 Days in Jail for Posting Metal Lyrics on Facebook

    September 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that violent rap lyrics cannot be used as evidence in trials, except for special situations when those lyrics are closely connected to the case in question. "One would not presume that Bob Marley, who wrote the well-known song 'I Shot…

  20. 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…

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