1. 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…

  2. 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 . "…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. Joan Rivers' Funeral: Howard Stern Gives Eulogy & Audra McDonald Sings ‘Smile’

    September 07, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Paul Shaffer and many others were also in attendance. Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that brought together the worlds of Hollywood,…

  6. 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 …

  7. 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…

  8. The Roys Explain New Point of 'View' On Latest Album

    September 05, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Brother and sister bluegrass duo The Roys are proud of each of the 11 tracks from their newest release, The View , but both tell Billboard that for a lot of reasons, the title cut is something very special. The Roys Tackle Tradition on 'Gypsy Runaway Train' "We were on tour in…

  9. 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…

  10. 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': Film Review

    September 05, 2014 1:25 AM EDT David Lynch has had some strange musical bedfellows over the years, but few of his partners seem more unlikely than Duran Duran , whose glamorous synth-rock falls nowhere on the spectrum between the ethereal dreaminess of his Twin Peaks mode or the industrial creepzone he has explored more…

  11. U2 Not Launching a New iPhone, But A New Album?

    September 04, 2014 6:29 PM EDT As rumors began swirling -- and later denied by the band themselves -- that U2 would be debuting its next album on the soon-to-launch iPhone 6, signs are still looking favorable that the long-anticipated project could still arrive sometime this fall. As Interscope chairman John Janick…

  12. Joan Rivers' Death: Music Stars React

    September 04, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Following the news that Joan Rivers died on Thursday (Sept. 4), musicians took to Twitter to express their sadness and share some of their favorite memories. Duran Duran posted a video of an interview they did on The Late Show With Joan Rivers in 1987. Anna Kendrick joked, "Being…

  13. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  14. Brothers Osborne Talk 'Rum,' Growing Up Musical & Opening for Eric Church

    September 04, 2014 4:59 PM EDT With their self-titled debut EP dropping Sept. 9 and "Rum" climbing the Billboard Country Songs chart, newcomers Brothers Osborne are sporting smiles these days. "To work so long on the music and to finally have something that people can listen to is great," T.J. Osborne…

  15. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee's…

  16. What Pressure? Lee Brice Is Ready for 'I Don't Dance' to Top 'Hard 2 Love'

    September 04, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Lee Brice loves hearing stories about how his music has affected his fans -- although sometimes, those stories can tug on his emotions a bit too hard. "With 'I Drive Your Truck,' there's story after story after story," Brice tells Billboard of his Billboard Country…

  17. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  18. Behind Radio's Country/Pop Convergence in Charleston, West Virginia

    September 04, 2014 1:24 PM EDT “No. They didn’t legalize marijuana in West Virginia. We’re doing this on purpose.” That's a WKAZ (Tailgate 107.3) Charleston, W. Va., liner anticipating some of the likely responses of any radio people who might be listening to this new country/pop hybrid. If you were familiar with …

  19. Obama Immigration Policy Rooted in John Lennon Deportation Case

    September 04, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Imagine. The argument over President Barack Obama 's legal authority to defer deportations begins 42 years ago with a bit of hashish, a dogged lawyer and, yes, John Lennon and Yoko Ono . President Richard Nixon was seeking re-election, "American Pie" was leading the pop charts…

  20. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

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