1. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  2. Paul McCartney’s ‘Early Days’ Hits No. 1 on Trending 140

    July 07, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Shortly after the 10 a.m. release of the music video for Paul McCartney’s “Early Days” on Monday morning, the track shot up to No. 2 on the Twitter Trending 140 chart . Paul McCartney Returns to Stage After Hospitalization Paul McCartney Plays Highest-Ever Concert in Ecuador Paul McCartney…

  3. Chart Highlights: Usher Lands Lucky 13th No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    July 07, 2014 5:35 PM EDT The crooner ties Drake for the most leaders in the list's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Shakira, Seether and Jake Owen, while Justin Moore countrifies Motley Crue ... with Vince Neil Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  4. Becky G's 'Shower': 10 Things You Need To Know

    July 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT From music video cameos to the fan army name, here's what you need to know about Becky G's instantly appealing new hit. Becky G, a 17-year-old Mexican-American artist who has been trying to break into the mainstream over the past year, may have found her golden ticket in the…

  5. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Vault To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 03, 2014 12:05 PM EDT With 'Somethin' Bad,' the stars score the first No. 1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades. Plus, Kenny Chesney achieves his 45th top 10 with 'American Kids' Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood put on an impressive display of girl power on Billboard'…

  6. John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album

    July 03, 2014 10:12 AM EDT July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp. Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1…

  7. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead SoundScan Mid-Year Country Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:20 PM EDT These are the top selling country albums & digital songs of 2014 so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The mid-year sales stats give Luke Bryan plenty of reason to flash his trademark ivory smile once more -- he's featured on the two most-downloaded country songs thus far in 2014,…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Johnny Orr on New EP 'Down South' & How Music Cost Him His Marriage

    July 02, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Johnny Orr admits that his formative musical years were quite diverse. In addition to country that was so prevalent around his home in North Carolina, he was exposed to a wide variety of music. “I was a big John Cougar and Bryan Adams fan in my younger days. Then, I became a big fan of Edwin…

  9. 'Bangerz' Creative Director Previews Miley Cyrus TV Special: 'Intense and Wild'

    July 02, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Miley Cyrus is bringing her headline-grabbing "Bangerz" tour to a living room near you this Fourth of July weekend . The "We Can't Stop" singer kicked off the trek back in February, and with nearly every stop, she's managed to raise eyebrows with her onstage…

  10. Trove of Bob Dylan Acetates, ca. 1969-70, Found in NYC Closet

    July 02, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Most people discover a rogue sock or a handful of wire hangers when emptying a closet during a move. One music historian ended up with much, much more this spring, when two boxes jammed with rare Bob Dylan acetates turned up in a New York City apartment building once used by the rock 'n&…

  11. Ryan Adams Announces New Self-Titled Album

    July 02, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Singer/songwriter releases new solo set Sept. 9. First single “Gimme Something Good” now streaming on Spotify. Ryan Adams will release his self-titled 14th solo album on September 9. The 11-track self-produced album was recorded at Adams’ Pax-Am Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and…

  12. EDM Power Players: The DJs

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Skrillex DJ; founder, Owsla Skrillex At this point, Skrillex — born Sonny John Moore in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles — isn’t just…

  13. Beck Opens For Himself After Support Act Drops Out of Detroit Concert

    June 29, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Beck gave his Detroit fans more than they expected over the weekend, and a very different show than what he's been doing during his current tour — and rest assured no one was complaining. After opener The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger dropped out of the Fox Theatre concert (no explanation…

  14. Johnny Ramone Tribute in Hollywood Marks 10 Year Anniversary of Guitarist's Death

    June 27, 2014 8:34 PM EDT September 15 will mark 10 years since the death of iconic guitarist Johnny Ramone, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's legacy will be celebrated with an event on August 24 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the late axeman was buried in 2004 at the age of 55. Johnny's…

  15. Lifetime Faces Skeptical Fans, Angry Family For Aaliyah, Whitney Houston Biopics

    June 27, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Lifetime is hoping fans of the late Aaliyah and Whitney Houston will deliver ratings gold when the network airs biopics about the singers’ lives and tragic deaths in the coming year. Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, 17, best known for her work on the hit Disney show "Shake It Up"…

  16. Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid Announces Engagement to Courteney Cox

    June 27, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid will hear wedding bells in their future. McDaid, the multi-talented Snow Patrol member, and Cox released simultaneous statements announcing the engagement yesterday (June 26). "I'm engaged to her!," McDaid tweeted . “I’m engaged to him!” Cox…

  17. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

  18. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums In 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longest for a living artist, Willie Nelson…

  19. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  20. Woody Guthrie Home Restoration Project In Trouble Over Financial Dispute

    June 20, 2014 3:00 AM EDT A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy. The spat, an ironic turn considering Guthrie's songs that railed against greed, began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood…

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