1. John Mellencamp Talks Inspiration, Smoking & Acting Your Age

    October 01, 2014 11:46 PM EDT John Mellencamp feels he has some impressive co-writers for his latest songs, like playwright Tennessee Williams and folk legend Pete Seeger . That they're both dead doesn't really matter. Mellencamp believes in channeling, that other voices speak through him when he's…

  2. Glen Campbell Sued Over Upcoming 'I'll Be Me' Documentary

    September 30, 2014 9:47 PM EDT The country singer is alleged to have cut a production company out of his work with director James Keach. Glen Campbell battled Alzheimer's Disease throughout the tour filmed in the upcoming documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me . Now he's facing a legal battle over its…

  3. John Mellencamp: ‘Meg and I Never Really Break Up’

    September 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT It's no surprise John Mellencamp -- who is known for his candor -- called his new album, released Sept. 23 on Republic, Plain Spoken . The rock'n'roots legend, who turns 63 on Oct. 7, continues to be an open book on everything from his new lifetime recording contract to an…

  4. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  5. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  6. Mavis Staples' 75th Birthday to Be Honored With Special Chicago Concert

    September 25, 2014 9:59 AM EDT Legendary singer Mavis Staples turned 75 on July 10, and now her special year is being celebrated with a once-in-a-lifetime concert in her hometown of Chicago. On Nov. 19, Mavis will take the stage at the Chicago Auditorium Theatre for a star-studded concert featuring a genre-hopping cast…

  7. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-three thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the…

  8. Lana Del Rey To Play Two Gigs In L.A. Cemetery

    September 23, 2014 6:04 AM EDT Lana Del Rey’s latest album Ultraviolence  has been accused of being gloomy, doomy and outright dark. Now she’s out to prove her critics right by announcing a pair of concerts at a cemetery.  The American artist will play two special shows at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Oct. 17 and 18…

  9. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  10. Evanescence’s Future Uncertain, Says Amy Lee: ‘I Have a Lot More That I Want To Do With My Life’

    September 22, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer also talks about her fulfilling film project and becoming a mother this summer. Evanescence may not be so immortal after all. After the experience of working on her first film score -- for War Story with composer Dave Eggar, and the Aftermath companion album -- Amy Lee tells…

  11. Meghan Trainor: ‘I Don’t Consider Myself a Feminist’

    September 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT How Meghan Trainor, an “insecure, straight-up tomboy,” took her self-acceptance message to No. 1 Nestled on the northwest coast of Nantucket Island is an unassuming boutique named Jewel of the Isle that has been experiencing a business boom of late. Owners Gary and Kelli Trainor's…

  12. Corner Office: Island Records President David Massey on His Hot Streak of Hits, Betting on Shawn Mendes

    September 22, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The label exec on his hot streak of hits (Iggy Azalea, Kiesza), learning from his mom and betting on Shawn Mendes. The history of the music industry may yet be written by David Massey , 56, who has filled 35 volumes of his diaries with experiences that go back to swinging London. In 1962…

  13. Meghan Trainor Hints at Album, Talks Taylor Swift Cover Backstage at iHeartRadio Music Fest: Watch

    September 21, 2014 10:55 PM EDT “It’s still not real. It’s not real, but it’s amazing.” That’s how Meghan Trainor sees the view from the top. Pop music’s newest star is No. 1 at both ends of the planet right now, and she’s nearly ready to take the next big step -- dropping an album.   Trainor’s “All About The Bass”…

  14. 'Into The Woods' Announces Big (Disney-Inspired!) Changes For Movie

    September 19, 2014 2:15 PM EDT UPDATE: The official website for the film has changed their cast list information after this story was originally posted. A rep notes that the cast names were posted in error, and that information about the film isn't accurate.  We know things now , and they aren't all good when…

  15. Johnny Depp Makes Surprise Appearance During Ryan Adams' London Concert

    September 19, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Ryan Adams continued to celebrate the release of his new self-titled studio album with a fancy guest appearance at his Thursday night show in London. Playing at Shepherd's Bush Empire, he brought out Johnny Depp for some extra guitar on a pair of songs during the encore. Ryan Adams,…

  16. Are Changes Coming to Sony and What Will They Mean for Artists Like Barbra Streisand and Adele?

    September 19, 2014 11:33 AM EDT As the Sony CEO's contract winds down, and insiders mull future leadership at the house of Adele, Barbra, Bruce and Miley, the "don't fix what's not broken belief" gains steam. Sony Entertainment's music division, which encompasses the 125-year-old Columbia…

  17. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  18. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  19. Q&A: Andre Harrell Talks About the Inaugural Revolt Music Conference, State of the Business

    September 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Why Miami? Because Sean Combs wanted to have dinner at his house... natch. From Thursday, October 16th through the 19th in Miami, the first Revolt Music Conference will kick off. The conversation -- and the bar scene -- around the beach that weekend should be lively, with the event set to…

  20. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit

    September 16, 2014 5:36 PM EDT This weekend marks the Second Annual Bone Appetit -- an event that benefits Downtown Dogs Group, a no-kill animal rescue organization based in Jackson, Tenn. In addition to celebrating our furry friends, the event also features a lot of food and a lot of music. The event is catered by many of…

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