1. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  2. RCA Records Hires Dan Chertoff as VP, A&R

    October 17, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Dan Chertoff has been appointed vice president A&R of RCA Records, where he'll be responsible for signing and developing new artists, the label has announced. Chartoff will work out of RCA's New York City headquarters and report to CEO Peter Edge and David Wolter , SVP of A…

  3. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  4. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  5. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  6. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  7. Aretha Franklin, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics': Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 15, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis' relationship began in 1980, when the Queen of Soul signed with the mogul's Arista Records. "And 20 years later, I made the right decision," Franklin tells Billboard of agreeing to that union. She had plenty of hits during that era, most…

  8. Warner Music Group Hires New CFO

    October 15, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Warner Music Group has shuffled its corporate structure with the appointment of Eric Levin as its new EVP and CFO, replacing Brian Roberts who is moving to a newly created position at the label.  Related Warner Music Group Announces Leadership Consolidation Warner Music Group Sees Revenue…

  9. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years

    October 14, 2014 10:21 PM EDT The frontman of the 1990s band behind the hit single 'You Get What You Give' was lured back into the business, after a long self-imposed exile, to write the songs for 'Begin Again,' including best original song Oscar contender 'Lost Stars' t couldn't…

  10. Stream Aretha Franklin's New Album, Featuring Adele & Alicia Keys Covers

    October 14, 2014 5:39 PM EDT Back on Sept. 29, Aretha Franklin got music fans young and old talking via her rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on The Late Show With David Letterman . That performance previewed Aretha's new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics ; now you listen…

  11. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  12. Exclusive Song Premiere: 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson's Band Enation's 'Cinematic' Track

    October 13, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Avery Barkley, Jonathan Jackson's character on ABC's Nashville , is still looking for his big breakthrough, but Jonathan Jackson + Enation, Jackson's band with brother and fellow actor Richard Lee Jackson, is making its own big move this month. After a dozen years as an…

  13. Corner Office: Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Label's Future, Kanye West's 'Incredible' New Album and Why Justin Bieber Isn't Overexposed

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin , Russell Simmons , Lyor Cohen , Jay Z , L.A. Reid ...Def Jam has seen a succession of iconic leaders during its 30 years, and on April 1, Steve Bartels found himself next in line. And while his sleek corner office in the Midtown Manhattan building of Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  14. Revisionist History 101: The Hot 100's Year-End No. 1 Songs, Then… And Now (Part One)

    October 10, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When is a No. 1 not a No. 1? How about when modern-day sales and radio airplay data replace that of any year in Billboard Hot 100 history prior to the rise of iTunes? To see how America's tastes have changed over the years, each year's top song has been "re-computed,"…

  15. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe Teaching NYU Art Class About the Internet's 'Reckless Cynicism'

    October 09, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Michael Stipe continues to find inspiring projects after three decades spent fronting R.E.M. -- for example, he's doubling as an artist and a teacher in a fall residency with NYU’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions. Actually, Stipe's love of visual art predates his…

  16. 'New York Is Music' Coalition Aims to Stimulate Empire State's Ailing Music Industry

    October 09, 2014 10:30 AM EDT About a year ago on a routine trip to Los Angeles, Downtown Music Publishing CEO Justin Kalifowitz noticed the music industry members he talked to out there -- managers, clients, lawyers -- said they hadn't been to New York in a while because they didn't need to. "The music…

  17. iHeartRadio Soon Available on Android Wear Smartwatches

    October 08, 2014 9:31 PM EDT Taylor Swift , Ariana Grande , Calvin Harris and all the other favorite iHeartRadio artists will soon be available on your watch.  The digital radio service announced Wednesday it will have an app on Android Wear smartwatches next week on Oct. 15. This is the company's first move into…

  18. Aretha Franklin Notches Milestone 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 08, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Aretha Franklin becomes the first female, and just the fourth artist overall, to place 100 career titles on Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (since it became a multi-metric ranking in 1958), as "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)" debuts at No. 47.…

  19. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  20. Lupe Fiasco-Produced Sports Doc 'Little Ballers' to Air in November

    October 06, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Nickelodeon has set an airdate for Little Ballers . The sports documentary -- centering on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent -- will air on Nicktoons on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., during the…

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