1. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

  2. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest…

  3. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson Enjoys a No. 1 'Moment'

    September 29, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2002, Clarkson notched the first Hot 100 leader by an 'American Idol' contestant. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Cher, Tony Bennett and Boyz II Men. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  4. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a discussion on music and branding, Lars Ulrich will…

  5. Idris Elba Taps Mumford & Sons, James Blake for Nelson Mandela-Inspired Album

    September 24, 2014 9:21 AM EDT Idris Elba has announced plans for a November release of mi Mandela, an album inspired by his experience playing late South African anti-Apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. ‎ Elba, also known as the star of Luther , said the release will include South African…

  6. 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…

  7. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  8. Morning Roundup: Taylor Swift's '1989' Party, the Fate of Beats & 8 Other Stories

    September 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The Fate of Beats: TechCrunch is reporting that Apple will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it purchased in tandem with its namesake headphones manufacturer for $3 billion. Representatives from Apple said the new was "simply not true." Either way, Dr. Dre' s…

  9. The Country Rebel-Meter: From Mild (Blake Shelton!) to Wild (Yes, You, Jason Aldean)

    September 22, 2014 3:53 PM EDT For decades, country music has been defined by two opposite camps. On one side, there's a wholesome, clean-cut crew that toe the Nashville line. On the other end of the spectrum, there's an edgier group that sees themselves as outsiders rebelling against a restrictive system. Both…

  10. Angaleena Presley Represents the 'American Middle Class' on Debut Solo Album

    September 19, 2014 7:00 PM EDT If someone asks Angaleena Presley about coming from Beauty, it might not exactly be a pickup line. The singer-songwriter -- also a member of the Pistol Annies -- says she actually does come from Beauty: a small town in the eastern corner of Kentucky. "I came from a tiny town in…

  11. Exclusive Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Never Give All Your Heart'

    September 19, 2014 6:01 PM EDT During the past 25 years, Joe Bonamassa has established a solid reputation as a guitarist, singer, bandleader, producer and song interpreter. And on the new Different Shades of Blue , his 11th solo studio album, he stakes an even stronger claim as a songwriter. The diverse 11-song set, due…

  12. 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…

  13. Jack White Mocks Foo Fighters, Rolling Stone in 'Kanye-Esque Rant'

    September 18, 2014 10:22 AM EDT Today in "biting the hand that feeds you" news: Jack White took some time out of his Wednesday night concert at Boston's Fenway Park to viciously mock RollingStone.com and Jann Wenner. Before setting the sights of his Civil War-era musket on RS.com, White chided the Foo…

  14. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  15. Inside Pentatonix, 'Pitch Perfect' and the Pop-Culture Phenomenon of A Cappella Music

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT The band Pentatonix, already swimming in brand alignments and video views, is having a moment as instrumentless interest keeps swelling. Alongside needle-moving, genre-defying priority releases on the RCA Records slate -- Sia 's 1000 Forms of Fear and "Weird Al" Yankovic '…

  16. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  17. Music Festival Travel Site Festicket Raises $2.7M

    September 11, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Festicket , a U.K.-based travel booking site for the music festival set, has raised a $2.7 million Series A round of funding. Capital firms Wellington Partners and PROfounders Capital led the round, which also included returning seed investors Windcrest Partners, Playfair Capital, KIMA…

  18. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

  19. Warner Music Group Announces Leadership Consolidation

    September 10, 2014 7:00 AM EDT With an eye on innovation in a rapidly changing industry, Warner Music Group has announced a consolidation of all its global business development functions under a single leadership team. Under the new structure, WMG COO Rob Wiesenthal will oversee the company's digital biz-dev efforts…

  20. Rewinding The Charts: 25 Years Ago, New Kids On The Block Were 'Hangin' ' At No. 1

    September 09, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Boston boy band topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with its breakthrough album and the set's title cut, respectively In every era of pop music, boy bands have elicited irrepressible shrieks from adoring female fans. In the '60s, it was the Beatles. In the '70s, the…

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