1. Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies at 75

    September 13, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Joe Sample, a jazz pianist who had a successful solo career and also performed with numerous high-profile musicians, died Friday in Houston. He was 75. The news was announced on Sample's Facebook page, although the cause of death was not mentioned. Variety had previously reported the…

  2. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  3. Exclusive: Listen to Leighton Meester's New Song 'Heartstrings'

    September 09, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Leighton Meester is channeling  Chiles Stanton . Meester -- who showed off her voice in Country Strong -- just wrapped a turn on Broadway in Of Mice and Men , and is now putting the finishing touches on her debut LP Heartstrings . Below, Billboard can exclusively debut the title track, which…

  4. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  5. Idina Menzel Announces Release Date for Christmas Album

    September 04, 2014 2:24 PM EDT We already know the cold doesn't bother her. Idina Menzel somehow found the time between starring on Broadway and fielding near-constant  Frozen questions to record a Christmas album. Today, the singer announced that the project, Holiday Wishes , will drop Oct. 14. The album, produced by…

  6. Following No Contest Plea, CeeLo Green Tweets 'Women Who Have Really Been Raped Remember'

    September 01, 2014 5:09 PM EDT After CeeLo Green pleaded no contest Friday to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles, the singer voiced his opinion over the matter online Sunday in a series of questionable Tweets.  In posts later deleted from his account but preserved…

  7. Nicki Minaj vs. Taylor Swift: Vote For Your Favorite Music Video

    August 20, 2014 1:22 PM EDT It's only Wednesday, and already two stars have released jaw-dropping music videos: Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj . Late Tuesday night, Aug. 20, Nicki Minaj brought the thirst out of ladies and gentlemen alike when she released the sexy music video for "Ananconda."  The video…

  8. Earl Sweatshirt: Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Video Is 'Inherently Offensive and Ultimately Harmful'

    August 19, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Hours after Taylor Swift premiered her single, "Shake It Off," and its accompanying music video, Earl Sweatshirt took to Twitter to express his thoughts on how it is "inherently offensive and ultimately harmful." haven't watched the taylor swift video and I don'…

  9. Music Biz Agent Claims Colleague Impersonated Him on Twitter

    August 13, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Joseph Cassiere's lawsuit over @QuotesOfJJ also provides one of the first tests of a fairly new California cyber-bullying law. Joseph Cassiere , a booking agent in the music industry, has brought a lawsuit against a former colleague who allegedly set up a Twitter account to impersonate…

  10. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  11. Three Dead, 100 Hospitalized After Veld and Boonstock Festivals

    August 05, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Three people died and close to 100 people have been taken to hospital following two Canadian music festivals held on opposiite sides of the country over the long weekend (August 2-4). In Toronto, a 20-year-old woman and 22-year-old man died after ingesting “party drugs” at the Veld Music…

  12. Neil Young Urges Fans to Boycott Non-Organic Cotton

    August 02, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Neil Young took to his website on Friday to speak out against the purchase of non-organic cotton. The FarmAid co-founder and veteran activist, who has championed environmental, social and aural causes over the years, has vowed to phase the material out of his tour merchandise in favor of 100…

  13. Florida Woman Charged with Stalking Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

    July 30, 2014 9:16 PM EDT A woman has been arrested for allegedly stalking and harassing Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and his family. Jessica Robbins of Tampa Bay, Fla., was taking into custody on July 25 after sending numerous social media messages that caused Cornell and his family to fear for their lives, an…

  14. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  15. Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons Drum Up Hard Hits in 'Whiplash' Trailer: Watch

    July 28, 2014 12:35 AM EDT "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than 'good job,' " says J.K. Simmons in the new Whiplash trailer, as he trains an ambitious Miles Teller to become the next great name in jazz.  Damien Chazelle directed and wrote the drama about an aspiring…

  16. Report: Tim McGraw Fan Seeking Apology, Possible Legal Action After Concert Incident

    July 26, 2014 8:00 PM EDT According to a new report, the fan who alleges that Tim McGraw slapped her  at an Atlanta concert on July 13 might soon take legal action.  The female fan's lawyer, Eric Hertz, tells TMZ that the she feels "humiliated" after the incident and wants an apology from the country…

  17. Duran Duran Responds to Fan Club Lawsuit

    July 24, 2014 5:27 PM EDT 'The lawsuit is not against its loyal fans but simply seeks to protect its rights against the company that formerly managed its fan club,' a statement reads. Duran Duran found itself amidst controversy when reports surfaced that the popular '80s band was suing its own fan club.…

  18. U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

    July 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its first full-length album, he says his reaction was elation tempered by “a sense of guilt.”   The elation: Acrassicauda’s three original members…

  19. Eddie Vedder Covers John Lennon's 'Imagine' Live: Watch

    July 20, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Last week Eddie Vedder posted an unapologetic essay on the Pearl Jam website, which opened with the iconic quote from John Lennon's "Imagine" -- "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" -- and responded to criticisms that the singer was being…

  20. Billy Corgan Accuses Amazon of Leaking 'Adore' Details Early

    July 17, 2014 10:16 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan was hoping Wednesday would go as smoothly as his famous pate. Not so, as the planned rollout of full details and track listing for the deluxe reissue of 1998's "Adore" was ruined when Amazon apparently leaked the details early. Corgan first…

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