1. 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…

  2. Lee Brice Does No. 1 'Dance' on Top Country Albums Chart

    September 18, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Brice scores his first leader on the list. Plus, moves for Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin. Singer/songwriter Lee Brice scores his first No. 1 in four tries on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as I Don't Dance , his third full-length album,…

  3. 'The Voice' Winner Josh Kaufman to Star in Broadway's 'Pippin'

    September 18, 2014 4:31 PM EDT The soul man makes the unprecedented move to the stage after coaching from Usher. Sure, The Voice has yet to launch a Top 40 chart-topper , but what about a Broadway star?   Josh Kaufman , the soul man who won the most recent season under Usher's wing , is set to front Pippin for a…

  4. 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…

  5. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 23-year old woman wanted to live in. At least…

  6. Lecrae Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, new albums by Jhene Aiko and Ryan Adams start in the Top 5. Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the first…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 '…

  9. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Clear Channel -- now…

  10. Watch How Awkward 'Star Wars' Is Without John Williams' Score

    September 14, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Move over, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford -- the most important person involved in Star Wars: Episode IV:  A New Hope is definitely John Williams . A newly uploaded clip of the final scene of A New Hope shows the value of the film composer's vital contribution of his song …

  11. Lecrae Leads Busy Week for New Album Releases

    September 12, 2014 9:41 PM EDT Lecrae's new 'Anomaly' album could be one of eight debuts in the Billboard 200's top 10 next week. Rapper Lecrae is not only aiming to nab his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with Anomaly , but his album could be one of up to eight debuts in the top 10.…

  12. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  13. Bob Crewe, Singer/Songwriter Behind Many Four Seasons Hits, Dies at 83

    September 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT He also discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and wrote disco classics including 'Lady Marmalade.' Bob Crewe -- the singer, songwriter, producer and label owner who created many of the Four Seasons ' hits, discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and was…

  14. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  15. Move Over Elvis: Tiesto to Score Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas

    September 12, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Las Vegas' Bellagio Fountains are about to get "Maximal Crazy," thanks to Tiesto . The electronic music producer will debut a score for the Sin City attraction, which features choreographed water sequences set to lights and music -- usually from the likes of Frank Sinatra and…

  16. CMA Noms Lift Miranda Lambert's 'Platinum' Back to No. 1

    September 11, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The set scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Frank Foster. Leading all acts with nine nominations for the 2014 CMA Awards (announced Sept. 3), Miranda Lambert flies 7-1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Platinum .…

  17. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  18. Sway Calloway Explains Why He's Starting Overdeliver Entertainment Label, Talks First Signing

    September 11, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Sway Calloway (known to the world as simply just "Sway") has conquered every medium in entertainment -- from terrestrial radio to television and back around to satellite radio. Now, with the help of business partner Kelly L. Jackson , the two have launched Overdeliver Entertainment.…

  19. 19. Akdong Musician: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Lee Chan-hyuk: Sept. 12, 1996 (Age: 18); Lee Soo-hyun: May 4, 1999 (Age: 15) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why They're Hot: A year after winning Korea's American Idol -esque competition K-pop Star 2 , brother-sister duo Akdong Musician hit the scene…

  20. 18. Rae Sremmurd: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Khalif “Swae Lee” Khalif: June 7, 1995 (Age: 19); Aaquil “Slim” Brown: Dec. 29, 1993 (Age: 20) Last year's rank: N/A Why They're Hot: Rae Sremmurd , composed of brothers Khalif "Swae Lee" Khalif and Aaquil "Slim" Brown, took…

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