1. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's iconic Greek Theatre. At stake is a…

  2. Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE NASHVILLE NETWORKER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 57 TITLE: President, Spalding Entertainment STAFF : 8 CITY: Nashville COMPANY…

  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. Garth Brooks Breaks His N. American Ticket Sales Record (That He Set Last Month)

    October 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT The hits just keep coming for Garth Brooks , who has now broken his own North American ticket sales record for a single city, moving more than 188,000 tickets sold from 11 shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis between Nov. 6 and 15.   The personal best Brooks just beat was from his…

  5. After Ariel Pink Disses Madonna's Career, Her Manager Says They've Never Heard of Him

    October 14, 2014 8:33 PM EDT Ariel Pink may have been working on Madonna 's new album, that is until he opened his mouth and tried to explain why she might want him in a recent interview.  Ariel Pink Says He's Working on Madonna's New Album, Dismisses Most of Her Career Speaking with Faster Louder , the…

  6. Exclusive: NBA Live 15 Soundtrack Unveiled, Cover Star Damian Lillard Discusses The Music

    October 14, 2014 8:00 AM EDT NBA Live 15 , the latest incarnation of the best-selling basketball video game franchise, is due out on Oct. 28, but the soundtrack to the EA Sports game has been unveiled on Tuesday morning (Oct. 14). The 26-song track list is highlighted by hip-hop and R&B stars like Jeezy, Jeremih, G…

  7. Kelly Clarkson Gathers Famous Friends for Holiday Benefit Concert

    October 14, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson announced on her website that she'll be hosting her first annual benefit concert, Miracle on Broadway , on Dec. 20. The show, which will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, features a star-studded lineup, including Reba McEntire , Trisha Yearwood , Garth…

  8. Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards With Six Nominations

    October 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT With six nominations, Iggy Azalea is at the front of the pack leading into next month’s 2014 American Music Awards .  The Hot 100 chart-topping, Australian-born performer is up for artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female artist - pop/rock,…

  9. Inside Garth Brooks' Master Plan to Launch the Biggest Tour of All Time

    October 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has long been the biggest-selling act of the Nielsen SoundScan era, with 69.6 million albums sold in the United States alone since 1991. And insiders say that for the recently launched tour in support of his new album, Man Against Machine (due Nov. 11), he has got an even…

  10. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  11. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Florida Georgia Line Reveals 5 Surprising Facts About Their Music

    October 09, 2014 7:05 PM EDT   For a country duo that smokes up on Saturdays, goes to church on Sundays and mentions Eminem in the same breath as Garth Brooks , Anything Goes is the perfect title for their upcoming second album. In this week's Billboard cover story, Florida Georgia Line ( Brian Kelley and Tyler…

  12. James Marsden & 5 Other Actors Who Should Have an Album

    October 09, 2014 4:12 PM EDT From 'Enchanted' to the Grammys? We're still swooning over James Marsden joining Lady Antebellum for a Garth Brooks sing-along on On Air With Ryan Seacrest . If you haven't watched it yet , do that right now. Now that we're all on the same page, Marsden secretly…

  13. Watch James Marsden Sing Garth Brooks With Lady Antebellum

    October 08, 2014 8:58 PM EDT Get this man a country contract ASAP. We knew he was from Oklahoma, but we had no idea James Marsden could sing country like this. Exclusive Premiere: 'The Best of Me' Soundtrack Goes Country When the actor and his Best of Me co-stars stopped by On Air With Ryan Seacrest on…

  14. Live Nation vs. Nederlander/AEG: Who Will Win Tomorrow's Greek Theatre Bid?

    October 08, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Expect no love to be lost Thursday between the world's largest promoters Live Nation and the combined team of Nederlander/AEG Live when the Los Angeles Department of Recreations and Parks is set to endorse one or the other in a fierce bidding war to manage the city's iconic Greek…

  15. Why 1992 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for 1992 and 1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1992, BMG and Columbia's music subscriptions were still in full…

  16. Who Will Dominate Country Music’s Packed Year-End?

    October 06, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean, Little Big Town and Garth Brooks bring firepower to an already beefy fall release schedule. The fourth quarter is looking robust, with big releases ranging from Kanye West to Barry Manilow , but its secret weapon is an unusually strong slate from the country sector. “It’s the…

  17. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Janet Jackson Tops Hot 100

    October 06, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1989, Jackson's 'Miss You Much' kicked off the 'Rhythm Nation 1814' era. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, the Beatles and Mariah Carey. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard…

  18. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean No. 1; Carrie Underwood Debuts on Country Charts

    October 02, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Chesney bows atop Top Country Albums, Aldean logs a milestone reign on Hot Country Songs & expectant mom Underwood's 'Water' breaks. Nearly 20 years after first gracing the list, Kenny Chesney collects his lucky 13th No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as…

  19. Steve Aoki Throws Tantrum (Not Cake) Over EDM Parody Site Wunderground

    October 01, 2014 12:47 PM EDT On Sept. 30, an unusual post appeared on EDM parody site  Wunderground , coincidentally the same day Steve Aoki's new album  Neon Future was released. "Please note," read the disclaimer, "all of the written articles on Wunderground are satirical and fictitious, as all…

  20. Rewinding the Charts: 23 Years Ago, Garth Brooks Lassoed History

    September 28, 2014 9:05 AM EDT GARTH BROOKS MADE HISTORY ON SEPT. 28, 1991, when his third album, Ropin' the Wind , debuted atop the Billboard 200: the record became the first country title to bow at No. 1. It also dethroned Metallica's then-five-week-old eponymous album. (No small achievement: The latter…

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