1. 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…

  2. Lecrae vs. Jhene Aiko for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200

    September 10, 2014 8:53 PM EDT Rapper Lecrae is battling R&B singer Jhene Aiko for the top slot on the albums chart. Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae and rising R&B star Jhene Aiko are both on course for the No. 1 position on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Jhene Aiko's 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track…

  3. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  4. Justin Bieber Gets Naked At 'Fashion Rocks'; Crowd Boos

    September 10, 2014 6:16 AM EDT Fashion Rocks was all about music and clothes — or, in Justin Bieber's case, lack thereof. During the CBS live telecast on Tuesday night, the singer hit the Barclays Center stage with model Lara Stone to present performer Rita Ora and the corresponding Calvin Klein fashion show. Though…

  5. Crystal Gayle Says Country Hall of Fame Exhibit Gives Her a Chance to 'Look Back'

    September 09, 2014 6:36 PM EDT 'When I Dream' runs through Nov. 3 in Nashville. It's not too often that an artist nails a song on the first take. However, that's exactly what happened in 1977 when Crystal Gayle hit the studio to record the song that would become her signature tune, "Don't It…

  6. Top Arena Execs Dish on How They Move Ticket Sales

    September 09, 2014 6:20 PM EDT What does it take to run a successful arena in today’s competitive and volatile touring business? Venue executives from across the country will convene Sept. 14-16 in Long Beach, Ca. for the Arena Management Conference organized by the IAVM, the International Association of Venue Managers.…

  7. How Lee Brice Turned His Own Wedding Song Into a Country Smash

    September 09, 2014 12:25 PM EDT If there’s one thing Lee Brice has learned during the course of his career, it’s patience. In 2003, the country singer-songwriter-producer, who’s now 35, signed to Curb Records. But after the release of his debut album stalled, he tried a different approach: penning hits for Jason Aldean and…

  8. Neil Diamond Takes Guests Down 'Melody Road' at Capitol Studios Listening Party

    September 09, 2014 1:28 AM EDT Neil Diamond's first album for Capitol Records, Melody Road , has met with approval from his co-producers and label executives, but he has a final hurdle: his mother. "She's 96," Diamond told a small gathering at Capitol's Studio A on Monday night, assembled to hear…

  9. Jason D. Williams Talks 'Hillbillies and Holy Rollers' Album & Vaudeville Inspiration

    September 08, 2014 8:36 PM EDT Jason D. Williams -- the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades -- is back with brand-new music. Williams returns with his latest disc, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers , which was recorded at the historic studio address of 706 Union Ave. in Memphis. What enters…

  10. Michael C. Hall to Star in Broadway's 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    September 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT A serial killer is headed to Broadway, as  Dexter  star  Michael C. Hall  is next in line to don a wig and heels in  Hedwig and the Angry Inch . The actor, who starred in the Showtime series for eight seasons, will take over the title role on Oct. 16 at the Belasco Theatre. His limited…

  11. Carole King Musical 'Beautiful' Sets Dates For U.S., London Run

    September 08, 2014 12:57 AM EDT The high notes of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical are set to soar beyond Broadway as the production will start its London run and U.S. tour. According to the Associated Press, a West End production of the Tony-nominated show will begin previews on Feb. 10 at the Aldwych Theatre. A U.S.…

  12. Joan Rivers' Funeral: Howard Stern Gives Eulogy & Audra McDonald Sings ‘Smile’

    September 07, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Bernadette Peters, Clive Davis, Paul Shaffer and many others were also in attendance. Howard Stern delivered the eulogy and Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile" at Joan Rivers' funeral Sunday, a star-studded send-off that brought together the worlds of Hollywood,…

  13. The Roys Explain New Point of 'View' On Latest Album

    September 05, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Brother and sister bluegrass duo The Roys are proud of each of the 11 tracks from their newest release, The View , but both tell Billboard that for a lot of reasons, the title cut is something very special. The Roys Tackle Tradition on 'Gypsy Runaway Train' "We were on tour in…

  14. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee's…

  15. What Pressure? Lee Brice Is Ready for 'I Don't Dance' to Top 'Hard 2 Love'

    September 04, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Lee Brice loves hearing stories about how his music has affected his fans -- although sometimes, those stories can tug on his emotions a bit too hard. "With 'I Drive Your Truck,' there's story after story after story," Brice tells Billboard of his Billboard Country…

  16. Behind Radio's Country/Pop Convergence in Charleston, West Virginia

    September 04, 2014 1:24 PM EDT “No. They didn’t legalize marijuana in West Virginia. We’re doing this on purpose.” That's a WKAZ (Tailgate 107.3) Charleston, W. Va., liner anticipating some of the likely responses of any radio people who might be listening to this new country/pop hybrid. If you were familiar with …

  17. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  18. Disney Reveals 'Frozen Fever' Animated Short Coming in 2015

    September 03, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Fans of  Frozen  don't have to let it go just yet. During Tuesday night's behind-the-scenes special about the making of  Frozen on ABC, Disney revealed the company will release a new animated short,  Frozen Fever ,  in the spring of 2015. Like the original hit film, the short will…

  19. 2014 CMA Awards Nominations Revealed on 'GMA'

    September 03, 2014 8:23 AM EDT Check out the full list of CMA nominees On Wednesday morning in Times Square, Little Big Town and Darius Rucker took over ABC's Good Morning America to reveal the 2014 Country Music Association Awards nominees. As you might expect, the CMA nominees are some of the absolute biggest names…

  20. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award.  Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex…

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