1. Met Opera Reaches Labor Agreements With Remaining Unions

    August 22, 2014 4:52 AM EDT The Metropolitan Opera has reached labor agreements with the remaining unions that had expired contracts, averting the threat of a lockout with about a month to go before the season is scheduled to start. The Met and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said Thursday that…

  2. K-Pop Trend: Beast, INFINITE & Henry Add Classical Musical to the Mix

    August 21, 2014 8:23 PM EDT The popular acts are bringing orchestras to modern-day dance beats. But who did it best? Typically, Western pop and K-pop stay on the same page with their trends. Recent hits have been born out of stark piano ballads ( John Legend 's "All of Me" and  Taeyang 's  "Eyes…

  3. Henry Rollins Pens 'F--- Suicide' Essay Criticizing Robin Williams, Suicidal

    August 21, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Henry Rollins ' newest article for LA Weekly is sure to raise some eyebrows. In his weekly column posted Thursday, titled "Fuck Suicide," Rollins lambasts the suicidal, including the deceased Robin Williams .  In it he begins with compliments to Williams' talent and…

  4. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  5. John Legend Brings Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to Hollywood Bowl

    August 21, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings join in paying homage to Marvin Gaye's landmark album. "Trigger-happy policing": That line from Marvin Gaye 's 1971 hit "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" still speaks volumes -- especially in the wake of the ongoing…

  6. Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga Already Planning 'Cheek To Cheek' Sequel

    August 21, 2014 3:41 PM EDT "We'll be touring together for quite a while," Bennett also tells Billboard. Tony Bennett says he and Lady Gaga plan to spend more time joined at the musical hip -- or, if you prefer, cheek. With the pair's duets album, Cheek To Cheek , ready to come out Sept. 23 -- and…

  7. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  8. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Ryn Weaver, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

    August 20, 2014 5:39 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff tackles the week's biggest (and most divisive) single: Taylor Swift 's full-on-pop transformation "Shake It Off." The only thing we agree on is that it's definitely still stuck in our heads. Aside…

  9. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  10. Exclusive: The Supremes' Mary Wilson Talks No. 1 Single 'Where Did Our Love Go' 50 Years Later

    August 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The singer reveals why the trio didn’t care for the song, how they felt about Motown’s other girl groups and how a Billboard chart-topper changed their lives. Before Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard became the most successful girl group of the rock era, Motown released eight…

  11. Metropolitan Opera Reaches Deal With Stagehands Union

    August 20, 2014 9:43 AM EDT New York City's Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions. The opera company said rehearsals will continue and the season will open as scheduled Sept. 22 with a new…

  12. Bob Marley Gets Bio-Musical Treatment in Baltimore

    August 19, 2014 9:46 PM EDT Baltimore's theater scene will feel some positive vibrations next year when Baltimore Center Stage premieres a Bob Marley musical. Focused on the reggae legend's life between 1975 and the tail-end of 1977, the story of "Marley" will include the assassination attempt and a…

  13. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  14. Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood': Track-by-Track Review

    August 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Since the release of his mixtape in 2005, Wiz Khalifa has evolved from a rising Pittsburgh rapper to a pop icon. While his easygoing persona makes him come off like one of hip-hop's most casual rappers, his work ethic speaks otherwise, spanning from a ceaseless touring schedule to a…

  15. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  16. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Release 'Cheek to Cheek' Album Cover, Track List & New Song

    August 19, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Who wants to go dancing? Start planning your classy dinner party now. Lady Gaga  and  Tony Bennett  have released the album cover (above) and track list for their upcoming duets album  Cheek to Cheek , out Sept. 23. The duo already released a video for "Anything Goes," and starting…

  17. Jennifer Hudson, Magic! Added To Fashion Rocks Lineup

    August 19, 2014 3:46 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson and Magic! have been added to the Fashion Rocks lineup, it was announced Monday. The two acts will join Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, KISS, Miranda Lambert, Nico & Vinz, Pitbull, Rita Ora, The Band Perry and Usher at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sept. 9. &…

  18. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  19. Gimme Five: SPICA's Most Inspirational Singers (Video)

    August 18, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Listen to any SPICA  record and one can instantly tell their pipes were inspired by the big divas who came before them. With singles that range from funk-pop ( "I Did It," "You Don't Love Me" ) to EDM ( "Tonight" ) to straight-up R&B ( "Painkiller…

  20. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

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