1. ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' Musical Heading to Broadway

    August 08, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Looks like it’s time for a little twang on Broadway. With a book by Larry L. King and Pete Masterson , and music and lyrics by Carol Hall , The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is set to open in 2015 in a new production directed and choreographed by Tony, Emmy and Olivier winner Rob Ashford .…

  2. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Triumphant Return: A Manager's Perspective

    August 07, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jay Levey, who's represented the comedian for more than 30 years, on hitting a home run with "Mandatory Fun." When the editors of Billboard asked me to answer a few questions about “Weird Al” Yankovic’s recent chart-topping, earth-shattering, game-changing, monumentally epic…

  3. Kacey Musgraves & Katy Perry Wrote A 'Wizard Of Oz'-Inspired Song Together

    August 07, 2014 1:06 PM EDT "It's cool to step out of my zone and write for somebody else," Musgraves says of working with her new touring partner. Kacey Musgraves is headed into her 14-show stint with Katy Perry with confidence and momentum -- even if some fans might be scratching their heads about what…

  4. Mick Jagger, Sting Urge Scotland to Stay in U.K.

    August 07, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Mick Jagger , Judi Dench and Stephen Hawking are among dozens of celebrities and public figures in Britain who have signed a petition appealing to Scottish voters to vote to stay in the United Kingdom in a referendum in September. More on Scotland Scotland's T in the Park Relocating to…

  5. Ariana Grande Fought Max Martin Over Grammatically Incorrect Lyrics

    August 07, 2014 12:43 PM EDT If you have a problem with Ariana Grande 's grammatically erroneous lyrics on her Zedd collabo "Break Free," you might be surprised to learn that the 21-year-old singer is completely on your side. "I fought [co-producer Max Martin ] on it the whole time," Grande tells…

  6. Levi's Threw a Free Concert in Brooklyn Featuring Haim, Sleigh Bells

    August 07, 2014 11:54 AM EDT To attend the event, attendees just had to show up in Levi's jeans. On Tuesday (Aug. 5), Levi's hosted a free concert at New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park that featured two of the year’s hottest bands: Haim and Sleigh Bells. The event kicked off the new Live in Levi's…

  7. Jazz Musician Plans Tribute Album to Daughter Killed in Sandy Hook Shooting

    August 07, 2014 11:38 AM EDT After his 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Newtown school shooting, Jimmy Greene found a homemade book on her desk titled "Ana's flower book for Dad." The book was filled with page after page of beautifully drawn flowers in different colors and shapes. "It's a…

  8. Linkin Park: Co-Headlining Tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars Has Been a 'Long Time' Coming

    August 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT "Not only has Thirty Seconds to Mars grown tremendously over the last several years … they're amazing live," says the group's Chester Bennington. Doing the upcoming Carnivores Tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars is no chance pairing for Linkin Park. Apparently it's a…

  9. Watch CHVRCHES Perform Synthpop Jam 'Recover' in Exclusive Studio Session

    August 07, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Catch an early clip from the Aug. 10 episode of Guitar Center Sessions Billboard presents an early peek at CHVRCHES ’ brand new Guitar Center Sessions -- a performance of the make-up-or-breakup anthem “Recover.” The Scottish synthpop band has certainly made its rounds on the festival and club…

  10. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: July 2014

    August 07, 2014 9:48 AM EDT f(x) and SISTAR own the Top 2 as America shows extra love to HyunA, INFINITE and an English cover of a K-pop hit on YouTube It's the dog days of summer, but fans are still spending a healthy amount of time watching their favorite K-pop artists. Multiple internationally-recognized artists…

  11. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  12. Nils Lofgren Talks Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young While Touting Massive Box Set

    August 06, 2014 7:28 PM EDT "I love being in bands," Nils Lofgren told a sold out crowd at the Grammy Museum Aug. 5, midway through stories about his experiences in Grin and groups that backed Neil Young , Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr . Most importantly, it's the live show aspect of being in a band. …

  13. Cody Bryan Band on the 'Dangerous Love' Behind Their 'Wreck Me' Album

    August 06, 2014 6:29 PM EDT The Cody Bryan Band's latest album, Wreck Me , has been out for a few months now, but the Texas-based band's frontman said they have really picked up the pace of promoting it. "We put out our first single, and we did our first radio tour through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and…

  14. Album Review: Electronic Producer Porter Robinson's Dramatic 'Worlds' Is Ideal Headphone Music

    August 06, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Porter Robinson’s Worlds is the product of EDM exhaustion. The 22-year-old electronic producer played nearly every major music festival in 2011 and 2012, delivering well-manicured, crowd-pleasing bangers to the masses. But the used-up arrangements of big-room house and an increasingly…

  15. Jurassic 5 Considering New Material: 'I Hope There's More Music To Come,' Says Nu-Mark

    August 06, 2014 5:50 PM EDT More new music will be part of the Jurassic 5 reunion, although its members aren't yet sure in what form it will be released. The hip-hop group, which reunited last year after a seven-year break and is out on the road this summer, has dropped one new single, "The Way We Do It,"…

  16. 10 Best Fan Signs at One Direction's Show

    August 06, 2014 3:41 PM EDT The signs on the stadium floor were (almost) better than the stadium show itself. Here are the 10 funniest. A One Direction stadium concert is unlike any current experience in pop music because of the fandom involved -- weeping teen girls, inexorable screams and dozens upon dozens of fan…

  17. Why One Direction Was the Best Show Ever (Even If My Dad Was There)

    August 06, 2014 10:56 AM EDT It may not have been the perfect situation: two teenage girls and their dads at the Aug. 5 show of One Direction’s “Where We Are” tour at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.  But after three years of fangirling over one of my favorite bands -- owning all their music, following them on Twitter…

  18. Azealia Banks Channels Houdini, Rides Dirt Bikes in 'Heavy Metal' Video: Watch

    August 05, 2014 7:21 PM EDT Azealia Banks is kidnapped, bound and left for dead in the dusty wilds in her new video for "Heavy Metal and Reflective," the fiery rapper's first offering since departing Universal Music last month. Tied to a chair by some guy in a truck, Banks wastes little time and quickly…

  19. Jay Z, Beyonce and the Rumor Mill: Who's Pulling the Strings?

    August 05, 2014 6:07 PM EDT For most of their six-year, seven-digit-earning marriage, Beyonce and Jay Z were a glimmering aberration in the world of celebrity rumors: an unflappable married couple seemingly impervious to gossip. In fact, just one year ago, two people tightly controlled the Jay Z/Beyonce media…

  20. Concert Review: Bluegrass Legend Ricky Skaggs Dips Into the Past (and Introduces a Future Star)

    August 05, 2014 5:04 PM EDT As has been the tradition the past few years, the legendary Ricky Skaggs closed out the Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman in Nashville on July 31. Along with his ace band, Kentucky Thunder, the performer delivered a set that showcased his love of the tradition of bluegrass…

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