1. Chris Botti, Cassandra Wilson & Dr. John Confirmed for Newport Jazz Fest

    January 13, 2015 11:35 PM EST Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti , vocalist Cassandra Wilson and Dr. John are among the biggest names playing this year's Newport Jazz Festival. Festival producer George Wein announced the lineup Tuesday for the festival, to be held July 31 through Aug. 2. This will be the 61st…

  2. New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015 Lineup: Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga & More

    January 12, 2015 4:52 PM EST Elton John, No Doubt, Tony Bennett & more also headed to the festival in April. Elton John , The Who , Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are scheduled to headline this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival . The festival annually draws hundreds of thousands of music fans to New…

  3. Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment Brought In $105 Million Last Year

    January 12, 2015 3:59 PM EST The TV and music mogul is reported to have taken home a £24 million pay package. Simon Cowell 's Syco Entertainment music and television company earned £71 million ($105 million) in the last financial year, according to accounts filed at Companies House.   The London-based business was…

  4. Roundtable: Five Execs Examine Radio's Uncertain Future in the Streaming Age

    January 12, 2015 2:26 PM EST Relying on research or your own ears; syncing the pulse of a local community with the talk of the Internet -- today's radio insiders have the ­gargantuan task of pleasing a diverse audience of 243 million ­listeners a week (91 percent of all Americans 12 or older, ­according to Nielsen…

  5. 'Glee' Premiere Music Recap: We Rank The Songs

    January 10, 2015 10:45 AM EST For its first two episodes back, Glee took on Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and even 'Frozen.' It's the beginning of the end. The first two episodes of Glee 's final season premiered last night, and -- as has become the standard over the last few years -- the two hours were…

  6. Courtney Love Talks Kurt Cobain, Trent Reznor and Rocking the Opera: 'I Wanted to Do Something Different'

    January 08, 2015 6:21 PM EST "I'm wearing my jammies 'cause mommy's got a cold," quips Courtney Love , holed up in New York's Gramercy Park Hotel in Anna Sui silk pajamas and a sweater, sipping from an array of green juices that her latest collaborator, playwright-composer Todd Almond,…

  7. Kings of Leon Playing Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Festival

    January 08, 2015 5:29 PM EST Attention pubescent boys: Sports Illustrated 's annual Swimsuit Issue is coming to life at a two-day festival in Nashville this February, featuring hometown all-stars Kings of Leon . Kings of Leon Joined by Chris Martin at the Hollywood Bowl Last year in Miami, Sports Illustrated held…

  8. Rap Duo Rae Sremmurd: 'We Want You to Know Who the F--- We Are'

    January 08, 2015 1:00 PM EST "I'm going to go out there and pop those balloons, man," says Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown. "I love breaking shit." It's 10 a.m. on a frigid December morning and Jxmmi (pronounced Jimmy) and his younger brother Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown,…

  9. Macy Martin Is Finding Her Melody on New Album

    January 07, 2015 7:55 PM EST is shaping up to be a year to remember for Texas native Macy Martin. "So many great things are happening, like my new album, Find My Melody, " the songstress tells Billboard. "There's a lot of great radio material and I am so excited to see how the public reacts to…

  10. Ed Sheeran, Pharrell Williams Lead Australia's 2014 End-Of-Year Charts

    January 07, 2015 2:02 AM EST Pharrell Williams' "Happy" was the best-selling single in Australia in 2014, while Ed Sheeran's sophomore set X was the year's most popular album, according to new figures published by trade association ARIA. Sheeran, who in March and April will tour Australian…

  11. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  12. Joey Bada$$ Tour of NZ Will Go Ahead Despite Assault Charge

    January 05, 2015 11:25 PM EST An assault charge in Australia won't prevent New York rapper Joey Bada$$ from touring New Zealand after authorities said Tuesday they didn't plan to revoke his visa. Immigration New Zealand spokeswoman Rachel Purdom said the hip-hop artist had not been convicted of any crime in…

  13. Joey Bada$$ Arrested for Assault in Australia

    January 05, 2015 12:24 AM EST Joey Bada$$ has been living up to his name while on tour Down Under. The rapper has been charged with assault after allegedly breaking a security guard's nose at Falls Festival over the weekend, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation . The Brooklyn teenager (real name…

  14. Brad Pitt Leads Sing-Along at Film Gala

    January 04, 2015 8:30 PM EST The first star-studded film-award ceremony of the new year was literally something to sing about. While not an honoree himself, actor-producer Brad Pitt stole the spotlight with a sing-along for a few moments on Saturday night at the annual black-tie gala for the Palm Springs…

  15. Ariana Grande and Big Sean Share Tahoe Vacation Pictures

    January 03, 2015 9:28 PM EST Ariana Grande and Big Sean celebrated the holidays together and in one very snowy locale. The couple landed in Tahoe last week and posted adorable photos of their PDA sessions in the snow to social media on Saturday (Jan. 3). "Man I had da best time in Tahoe last week!" the rapper…

  16. Autographed T-Shirt Giveaway Official Rules

    January 02, 2015 3:08 PM EST Autographed T-Shirt Giveaway   Sponsored by Billboard ("Sponsor")   OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS GIVEAWAY. A purchase will not improve chances of winning. CONSUMER DISCLOSURE You have not yet won.     OPEN ONLY TO…

  17. Pulp's 'Disco 2000' Inspiration, Deborah Bone, Dies at 51

    January 02, 2015 2:25 PM EST Deborah Bone, a British mental health nurse and the inspiration behind Pulp 's hit single "Disco 2000," passed away at the age of 51 on Tuesday (Dec. 30). According to local newspaper The Comet , Bone moved to Letchworth, a town in Hertfordshire, England, at the age of 10,…

  18. Brooklyn Music Venue Glasslands Gallery Rings in the New Year by Closing Out Its Final Show

    January 01, 2015 1:42 PM EST "Look what you got stuck with," quipped DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith with a self-deprecating mumble. Scarcely two hours into the new year on Wednesday night, nobody in the soused, fashionable audience seemed to mind that the local indie sensations would be the ultimate act to…

  19. New Year's Rockin' Eve Concerts: 7 Memorable Moments

    January 01, 2015 2:30 AM EST The biggest names in pop, country and hip hop have rung in the New Year at the traditional Rockin' Eve concerts. ABC's broadcast bounced around parties in L.A., Miami, Nashville and New York City, where many thousands -- host Ryan Seacrest called it a million -- braved the cold…

  20. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

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