1. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-eight thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the likes…

  2. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  3. Houses of the Holy: Where the Music Biz Celebrates the Jewish High Holidays

    September 23, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Tonight we're gonna party like it's 5775. Here's where some of the music machers and/or mensches celebrate the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept. 24-26 and Yom Kippur (day of atonement) Oct. 3-4. Nashuva (Founder’s Church of Religious Science, 3281 W.…

  4. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  5. Album Review: Kenny Chesney Mixes Country Salvation With a Good Time on ‘The Big Revival’

    September 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Like Jimmy Buffett in a cowboy hat, Kenny Chesney keeps assuring us there's virtually no problem that a cold beer on a tropical island won't set right. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems isn’t just the title of his 2002 multimillion-selling album -- it's Chesney's motto.…

  6. Exclusive: Bette Midler Announces 'It's The Girls,' Her First Album Since 2006

    September 23, 2014 10:17 AM EDT For her first studio album in eight years, Bette Midler is revisiting some of the vocalists who shaped her the most -- girl groups -- on It’s The Girls , due Nov. 4 via Warner Bros. Records (Nov. 17 in the UK via East West Records/Warner Music UK.) The album spans seven decades of famous…

  7. Rixton Announces 'Let the Road' LP, Will Open for Ariana Grande

    September 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Pop-rock group Rixton has made a splash in the U.K., and now, they're aiming to conquer the other side of the pond. The four-member group announced on Twitter that their debut album will be titled Let the Road and will be released in the United States on Jan. 5. The quartet's…

  8. Exclusive: Daniel Caesar Premieres 'Praise Break' EP, Talks Creative Process & 'Violet' Video

    September 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The singer-songwriter also premieres the video to first 'Praise Break' single, 'Violet' Daniel Caesar is a new artist that’s bound to break out. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter has the vocal and lyrical clout that can pacify the most heavy hearted, which one can…

  9. Corner Office: Island Records President David Massey on His Hot Streak of Hits, Betting on Shawn Mendes

    September 22, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The label exec on his hot streak of hits (Iggy Azalea, Kiesza), learning from his mom and betting on Shawn Mendes. The history of the music industry may yet be written by David Massey , 56, who has filled 35 volumes of his diaries with experiences that go back to swinging London. In 1962…

  10. Kacey Musgraves Talks Hanging With Katy Perry, New Music At iHeartRadio Fest

    September 21, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Kacey Musgraves brought her candid country charm to the scorching-hot iHeartRadio Fan Village in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sept. 20), where she also doubled as an unlikely opening act for the day's biggest draw, 5 Seconds of Summer. But she's also fresh from wrapping a month'…

  11. Foo Fighters Announce South American Tour Dates

    September 21, 2014 11:17 AM EDT The Foo Fighters have announced a handful of South American concert dates in support of their eighth studio album, Sonic Highways , due Nov. 10 through Roswell Records/RCA Records. Hear New Foo Fighters ‘Sonic Highways’ Song Teased by Twitter’s Head of Music The band will begin the South…

  12. Watch: G-Eazy on 'Bugging Out' Over His Success and His 'Nuts' Upcoming Tour at iHeartRadio Fest

    September 20, 2014 8:04 PM EDT G-Eazy named his debut album These Things Happen and these days that really is the case for the 25-year-old Oakland rapper. And he confessed to Billboard backstage at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival that "the high school me is bugging out right now." In fact, the appearance at…

  13. U2's The Edge Given Permission to Build Five Malibu Homes

    September 20, 2014 3:52 PM EDT The musician has been trying to obtain the permits since 2006. U2 guitarist The Edge has been granted permission by the California Coastal Commission to build five homes on the Malibu coast. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column) Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File…

  14. Lady Gaga Talks Manager Split, Tel Aviv Concert and Media Treatment of Celebrities

    September 20, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Lady Gaga also touched on being unhappy and her under-selling "ARTPOP" album. After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up. "I've very centered now. I meditate a lot. I'm happy. I am more sober than I&…

  15. Green Day's 'American Idiot' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For Green Day , George W. Bush's administration wasn't much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. 2000's Warning was the punk band's most disappointing effort (both critically and commercially) since breaking…

  16. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in Augustin…

  17. Big & Rich Look Back on 10 Years as They Go Indie for New Album 'Gravity'

    September 19, 2014 6:10 PM EDT has been a year of renewed energy for Big & Rich . As their current single, "Look At You," sits at No. 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart , they're not only gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album, Gravity -- they're looking back on 10 years of Big…

  18. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  19. Ole-Bluestone Announces Co-Publishing Deals with Ok Mayday, David Bratton, Others

    September 19, 2014 6:30 AM EDT The joint venture music publishing company formed by Timbaland and ole is on the move with a bunch of co-publishing signings: alternative rock band  Ok Mayday ; gospel songwriter David Bratton ; hip-hop/R&B producer/songwriter Maurice "Velly" Conway ; and rapper Justin "…

  20. Lee Brice Does No. 1 'Dance' on Top Country Albums Chart

    September 18, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Brice scores his first leader on the list. Plus, moves for Dustin Lynch, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Easton Corbin. Singer/songwriter Lee Brice scores his first No. 1 in four tries on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as I Don't Dance , his third full-length album,…

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