1. Chris Cornell Announced as Keynote Q&A for Billboard Touring Conference

    October 27, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Industry leaders Geiger, Light, Rotella and Roux also set for Q&As at premier touring confab Chris Cornell , the legendary front man for pioneering bands Soundgarden and Audioslave , will be featured as the Keynote Q&A at the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, set for Nov.…

  2. Exclusive: Dorothy Premieres Rockin' 'Wicked Ones,' Is Ready For a Wild Night

    October 27, 2014 11:25 AM EDT When a band is named after its frontperson, you’re going to have some high hopes for that special someone. Meet Dorothy , named after its lightning rod frontwoman’s first name -- not last -- so rest assured this isn’t '80s pop-metal. The Los Angeles quartet is the sort of band that’s…

  3. Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Announce Joint Tour

    October 27, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Kenny Chesney will merge tours with Jason Aldean for a run of megashows in 2015, as Chesney's Big Revival tour melds with Aldean's Burn It Down for 10 stadium dates. The first shows to go on sale are New England’s Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015m and San Francisco's Levi’s…

  4. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Team Up for More Live Shows in 2015

    October 26, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have added more live shows for 2015, Billboard has learned. In addition to two previously announced shows in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Gaga and Bennett will perform together at the Hollywood Bowl on May 30; the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 8; and Radio…

  5. Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Remembered at Harlem Memorial

    October 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A respectful and loving crowd filled the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 25) for a memorial service celebrating the life of Jimmy Scott . Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88 The beloved jazz singer, who passed away on June 12, 2014, at the age of 89,…

  6. Love and Theft Hit the Road for First Headlining Tour With Nights 'You'll Never Forget'

    October 24, 2014 7:21 PM EDT After spending years on the road as an opening act, this fall marks an important milestone in the career of RCA's  Love and Theft : Last week in Portland, Maine, the guitar-and-vocals duo started its first ever headlining tour. Member Stephen Barker Liles says it's definitely an…

  7. Jay Sean Leaves Cash Money and Premieres 'Tears in the Ocean' Video

    October 24, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Jay Sean , the best selling Urban artist in the history of the UK, is leaving Cash Money Records and independently releasing a mixtape, Mistress II , in November. Today Billboard premieres a new video for the song "Tears in the Ocean," which will appear on the tape next month.…

  8. How 'American Horror Story' Is Becoming the Next 'Glee'

    October 24, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Lana Del Rey's two-night stint at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Oct. 16 and 17 seems particularly fitting given that her music was covered by the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show this week. Series creator Ryan Murphy announced that Jessica Lange would…

  9. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  10. Glam Rock Giant Alvin Stardust Dies at 72

    October 24, 2014 2:37 AM EDT British glam rocker Alvin Stardust , one of the biggest pop stars of his era, has died at the age of 72. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.  Stardust, born Bernard Jewry on Sept. 27, 1942 in London, enjoyed a long line of top 10 hits in the ‘70s and early ‘80s,…

  11. Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Pop Curveball Pays Off With ‘1989’

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Any Nashville insider will tell you that Taylor Swift started breaking up with country music long before she first stepped out with hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for three pop-leaning songs on 2012's blockbuster Red . But if her new single, "Shake It Off," was the…

  12. Listen to the Top 10 Singles of 1984

    October 23, 2014 3:48 PM EDT The top ten singles of 1984 present an interesting picture. Of course Prince clocks in at No. 1 with "When Doves Cry," which remains one of the most epic songs from his epic career. More surprisingly, three of the top ten songs came from movies -- Kenny Loggins ' "…

  13. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  14. Vice Media the Driving Force Behind Underground Venue Closures

    October 22, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Vice Media is behind the closure of Williamsburg venues Death by Audio and likely Glasslands, Billboard has learned. Valued at $2.5 billion , the media behemoth revealed plans to move into a 60,000 square foot warehouse space on the corner of S 2nd Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, a…

  15. Billy Joel Admits He’s Not in An Album State of Mind

    October 22, 2014 6:24 AM EDT It’s been more than 20 years since Billy Joel released an album of new songs. Don’t hold your breath for the next one.  The Piano Man has told the New Yorker (of course) that he has no plan to hit the “treadmill,” that grind of a continuous album release cycle and its near-inescapable…

  16. The Case for Inducting The Oak Ridge Boys Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 21, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Three months ago, we gave you our thoughts on why Don Rich should be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 in the musicians' category. This month, we take a look at what is known as the Modern Era category. Open to acts that have been involved in the business for between…

  17. Deeper & Better: Reaccessing Sleater-Kinney's Material Girls

    October 21, 2014 10:55 AM EDT For around a decade starting in 1995 or 1996, the best rock band in America was an all-female trio out of the indie-rock hothouse of Olympia, Wash.'s Evergreen College. And now, around a decade after they went on hiatus in the wake of 2005's heavy-roiling The Woods , Sleater…

  18. Exclusive: Tsu Launches as First Social & Payment Platform Where Users Own Their Content

    October 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Facebook ,  Twitter , and their investors may be profiting from user-generated content, but there's one person that's not: the user himself, who sees all the money from targeted ads (how did they know I was looking at those Ugg boots on Zappos?) go directly to those companies. But…

  19. Glen Campbell Doc Director on the Alzheimer-Stricken Country Star: 'I Want Taylor Swift Fans to Know How Important He Was'

    October 20, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Having produced the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line , James Keach was cautious when meeting with Glen Campbell and his producer Julian Raymond, not wanting to be typecast as a guy who makes films about country singers. But their sit-down, when Campbell was in the early stages of…

  20. Exclusive: 'Guardians' Soundtrack To Be Released On Cassette Tape

    October 20, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The biggest mix tape of the year will soon be available to buy on cassette tape. The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack will be issued on cassette Nov. 28. It was already issued earlier on compact disc, digital download and vinyl LP. Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack…

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