1. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  2. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  3. Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT For many, the idea of a “classic” Dave Matthews Band album is laughable, if not perverse. That goes for fans and non-fans alike. On one side, you’ve got hardcore Daveheads, who generally prefer stretched-out, heavily improvised live versions of songs to their more compact studio…

  4. Bryan Adams, 'Tracks of My Years': Exclusive Album Premiere

    September 26, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Listen to Adams' first studio album in more than six years. Bryan Adams is the man behind classic songs like "Summer of '69" and "Heaven," and on his next album -- exclusively premiering on Billboard -- he's taking other artists' classics and making…

  5. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  6. Ailee Comes Back More Confident Than Ever in 'Don't Touch Me'

    September 25, 2014 7:26 PM EDT The American-bred star wows in a dozen different looks in the video for her bold new single. After dropping the empowering power ballad "Singing Got Better" in January, Ailee 's confidence has only grown. The New Jersey native returned to the K-pop scene with a new gospel…

  7. Tim McGraw's 'Sundown' Shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 25, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Tim McGraw fortifies his No. 2 standing on the list of artists with the most Nielsen SoundScan-era No. 1s on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as he collects his 15th leader with Sundown Heaven Town . The new set arrives with 71,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McGraw is…

  8. Agent Nick Storch Joins Artist Group International

    September 24, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Respected rock/pop agent Nick Storch has followed  Marsha Vlasic to Artist Group International. Storch began his career at Face The Music Touring, then moved to the Agency Group, prior to his five-year tenure at ICM Partners. Marsha Vlasic, Agent to Neil Young, Muse & More, Leaving ICM…

  9. Debbie Harry, Chris Stein Celebrate Blondie's 40th Anniversary With NYC Art Exhibit

    September 24, 2014 3:20 AM EDT A Blondie transvestite impersonator, rare memorabilia and provocative photos of iconic lead singer Debbie Harry by photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibowitz, Bob Grossman, Bob Gruen and Chris Stein were unveiled at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery in New York City on Monday…

  10. 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…

  11. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  12. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  13. Exclusive: Coachella and Firefly Founders Team Up on Joint Venture

    September 17, 2014 5:43 PM EDT The deal brings together Goldenvoice, the U.S.' most successful festival producer, with Red Frog, the company behind our fastest-growing fest. Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events to…

  14. Exclusive Premiere: Bryan Adams Covers Chuck Berry's "Rock and Roll Music"

    September 17, 2014 11:55 AM EDT With his upcoming release Tracks of My Years, Bryan Adams is looking back on the music that inspired him to become an artist in his own right. And on his cover of Chuck Berry's immortal "Rock and Roll Music," Adams proves nostalgia isn't always quiet and reflective --…

  15. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit

    September 16, 2014 5:36 PM EDT This weekend marks the Second Annual Bone Appetit -- an event that benefits Downtown Dogs Group, a no-kill animal rescue organization based in Jackson, Tenn. In addition to celebrating our furry friends, the event also features a lot of food and a lot of music. The event is catered by many of…

  16. Rihanna Song Pulled From Thursday Night Football For Good

    September 16, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Jay Z's 'Run This Town,' featuring Rihanna, was cut last week due to the Ray Rice controversy, leading to angry tweets from the singer. UPDATE: Roc Nation released a statement to Billboard on Tuesday indicating that "Run This Town" was pulled by the label, not by CBS.…

  17. Rihanna Blasts CBS For Pulling Her Song From 'Thursday Night Football' Intro

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT Last week, in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, CBS pulled the new Thursday Night Football opener, which features Don Cheadle narrating over Rihanna 's verses from the hit "Run This Town." Given that Rihanna is one of pop culture's most famous victims of domestic violence,…

  18. The Doors' Self-Produced Documentary 'Feast of Friends' Finally Getting Release

    September 15, 2014 8:36 PM EDT The Doors ' long lost self-produced documentary, Feast of Friends , will be seeing a proper releases more than four decades after its creation.  The 1968 film has been previously only available to fans as poor-quality bootlegs, but now it has been remastered and will be available on DVD…

  19. As the NFL Faces Scrutiny, the Titans Play Aggro Pre-Game Song

    September 15, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The NFL is struggling to deal with its image after a video recently surfaced showing the running back Ray Rice hitting his wife in an elevator. A warm-up song played on Sunday before a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville didn't help things.…

  20. Paul McCartney and His Daughter Front Row at Hunter's Show

    September 13, 2014 1:56 PM EDT It's not every day that you see not just one, but two McCartneys on the front row. Watch Paul McCartney & Johnny Depp's Half-Hour Blues Jam Session Paul McCartney and his fashion designer daughter Stella caused a stir as they sat down to watch the catwalk show staged Saturday by…

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