1. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  2. Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reed Laughs Off Breakup Rumors, Talks New Music

    July 09, 2014 2:24 PM EDT "It'll come out when it comes out, when it's ready," Reed says of the legendary group's next batch of material. Guns N' Roses is in the midst of an open-ended break while the new "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino -- Las Vegas"…

  3. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  4. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  5. Billy Ray Cyrus Calls Slain Nevada Teacher 'Hero'

    July 06, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus honored a Nevada teacher killed by a 12-year-old student in a schoolyard shooting last year, calling him a "true American hero." Cyrus praised Michael Landsberry and presented a memorial plaque to his widow, Sharon, during a concert Saturday night in…

  6. Fifth Harmony Name-Drops Michelle Obama, Kanye West on Confident New Single ’Bo$$’: Listen

    July 06, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Fifth Harmony is letting everyone know who’s “Bo$$.” After teasing the confident new single — the first from Fifth Harmony’s upcoming debut album — through Instagram on July 4, the “X Factor” finalists released “Bo$$” in full through MTV.com on Sunday. Fifth Harmony To Focus on Finishing…

  7. Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night': 'It Was Mad, But It Was Incredible'

    July 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Four guys from Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great," says the Beatles of the 50th anniversary of the film. Fifty years later, and even with a solid IMDB entry to his credit, "A Hard Day's Night" remains a surreal experience for Ringo Starr. "I mean, we…

  8. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  9. Guns N' Roses Premiere 'Sweet Child O' Mine' Live Video From 'Appetite For Democracy' DVD

    June 30, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Guns N' Roses are reliving the glory days with a brand new live film and Billboard has an exclusive early look at one of its most iconic performances. Below, watch Axl Rose rock through the 1987 rock and roll classic "Sweet Child O' Mine," as it appears on the new film …

  10. Zola Jesus Returns With Pop Ambitions: 'I Want To Be Number 1'

    June 26, 2014 11:55 AM EDT The experimental singer-songwriter discusses her brave new album "Taiga," leaving her longtime label and why she's never been more excited than right now. "I want to be No. 1 on Billboard," declares Nika Roza Danilova, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter behind the…

  11. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, however, that entered him into the…

  12. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  13. Workout Songs: What's on Your Exercise Playlist?

    June 23, 2014 8:01 AM EDT Let the memory of our horrific winter and soggy spring fade from your memory: summer has arrived. Inseparable from this, the happiest of seasons, is the necessity of bare skin to welcome the rays and vent the sweat and -- oof -- hit the beach. Are you ready for it? Yeah, didn't think so.…

  14. Shooting Involving ScHoolboy Q Likely Not Random, Authorities Say

    June 21, 2014 1:55 PM EDT A shooting involving rapper ScHoolboy Q after a concert at the historic Red Rocks amphitheater west of Denver was likely not a random act of violence, authorities said Saturday. "This is not just a coincidence. We think there is probably more to it than that," said Jacki Kelley, a…

  15. Merry Clayton of 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Fame Injured in Serious Car Accident

    June 20, 2014 8:01 PM EDT A June 16 crash in Los Angeles inflicted "major trauma" on the singer, whose website notes, "We are truly grateful that our dear Merry is still with us." New Orleans-born singer Merry Clayton, whose back-up vocal work for the likes of Ray Charles and the Rolling Stones was…

  16. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Isn't Struggling

    June 19, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Despite what you've heard, demand appears high for Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run tour. Multiple published reports that the upcoming Jay-Z/Beyonce co-headlining stadium tour -- set to begin in Miami on June 25 and wrap in San Francisco Aug. 5 -- is struggling, or that ticket sales…

  17. Lou Reed's Musical Gear Goes Up For Sale

    June 18, 2014 3:36 AM EDT Want to buy Lou Reed’s effects pedals, or his Kurzweil keyboard? With luck – and a chunk of money – you can.  The late, great artist’s musical equipment is to be auctioned online in the coming weeks. Though not all of it. A post on the Velvet Underground founder’s official Facebook page…

  18. Korn Announces New Tracks, Live Material on Expanded 'Paradigm Shift' Release

    June 17, 2014 9:07 PM EDT Korn is planning to include new tracks and live material on an expanded edition of its latest album, "The Paradigm Shift," set for release July 15. The project will be led by the newly recorded single, "Hater," which will be serviced to radio on June 19 and released for…

  19. Bad Suns, 'Language & Perspective': Exclusive Album Premiere

    June 17, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Bad Suns figure it's time to shine. The L.A retro-indie newcomers warmed up for The 1975 on the British alt-rock group's U.S. tour earlier this month, and now they're putting steam into their debut album with a headline tour of their own. "Language & Perspective"…

  20. Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88

    June 13, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Jimmy Scott, the jazz star whose small stature, romantic phrasing and distinctly high voice helped make him one of the most unique vocal stylists of his era, died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. The singer was 88. His death was confirmed by his biographer, David Ritz,…

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