1. 'Midnight Rider' Assistant Director Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

    September 29, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Hillary Schwartz is set to be arraigned Tuesday morning. The criminal case involving the death of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones has been expanded to include first assistant director Hillary Schwartz . Schwartz has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal…

  2. RCA's Tom Corson, Pitbull Honored By T.J. Martell Foundation in NYC

    September 29, 2014 12:57 PM EDT RCA Records President and COO Tom Corson was honored Sunday at the 15th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Family Day, held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Also honored was Polo Grounds Music/RCA recording artist Pitbull , who headlined the day's musical showcase and received…

  3. Tomorrow's Hits: Bea Miller, Jackie Lee, Sofia Reyes

    September 26, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success Bea Miller Fifteen-year-old Bea Miller bubbles under the Adult Pop Songs chart with the pure-pop "Young Blood," her debut single…

  4. 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…

  5. Mavis Staples' 75th Birthday to Be Honored With Special Chicago Concert

    September 25, 2014 9:59 AM EDT UPDATE: Jeff & Spencer Tweedy, Emmylou Harris, Keb' Mo' and Joan Osborne have been added to this already star-stacked lineup. Legendary singer Mavis Staples turned 75 on July 10, and now her special year is being celebrated with a once-in-a-lifetime concert in her hometown…

  6. 21 Under 21’s Next Class: Vote For 2015’s Best Bet

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Is 2015 the year of Raury, Ella Henderson, Gabi Wilson or someone else? Cast your vote! This year’s edition of our annual 21 Under 21 rankings includes pop mainstays, rising EDM stars, hip-hop heroes and, perhaps most importantly, lots of new talent, as artists like 5 Seconds of Summer…

  7. Lee Ann Womack, 'The Way I'm Livin': Track-by-Track Review

    September 23, 2014 6:06 PM EDT For Lee Ann Womack fans, the six-year wait comes to an end Tuesday with  The Way I'm Livin' -- the singer's first album since 2008's Call Me Crazy . Was it worth the wait or has Womack stayed away from music-making too long? The answer is a very definitive one, as the…

  8. Watch Tyler, the Creator Interrupt Local News for a Make-Believe Birthday Party

    September 23, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator was on the Los Angeles station KTLA on Tuesday (Sept. 23) promoting the upcoming Odd Future -branded Camp Flog Gnaw fest when he decided to unleash a little Odd Future-branded hilarity. A couple of minutes into a routine Q&A sesh with the KTLA Morning News squad,…

  9. 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…

  10. Austin Mahone Working on First Album, Sees 'The Secret' EP as 'A Little Side Project'

    September 23, 2014 1:26 PM EDT "I was putting it out just to get some more material out there,” says the “Mmm Yeah” star. As he continues touring to promote his debut EP, The Secret , Austin Mahone is eyeballing an early 2015 release for his first full-length album. With a short three-date swing of Brazil…

  11. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Milli Vanilli's 'Miss' Hits Top of Hot 100

    September 22, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1989, the duo scored its second of three No. 1s. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Luther Vandross and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 22, 2007 Alicia Keys ' "…

  12. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Jamie Foxx & Nick Jonas: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 16

    September 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. Mark Mothersbaugh to Speak at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    September 17, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Mark Mothersbaugh , the co-founder of Devo who has scored films and television series for more than 25 years, will discuss his recent work with director-writer-producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference . Howard Shore to…

  17. Liz Miller Joins SFX Music Group as VP of Artists and Labels

    September 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Miller was most recently the general manager of Atlantic's Big Beat Records. SFX Entertainment, the world's largest producer of live EDM events and digital content, is continuing to staff up. The newest in a string of noteworthy hires is Liz Miller , who joined the company’s music…

  18. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  19. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  20. One Direction & The Vamps: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 15

    September 12, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

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