1. Nashville Songwriter Paul Craft Dies at 76: Report

    October 19, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Nashville songwriter and Hall of Famer Paul Craft has died in Tennessee at the age of 76. The Tennessean reported that Craft died Saturday at a Nashville hospital "after years of deteriorating health." Craft penned the words to songs made famous by the likes of Ray Stevens , Mark…

  2. Rascal Flatts Playing NFL Pre-Game Show to Promote Carnival Cruise Lines Concert Series

    October 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Look for Rascal Flatts to entertain Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday (Oct. 19) in a special pre-game Carnival Live concert before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series Carnival has…

  3. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  4. Album Review: Florida Georgia Line Stay a Step Ahead of the Bros on ‘Anything Goes'

    October 14, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It's appropriate that Florida Georgia Line took its name from both sides of a boundary, because the duo (Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard, 27, and Florida native Brian Kelley, 29) used its multiformat smash "Cruise," and the party-themed album Here's to the Good Times , to…

  5. Date Rape, 'Sober Pills,' and 'Suffocating Control': Read Kesha's Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke

    October 14, 2014 3:00 PM EDT The singer says her producer manipulated her career and she's seeking to free herself from record and publishing contracts. The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court goes all the way back to Kesha 's life in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was allegedly induced by Dr. Luke…

  6. Ford Aims to Put Brakes on Music Industry Lawsuit

    October 14, 2014 9:41 AM EDT This year, about 17 million automobiles will be sold in the United States. Some of these cars allow drivers to store personal music collections, and the record industry wants to do something about this fact. In July, the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies brought a lawsuit against…

  7. Exclusive: Sixx:A.M.'s 'Give Me a Love' Lyric Video Premieres, Nikki Sixx Talks Band's New Album

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT After more than 30 years in the music business, Nikki Sixx still gets a kick out of shocking people. He isn’t resorting to the extremes that horrified parents and defined his band Motley Crue in the ’80s and ’90s, but his methods are still effective. Just look at how Motley Crue signing a…

  8. Lucinda Williams Tops Folk Albums Chart, U2 Hits Alternative Songs Milestone

    October 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rocker Lucinda Williams leads the Folk Albums chart for the first time. Plus, chart action for Prince, Eddie Vedder, Spoon and U2. As previously reported , Prince scores his first entry, and first No. 1, on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart , with the debut album from his funk-n-roll…

  9. New York Lawmaker Proposes Tax Credits for Music Production

    October 10, 2014 11:15 AM EDT A state legislator is proposing tax credits for music production in New York similar to the credits that have been provided for film and television production. Assemblyman Joe Lentol, a Brooklyn Democrat, is offering legislation to establish a 20 percent tax credit. Related California…

  10. Prince Crowns Dual Charts, Scores First Top Rock Albums No. 1

    October 09, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Prince lands two concurrent chart-topping debuts as Art Official Age crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums , while Prince & 3rdEyeGirl 's Plectrumelectrum awards the musician his first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums . Album Review: Prince's First Two Albums in Four Years Are a Mixed Bag…

  11. Live Nation vs. Nederlander/AEG: Who Will Win Tomorrow's Greek Theatre Bid?

    October 08, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Expect no love to be lost Thursday between the world's largest promoters Live Nation and the combined team of Nederlander/AEG Live when the Los Angeles Department of Recreations and Parks is set to endorse one or the other in a fierce bidding war to manage the city's iconic Greek…

  12. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  13. Snoop Dogg Aims to Raise $20K Via Crowdfunding Site for Des Moines Footballers

    October 07, 2014 9:29 PM EDT The rapper has a long commitment to youth football leagues in California. Snoop Dogg 's support of youth football now stretches all the way to Des Moines, Iowa. The rapper launched a campaign last week on crowdfunding site Tilt to raise money for the Inner City Urban Development youth…

  14. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  15. Waylon Jennings' Items Up For Auction In Phoenix

    October 04, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Outlaw country singer Waylon Jennings owned a vintage motorcycle that had previously belonged to his close friend, rock `n' roll star Buddy Holly . Jennings was supposed to have been with Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson when the crooners were…

  16. Luke Bryan Opens Farm Tour With Hits-Filled Set, Signature Stage Moves In Tennessee

    October 04, 2014 3:42 PM EDT One of his early hits might have been titled “Rain Is A Good Thing,” but Wednesday (Oct. 1) night’s opening date of Luke Bryan ’s Farm Tour 2014 didn’t feature a single drop of precipitation. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting) Instead, it was a perfect Autumn…

  17. EMI Sued In Foreign Royalties Dispute With Monkees Songwriter

    October 03, 2014 2:53 PM EDT The music publisher won a similar case against Duke Ellington's family last year. EMI Music Publishing is facing a new lawsuit alleging a musician has been cheated over royalties on foreign sales. This time, the plaintiff is the widow of John Stewart , the songwriter who was with the…

  18. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Coming in 3D

    October 03, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Thirty-one years after Michael Jackson gifted us with the world's greatest music video, the zombies of "Thriller" are looking to rise from the dead again. John Landis -- who helmed the 14-minute clip back in 1983 -- recently announced that the "Thriller" music video…

  19. Vince Gill Joins Board of Nashville Predators Foundation, Will Commentate on Hockey Games

    October 02, 2014 10:24 PM EDT Country singer Vince Gill and Kristen Laviolette have been appointed to positions on the Nashville Predators Foundation's board of directors. Gill, a County Music Hall of Famer, is a longtime Predators season-ticket holder. Laviolette is the wife of new Predators coach Peter Laviolette…

  20. John Mellencamp Talks Inspiration, Smoking & Acting Your Age

    October 01, 2014 11:46 PM EDT John Mellencamp feels he has some impressive co-writers for his latest songs, like playwright Tennessee Williams and folk legend Pete Seeger . That they're both dead doesn't really matter. Mellencamp believes in channeling, that other voices speak through him when he's…

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