1. Exclusive: Rob Scallon Covers Slayer's 'Angel of Death,' Explains Making Money Off YouTube

    October 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Some things work best in pairs: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, heavy metal and... banjos? That's right -- Rob Scallon became a viral internet sensation when he released a banjo cover of Slayer 's "Raining Blood," which currently has more than 3.3 million views…

  2. Mary J. Blige & Disclosure Perform 'F For You' on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

    October 03, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Mary J. Blige has been releasing songs and doing interviews at a steady clip since she announced a new album, The London Sessions , is coming this fall.   Not long ago, she performed two new songs on Later With... Jools Holland.  On Thursday night, she performed a slightly older song, "…

  3. Jennifer Hudson Jumps Onto Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 02, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson returns to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'JHud'; meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar scores his highest debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'i.' Jennifer Hudson debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her third album  JHud  (24,000 copies sold in…

  4. Hurtsmile Song Premiere: Hear a New Track from Gary Cherone’s Latest Album

    October 02, 2014 12:17 PM EDT For Extreme's Gary Cherone, a second album by his other band, Hurtsmile, was imperative to prove that Hurtsmile is, well, a real band. "If there was [only] one record it would seem like a Gary Cherone project, and this is truly a band," Cherone, who releases Hurtsmile's…

  5. Nas Talks 'Lost Tapes' Follow-Up at 'Time Is Illmatic' Premiere

    October 01, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Excitement was mounting at New York City's Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night, as celebrities took a trip down the red carpet and memory lane with the premiere of Time Is Illmatic , the Nas documentary from One9 and Erik Parker . "I actually have a tingling sensation, it's…

  6. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

  7. Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White Talk New Album 'Hearts Like Ours'

    October 01, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Fans of Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White have been asking about a possible duets record about as soon as the couple were married in 1981. Both of their stars were on the rise at the time -- he as a solo act, and Sharon as a member of The Whites with sister Cheryl and father Buck. 1987's…

  8. Prince's Three-Hour Facebook Q&A Yields One Actual Reply

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Despite his usually prolific pace -- he's got 25 studio albums under his belt and just released two new albums -- Prince is not exactly tearing it up online. After joining Twitter to much fanfare last year, he's mostly abandoned the platform since. But on Tuesday, there was new…

  9. AC/DC's Malcolm Young Suffering From Dementia, Family Confirms

    September 30, 2014 7:16 PM EDT The family of AC/DC 's Malcolm Young confirmed to People that the guitarist has left the band because he is suffering from dementia. AC/DC's Malcolm Young Reportedly Suffering From Dementia "Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their…

  10. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  11. TomorrowWorld 2014 Day 3 Highlights: David Guetta, Kaskade, Richie Hawtin & More

    September 30, 2014 4:24 AM EDT Despite a bit of evening rain, TomorrowWorld finished strong on Sunday (Sept. 28). From marquee main stage acts like Kaskade , David Guetta and Martin Garrix to the assorted techno talent on Richie Hawtin’s Minus Stage, there was no shortage of options for the festival faithful in Georgia.…

  12. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  13. Taylor Swift and Avicii Long-Lost Siblings? See the Uncanny Instagram Photo

    September 27, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Could Taylor Swift and Avicii somehow be brother and sister? Exclusive: Taylor Swift Teams With Subway, Diet Coke For #MeetTaylor Promotion Not likely, but the “Shake It Off” singer humorously questioned whether the two were related after coming across an uncanny side-by-side photo of her…

  14. 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:…

  15. Get Ready For Ariana Grande on 'Saturday Night Live' With Our 6 Predictions

    September 27, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ariana Grande  will make her debut as the musical guest on  Saturday Night Live  this weekend. Here's what we're hoping to see from the singer (along with hilarious skits by Chris Pratt , duh).  The New Classics: 10 Genius 'Saturday Night Live' Sketches With…

  16. From Kendrick Lamar to Garth Brooks, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 26, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar "I" Interscope/TDE Kendrick Lamar conquered rap with his eye-to-mouth rhymes during the past two years, documenting his Compton, Calif., streets on the impervious Good Kid, M.a.a.d City . The grim extrospection persists on "I," the first peek at his…

  17. Alesso Advances, Cash Cash Debuts on Dance/Electronic Charts

    September 26, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Alesso accelerates on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Heroes (We Could Be)" (27-13), taking Digital Gainer honors. The track also enters Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (No. 9) with 16,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, as well as Dance/Mix Show…

  18. 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…

  19. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a discussion on music and branding, Lars Ulrich will…

  20. AC/DC's Malcolm Young Reportedly Suffering From Dementia

    September 26, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Earlier this summer, AC/DC finished recording a new album -- their first since 2008 -- but this accomplishment came hand in hand with bad news: Malcolm Young, who founded the band with his brother, was hospitalized. Now the Sydney Morning Herald reports  that Young has been moved to a…

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