1. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 8: 'The Lyon's Roar'

    February 26, 2015 2:38 PM EST There couldn't have been a more fitting title for the eighth episode of Empire than "The Lyon's Roar." The latest episode of the Fox show revealed a lot about each character and gave most a fresh start. If viewers were wondering whether to stick through the first season,…

  2. Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew & The Archies' Andy Kim Explain Their Unlikely Friendship & New Album 'It's Decided'

    February 24, 2015 12:05 PM EST Andy Kim and Kevin Drew might not be household names (at least, not yet), but doubtless you've heard each artist's music before. Industry vet Kim co-wrote the Archies' -- yes, the '60s cartoon band fronted by comic book character Archie -- 1969 No. 1 hit "Sugar Sugar,…

  3. Meet Haley Georgia, the Former 'American Idol' Hopeful Bringing Country in the Key of Kesha to Nashville

    February 23, 2015 6:16 PM EST Haley Georgia is well aware that an artist's debut single is her first chance to establish an identifiable brand. It's her prerogative if she'd rather use that opportunity to stir up questions. Questions like, "Did she really just say that?" In the first few lines of …

  4. The Story Behind 'The Wrecking Crew' Documentary About L.A. Session Musicians: 'The Most Expensive Home Movie Ever

    February 23, 2015 3:24 PM EST Ten years after Denny Tedesco shot the first frames of his film about Los Angeles session musicians of the 1960s, he hit the point of no return. The film had to be made. "(Director) John Sayles told a friend of mine there is a line where you cross and there's no turning back,"…

  5. Quincy Jones Mourns Clark Terry: 'I Will Miss My Mentor and Friend Terribly'

    February 22, 2015 6:28 PM EST The iconic producer Quincy Jones is mourning the passing of the jazz trumpeter Clark Terry , his "mentor and friend" who recently died at age 94. Jazz Musician Clark Terry Dead at 94 "The world has lost one of the greatest trumpeters to ever grace the planet. Clark Terry was my…

  6. Ahmad Givens, Star of VH1's 'Real Chance of Love,' Dies at 33

    February 21, 2015 1:01 PM EST Ahmad Givens, star of VH1's dating series Real Chance of Love , has died. He was 33. Givens, known as "Real," died after a long battle with cancer, his brother Kamal "Chance" Givens told TMZ . Ahmad had been diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer in 2013, and his…

  7. Billboard Cover: Jared Leto on Packing on the Pounds to Play the Joker, Thirty Seconds to Mars' Success and Why He's 'Terminally Dissatisfied'

    February 20, 2015 9:00 AM EST "Do you mind if I eat a little?" Jared Leto asks. "I'm trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours -- and I'm terrible at eating a lot." Leto, 43, is sitting on a battered circular couch in a cavernous white room on the…

  8. JEFF the Brotherhood Calls Warner Bros. a 'Demented Vulture' After Being Dropped From Label

    February 19, 2015 2:20 PM EST If a scrappy band is dropped from a major label and no one's there to see it, will anyone ever find out? In the case of Nashville take-no-prisoners garage-rock duo JEFF the Brotherhood , the answer is a resounding OFY. On Tuesday (Feb. 17), Jake and Jamin Orrall sent out an e-blast with…

  9. Publishing Briefs: Atlas Music Group Sign Eddie & Alex Van Halen, Sony/ATV & Spotify Ink European Licensing Deal

    February 18, 2015 4:11 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  The Atlas Music Group continues to make moves to put the firm at the forefront of the music publishing map. In its latest action, it has signed Eddie and Alex Van Halen to an exclusive…

  10. Ask Billboard: Jonas Brothers Want to Know Their Album & Song Sales

    February 17, 2015 11:05 AM EST and they're not shy about asking. Plus, thoughts about Ed Sheeran and more. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside…

  11. How 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Is Helping Stephan Moccio's Songwriting Star Rise

    February 14, 2015 1:15 PM EST As the steamy Fifty Shades of Grey opens this weekend at nearly 3,600 theaters nationwide with a projected opening box office of $80 million, songwriter Stephan Moccio will likely have a bigger if less libidinous grin on his face than most of the hot and bothered masses flocking to the…

  12. YouTube's 10th Anniversary: Watch the Top 10 Most Viewed Videos to Date

    February 14, 2015 11:06 AM EST When former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim first came up with the idea to create a video-sharing site in 2005, they had no clue just what would unfold years later. On Feb. 14 that year, YouTube was launched, and on April 23, an 18 second clip uploaded by Karim titled…

  13. The Seminal Sparks on Brother Feuds, Being Bowie Contemporaries and Morrissey's Favorite Band

    February 13, 2015 2:47 PM EST In the early 1970s , it was hard to know how to pigeonhole Sparks . Was Kimono My House glam-rock, or Gilbert & Sullivan -pop? Four-plus decades later, brothers Ron and Russell Mael are still as impossible to peg as ever, aside from possibly holding a place as the most consistently witty…

  14. Billboard Cover: Imagine Dragons on Being 'Atypical' Rock Stars, and Singer Dan Reynolds on His Depression Struggles and Conflicts With His Mormon Faith

    February 13, 2015 9:00 AM EST At this year's Grammys, during which artists from Katy Perry to Beyoncé sang earnest devotionals, Imagine Dragons staged a bold experiment in how to promote an album: They performed live in a four-minute TV ad for Target. Using 22 cameras, music video director Jonas Akerlund…

  15. A Thousand Horses on Black Crowes Comparison, 'Smoke' Success & More

    February 11, 2015 8:00 PM EST You take a smidgen of The Black Crowes , throw in a dash of Tom Petty , add a tablespoon of '70s Southern rock, and frame it in a current country context, and you have A Thousand Horses , a new four-man band whose debut single, "Smoke," continues to charge up the Country…

  16. Nashville Exec Joe Galante Receives Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award

    February 11, 2015 7:40 PM EST A pack of country A-listers -- including Kenny Chesney , Sara Evans , Ronnie Dunn , Phil Vassar , Ronnie Milsap , K.T. Oslin , Kix Brooks , Lorrie Morgan and Kellie Pickler -- hit the Grand Ole Opry stage Tuesday night to pay tribute to legendary label exec Joe Galante as he received the Bob…

  17. John Lennon's Sister Julia Baird Talks New Doc on Liverpool's Beatleweek, 'Come Together'

    February 11, 2015 11:50 AM EST Ahead of the release of a documentary on Liverpool's "International Beatleweek," John Lennon's sister reminisces on practices in the kitchen and Beatlemania. Every August, fans from around the globe flock to the UK for a chance to express their adoration for the one and…

  18. Exclusive: WayHome Music and Arts Festival to Debut in Ontario This Summer, Aims for 'the Scale of Coachella'

    February 11, 2015 10:46 AM EST Inaugural event fo feature Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Modest Mouse and Hozier. Canadian promoter/producer Republic Live will join forces with Bonnaroo co-producer AC Entertainment in launching the inaugural WayHome Music and Arts Festival, a three-day immersive destination fest, set…

  19. Rascal Flatts Gaining 'Momentum' Heading Into Vegas Residency, Summer Tour

    February 09, 2015 7:44 PM EST Fans of million-selling superstars Rascal Flatts might be wondering how their upcoming nine-show residency Rascal Flatts Vegas Riot! at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will be a little different from their normal touring show. At a Nashville press event last week to discuss the…

  20. Album Review: Father John Misty's 'I Love You, Honeybear' Is a Touchingly Bizarre Affair

    February 09, 2015 4:32 PM EST Three years ago, singer-songwriter J. Tillman traded morose ballads for mordant wit, headed down the coast from Seattle to Los Angeles and rechristened himself Father John Misty . Surrounding himself with pedal steel, strings and vocal chorales, the former Fleet Foxes drummer cracked wise…

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