1. CMA Awards 2014 Predictions: Who Will Win?

    November 04, 2014 3:40 PM EST On Wednesday night, ABC will broadcast the 48th annual Country Music Association Awards from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. For the seventh consecutive year, the broadcast will be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley , and will feature performances from many of the biggest stars…

  2. Apple Picking: Original Apple-1 Up for Auction, Company's New Seattle Office, Eddy Cue Sells a Lot of Stock

    November 04, 2014 1:28 PM EST Because the universe can't seem to get enough of Apple, here's a few quick hits of recent news regarding the Cuppertino, Calif.-based company. Buy Steve & Steve's Original Creation : On Dec. 11, Christie's auction house is putting a working Apple-1 Personal Computer…

  3. Sam Hunt First Rookie Since Florida Georgia Line to Top Country Airplay Chart

    November 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST The newcomer's 'Leave the Night On' rises 2-1. Plus, moves for Big & Rich and Tim McGraw. Sam Hunt becomes the first act in almost two years to reach No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart with a debut single, as "Leave the Night On" rises 2-1. No…

  4. American Express UNSTAGED Launches Artists in Residence Program, Highlighting Emerging Acts

    November 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Mary Lambert, Rixton and Betty Who are featured in AmEx's AIR program American Express has worked with some of music’s biggest stars in the past year, from Pharrell Williams to Tim McGraw to Maroon 5 . But for its latest music program, the financial-services company has created…

  5. 'Pippin' to Take Final Broadway Bow

    November 03, 2014 9:19 PM EST Tony-winning musical revival features 'The Voice' winner Josh Kaufman in the title role. The Broadway company of Pippin has "Magic to Do," to borrow the title of the show's opening song. But only for a couple more months. Following a hit run of a little under two…

  6. The Top 10 Performances at Voodoo Fest

    November 03, 2014 3:31 PM EST There's nothing like dancing next to a head-banging, red-eyed black unicorn in a fog while Slayer plays "Raining Blood" to celebrate Halloween in New Orleans. Add in a dose of Outkast , Rebirth Brass Band and Zedd , and you have the ingredients for an eclectic, bizarre and…

  7. Drake & Frank Sinatra, Kanye West & Nina Simone and More Dream Duets

    November 03, 2014 3:05 PM EST Barry Manilow 's new album, titled Dream Duets , is built around an interesting and possibly creepy premise: the singer duets with famous dead singers. This type of thing has happened before -- sort of. Justin Timberlake 's duet with Michael Jackson , "Love Never Felt So Good…

  8. Motley Crue Teams With Dodge in Dallas, Talks 'Great Things' Ahead on Final Tour

    November 03, 2014 9:57 AM EST A big sponsorship deal brought Motley Crue back to a small hall over the weekend in Dallas. The group played a special, semi-public show on Saturday at "Fast N' Loud" host Richard Rawlings ' Gas Monkey Live concert club as part of the Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey event…

  9. New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More

    October 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT A look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait . She will…

  10. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Paul McCartney and the teams behind them to be honored at awards gala. Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including One Direction , Katy Perry , Justin…

  11. James Talks Death (And Orgasm)-Inspired New Album 'La Petite Mort'

    October 30, 2014 11:41 AM EDT "It's like an affirmation of life, an affirmation of being present, but allowing death to be there because it can help you live." Death is all over James’ new album, La Petite Mort (out Sept. 16 in North America), but you wouldn’t know it from a cursory listen. It’s a…

  12. Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

    October 30, 2014 8:34 AM EDT Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek , makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay. Cook said that while he never denied his sexuality, he never publicly acknowledged it, either. The…

  13. Barry Manilow Brings Whitney Houston Back to Life on 'The View'

    October 28, 2014 3:13 PM EDT More and more artists are interested in bringing back the dead. 2Pac and Michael Jackson were brought to life via hologram, and both artists have "released" posthumous albums using old vocal tracks. But Barry Manilow has gone a step further, recording an entire album that features…

  14. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  15. Seo Taiji Pulls Inspiration From New Wave & Tim Burton on Comeback Album 'Quiet Night'

    October 27, 2014 9:07 PM EDT The K-pop legend returns after five years with an album to appeal to today's youth and the 30- to 40-year-olds. Following his groundbreaking start with Seotaiji and the Boys   in the '90s, Seotaiji  has remained an important musical figure in Korean music with his experimental…

  16. OK Go Deconstruct Their Drone-Filmed 'I Won't Let You Down' Video

    October 27, 2014 12:00 PM EDT When OK Go were dreaming up the eye-popping, retro-futuristic video for "I Won't Let You Down" off their fourth LP, Hungry Ghosts (out Oct. 14 via OK Go's own label), the inventive alt-pop foursome visited Tokyo's Robot Restaurant, a 12-floor underground theater…

  17. Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Announce Joint Tour

    October 27, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Kenny Chesney will merge tours with Jason Aldean for a run of megashows in 2015, as Chesney's Big Revival tour melds with Aldean's Burn It Down for 10 stadium dates. The first shows to go on sale are New England’s Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015m and San Francisco's Levi’s…

  18. Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams to Perform on 'A Very Grammy Christmas'

    October 25, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Ariana Grande , Maroon 5 , Pharrell Williams and Tim McGraw are among the acts slated to perform on the upcoming A Very Grammy Christmas , which airs Dec. 5 on CBS. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower From Beyonce’s…

  19. Rewinding the Charts: 34 Years Ago, Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb Hit No. 1

    October 25, 2014 1:30 PM EDT The diva teamed with the Bee Gee for 'Guilty' and, on Oct. 25, 1980, the album and her single 'Woman in Love' both topped the charts. AT THE START OF 1980, BARBRA STREISAND, then 37, was in the middle of a red-hot streak on the Billboard Hot 100, having landed eight…

  20. Love and Theft Hit the Road for First Headlining Tour With Nights 'You'll Never Forget'

    October 24, 2014 7:21 PM EDT After spending years on the road as an opening act, this fall marks an important milestone in the career of RCA's  Love and Theft : Last week in Portland, Maine, the guitar-and-vocals duo started its first ever headlining tour. Member Stephen Barker Liles says it's definitely an…

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