1. Aretha Franklin, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics': Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 15, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis' relationship began in 1980, when the Queen of Soul signed with the mogul's Arista Records. "And 20 years later, I made the right decision," Franklin tells Billboard of agreeing to that union. She had plenty of hits during that era, most…

  2. Ricardo Arjona Brings His Viaje Tour to the U.S.

    October 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Tickets go on sale Friday; tour kicks off in February. After selling more than 500,000 tickets in South America alone as part of his Viaje (Voyage) tour, singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona will kick off his U.S. dates Feb. 27 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Billboard has learned. As…

  3. Stream Aretha Franklin's New Album, Featuring Adele & Alicia Keys Covers

    October 14, 2014 5:39 PM EDT Back on Sept. 29, Aretha Franklin got music fans young and old talking via her rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on The Late Show With David Letterman . That performance previewed Aretha's new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics ; now you listen…

  4. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the band's seminal lineup: Claypool,…

  5. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  6. ‘80s New Wave Icon Gary Numan Returns to Film Scoring for the First Time in 23 Years

    October 13, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Gary Numan will begin work on his 21st album in January following the final leg of his tour behind his 2013 release Splinter and, quite possibly, the completion of his first novel. Exclusive: Gary Numan's 'From Inside' Score Set for Release "I've been putting all of…

  7. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  8. One Direction's Where We Are Tour Attended by 3.4 Million Fans

    October 10, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience world tour leads the pack in this week’s ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on $48.4 million in ticket sales reported from concerts in North America, Europe and Australia. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock…

  9. Jason Aldean Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 08, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Jason Aldean is set to secure his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Old Boots, New Dirt , seems destined for the top slot. Industry sources forecast the album -- which was released on Oct. 7 through Broken Bow Records -- to sell around 280,000 to 300,000…

  10. Patti Smith Planning World Tour for 'Horses' 40th Anniversary

    October 07, 2014 9:48 PM EDT Patti Smith is making some special plans to celebrate the 40-year anniversary of her beloved 1975 debut, Horses .  New Order, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Jam for Tibet The punk icon told Rolling Stone she will be playing the album in full, saying, "I'm going to be happy to celebrate…

  11. Eddie Vedder Backs Campaign to Beat Debilitating Skin Condition: Watch

    October 07, 2014 2:16 AM EDT Eddie Vedder has appeared in a new video which trains the spotlight on epidermolysis bullosa, a genetic disorder that causes debilitating skin ailments.   “When I first heard about it, it was quite hard to grasp the intensity of the condition. It’s about the most insane skin disorder you…

  12. NFL Agreement With Bose Will Keep Beats Off-Camera

    October 04, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Beats by Dre headphones are no longer invited to any NFL games and that includes in the locker rooms or on the sidelines as long as cameras are rolling. According to Recode  and later reported by Rolling Stone ,  the NFL has reached an agreement with Bose locking in a league sponsorship…

  13. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  14. Tomorrow's Hits: Elle King, Islander & Odessa

    October 03, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Elle King Mix Duffy 's vocals, the Black Keys ' urgent rhythms and a hook and tempo that recalls P!nk 's "So What," and…

  15. Check Out Kanye West Balling With an NBA Star

    October 03, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Kanye West and Kobe Bryant are just a couple veterans looking to stay on top of their game. In that spirit, they hit the court on Oct. 1 to flex their brands, pose for the camera, and maybe shoot some hoops, too. Front row seats all summer long. Excited to see the Black Mamba return to the…

  16. 'Midnight Rider' Trial Date Set for Early 2015

    September 30, 2014 10:16 PM EDT The involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass case against the Midnight Rider filmmakers in the February death of Sarah Jones is set to go to trial almost a year after the camera assistant was stuck and killed by a train on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic. A trial date of March 9,…

  17. ‘Divergent’ Star Miles Teller Talks Returning to His First Love -- Music -- in New Movie ‘Whiplash’

    September 30, 2014 5:23 PM EDT After dancing, fighting and crying in Footloose , Divergent and The Spectacular Now , respectively, actor Miles Teller is tapping into his high school band roots. The 27-year-old Floridian, who started drumming when he was 15, playing "bad rock'n'roll," puts his skills…

  18. Album Review: Prince's First Two Albums In Four Years Are a Mixed Bag

    September 30, 2014 9:20 AM EDT During the first phase of his career, while under contract with Warner Bros., Prince released 18 albums in as many years. Four are absolute masterpieces; two or three others are damn close. Over the next 18 years, after emancipating himself from the label's "slave masters" in…

  19. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  20. '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…

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