1. George Hamilton IV, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies at 77

    September 18, 2014 1:50 AM EDT If you look at the career of George Hamilton IV , one might be prone to label him as simply a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry and one of traditional country music’s most durable artists. However, Hamilton -- who passed away Wednesday (Sept. 17) at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77 -- was…

  2. Barbra Streisand Talks Music-Making, Booze, Elvis & Politics

    September 18, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn't a conscious effort to exclude females. "Everyone we asked was ... busy," Streisand said. The performer almost scored one major diva: Beyonce . Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album  …

  3. Spotify & The Echo Nest Release Study on Most Musical Universities, Students' Listening Habits

    September 17, 2014 9:43 PM EDT After announcing the launch of its new Echo Nest-fueled Insights data blog last week with a review of European-originating music that's spanned the globe, Spotify is now investigating college listening statistics and how the country's 40 most music-consuming universities compare…

  4. Gimme Five: Girls' Generation's Tiffany's Favorite Pop Songs Right Now

    September 17, 2014 9:16 PM EDT The big diva vocals, the subtle shifts in harmonies, the on-trend horn-laden production ...not to mention the replay-worthy video: "Holler," the just-released single from Girls' Generation-TTS , is making a play to be one of fall's most addictive K-pop tracks. But what…

  5. Run the Jewels' El-P Calls 'Meow' Kickstarter 'An Opportunity to Do Something Good in a Fun Way'

    September 17, 2014 8:31 PM EDT A few days ago, Run the Jewels announced a number of just slightly ludicrous pre-order packages in support of their forthcoming LP, Run the Jewels 2 . To name a few:  "I'm on the F---ing List, Asshole"  ($7,500) allows you entry plus one to up to 10 RTJ shows, "The Self…

  6. Cooking Vinyl Launches Divisions in Germany, France

    September 17, 2014 6:59 PM EDT The United Kingdom-based indie label group Cooking Vinyl is expanding its international operations to France and Germany with new divisions opening in each country. The news follows the success of Cooking Vinyl Australia, which launched last September.  The expansion will grow Cooking Vinyl…

  7. Taylor Swift's 6 Best Tumblr Moments -- So Far

    September 17, 2014 6:36 PM EDT I knew you were trouble when you signed on. Red  alert: Popular cheerleader  Taylor Swift  decided to wade in with the weirdos at the lunch table all the way on the other side of the cafeteria and took over her  official Tumblr  this week. 10 Taylor Swift Lyrics That Purr-fectly…

  8. 'Nashville' Star Connie Britton on Why Her Country Queen Character Is as 'Confused as Ever' in the Show's New Season

    September 17, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Starring on ABC's Nashville  -- which returns for its third season on Sept. 24 -- has not only given star Connie Britton an opportunity to get up close and personal with the country music world, it's also made Music City her second home.  “All of us on the cast and crew have been…

  9. Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract

    September 17, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The pop superstar claims that the guy who has come forward with a purported sex tape copied the contents of her computer when they were living together. Being a celebrity isn't always a pleasant experience. One issue that arises is how to deal with acquaintances who predate the fame.…

  10. Hear Anthemic New Imagine Dragons Song 'Warriors'

    September 17, 2014 5:58 PM EDT "Pleased to announce a surprise," Imagine Dragons posted on their Facebook page on Wednesday (Sept. 17). No, it's not a new album from the Billboard Hot 100 record-breakers , but it's new music, nonetheless. The band shared "Warriors," a new song made for the…

  11. Exclusive: Coachella and Firefly Founders Team Up on Joint Venture

    September 17, 2014 5:43 PM EDT The deal brings together Goldenvoice, the U.S.' most successful festival producer, with Red Frog, the company behind our fastest-growing fest. Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events to…

  12. Eric Bellinger's 'Awkward' Reaches Top of Trending 140

    September 17, 2014 5:34 PM EDT On Tuesday Sept.16, Eric Bellinger debuted a new song from his upcoming mixtape, Choose Up Season , titled"Awkward." The track, which features rapper The Game , dons a smooth piano-based melody on which Bellinger's laments a failed relationship. Shortly after its release, …

  13. Ty Bates Talks Self-Titled EP, Classic Country...and 'Saved by the Bell'

    September 17, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Country newcomer Ty Bates says that on the road with his band and crew, some very interesting conversations come up. "We are on the road a lot, so we talk about a lot of different topics. I think Saved by the Bell came up last week, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ," the…

  14. Joy Division Twitter a Surprise to Joy Division's Peter Hook

    September 17, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Since parting ways with New Order in 2007, bassist Peter Hook has been on fairly unfriendly terms with his erstwhile Joy Division /New Order bandmates. Aside from saying the current incarnation of New Order -- which includes three original members -- is "not New Order," Hook…

  15. James Brown's Daughter Details Domestic Abuse, Son Alleges Murder in Dueling New Memoirs

    September 17, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Yamma Brown offers chilling details of how her father beat her mother and Daryl Brown writes he has a "gut feeling" the singer was murdered. A pair of new books about James Brown by two of his children offer a disturbing look into the world of the Godfather of Soul, with graphic…

  16. NOFX's Fat Mike Talks Punk, Drugs & 'Backstage Passport 2'

    September 17, 2014 4:21 PM EDT 'I'm not gonna stop doing coke. Are you crazy?' Fat Mike tells Billboard. There are varying degrees of truthfulness in interviews. There's honest, then there's revealing, then "wow," and finally, "Holy sh--, did they just say that?" NOFX frontman…

  17. Q&A: Andre Harrell Talks About the Inaugural Revolt Music Conference, State of the Business

    September 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Why Miami? Because Sean Combs wanted to have dinner at his house... natch. From Thursday, October 16th through the 19th in Miami, the first Revolt Music Conference will kick off. The conversation -- and the bar scene -- around the beach that weekend should be lively, with the event set to…

  18. Liza Minnelli Recovering After Back Surgery

    September 17, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Liza Minnelli is said to be resting comfortably in a California hospital after undergoing back surgery earlier this week and she's thanking fans for their well wishes. "I am overwhelmed with the amount of love and caring that has been sent my way from all over the world,"…

  19. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Tove Lo, The Preatures, Blake Mills, Mapei & More

    September 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT It's (unofficial) Swedish pop appreciation week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, with new songs from Tove Lo (yes, there's much more to her than "Habits"), Erik Hassle and Mapei all getting love from the Billboard staff. We also talk about new tracks from Blake Mills …

  20. Sir Sly Talks Drake, Speedy Recording & Debut Album 'You Haunt Me'

    September 17, 2014 3:04 PM EDT The indie-pop group just released a debut album full of "incredibly personal moments." Modern rock bands often cite other, often canonical rock acts as their fundamental inspirations, but talking to Landon Jacobs, lead singer of the group Sir Sly, you hear a different story. “I’m…

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