1. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  2. Hello, World: Bandposters and Its Smart, Simple Idea

    August 20, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Name: Bandposters Founders: Jonathan Sexton (CEO), Mike Fabio (COO), Travis Vignon (CTO) Founded: 2013 Location: Nashville, TN Business sector(s): Marketing Funding: Undisclosed seed round Investors: Mark Montgomery, Joe Glaser, Jonathon Barnes, Tom Osborne, Back Porch Group Strategic…

  3. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  4. 'American Horror Story' Adds Patti LaBelle to 'Freak Show' Ranks

    August 11, 2014 5:37 PM EDT She'll appear in four episodes of the FX anthology. Patti LaBelle is bringing her "New Attitude" to FX's American Horror Story.  The Grammy Hall of Famer has booked a four-episode stint on the anthology series from  Glee  co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk,  The…

  5. Modest Mouse & Brand New Rock New York's Forest Hills Stadium

    August 10, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Brand New's local legend continues; Modest Mouse shares new songs, caves and plays "Float On." Modest Mouse and Brand New went down to the tennis court on Aug. 9 and talked it up like… angsty indie kids. In just the third concert since Queens, N.Y.'s 91-year old Forest…

  6. Billboard Music Cities: The Future of Nashville

    August 07, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Five tech startups that represent Music City's new cutting edge. Nashville is more than country music. Yes, the region of 1.7 million people is ground zero for cowboy-hatted superstars, legendary Music Row songwriters, major labels and publishers, and, of course, the Grand Ole Opry and…

  7. Fired OSU Band Leader Says He Was Fixing 'Sexualized Culture'

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ohio State University's fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture "in dire need of change" before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. The university fired Jonathan Waters last week after the two-month investigation…

  8. Lucy Hale Rocks the Grand Ole Opry in 'Lie A Little Better' Video

    July 30, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Aria Montgomery can really let loose! She may have made her fame as a Pretty Little Liar, but in her new music video, Lucy Hale admits she's got to "Lie A Little Better." "Lie A Little Better" is the second single off Hale's country album Road Between, which…

  9. Ohio State Fires Leader of Viral Marching Band

    July 24, 2014 10:33 PM EDT Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts. Jonathan Waters had led the…

  10. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour

    July 11, 2014 4:16 AM EDT Dexter Roberts, the seventh-place American Idol finisher, has been missing from the live tour since July 1, and according to his fellow Alabama Idols CJ Harris and Jess Meuse, the singer is fighting an unknown illness. In an official statement, a publicist confirmed that Roberts is not…

  11. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Coroner's Report Reveals Attendee's Death as Ecstasy Overdose

    July 09, 2014 9:47 PM EDT A 24-year-old California man who was found unresponsive in the parking lot of last month's Electric Daisy Carnival died of an Ecstasy overdose, authorities in Las Vegas said Wednesday. Clark County coroner's officials ruled the death of San Leandro resident Montgomery Tsang an…

  12. Emblem3 Down to 2 as Member Drew Chadwick Leaves the Group

    June 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The "X Factor" alums' album, 2013's "Nothing to Lose," debuted at No.7 on the Billboard 200 It looks like Emblem3 may have to consider changing its name to Emblem2. The pop group announced on its website on Saturday that founding member Drew Chadwick has left…

  13. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  14. Lucy Hale Q&A: On 'Road Between,' Her Dark Side & Life After 'Pretty Little Liars'

    May 28, 2014 2:32 PM EDT 'A lot of people don't know Lucy the person," the "Pretty Little Liars" star tells Billboard. In 2003, Lucy Hale was a top-five winner on "American Juniors," a one-off reality show on Fox that searched for the next big pop singers in the tween set. She…

  15. Seu Jorge & Nina Miranda, 'Sambãio': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 22, 2014 2:11 PM EDT The "Life Aquatic" actor/singer appears on Gilles Peterson's upcoming "Brasil Bam Bam Bam" compilation timed to the World Cup DJ and producer Gilles Peterson dug deep into the sounds of Brazil to record "Brasil Bam Bam Bam," a winning alternative World Cup…

  16. DJ Rashad Dead at 34 (Update)

    April 28, 2014 9:50 AM EDT UPDATE (May 1): A representative for DJ Rashad tells Billboard that the artist's cause of death is still inconclusive. Rashad's label Hyperdub indicates that a statement is forthcoming. Please hold fire on these latest reports of the causes of Rashad's death until we have an…

  17. ZZ Ward Premiere: Watch 'Last Love Song' Music Video

    April 24, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Watch the official visual for Ward's latest single, to be used in a new promo for "Pretty Little Liars." "Last Love Song," a highlight from pop-rock singer-songwriter ZZ Ward's 2012 debut album "Til the Casket Drops," has been tapped to appear…

  18. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  19. Terri Clark Enlists Fans' Help for New Album

    March 20, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Veteran country hitmaker Terri Clark is working on a brand new album – one that teams her with one of Nashville's top producers, Michael Knox. "I've known him for a long time," she told Billboard of the man behind the glass on hits by acts such as Jason Aldean and…

  20. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

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