NBC is upping its live musical game. The network announced Monday that The Wiz will be its next live musical performance -- with Cirque du Soleil boarding the project with plans to bring the show to Broadway in 2016.
Hip-hip veterans De La Soul have just announced their upcoming album -- but there's no title, no release date, and most notably, no label. Yes, De La is relying on the support of fans via Kickstarter to release their ninth full-length project, and they've recruited music notables like Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz, and Little Dragon to contribute, with more special guests to be announced.
With many of the touring industry's biggest names rapidly reaching retirement age -- some 15 of the top 25 acts since 1990 include at least one musician over 60 -- the question of succession is taking on increasing urgency.
The 2015 Billboard Latin Music Conference is shaping up to be legendary with the addition of Carlos Santana to the list of confirmed speakers. The Mexican American icon (and multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy winner) will sit down with Billboard’s Leila Cobo on Wednesday, April 29 for an intimate conversation traversing his 40-plus years in music.
It has been more than a decade since Full Devil Jacket delivered its first self-titled album, but that large gap of time doesn't faze frontman Josh Brown. "I would say it picks up where that record left off, only 15 years later," he says with a laugh about Valley of Bones (out March 31, eOne Music). Billboard is exclusively premiering their new album, 'Valley of Bones.'
It's prolific year for Todd Rundgren. Already part of Ringo Starr's latest All-Starr Band, with playing and writing credits on the new 'Postcards From Paradise' album, Rundgren will be releasing his 25th solo studio album, 'Global. Billboard has the exclusive premiere of "Rise," one of the set's 12 tracks.
Even if you're not familiar with the name Ilan Rubin, rock fans have definitely heard his work. The in-demand session wizard has recorded and toured with Nine Inch Nails, in addition to his studio work with Paramore, Angels & Airwaves, and Haim and M83’s recent collab "Holes In The Sky.”
As more electronic musicians are relying on do-it-yourself approaches to solving their genre's most pervasive problems, like collaborating with peers and licensing issues in mixes, another tool was announced at Miami's Winter Music Conference on March 27 that will make creating tracks and remixing them that much easier.