1. Peter Hook On the Rediscovered Joy Division & New Order Tapes: 'There Is No Happy Ending'

    September 09, 2013 5:03 AM EDT When news surfaced that a treasure trove of master tapes and studio outtakes from Joy Division, New Order and other seminal post-punk bands had been rescued from a trash heap and put on the market, music fans the world over hoped that Peter Hook would bring the rarities to safety. But in an…

  2. French Bakers Ask Croissant-Craving Kanye West to Have Patience

    August 30, 2013 9:12 AM EDT The Association of French Bakers is upset with lyrics from "I am God," in which West raps "In a French-ass restaurant / Hurry up with my damn croissants." So they penned him a tongue-in-cheek letter begging him to reconsider his stance. In the letter, the bakers stress…

  3. Sting Goes Home With 'The Last Ship,' Talks Album Guests Including AC/DC Singer

    August 28, 2013 9:32 AM EDT For his new studio album, "The Last Ship," which is set in a shipbuilding community, Sting brought in an eclectic group of musical collaborators with ties to his native Newcastle, England. He enticed singer-actor Jimmy Nail out of retirement, brought in frequent collaborator…

  4. Peter Hook on The Light's Future, New Order Court Battle

    August 27, 2013 7:52 PM EDT "They don't use the correct instruments," Hook says of New Order's current lineup -- or as he calls it, "New Odor." Peter Hook is having a capital time playing classic New Order albums in their entirety with his current band, The Light. But that doesn't…

  5. Larry Gatlin Talks Tradition, Defends New Country: 'Let's Open Our Hearts and Ears'

    August 26, 2013 12:45 PM EDT If you have ever been fortunate to catch a performance from the legendary Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, you might notice that the artists have as much fun as the audience. The country icon says that's not exactly a coincidence. "I believe if you're having fun doing…

  6. 50 Cent Pleads Not Guilty to Domestic Violence

    August 06, 2013 2:26 AM EDT Rapper and actor 50 Cent stood silently before a judge on Monday as his attorney entered his plea of not guilty to domestic violence and vandalism charges involving an ex-girlfriend who is the mother of his child. The performer, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was given a long list of…

  7. Lollapalooza 2013: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, New Order Rule Muddy Day 1

    August 03, 2013 1:10 PM EDT In the final minutes of the first day of Lollapalooza (August 2) in Chicago—now in its 10th consecutive year after a 2003 revival--10,000 or so people held lighters and hugged shoulders and sang in unison along with Nine Inch Nails ' devastating ballad “Hurt,” a song so moving that…

  8. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  9. Global Citizen Festival: Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer Heading to Central Park

    July 11, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Timed around the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, the Global Citizen Festival will return for a second year to continue efforts of building a movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. The festival will be held Sept. 28 in Central Park and will feature headliners…

  10. Loud Fashion: A Q&A with Jam Master Jay’s Son and Stylish DJ, TJ Mizel

    July 02, 2013 2:23 PM EDT Growing up in NYC, the birthplace of hip-hop, can be quite inspiring for a young DJ. Take that and couple it with being the son of one of the most influential artists in hip-hop history, Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, and you get a cool and authentic take on music mixing. TJ Mizel of Scratch…

  11. Beyonce, 'Dangerously In Love': Classic Track-By-Track Review

    June 22, 2013 1:55 PM EDT Fall crazy back in love with Queen B's first solo album on the 10th anniversary of its release. Ten years ago, Beyoncé decided to make a move that would ultimately help her become one the most accomplished artists in music. The singer, while the R&B group Destiny's Child…

  12. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  13. Sting Releasing Album of New Music in Fall

    June 04, 2013 9:44 AM EDT Sting's first full-length album of new music since 2003's "Sacred Love" is on the horizon. The singer's publicist tells the New York Times that he'll release "The Last Ship" on Sept. 24. The album, which will be released on Cherrytree/Interscope A…

  14. Rolling Stones Kick Off '50 and Counting' Tour in Los Angeles

    May 04, 2013 11:54 AM EDT Stripped down and gimmick-free, the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary trek eliminates the spectacle element that has framed their tours for the last 30-odd years. Their focus for two hour and 20 minutes Friday at Staples Center, the first night of the tour, was musical and celebratory,…

  15. Rolling Stones Rock Pre-Tour LA Club Gig

    April 28, 2013 12:00 PM EDT For one night only, the Rolling Stones were an up-and-coming band again. The legendary group rocked a small club in Los Angeles on Saturday night for a minuscule crowd compared to the thousands set to see them launch their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour a week later on May 3…

  16. Splendour in the Grass 2013: Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, The National Confirmed

    April 24, 2013 3:43 AM EDT Australia’s hugely popular mid-year Splendour in the Grass festival today revealed a line-up with something for every indie music fan – a bill that includes Mumford & Sons, Empire of the Sun, Frank Ocean, the National, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio and James Blake. The July 26 –…

  17. New Order Debates Series of EPs for Future Releases

    April 16, 2013 1:15 PM EDT New Order returned to the Coachella stage on Saturday where they took on the headlining spot on the festival's Mojave Stage. Before their highly anticipated gig, we joined them in their trailer to discuss what they've been up to since the release of 2011's "Lost Sirens…

  18. Coachella 2013: Phoenix's R. Kelly Surprise, Postal Service's Special Delivery and More Saturday Highlights

    April 14, 2013 9:45 AM EDT The xx serenades with Solange, New Order parties like it's 1984, Major Lazer reveals album news and more onstage and backstage bits Additional reporting by Nicole Pajer The second day of Coachella 2013 turned up the desert heat with a jam-packed lineup of 65 bands that covered a…

  19. Peter Hook Answers New Order's Criticisms: Exclusive Q&A

    January 28, 2013 5:45 PM EST "Bernard Sumner's got what he's always wanted -- a bass player who does what he's told." As a founding member of iconic alt-rock bands Joy Division and New Order, Peter Hook's melodic bass lines were a key component of both groups' success. His signature…

  20. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

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