1. Eric Church Brings the Outsiders Tour to New York's Madison Square Garden

    October 18, 2014 11:50 AM EDT A few songs into his set at Madison Square Garden Friday (Oct. 17) night, Eric Church stopped to reflect briefly on his ascent from playing bars and clubs to headlining arenas. He's played MSG once before, he noted, and he remembers the exact date: eight years and three days ago. Back…

  2. 10 Things We Learned from Joe Perry's Reddit AMA

    October 17, 2014 10:06 PM EDT The guitar-slinging Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry has been rocking hard for 40 years and lately he's been making a victory lap of sorts, celebrating his achievements with a new book, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith .  Friday Perry joined Reddit fans for an Ask Me Anything (AMA)…

  3. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Piano Guys, Jackson Browne Hit High Notes

    October 17, 2014 9:45 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Jason Aldean notched the third-largest sales week of the year with the arrival of his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt , at No. 1. The set, released through Broken Bow Records, sold 278,000 in the week ending Oct. 12, according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  4. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  5. Bob Seger Aiming for 10th Top 10 Album

    October 17, 2014 7:48 PM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is riding towards the Billboard 200's top 10 with 'Ride Out' Rocker Bob Seger is cruising for his tenth top 10 album with his latest release, Ride Out . Industry forecasters suggest the set, released on Oct. 14 through Hideout/Capitol Records…

  6. Hear Centro-matic' Soulful Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 17, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Centro-matic joins Adult Swim Sunday to sing the Squidbillies theme song, becoming the next in a long line of artists who have covered the track. Now in its eighth season, recently Dwight Yoakam , Todd Rundgren and King Khan and the Shrines each tackled the intro.  Check out Centro-matic’s…

  7. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  8. Larry Rudolph, Britney Spears' Vegas Svengali, Dishes on the Changing Nature of Sin City

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE VEGAS VISIONARY This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 51 TITLE: Founder, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los Angeles and Las Vegas…

  9. U2 and Madonna Manager Guy Oseary Is Trying to Reinvent the Music Biz

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT THE MASTER PLANNER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 42 TITLE: Principal, Maverick; co-founder, A-Grade Investments; co-founder, Untitled…

  10. Cortez Bryant Shifts From Managing Lil Wayne to Learning Lessons From Country Music

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT THE GO-GETTER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 35 TITLE:   Co-CEO, The Blueprint Group STAFF : 12 CITIES: New York, Los Angeles COMPANY FOUNDED…

  11. Ron Laffitte Is the 'Secret Weapon’ for Mega-Management Co. Maverick

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT METALHEAD GOES POP This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 47 TITLE: Founder, Laffitte Management Group STAFF : 14 CITY: Los Angeles COMPANY FOUNDED IN…

  12. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' May Sell 25K in First Week of Retail Release

    October 17, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Millions of people have downloaded a free copy of U2 's Songs of Innocence album, yet, there are still dedicated fans that are buying the set, following its commercial release on Oct. 14. Industry forecasters suggest the album might sell around 25,000 copies in the U.S., in the week…

  13. This Just In: Bono Wears Sunglasses Due to Glaucoma

    October 17, 2014 1:50 PM EDT U2 singer Bono says his ever-present sunglasses are not a rock-star affectation -- he has suffered from glaucoma for 20 years. The condition -- a buildup of pressure that can damage the optic nerve -- can make the eyes sensitive to light. Bono told the BBC's  Graham Norton Show that he…

  14. Randy Houser, O.A.R., Al Kooper Added to Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Concert

    October 17, 2014 1:41 PM EDT More artists have been added to the upcoming star-studded tribute to southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd , set to invade Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Nov. 12. Randy Houser , O.A.R. and Al Kooper , who discovered Skynyrd and produced many of their hits, are the newest additions to "…

  15. Watch Fall Out Boy Play Gladiators in 'Centuries' Video… With Rick Ross

    October 17, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Fall Out Boy are the sort of band that clearly loves dressing up like gladiators, and their new hit “Centuries” gave them the perfect opportunity to do that. With Patrick Stump belting the battle cry “remember me for centuries!” and the band pummeling away as if it were trying to do…

  16. Jimmy Page Talks New Music, Led Zeppelin's Future & Why He Has No Interest Being in a 'Tribute Band'

    October 17, 2014 1:25 PM EDT In his 70 years, it's fair to say that Jimmy Page has seen and experienced more than most. A hell of a lot more. Nevertheless, even he fails to hide the look of astonishment and boyish wonder that lights up his face upon exploring the Gothic splendor of "The Tudor Room" at…

  17. Hozier Debuts at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums

    October 17, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The Irish singer-songwriter reigns with his debut full-length. Plus, chart action from vets Weezer, Sixx:A.M. and Nickelback. Irish singer-songwriter Hozier (aka, Andrew Hozier-Byrne) crowns Top Rock Albums and starts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his self-titled full-length debut…

  18. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  19. Exclusive: Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher's Tech Fund A-Grade Valued at $150 Million

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded in 2010 by Guy Oseary , Ashton Kutcher and Ron Burkle , has a new valuation: $150 million, as Billboard announces in a new cover story detailing Oseary's new management consortium Maverick . The fund had most recently been valued at…

  20. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 17, 2014 6:31 AM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music school in the impoverished South African…

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