1. Bob Lefsetz & Scott Cohen Rail on Music Tech in Spain: 'You're a Zit on the Ass of the Business'

    November 03, 2014 2:00 PM EST "If you really care that much about music, make a f-----g band, make a hit record. Otherwise you're a zit on the ass of the business." Bob Lefsetz took aim at music start-ups, among other targets, when he brought his irascible industry analyst act to the BIME Pro conference…

  2. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  3. Krist Novoselic: ‘Meat Puppets II’ Inspired Me Because ‘There Were No Barriers’

    October 29, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, on Meat Puppets II , the second album by Phoenix rock band Meat Puppets . It is considered one of the most influential albums of the '80s even though it did not chart. A Look Back at 1984: Full Coverage "I first heard that album at [ The…

  4. Former Minutemen Bassist Mike Watt on Why Their Pivotal Album ‘Double Nickels’ Mocked Sammy Hagar

    October 29, 2014 4:33 PM EDT " Double Nickels , even though it came about kind of by accident, is still the most focused statement of the band," says former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt . Double Nickels on the Dime influenced virtually any American punk-funk band one can name, but it inspired thousands more…

  5. Dave Grohl Slams TV Talent Shows

    October 29, 2014 1:39 AM EDT If Dave Grohl had auditioned for American Idol , would he have snagged a golden ticket to the Hollywood rounds (coincidentally taking place this week)? Not a chance, the Foo Fighters frontman told CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night. “I would never make it." In a candid interview…

  6. Bob Mould Looks Back at Husker Du's Breakthrough Indie Album 'Zen Arcade'

    October 28, 2014 5:18 PM EDT In 1983, Hüsker Dü 's singer-guitarist Bob Mould told Matter fanzine writer Steve Albini, "We're going to try to do something bigger than anything like rock & roll... I don't know what it's going to be, we have to work that out, but it's going to go…

  7. Chart Highlights: Gwen Stefani Returns, Foo Fighters Fly to No. 1

    October 27, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Stefani scores her first solo airplay hit since 2007, while Foo Fighters crown Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  8. Chris Cornell Announced as Keynote Q&A for Billboard Touring Conference

    October 27, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Industry leaders Geiger, Light, Rotella and Roux also set for Q&As at premier touring confab Chris Cornell , the legendary front man for pioneering bands Soundgarden and Audioslave , will be featured as the Keynote Q&A at the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, set for Nov.…

  9. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  10. Bob Seger, Hozier Top Rock Charts

    October 24, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Seger scores his first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, while Hozier hits No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs. Plus, chart action for Milky Chance, the Black Keys, Fall Out Boy and Lorde. Bob Seger scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dating to the list's inception in 2006)…

  11. Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

    October 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final trek through North America on Oct. 30 after…

  12. Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works With Martin Scorsese

    October 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a career-spanning retrospective documentary executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev .  Bar-Lev has been highly regarded for his work covering the Penn State…

  13. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  14. Florida Georgia Line Scores First No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bob Seger, The Game, U2 and Hoodie Allen also score Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Country duo Florida Georgia Line nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Anything Goes . The set was released on Republic Nashville and sold 197,000 copies in the…

  15. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  16. Bob Seger Addresses Talk of His Retirement: 'I Don't Want to Overstay My Welcome'

    October 20, 2014 2:16 PM EDT A lot can happen between Bob Seger albums: changes in presidential administrations, a few iPhone generations, a third of Derek Jeter's baseball career. “I’m so fast,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says with a hearty laugh. Ride Out -- his 17th studio album, and first in eight years …

  17. Nine Inch Nails' 'Pretty Hate Machine' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT As the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations recently reminded us, Nine Inch Nails debuted in 1989, dropping Pretty Hate Machine on Oct. 20, just days before Halloween and right at the tail end of a decade they’re not always associated with. While Trent Reznor’s one-man industro-pop…

  18. 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…

  19. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  20. Foo Fighters Release 'Something From Nothing': Dave Grohl Explains What Inspired It

    October 16, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Twenty years into their career and the fighters/chart"> Foo Fighters are as hard as ever. The band released their new single, "Something From Nothing," on Thursday (Oct. 16). "Something From Nothing," the lead single off the band's Nov. 10 album Sonic…

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