1. Hear Empires Exclusively Premiere Epic New Alt-Rock Album ‘Orphan’

    September 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The story of Empires’ new album is the story of what a great producer can do for an already-promising band. For their sweeping new album Orphan (out Sept. 23), the Chicago group enlisted veteran rock producer John Congleton to explore untapped expansive potential. With bandleader Sean Van…

  2. Chris Brown, 'X': Track-by-Track Review

    September 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Who needs haters when you're your own worst enemy? Chris Brown has been a self-saboteur since his infamous 2009 assault of Rihanna -- a talent whose skill for hit singles and agile performances is only matched by his knack for cannonballing into career-threatening pools of legal…

  3. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn Mural

    September 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT That Arcade Fire mural that popped up in Brooklyn? Tracy Maurice was behind that, too. Sept. 14 marked the 10-year anniversary of Arcade Fire’s Funeral , an album that changed alternative music as we know it. Billboard already gushed about its greatness in this classic track-by-track review ,…

  4. KISS' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format

    September 15, 2014 6:09 AM EDT KISS star Gene Simmons is headed to MIPCOM to launch his new reality format show Coliseum . Created by Simmons and Chris Philip , CEO of Sierra/Engine Television, Coliseum challenges contestants to form rock bands with a winning musical voice and performance. The bankable reality star will…

  5. Calvin Harris, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    September 15, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Calvin Harris landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as a solo artist in five years as “Blame” (Columbia/Sony), featuring John Newman , debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 14). Sam Smith’s   In The Lonely Hour  (Capitol/Universal) continues to lead the album chart. Harris first topped the British…

  6. Watch Death Cab for Cutie's Onstage Goodbye to Chris Walla

    September 14, 2014 7:48 PM EDT It was sentimental farewell for Death Cab for Cutie founding member, producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Walla , who performed his last set with the seminal indie-rock band Saturday at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, British Columbia.  Death Cab for Cutie Returns To Studio For New…

  7. The Replacements Rock Homecoming Concert at Minnesota Stadium

    September 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Replacements played 31 songs at its first hometown appearance in 23. The Replacements took the stage Saturday (Sept. 13) night at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., clad in identical matching plaid suits, as the final notes of “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen faded out. Watch The…

  8. Kendrick Lamar Says Taylor Swift’s Remarks Help Himself, Hip-Hop

    September 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar appreciated Taylor Swift for paying homage to his music in a recent interview. Chris Brown's 'Autumn Leaves' Collabo With Kendrick Lamar Leaks Lamar was grateful to hear about Swift knowing the words to his lyrics and putting her in a great mood. The rapper…

  9. GWAR Discusses Oderus Urungus and the Carnage to Come on the Eternal Tour

    September 13, 2014 5:40 PM EDT "We’ll kill everybody that gets in our way" The guys in GWAR put most method actors to shame. During our very twisted and funny conversation with the grotesquely masked metal band backstage at Chicago’s Riot Fest on Friday (Sept. 14), it was nearly impossible to get the members…

  10. Paul McCartney and His Daughter Front Row at Hunter's Show

    September 13, 2014 1:56 PM EDT It's not every day that you see not just one, but two McCartneys on the front row. Watch Paul McCartney & Johnny Depp's Half-Hour Blues Jam Session Paul McCartney and his fashion designer daughter Stella caused a stir as they sat down to watch the catwalk show staged Saturday by…

  11. Watch Chris Brown & Ariana Grande Share Medieval Love in 'Don’t Be Gone Too Long' Video

    September 13, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Chris Brown and Ariana Grande play forbidden lovers in the new medieval-themed music video for his X track "Don't Be Gone Too Long.” Billboard Cover: Chris Brown Opens Up About Rihanna, Jail & Accepting Life as a 'Learning Experience' Brown, who recently appeared on…

  12. Darkside Electrifies with Rave-y Final Show at Brooklyn's Masonic Temple

    September 13, 2014 10:10 AM EDT When Darkside announced seemingly out of nowhere that they were "coming to an end" with one final New York City show, fans responded with surprised disappointment. Though electronic producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington had intrigued listeners with their…

  13. Keith Richards on His New Gig...as a Children's Book Author

    September 12, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Rock legend Keith Richards already counts grandfathers as fans -- now 70, he's hoping to win over grandkids with his first children's book, Gus & Me (Little, Brown), an unexpected follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 tell-all autobiography, Life . Illustrated with whimsical drawings…

  14. MSG's James Dolan Opens for Eagles, Pens Songs About Eliot Spitzer & Trayvon Martin

    September 12, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Go on and blame the opening act if anything goes awry at this weekend's Eagles show in New York City. That's because billionaire Cablevision CEO James Dolan , who also runs Madison Square Garden, where the concert takes place on Saturday, has secured his own band to warm up the…

  15. London Richards Talks 'Will You Wait' Single, Covering Justin Timberlake & Dream Collabos

    September 12, 2014 3:30 PM EDT At age 17, London Richards can’t vote nor drink. What he can do, however, is conquer the world of R&B, a goal which the singer has his sights set on.   Richards, who moved to the United States from London six years ago, released his debut single, "Will You Wait," on Wednesday,…

  16. Sergio Mendes & will.i.am Make 'Magic' on New Album: A Joint Q&A

    September 12, 2014 3:10 PM EDT As a 17-year-old, will.i.am fell in love with the music of Sergio Mendes after a fellow crate-digger turned him on to Equinox , Mendes' 1967 album with the Brazil 66. That appreciation led to the Black Eyed Peas leader buying all of Mendes' albums, tapping the pianist to play on the…

  17. 'Simpsons' Producer Al Jean Dishes on Show's Best Musical Moments

    September 12, 2014 3:00 PM EDT To close out The Simpsons binge-fest of all 552 episodes on FXX last month, the Hollywood Bowl is dedicating three nights to the beloved animated series. From Sept. 12-14, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will be accompanied by stars like Conan O'Brien , “Weird Al” Yankovic ,…

  18. The Juice Podcast: Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher, Lil Wayne & More 'Ask The Juice'

    September 12, 2014 1:20 PM EDT On this week’s episode of The Juice Podcast, Pop Shop editor Jason Lipshutz joins me to answer fan questions related to R&B and hip-hop. We cover topics as Nicki Minaj , Chris Brown 's stage presence, Usher 's forthcoming album, Lupe Fiasco 's current relationship with…

  19. Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne . Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates Funeral , released…

  20. Chris Brown Shares Some Advice For Ray Rice: 'I've Made My Mistakes Too'

    September 12, 2014 1:03 PM EDT When you're in a horrible situation (of your own making) it may be helpful to look at how others have handled things. That must be the reasoning behind MTV asking Chris Brown for his thoughts on Ray Rice , who of course is back making headlines this week after video of him assualting his…

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