1. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago rapper has…

  2. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's iconic Greek Theatre. At stake is a…

  3. 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)…

  4. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Taylor Swift to David Bowie

    October 17, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Taylor Swift "Out Of The Woods" Big Machine/Republic The vast chorus of Taylor Swift's new single combusts like the closing sequence of a 1980s action movie, a muscular chant that finds Swift asking, "Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet?"…

  5. 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…

  6. 10 Things We Learned From Neil Diamond's Reddit AMA

    October 16, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Neil Diamond is a certifiable legend. And with a half century of in the music business behind him, he still has no intension of slowing down. His new album, Melody Road , is out out later this month, led by the single "Something Blue," and next year he will embark on…

  7. Guy Gerber Bringing His Famous Ibiza Dance Party to U.S. on Fall Tour

    October 15, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The Israeli DJ, who released a dance music album with Puff Daddy this summer, will play a show in New York on Halloween and in Miami during Art Basel. When Guy Gerber and Puff Daddy released their collaborative album of electronic music this summer, it cast a curious spell over the dance…

  8. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  9. Corner Office: Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Label's Future, Kanye West's 'Incredible' New Album and Why Justin Bieber Isn't Overexposed

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin , Russell Simmons , Lyor Cohen , Jay Z , L.A. Reid ...Def Jam has seen a succession of iconic leaders during its 30 years, and on April 1, Steve Bartels found himself next in line. And while his sleek corner office in the Midtown Manhattan building of Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  10. Stoney LaRue Ready to Take Flight With 'Aviator'

    October 10, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Acclaimed singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue will release his fourth studio album, Aviator , on Oct. 28, and he says the recording process was an incredible experience. "Everything about the process was absolutely wonderful. Now, we're just waiting for everybody else to get it in…

  11. Don Henley Not Taking It Easy on Pun-Loving Clothing Company

    October 10, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Don Henley is suing a Duluth Trading Company over an email advertisement that the Wisconsin-based clothing company might have figured was a harmless pun, but the singer sees as an unauthorized use of his name, trademarks and publicity rights.  The  Eagles front-man takes issue with…

  12. The Who Preps North American 'Who Hits 50!' Tour For 2015

    October 10, 2014 10:09 AM EDT The Who is returning to the road in North America for 2015 -- “The Who Hits 50!” Tour will swing through the States twice, beginning with a spring leg that kicks off April 15 in Tampa, Fl. and runs through May 30 in Forest Hills, NY, then resuming in the fall on Sept. 14 in San Diego and…

  13. Decision on L.A.'s Greek Theatre Postponed

    October 09, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Rival promotions companies Live Nation and Nederlander/AEG Live, who are bidding against each other on a ten-year contract to operate L.A.'s iconic Greek Theatre will have to spend another two weeks on pins and needles. Today, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the agency that…

  14. Nas Celebrates 20 Years of 'Illmatic' at Toronto Concert & Documentary Screening

    October 09, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Nas performed all of his breakthrough album after a screening of 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic.' Those who filled Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Wednesday night to watch Nas ' documentary and witness the rapper perform Illmatic from front to back left the concert with new…

  15. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  16. Linda Perry on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision: It Only Took 4,364 Years (Guest Column)

    October 07, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Either the gays have raised enough money to finally buy off the Supreme Court or a Justice of the Peace has been appointed head of the Supremes. This morning I woke up, fed the dogs, got dressed, kissed my awesome wife, Sara, goodbye, got in my car and headed to my studio for the day. As I…

  17. Scott Greer Named EVP at Capitol Music Group

    October 06, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Scott Greer , an 18-year constant at Sony Music who most recently worked as svp of marketing for Sony's Columbia Records, has been named executive vice president of Capitol Music Group, the company announced today. Greer began his music industry career at Capitol Records in 1991,…

  18. Joe Perry Predicts Steven Tyler’s Reaction to His Memoir: There Will Be 'Stuff He’s Going to Take Exception To’

    October 06, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Guitar god Joe Perry stopped by the Billboard studios recently to talk about his highly anticipated new memoir, Rocks: My Life In and Out of Aerosmith and his combustible relationship with the band’s frontman Steven Tyler . Written with David Ritz over a year and a half period, Rocks is not…

  19. Holocaust Theater Archive Established at University of Miami

    October 06, 2014 1:22 AM EDT The first comprehensive archive of theater materials related to the Holocaust has been established at the University of Miami, allowing researchers and students worldwide access to such plays as Arthur Millers' Broken Glass , the stage adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank  and the…

  20. Watch Future's 'Monster' Video, Featuring a Festive Fall Turn-up

    October 04, 2014 10:20 PM EDT Nayvadius Cash has been putting out some real freaky cover art lately. It's all in the name of Monster , his upcoming mixtape, the one where Future's done up as a grotesque zombie on the front. Before that, when "Monster" was just a late summer single with a huge Metro…

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