1. Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Late Grandpa on Twitter

    July 23, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Singer gets condolences during 'Good Morning America' appearance Early Wednesday, Ariana Grande announced on Twitter that her grandfather, Frank, had died. The pop star stuck to her busy schedule, appearing on "Good Morning America" just after sharing the news. Grande was…

  2. Jack White's Third Man Records Launches Publishing Arm, Third Man Books

    July 22, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jack White's Third Man Records has launched a publishing arm, fittingly (if somewhat unimaginatively) titled Third Man Books. Its first release, "Language Lessons: Volume 1," will be commercially available Aug. 5.  Jack White Covers Jay Z's '99 Problems': Watch…

  3. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  4. Smiths Guitarist Johnny Marr Announces New Solo Album, 'Playland,' Due Oct. 6

    July 21, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Morrissey isn't the only former Smiths member releasing a solo album this year . Guitarist Johnny Marr announced that he will follow up his 2013 solo debut "The Messenger" with a second album titled "Playland," to be released Oct. 7 in North America. A lead single…

  5. U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

    July 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its first full-length album, he says his reaction was elation tempered by “a sense of guilt.”   The elation: Acrassicauda’s three original members…

  6. Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel Join Brian Wilson in the Studio

    July 19, 2014 3:27 PM EDT A onetime Beach Boy returns to his girl-group roots for a new album. Since the untimely end to the Beach Boys' last tour after longtime nemesis Mike Love pulled the plug, Brian Wilson is back in the studio working on a new studio album, slated for release in the fall by Capitol Records.…

  7. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor Contemplates Future of Music, Keeping It Fresh on the Road

    July 19, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed) Trent Reznor Still Fuming From GRAMMYS: ‘It Was An…

  8. Punk's Quiet Visionary: Debbie Harry, Tommy Stinson, Danny Fields and More on Tommy Ramone

    July 18, 2014 3:11 PM EDT In 1974, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone. The last surviving original member of the band is remembered as the odd man out who helped shaped the sound and look of punk rock's founding fathers. This feature first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . DANNY FIELDS…

  9. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  10. Billy Corgan Accuses Amazon of Leaking 'Adore' Details Early

    July 17, 2014 10:16 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan was hoping Wednesday would go as smoothly as his famous pate. Not so, as the planned rollout of full details and track listing for the deluxe reissue of 1998's "Adore" was ruined when Amazon apparently leaked the details early. Corgan first…

  11. Paris Hilton Releases Colorful Video for 'Come Alive'

    July 16, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Great news for anyone who regularly quotes "If you show me real love baby/ I'll show you mine": Paris Hilton has released a video for her new single “Come Alive," off Cash Money Records. The pink explosion aesthetic of the video could easily be confused for a razor…

  12. Greg Bates on Performing at NAMM: 'It's Just Fun To Go Sit and Play Guitars'

    July 14, 2014 4:51 PM EDT This week promises to be an exciting one in Nashville with Summer NAMM, to be held July 17-19 at the Music City Center. Many of the most well-known companies in the business will be showcasing their wares for musicians, industry professionals, and the fans. The fans are allowed at a NAMM show…

  13. 10 Best Songs of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Check out the songs that Billboard's staff has been blasting so far this year, from "Good Kisser" to "Problem." With six months past in 2014, it's already extremely difficult trying to cobble together a best-of songs list for the year. Seriously, how can the…

  14. Taeyang Gives Track-By-Track Review of Record-Breaking 'Rise' Album (Exclusive Video)

    July 09, 2014 8:45 PM EDT In Billboard's first-ever track-by-track review for a K-pop album, the singer/rapper gets deep and reflects on his new tracks While fans around the world knew and loved Taeyang through his group BIGBANG, it wasn't until the release of his second solo album, "Rise," that…

  15. Paul Horn, Grammy-Winning Jazz Player, Dead at 84

    July 03, 2014 9:57 PM EDT Paul Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz flutist and New Age music pioneer, has died at the age of 84. Horn's son Marlen said his father died Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a brief illness. He declined to provide further details. "He passed away very peacefully and did not…

  16. Mariachi USA Festival: Founder Rodri Rodriguez Talks Hollywood Bowl, New Day of the Dead Festival and Being Julio Iglesias’ Boss

    June 29, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Just as Rodri Rodriguez is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the producer is already busy making plans for an new festival themed around Day of the Dead.  The Cuban-born Rodriguez first made her mark in the music business in the mid-1970s when…

  17. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles at Staples Center In L.A.

    June 28, 2014 3:02 PM EDT The pair kick off BET Experience at L.A. Live’s three-night concert series “Are you feeling delicious tonight?” A resounding chorus of female screams gave Maxwell the unequivocal answer to his question Friday night (June 27) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  It was the ninth stop on the suave…

  18. Frank Sinatra's First New Jersey Driver's License Fetches $15K At Auction

    June 27, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Frank Sinatra's first New Jersey driver's license has sold for $15,757 at auction. The yellowed, text-only 1934 license was issued, typo and all, to Francis Sintra, 841 Garden Street, Hoboken, New Jersey. Frank Sinatra's First New Jersey Driver's License Up For Auction…

  19. The Sun Sets On ‘Californication’: David Duchovny Discusses the Show’s Rock n’ Roll Connection (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT This Sunday night (June 29th at 9:30p ET/PT), after seven memorable seasons, Hank Moody and his very distinctive ‘Californication’ crew will say farewell. When the credits come up on that last episode of the popular Showtime series, it will also mark the end of one of the most authentically…

  20. Bassnectar Talks 'Noise Vs. Beauty' LP & Being the 'Frank Zappa' of EDM

    June 26, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Lorin Ashton, the 36-year-old DJ-producer known as Bassnectar, makes millions from touring, having spent 11 months on the road at festivals, arenas and amphitheaters in 2013 alone. So when he took the first five months off of 2014 to make an album, he told friends he was on vacation. …

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