1. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Once Almost Hitting Gene Simmons With His Fiery Axe: 'It Caught Him By Surprise'

    November 17, 2014 6:14 PM EST Any rock star can play his or her guitar. As a founding member and lead guitarist for 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kiss , Ace Frehley would make his instrument smoke, shoot and fly through the air. But Frehley, 63, who's currently on tour promoting Space Invader , his…

  2. Exclusive: Watch a Clip From Scott Ian's 'Swearing Words In Glasgow' DVD

    November 04, 2014 11:00 AM EST Anthrax guitarist says performing spoken word is like 'teaching an old dog a new trick.' Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian 's upcoming DVD Swearing Words in Glasgow (Megaforce Records, Nov. 13) captures the Glasgow, Scotland, date of the 2013 U.K. leg of his Swearing Words tour.…

  3. Happy Midterms! Here Are Some Popular Republican & Democrat Musicians

    November 04, 2014 10:10 AM EST It's midterm elections today in the United States!  After you've voted (seriously, go vote), read through this list of five Republican and five Democrat musicians. Anyone surprise you?  Important caveat:  This information is taken from their statements about recent elections, but…

  4. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  5. Don't Judge Country Star Sam Hunt Because He Was a Football Player: ‘I Had to Break Down That Stereotype’

    October 28, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Billboard talked with the country singer Sam Hunt about his hit "Leave The Night On," currently at No. 38 and climbing on the Hot 100 . I'd love to hear a little bit about how the song came together, when you first wrote it, the whole trajectory. It's a song I wrote…

  6. Kiss' Gene Simmons Tells Women: 'Stop Depending on Men'

    October 28, 2014 12:46 AM EDT Gene Simmons expressed some very opinionated advice for women when he sat down with Fox News host Andrea Tantaros to promote his new book, Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business . "Let's all agree that women should not depend…

  7. Country Music Hall of Fame Warmly Welcomes Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman & Hank Cochran

    October 27, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Sunday night's Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame saw three very diverse musical legends inducted into one of music's most exclusive clubs, as Mac Wiseman , Hank Cochran  and Ronnie Milsap were each celebrated for their wide array of musical accomplishments on…

  8. OK Go Deconstruct Their Drone-Filmed 'I Won't Let You Down' Video

    October 27, 2014 12:00 PM EDT When OK Go were dreaming up the eye-popping, retro-futuristic video for "I Won't Let You Down" off their fourth LP, Hungry Ghosts (out Oct. 14 via OK Go's own label), the inventive alt-pop foursome visited Tokyo's Robot Restaurant, a 12-floor underground theater…

  9. 20 Things We Learned From Paul McCartney's Twitter Chat

    October 20, 2014 5:26 PM EDT In advance of two Wings reissues -- Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound in November -- Paul McCartney took to Twitter to answer questions from fans young and old. Venus and Mars (1975) and At The Speed Of Sound (1976) are the fourth and fifth albums released by Wings. Both peaked at…

  10. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Encourages Maui Drug Court Graduates

    October 19, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Although he performed before a crowd of 20,000 a few nights ago, rock 'n' roll superstar Steven Tyler admitted to a touch of nerves as he addressed 11 Maui Drug Court graduates and their families Thursday afternoon in 2nd Circuit Court. Steven Tyler Signs With Larry Rudolph for…

  11. Tim Hauser, Founder and Singer of Manhattan Transfer, Dies at 72

    October 18, 2014 11:13 AM EDT Tim Hauser , the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer , died Thursday (Oct. 16) from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72. Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and…

  12. Simon Cowell Celebrates Being Named Personality of the Year at MIPCOM

    October 15, 2014 1:45 AM EDT If you think the deepest thing about Simon Cowell are his signature V-necks, a different man accepted MIPCOM's Personality of the Year award Tuesday night in Cannes. Cowell, who was honored for changing both the music and the TV industries when he reinvented the talent show and format…

  13. Primus' Les Claypool Explains Band's Trip to the 'Chocolate Factory'

    October 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As a kid, Primus ' Les Claypool became enamored with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring Gene Wilder . Four decades later, that childhood fandom has turned into Primus and the Chocolate Factory, the first album in 19 years from the band's seminal lineup: Claypool,…

  14. Kiss’ Gene Simmons Slams Coddling TV Talent Show Judges at MIPCOM

    October 12, 2014 3:37 PM EDT "You can't sugarcoat shit, pardon me" Gene Simmons is not one to sugarcoat his opinions. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format Precious TV singing-competition show judges who coddle pop-star wannabes, rather than be brutally honest…

  15. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

  16. KISS Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

    September 29, 2014 9:31 PM EDT A contributor to several KISS songs and former guitarist from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley 's pre-KISS band, Wicked Lester , was arrested in Beaufort County, S.C., on Friday and faces charges of uploading child pornography. Stephen Coronel of Bluffton, S.C., was charged with five…

  17. Wynton Marsalis To Christen St. Louis Jazz Center

    September 27, 2014 6:13 PM EDT ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will help christen a new St. Louis jazz center that organizers hope will serve as a venue worthy of the genre's top acts while inspiring the next generation of jazz greats from an area that has produced Miles Davis, Clark Terry and David…

  18. Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen to Bush's 'Man on the Run'

    September 22, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Gene Simmons may say rock is dead, but Gavin Rossdale is hoping to prove otherwise with Bush 's new album, Man on the Run , which comes out Oct. 21. "I wanted to make a really interesting rock record," Rossdale tells Billboard. "Rock is in this weird shadow and…

  19. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago…

  20. Kiss Raises $1M for Oregon Military Museum

    September 15, 2014 6:43 PM EDT The band Kiss shed the makeup and pulled out acoustic guitars to raise money for the renovation of the Oregon Military Museum. Kiss' Gene Simmons Gets Behind New 'Coliseum' Reality TV Format The Oregonian reports the $2,500-a-ticket gala Sunday night in Lake Oswego raised more…

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