1. 'Sons of Anarchy' Band The Forest Rangers Crowdfunding Debut Album

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The band that accompanies the biker saga on FX's Sons of Anarchy is asking its gang of fans to help support an album of all original songs. The Forest Rangers, led by musician and music supervisor Bob Thiele Jr. , have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to record and release a new album.…

  2. EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

    August 19, 2014 2:44 PM EDT How shorter, fan-tested collections are resuscitating the recorded-music business. It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are moving enough units to build revenue for a baby act with a song…

  3. Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias and Others Dish on Their 2014 Latin Chart Smashes

    August 19, 2014 8:02 AM EDT The stories behind 10 of the hottest midyear hits from Prince Royce, Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony. The sound of tropical-laced romance dominated radio airwaves for the first half of the year, according to Billboard's Hot Latin Songs recap of hits charting in the issues dated Dec. 7,…

  4. Ron Spaulding Out at Capitol

    August 18, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Eighteen months after being named senior vice president of sales at Capitol Music Group, Ron Spaulding has exited the label’s iconic Hollywood tower.   A statement released on Aug. 18 named Vince Szydlowski senior vice president of Label Sales for Capitol Music Group, reporting to executive…

  5. Coheed and Cambria Announces 'In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3' Reissue: Exclusive

    August 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Hear a remastered version of "A Favor House Atlantic," and read what Claudio Sanchez says of the group's future. Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez fesses up to an ulterior motive for the upcoming remastered re-release of the group's second album, 2003's In…

  6. Paul McCartney Closes San Francisco’s Candlestick Park

    August 18, 2014 1:14 AM EDT San Francisco said goodbye on Thursday to Candlestick Park -- the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. The storied venue shut down after an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney that finished around midnight. It will then…

  7. Britney Spears Caught on Video Lip Syncing 'Perfume' to Sia's Vocals

    August 17, 2014 5:20 PM EDT At a recent one of her Las Vegas residency gigs, Britney Spears treated the audience with a new version of her hit song "Perfume." The difference? As Oh No They Didn't reports, it was Sia's vocals the crowd mostly heard, not Spears'. Britney Spears Models Her New…

  8. Why Pandora Is Booming With Hispanic Users

    August 15, 2014 1:41 PM EDT A stunning 25 percent of listeners are now Latino Anyone who thinks U.S. Hispanics are still confined to traditional Latin media need only check out the latest Pandora stats. According to ComScore's June numbers, 25 percent of Pandora's total 76.4 million active monthly unique…

  9. Kembe X Scores 2 Songs on Emerging Artists Chart

    August 13, 2014 6:04 PM EDT Kembe X appeared at No. 21 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart for this week (Aug. 11) as a result of his recent single "Caged Bird." The song was released independently last week and features TDE's Isaiah Rashad. Rashad was also featured along with Julian Malone on…

  10. Exclusive Song Premiere: Lauren Jenkins Gives Motley Crue's 'Looks That Kill' a Country Twist

    August 13, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Wednesday is a big day for country newcomer Lauren Jenkins, who's being signed to Big Machine Label Group, Billboard is revealing exclusively in addition to premiering her countrified twist on Motley Crue's "Looks That Kill" from the cover album Nashville Outlaws: A…

  11. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy Announces 'Sukierae' Tour Dates With Son Spencer

    August 13, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Jeff Tweedy is heading out on the road this fall to promote his upcoming album Sukierae , which features his son Spencer on drums. In that spirit, the 18-year old Tweedy will accompany his dad on the tour, which kicks off in September. The project is called TWEEDY and the new album drops Sept…

  12. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, Paisley is never too busy to come home and…

  13. Modest Mouse & Brand New Rock New York's Forest Hills Stadium

    August 10, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Brand New's local legend continues; Modest Mouse shares new songs, caves and plays "Float On." Modest Mouse and Brand New went down to the tennis court on Aug. 9 and talked it up like… angsty indie kids. In just the third concert since Queens, N.Y.'s 91-year old Forest…

  14. The Inside Story of How Lorde Came to Rule 'The Hunger Games'

    August 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT A nontraditional deal with Lionsgate finds the 17-year-old curating a major soundtrack. The Hunger Games franchise has a new heroine on the horizon: Lorde.  The 17-year-old singer-songwriter has been commissioned by Lionsgate and music publisher Songs to deliver the first single from…

  15. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Debut Atop Artist 100

    August 07, 2014 2:42 PM EDT The group’s historic week continues after finally reaching the top of the Billboard 200 for the first time in its illustrious career. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 breaks into the Artist 100 top 10. 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers debut at No. 1 on the…

  16. Jurassic 5 Considering New Material: 'I Hope There's More Music To Come,' Says Nu-Mark

    August 06, 2014 5:50 PM EDT More new music will be part of the Jurassic 5 reunion, although its members aren't yet sure in what form it will be released. The hip-hop group, which reunited last year after a seven-year break and is out on the road this summer, has dropped one new single, "The Way We Do It,"…

  17. Bass Drum of Death, 'Left for Dead': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 05, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Oxford, Miss. garage-rock band Bass Drum of Death was once the solo project of John Barrett , a former Fat Possum employee who in his spare time made demos fueled by swaggering guitars and rough-hewn drums, his voice emerging from the wreckage of noise like a driver from a smoldering pileup.…

  18. Legendary DJ Alan Freed's Ashes Sent Packing at Rock Hall of Fame

    August 04, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Rock music is constantly reinventing itself, such that even the style's initial promoter, Alan Freed , must eventually step aside to make room for Beyoncé .  The ashes of the Cleveland DJ who coined the term "rock 'n' roll" six decades ago went home with his son on…

  19. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  20. 5 Seconds of Summer's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the 'Perfect' Band

    August 01, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Calum Hood, Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer photographed on June 29, 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Milan by Miller Mobley. Miller Mobley 5 Seconds of Summer couldn't have asked for a more perfect few days. The Australian pop-punk quartet is…

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