1. Deerhoof Celebrates 20 Years With Release of Madonna-Inspired 'La Isla Bonita' Album

    October 31, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Deerhoof celebrates 20 years as a band this year, a feat that astounds founding member Greg Saunier. Not because time has flown by for the uber-influential cult band, but mostly because Deerhoof was never intended to last more than two weeks when it was formed, much less two decades. With…

  2. Exclusive: Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli Talks Bob Dylan, New Tour & 'Gentlemen' at 21

    September 08, 2014 10:00 AM EDT No list of the best '90s albums is complete without the Afghan Whigs ' Gentlemen . Released in 1993 on Elektra after two albums on Sub Pop, the band’s major label debut escalated the Cincinnati group into the elite of the alternative world. It was a raw and provocative collection…

  3. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  4. Catch a Fire: Label Tweaks Formula for 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Soundtrack

    October 30, 2013 4:30 PM EDT In early October, executives from Republic Records were attending a film premiere and discussing the promotion of a soundtrack. As much as they were proud of the film receiving its Los Angeles debut that night-Greg Camalier's documentary "Muscle Shoals"-and its Republic…

  5. Sia: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 25, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Sia thought she would retire and become a songwriter. Turned out her pop craft made her a bigger star than ever. In a rare interview, Sia talks writing, her demons and the power of saying "no" Three years ago, Sia Furler tried to pull off a disappearing act that hasn't…

  6. Independent Radio Stations: Getting By With A Little Help From Their Friends

    March 05, 2013 9:05 AM EST Despite economic challenges, independently-owned radio stations focusing on localism are finding ways to thrive. Adult alternative-formatted mvyradio , broadcasting from the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., prides itself on breaking new singer/songwriters while playing the best…

  7. Grammys 2013 Preview: Record of the Year

    February 06, 2013 7:02 PM EST A closer look at the six songs that earned Record of the Year nominations for the 2013 Grammy awards. These six songs are all vying for Record of the Year at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (February 10). Jump To: Album of the Year | Song of the Year | Best New Artist Grammys…

  8. Goo Goo Dolls Cheer Up With 'Rebel Beat'

    January 29, 2013 12:20 PM EST John Rzeznik talks "Rebel Beat," the first single from upcoming album "Magnetic" ... Watch the official lyric video here The cheerful, exuberant tone of the new single "Rebel Beat" is indicative of what the Goo Goo Dolls had in mind for their upcoming 10th…

  9. Blow Me Up: The Man Behind Pink's Monster Hit

    August 17, 2012 3:10 PM EDT "It's a company policy that we can't refer to it without saying, parenthesis 'One Last Kiss,'" RCA Music Group CEO Peter Edge jokes, referring to P!nk 's latest top 10 hit, which without the parenthetical would be titled simply, "Blow Me." But…

  10. Jake Shimabukuro's 'Island Fever Blues': Exclusive First Listen

    August 03, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro is about to make some more noise, with a new album, titled "Grand Ukulele," due October 2nd. The Hawaii native, who became a viral phenomenon with his Beatles cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," is treating fans with an early listen…

  11. Pink To Tell 'The Truth About Love' This September

    July 05, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Four years and one greatest-hits collection since her last full-length, Pink has shared the title and release date to her sixth studio album. "My new album is coming out on I believe September 18th, and it's called 'The Truth About Love,'" the pop star told fans in a…

  12. Ryan Adams Mellows Out: 'I'm Not the Guy I Was'

    September 23, 2011 7:00 PM EDT The prolific singer-songwriter talks "Ashes & Fire," hyped as his best solo album in years. "How does he function? How long have you got?!" Legendary producer Glyn Johns, his Surrey accent flaring, is asking, rhetorically, about alt-country troubadour Ryan Adams . …

  13. Bad Religion Celebrates 30th Anniversary with New Album & Book

    October 01, 2010 7:20 PM EDT Reaching a 30th anniversary has been a "weird" experience for Bad Religion bassist Jay Bentley. "It doesn't feel like 30 years," Bentley, one of the California punk rock group's co-founders, tells Billboard.com. "It's just been happening and been a big…

  14. Ted Nugent Talks 'Stone Cold Motherf***king Songs,' Deer Hunting

    August 25, 2010 11:30 AM EDT T ed Nugent has some "stone cold motherf***king songs" ready to go when he takes his band into the studio later this year to start working on his first new studio album since 2007's "Love Grenade." Nugent tells Billboard.com that he has "well over a dozen"…

  15. Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard Talks Brad, PJ & More

    August 23, 2010 5:00 PM EDT On a sunny Friday afternoon (Aug. 20) in a quiet corner of Manhattan's downtown-cool Tribeca neighborhood, Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard sat down to chat about the tour and years-in-the-making new album, "Best Friends?," by his long-running other band, the soulful, funky…

  16. Guided By Voices Unveils Reunion Tour Dates

    July 15, 2010 12:32 PM EDT Beloved indie rock group Guided By Voices has revealed details of its reunion with its classic 1992-1996 lineup, which, as previously reported , will include an Oct. 3 performance in Las Vegas as part of Matador Records' 21st birthday celebration. Guided By Voices to Reunite for Matador…

  17. Guided By Voices To Reunite For Matador Records' Las Vegas B-day Bash

    June 29, 2010 4:57 PM EDT G uided By Voices , the classic indie rock band from Dayton, Ohio formed by prolific songwriter and lead singer Robert Pollard in 1983, is reuniting its "classic '93 - '96 lineup" for Matador Records' 21st birthday party in Las Vegas, NV. According to Billboard…

  18. Ke$ha: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 19, 2010 3:00 PM EST If you want insight into a celebrity's self-image, you could do worse than watch one make the brief walk from the star's chosen chariot to the red carpet prior to an awards show. The frenzied VIP drop-off area at the 2010 Grammy Awards reveals more than any klieg-light TV interview…

  19. Exclusive: How Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Changed The Music Business

    July 03, 2009 1:12 PM EDT In early 1984, when Epic Records executives presented their slate of upcoming releases at the CBS Records convention in Hawaii, they couldn't resist playing up the success they were already having. So between the pitches for new albums, Epic inserted stock footage of semi trucks and a…

  20. Exclusive: Michael Jackson Was Working On Two Albums

    July 02, 2009 4:00 PM EDT At the time of Michael Jackson's death, it was well-known that he was preparing for a 50-show concert series at London's O2 Arena. What was less well-known -- and what many are now speculating about -- was what kind of recordings Jackson had done for the last few years. Billboard&…

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