1. Taylor Swift, Metallica Set for Rock in Rio Fest in Vegas

    September 26, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Taylor Swift and Metallica are among the performers set for the U.S. debut of the Rock in Rio music festival next year. Rock in Rio Heading to Las Vegas The festival announced Friday (Sept. 26) that No Doubt and Linkin Park also will perform on the main stage during the four-day event in…

  2. One Direction Returns To No. 1 on Hot Tours

    September 26, 2014 5:11 PM EDT One Direction marks its seventh overall week at No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Tours ranking thanks to the latest reported figures ($12.9 million in sales) from three stadium performances. Fans packed the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Sept. 16, and sellout crowds…

  3. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  4. John Mellencamp: ‘Meg and I Never Really Break Up’

    September 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT It's no surprise John Mellencamp -- who is known for his candor -- called his new album, released Sept. 23 on Republic, Plain Spoken . The rock'n'roots legend, who turns 63 on Oct. 7, continues to be an open book on everything from his new lifetime recording contract to an…

  5. Even With a Successful Fest, It's Still High-Stakes for the ‘New’ iHeartMedia

    September 26, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Once seen as a stodgy, market-gobbling, don't-mess-with-Texas boys' club, the radio giant formerly known as Clear Channel attempts to forge a new identity. On the morning of sept. 16, as Clear Channel was three days out from the iHeartRadio Music Festival held at Las Vegas’ MGM…

  6. Exclusive: Listen to YACHT's New Single 'Works Like Magic'

    September 26, 2014 12:15 PM EDT What's that song from that commercial? L.A.-based "conceptual pop" group  YACHT  is releasing their new EP,  Where Does This Disco?  on Nov. 11, and their song "Works Like Magic" -- which just started airing in an international Google Chromecast commercial -- is…

  7. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  8. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  9. Exclusive: Taylor Swift Teams With Subway, Diet Coke For #MeetTaylor Promotion

    September 26, 2014 7:59 AM EDT Want to meet Taylor Swift on her next tour? Subway’s got you covered.   The world’s largest restaurant chain (42,741 locations globally) is teaming up with the best-selling pop star and Diet Coke for #MeetTaylor, a campaign that will give 31 fans a chance to win paid trips to meet Taylor…

  10. New Zealand Musician's Political Satire Banned From Radio & iTunes

    September 25, 2014 6:16 PM EDT It's been suggested that pop songs aren't as political  as they used to be, and it seems like the New Zealand Electoral Commission would like to keep it that way -- at least when it comes to blues musician Darren Watson 's "Planet Key."  Released in August, the song…

  11. Calvin Harris' 'Motion' Album Gets Release Date

    September 25, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Calvin Harris has finally announced the release date of his 2012 album 18 Months , as Motion is due out on Nov. 4 through Columbia Records. The Scottish producer revealed the album artwork on Facebook on Thursday (Sept. 25). Harris’ fourth studio album is being led by the single “Blame,”…

  12. John Lennon Film Is Spain's Oscar Pick

    September 25, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Spain's film academy has selected the movie Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados  [ Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed) ] about a Spanish man's quest to meet John Lennon as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. Director David Trueba 's film,…

  13. Sting to Perform with No Doubt at Global Citizen Festival

    September 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Sting will join No Doubt for a special collaboration at the Global Citizen Festival, which returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Sept. 27. Details on the “must see” performance remain under tight wraps, though celebrated live event and television producer Ken Ehrlich…

  14. Diana Krall Struggling With Effects of Pneumonia, Postpones Album Release & U.S. Tour

    September 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Diana Krall has postponed her scheduled new album release and nixed her U.S. fall tour due to illness.  The Grammy-winning artist has “on-going complications brought on by a case of pneumonia,” according to her reps, meaning her new album Wallflower (Verve Records) will be pushed back to…

  15. Bob Seger Announces 'Ride Out' Tour

    September 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The Travelin' Man is hitting the road again this fall.  Bob Seger   & the   Silver Bullet Band will kick off their Ride Out Tour 2014/2015 on Nov. 19 in Saginaw, Mich., with 23 dates announced so far through Feb. 27 in Los Angeles. Bob Seger Reveals Release Date for 'Ride Out&…

  16. Ed Sheeran Announces Australasia Arena Tour

    September 25, 2014 12:07 AM EDT Ed Sheeran will set a new touring standard when he returns to Australia and New Zealand next year. The British singer-songwriter has announced an eight-date trek that will see him become the first musician in 20 years to undertake a national headline arena tour completely solo; he'll…

  17. Forever Young: Top 21 Songs By Under-21 Musicians (From the Last 21 Years)

    September 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Pop isn’t necessarily a young person’s game. Singing, rapping, songwriting, melting minds with various instruments: These are skills that improve with time, and plenty of veteran artists produce music that resonates with fans of all ages -- even fickle teens that are generally suspicious of…

  18. Weezer Announce Fall Tour Dates, Hitting Northeast and Southwest U.S.

    September 23, 2014 9:22 PM EDT In advance of Weezer 's return-to-peak-power-pop-form Everything Will Be Alright in the End , which will see release Oct. 7 , the SoCal quartet has announced American fall tour dates, including a string of dates where the band will perform its new album in full.  Weezer Talks New Music…

  19. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-three thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the…

  20. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

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