1. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  2. Insane Clown Posse Loses FBI 'Gang' Lawsuit

    July 09, 2014 7:27 AM EDT 'This is not the end,' says Insane Clown Posse member Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J The federal government can't be blamed for any fallout from a 2011 FBI report that put a gang tag on fans of the music group Insane Clown Posse, a judge has said. U.S. District Judge Robert…

  3. Beck Opens For Himself After Support Act Drops Out of Detroit Concert

    June 29, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Beck gave his Detroit fans more than they expected over the weekend, and a very different show than what he's been doing during his current tour — and rest assured no one was complaining. After opener The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger dropped out of the Fox Theatre concert (no explanation…

  4. 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…

  5. Insane Clown Posse Can't Sue Feds, Justice Dept. Says

    June 23, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The U.S. Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, which objects to a report that describes its fans as a dangerous gang. The government says the rap-metal duo from the Detroit area and its fans have no standing to sue. It also says it's not liable…

  6. Disney's 'Newsies' To End Broadway Run, Gets Ready For the Road

    June 23, 2014 12:25 AM EDT After a 2½ year run that defied initial expectations to become the fastest-recouping show in Disney Theatrical's history, Newsies will conclude its Broadway stay on Aug. 24 before embarking on a national tour. The decision comes as something of a surprise given that the show continues to…

  7. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. With Pride Month here, Billboard reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT…

  8. Truck Driver Charged in Tracy Morgan Auto Crash (Update)

    June 07, 2014 6:05 PM EDT A Georgia truck driver responsible for the fatal six-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike last night that killed one and critically injured four more, including comedian and 2013 Billboard Music Awards host Tracy Morgan, has been charged with one count death by auto and four counts…

  9. Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star

    June 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Stephen Trask is adamant. "It's not stunt casting!" the composer affirms over and over about bringing the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to Broadway with headliner Neil Patrick Harris. "There are plenty of people that if we just wanted to do stunt casting, we could…

  10. Casey Kasem's Daughter Blasts His Wife: 'She Tortured Him'

    June 07, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Kerri Kasem accuses her stepmother of endangering the DJ's life, a charge Jean Kasem's attorney calls "fiction." Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri says her father has suffered torment at the hands of his wife, Jean, and that his health is declining. "She tortured him,…

  11. Interpol Announces New Album 'El Pintor'

    June 05, 2014 9:56 AM EDT Interpol 's first album in four years is on its way. The veteran post-punk group announced on Thursday they'll release fifth studio effort "El Pintor" (The Painter) Sept. 9 on Matador. IN-STUDIO FOOTAGE Currently a trio, Interpol wrote and produced the ten tracks on "…

  12. Ask Billboard: Sam Smith Triples Up In The Top 40

    June 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Is the pop singer/songwriter the first British act to place three songs in the top 40 at back-to-back-to-back ranks? A trip through Hot 100 history reveals the answer As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  13. Electric Zoo Unveils Second Phase Artist Lineup: The Chainsmokers, Hot Since 82 & More

    May 28, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Made Event’s Electric Zoo festival today announced the second phase of its sprawling artist lineup, revealing more than sixty new acts joining those already announced . Electric Zoo First Phase Lineup Announced: David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Kaskade Headlining Friday’s new additions include…

  14. Richie Sambora Highlights Drug Abuse with New Song 'Lighthouse' (Watch)

    May 28, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora drew on his own past in debuting a song at a forum on drug abuse Tuesday. The event, at a high school arena, was aimed at raising awareness about the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers along the Jersey shore. Sambora, a New Jersey native,…

  15. Mysteryland USA: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Acres of Music Rule EDM Fest on Woodstock's Grounds

    May 26, 2014 9:46 AM EDT Tens of thousands of attendees descended upon the original Woodstock grounds May 23-25 for the Mysteryland electronic music festival featuring Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Moby, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis and many more. The Bethel Woods, New York event, produced by the Dutch company ID&T …

  16. Anberlin, 'Stranger Ways': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 15, 2014 8:56 AM EDT Anberlin is determined to go out with one final bang. After 12 years and six studio albums, the alternative rock outfit's members have decided their upcoming album release, "lowborn," is to be the last.  The set manages to bring  Anberlin  back to where it all began, as "…

  17. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  18. Chevelle Announces Summer Tour (Exclusive)

    May 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Chevelle is in the midst of an extended break from touring, partly to give drummer Sam Loeffler some family time with his wife and their new son, who was born last week. But the road cases won't be packed for long. The suburban Chicago-based trio, continuing to promote its seventh album,…

  19. Clay Aiken Faces Tough Challenge For Seat In Congress

    April 27, 2014 11:53 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Clay Aiken doesn't have a problem with name recognition. But that doesn't mean voters in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District will send the "American Idol" star to Washington to represent them in Congress. Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers has…

  20. ZZ Ward Premiere: Watch 'Last Love Song' Music Video

    April 24, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Watch the official visual for Ward's latest single, to be used in a new promo for "Pretty Little Liars." "Last Love Song," a highlight from pop-rock singer-songwriter ZZ Ward's 2012 debut album "Til the Casket Drops," has been tapped to appear…

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