1. Metallica Scraps Orion Festival for 2014

    December 03, 2013 10:30 AM EST In September, James Hetfield told Billboard that a '14 festival would depend on finances: "It's not that we're out to make money; we're at least out to break even, and it certainly has not broken even yet. It's an expensive barbecue at this point" Metallica…

  2. A Perfect Circle's Best-of Collection 'Nice, Nostalgic Walk Down Memory Lane,' Guitarist Says

    December 01, 2013 10:00 AM EST For Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle's upcoming best-of collection and live box set has been "a nice, nostalgic walk down memory lane, for sure." The group -- currently inactive while frontman Maynard James Keenan focuses on the next Tool album and guitarist Howerdel makes a…

  3. Does One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Follow The Boy Band Third-Album Trend?

    November 27, 2013 2:38 PM EST Revisiting the changes in sound and creative input on the third efforts by NKOTB, BSB, N' Sync & more. This week, British heartthrobs One Direction -- the most successful boy band in a decade by just about any standard -- release their third studio album, "Midnight Memories.…

  4. The Beatles, U2, Eminem, One Direction Contribute To 'Songs For The Philippines' Relief Album

    November 26, 2013 5:22 AM EST The recorded music industry is responding to the disastrous typhoon in the Philippines with a fundraising compilation which features the biggest names in the business. The Beatles, Bob Dylan, U2, Eminem, One Direction and Katy Perry are among the superstars who have contributed tracks for the…

  5. Rutgers University Offers Class on Theology of Bruce Springsteen

    November 17, 2013 6:45 PM EST Bruce Springsteen’s lyrics have always been peppered with spiritual imagery, be it the nuns in "Vatican Halls... screaming immaculate conception” or his referencing those looking for a "reason to believe." Springsteen, who was born in a Roman Catholic household, has explored…

  6. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Arcade Fire Confirmed For Lollapalooza’s Expanded South America Trek

    November 05, 2013 12:37 AM EST Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies and Phoenix are among the headliners confirmed for Lollapalooza’s 2014 South American trek. The run includes the first-ever Lollapalooza Argentina , set to take place April 1 and 2 at the Hipódromo San Isidro racetrack…

  7. Jay Z to Debut First Men's Fragrance, Gold Jay Z

    November 02, 2013 9:36 AM EDT Jay Z is entering the fragrance business. The rap mogul will launch his first men's fragrance "Gold Jay Z" on Black Friday, Nov. 29. To create the scent, Jay Z collaborated with Firmenich perfumer extraordinaire Ilias Ermenidis. "I was impressed with Jay Z’s style and…

  8. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:59 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occasionally, and seemingly accidentally,…

  9. Sirius XM Starting Limited-Run David Bowie Station

    October 24, 2013 8:22 PM EDT David Bowie will join the likes of Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen and the Grateful Dead -- if only for a few days -- on Sirius XM Radio. Bowie will receive his own channel on the satellite radio service next week, following in the footsteps of multiple big-name artists, Rolling Stone…

  10. Roseland Ballroom, Historic NYC Venue, Closing In April

    October 19, 2013 3:12 PM EDT New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made. The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, opened at its 52nd street location,…

  11. 'Glee' Cast, Taylor Swift Add Hot 100 Milestones

    October 17, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The TV troupe pads its lead for the most visits in the chart's history. Meanwhile, Swift passes three legendary acts for sole possession of the 10th-most top 40 hits Two acts that didn't appear on the Billboard Hot 100 until the last decade further solidify their noteworthy…

  12. How Fred Armisen Teamed with The Clash for Funny Or Die

    October 16, 2013 4:32 PM EDT Ian Rubbish, a British punk character Fred Armisen introduced in his last season on “Saturday Night Live” this past spring, has teamed up with The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon in a new video for Funny Or Die. The six-minute clip, called "The Last Gang In Town," was filmed…

  13. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  14. Bruno Mars' 'Gorilla' Video: Freida Pinto Strips & Slithers in Steamy Clip

    October 15, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Bruno Mars has been deemed family-friendly enough to headline the upcoming Super Bowl halftime extravaganza, but the pop crooner sports a more R-rated side in the music video for "Gorilla." The clip, which premiered exclusively on Facebook on Tuesday (Oct. 15), finds Mars…

  15. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young to Perform for Charity

    October 04, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Neil Young will perform at a benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music that Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Anthony Kiedis will host. The organization announced Friday that the event will take place Oct. 30 in Silverlake, Calif. Red Hot Chili Peppers will also perform. Flea…

  16. 'Glee' Recap: Beatlemania and Demi Lovato Shine as Story Shifts to New York

    October 04, 2013 9:40 AM EDT The Beatles onslaught continues on “Glee,” this time focusing on the more experimental later years of the group. This parallels into our players maturing and gaining confidence, with varying degrees of success. Or, well, pretty clear-cut lines of success. The young adults in New York are…

  17. Miley Cyrus 'Wrecking Ball' Parodies: 10 Hilarious Clips Even Billy Ray Would Love

    September 19, 2013 12:50 PM EDT After twerking her way up the chart with “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is now on top of the Hot 100 . Her making it to No. 1 comes on the heels of the release of its much buzzed about video. Why "Wrecking Ball" Is Miley Cyrus' "Cry Me A River"…

  18. Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar To Headline Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival

    September 19, 2013 3:25 AM EDT Imagine Dragon's Wayne "Wing" Sermon remembered hearing all the childhood stories drummer Daniel Platzman used to tell about the Music Midtown Festival. "He made it seem like an epic thing," said Sermon, the guitarist of the four-man rock group. They're among…

  19. Cooking With 2 Chainz: Eating Our Way Through His 'Meal Time' Recipes

    September 18, 2013 4:40 PM EDT Chainz was my therapist this past weekend and he didn't even know it. From Friday night to Sunday night (September 13-15), omitting mornings (2 Chainz apparently sleeps through breakfast), I cooked dishes from his and Chef Aleem's cookbook, "#Meal Time." The 15…

  20. Icona Pop Teases 'All Night' Video, Teams With Absolut Tune (Exclusive)

    September 11, 2013 7:49 PM EDT Watch the group host a dance party in the first look at their video for "All Night." Icona Pop is about to host a “Paris Is Burning”-esque vogue-off in their latest video for “All Night,” which Billboard exclusively teases below. In the clip, which was filmed in New York and…

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