1. Angus Young Says AC/DC is Ready to Rock

    November 27, 2014 1:14 AM EST AC/DC finally joined iTunes in 2012 after years of refusing to do so, but make no mistake, the Australian rock band is still old school. "I would like everybody to buy vinyl again," guitarist Angus Young said in an interview. "That's my favorite." He continued with…

  2. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Clowns Around at New Zealand Court

    November 25, 2014 9:33 PM EST AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd showed up late for a New Zealand court appearance Wednesday and clowned around by jumping on the back of one of his security guards outside the courthouse. Rudd did not enter a plea during his brief appearance. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on…

  3. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  4. The Niche Releases to Watch for on Black Friday -- From a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mixtape to a Limited-Edition ‘Big Lebowski’ Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 11:54 AM EST Record Store Day is typically celebrated in April, but since 2010, mom-and-pop shops -- along with labels and even movie studios -- have also welcomed exclusive releases for Black Friday. On tap for 2014: a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on cassette, Island/Mercury's limited edition …

  5. Frances Bean Cobain-Produced Kurt Cobain Documentary to Debut on HBO in 2015

    November 25, 2014 11:45 AM EST Director Brett Morgen 's long-gestating documentary on Kurt Cobain has found a home at HBO. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck , which Morgen has been working on since 2007, will debut on HBO in 2015 in addition to receiving an international release. HBO Documentary Films and Universal…

  6. AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ Is Streaming Now

    November 24, 2014 11:58 PM EST AC/DC’s latest album Rock Or Bust is streaming early through an iTunes Radio “First Play” exclusive.  The legendary Aussie rockers’ 11-track album includes first single “Play Ball” and its title track, the official video for which dropped in recent days. AC/DC Release 'Rock or Bust&…

  7. AC/DC Release 'Rock or Bust' Video, Minus Drummer Phil Rudd

    November 24, 2014 12:42 PM EST As the release date for AC/DC 's upcoming album Rock or Bust grows closer, the Australian hard rock gods have graced us with another video from that LP. This one is for the record's riff-heavy title track and features AC/DC performing in the round for legions of ecstatic (mostly…

  8. Why Queen Latifah’s Reign in Syndication Is Ending

    November 22, 2014 12:00 AM EST Her show wasn’t growing -- which made it impossible to justify the cost. Queen Latifah is the latest victim of the tough economics and harsh realities of making a show work in national television syndication. It is expensive to launch a new syndicated show, hard to make inroads against…

  9. G-Unit, Kindness & Greek Fire: Emerging Picks of the Week

    November 21, 2014 4:31 PM EST Heading into the weekend, Billboard offers another triple play of tracks to check out that all debuted on this week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Big Body Benz," Kidd Kidd…

  10. Executive Turntable: Phil Casey Returns to ICM Partners, Vevo Appoints Stacy Moscatelli, BMG Chrysalis US Acquires Vagrant

    November 20, 2014 8:10 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including ICM Partners, Republic Records, Dualtone Music Group and many more. -- Phil Casey returned to ICM Partners as a senior agent in the concerts department, where he began his career in 1984. Casey served at Resolution for a year…

  11. Charlie Daniels' Holiday Season Starts With Christmas 4 Kids Concert

    November 20, 2014 7:51 PM EST The legendary Charlie Daniels is proud of his longtime association with the annual benefit concert Christmas 4 Kids . "It's a concert with a heart," the southern rocker tells Billboard . "It's a very special thing. People are basically pretty doggone good and pretty…

  12. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  13. Country Insiders Talk Touring Too Much & Finding the Next Luke Bryan

    November 20, 2014 4:14 PM EST 'There are too many shows, and eventually it will cannibalize buildings and cities,' one exec says during Billboard Touring Conference country panel. Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers…

  14. Jonny Greenwood Says Radiohead 'Fumbling' Around to Create New Album

    November 20, 2014 1:05 PM EST Are you ready to see Thom Yorke dance again ? Well, we can’t promise any videos as wacky as “Lotus Flower” from 2011's King of Limbs , but Radiohead is indeed in the studio, working on its follow-up album. Guitarist/experimentalist Jonny Greenwood confirmed the news in a Nov. 19 radio…

  15. Exclusive: Bassist Nathan East Stars In Hulu Documentary

    November 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST Featuring Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins & more, the film debuts in December. While bassist Nathan East was recording his first solo album last November, a making-of documentary was also part of the mix. But little did East know he would end up starring in a full-blown film…

  16. What Beyonce Can Learn From Podcasts & More From Rob Light's Billboard Touring Conference Q&A

    November 19, 2014 6:41 PM EST Creative Artists Agency managing partner & head of music also talks co-headlining tours and rising genre trends. Creative Artists Agency managing partner/head of music Rob Light is one of the most powerful people in music -- No. 9 on Billboard's 2014 Power 100 ranking , to be…

  17. Steve Albini Says Many of Music's Problems Have Been Solved, Addresses That 'Purple Dwarf in Assless Chaps'

    November 17, 2014 1:39 PM EST Legendary engineer, producer and musician Steve Albini delivered a densely packed, hour-long keynote speech at Melbourne's Face the Music conference on Saturday. The substantive bulk of his 6,700-or-so-words were spent defending, not lambasting, the Internet's role in the total…

  18. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Lives at Full Speed Among Retirees

    November 16, 2014 1:22 PM EST TAURANGA, New Zealand -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was the toast of this quiet New Zealand coastal community when he celebrated the launch of his surprise solo album at his marina restaurant, Phil's Place. Even the mayor was there. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on…

  19. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on Tour, But Won't Reveal Whether It's Phil Rudd

    November 14, 2014 4:40 PM EST AC/DC 's Angus Young promises "there'll be a good drummer there" when the group hits the road in 2015 in support of its new album, Rock Or Bust . But he won't say whether that will be Phil Rudd . Rudd, a two-tenure skinsman with AC/DC, is facing charges of…

  20. Marcus Mumford, Jim James, Elvis Costello & More Bring Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics to Life in Concert

    November 14, 2014 12:40 PM EST Sorry, Bob Dylan fans. It appears performances in support of Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes  (the T Bone Burnett-produced collection of new music for abandoned Dylan lyrics) will be limited to a lone exhilarating concert. On Thursday night at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood,…

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