1. Exclusive Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Never Give All Your Heart'

    September 19, 2014 6:01 PM EDT During the past 25 years, Joe Bonamassa has established a solid reputation as a guitarist, singer, bandleader, producer and song interpreter. And on the new Different Shades of Blue , his 11th solo studio album, he stakes an even stronger claim as a songwriter. The diverse 11-song set, due…

  2. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  3. Guided by Voices Break Up (Again, But for Real), Cancel Tour Dates

    September 18, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Longstanding indie rockers Guided by Voices have broken up. The Dayton, Ohio, five-piece band posted the news to their website  on Thursday (Sept. 18) and canceled a run of tour dates scheduled to start Sept. 26 at Portland, Ore.'s Crystal Ballroom and to finish Nov. 29 at Detroit'…

  4. Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

    September 18, 2014 3:40 PM EDT British rockers wonder: Why Pennsylvania? It took 43 years for the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe to sue Jimmy Page , Robert Plant and other Led Zeppelin parties for allegedly stealing the 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven," and when the lawsuit finally came, it happened in…

  5. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago…

  6. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  7. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Tove Lo, The Preatures, Blake Mills, Mapei & More

    September 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT It's (unofficial) Swedish pop appreciation week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, with new songs from Tove Lo (yes, there's much more to her than "Habits"), Erik Hassle and Mapei all getting love from the Billboard staff. We also talk about new tracks from Blake Mills …

  8. Jeff Healey, The Band Among Canada Walk of Fame Inductees

    September 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The late Jeff Healey , the blind blues-rock singer who played guitar on his lap, and The Band , which featured Canadians  Robbie Robertson , Rick Danko , Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel , as well as American Levon Helm , are the two musical honorees to be inducted into Canada's Walk of…

  9. Jeff Healey, The Band Among Canada Walk of Fame Inductees

    September 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The late Jeff Healey , the blind blues-rock singer who played guitar on his lap, and The Band , which featured Canadians  Robbie Robertson , Rick Danko , Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel , as well as American Levon Helm , are the two musical honorees to be inducted into Canada's Walk of…

  10. Patti LaBelle Had Bodyguard Beat Cadet, Attorney Says

    September 16, 2014 11:55 PM EDT An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy. The…

  11. Value of U.K. Music Industry Grows to £3.8 Billion

    September 16, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The total economic value of the U.K. music industry in 2013 grew 9 percent year-on-year to £3.8 billion ($6.2 billion), up from £3.5 billion ($5.7 billion) the previous year, according to a comprehensive new report published by umbrella trade organization UK Music. Calvin Harris, Sam Smith…

  12. 'Reduces Music to Spam': U.K. Retailers Slam U2 iTunes Giveaway

    September 16, 2014 11:07 AM EDT If bricks-and-mortar retailers were already feeling put out by U2 ’s ground-breaking decision to give away their new studio album Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes customers last week, their mood is not likely to improve in the light of figures from U.K. trade body Entertainment…

  13. Common's Father Dies at 71

    September 16, 2014 9:26 AM EDT Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common 's albums, has died. Lynn died at age 71 on Friday, Common said in an interview Monday in Los Angeles. He gave no further details. Lynn was a star high school basketball player in Chicago and played…

  14. The Doors' Self-Produced Documentary 'Feast of Friends' Finally Getting Release

    September 15, 2014 8:36 PM EDT The Doors ' long lost self-produced documentary, Feast of Friends , will be seeing a proper releases more than four decades after its creation.  The 1968 film has been previously only available to fans as poor-quality bootlegs, but now it has been remastered and will be available on DVD…

  15. Raw Power’s Craig Jennings and Matt Ash on U.S. Expansion, Growing Business in the Face of Falling Sales

    September 15, 2014 4:55 PM EDT The pair address how the last fifteen years have dramatically affected their jobs, and the business of breaking bands. Formed in 2006 by music industry veteran Craig Jennings alongside Iron Maiden ’s long-term manager Rod Smallwood and fellow Sanctuary Group founder Andy Taylor , U.K.-based…

  16. Fergie’s ‘The Dutchess’ Turns Eight: An Appreciation

    September 15, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Black Eyed Pea singer still has yet to follow her solo debut -- and that's okay, because "The Dutchess" rules. Fergie ’s debut solo album, The Dutchess , was released on Sept. 13, 2006, meaning that the album celebrated its eighth birthday over the weekend. And…

  17. Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Gives 3 Tips for a Rock-Hard Bod -- at Age 56

    September 15, 2014 3:39 PM EDT Guitarist Phil Collen quit alcohol 27 years ago and has since become music’s poster boy for fitness. He claims he can bench-press 380 pounds -- talk about heavy metal! Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen offers his three tips for staying ripped well into his 50s:  1. Work Out — Twice: “On the…

  18. Robert Plant on What Inspires His New Band, and What He Still Finds Interesting About Led Zeppelin

    September 15, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Robert Plant has characterized the music he makes with his new backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters, as "country and eastern." It's a cheeky bit of stylistic recasting, but if anything, it doesn't go far enough in describing the wide scope of the rock legend's…

  19. Yusuf/Cat Stevens Announces First New Music in 5 Years, Tour

    September 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Yusuf , the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer formerly known as Cat Stevens , will release his first music in five years and perform six shows in North America in early winter. Sony's Legacy Recordings will release "Tell ‘Em I’m Gone" on Oct. 27 as part of a deal that will see future…

  20. Keith Richards on His New Gig...as a Children's Book Author

    September 12, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Rock legend Keith Richards already counts grandfathers as fans -- now 70, he's hoping to win over grandkids with his first children's book, Gus & Me (Little, Brown), an unexpected follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 tell-all autobiography, Life . Illustrated with whimsical drawings…

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