1. Andrew Lloyd Webber to Bring 'School of Rock' to the Stage

    April 10, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Musical theatre icon Andrew Lloyd Webber has secured the theatrical rights to produce a stage version of the film "School of Rock," about a group of privileged kids learning to rock under the tutelage of slacker Jack Black. Lloyd Webber told CBC Radio recently that he's "…

  2. Green Day's SXSW Debut a 'Punk Rock Extravaganza'

    March 16, 2013 9:33 AM EDT One of South By Southwest's most pervasive myths is that Green Day scored its major label deal there during the 90s. Not quite. SXSW 2013: Photo Highlights From Austin Snoop Lion Roars in Live Debut Sound City Players Make Noise Grohl Talks Future of S.C. Players REVIEW: Chance the…

  3. Anthrax Guitarist Departs as Band Gears Up for Busy 2013

    January 04, 2013 5:00 PM EST There's a major change afoot for Anthrax as it prepares to return to the road and to release its next batch of music. Lead guitarist Rob Caggiano has announced his departure from the band in order to focus on producing. In a statement, Caggiano -- whose two stints with Anthrax ran from…

  4. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 21, 2012 11:05 AM EST Taylor Swift broke a longstanding record on Country Songs, as did Lil Wayne on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, new artists continued to break through. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Yesterday, we heralded…

  5. AC/DC's iTunes Debut Sells 48,000 Digital Albums & 696,000 Songs

    November 29, 2012 9:55 AM EST One of the longest hold-outs from iTunes, AC/DC , finally reached the digital retailer last week. The iconic rock band's entire catalog, along with two iTunes-exclusive box sets, became available on Monday, Nov. 19. In the week ending Nov. 25, the band's 25 albums moved 48,000…

  6. Rihanna Equals Madonna Record, Tops One Direction With U.K. Chart Win

    November 26, 2012 8:00 AM EST Rihanna 's "Unapologetic" sold nearly 100,000 copies last week to debut at No. 1 on yesterday's new U.K. album chart. But the real sales story of the week, and the year, came in the less-publicised compilation chart, where "Now! That's What I Call Music 83"…

  7. Coldplay Lights Up Brisbane in 'Last Big Show' for a Few Years

    November 22, 2012 9:45 PM EST Coldplay quite literally lit-up Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium Wednesday night during a tour-wrapping show in which Chris Martin dropped big hints that his band won't be back for some time. This was a proper open-air event, complete with fireworks, giant inflatable balls, glowing hearts…

  8. The Beat 11/21: New Rihanna & Kelly Clarkson Albums, AC/DC on iTunes

    November 21, 2012 5:34 PM EST Welcome to the Wednesday, November 21 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. dishes about AC…

  9. AC/DC's Full Catalog Finally Coming To iTunes

    November 19, 2012 2:45 PM EST AC/DC is finally releasing its music digitally on iTunes . Columbia Records and Apple announced Monday that the classic rock band's music will be available at the iTunes Store worldwide. Sixteen studio albums will be released, including "High Voltage" and "Back in Black,…

  10. Jangle All The Way: New Acts Soften Alternative Airwaves

    November 08, 2012 11:05 AM EST As Mumford & Sons flex retail muscle, alternative radio is finding that hits don't always have to be hard. The biggest sales week for a rock album since 2008 wasn't set by a veteran act like Green Day , Red Hot Chili Peppers or U2 . Nor was it tallied by a band synonymous with…

  11. Mumford & Sons Announce 'Road to Red Rocks' Film, Release Trailer: Watch

    October 30, 2012 9:58 PM EDT Before releasing one of the year's biggest albums, Mumford & Sons hit the road for a tour captured in the new concert film "Road to Red Rocks." The "Babel" rockers ended their "Gentleman of the Road" tour at Morrison, Colo.'s Red Rocks Ampitheater,…

  12. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 05, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Break out the banjos! Check out Billboard's newest story on the folk-rock group and their staggering, 600,000-unit sales week. "That was quite a sunset!" Marcus Mumford, clutching an acoustic guitar against his white button-up and olive-green tuxedo vest, is a bit breathless…

  13. Gene Simmons Q&A: On Kiss Empire, New Album and Advice for Lady Gaga

    October 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT "You wanted the best, you got the best!" has been Kiss' battle cry for nearly 40 years. Anyone making that boast can't afford to be modest, something Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is clearly not. His public confidence seldom falters, but after selling 100 million…

  14. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of Year, Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 9:00 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons ' "Babel" has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the U.S. The group's second album sold 600,000 in its first week -- according to Nielsen SoundScan -- and becomes the rock quartet's first No. 1 on the Billboard…

  15. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Selling Huge, Heading for No. 1

    September 26, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Sophomore Album Forecasted to Have Biggest Debut of the Year: 600,000 Mumford & Sons is heading for a massive week. The rock quartet's new album "Babel" is on course to sell as much as 600,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 30 -- so say industry…

  16. Green Day's NYC Club Gig Rocks 'Uno,' Classics: Watch

    September 16, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Photos & Video: Green Day's 9/15 show at New York's Irving Plaza was nearly three hours of new tunes, old favorites, costumes, kazoos & crowdsurfers. Video: Green Day Live at Irving Plaza "F-ck it, I'm gonna keep playing" was Green Day frontman Billie Joe…

  17. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  18. Kiss: 'Monster' Has More Feeling, Less 'Cocksmanship'

    July 31, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Gene Simmons Talks 'Monster,' Vows Band Will Tour 'Everywhere' Gene Simmons says fans will hear a slightly different tact from Kiss when its new album, "Monster," is released Oct. 16. "A lot of the lyrics and points of view have less to do with sort of the…

  19. Q&A With The Fray: New Album 'Scars & Stories,' 10 Years of Hits

    February 07, 2012 2:45 PM EST On Jan. 20, Chart Beat sat down with the Fray 's Isaac Slade and Joe King before the band's performance at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York. The Denver-based quartet, rounded out by Dave Welsh and Dan Wysocki, performed at the venue (in…

  20. Snow Patrol Track-By-Track Video: 'Fallen Empires'

    January 10, 2012 3:50 PM EST "Fallen Empires," the sixth studio album from Northern Ireland's Snow Patrol , drops today (Jan. 10) after more than three years of radio silence from the band. Despite the lull, lead vocalist Gary Lightbody explains that the six months they took to the make the record in the…

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