1. George Jones Gets Alt-Country Tribute on One-Year Anniversary of Death

    April 29, 2014 10:58 AM EDT This past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of George Jones. Since his passing, several artist have given the covers treatment to several of his biggest hits, however there's one Jones-related collection that stands apart from the rest.  Deer Lodge Records, a…

  2. How Boyce Avenue Outdid Beyonce & Won the Internet

    April 28, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Boyce Avenue, YouTube's most-followed band, has achieved all the hallmarks of major pop stars and more than $4 million in revenue last year. On a corner in Midtown Manhattan, Alejandro Manzano, 27, waits patiently for his time in front of the camera. It’s a familiar spot for…

  3. Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

    April 17, 2014 5:34 AM EDT When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber, the ordinarily loquacious entrepreneur was uncharacteristically reticent. “Some things are better left a mystery,” he said, though his…

  4. Coachella 2014: Julian Casablancas Polarizes, Future Islands Dominate With Saturday Afternoon Sets

    April 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos: Backstage at Coachella • Jay-Z & Beyonce Invade • Lorde Makes Desert Debut • Muse Stays Epic, Covers Nirvana • Skrillex Takes Control • Coachella Livestream: Watch the Fest • Outkast' s Coachella Comeback • 23 Hot Coachella…

  5. Coachella: Katy Perry Says Selfies Are a Disease

    April 12, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The selfie might be a favorite pastime for, uh, pretty much anyone with Instagram (or anyone with any kind of photographic device, for that matter). But at Coachella on Friday (April 11), we learned that at least one high profile entertainer who isn't a fan of the popular activity:…

  6. 'Breaking Bad' Original Score Gets Vinyl Release

    April 01, 2014 7:18 PM EDT "No more half-measures ." Rather, a double album. "Breaking Bad (Original Score From the Television Series)," a double LP featuring the musically cinematic moments of the AMC hit series, will be released on Apr. 29 via SpaceLab9 and Madison Gate Records. 'Breaking Bad…

  7. April Fools: The 10 Greatest Music Pranks Ever

    April 01, 2014 9:10 AM EDT As you watch your own back this April Fools' Day, have a look at the 10 greatest pranks ever pulled by musicians -- from Coldplay's smelliness to Nicki Minaj's "nuptials" to John Mayer's bear ego. Justin Bieber: Punking TMZ and #BaldForBieber In last year's…

  8. Kurt Cobain Death Scene Photos Released

    March 28, 2014 2:40 PM EDT The images show Cobain's heroin kit, suicide note and more New photos have surfaced depicting the death scene police found when they discovered the body of Kurt Cobain on April 8, 1994. The green-tinted, 35mm photos show Cobain's suicide note, his driver's license and a heroin…

  9. Les Claypool Talks Twangy Duo, Primus' Future

    March 27, 2014 2:59 PM EDT The bassist-vocalist grew up listening to "hillbilly stuff" and found a natural fit in the roots-flavored Duo de Twang; also says Primus is talking about recording their version of the "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" soundtrack With Les Claypool, you have to…

  10. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  11. Metallica Releases Demo of New Song, 'Lords of Summer': Listen

    March 19, 2014 9:59 PM EDT Metallica last released new material in 2008, when "Death Magnetic," the band's ninth album, dropped, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200. But after footage of a new song surfaced earlier this week from a performance in Colombia, the four-piece has released a garage demo of that…

  12. Blondie, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Cee Lo Green Rock Rachael Ray's SXSW Feedback Party

    March 15, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Rain apparently does not dampen the appetite for free food and music -- at least  not when it’s the offerings at Rachael Ray’s annual Feedback party and concert. The line snaked literally the entire block around Stubbs before the gates opened Saturday morning, as Feedbackers braved off-and-on…

  13. Rapper Speaker Knockerz Found Dead at 19

    March 07, 2014 6:25 PM EST Young rapper Speaker Knockerz was found dead Thursday at a South Carolina home, the Richland County Coroner's office has confirmed with Billboard. Born Derek McAllister, the 19-year-old emcee was discovered in his garage on Two Notch Road in Columbia. Coroner Gary Watts said foul play is…

  14. Above & Beyond Talk 'Acoustic' Album and New Material

    March 03, 2014 2:48 PM EST “It’s almost like doing local youth theater but doing it at the Greek Theater instead,” says Paavo Siljamäki of Above & Beyond about his group’s recent acoustic project. What began as an experiment in early 2013 became an unexpected sensation. The electronic trance trio transformed their…

  15. Tourist Announces US Tour, Confirms EP Release Date

    February 28, 2014 1:26 PM EST Last December, an unassuming but polished young man stepped onto the stage at L.A.’s Lyric Theatre and slowly, before a crowd of about 50-60 people, single-handedly built a live electronic soundscape rooted in house music but firmly thrust into the future. Soon it became clear: Those…

  16. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    February 28, 2014 12:25 PM EST Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith tell the full story of how L.A.'s unexpected indie label rewrote rap's rules It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars.…

  17. MNEK Readies Throwback Debut While Working with Kylie Minogue & Disclosure

    February 20, 2014 1:30 PM EST "I like collaborating, whether it's Rudimental, Sub Focus, Gorgon City, what have you," says the Londoon teen. For a 19-year-old who shares management with One Direction, MNEK uses a lot of very specific late-'80s and early-'90s references to describe his as-yet…

  18. Courtney Barnett Signs to Mom + Pop, Playing Coachella (Exclusive)

    February 11, 2014 9:08 AM EST Courtney Barnett, the 26-year-old Australian anti-folk singer, has signed a licensing agreement in North America with the independent label Mom + Pop. Barnett, known for plainspoken, narrative songs vivified by a subtle wit and compulsive attention to detail, is signed internationally to the…

  19. Duke Dumont Signs to Astralwerks: Exclusive

    February 05, 2014 12:47 PM EST After snagging a Grammy nod for his breakthrough single, U.K. DJ/producer Duke Dumont is joining the Astralwerks roster in a multi-album deal, Billboard has learned. He’s currently working on his debut album, slated to drop in the summer. “As an artist, it’s nice to get affirmation from a…

  20. Young the Giant Performs 'Crystalized' and 'Firelight' at Billboard Studio: Watch Here

    January 28, 2014 12:42 PM EST The release of Young the Giant’s sophomore album “Mind Over Matter” is two years in the making. They began drafting songs for the set at the top of 2012 in the midst of their headlining tour supporting their self-titled debut. Their first album was a quiet success, slowly swelling to sales…

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