1. Steven Van Zandt Talks New Springsteen Music, Tour, Acting Roles

    November 22, 2013 8:00 PM EST Like other Bruce Springsteen fans around the world -- albeit one with a little more inside information -- Steven Van Zandt is hearing all the scuttlebutt about a new album in early 2014 to follow next week's release of the single "High Hopes." But, he claims, there's no…

  2. Justin Bieber's Music Mondays Series Reaches Midway Point

    November 16, 2013 10:00 AM EST As Justin Bieber's Music Mondays series reaches its halfway point, let's stop and assess how it's doing thus far. Since his song "Heartbreaker" hit digital retail in the evening of Sunday, Oct. 6, Bieber has released a total of five songs, every Monday. Five more…

  3. Sharon Jones On Returning To Music After Cancer Surgery: 'I'm Ready To Go'

    November 15, 2013 4:19 PM EST Amid cancer treatment, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings plot comeback with new album and major TV performances. Sharon Jones is feeling great today. The singer has just taken a seat in the kitchen at a friend's house in upstate New York, where she's been charting her progress day…

  4. Justin Bieber Confirms R. Kelly Collaboration, Addresses Argentina Flag Controversy

    November 14, 2013 12:28 PM EST "I'm so sorry for anyone who took my actions the wrong way," Bieber writes about inadvertently sweeping flag offstage. Justin Bieber is still going strong with his downbeat, R&B-driven 'Music Mondays' release series, and it appears that next week's track…

  5. Hunter Hayes Talks New Music: 'I Didn't Sit and Write Another 'Wanted''

    November 05, 2013 11:17 AM EST "I've got about 60-some songs I've written for the next record" After taking the "Encore" edition of his debut album to the top of the Country Albums charts and exploring some fresh musical directions on its new tracks, Hunter Hayes says he's "very…

  6. YouTube Music Awards Director Spike Jonze Says 'Even If It's Messy, It'll Be Live'

    November 01, 2013 6:30 PM EDT The YouTube Music Awards air this Sunday, Nov. 3, live at 6 p.m. on YouTube -- and creative director Spike Jonze still isn't quite entirely sure what to expect. "None of us have done anything live before or an awards show -- in a way we're all like amateurs on YouTube…

  7. CODE Picks of the Week: Tiësto and Michael Brun, Bastille & MNEK, more

    November 01, 2013 5:26 PM EDT Tiësto: “Take Me” featuring Kyler England (Michael Brun remix) [Musical Freedom] Tiesto's radio-hit-that-could-have-been (and might still be?) gets a lush, clubby remix from Haitian DJ/producer Michael Brun. Bastille: “Of The Night” (MNEK remix) [Virgin] No ‘90s cheese here. MNEK drops…

  8. The Who's 'Quadrophenia' At 40: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    October 19, 2013 4:52 PM EDT The Who's second rock opera, "Quadrophenia," released 40 years ago in October 1973, was Pete Townshend's homage to an earlier moment in British youth culture. Composed entirely by Townshend, the 17-song opus told the story of Jimmy, a member of the Mods -- a U.K.…

  9. Pearl Jam's 'Lightning Bolt': Billboard Cover Story

    October 11, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Pearl Jam load the bases with an inspired new album, new tour, and a deal to soundtrack the World Series This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. The setting was perfect in ways both good and bad. About to debut songs from "Lightning…

  10. Lorde, 'Pure Heroine': Track-By-Track Review

    September 25, 2013 4:15 PM EDT LORDE "Pure Heroine" Lava/Republic Producer: Joel Little Release Date: Sept. 30 Ten months after floating out her debut EP online for free in her native New Zealand, Ella Yelich-O'Connor, the teenage singer-songwriter known as Lorde, has conjured an immense amount of…

  11. Madonna Performs Elliott Smith's 'Between the Bars,' Mingles With Sean Penn at #secretprojectrevolution Film Launch

    September 25, 2013 10:03 AM EDT In a 2006 interview with Q magazine, Madonna was asked which song of the last 20 years she wished she'd written. Her answer: Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars," an aching ballad the late artist contributed to the "Good Will Hunting" soundtrack. On…

  12. Britney Spears' 'Work Bitch': The 10 Best Things About The New Single

    September 16, 2013 2:34 PM EDT On Sunday (Sept. 15), Britney Spears returned with "Work Bitch," a strange, British-inflected, ultimately great new single, presumably from her forthcoming eighth studio album. Having trouble getting on the "Work Bitch" train? Here are 10 reasons why you should…

  13. Peter Hook On the Rediscovered Joy Division & New Order Tapes: 'There Is No Happy Ending'

    September 09, 2013 5:03 AM EDT When news surfaced that a treasure trove of master tapes and studio outtakes from Joy Division, New Order and other seminal post-punk bands had been rescued from a trash heap and put on the market, music fans the world over hoped that Peter Hook would bring the rarities to safety. But in an…

  14. Billy Bragg Newly Crowned for 'Outstanding Contribution,' Vows He'll Never Quit

    September 05, 2013 6:18 AM EDT Billy Bragg has no plans to hang up his guitar. Ever. The troubadour’s great career has just been recognized by Britain’s Assn. of Independent Music, which bestowed the singer and activist with its “outstanding contribution to music” award. An “outstanding contribution” accolade from the…

  15. Lady Gaga Premieres ‘ARTPOP’ Songs In London: Watch

    September 01, 2013 11:00 PM EDT With flying pigs and wigs, Lady Gaga debuted her "ARTPOP" songs at the iTunes Festival. The pop star performed seven new songs, as she headlined the event at London's Roundhouse Sunday night. It is Gaga's first solo show since she had hip surgery in February. Lady Gaga…

  16. Larry Gatlin Talks Tradition, Defends New Country: 'Let's Open Our Hearts and Ears'

    August 26, 2013 12:45 PM EDT If you have ever been fortunate to catch a performance from the legendary Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, you might notice that the artists have as much fun as the audience. The country icon says that's not exactly a coincidence. "I believe if you're having fun doing…

  17. Avenged Sevenfold: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Tapping its partnership with gaming franchise 'Call of Duty,' Avenged Sevenfold is poised for big things with the old-school metal wallop of "Hail to the King" This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. Last October, metal…

  18. John Frusciante Q&A: On His Electronic Evolution and Why He's Done With Rock Bands

    August 19, 2013 3:15 PM EDT In an exclusive interview, Frusciante talks about his new EP of abstract electronic music, why he left the Chili Peppers and the "funnest musical collaboration I've ever had with anybody in my life" Guitarist John Frusciante, absent from the stage since quitting Red Hot Chili…

  19. The Rides: Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd 'Can't Get Enough' of the Blues

    August 05, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Exclusive lyric video premiere: Cover of "Search and Destroy" by The Stooges The first album and tour by the new "supergroup" The Rides -- Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg -- are still a few weeks away, but the trio is…

  20. Lollapalooza 2013: Mumford & Sons, Postal Service and More Highlights From Day 2

    August 04, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Country superstars, alt-pop divas, Olympic snowboarders and EDM deities also kept crowds cheering on Saturday in Chicago's Grant Park After dark on Lollapalooza 2013's second day, Mumford & Sons harmonized their hearts out on the Chicago festival's south end while The…

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