1. Kid Rock on His Upcoming $20 Concert Tour: 'I Feel Like I'll Be Able to Ride This Into the Sunset'

    February 17, 2015 2:53 PM EST Kid Rock is holding to the low-dough ticket scheme he launched with 2013's $20 Best Night Ever Tour as he prepares to hit the road in support of his upcoming album,  First Kiss . Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band open up June 24 in Hartford, Conn., with a 36-date U.S. tour that…

  2. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 4: 'False Imposition'

    January 29, 2015 3:58 PM EST Every episode of Empire makes me ask a lot of questions, some of them loudly at the television. I'm that type of TV viewer who talks to the screen. I know nobody on the show is about to break the fourth wall and turn in my direction to answer. Also, Twitter is a mess during that hour…

  3. Raquel Aurilia on Her Next Album, 'Therapeutic' Songwriting Process & More

    January 21, 2015 8:07 PM EST Singer-songwriter Raquel Aurilia knows that in the music business, crazy schedules are a part of everyday life. However, as the former spouse of longtime MLB star Rich Aurilia, it's something she's very used to. "Our lives were very structured," she tells Billboard . …

  4. 'Empire' Episode Two Recap: The Outspoken King

    January 15, 2015 2:10 PM EST One would think after last week's jaw dropping debut of Empire (which turned out to be a ratings smash, with 9.8 million people tuning in), we would be ready for all the foolishness that would take place in this week's episode. 'Empire' Premiere: Fox's Hip-Hop Soap…

  5. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  6. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  7. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  8. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  9. Peter Hook Answers New Order's Criticisms: Exclusive Q&A

    January 28, 2013 5:45 PM EST "Bernard Sumner's got what he's always wanted -- a bass player who does what he's told." As a founding member of iconic alt-rock bands Joy Division and New Order, Peter Hook's melodic bass lines were a key component of both groups' success. His signature…

  10. Top 20 Music Moments of 2012: Whitney, PSY, Pussy Riot & More

    December 19, 2012 6:55 PM EST Chart Article   It was the best of times - Taylor Swift, One Direction and PSY had their best year ever. It was the worst of times - the world lost Whitney Houston, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, and Jenni Rivera. But 2012 was anything but a slow news year. These are the 20 biggest music moments in…

  11. Goo Goo Dolls Had Fun 'Blowing Things Up' on New Album, Says Frontman

    July 23, 2010 2:19 PM EDT It's been almost 25 years since John Rzeznik and Robby Takac formed the Goo Goo Dolls . In that time, they've sold 7.4 million records, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and ruled adult top 40 radio with tracks like "Iris" -- which spent 17 weeks at No. 1 -- "Slide"…

  12. Q&A: Billy Joel at 60

    April 30, 2009 6:27 PM EDT Turning 60, A 'Happy And Contented' Billy Joel Looks Back It's April in Manhattan but winter is lingering, a fact Billy Joel notices as he looks out the window of his West Village townhouse. Joel is mildly surprised. "Oh, my God, it's snowing, look at this." Yet…

  13. Sons & Daughters

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The party is pretty terrible, there's about a thousand folk in a two-room suite and it looks like all those bullshit photoshoots from Vice Magazine. Hi there, we are Sons & Daughters, aka the Crown Jewels of Scotland, and we have been asked to keep a journal of our tour here in the…

  14. The Billboard.com Q&A: Devo

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Synth-rock legends Devo don't perform all that often, but when they do, it is routinely in front of sold-out crowds full of devotees, many of whom are holding out hope that the band will one day unvei Synth-rock legends Devo don't perform all that often, but when they do, it is…

  15. Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part two We was in church every time that church door was open. That was a must, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Saturday night Mama would cook our dinner. Then we'd all get up about 6:30 Sunday morning, 'cause everyone had to take their bath -- seven children, one bathroom! -- so…

  16. Drive Thru, Doghouse Prep Dylan Tributes

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jason Mraz, Something Corporate, James Blunt, Steel Train, the Format and former Catatonia vocalist Cerys Matthews are among the artists that have recorded tracks for "Listen to Bob Dylan," a double-d Jason Mraz, Something Corporate, James Blunt, Steel Train, the Format and former…

  17. B&E: I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business

    November 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. 'BUSINESS' CASUAL: Onstage with nothing…

  18. BREAKING & ENTERING

    November 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business /bb/breakenter/index.jsp News …