1. Anthrax's Scott Ian Having A 'Great Time' on Spoken-Word Tour

    February 20, 2014 5:55 PM EST Scott Ian's upcoming North American tour will be without his guitar -- or the rest of Anthrax, for that matter. The thrash metal titan will play 15 Speaking Words shows starting Feb. 20 in Chicago, bringing to the home shores the spoken work presentation he began last year as a one-off…

  2. Deep Purple to Make Cameo in New Israeli TV Series ‘Atlantica’

    February 18, 2014 1:47 AM EST Legendary English rock band Deep Purple is set to make its Israeli acting debut in an upcoming local TV series. The new scripted series, Atlantica, revolves around an aspiring underdog rock band from Jerusalem, managed by a high-school history teacher played by popular Israeli comedian and…

  3. Gimme Five: A Great Big World Choose Their Dream Collaborators (Video)

    February 04, 2014 3:00 PM EST A Great Big World scored a breakout hit thanks to a fortuitous vocal collaboration: Christina Aguilera heard the duo's single "Say Something" and was so taken with the ballad that she asked to re-record the song as a guest vocalist. A few months later, A Great Big World's…

  4. Clive Davis GRAMMY Party: Lorde, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Pose in Class Photo

    January 30, 2014 9:05 AM EST What does it take to get Pharrell Williams, in all his Lanvin glory, to sit on the floor? "Power. And you have it, Clive," said the rapper-singer-producer. Replied Clive Davis, 81, "On a good day" -- this particular Saturday being one of them. A three-decade-long…

  5. Eminem, Dr. Dre, Diddy Headline 'Live Playlist' At Beats Music's Over-Capacity Launch Party

    January 25, 2014 4:42 AM EST Beats Music welcomed its new streaming service with a splashy launch concert at the Belasco Theatre where guests like Eminem, Diddy, Mase, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Ice Cube, Bone Thugz N Harmony and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre himself all played their hits as part of a “live playlist.” But, if you…

  6. Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 23, 2014 5:10 PM EST "When we won, people got their knickers in a serious twist," Anderson says of Jethro Tull's GRAMMY win. Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. Jethro Tull a GRAMMY for best hard rock/metal…

  7. Wilko Johnson, Roger Daltrey Record Album

    January 22, 2014 11:56 AM EST Diagnosed last year with only months to live, Johnson nevertheless completed "Going Back Home," due for a March release Last January, British guitarist Wilko Johnson, best known for his work with the pub rock band Dr. Feelgood, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and was…

  8. Belle and Sebastian Bring 'God' to Sundance; Set to Record New Album in March

    January 21, 2014 12:48 PM EST If Stuart Murdoch had his way, at the very least, Katharine Ross's bicycle-riding scene from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" would have been beamed behind Belle and Sebastian when they performed "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" Monday night at the Sundnace…

  9. Beats Music: A Step-By-Step Walk-Through

    January 20, 2014 11:55 AM EST After months of build-up and anticipation, the Beats Music streaming service has officially announced its release for January 21 . Billboard obtained a beta version of the music streaming service which places a heavy emphasis on radio-style programming and music curation. Here then is a step…

  10. Metallica Eyes Start of Next Album Amid Other Projects

    January 16, 2014 7:15 PM EST The rockers could start work on the followup to "Death Magnetic" in a few weeks. Metallica is eyeballing the start of its next album, finally, after a busy couple of weeks ahead -- including guitarist Kirk Hammett's inaugural FEAR FestEvil in San Francisco, a GRAMMYs…

  11. A Great Big World Studio Session: Watch 'Say Something' Performance and Q&A

    January 14, 2014 4:00 PM EST After delivering a pair of performances, the duo opens up about their unexpected smash and what they learned from Christina Aguilera. "We didn't expect it to be this big -- it's bigger than us now," says A Great Big World's Ian Axel of the duo's harrowing…

  12. Beats Music Streaming Service Launching January 21

    January 11, 2014 3:56 PM EST Beats Music , the premium streaming service developed by Trent Reznor, Ian Rogers and the creators of Beats By Dre headphones, is launching on Jan. 21, with AT&T as the exclusive carrier partner, the company said. Santa Monica-based Beats will join a parade of competitors, including…

  13. Kenney Jones Tries to Set Record Straight on Faces Reunion: 'We've Been Talking'

    January 08, 2014 12:25 PM EST The Faces AND the Small Faces may well be active concerns in 2015 -- at least if drummer Kenney Jones has his way. Jones tells Billboard that a Faces reunion tour, with Rod Stewart fronting the group again, is indeed in the planning stages.  "We've been talking; Woody's …

  14. The Kinks To Reunite for 50th Anniversary?

    January 03, 2014 5:08 AM EST The Kinks could be getting back together in 2014. Though talk of a reformed Kinks seems to hit the headlines every few years, frontman Ray Davies has given a clear indicator that his band’s many patient fans could soon get their reward. This year, the Kinks hits the half-century milestone.…

  15. Taylor Swift, One Direction Top List of Most Charitable Stars

    December 26, 2013 3:40 PM EST Beyonce, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also hit top five Taylor Swift and One Direction are 2013’s most charitable celebrities, according to social change organization DoSomething.org. The country-pop singer tops the sixth annual Top 20 Celebs Gone Good list for the second year in a row, as she…

  16. Small Faces Anniversary Puts Kink in Faces Reunion for 2015

    December 26, 2013 11:34 AM EST "The suggestion I read is we get together in 2015," Ian McLagen says of recent comments by Rod Stewart. "Not acceptable! Why wouldn't he call me to ask if I'm busy?" The Small Faces' 50th anniversary trumps a Faces reunion -- at least as far as keyboardist…

  17. Ex-Losprophets Singer Ian Watkins Sentenced to 29 Years for Sex Crimes

    December 18, 2013 1:23 PM EST The former lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets was sentenced Wednesday to 29 years in jail, with a British judge saying that Ian Watkins had "plumbed new depths of depravity" in committing a string of sexual offenses against very young children. Watkins, 36, pleaded guilty…

  18. Rod Stewart Confirms Faces Reunion: 'We're Earmarking 2015'

    December 11, 2013 12:37 AM EST Rod Stewart, who told The Hollywood Reporter in May, "Me and Ronnie [Wood] were out plotting the Faces’ future," confirmed in a Dec. 2 interview on Boston's WZLX radio that the Faces, founded in 1965, would reunite as a live band after Wood's next tour with the Rolling…

  19. How Rap Genius Won The SEO Game

    December 03, 2013 11:24 AM EST Inside the company's triumphs over legal traps, PR disasters... and cancer. It's an early-October afternoon in the penthouse offices of Rap Genius. The floor taken up by the 4-year-old startup -- in a modern glass building on the waterfront in Brooklyn's Williamsburg…

  20. HMV Pulls Lostprophets' Music Following Singer’s Sex Abuse Case

    November 29, 2013 2:44 AM EST British entertainment retailer HMV has yanked Lostprophets’ music from its stores and Website after the alternative rock act’s frontman pleaded guilty this week to a series of appalling sexual offenses. A spokesman for HMV told NME that the 140-store chain won’t sell any of the now-defunct…

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