1. Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' at 40: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 16, 2015 11:15 AM EST If Bob Dylan 's 15th studio album must fit in a box, it's his confessional '70s-singer-songwriter record. Released on January 17, 1975 -- 40 years ago today -- Blood on the Tracks landed amid the dissolution of Dylan's marriage to his first wife, Sara, and with its…

  2. Late Bassist Charlie Haden Honored by Pat Metheny, Richard Lewis, More at New York Memorial

    January 14, 2015 10:12 PM EST The influential jazz player died in July at the age of 76. A large and loving gathering of friends and family honored late bassist Charlie Haden with a memorial on Tuesday night (Jan. 13), bringing together a bevy of heartfelt remembrances, music and song at New York's Town Hall. The…

  3. Are Vinyl Subscription Clubs the Future of Analog Listening?

    January 13, 2015 1:11 PM EST Nick Alt anticipated the recent resurgence of vinyl pretty early on. For years, the Los Angeles-based musician and producer (he counts St. Paul Peterson of Prince 's bands the Family and the Time as an acquaintance and did production for Pomplamoose 's Nataly Dawn) has been buying…

  4. 'U Can't Touch This' at 25: Remembering MC Hammer's Breakthrough Single

    January 13, 2015 12:10 PM EST One thing hip-hop doesn't do is pause. The mantra of this music has always been "can't stop, won't stop," and there's no guarantee the flavor of any given week will make it past Wednesday. That's one reason MC Hammer 's breakthrough single is so…

  5. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  6. Watch Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Celebrate Birthday at All-Star L.A. Forum Concert

    January 11, 2015 11:00 AM EST Nearly a dozen rockers, including David Lee Roth, Perry Farrell, Slash and Alice Cooper, toasted the Foo Fighters frontman. Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl celebrated his 46th birthday in true rock star style, taking over Los Angeles' the Forum on Saturday (Jan. 10) for a concert…

  7. Ultra Music Festival Takeaways: Avicii's Return & Swedish House Mafia's Non-Reunion

    January 09, 2015 4:24 PM EST One week after a photographed flyer unceremoniously leaked to the blogosphere, Ultra Music Festival unveiled its Phase 1 lineup for the annual dance music assemblage from March 27-29 at Miami's Bayfront Park. With commercial powerhouses like Avicii , Skrillex and Tiësto joining…

  8. Kanye West, Paul McCartney, N.E.R.D. & Beyonce: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 31

    January 09, 2015 3:00 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is in the studio on…

  9. Governors Ball Lineup Takeaways: Lana Del Rey's NYC Return, Drake Is Festival King & Björk Is Back

    January 07, 2015 11:48 AM EST One day after the Coachella 2015 lineup was released , another major U.S. fest, the Governors Ball Music Festival, unveiled its full lineup and stoked anticipation for the annual June jamboree. Drake , the Black Keys and deadmau5 will lead the way at Gov Ball, which touches down in New…

  10. 'High-Definition' Music Explained: Can You Really Tell the Difference?

    January 07, 2015 11:47 AM EST Delusion? Bliss? Waste of money? Sound investment? A look at what exactly high-definition audio is, and whether it matters. In the past 48 hours, a story has trickled out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that has many internet pundits asking: "what is Sony thinking?"…

  11. Coachella Lineup Takeaways: Drake Gets His Shot, AC/DC's Back (In Black) & The Troubling Lack of Females

    January 06, 2015 3:34 PM EST On Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 6), the Coachella 2015 lineup was unveiled in full , as the annual Indio, Calif. music extravaganza is set to touch down from Apr. 10-12 and Apr. 17-19 this year. With AC/DC , Jack White and Drake confirmed as headliners, "Coachella" immediately started…

  12. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  13. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rock Album, Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Metal Performance Nominees

    December 30, 2014 5:40 PM EST BEST ROCK ALBUM NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN Ryan Adams Ryan Adams Producers: Ryan Adams, Mike Viola, Charlie Stavish Engineers/Mixers: David Labrel, Charlie Stavish Label: Blue Note Records Ryan Adams' 14th album -- in a nearly 20-year career -- brings the prolific songwriter his fourth…

  14. The Year in Tomorrow's Hits: Hozier, MAGIC!, Bobby Shmurda, Meghan Trainor & More

    December 30, 2014 10:05 AM EST A look back at 14 breakout acts of 2014 whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. What do acts like Hozier, MAGIC!, Bobby Shmurda, Tove Lo and Meghan Trainor have in common? Were they all all about that bass? Perhaps, although we can only confirm one. More to the point, all these…

  15. CBGB: 10 Classic Moments That Helped Define the Birthplace of Punk



    December 23, 2014 1:15 PM EST Fotrty-one years have passed since iconic music club CBGB (aka the undisputed birthplace of punk) opened its doors. And even though only a handful of artifacts remain at the site of the club that once hosted music legends including the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Guns N’ Roses and…

  16. Coachella 2015 Wish List: 20 Possible Performers at Next Year's Festival

    December 22, 2014 3:40 PM EST Could U2, Robyn, Run The Jewels and Frank Ocean all be headed to Indio? Check out our 2015 Coachella predictions. 2015 is only a few days away, and one of the more exciting musical occasions coming in the first month of the calendar year is the annual unveiling of the Coachella Valley Music…

  17. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  18. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight…

  19. Dave Mustaine on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Would Want Us to Remember Him by Celebrating and Not Mourn'

    December 08, 2014 9:03 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine…

  20. Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Karen O Sing Dizzying Set List at Vice Anniversary Party

    December 06, 2014 3:37 PM EST "It's gonna be crazy but it's gonna be fun. There will be covers, originals, spontaneous orgasms -- enjoy yourselves.” To celebrate its 20th year, Vice rented out the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Duggal Greenhouse on Friday night (Dec. 5) for the kind of hybrid, manic, alien…

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