1. Violent Soho, Courtney Barnett & Sheppard Among Winners at Australia’s Independent Music Awards

    October 08, 2014 11:49 PM EDT Violent Soho , Courtney Barnett , Sheppard and Remi were among the big winners Wednesday night (Oct. 8) when the trophies were handed out at Australia’s Independent Music Awards. There was no glory for either Sia or Chet Faker, however, who each had three nominations but failed to win a…

  2. Exclusive: Watch Melissa Etheridge & Queen Latifah Cover Fleetwood Mac

    October 08, 2014 6:33 PM EDT While the Rumours -era lineup of Fleetwood Mac is out on tour, Melissa Etheridge and Queen Latifah revisited the group's lone track to feature all five members as songwriters, "The Chain." Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul The pair perform "The Chain…

  3. Exclusive: Buzzing Australian Trio Little May Premiere 'Bones'

    October 08, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The Sydney folk-rock trio has been compared to Haim and Fleetwood Mac, and is set to make its U.S. debut this month. In a year's time, Sydney folk-rock trio Little May have become one of Australia's most buzzed about bands, drawing comparisons to First Aid Kit , Fleetwood Mac and…

  4. Fleetwood Mac Relives Past Peaks & Lows at Madison Square Garden Concert

    October 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT In the setlist created for Fleetwood Mac 's latest tour -- the first in 16 years with singer and keyboardist Christine McVie -- Fleetwood Mac leaves plenty of room for inter-song stories. And for good reason: This band's personal dramas are nearly as legendary as its music, and…

  5. Check Out AlunaGeorge's Brand New Track 'Supernatural'

    October 03, 2014 3:45 PM EDT Their debut album Body Music came out just last year, but U.K. alterna-pop duo AlunaGeorge already have album number two on the mind. In that spirit, they’ve just dropped a brand new song called “Supernatural” that could very well be the first sampling of their sophomore effort. And they’re…

  6. Billboard Cover: Charli XCX on the Pop-Music ‘Machine,’ Girl Power and Her ‘Raw’ New Album

    October 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "Have you seen when they put the man in the box?" Charli XCX , 22, is poolside at West Hollywood's Standard Hotel, taking a drag from a Marlboro Light. The fast-rising British pop star and seasoned songwriter is in town on this Friday, Aug. 22, ahead of Sunday's…

  7. After Re-Shaping Fashion, MADE Looks to Disrupt Music (With Lyor Cohen in Tow)

    October 02, 2014 12:51 PM EDT The program, which launches Oct. 7, aims to reshape traditional artist development. Since its launch in 2009, MADE Fashion has been disrupting Mercedes Benz Fashion Week by drawing some of the industry’s biggest names, like Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler , away from the New York…

  8. Prince Talks Tech, Talent & His Own Slice of Musical 'Heaven'

    September 30, 2014 12:13 AM EDT Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. There are few lights on in the cavernous compound, and unseen doves (of course there would be doves) are cooing up a racket before twilight fades to darkness. But even their collective noise takes a back seat once Prince -- sitting in the…

  9. Vaporwave ‘Ambassador’ Saint Pepsi Admits His Obsession With ‘Degrassi’ and Drake

    September 29, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Saint Pepsi has somewhat of a thing for Degrassi . Inspired by Drake 's stint as Wheelchair Jimmy on the teen soap and his subsequent (and highly successful) transition into music, the 21-year-old is facing a trying shift as well. Raised in Long Island, N.Y., Pepsi, whose real name is…

  10. How Stevie Nicks Became a Selfie Queen

    September 29, 2014 12:38 PM EDT While Stevie Nicks was recording her new album  24 Karat Gold -- Songs From the Vault  (due out Oct. 7) on a strict three-month deadline, she also had to create cover art for the album. But she didn't have a concept, and there was no time for a photo shoot, so for the cover art and CD…

  11. Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History

    September 26, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the ’80s, a doctor warned Stevie Nicks that if she did one more line of cocaine, she’d have a brain hemorrhage. Three decades later, she's still here -- and she has plenty of stories to tell. Stevie Nicks was sitting in her den in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades recently,…

  12. Exclusive: The Orchard Acquires Frenchkiss Label Group and Frenchkiss Records

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The Orchard has acquired Frenchkiss Label Group and Frenchkiss REcords, Billboard has exclusively learned. The independent music and video distribution, marketing, and sales organization has handled digital and physical distribution for the New York-based boutique label group and the record…

  13. Debbie Harry, Chris Stein Celebrate Blondie's 40th Anniversary With NYC Art Exhibit

    September 24, 2014 3:20 AM EDT A Blondie transvestite impersonator, rare memorabilia and provocative photos of iconic lead singer Debbie Harry by photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibowitz, Bob Grossman, Bob Gruen and Chris Stein were unveiled at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery in New York City on Monday…

  14. Watch Tyler, the Creator Interrupt Local News for a Make-Believe Birthday Party

    September 23, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator was on the Los Angeles station KTLA on Tuesday (Sept. 23) promoting the upcoming Odd Future -branded Camp Flog Gnaw fest when he decided to unleash a little Odd Future-branded hilarity. A couple of minutes into a routine Q&A sesh with the KTLA Morning News squad,…

  15. Is Simon Cowell’s ‘X Factor’ U.K. Protege Ella Henderson the Next Adele?

    September 23, 2014 12:07 PM EDT From: Tetney, England Age: 18 First step: Henderson finished sixth on the U.K. X Factor in 2012. With a smoky, soulful voice, she was often described as a budding Adele . Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.? Reboot: After The X Factor , she signed with Simon Cowell's Syco…

  16. Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Win Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 23, 2014 2:40 AM EDT Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism  (Six Shooter Records) was named Canadian album of the year at the Polaris Music Awards Monday night (Sept. 22) in Toronto, beating out albums by Arcade Fire , Drake , Owen Pallett and six others. She collected the top honor having just…

  17. 'American Idol' Alum Scott MacIntyre Requires Another Kidney Transplant

    September 22, 2014 11:04 PM EDT For the second time in his life, season eight American Idol alum Scott MacIntyre is facing end-stage kidney disease. The 29-year-old requires a transplant within six months, which necessitates a living donor. Last week, he was officially accepted into Nashville-based Vanderbilt Hospital’s…

  18. 'I Feel a Little Weird About It': What 2014's Polaris Prize Short-Listers Think About the Voting Process

    September 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT “They can just listen to the same thing we’ve listened to a bunch of times and they’ll probably hate it just as much.” Billboard told each artist about Polaris’ grand jury duty -- then asked: How does it make you feel knowing that, behind closed doors, while the gala is happening, that the…

  19. Drake vs. Mac DeMarco? An Inside Look at How the Winner of the Polaris Prize Is Named

    September 22, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Behind the unique, alcohol-fueled (and potentially violent) debate that determines the annual prize for Canada's top album. The Polaris Prize will be announced this evening, with our sister to the north's top album being named after what is, apparently, a unique system for…

  20. Exclusive: Daniel Caesar Premieres 'Praise Break' EP, Talks Creative Process & 'Violet' Video

    September 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The singer-songwriter also premieres the video to first 'Praise Break' single, 'Violet' Daniel Caesar is a new artist that’s bound to break out. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter has the vocal and lyrical clout that can pacify the most heavy hearted, which one can…

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