1. Exclusive: Adam Lambert Signs New Major Label Deal, Max Martin to Executive Produce Album

    January 15, 2015 4:30 PM EST The 'American Idol' alum teams up with Swedish hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for an album due out in summer 2015. It's said that you can't keep a good man down, but in the case of Adam Lambert , he was down barely 24 hours. The American Idol season-eight runner-up…

  2. Adrian Grenier on 'Entourage,' His Wreckroom Label and Studio and 'Rejecting the Fame Promise'

    January 15, 2015 12:46 PM EST Best known for playing Vincent Chase in the HBO series Entourage , Adrian Grenier  is also a keen musician, playing drums with New York alt-folk band The Honey Brothers , as well as fronting Brooklyn band Kid Friendly . His lifelong love of music led Grenier to build a recording studio,…

  3. 48 Years Ago Today: Rolling Stones Forced to Censor Song on 'Ed Sullivan'

    January 15, 2015 12:20 PM EST On this day (Jan. 15) in 1967, the Rolling Stones performed on The Ed Sullivan Show under one condition -- they change the lyric of their 1967 hit "Let's Spend The Night Together" to the more family-friendly "let's spend some time together." It was reported…

  4. What Do High-Def Streaming Subscribers Listen To? And What Does It Mean?

    January 15, 2015 10:24 AM EST Are subscribers of high-definition streaming services the same as regular streaming services? A list of top songs and albums released by high-def service Tidal suggests these companies are tapping into a different demographic. The appearance of bands such as Pink Floyd and Foo Fighters on…

  5. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong & His Instagram Followers Help Find Lost Dog

    January 13, 2015 8:16 PM EST Green Day 's Billie Joe Armstrong recently put the power of social media to use by helping find a missing dog, along with his legions of Instagram followers.  Green Day, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan & More to Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The owners of a missing pitbull…

  6. Why 'American Idol' Needs To Say Farewell (For Now)

    January 13, 2015 5:36 PM EST How does 'American Idol' battle falling ratings and a lack of innovation? By starting fresh... next decade. On the same night last week that Fox's hip-hop soap opera Empire debuted to stellar ratings , another Fox empire, American Idol , continued to slowly crumble.…

  7. 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…

  8. Machine Gun Kelly Joins Cast of Showtime's 'Roadies' Pilot

    January 12, 2015 8:15 PM EST Machine Gun Kelly has joined the cast of the new Showtime comedy pilot Roadies , the network announced Monday.  The actor and musician known as Colson "MGK" Baker will play the role of Jesse, lead Imogen Poots' "big hearted twin brother, who thrives around guitars and…

  9. 'The Wrecking Crew': See the Poster for Documentary on West Coast Session Musicians

    January 12, 2015 7:42 PM EST Magnolia Pictures has released the poster for The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco's documentary on the West Coast session musicians featured on countless hit records of the 1960s. Magnolia Pictures Having played film festivals such as SXSW, Mill Valley and Nashville, The Wrecking Crew…

  10. Six Degrees of Kardashian: From Kanye to Ray J, the Reality TV Fam's Musical Connections

    January 12, 2015 4:13 PM EST Reality TV's first family is also music's top muse. Check their pals and exes for proof. " alt="" width="510"> Ray J Konnection: Kim's ex-man and sex tape co-star Kardash-spiration: In 2013, the R&B crooner released single "I Hit It First,…

  11. Roundtable: Five Execs Examine Radio's Uncertain Future in the Streaming Age

    January 12, 2015 2:26 PM EST Relying on research or your own ears; syncing the pulse of a local community with the talk of the Internet -- today's radio insiders have the ­gargantuan task of pleasing a diverse audience of 243 million ­listeners a week (91 percent of all Americans 12 or older, ­according to Nielsen…

  12. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran Bounds Back Into Top Three

    January 09, 2015 10:31 PM EST On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift 's 1989 collected an eighth nonconsecutive week atop the list , moving 244,000 equivalent units in the week ending Jan. 4, according to Nielsen Music. (That figure was comprised of 172,000 in pure album sales, with the rest…

  13. Snoop Dogg Heading to Fox's 'Empire'

    January 09, 2015 5:53 PM EST The new TV series Empire has landed another star guest: according to The Wrap , Snoop Dogg will show up in episode 11. The show premiered on Fox earlier this week to strong ratings . 'Empire': TV Review Snoop Dogg isn't the only real-life musician on the show: Courtney Love…

  14. Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone and Why 'We're in the Last Days'

    January 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar’s not your average hip-hop savior: He’s a poetic, God-fearing introvert with maverick views on everything from police violence to Iggy Azalea -- and, yes, the rapture. Most of Kendrick Lamar 's days begin -- or maybe end -- around 5 a.m., when the 27-year-old king of…

  15. Mark McGrath to Host AXS TV Grammy Special

    January 08, 2015 7:56 PM EST AXS will air its second annual Grammys prediction special on Feb. 3 with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray as host. Grammys 2015: See Billboard's Coverage Fans will be able to participate in the predictions through a poll conducted by CivicScience in partnership with Billboard . Hip-hop…

  16. Happy Birthday, David Bowie! Celebrate By Revisiting 10 Classic Tracks

    January 08, 2015 11:23 AM EST In an interview with Russell Harty in 1973, David Bowie was asked what he thought of David Bowie. "I'm a collector. I collect personalities, ideas. I seem to draw a lot of fantasies out of people," Bowie said. He later spoke to Playboy in 1976 about his often questioned…

  17. Terrence Howard on 'Empire': Hip-Hop Success Comes With 'A Great Deal of Issues'

    January 07, 2015 5:26 PM EST Lee Daniels' new hip-hop drama Empire premieres Wednesday night (Jan. 7) on Fox, and with a high-caliber list of contributors it has piqued interest across film, TV and music. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson fill the starring roles of a former drug dealer-turned-hip-hop mogul and…

  18. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Italian Artist Pino Daniele Dies At 59

    January 06, 2015 12:25 AM EST Italian singer, songwriter and guitarist Pino Daniele , whose fusion of blues, jazz, rock and traditional Neapolitan music was heavily inspired by both the beauty and ugliness of his native Naples, has died. He was 59. Carlo Saitto , an official at Sant'Eugenio hospital in Rome, told…

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