1. Firefly 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys and Weezer all brought their A-games. But who ranks no. 1? Third time was indeed the charm for Delaware's Firefly Music festival. The 2014 edition of First State’s now-massive 4-day event was a weekend punctuated by stellar performances spread…

  2. Firefly 2014: Foo Fighters Cover Rolling Stones, Queen, Van Halen & More During Hit-Filled Set (Review)

    June 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT At the start of the Foo Fighters headlining show on the Firefly Music Festival’s main stage, Dave Grohl promised the crowd that the band would play “until they tell us to shut the fuck up,” — and he kept his promise. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the…

  3. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the Rapper & More

    June 21, 2014 11:30 AM EDT When the Firefly Music Festival held its inaugural event in Delaware in 2012, it was a charming, almost intimate event that drew 30,000 nearby music lovers and 47 bands to an 87 acre plot of wooded land behind the Dover International Speedway. But three on, the Firely festival has ballooned…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Lera Lynn Debuts 'La Di Da' Off Next Album (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, Billboard is excited to debut "La Di Da" from Lera Lynn. It's the lead track from her upcoming project The Avenues, which is set for a Sept. 9 release. "It's a song I started writing really late one night a couple of years ago,"…

  5. Irving Azoff Signs Gwen Stefani, No Doubt (Exclusive)

    June 11, 2014 12:02 PM EDT In his second major move of the week, Irving Azoff has signed Gwen Stefani and No Doubt for management, Billboard has learned. On Tuesday (June 10) it was announced that Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE) -- the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company -…

  6. Gwen Stefani Splits From Longtime Manager

    April 25, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Also: Why the No Doubt singer defected from "Rising Star" to "The Voice." This article was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard Magazine . Gwen Stefani is being wooed by multiple suitors. According to sources, the No Doubt frontwoman, 44, was close to signing…

  7. Bruce Springsteen Covers Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ At Final Four Fest: Watch

    April 07, 2014 2:32 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen continues to embrace his inner metal-head, opening his set at the March Madness Music Festival in Dallas with a cover of Van Halen's "Jump." Springsteen's first North American show took place in the city's Reunion Park as part of the NCAA basketball…

  8. Taylor Hawkins' Birds of Satan, 'Pieces of the Puzzle': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 04, 2014 2:13 PM EDT The Foo Fighters drummer discusses his new project and the status of the Foos' next LP. Taylor Hawkins calls the Birds of Satan, his latest "other" band, "a cover band making a record of original songs." The Foo Fighters drummer put the group together last year with…

  9. Top 50 Single Word Songs: One-Word Wonders

    March 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT "Roar." "Royals." "Radioactive." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered tracks now making up nearly a third of the Billboard Hot 100 each week. To explore this…

  10. 615 Spotlight: Mark Box Talks 'Fields of Home' EP

    March 12, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Country newcomer Mark Box knows there is at least one person who is not a huge fan of at least one of the songs on his new release: his mother. "My mom doesn't like the song 'The Man My Mama Tried To Raise' too much," he says with a laugh. "She said 'For one…

  11. 'This Is Spin̈al Tap' at 30: Top 11 Rock Clichés Skewered By The Movie

    March 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved rock mockumentary "This Is Spin̈al Tap," we're taking a 'Stonehenge'-sized look at the top music clichés skewered by the film. And yes, this list goes to 11. "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever…

  12. Sammy Hagar Mixes Rum, Rock Music & A Book Project

    February 24, 2014 4:45 AM EST One is a rock star and the other a rock star chef, but Sammy Hagar and Emeril Lagasse have a shared passion for food and music. "He loves music as much as I love cooking," Hagar said before giving a weekend concert at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, where he teamed up with…

  13. Songwriters Hall of Fame Taps Ray Davies, Donovan for Class of 2014

    February 11, 2014 12:42 PM EST Ray Davies and Donovan are among the 2014 class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization announced Tuesday that "Midnight Train to Georgia" writer Jim Weatherly and English songwriter Graham Gouldman also made the cut. Mark James, the writer of "Always on My Mind"…

  14. Van Halen's '1984' At 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    January 09, 2014 3:40 PM EST Who could have imagined that a synthesizer, and not a guitar, would put Van Halen over the top? But that was indeed the case when the first blast of Oberheim OB-Xa announced the arrival of "Jump" and the quartet's leap into the rock superstar strata with the album "1984,…

  15. 10 Country Artists to Watch in 2014: 615 Picks

    January 09, 2014 12:12 PM EST It's time to shine the spotlight on some of the new country and Americana acts that we think will make some noise in 2014. Some are very much in the mainstream sound, while some are a little off the beaten path, but we think there's something to each of these acts ( listed…

  16. The Top 30 Jewish Musicians

    November 27, 2013 1:05 PM EST Christmas classics may vastly out-number Hanukkah hits, but there's been no shortage of Jewish artists that have topped the Billboard charts over the years. With Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, beginning on the evening of Wednesday, November 27, now is the perfect time…

  17. Truck Rides With Brad Paisley and Flowers From Charlie Daniels: Deborah Evans Price's 10 Most Memorable Interviews

    November 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST We asked Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price, who recently won the CMAs' Media Achievement Award, to reflect on her favorite interviews In 19 years of writing for Billboard, this has been my most difficult task. I've been interviewing people for more than three decades and…

  18. Van Halen Sues Drummer's Ex-Wife for Using Famous Last Name

    October 17, 2013 2:58 AM EDT When famous people marry, their spouses often take on a famous last name. That benefit can even survive divorce. But can it be used as a commercial asset? Witness a new lawsuit by ELVH Inc., which is the intellectual property holding company of the world-famous rock band Van Halen. The…

  19. Sammy Hagar, 'Bad on Fords and Chevrolets' (Feat. Ronnie Dunn): Exclusive Song Premiere

    September 03, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Red Rocker's new album (out Sept. 24) includes guests like Kid Rock, Nancy Wilson and a fellow Van Halen alum; Plus, he talks a third Chickenfoot record and why he doesn't plan on selling his rum line "Sammy Hagar & Friends" started out as a markedly…

  20. Banking on Sammy Hagar: Red Rocker Is Serious About Helping Local Food Banks

    August 13, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Raised in a poor household by a single mother of four, Sammy Hagar spent his childhood summers picking fruit and vegetables so he could afford to buy clothes for school. "My mom was always half on welfare or food stamps and would get in line during Thanksgiving or Christmas when people…

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