1. AC/DC Completes New Album, Malcolm Young Hospitalized

    July 10, 2014 6:02 AM EDT AC/DC has reportedly completed work on a new album. The veteran Australian rock group had entered a recording studio in Vancouver earlier this year to work on the follow-up to 2008’s global hit “Black Ice.”  The album is now finished. And the band members are apparently happy with the fruits…

  2. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  3. Josh Groban Working on Two Albums During 'Rising Star' (Exclusive)

    June 25, 2014 2:04 PM EDT Josh Groban will be working on two albums simultaneously while hosting “Rising Star” on ABC this summer. One will be a standard Groban album, a collection of originals and covers; the other will explore the music of film and the stage. "Rising Star": Josh Groban Photos “Since I…

  4. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  5. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  6. Doc Neeson, Frontman with Australia’s The Angels, Dies At 67

    June 04, 2014 2:41 AM EDT Bernard "Doc" Neeson, the frontman of hitmaking Australian rock group the Angels (also known as Angel City and The Angels from Angel City), has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 67. At its peak, the Angels was the quintessential Aussie pub-rock band; a group blessed with…

  7. The Strokes Deliver Passionate Set During First Concert Since 2011 at New York’s Capitol Theatre

    June 01, 2014 11:52 AM EDT It was easy to get skittish before the Strokes’ concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Saturday night (May 31), the band’s first performance since late 2011.  For one thing, the set list possibilities were completely up in the air. Would the Strokes focus, on material off…

  8. Vance Joy, Birds of Tokyo Top APRA Awards Nominations

    May 29, 2014 7:06 AM EDT With four nods each, Vance Joy and Birds of Tokyo lead the nominations for this year’s APRA Music Awards. Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) is up for breakthrough songwriter of the year, and his international hit “Riptide” is in the hunt for most played Australian work, pop work of the year,…

  9. Billy Idol Autobiography Gets Release Date

    May 29, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Billy Idol was there at the birth of punk-rock in the U.K., and now he’s telling his story for the first time. "Dancing with Myself," Idol’s self-penned autobiographical memoir, is set for publication on Oct. 7, on Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint. The book recounts Idol’s…

  10. Phoenix, The Strokes to Headline LA's FYF Fest

    May 16, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Indie and alternative rock fans in southern California have plenty to look forward to when FYF Fest comes to Los Angeles this August. The two-day festival, set for Aug. 23-24 at its new location at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park, just announced its 2014 lineup. More festival news:…

  11. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  12. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 'You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 07, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Ahead of the release of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Goin' Home," Billboard today exclusively premieres the track, "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover." As its title suggests, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new album "Goin' Home" brings the guitar…

  13. Cage the Elephant, 'Come A Little Closer' Acoustic: Exclusive Video

    April 30, 2014 12:42 PM EDT The alt-rockers stop by Ernie Ball's Los Angeles showroom for an acoustic take of their No. 1 single Kentucky-based alt-rockers Cage the Elephant are still hard at work promoting last year's full length "Melophobia." They stopped by Los Angeles' Ernie Ball Showroom…

  14. Coldplay Reveals Intimate Live Shows for ‘Ghost Stories’ Launch

    April 17, 2014 2:59 AM EDT Coldplay have unveiled their first run of live shows in support of the band’s new studio album, “Ghost Stories”.  The British alternative rock group will play six “intimate” shows in a trek that visits Germany, the U.S., France, Japan and the U.K. The itinerary as it stands will start April…

  15. AC/DC 'Retirement' Rumors Rumble On Down Under

    April 15, 2014 6:35 AM EDT UPDATE: Insiders tell Billboard that there's no truth to the breakup rumor, though the group's management and Columbia Records, its current label, have chosen not to comment on the matter. Get the full story Earlier: Depending on which news outlet you believe, the members of…

  16. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

  17. Play Ball: Thrice Previews Los Angeles Angels’ 2014 Season

    April 13, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Drummer Riley Breckenridge also talks his baseball-themed side project Puig Destroyer April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of…

  18. Coachella 2014: Julian Casablancas Polarizes, Future Islands Dominate With Saturday Afternoon Sets

    April 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos: Backstage at Coachella • Jay-Z & Beyonce Invade • Lorde Makes Desert Debut • Muse Stays Epic, Covers Nirvana • Skrillex Takes Control • Coachella Livestream: Watch the Fest • Outkast' s Coachella Comeback • 23 Hot Coachella…

  19. Play Ball: David Nail Talks St. Louis Cardinals' 2014 Season

    April 10, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Country singer David Nail, a high school and college player himself, previews the 2013 National League champions. April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a…

  20. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea

    April 04, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Rita Ora Rita Ora looked white hot at the preview of The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition held at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Tuesday (April 1) in London, England…

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