1. Watch U.K. Punks Drenge Play a New Song & Get David Letterman Excited

    January 28, 2015 10:00 AM EST The band will also appear on this week’s Alt In Our Stars podcast… check back on Friday (Jan. 30)! Derbyshire, England's Drenge made their American television premiere last night, performing a brand new song on The Late Show With David Letterman . Eoin and Rory Loveless just announced…

  2. 10 Insights Learned From 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Documentary Premiere at Sundance

    January 25, 2015 12:12 PM EST Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic had a single-word opinion on Brett Morgen's film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck : "Terrific." The musician attended the Jan. 24 world premiere at Sundance Film Festival and the after party at the Social House, which featured a post-midnight…

  3. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  4. Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese, Electronic Pioneer: An Appreciation

    January 23, 2015 7:19 PM EST As far as Edgar Froese was concerned, there was a difference between making electronic music and making music with electronic instruments. And both with Tangerine Dream and on his own, he preferred to be thought of as doing the latter. "We don't like what we do to be called '…

  5. Concert Subscription Service Jukely Unlimited Opens for Business in L.A.

    January 15, 2015 2:20 AM EST Jukely Unlimited , a social concert app that gains members entry into a selection of venues and concerts with a monthly subscription fee, launches today (Jan. 15) in Los Angeles.  The Business Of...Million-Dollar Mega-Concerts The startup launched in beta last summer  as a concert…

  6. 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…

  7. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  8. The 20 Best Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 2:15 PM EST 0 The best tracks of the half-decade so far: "We Can't Stop," "Climax," "Get Lucky" and many more. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, a decade thus far marked by fantastic popular music from sources expected (…

  9. Van Halen Settles Lawsuit With Drummer's Ex-Wife

    January 09, 2015 5:54 PM EST Van Halen accused fashion designer Kelly Van Halen of diluting the band's name. Nearly two decades after Kelly Van Halen divorced drummer Alex Van Halen, she's free to continue to use her famous last name on designer merchandise. All it took was three years of fighting at the U.S.…

  10. Holy Ship! Highlights: Griz, ODESZA, Disclosure & Armand Van Helden and More

    January 09, 2015 11:19 AM EST With a lineup that largely catered to West Coast live acts and U.K. deep house, broken beats and funk bass were in vogue on 2015's first Holy Ship! sailing (Jan. 3-6). HARD Events' beloved cruise party entered its fourth year by honoring its fervent "Shipfam" fan base,…

  11. 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…

  12. Noel Gallagher Urges Brother Liam to Record Solo Album

    December 31, 2014 11:38 PM EST Following the recent demise of Liam Gallagher' s indie outfit Beady Eye , the singer's older brother and former Oasis bandmate Noel Gallagher has offered a rare piece of sibling support. "I'm amazed Liam has chucked it in, but he won't stay out of the limelight for…

  13. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  14. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  15. BSBB Round 2: Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" vs. Maroon 5, "Maps"

    December 15, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Stay With Me Sam Smith Maps Maroon 5 DENISE WARNER: This isn’t even close. Years from now, Smith’s “Stay With Me” will be remembered as a career-making turn  — and “Maps” will be just another cookie-cutter Maroon 5 hit. My Vote…

  16. BSBB Round 3: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love" vs. Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Happy Pharrell Williams DENISE WARNER: Yes, Pharrell’s “Happy” got Meryl Streep up out of her seat at the Oscars. But had Beyonce’s oh-so-dirty duet with her husband been eligible for an…

  17. BSBB Round 1: John Legend, "All Of Me" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Sing"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All Of Me John Legend Sing Ed Sheeran MAURA JOHNSTON: The battle of the stridently solo balladeers comes down to one simple criterion: Which one will last as a first dance song for weddings immemorial? My Vote: "All Of Me…

  18. BSBB Round 1: American Authors, "Best Day of My Life" vs. Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Best Day of My Life American Authors Wiggle Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg MAURA JOHNSTON: “Wiggle" wasn't even the best Derulo offering of 2014, but it wins by default here, as the brand of sync-ready jangle that…

  19. BSBB Round 1: Justin Timberlake, "Not a Bad Thing" vs. Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Not a Bad Thing Justin Timberlake This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan MAURA JOHNSTON: If the whole of Timberlake's soupy ballad operated in the gauzy mode of its first 17 seconds, it would win this…

  20. BSBB Round 1: Paramore, "Ain't It Fun" vs. Coldplay, "Magic"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Ain't It Fun Paramore Magic Coldplay MAURA JOHNSTON: Hayley Williams channeling every pop great before her while also laying a smackdown on those wallowing in Self-Pity Pond? Sorry, Coldplay. (And please, feel free to take…

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