1. 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 (…

  2. 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…

  3. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  4. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959 …

  5. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Album Finally Drops: First Listen

    December 14, 2014 11:37 PM EST After 14 years without a full-length album, D’Angelo ’s Black Messiah was released Sunday (Dec. 14) just before midnight. The 12-track set is available here via iTunes.   How can you possibly encounter an album like this? The weight of expectations looms large, and it cuts two ways.…

  6. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  7. Two CMJ Panels Tackle Nuanced, Important (and Dry) Entertainment Law

    October 28, 2014 9:55 AM EDT "As soon as you say 'mechanical licensing,' in the first 15 minutes, you lose people," said John C. Beiter , an entertainment attorney with Nashville's Shackelford, Zumwalt, and Hayes LLC, at last week's 2014 edition of CMJ Music Marathon. "If we want…

  8. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The…

  9. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  10. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years

    October 14, 2014 10:21 PM EDT The frontman of the 1990s band behind the hit single 'You Get What You Give' was lured back into the business, after a long self-imposed exile, to write the songs for 'Begin Again,' including best original song Oscar contender 'Lost Stars' t couldn't…

  11. Ted Nugent Rails on Liberals, 'Thugs,' 'Welfare Crack' in Rightist Essay

    October 03, 2014 10:07 PM EDT In an essay recently published on the conservative news website WorldNetDaily , Ted Nugent railed against liberalism for being the "root cause" of inner-city "black violence" violence in America.  "A plague of black violence has infested our inner cities, yet our…

  12. Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Redman & Method Man Perform At One Music Fest 2014: Live Review

    September 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, music fans flocked to Atlanta's Aaron's Amphitheatre for One Music Fest. The day-long festival featured three stages: Zeus (main stage), Hercules (small stage) and the DJ stage, Soulection. After Atlanta's own Cody ChesnuTT kicked off the afternoon,…

  13. Electronic Music Magazine Resident Advisor Introduces Ticket Reselling

    August 05, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Resident Advisor  has launched its own ticket resale service.  Ticketmaster UK Follows US in Upgrading CAPTCHA, Bane of Ticket-Buyers The U.K.-based online electronic music magazine announced the news  on its website. "The service aims to eradicate the circulation of fraudulent tickets…

  14. Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 71

    July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT 'Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman,' Kiss' Gene Simmons says. Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper , Lou Reed , Kiss and Aerosmith , among others, died Wednesday (July 30) at the age of 71 in Phoenix. Wagner, who was…

  15. Festival Deaths on the Rise in the EDM World

    July 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Drug-related deaths spike along with casualties of overheating, dehydration and accidental self-immolation -- is ecstasy to blame or is it just the cost of doing EDM business? On July 18, a student was found dead of undetermined causes at Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia. In June,…

  16. Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon & More Win Big at First Alternative Press Music Awards

    July 22, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Underground's best and brightest take their talents to Cleveland for inaugural show Once its river burned, and now the city's lighting up. It's been a good month for Cleveland, which not only welcomed back their prodigal baller, but also kicked off the inaugural Alternative…

  17. Morrissey’s ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’: Track-by-Track Review

    July 08, 2014 12:26 PM EDT To paraphrase Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, if we don’t know Morrissey by now, we will never, ever, ever know Morrissey. Last year, the famously self-absorbed former Smiths frontman released the memoir “Autobiography,” his 457-page attempt to let fans into the weird little world he…

  18. Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party': Track-by-Track Review

    June 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies,…

  19. Jennifer Lopez Works Her Ass Off on 'A.K.A.' Album, Powerhouse Brand (Cover Story)

    June 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has a lot of titles on her business card these days. At this point in a career stretching back more than two decades, she's less a musician or actress than a walking lifestyle brand, and a hyper-productive one at that. On today's schedule: an interview and photo shoot…

  20. Jack White, 'Lazaretto': Track-By-Track Review

    June 03, 2014 1:15 PM EDT That rattle and clang can only mean one thing: Jack White 's comin' 'round the mountain, pushing his trusty rusty shopping cart of American musical artifacts and curiosities. This time, he's peddling his second solo album, "Lazaretto," the latest in a long line…

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