1. Elliott Smith Tribute Album to Include Waxahatchee, Yuck, J Mascis & More

    March 03, 2016 6:49 PM EST Lou Barlow, Julien Baker and Tanya Donelly (of the Breeders and Belly) are also involved. Waxahatchee , Yuck , J Mascis , Jesu/ Sun Kil Moon , Amanda Palmer and others will appear on a new Elliott Smith tribute album called Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith , due out Oct. 14 via American…

  2. A2IM Interim President Molly Neuman Named Kickstarter's First Head of Music

    December 21, 2015 11:28 AM EST Molly Neuman, who temporarily took the reins of the American Association of Independent Music following Rich Bengloff's departure this past summer, is joining Kickstarter as that company's first head of music. In a statement on her departure (which you can read in full below),…

  3. Morrissey Announces 2015 U.S. Tour Dates With Two Special Guests

    April 03, 2015 10:40 AM EDT Last June, Morrissey canceled a sizable chunk of his 2014 U.S. tour after he contracted a nasty cold, which he kinda  blamed on opener Kristeen Young . Today (April 3), the Morrissey site True to You announced a new slew of confirmed U.S. dates, beginning June 11 in New Orleans. The tour…

  4. Emerging Rapper Mod Sun Works with Twitter, Proving Social Media's Selling Power

    March 16, 2015 1:52 PM EDT The Internet and many of the direct-to-consumer tools its spawned have essentially eliminated the barriers between an artist wanting to sell their work and a fan looking to buy. Even so, many artists still struggle to connect with fans beyond a link to a store page, and even more remain…

  5. Two Years In, Patreon's Update of the Crowdfunding Model Seems to Be Working

    March 13, 2015 12:49 PM EDT Composers and musicians of the Classical Era paid the bills as patrons of the nobility. Today, musicians, writers and other creators can make a living from their fans through a site called -- what else? -- Patreon. Nearly two years old, the San Francisco-based service allows creators to…

  6. Amanda Palmer Fans Pledge More Than $14,000 Per 'Thing' She Creates

    March 04, 2015 12:00 PM EST Brace yourself for plenty of new songs, videos, stories, whatever from Amanda Palmer . The former Dresden Dolls vocalist, who raised $1.2 million in 2012 using Kickstarter, has discovered a way to get paid handsomely each time she hits "publish" no matter what the content is.…

  7. Amanda Palmer Writes on Business of Music, Touring at a Loss: 'Don't Talk About Your Risks'

    December 14, 2014 9:54 PM EST "The mostly-unspoken rule that artists aren’t supposed to talk about their businesses reveals plenty about how we tend to think of 'art' and 'business' as mutually exclusive," writes Amanda Palmer in an op-ed for the Guardian , describing the double standards…

  8. Amanda Palmer on Her New Memoir, Self-Doubt, Self-Editing and Feminist Trolling

    November 10, 2014 12:16 PM EST On a recent fall afternoon at Bard College, the musician Amanda Palmer was wrapping up Sunday’s rehearsal for a student production she composed music for called The Bed Show . The 38-year old has an easygoing demeanor for someone whose eyebrows are painted like lines of barbed wire. She…

  9. Missy Higgins Announces New Album, Book…and a Baby

    August 04, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Missy Higgins has a massive year ahead. The Australian singer-songwriter has just announced plans to release a new album and her first novel, and she’s expecting her first child. Higgins used her Facebook page to spread the good news of her pending motherhood. “Hi friends, this is about to…

  10. New Year's Eve: 13 Hot Shows to Ring In 2013

    December 28, 2012 2:45 PM EST Across the country, music fans will be kicking off 2013 at massive arenas and intimate venues, at overwhelming raves and scintillating hip-hop shows, at rock showcases and pop explosions. Which New Year's Eve experience is right for you? Check out these 13 hot U.S. shows for the…

  11. Suzanne Vega Finishing Up 'Close-Up' Series, May Explore Kickstarter

    October 08, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Suzanne Vega says that recasting a good chunk of her song catalog -- an exercise she finishes with the new "Close-Up Vol. 4, Songs of Family" -- has "really been a success on a few levels." The New York-based singer-songwriter tells Billboard that the four "Close-Up…

  12. Dave Matthews Band Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 19, 2012 10:30 AM EDT 'Away From the World' is DMB's sixth straight No. 1; Top six on this week's chart are all debuts For only the second time in history, the entire top six albums on the Billboard 200 chart are debuts. Led by Dave Matthews Band 's "Away From the World" at No. 1…

  13. In The Studio: Amanda Palmer Readies New Album for September Release

    April 02, 2012 1:45 PM EDT "I've never been quite this excited about a record," Amanda Palmer , the New York singer-songwriter and former leader of cabaret rock group Dresden Dolls , tells Billboard.com from Melbourne, Australia. It's a city that she calls "incredibly fucking alive," and…

  14. Ted Leo's Tips For Musicians Who Tweet

    March 21, 2011 12:00 PM EDT On Twitter's fifth anniversary, Ted Leo gives the musician's perspective on how best to use it. You don't need 1 million Twitter followers to use Twitter effectively. Punk veteran Ted Leo ( @tedleo ), of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists , has a Twitter following of nearly 20,000.…

  15. Amanda Palmer Champions Pubic Hair in 'Map of Tasmania'

    January 21, 2011 12:39 PM EST A manda Palmer : de facto leader of the Dresden Dolls , master Twitter user and now, pubic hair activist? Video: Amanda Palmer, "Map of Tasmania" In her new video, Palmer prances about, exposing her flower and glitter-covered, er, downstairs business. Folks, this one's…

  16. Ask Billboard: Readers' 2010 Top Picks, Continued

    January 07, 2011 5:15 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, 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. BACK TO DECEMBER …

  17. Amanda Palmer Tweets Her Way Toward Success

    August 06, 2010 3:10 PM EDT By traditional standards, Amanda Palmer is something of a nonentity in the music business. But traditional standards are useless because we are not living in traditional times. Her highest-selling album, a self-titled 2004 release with her punk-cabaret band Dresden Dolls, has sold 149,000…

  18. Billboard Bits: Mary J. Blige, Aerosmith, Francis Bean Cobain, Mars Volta and More

    February 04, 2010 5:56 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The Flaming Lips , Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem are among the recently announced headliners for the Bestival, the annual September gathering that marks the unofficial end of the summer festival…

  19. Video: Mos Def "Embedded" Preview

    October 13, 2009 1:44 PM EDT "Current Music Presents: Embedded" is a six-part special series that gives fans intimate, behind-the-scenes access to their favorite artists. Billboard.com has an exclusive, extended sneak-peak at the first episode featuring rapper Mos Def right here. "Every time I come to…

  20. Killers, M.I.A. Cap Off Day Two At Coachella

    April 19, 2009 9:44 AM EDT As the sun was setting over the Empire Polo Field on Saturday (April 18), Arizona rock band Calexico lulled an attentive audience at the Outdoor Theatre with a collection of dusty, county-tinged tunes while just a few hundred yards away, New York's TV On The Radio bombarded the main…

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