1. Of Monsters and Men & Manager Heather Kolker Join Mick Management

    February 06, 2015 7:15 PM EST Icelandic folk-rock act Of Monsters and Men and manager Heather Kolker have joined Mick Management, the firm founded by Michael McDonald in 2001. The move will set up the band's upcoming second album due later this year, the follow-up to 2012's platinum-selling My Head Is an…

  2. Bonobo, Animal Collective, Polica, and Others Ride DJ Sets to 'Success'

    February 05, 2015 11:38 AM EST Who needs instruments anyway? In certain internet circles, few things elicit as much of a mixed reaction as the announcement of an artist's DJ tour. "END ALL 'DJ SETS'!!!!!!!!!!!! Who goes to these events? It's like going to see your favorite sports team, play their…

  3. Exclusive: Watch Anne Hathaway & Johnny Flynn in 'Song One' Clip

    January 21, 2015 9:24 AM EST Song One , starring Anne Hathaway and opening in theaters and on-demand Jan. 23, is a romantic drama set in Brooklyn's modern-folk music scene.  The film features original compositions by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice who were given the task of creating an album that was a cult…

  4. Beck, the Pixies, My Morning Jacket to Headline Boston Calling

    January 14, 2015 8:14 AM EST The eventual arrival of summer is small comfort during the coldest winter months, but the rapid-fire announcement of festival lineups makes it seem a little more real. Following reveals of the artists playing Coachella , Governors Ball , and on Tuesday (Jan. 13) Bonnaroo , Boston Calling…

  5. Drake, Black Keys & Deadmau5 Lead Governors Ball Line-up

    January 07, 2015 7:00 AM EST Drake, The Black Keys, Deadmau5 and Lana Del Rey are among the big names confirmed to play the Fifth Annual Governors Ball Music Festival. Organizers today announced a massive line-up that also includes acts from across the edgier end of the music spectrum, and from around the world.…

  6. 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!…

  7. Mick Management Brings On Former Artist Organization President Rich Schaefer

    December 17, 2014 1:57 PM EST Following a six-year tenure at The Artists Organization -- including two years as president -- Rich Schaefer has now moved to Mick Management as a partner, Billboard has exclusively learned. Schaefer joins CEO Michael McDonald and partners Jonathan Eshak and Rich Cohen .   “I’m…

  8. Year in Music 2014: The 10 Best Rock & Alternative Singles

    December 11, 2014 1:15 PM EST From rock, punk, folk, metal, and whatever Grimes is, here are our 10 favorite tracks from 2014. 10. Fireworks, “Bed Sores” These days, it seems pop-punk is so far from being cool that it might be on the verge of being really freaking cool. In other words, the mainstream’s been ignoring…

  9. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  10. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  11. Justin Vernon and Astronautilus Tease New Project

    August 06, 2014 3:21 PM EDT It looks like Bon Iver founder Justin Vernon is embarking on yet another side project, this time with cerebral rapper Astronautilus . The project, "announced" via a post on label Totally Gross National Product's website , is titled De Oro (or the forthcoming record is titled De…

  12. 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sharon Van Etten & More: Watch Their Late Night Performances

    July 25, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Check out a rousing performance of "She Looks So Perfect" and much more 5 Seconds of Summer's debut album dropped earlier this week, so be prepared to hear plenty from the Australian heartthrobs in the weeks to come. The outdoor crowd at Jimmy Kimmel Live got in on the action,…

  13. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Beck, SZA, Giorgio Moroder and More Day 1 Highlights

    July 19, 2014 9:27 AM EDT Now in its ninth year in Chicago's Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a hodgepodge of alternative music approved by the long-running reviews hub, but the 2014 incarnation boasts perhaps the most diverse lineup ever. Although the opening night of Pitchfork Fest only took…

  14. John Mayer's Beyonce Cover Soars Onto Hot Rock Songs Chart

    June 06, 2014 12:05 PM EDT Mayer's folk-rock take on 'XO' launches at No. 13. Plus, chart action for Foster the People, Neil Young, Jack White and Sharon Van Etten John Mayer's rendition of Beyoncé's "XO" starts at No. 13 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with 46,000 downloads…

  15. 'The Walking Dead' Soundtrack, Vol. 2: Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 21, 2014 1:05 PM EDT As "The Walking Dead" nears the end of its fourth season, the popular horror drama is serving up a new soundtrack. Republic Records and TV network AMC have teamed to present "The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack -- Vol. 2 (Season 4)" -- and Billboard has the exclusive…

  16. ScHoolboy Q, St. Vincent Added To Pitchfork Fest Lineup

    March 20, 2014 3:26 PM EDT The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival has rounded out its lineup, with an assortment of artists joining previously announced headliners Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and Kendrick Lamar on Thursday (Mar. 20). Lamar's TDE cohort has joined this year's lineup, along with indie rock chanteuse St…

  17. Forecastle Music Festival: Outkast, Jack White, Beck Headlining

    March 04, 2014 11:00 AM EST Outkast just keeps adding to its tour of music festivals in 2014. The hip-hop duo is among the headliners of this year's Forecastle Music Festival. Indie rock royalty Jack White and Beck will join Outkast as the main headliners of Forecastle, held July 18-20 in Louisville, Ky. The three…

  18. Pitchfork Music Fest: Beck, Kendrick Lamar & Neutral Milk Hotel Headlining

    February 14, 2014 3:01 PM EST Surprising as it seems, there is now a major American festival not featuring Outkast this summer. Leave it to Pitchfork Music Festival to go against the grain, as today it announced its non-Andre 3000 and Big Boi headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Beck and a reunited Neutral Milk Hotel. Per usual,…

  19. Sasquatch! Music Festival: Outkast, Soundgarden, Robyn Top Separate Lineups

    February 04, 2014 10:36 AM EST Washington state festival now taking place on Memorial Day weekend and Fourth Of July weekend. The Sasquatch! Music Festival, located at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash., is expanding to two patriotic weekends in 2014, with completely unique lineups for its standard Memorial Day weekend and new…

  20. John Mayer Parts With Michael McDonald, Manager of 13 Years

    December 05, 2013 7:43 PM EST John Mayer and longtime manager Michael McDonald of Mick Management have parted ways, according to two knowledgeable executives. The split was finalized in the midst of the second leg of the John Mayer Live In Concert tour Tuesday night (Dec. 3), at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.…

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