1. Pomplamoose Breaks Down the Costs of Touring As an Independent

    November 26, 2014 10:29 AM EST Pomplamoose explains the hard work, and money, required of a "middle class" band. Jack Conte , one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose , took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result…

  2. A-Trak Talks New Solo Material, DJ Set Transparency, and 'Youth on the Come-Up'

    November 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST By this point in his career, A-Trak should probably be known as Multi-Track. The former Billboard cover star  (real name Alain Macklovitch, a last name you might recognize from his brother Dave, who goes by Dave 1 in the electro-funk duo Chromeo ) is a DJ and producer, scratcher and…

  3. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  4. ADA to Distro Mascot Label Group in North America

    November 21, 2014 5:45 PM EST The Alternative Distribution Alliance has signed a North America distribution deal with the Mascot Label Group and its 600-album catalog. The deal deepends the relationship between the two companies, as ADA has already been distributing the Mascot Label Group in Great Britian, Australia,…

  5. ODESZA Disrupts Dance Music with Lush, Post-Dubstep Beats

    November 21, 2014 5:41 PM EST Before Odesza 's Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight were topping Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart and headlining nearly sold-out, back-to-back world tours, the two Seattle beatmakers were just another unsigned band dealing with the hardships of the road -- and extreme…

  6. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  7. Woody Allen Returns to Barcelona for New Year's Concert

    November 20, 2014 5:34 PM EST Shows by Van Morrison, Bob Geldof & more to follow Allen's opening of new tourist-friendly Suite Festival BCN Music Experience. Woody Allen will revisit the scene of his movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona on New Year's Eve, when he'll give a gala performance with the Eddy…

  8. U.S. Government Seeks to Keep Megaupload Money Because Kim Dotcom Is a 'Fugitive'

    November 19, 2014 7:05 PM EST Prosecutors argue that criminal defendants who won't willingly give themselves up shouldn't be allowed to use the resources of the court. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure…

  9. Tracy Morgan Still Recovering From Brain Injury

    November 18, 2014 3:43 PM EST Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's unknown if the actor-comedian will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday (Nov. 18).   Benedict Morelli said the former Saturday…

  10. Catfish and the Bottlemen Announce U.S. Debut Album 'The Balcony' & New Tour Dates

    November 17, 2014 3:26 PM EST American audiences, prepare to be catfished. Billboard is excited to break the news of British indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen releasing their North American debut album. The Balcony -- first released Sept. 15 in the U.K. -- will drop Jan. 6 in North America via Communion Records.…

  11. Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Seeks Delay of Case

    November 15, 2014 12:28 PM EST The truck driver charged in a New Jersey highway crash that injured comedian-actor Tracy Morgan and killed another man filed a request Friday (Nov. 14) to delay a federal lawsuit while his criminal case proceeds in state court. Tracy Morgan: 'Walmart Is Blaming Me for an Accident They…

  12. Damien Rice Talks Teaming With Rick Rubin For 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'

    November 14, 2014 6:00 PM EST In 2002, Damien Rice released his debut solo album, O , a breathtaking collection that won the now-defunct Shortlist Prize and placed him in any conversation about the best new singer/songwriters of this century. Much of the magnificence of that album came from the way Rice paired his…

  13. Exclusive: Unsigned Indie Poppers Dreamers Premiere Addictive Self-Titled EP

    November 14, 2014 12:59 PM EST Start with “Wolves,” an infectious track that would sound at home on alternative radio in-between Phoenix and Young the Giant. An awful lot of unsigned indie bands are hustling around Brooklyn, but we’ll save you the time by pointing out one that definitely deserves attention -- an…

  14. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  15. Ladies' Code Manager Arrested for Allegedly Causing K-Pop Girl Group's Fatal Crash

    November 13, 2014 11:05 AM EST Police booked the 26-year-old for excessive speeding in dangerous conditions. The manager for Ladies' Code  has been arrested for allegedly causing the fatal accident that killed members EunB and Rise and injured the remaining three. The 26-year-old, currently only identified by his…

  16. Viacom Beats Quarterly Earnings Forecast

    November 13, 2014 9:20 AM EST Viacom , led by CEO Philippe Dauman , on Thursday reported better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year financials. Its fiscal-year earnings per share and operating profit set a company record. Net earnings of $732 million for the latest quarter were down 9 percent from $804…

  17. Mark Cline Bates Brings His West Virginia Roots to New Album

    November 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST When describing his hometown, Mark Cline Bates can't help but light up with a heavy dose of Putnam County pride. "I was raised in a little town called Hurricane, West Virginia, which until they put the Walmart in was a one-stoplight town. The town was full of very friendly people.…

  18. Damian Abraham Talks to Martin Mills About Beggars' Un-Punk Roots, Passing on Nirvana and the (Rare) Ramones Kudo

    November 12, 2014 3:45 PM EST You gotta hand it to Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham . He kicked off the inaugural episode of his podcast, Turned Out a Punk , by interviewing his boss-of-sorts, Beggars Group founder  Martin Mills . Abraham, whose Canadian band is on the Beggars imprint Matador Records, used the…

  19. Sharon Osbourne Confirms 'The Osbournes' Is Returning to TV

    November 12, 2014 12:35 PM EST 2015 will bring much more from the Osbourne family than one last Black Sabbath album. On Tuesday's episode of CBS'  The Talk , Sharon Osbourne announced that the family’s iconic reality show will be returning to television soon. Black Sabbath Planning Final Album & Tour…

  20. Eminem vs. Women: 13 Ladies He's Bashed in Raps

    November 11, 2014 8:00 AM EST Lana Del Rey is the latest in a string of female targets. Eminem has been known for his controversial rhymes since his major-label debut in 1999, but in a just-released cypher promoting the upcoming Shady Records compilation album, he crossed a new line: He invoked the name of Ray Rice,…

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