1. What Does Radio Think Of U2's New Single?

    September 16, 2014 1:05 PM EDT 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' receives a largely warm welcome at rock formats following its first week Following the surprise release of U2's new album Songs of Innocence as a free download to iTunes and Beats Music account holders on Sept. 9, first single "The Miracle …

  2. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  3. Robert Christgau: Iggy Azalea's 'New Classic' Is Plenty Authentic -- and Damn Good to Boot

    September 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Iggy Azalea 'New Classic' Review, Robert Christgau I come not to remind you, in case it's somehow slipped your mind, that Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea is the first artist to place his, her or their first Hot 100 singles at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously since the damn…

  4. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  5. IFPI Holds Conference on Global Friday Street Date While U.S. Opposition Mounts

    September 15, 2014 6:04 PM EDT While the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is moving ahead with plans to establish a global new release street date that would see all new releases coming out on Friday, U.S. opposition to moving it from the long-established Tuesday release is mounting. In addition…

  6. PARTYNEXTDOOR Announces Fall North American Tour

    September 15, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Close to two months after the release of his anticipated sophomore project, PARTYNEXTDOOR 2 (July 29), PARTYNEXTDOOR embarks on a headlining North American tour. The 14-city fall tour will begin on Oct. 19 in Montreal and close with a midnight set on Nov. 22 in Los Angeles. Tickets for select…

  7. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  8. Fergie’s ‘The Dutchess’ Turns Eight: An Appreciation

    September 15, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Black Eyed Pea singer still has yet to follow her solo debut -- and that's okay, because "The Dutchess" rules. Fergie ’s debut solo album, The Dutchess , was released on Sept. 13, 2006, meaning that the album celebrated its eighth birthday over the weekend. And…

  9. Inside Pentatonix, 'Pitch Perfect' and the Pop-Culture Phenomenon of A Cappella Music

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT The band Pentatonix, already swimming in brand alignments and video views, is having a moment as instrumentless interest keeps swelling. Alongside needle-moving, genre-defying priority releases on the RCA Records slate -- Sia 's 1000 Forms of Fear and "Weird Al" Yankovic '…

  10. Listen: Jennifer Hudson & Iggy Azalea Make Sure 'He Ain't Goin' Nowhere'

    September 15, 2014 3:43 PM EDT Pharrell produced the track from Hudson's upcoming 'JHud' album. Disco has been going strong since last year, when Daft Punk 's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines" ruled the summer. Of course, the genre has a strong history of powerful…

  11. Robert Plant on What Inspires His New Band, and What He Still Finds Interesting About Led Zeppelin

    September 15, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Robert Plant has characterized the music he makes with his new backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters, as "country and eastern." It's a cheeky bit of stylistic recasting, but if anything, it doesn't go far enough in describing the wide scope of the rock legend's…

  12. New Trailer for 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Arrives: Four Songs We Hope Lorde Chooses To Accompany It

    September 15, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Grab your bow and arrow and get ready to watch Jennifer Lawrence kick ass (and, mini-spoiler alert, shoot down a plane!) -- the new trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is here. The 107-second clip teases all the big plot points that fans of the franchise know they'll…

  13. Chris Brown, 'X': Track-by-Track Review

    September 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Who needs haters when you're your own worst enemy? Chris Brown has been a self-saboteur since his infamous 2009 assault of Rihanna -- a talent whose skill for hit singles and agile performances is only matched by his knack for cannonballing into career-threatening pools of legal…

  14. Tim McGraw on Autotune, Acting and Why He & Faith Hill Are Not Like Jay Z & Beyonce: 'We Don't Really Pay That Much Attention to It'

    September 15, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Tim McGraw can put a time stamp on the moment his hustle began. Twenty years ago, the country kingpin, now 47, scored his first Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Not a Moment Too Soon" (Curb), and he hasn't let up since -- even four of his greatest-hits albums crowned the Country…

  15. Microsoft Buys Mojang, Company Behind Massive 'Minecraft'

    September 15, 2014 11:32 AM EDT Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion as the company continues to invest in its Xbox gaming platform and looks to grab attention on mobile phones. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang in a deal expected to…

  16. Exclusive: Boyz II Men Return with ‘Collide’ Album: Hear New Song ‘Losing Sleep’

    September 15, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Check out the cover art and track list first at Billboard.com. R&B icons Boyz II Men will return this fall with a new album, Collide , that represents a left turn in the group’s 23-year career — specifically, the album includes zero ballads. Listen to the silky-smooth new track …

  17. Frank Ocean Signs to New Management With Three Six Zero

    September 15, 2014 10:55 AM EDT As Frank Ocean gears up for the follow-up to Channel Orange , his 2012 major-label debut -- which has sold 621,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and took home a 2013 Grammy for best urban contemporary album -- he has made a key change behind the scenes. Since July, Ocean has been…

  18. HIM to Release Limited-Edition Vinyl Boxed Set, Remastered Catalog in November

    September 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Previously unreleased live version of Right Here in My Arms playing only at Billboard for 24 hours. Finnish “love metal” band HIM is releasing a limited-edition boxed set, Lashes to Ashes, Lust to Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective ’96-’03 , through the End Records on Nov. 25. It will contain four…

  19. New Zealand Underground Icon Peter Gutteridge Dies

    September 15, 2014 5:58 AM EDT Peter Gutteridge , a singer and multi-intrumentalist who was a founding member of New Zealand indie bands the Clean, the Chills and the Great Unwashed and is synonymous with the influential Kiwi label they were signed to, Flying Nun, died Monday morning of unknown causes. According to various…

  20. Robert Plant On New Album 'Ceaseless Roar': It's 'a Triumph'

    September 15, 2014 12:13 AM EDT Robert Plant has been a lifelong rambler with almost no interest in returning home to Great Britain. These days, though, he's as snug as a hobbit in his hole in his native country after returning to record his latest album, and he doesn't plan on changing his home base soon. "I…

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