1. Record Store Day's Don VanCleave Joins Nashville-Based Tech Think Tank

    September 19, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Record Store Day co-founder Don VanCleave has joined FLO {thinkery} , a Nashville-based group that helps artists and entertainers dream up new companies at the intersection of music and technology. VanCleave's role will be to work with other senior executive advisors on new ideas, said…

  2. Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to Play Star-Studded Bridge School Benefit

    September 12, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Pearl Jam , Tom Jones and Soundgarden will be among the typically all-star cast at this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young . The iconic singer-songwriter will also perform at the annual event, which will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at the…

  3. Twitter Unveils 'In-Tweet' Purchasing; Launches With Brad Paisley, Eminem in Tow

    September 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The social giant will streamline in-stream purchasing for artists with a new "buy" button. A year ago when former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard joined Twitter as the social networking giant's first head of commerce , he told Billboard , "the music industry should be…

  4. Pharrell Is Eco-Friendly at New York Fashion Week

    September 06, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Designers usually wait to show their faces after the models hit the runway. Not Pharrell . Check Out Pret-a-Reporter’s Fashion Week Coverage Here The pop star led a dozen models Friday (Sept. 5) during New York Fashion Week for his RAW for the Oceans spring-summer collection. The Man Who…

  5. The Man Who Sketches Beyonce and Pharrell Is a $1,000 a Minute Art Sensation

    September 05, 2014 4:43 PM EDT If Andy Warhol had favored magic markers instead of silk screens and lived in a world where 15 seconds (not 15 minutes) of fame was the norm, he’d have a formidable rival in Donald Robertson. The cosmetics executive, whose self-appointed nickname is “Drawbertson,” has built a lucrative second…

  6. Ariana Grande's National Anthem at NFL Opener Is 'Everything': Watch

    September 04, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Ariana Grande capped a busy week with a very high-profile gig: Her first NFL national anthem. Her latest album, My Everything , topped the Billboard 200 albums chart this week -- her second album to debut at No. 1 in less than a year -- and on Thursday (Sept. 4), she sang the national anthem…

  7. Pharrell & Soundgarden Kick Off NFL Opener

    September 04, 2014 8:23 PM EDT 'Happy' singer & hometown heroes play outside Seattle's stadium before Seahawks-Packers game. While the crowd outside Seattle's CenturyLink Field was already plenty excited for the season's first NFL game -- between their Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers --…

  8. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  9. Faith No More Reportedly Working on New Album

    September 03, 2014 12:16 AM EDT Faith No More’s latest comeback will apparently produce a new album, the band’s first in 18 years.  The alternative rockers' founding bass player  Billy Gould tells Rolling Stone the record will be independently recorded and released, with a tentative street date of April 2015. Gould…

  10. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your 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,…

  11. Slipknot Reveal Details of New Album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’

    August 26, 2014 6:39 AM EDT Slipknot fans, the long wait is nearly over. The metal band’s fifth studio album -- their first in more than six years -- will be released Oct. 21 on Roadrunner Records. Titled 5: The Gray Chapter, the new set is Slipknot's first since 2008's "All Hope is Gone,” which reached…

  12. Soundwave Fest Expands, Announces Line-Up With Faith No More, Slipknot & Soundgarden

    August 19, 2014 11:18 PM EDT Australia’s Soundwave, one of the biggest touring hard-rock festivals on the planet, will be even bigger next year.  In an announcement that took many observers by surprise, organizers have revealed the Soundwave 2015 program would be spread over two days, with a bill that features…

  13. Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Launches DIY-Focused Startup

    August 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT It took the Dillinger Escape Plan 's Ben Weinman a few years to figure out what he actually wanted to do with his own record label. Launched in 2009, Party Smasher Inc. was first and foremost a way for the mathcore minor deities to release their own music after finishing out their…

  14. Watch CHVRCHES Perform Synthpop Jam 'Recover' in Exclusive Studio Session

    August 07, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Catch an early clip from the Aug. 10 episode of Guitar Center Sessions Billboard presents an early peek at CHVRCHES ’ brand new Guitar Center Sessions -- a performance of the make-up-or-breakup anthem “Recover.” The Scottish synthpop band has certainly made its rounds on the festival and club…

  15. Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande To Kick-Off NFL Season

    August 04, 2014 12:44 AM EDT Pharrell is bringing "Happy" to the NFL. The platinum-selling musician will perform outside of CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sept. 4 before the Seattle Seahawks play the Green Bay Packers as the NFL kicks off its 95th season. Pop singer Ariana Grande will sing the national…

  16. Billy Joel Hits Hot Tours Home Run on Ballpark Run

    July 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Joel's D.C. show is followed by Michael Buble & New Kids on the Block on the chart. Billy Joel makes his second appearance of the summer at No. 1 on the weekly listing of Hot Tours, with sales reported from his third sold-out concert at a Major League Baseball stadium. He leads this…

  17. Florida Woman Charged with Stalking Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

    July 30, 2014 9:16 PM EDT A woman has been arrested for allegedly stalking and harassing Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and his family. Jessica Robbins of Tampa Bay, Fla., was taking into custody on July 25 after sending numerous social media messages that caused Cornell and his family to fear for their lives, an…

  18. Pemberton Music Festival: Police Investigating Suspicious Death of Young Man (Updated)

    July 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The cause of death of a young man who died at the Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia on July 18 still hasn’t been determined, but authorities have ruled out foul play. The victim, identified as 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath, was discovered near a row of portable toilets on July 18,…

  19. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor Contemplates Future of Music, Keeping It Fresh on the Road

    July 19, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed) Trent Reznor Still Fuming From GRAMMYS: ‘It Was An…

  20. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready on the Genius of Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' (Exclusive)

    July 17, 2014 9:08 AM EDT On the album's 20th anniversary, the Pearl Jam guitarist breaks down what makes this record so enduring With Soundgarden's mighty "Superunknown" celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready offers his thoughts on what makes the classic album a…

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