1. The Act of Buying Music Isn't Dead

    January 26, 2015 5:23 PM EST Whether or not music purchases are dead depends on your definition of dead. But just know that music purchases aren't dead. The talk of death often follows a double-digit decline in a music format's sales. The latest example is an article from The Atlantic titled "Death of…

  2. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  3. The Industry in 2014: Digital Is the New Mainstream, Despite Taylor's Protestations

    December 15, 2014 2:53 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  4. Charges Dropped Against Jeezy for Wiz Khalifa Tour Arrest

    December 11, 2014 5:28 PM EST On Aug. 24, Jeezy was arrested for possession of a weapon authorities alleged was linked to a fatal shooting following a Wiz Khalifa show in Mountain View, Calif. On Thursday (Dec. 11), all charges against Jeezy and five members of his staff were officially dropped, as it became…

  5. Smashing Pumpkins Prove They Deserve Fan Loyalty at NYC Concert

    December 09, 2014 10:50 AM EST After an eventful week in which he reconciled with old foes Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson , performing with the latter at a tour stop in London, Billy Corgan brought his new-look Smashing Pumpkins to New York City on Monday (Dec. 8) to keep the goodwill going and promote their latest…

  6. Judge Hears Allegations of 'American Idol' Racism

    November 06, 2014 7:13 PM EST 'It was bad enough they got knocked off the show,' a lawyer for 10 former contestants says at a court hearing Thursday. On Thursday (Nov. 6), U.S District Judge Naomi Buchwald heard oral arguments in a lawsuit that aims to put the spotlight at what has occurred behind the scenes…

  7. Jimmy Iovine Lauds 'Cool' Status of Beats Among NFL Players

    October 15, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Iovine talks NFL's headphones fine & his educational venture with Dr. Dre at USC event. "I can't believe I'm this lucky," Jimmy Iovine joked on Wednesday (Oct. 15), reacting to the $10,000 fine lobbed last week against an NFL quarterback for wearing Beats by…

  8. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

  9. Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party': Track-by-Track Review

    June 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies,…

  10. Comedy Issue: Why Aziz Ansari Can Headline Madison Square Garden

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Aziz Ansari’s comedy career is growing faster than the sinkhole that swallowed him in This Is the End, thanks to a biting and brainy comedy style that is breaking box-office records. Now, with plans to headline New York’s biggest arena, and a $3.5 million deal to write a book on modern…

  11. Is Britney Spears' 'Britney Jean' Really Her Most Personal Album? An Investigation

    December 04, 2013 12:30 PM EST A deep dive into the pop superstar's eight studio albums shows where her newest ranks on a "personal" level. When Britney Spears began setting up her eighth studio album, "Britney Jean," earlier this year, the word "personal" kept popping up. "I can…

  12. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  13. Alabama Shakes, Joey Bada$$ Added to Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas

    July 29, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Twelve additional bands will be announced today for the debut Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas Oct. 26-27: Alabama Shakes, Cults, Joey Bada$$, Smith Westerns, Nico Vega, The Dig and Dreamers. In addition, L.I.B. and Red Bull Sound Select collaborated to curate a group of emerging…

  14. Governors Ball 2013: Kanye West, The xx, Haim Shine on Sunday

    June 10, 2013 1:53 PM EDT Grizzly Bear, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, and Deerhunter rock Randall's Island on the fest's final, sunniest day. With Friday's rain long gone and Saturday's mud settled, Governors Ball wrapped Sunday (June 9) with a day of perfect weather that culminated with…

  15. Banned Music: 21 Artists Censors Tried To Silence

    August 17, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, radio stations, TV networks and even entire countries have sought to silence controversial musicians by making their music, videos, and, in some cases, the artists themselves less accessible to the public. Provocative punk band Pussy Riot felt the…

  16. The Billboard Q&A: Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul Bruce Dickinson made his live debut with Iron Maiden at the end of 1981, some two years after the band started its enduring relationship with EMI Records. Paul Bruce Dickinson made his live debut with Iron Maiden at the end of 1981, some two years after the band started its enduring…

  17. Grooverider Gets Four Years In Dubai Drug Case

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Dubai court sentenced DJ Raymond Bingham, better known as Grooverider, to four years in jail today (Feb. 19), three months after he was caught in possession of marijuana. A Dubai court sentenced DJ Raymond Bingham, better known as Grooverider, to four years in jail today (Feb. 19), three…

  18. The Roots / Sept. 27, 2006 / Jacksonville, Fla. (Plush)

    October 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Being routinely called the Best Live Act In Hip-Hop is a little like being the Best Post-WWII Cubs Playoff Team: not only is the talent pool something that could charitably be called shallow, it's pro Being routinely called the Best Live Act In Hip-Hop is a little like being the Best…

  19. DMB Driver Pleads Guilty In Waste Dumping

    March 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST A bus driver for the Dave Matthews Band pleaded guilty yesterday (March 9) to charges stemming from the dumping of 800 pounds of human waste from his vehicle's septic tank onto a sightseeing boat on t A bus driver for the Dave Matthews Band pleaded guilty yesterday (March 9) to charges…

  20. Billboard Bits: Usher, Ben Watt, Meat Loaf

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on Usher, Ben Watt, Meat Loaf Usher has teamed with MasterCard International and BankFirst for the Usher Raymond IV Debit MasterCard. The card, which features a closeup of the artist's face on the front, allows users to prepay or store money in an account that can be accessed for…

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