1. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  2. Jack White to Speak at Yale University Panel

    October 23, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Next up… Patrick Carney speaks at Dartmouth? Jack White is indulging his audiophile/music historian side with an appearance at an upcoming panel at Yale University about the early 20th century jazz and blues label Paramount Records. The panel, titled “ Exploring the Rise and Fall of…

  3. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  4. Vice Media the Driving Force Behind Underground Venue Closures

    October 22, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Vice Media is behind the closure of Williamsburg venues Death by Audio and likely Glasslands, Billboard has learned. Valued at $2.5 billion , the media behemoth revealed plans to move into a 60,000 square foot warehouse space on the corner of S 2nd Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, a…

  5. Exclusive: Art Department Talk New Album, Premiere 'Cruel Intentions' ft. Seth Troxler

    October 21, 2014 7:18 PM EDT The underground Canadian duo dish on late night emails from Seth Troxler and how bands and DJs differ Since joining forces as Art Department in 2009, veteran Toronto producers and DJs Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White have emerged as a true double threat. From enthralling fans with their…

  6. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT 0 Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago…

  7. Album Review: Neil Diamond Resists Resting on His Laurels With 'Melody Road'

    October 21, 2014 3:13 PM EDT At 73, the only reason for a national treasure like Neil Diamond to still be making albums -- let alone entirely self-written ones -- is because he wants to. He already has pulled the nest-egg moves: His last four releases were a covers LP, his third Christmas album, his seventh live…

  8. Anatomy of a Hit: How Bobby Shmurda's 'Hot Boy' Came to Life

    October 21, 2014 12:57 PM EDT In March, Bobby Shmurda ’s “Hot Boy” (explicit version: “Hot N—a”) video hit YouTube. But it wasn’t until June, when Vine user Vladimir Francois looped the rapper’s Shmoney Dance move in the clip, that the song blew up. Now, Shmurda, 20, is signed to Epic Records, and “Hot Boy” rises 12-10…

  9. Brooklyn's Glasslands Closing: Another Iconic Williamsburg Venue Bites the Dust

    October 21, 2014 11:27 AM EDT A little over a month after Brooklyn venue Death by Audio revealed that it would be closing its doors in November, its neighboring performance space Glasslands has announced its closure as well.  It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brooklyn "Dearest friends," begins the post…

  10. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  11. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  12. Foo Fighters Release ‘Something From Nothing’ Lyric Video

    October 20, 2014 11:50 AM EDT On Oct. 17, Foo Fighters fans got their first taste of the band’s HBO documentary series Sonic Highways , which follows the creation of their new album of the same name. And like clockwork, Dave Grohl and company have just shared the studio version of Sonic Highways ’ lead single, …

  13. 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…

  14. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  15. See Gwen Stefani's 'Baby Don't Lie' Artwork

    October 18, 2014 5:43 PM EDT She's back! Well, almost. Gwen Stefani is prepping the release of her new solo single, "Baby Don't Lie," by giving fans the eye-popping artwork. The coverart is a colorful piece of pop art. Stefani appears on it, in front of a clear blue sky, with bright yellow hair and…

  16. Foo Fighters Explore Chicago’s Storied Musical History in ‘Sonic Highways’ Premiere

    October 18, 2014 12:13 PM EDT The premiere features interviews from Buddy Guy, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, producer Steve Albini, and more. Finally, near the end of a two-and-a-half hour set at the wildly intimate Cubby Bear in Chicago on Friday (Oct. 17) night, the Foo Fighters played a new song. Foo Fighters Release &…

  17. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  18. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  19. Free’s Paul Rodgers Tries His Hand at Memphis Soul, Admits 'I Was Intimidated'

    October 16, 2014 10:47 PM EDT Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers has performed among greats for most of his professional life, singing such classics as “All Right Now,” “Bad Company,” “Shooting Star,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Rock And Roll Fantasy,” joining Jimmy Page in The Firm in 1980 and members of Queen…

  20. Chance the Rapper's 'No Better Blues' Helps Launch Twitter Audio Card Feature

    October 16, 2014 9:31 PM EDT For iOS and Android users, listening to music and discussing it just became a whole lot easier. While on a fall college tour, Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment debuted a new track, "No Better Blues," via Soundcloud on Thursday (Oct. 16) and, as is common, posted the link…

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