1. Josh Thompson Breakup Inspires Snarling Party Single, 'Wanted Me Gone'

    May 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT "Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." Painter Chuck Close's creative philosophy suggests Josh Thompson and the team around him must be a bunch of pros, because they were able to build a grinding, energetic single, "Wanted Me Gone,…

  2. Brad Paisley Traveling with President Obama to Visit U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

    May 25, 2014 12:44 PM EDT President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war. Brad Paisley's New Album Has a Name: 'Moonshine In the Trunk' (Exclusive) Air Force…

  3. Tomorrow's Hits: St. Paul & The Broken Bones Break Through With 'Call Me'

    May 23, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: St. Paul & the Broken Bones, El Mayor Clasico and Ben Rue St. Paul & the Broken Bones "Call Me," the debut chart…

  4. Brantley Gilbert Is Ready for a Throwdown: Singer Talks Album, Rowdy Next Single

    May 21, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert releases new album "Just As I Am" this week, and industry sources tell Billboard it has a strong chance to be the second best seller of the week, in all genres, behind Coldplay. The Georgia native admits hearing talk like that takes him by surprise. "It's…

  5. The Black Keys Earn First No. 1 Album, Michael Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    May 21, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Rascal Flatts also score a Top 5 debut, while Dolly Parton scoops up just her second Top 10 album with "Blue Smoke" Rock duo the Black Keys collect its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Turn Blue" debuting at No. 1, while Michael Jackson's …

  6. How to Do the Montauk Music Scene, Where Willie Nelson, Courtney Love and More Rock

    May 20, 2014 3:05 PM EDT From Sky Ferriera to 'SNL'-style karaoke, what's new and noteworthy on the laid-back tip of Long Island. From local concerts at Gosman's Dock to big-name headliners at the Surf Lodge, the scene in Montauk has made the formerly sleepy fishing village practically synonymous…

  7. Macklemore Issues Lengthy Apology for Offensive Costume

    May 20, 2014 4:52 AM EDT Rapper Macklemore (real name: Ben Haggerty) has apologized for wearing a costume onstage that many in the Jewish community felt was offensive and borderline anti-Semitic. Criticism over a video showing Macklemore wearing a prosthetic nose and fake hair first gained traction via a tweet from…

  8. La Roux Returns After 'Burnout' and Vocal Problems: 'I Wasn't As Hardcore As I Thought'

    May 19, 2014 2:32 PM EDT The U.K. singer returns with a bold new look and a thrilling new sound on "Trouble in Paradise." As she glides into an East London photo studio, the first thing you notice about Elly Jackson, better-known as British electro-pop artist La Roux, is invariably her radiant auburn…

  9. Family Matters: Ben Harper and His Mother Ellen Debut on Billboard 200

    May 17, 2014 10:14 AM EDT The son/mother team of Ben & Ellen Harper debut on the Billboard 200 at No. 43 with "Childhood Home," the pair's first collaborative album. Music runs in the Harper family. In 1958, Ellen's parents, Charles and Dorothy Chase, opened the Folk Music Center in Claremont,…

  10. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  11. One Direction Not Filming 'This Is Us' Sequel: Update

    May 14, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Morgan Spurlock's quotes about the follow-up were apparently "false." A rep for Columbia Records, One Direction's U.S. label, has denied a report from the U.K.'s Mirror that the boy band is working on a sequel to their 2013 3D concert "One Direction: This Is…

  12. Led Zeppelin Reissues Get A Whole Lotta Love At Private Listening Session

    May 14, 2014 1:07 AM EDT During a private listening session of selections from the Led Zeppelin catalog that will be reissued this summer, veteran guitarist Jimmy Page described the archival material as “an opportunity to have a look and listen to everyone in the band.” Page says the music captures how he, singer…

  13. Jack White’s 'Lazaretto' Vinyl: Dual Grooves, Hidden Tracks & More: Watch

    May 06, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Check out the long list of unique features for White's new solo LP release Jack White’s Nashvile-based Third Man Records has been consistently innovative over the past five years in its analog releases, bringing to life many ideas that were new to the century-old vinyl format. Still, it…

  14. Ray LaMontagne Goes 'Supernova': The Folk Singer Talks New Album

    May 02, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The blues of "Trouble" hinted at a sad existence for LaMontagne. A decade on, the joyous, just-released 'Supernova,' flips the script. It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after…

  15. The Cure's 'Disintegration' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 01, 2014 2:44 PM EDT No need to check the almanac to see what the weather was like on May 2, 1989, the day the Cure released its eighth studio album. Once copies of "Disintegration" started hitting CD trays and turntables, the skies turned grey and the rain began to fall, and sad boys and girls…

  16. Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt Discusses Writing Novels, Finding His (Singing) Voice, & Calling Time On DJing

    April 30, 2014 2:52 AM EDT Best known as the male half of Everything But The Girl, the duo he formed in 1981 with Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt has many talents beyond providing the harmony to Thorn’s lead vocal. Since 1998, he has been an established presence on London’s deep house circuit, as a DJ, re-mixer, producer and…

  17. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  18. CODE Picks of the Week: Flume, Lorde, Coldplay and More

    April 25, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a selection of the hottest new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Lorde, "Tennis Court" (Flume Remix) The track at the tip of everyone’s tongue this week made its debut in the Coachella limelight, but its ponderous…

  19. Mr. Scruff Talks New 'Friendly Bacteria' Album and Staying Out of the Box

    April 24, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Seated against a cozy backdrop of more vinyl records than he can count, Mr. Scruff looks right at home surrounded by his sounds. The veteran Manchester disc jockey – born Andy Carthy – has earned the smile that sits well framed by his namesake beard. His freewheeling “Keep It Unreal” DJ…

  20. Ben Harper & His Mom Perform 'Childhood Home' LP at Tiny NYC Club Concert

    April 22, 2014 5:37 PM EDT A few hundred fans packed into NYC's tiny Rockwood Music Hall to see Ben Harper and his mother Ellen sing all of the songs on their forthcoming joint album, "Childhood Home," on Monday (April 21). Ben, in an off-white hat that shaded his expressive face as he sang, and Ellen,…

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