1. Folk-Pop Duo Us Becomes Vine's First Major Label Signing (Exclusive)

    March 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Just four months ago, Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado, a husband-and-wife folk-pop duo known as Us, were trying to promote their just-released album "No Matter Where You Are" via YouTube videos and covers of popular songs. They fared reasonably well, amassing 18 million…

  2. 'The Walking Dead' Soundtrack, Vol. 2: Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 21, 2014 1:05 PM EDT As "The Walking Dead" nears the end of its fourth season, the popular horror drama is serving up a new soundtrack. Republic Records and TV network AMC have teamed to present "The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack -- Vol. 2 (Season 4)" -- and Billboard has the exclusive…

  3. Merle Haggard Tribute Album Gets Release Date

    March 20, 2014 11:47 PM EDT Broken Bow Records -- a label that has gained a reputation in Music City for their unique and trend setting ways of doing things -- will soon be paying tribute to a country music legend who has done things in his own trailblazing way for over five decades, Merle Haggard. On April 1, the label…

  4. Soundgarden's Chris Cornell 'Really Open' To Collaborating With Nine Inch Nails on Tour

    March 17, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The band discusses its admiration for Trent Reznor, its forthcoming music & why drummer Matt Cameron won't be on the co-headlining tour. With its just-announced summer tour with Nine Inch Nails and Death Grips, Soundgarden will be significantly busier than it planned to be this year.…

  5. Top 10 Quotes of the Week: Lorde, Justin Bieber, Cher, Jennifer Lopez & More

    March 14, 2014 2:30 PM EDT From Lorde's fear of adulthood to Keith Richards' views on being a grandpa, a look at who's saying what in music. "I'd let both those motherf*ckers drown!" - Jennifer Lopez The singer, replying to an L.A. radio DJ question asking whether she'd rescue Ben…

  6. Johnny Winter Sets New 'Roots' Album With Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Ben Harper

    March 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Mark Knopfler, Joe Perry and Dr. John are among the guests on the second edition of classic blues covers coming from legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. The follow-up to his 2011 album "Roots," Winter's manager…

  7. Morning Fix: Spotify Obtains $200M Credit Facility; Ben Horowitz Talks Music Tech, Bitcoin, 'Yeezus'; Lady Gaga to Present SXSW Keynote; Chipotle Sues Frank Ocean

    March 10, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE SXSWI: VENTURE CAPITALIST BEN HOROWITZ ON 'NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT' MUSIC TECH INVESTMENTS, BITCOING POTENTIAL, 'YEEZUS' (Q&A) Fresh off a chat with Nas (yes, Nas) given to the Austin Convention Center's largest room,…

  8. Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 08, 2014 5:05 PM EST Soundgarden was anything but 'superunknown,' when it unleashed its epic album of that name 20 years ago today on March 8, 1994. The Seattle quartet had existed for a decade: they were among the first acts to record for Sub Pop and a leading band in the Seattle scene that would…

  9. Parahoy! Cruise Preview: Paramore, Tegan & Sara and More Prepare To Set Sail

    March 07, 2014 5:20 PM EST Beginning March 8, check Billboard.com for a daily journal of concerts, interviews and other excitement on board the Norwegian Pearl. Paramore is ready to set sail. The group is headlining the maiden voyage of Sixthman's Parahoy! Cruise , and Billboard.com will be there every step of the…

  10. Jewel Recording 'Pieces'-Inspired Album

    March 05, 2014 7:07 PM EST Jewel launches a crowdfunding campaign to bring fans to Nashville to watch her "make a record that is really pure and me" … The singer-songwriter also tells Billboard she's writing an autobiography Jewel's next album will be a companion piece to her 12-times platinum 1995…

  11. Casting Crowns Rock Live at Billboard, 'Thrive' as Christian Music's Biggest Band: Video

    March 03, 2014 2:08 PM EST Watch the band perform two songs, including "House of Their Dreams" from hit album "Thrive," at Billboard's studio. When a band is hammering out its record deal, it's not unusual to have the group's manager in the room and, likely, the act's…

  12. Oscars Performances: 10 Awesome Academy-Awards Music Moments

    February 28, 2014 3:30 PM EST When the Oscars roll out the red carpet this Sunday (March 2), it will be a show whose musical oomph is heavy. This year's awards will be packed with singing from Pharrell Williams, Karen O., and U2. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' The…

  13. Pop Star Ladies Wearing Grills: Madonna, Miley, Beyonce & More Show Off Golden Chops

    February 25, 2014 3:03 PM EST Grills are having a major moment in music right now. Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Katy Perry have all been photographed wearing them recently. Although, they’re all not exactly the typical gold chompers we saw on Flavor Flav back in the ‘80s and Nelly in the oughts. Some modern grills…

  14. David Lynch Foundation Honoring Rick Rubin

    February 25, 2014 1:45 PM EST Dixie Chicks, Damien Rice and Jake Bugg will perform at the Los Angeles event Legendary music producer Rick Rubin will receive the Lifetime of Harmony Award from the David Lynch Foundation through its new performance arts events division, DLF Live. The Dixie Chicks, along with Damien Rice,…

  15. Sub Pop Opening Retail Store in Seattle Airport

    February 24, 2014 7:38 PM EST Sub Pop Records, noted for hits by Nirvana, The Shins, and the Postal Service, will open a retail store in April 2014 at Sea-Tac International Airport. The location is auditioning managers for the store, which will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (send resumes to maryw@subpop.com). It is the latest…

  16. Bruce Springsteen Live Tribute DVD, Record Store Day EP Coming Soon

    February 24, 2014 12:23 PM EST MusiCares DVD captures last year's Person of the Year award ceremony, featuring 16 Springsteen classics covered by other famous musicians Bruce Springsteen was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year for 2013, earning him a star-studded tribute concert last February at Los Angeles&…

  17. Ted Nugent Apologizes for Obama 'Subhuman Mongrel' Comments

    February 22, 2014 4:02 PM EST Ted Nugent is sorry -- sort of -- for calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel." In an interview with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson, the rocker apologized for comments he made during a talk with Guns.com last month. In that interview, which focused on the 2016 U.S.…

  18. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 9:30 PM EST Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean and a Superjam with Skrillex will also be showcased at the Tennessee fest. Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted…

  19. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  20. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

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