1. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  2. CODE Picks of the Week: Tommy Trash, Gorgon City and More

    April 11, 2014 4:36 PM EDT Chris Lake – “Helium” (Umek & Mike Vale Remix) [Ultra] Slovenian tech house teammates Umek and Mike Vale turn in a high-octane reinterpretation of Chris Lake’s crossover single, bolstering the original’s vocals with shuffling hats and an infectious groove that will feel more than welcome…

  3. Thievery Corporation, Zedd Zoom On Dance Charts

    April 10, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Thievery Corporation debuts its first album in nearly three years, as "Saudade" enters Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 2 with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Featuring songs from five guest vocalists, the album's unique brand of…

  4. Rolling Stones to Resume Tour in May

    April 01, 2014 6:21 AM EDT The Rolling Stones will restart their world tour next month in what will be the group’s first concerts since the death of L’Wren Scott, the partner of frontman Mick Jagger. The legendary British rockers have announced 14 dates across Europe and Israel in May, June and July as part of the “14…

  5. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Selena Gomez and Kylie Minogue

    March 28, 2014 5:49 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Selena Gomez Selena Gomez showed off her killer style as she gave an inspiring speech during the first annual We Day California event held at the Oracle Arena in Oakland,…

  6. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 'It's Rubbish'

    March 27, 2014 4:21 AM EDT After Joe Elliott’s 35 years fronting Def Leppard, fans might think they know the charismatic vocalist.  But there is another side to one of the most successful front men in hard rock history, one that listens to Tom Waits in the bath, would love to do an acoustic record and can barely…

  7. Pop Stars' First Tweets: 50 Thoughts from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem and More

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In celebration of Twitter's eighth year of chatting us up 140 characters at a time, it's time to find out what stars like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and more said during their first time at bat. They range from Katy Perry gushing about joining in on the fun to Drake admitting…

  8. Beastie Boy, GoldieBlox Settle Lawsuit Over ‘Girls’ Ad

    March 18, 2014 12:39 AM EDT A contentious legal battle over the use of the Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" has come to a close with a settlement.  Toy company GoldieBlox, in a preemptive attempt to declare "fair use" of the track in a viral video, took the Beasties to court in Nov. 2013 to which…

  9. Ryan Tedder Can't Stop: Working With U2, Elton John (and Everyone Else) While OneRepublic Enjoys Career Highs: Cover Story

    March 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer Ryan Tedder is well over an hour into a high-voltage…

  10. Spandau Ballet Makes U.S. Return With SXSW Film Premiere and Concert

    March 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wednesday's gig marked the British New Romantic band's first Statesdie performance in nearly 30 years Having finished their first performance in the U.S. in more than 28 years, Spandau Ballet will wait until George Hencken's documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World,…

  11. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more 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…

  12. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  13. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  14. Giorgio Moroder: Daft Punk's Disco Don Reflects on His Remarkable Re-Emergence (Exclusive)

    February 07, 2014 1:36 PM EST The 73-year-old EDM pioneer discusses how the robots re-energized his career Producer Giorgio Moroder, who helped invent disco in the 1970s with Donna Summer (“I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby”) before conjuring the ’80s synth sound of film soundtracks (“Scarface,” “American Gigolo,” …

  15. Lady Gaga Extends ARTPOP Ball Tour With Fall European Leg

    January 29, 2014 11:10 AM EST Lady Gaga's artRave: the ARTPOP Ball tour will journey to Europe this fall, as Little Monsters will be putting their hands up (and making them touch) beginning on Sept. 23. A total of 21 new dates were announced on Wednesday (Jan. 29). Gaga announced her North American tour dates --…

  16. Kris Kristofferson, Beatles Honored at Special Merit Awards Ceremony

    January 26, 2014 1:19 PM EST The unofficial theme for the Recording Academy's laughter-filled Special Merit Awards ceremony could easily have been old friends. When Ringo Starr and Kris Kristofferson ran into each other on the red carpet Saturday, they bear-hugged it out. "I'm just going to hug you first,…

  17. Stephen Malkmus Q&A: On 'Wig Out at Jagbags,' Hating Twitter & Trying To Write Like Taylor Swift

    January 24, 2014 2:42 PM EST Following a move to Berlin with his family, Stephen Malkmus is back to his home base of Portland, Oregon, with a new record -- "Wig Out at Jagbags," with the Jicks -- and a tour launching in North America in Denver, CO on Feb. 14. While promoting the new disc, the former Pavement…

  18. Belle and Sebastian Bring 'God' to Sundance; Set to Record New Album in March

    January 21, 2014 12:48 PM EST If Stuart Murdoch had his way, at the very least, Katharine Ross's bicycle-riding scene from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" would have been beamed behind Belle and Sebastian when they performed "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" Monday night at the Sundnace…

  19. Italian Conductor Claudio Abbado Dies At 80

    January 21, 2014 1:03 AM EST Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors revered for developing a rapport with members of the world's leading orchestras while still allowing them their independence, died Monday. He was 80. Abbado died at home in Bologna after a long illness, said Raffaella…

  20. Tensnake on Nile Rodgers, Signing to a Major and Debut Album, 'Glow'

    January 10, 2014 3:15 PM EST According to German electro producer Marco Niemerski, better known as Tensnake, working with Nile Rodgers is a surprisingly easy thing to arrange. “About a year ago, I sent him a message on Facebook and didn’t expect anything,” Niemerski explains. “I just wanted to send him my album,…

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