1. 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…

  2. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frozen’ and 'Hunger Games,' Oh My! How This Was the Year of the Soundtrack

    October 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Frozen was just the tip of the iceberg at a time where music triumphed at the movies Not since "Greased Lightnin'" and "Night Fever" electrified the movies in 1978 have soundtracks proven to be such an indomitable force in the music industry. Triple-platinum sales…

  3. Watch Tyler, the Creator Interrupt Local News for a Make-Believe Birthday Party

    September 23, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator was on the Los Angeles station KTLA on Tuesday (Sept. 23) promoting the upcoming Odd Future -branded Camp Flog Gnaw fest when he decided to unleash a little Odd Future-branded hilarity. A couple of minutes into a routine Q&A sesh with the KTLA Morning News squad,…

  4. Neil Finn On Songwriters' Struggle, Learning to Dance & Miley Cyrus' Brand of Feminism

    September 10, 2014 5:47 AM EDT Submit to the struggle, to existential crisis. And make sure to put in the hours. Those are some of Neil Finn’s tips for tackling the songwriting process. Finn shared sound advice and took his standing-room audience on a trip through his earliest musical years during a keynote conversation…

  5. MTV VMAs 2014 Review: A Show That Distinguished Itself From Years Past

    August 25, 2014 1:19 AM EDT Glamor, humility and likeability gave the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards a unique flavor distinct from recent years in which the profane and the confused ruled alongside mediocrity. Lewdness, a hallmark of so many VMA telecasts, took a backseat on this night -- even Nicki Minaj's stripper…

  6. Exclusive: The Griswolds Premiere New Song '16 Years' & Talk Debut Album

    August 21, 2014 11:48 AM EDT There are plenty of reasons for A&R staff to book flights to Australia these days. Iggy Azalea is tearing up the pop charts, Betty Who could be soon, and alternative acts like the Preatures and Tame Impala are seen all over American festival lineups. You can go ahead and add the…

  7. Leave That Feathered Headdress at Home, Says Canadian EDM Festival

    August 15, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Those itching to snap a music festival selfie in feathered headdresses may be in for a rude awakening. Many festivals have expanded their lists of prohibited items from traditional safety hazards (like fireworks and glass bottles) to include fashion accessories that are seen as culturally…

  8. Miley Cyrus Debunks Death Hoax With Topless Instagram Pic

    July 22, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Well, this is one way to put viral rumors to rest Miley Cyrus death rumors started circulating online over the weekend, with scammers "reporting" on the hoax and some fans believing it, pointing out that Cyrus hadn't posted anything on social media in three days. Well, the…

  9. Man vs. Machine: Richie Hawtin on the Return of Plastikman

    June 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT No pomp or ceremony can be seen on the bustling streets of Barcelona. But within the half-shaved head of one of our times’ foremost electronic musicians, a changing of the guard is underway. Reclining on a leather sofa every bit as black as his clothing, Richie Hawtin may not look like a man…

  10. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, Memphis Soul Songwriter & Guitar Great, Dead at 68

    June 24, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who played a significant role in shaping the sound of Memphis music, has died due to complications from emphysema. He was 68.  Born June 3, 1946 in Germantown, Tennessee, Hodges was always bound to find his place in a…

  11. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Plastikman, Trentemøller & More

    June 13, 2014 1:07 PM EDT On Thursday (June 12), Sonar kicked off the first of its three full days of special artist showcases and cutting edge music technology events with a nuanced show by German pianist Nils Frahm, Machinedrum’s new high-octane live set, Trentemøller’s hybrid band brilliance, and a spellbinding…

  12. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  13. Mike Myers Pulls Back the Curtain on 'Supermensch' Shep Gordon

    June 06, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Shep Gordon knows more secrets about Hollywood than anybody on the planet, says his good friend Mike Myers, but he has never heard him gossip. The actor, producer and writer of Wayne's World and Shrek chose the personal manager of such talent as Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch…

  14. 'Supermensch' Clip: Watch Teddy Pendergrass Go From Tame to Sex God (Exclusive)

    May 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Ever wonder how Teddy Pendergrass went from a singer in Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes to a man women swoon over? Give Shep Gordon some of the credit. Mike Myers' directorial debut, "Supermensch," concerns the life of Gordon, who got into the music management business by…

  15. Kanye West's 2014 Album: Everything We Know So Far

    May 22, 2014 2:13 PM EDT "Yeezy season approaching/ Fuck whatever y'all been hearing." Last year, Kanye West dropped his left-field, sixth studio album, "Yeezus" with little notice and minimal marketing. Since November, when West first shared his plans to release his seventh studio album…

  16. Iggy Azalea vs Jennifer Lopez: Both Wear Burgundy at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 9:03 PM EDT On Sunday, the 2014 Billboard Music Awards saw two of music's most popular names arriving on the carpet in similar looking gowns -- pop star veteran Jennifer Lopez and rising of-the-moment rapper Iggy Azalea. BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE Milestone Award • Full Winners List •…

  17. Miley Cyrus' Music Director Talks Bangerz Tour Behind-the-Scenes

    May 08, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Miley Cyrus music director/American Hi-Fi frontman Stacy Jones tells us why Miley Cyrus is as punk rock as they come. Billboard recently chatted with Stacy Jones, frontman of the "Flavor of the Weak" power pop band American Hi-Fi. Aside from giving some inside information on his…

  18. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: Celebrity Dance Duel Sees Danica & Val Head Home

    May 06, 2014 4:23 AM EDT Week 8 featured the first-ever Celebrity Dance Duel — a cool idea, I suppose, even though it kept sounding like “Dance Stool” as Tom Bergeron announced it in Spooky Voice. Plus: an actual stool, incorporated into an Argentine tango. And last and most certainly least, guest judge Abby Lee…

  19. Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Hits 1 Million In Sales

    May 01, 2014 12:05 PM EDT She nets her sixth set to pass the vaunted sales milestone Miley Cyrus' album "Bangerz" has crossed the 1 million sales mark, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set becomes her sixth to reach the sales milestone. The album, released on Oct. 8, 2013, sold another 6,000 copies…

  20. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

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