1. 10 Ways ACL Weekend Two Was Different

    October 12, 2015 10:28 PM EDT Historically, the second weekend of a music festival double-header is always better for myriad reasons. Weekend One fest-goers will probably be quick to disagree, but my observation is grounded in experience – I’ve attended every double weekend of Coachella and Austin City Limits since their…

  2. Outside Lands 2015 Day 2 Highlights: Angus & Julia Stone, Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar, the Black Keys and More

    August 09, 2015 10:36 PM EDT More than 70,000 people returned to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Saturday (Aug. 8) for day two of the Outside Lands Music and Arts festival. The evening's lineup presented a skew of performance conflicts with an overabundance of the year’s biggest acts scattered throughout…

  3. Live Aid Turns 30: U2, Madonna, Led Zeppelin Reunion & More Highlights

    July 13, 2015 5:13 PM EDT It’s hard to believe 30 years have passed since Live Aid. The monumental charity concert, which raised funds for famine relief in Africa, featured a laundry list of '80s artists that now reads like a music fan’s dream concert. The event was held on July 13, 1985, simultaneously in London…

  4. X Ambassadors & Houndmouth Rule Rock Charts, Pete Townsend Returns

    June 19, 2015 8:00 AM EDT The bands reign on their first tries, while "Quadrophenia" returns in a new form. Plus, a Michael Jackson classic gets a makeover. Two rising bands rule a pair of Billboard 's rock charts. With a 2-1 climb, X Ambassadors ' "Renegades" tops Alternative Songs ,…

  5. Pete Townshend on New 'Classic Quadrophenia' Album and Putting the Classical in Classic Rock

    June 10, 2015 5:15 PM EDT Pete Townshend 's Classic Quadrophenia  apparently won't be eligible for the classical charts in the U.K., and Townshend is none too pleased about it. And The Who guitarist railed about in a recent Facebook post  about the  orchestral adaptation of  the  band 's 1973 rock…

  6. Sweetlife Festival 2015: Kendrick Lamar Brings Down the House, Pixies Draw Diverse Crowd & More

    May 31, 2015 12:17 PM EDT Instead of Budweiser and chicken tenders, artisanal Stillwater ale and veggie burgers by James Beard award-winning chef Dan Barber fueled the crowd on May 30 at Sweetlife, a two-day music-meets-gastronomy festival held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Pockets of gourmet…

  7. Sweetlife Festival 2015 Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd & More

    March 04, 2015 4:12 PM EST Kendrick Lamar , Calvin Harris and the Weekend are among the acts playing this year's sixth annual Sweetlife Festival. The event, which was launched by East Coast organic food chain Sweetgreen, will take place on May 30 and 31 at Columbia, Md.'s Merriweather Post Pavilion. The…

  8. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Billy Idol Returns With His Highest-Debuting Album

    October 31, 2014 6:28 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Slipknot collected its second No. 1 album as .5: The Gray Chapter debuted at No. 1. The Roadrunner Records release sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six new titles to debut in the top 10…

  9. Billy Idol to Release First New Album In Nearly A Decade

    June 16, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Punk rock veteran Billy Idol will release his first new album of original material in October through his own BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services. Produced by Trevor Horn, the as-yet untitled album will be released around the same time as “Dancing with Myself," Idol’s self-penned…

  10. Billy Idol Autobiography Gets Release Date

    May 29, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Billy Idol was there at the birth of punk-rock in the U.K., and now he’s telling his story for the first time. "Dancing with Myself," Idol’s self-penned autobiographical memoir, is set for publication on Oct. 7, on Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint. The book recounts Idol’s…

  11. Billy Idol Putting Together New Album, Autobiography

    May 30, 2013 8:00 PM EDT Billy Idol is planning to put out some new music and old memories in 2014. The punk rock veteran is in the midst of both recording a new album and writing an autobiography, Idol told Billboard during a conference call with reports for this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival,…

  12. Adam Lambert, Jordin Sparks Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston, Donna Summer At 'VH1 Divas': Watch

    December 17, 2012 11:50 AM EST VH1 DIVAS Best Photos From the Show It was a confluence of glitz and glamour, spikes and suits and all manner of bare-chested male dancers. In other words, Adam Lambert 's Sunday night… And VH1 Divas 2012, which featured the American Idol season eight runner-up as host to a lineup that…

  13. Friday Flashback: Kind of 'Blue Christmas'

    December 16, 2011 10:23 PM EST With the holidays just around the corner, let's turn the spotlight on one of the season's top Yuletide tunes -- one that has a rich country history. Though Elvis Presley's 1957 recording of "Blue Christmas" stands now as the most famous, it wasn't the first.…

  14. 'The Voice's' Beverly McClellan Added 'A Shot of Fire' To New Album

    December 06, 2011 10:50 AM EST Beverly McClellan wasn't about to let the fame-making brush of her run on "The Voice" change the music she made on her sixth album, "Fear Nothing." "I would say everything on here is exactly what I want to be currently representing Beverly McClellan," the…

  15. Pete Townshend on 'Quadrophenia,' The Who's 'Last Great Album'

    November 11, 2011 10:15 AM EST With a recent theatrical production, a forthcoming orchestral version and movie sequel, a pair of upgraded reissues and a possible tour in 2012, Pete Townshend says he's understandably "had 'Quadrophenia' on the brain now for quite some time." And he doesn't mind…

  16. Billy Idol On Motorcycle Accident: 'The Foot's Coming Along Great'

    November 08, 2011 2:45 PM EST Billy Idol is recovering from a recent foot operation to repair damage from a 2010 motorcycle accident, according to frequent Twitter updates. Tweeted the "Rebel Yell" singer early this morning (Nov. 8): "The foots coming along great, just getting thru it if ya know what i mean…

  17. Lollapalooza 2011 : 13 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    August 07, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Lollapalooza's 20th Anniversary fest rolled into its second day yesterday (Aug. 6) with a bright, hot sun coming from behind the clouds as Cee Lo rocked Journey , Ween forgot where they were and Ellie Goulding had to dodge a hug-happy stagecrasher. But it got even better at night as…

  18. Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex Singer, Dies at 53

    April 26, 2011 10:41 AM EDT P oly Styrene , the braces-wearing singer who belted out "Oh bondage, up yours!" with the band X-Ray Spex , has died at the age of 53. Styrene, whose real name was Marion Elliott-Said, had been suffering from cancer. A statement on the singer's official website and Twitter feed…

  19. Ask Billboard: Who Could Break "Glee"'s Record?

    February 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHO COULD BREAK …

  20. KEZE/Spokane, Wash. Rocks The Holidays

    December 07, 2010 1:05 PM EST This time of year, nearly all the reporters to Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart transform their airwaves into a non-stop winter wonderland of holiday music. Standards from Ray Conniff , Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams temporarily replace current adult pop fare. Johnny…

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