1. Nickelback Debuts At No. 1 on Top Rock Albums with 'No Fixed Address'

    November 28, 2014 11:02 AM EST Nickelback arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with No Fixed Address , selling 80,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the band's fourth consecutive leader on the chart with a studio album. The title also starts at No. 1 on…

  2. Angus Young Says AC/DC is Ready to Rock

    November 27, 2014 1:14 AM EST AC/DC finally joined iTunes in 2012 after years of refusing to do so, but make no mistake, the Australian rock band is still old school. "I would like everybody to buy vinyl again," guitarist Angus Young said in an interview. "That's my favorite." He continued with…

  3. Prince Charles, Paul McCartney and Lily Allen Toast PRS For Music's Centennial

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Late last week, their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at their official London residence, Clarence House, to celebrate 100 years of U.K. collection society  PRS for Music .  Sir Paul McCartney , Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber , Ray Davies ,…

  4. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, 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. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of …

  5. This Monty Python Song Is Played at More British Funerals Than Any Religious Tune

    November 25, 2014 11:39 AM EST Oh, those Brits and their irreverent sense of humor. According to The Telegraph , the most popular song to be played at British funerals is not a somber, traditional tune, but a comedy tune from national treasures Monty Python . “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life,” the lighthearted…

  6. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  7. AC/DC Release 'Rock or Bust' Video, Minus Drummer Phil Rudd

    November 24, 2014 12:42 PM EST As the release date for AC/DC 's upcoming album Rock or Bust grows closer, the Australian hard rock gods have graced us with another video from that LP. This one is for the record's riff-heavy title track and features AC/DC performing in the round for legions of ecstatic (mostly…

  8. Sting Sets Out to Save 'The Last Ship'

    November 23, 2014 11:47 PM EST Sting is not letting The Last Ship sink without a fight. The former Police frontman, who composed the score for the Broadway musical set in his Northern English hometown, will join the cast as speculated, in a bid to lift the $15 million production's struggling box office. A story…

  9. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem lands on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & O.T. Genasis debuts with 'CoCo.' Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  10. Country Insiders Talk Touring Too Much & Finding the Next Luke Bryan

    November 20, 2014 4:14 PM EST 'There are too many shows, and eventually it will cannibalize buildings and cities,' one exec says during Billboard Touring Conference country panel. Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers…

  11. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfangled live concert video from Paul McCartney &…

  12. CODE Guest Playlist: Jon Hopkins

    November 20, 2014 2:47 PM EST In the span of five years, Jon Hopkins went from being a respected session producer who had worked with the likes of Coldplay and Brian Eno to one of the most significant rising electronic artists. Jon Hopkins Talks Career Renaissance & Collaborating With Coldplay Fresh off the release…

  13. Beach Boys' Mike Love Writing a Memoir

    November 19, 2014 5:59 PM EST Mike Love , a founding member of the Beach Boys and lead singer on such hits as "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Little Deuce Coupe," has a book deal. Mike Love 'Upset' Over Direction Of Beach Boys Reunion & Tour Love has an agreement with Blue Rider Press for…

  14. Premiere: Listen to Brooklyn Trio Pink Murder's Beachy Debut EP

    November 18, 2014 11:30 AM EST The trio make island-flavored electro-pop inspired by Brian Eno and David Byrne. Temperatures are dropping in the Northeast, but Pink Murder , a group of budding musicians from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Philadelphia, is just heating up. The trio is made up of Stargazy 's Michael Panico,…

  15. The Biz of Fizz: Why Soda Brands Are Spending Millions To Promote Taylor Swift, Tiesto in 2014

    November 17, 2014 1:02 PM EST The second half of 2014 sees Big Gulp-sized soda partnerships with artists. Michael Tran/FilmMagic In 2014, 7UP doubled down on its lucky number by linking with Tiesto , Ultra, Insomniac and others for its 7x7Up initiative: seven top festivals, seven rising DJs ( Danny Avila , Disco…

  16. Vagrant Records Bought by BMG Chrysalis

    November 17, 2014 11:58 AM EST In yet another move aimed at growing its catalog of recorded masters, BMG Chrysalis US has acquired indie rock label Vagrant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Vagrant co-founder Jon Cohen will become evp of recorded music and oversee records released through BMG&…

  17. AC/DC Not in Touch With Phil Rudd Since Charges

    November 13, 2014 7:07 PM EST Angus Young of AC/DC says his bandmates have not been in touch with Phil Rudd since he was charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana last week. Young, 59, said in an interview Thursday (Nov. 13) that Rudd's behavior had been somewhat erratic during…

  18. AC/DC is All About Balls, Bikinis, Bloopers in New Video for 'Play Ball'

    November 11, 2014 8:16 PM EST AC/DC 's video for the new song "Play Ball" is a tribute to all things sports, but with a somewhat unsettling emphasis on female athletes in bikinis.  When the clip isn't focused on the iconic Aussie rock and roll band parading around in front of a green screen…

  19. Jon Hopkins Talks Career Renaissance & Collaborating With Coldplay

    November 11, 2014 3:25 PM EST It's midafternoon in Berlin, and Jon Hopkins is already sound-checking. Surfacing for air from his self-described "weird maze of stuff" onstage, the lanky British producer greets me with a sheepish grin and a cordial handshake. "I hope people know where the show is,"…

  20. Smokey Robinson Exclusive: Watch The Behind-The-Scenes Clip from ‘The Art of McCartney’

    November 11, 2014 11:00 AM EST Producer Ralph Sall describes the process of putting the all-star tribute album together. Producer Ralph Sall's The Art of McCartney tribute album has certainly been an ambitious endeavor, with two discs, 34 tracks and an opulent deluxe edition that features six more songs and video…

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