1. Metallica's Kirk Hammett Is 'Tickled' About Contributing to New Exodus Album

    September 18, 2014 11:09 AM EDT Guitarist tells Billboard that reconnecting with his old bandmates is like "coming back to a fraternity you lost contact with." For Kirk Hammett , the guitar solo he performs on "Salt the Wound," a track on Exodus ' upcoming album Blood In, Blood Out (Nuclear Blast…

  2. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  3. Clear Channel Changes Name to iHeartMedia

    September 16, 2014 9:34 AM EDT Clear Channel is now iHeartMedia. The multi-platform media company announced on Tuesday (Sept. 16) that it has changed names to reflect the growth and influence of the iHeart brands. The San Antonio-based company's holdings of ad-supported and consumer-focused media business include 859…

  4. Inside Pentatonix, 'Pitch Perfect' and the Pop-Culture Phenomenon of A Cappella Music

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT The band Pentatonix, already swimming in brand alignments and video views, is having a moment as instrumentless interest keeps swelling. Alongside needle-moving, genre-defying priority releases on the RCA Records slate -- Sia 's 1000 Forms of Fear and "Weird Al" Yankovic '…

  5. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Clear Channel -- now…

  6. Exclusive: Listen to 'Vampire Diaries' star Michael Malarkey's Song 'Feed the Flames'

    September 15, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Now you can listen to Enzo whenever you want. Vampire Diaries  star Michael Malarkey is set to release a 5-song EP,  Feed the Flames , on Oct. 12; the title track will debut on iTunes Sept. 16. "As far as my songwriting goes, I became infatuated with Tom Waits after graduating high…

  7. Tom Skeeter, Sound City Studios Owner, Dies

    September 13, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tom Skeeter, a longtime music industry insider and owner of the legendary Sound City Studios, has died, Billboard has confirmed. A cause of death was not revealed at press time. "We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him…

  8. Did Paul Ryan Even Ever Really Like Rage Against the Machine?

    September 12, 2014 9:01 PM EDT Is it possible Congressman Paul Ryan never even liked Rage Against the Machine ? After becoming the butt of jokes and feeling the brunt of Tom Morello 's political rage two years ago when his supposed fandom was flatly denied, Ryan now claims the whole things was an "urban legend.…

  9. Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to Play Star-Studded Bridge School Benefit

    September 12, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Pearl Jam , Tom Jones and Soundgarden will be among the typically all-star cast at this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young . The iconic singer-songwriter will also perform at the annual event, which will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at the…

  10. 'Frozen' Attraction Coming to Disney's Epcot

    September 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Arendelle lands in Florida. Disney is bringing  Frozen  to Florida. A  Frozen  attraction is being planned for the Norway Pavilion in Epcot,  Tom Staggs,  chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced Friday. The new attraction, which will replace Maelstrom, is set in the fictional…

  11. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  12. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  13. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  14. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

  15. The Pfeiffer Twins on Their Eclectic Influences & Making Music From Tragedy

    September 10, 2014 5:51 PM EDT To say that The Pfeiffer Twins took their time on their debut disc, Nobody's Puppet, would be an understatement. According to Carrie, doing it all themselves meant they had no choice but to go slow. "It took us a little under three years from start to finish," she tells…

  16. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Mary J. Blige & Disclosure, Fall Out Boy, Willow Smith & More

    September 10, 2014 1:45 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, strange musical crossovers seem to be the unofficial theme. We chat about British dance duo Disclosure producing a song for Mary J. Blige, Fall Out Boy sampling folkie Suzanne Vega and former hair-whipper Willow Smith covering indie fave King Krule…

  17. Broadway Will Dim Lights for Joan Rivers After All

    September 09, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Cyndi Lauper & other celebs fought to reverse Broadway League's decision. In the end, Broadway's leaders saw the light -- and decided to turn them off. Joan Rivers' Funeral: Howard Stern Gives Eulogy & Audra McDonald Sings   The Broadway League, which represents theater…

  18. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  19. Hear Fall Out Boy's Suzanne Vega-Sampling New Song 'Centuries'

    September 08, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Despite its title, Fall Out Boy 's new song "Centuries" arrives just four days after the band teased their new single via Morse code (and then confirmed it with actual words on Twitter ). Coming Soon: Fall Out Boy's New Song & Patrick Stump's First Child As with…

  20. Neil Patrick Harris Marries David Burtka

    September 08, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Elton John performed at the reception. Neil Patrick Harris is a newlywed. The TV and Broadway star wed David Burtka , his partner of 10 years, on Saturday in Italy, Harris' rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . "We happily confirm that Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were…

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