1. Bruce Springsteen Surprises Fans at Box-Set Listening Party

    October 29, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen surprised fans when he slinked in like a spirit in the night to check out a New Jersey listening party previewing his upcoming box set, Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984. The Boss snuck his way in through the back entrance of Jack's Music…

  2. Country Music Hall of Fame Warmly Welcomes Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman & Hank Cochran

    October 27, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Sunday night's Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame saw three very diverse musical legends inducted into one of music's most exclusive clubs, as Mac Wiseman , Hank Cochran  and Ronnie Milsap were each celebrated for their wide array of musical accomplishments on…

  3. Life Is Beautiful 2014's 10 Best Performances

    October 27, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Combining amazing music, world-class food, breathtaking art and iconic public speakers, the Life Is Beautiful festival is a welcome departure from the manufactured spectacle of Sin City’s over-the-top casinos and nightclubs. Transforming downtown Las Vegas into a unique, multi-stage jubilee…

  4. Foo Fighters Close Life Is Beautiful Festival With Hit-Fueled Set

    October 27, 2014 12:20 PM EDT After three days and some 70 performances -- which included stand-out sets by Friday and Saturday headliners Kanye West and Outkast -- the Foo Fighters had their work cut out for them as they closed the 2nd annual Life Is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday (Oct. 26). At 9:45…

  5. Watch: Kelly Clarkson Soulfully Covers ‘Shake It Off,’ Taylor Swift Approves

    October 26, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Less than a week after going viral with a cover of Sam Smith ’s “Stay With Me,” Kelly Clarkson has made headlines again with a soulful cover of Taylor Swift ’s “Shake It Off.” Kelly Clarkson Covers Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' The 32-year-old American Idol alum (and new mom )…

  6. Ronnie Milsap on New 21-Disc RCA Collection: 'It's My History'

    October 24, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Ronnie Milsap would be lying if he said that the possibility of being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame hadn't entered his mind -- but, when he got the news, he tells Billboard  it still took him by surprise. "I was here at the house," he recalls, "and some…

  7. Joan Jett Rocks Out With Billie Joe Armstrong, Alice Cooper & More at Charity Show

    October 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT When the pioneering all-female hard rock band the Runaways broke up in early 1979, no one took the prospects of a 20-year-old Joan Jett 's solo career seriously. To state the obvious, the industry underestimated her. Thirty-five years and numerous top 40 Hot 100 hits later, Jett is…

  8. Bob Seger, Hozier Top Rock Charts

    October 24, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Seger scores his first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums, while Hozier hits No. 1 on Hot Rock Songs. Plus, chart action for Milky Chance, the Black Keys, Fall Out Boy and Lorde. Bob Seger scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart (dating to the list's inception in 2006)…

  9. One Direction Announce 2015 Tour, Premiere Final 'Steal My Girl' Teaser

    October 23, 2014 4:33 PM EDT One Direction aren't slowing down anytime soon. The band just added U.S. and Europeon tour dates to their 2015 On The Road Again tour. The title is certainly apropos: The band just wrapped their massive worldwide Where We Are tour, but it's apparently full steam ahead for the…

  10. Director of Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' on Protests: 'It Invites an Audience to Think'

    October 22, 2014 11:09 PM EDT When director Peter Sellars and composer John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer had its initial runs in Brussels and New York in 1991, it caused a sensation and a furor. The subject matter, still fresh in the public consciousness, was the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille…

  11. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  12. Happy Birthday Tom Petty! Celebrate By Revisiting 10 Classic Tracks

    October 20, 2014 5:57 PM EDT In honor of Tom Petty 's 64th birthday, we're revisiting some of his hits! "Don't Come Around Here No More" It's been documented that the inspiration for this 1985 song was a romantic encounter that co-writer David A. Stewart ( Eurythmics ) had with Stevie…

  13. Corner Office: Afo Verde, Head of Sony Latin, on Ricky Martin, His Producer Roots and Argentine Pride

    October 20, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The 50 or so ­employees at Sony Music Entertainment’s Miami headquarters are used to seeing Afo Verde walk briskly, fitting for a part-time soccer player. But today, he limps, still recovering from a 3-month-old ankle fracture sustained during his company’s weekly soccer match. “I’d love…

  14. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  15. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  16. Former Bjork Manager Scott Rodger Now Oversees Arena Runs By Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE GLOBAL GURU This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 48 TITLE: President, Quest Management STAFF : 40 CITY: Los Angeles and London COMPANY FOUNDED…

  17. These Cute Kids Covering Slayer & Metallica Are More Metal Than All of Us

    October 17, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Looks like Billboard 21 Under 21 metal protégées Unlocking the Truth have some competition. Brothers Subaru and Hayato are only seven and ten, respectively, and they’ve already got a way with a pummeling metal cover. Check out the video below as they plow through Slayer’s “Raining Blood,”…

  18. RCA Records Hires Dan Chertoff as VP, A&R

    October 17, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Dan Chertoff has been appointed vice president A&R of RCA Records, where he'll be responsible for signing and developing new artists, the label has announced. Chartoff will work out of RCA's New York City headquarters and report to CEO Peter Edge and David Wolter , SVP of A…

  19. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  20. Oxford Business Students Helped Thom Yorke's BitTorrent Release

    October 16, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Add a group of Oxford business students to the list of people who kept Thom Yorke 's new solo album a secret from the world. MBA candidates at the prestigious university worked with the Radiohead singer's management team on the experimental set, titled Tomorrow's Modern Boxes…

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