1. 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…

  2. Robert Christgau: Iggy Azalea's 'New Classic' Is Plenty Authentic -- and Damn Good to Boot

    September 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Iggy Azalea 'New Classic' Review, Robert Christgau I come not to remind you, in case it's somehow slipped your mind, that Australian-born rapper Iggy Azalea is the first artist to place his, her or their first Hot 100 singles at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously since the damn…

  3. August Alsina Spills Off Stage in NYC: Watch

    September 16, 2014 1:27 AM EDT August Alsina took a nasty fall during his show Monday night at New York’s Irving Plaza. According to sources at the venue, Alsina wandered off stage mid-song and dropped onto the crowd barrier. He didn't return. The house DJ played on for a few moments before the announcement was made…

  4. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  5. Raw Power’s Craig Jennings and Matt Ash on U.S. Expansion, Growing Business in the Face of Falling Sales

    September 15, 2014 4:55 PM EDT The pair address how the last fifteen years have dramatically affected their jobs, and the business of breaking bands. Formed in 2006 by music industry veteran Craig Jennings alongside Iron Maiden ’s long-term manager Rod Smallwood and fellow Sanctuary Group founder Andy Taylor , U.K.-based…

  6. Rewinding The Charts: 35 Years Ago, Robin Williams Laughed All The Way To The Top 10

    September 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT On this date in 1979, the comedy legend wowed with 'Reality ... What a Concept' In 1979, 27-year-old Robin Williams was comedy's darling. As the first-season finale of his smash ABC series Mork & Mindy aired, he showcased the range of his talent on an April cover of Time…

  7. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  8. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  9. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  10. 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…

  11. Watch Janelle Monae's 'Power'-ful 'Sesame Street' Visit

    September 11, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Billboard was on the set when the singer taped the show earlier this year. On Tuesday, Janelle Monae is coming to Sesame Street . It's the 45th anniversary of the famous show, and honoring that kind of longevity requires the right performer -- someone grounded in both past and present,…

  12. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  13. U2 Releases Free Album 'Songs of Innocence' at Apple Event

    September 09, 2014 2:58 PM EDT "It's the largest album release of all time," Apple CEO Tim Cook says of the group's surprise album launch. U2 has returned in stunning fashion: the legendary rock group has released a new album, Songs of Innocence , for free on iTunes, following its performance…

  14. Rewinding The Charts: 25 Years Ago, New Kids On The Block Were 'Hangin' ' At No. 1

    September 09, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Boston boy band topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with its breakthrough album and the set's title cut, respectively In every era of pop music, boy bands have elicited irrepressible shrieks from adoring female fans. In the '60s, it was the Beatles. In the '70s, the…

  15. Watch Garth Brooks Expertly Handle an Onstage Spill

    September 09, 2014 9:50 AM EDT After turning an onstage spill into an acrobatic moment, Garth Brooks has proven he still has it. The country star is in the middle of a comeback after more than a decade away from music (for the most part), so there's understandably some rust he has to shake off. On Sept. 12, in a show…

  16. Violent Soho, Sia Lead Australia’s Independent Music Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Violent Soho , Sia Furler , Chet Faker and RÜFÜS lead the nominations for Australia's ninth annual Independent Music Awards. Violent Soho is out front with chances in four categories. The Brisbane alternative rock outfit is up for best independent artist and their third studio album…

  17. 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,…

  18. Why Garth Brooks Should Have Gone With iTunes

    September 08, 2014 2:39 PM EDT The superstar took a gamble by launching his own digital store -- can it pay off? Well, the outlook isn't bright. Last week, Garth Brooks debuted GhostTunes , a new music download store seemingly created to be the exclusive source of Brooks' digital catalog. Although the store has a…

  19. Watch Alicia Keys' Video for Brand New Song 'We Are Here'

    September 08, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Alicia Keys released an uplifting video on her Facebook page today. "Let's talk about Chi-town / Let's talk about Gaza / Let's talk about Israel... let's talk Nigeria / and the mass hysteria / Our souls are brought together / so that we can love each other," Keys…

  20. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review

    September 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Jhené Aiko 's songs are intimate conversations, which have flourished since the release of her 2011 mixtape Sailing Soul(s ). Her vocals are lithe enough to seduce, while her sharp lyricism and wordplay are tools to knife through a man's crap. On Aiko's major label debut,…

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