1. Drew Bernstein, Founder of Cult Clothing Label Lip Service, Dead at 51

    August 20, 2014 4:36 AM EDT Drew Bernstein , founder and CEO of the edgy Lip Service clothing company that outfitted members of Guns N’ Roses , L.A. Guns and Poison at the peak of their fame, has been found dead at the age of 51.  L.A. County police say Bernstein died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the…

  2. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  3. Watch Nicki Minaj's Sexy 'Anaconda' Lyric Video

    August 16, 2014 7:02 PM EDT While fans will have to wait until Wednesday (August 20) for the premiere of the official "Anaconda" video, Nicki Minaj has gifted her Barbz and Kenz with the lyric video to the raunchy track. The lyric video includes plenty of close-ups of derrieres, obviously, including the rapper…

  4. Black Keys' 'Weight of Love' Video: Supermodel Lara Stone Goes Cult

    August 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT "Weight of Love," the brooding, psychedelic seven-minute opener from the Black Keys' 2014 album Turn Blue might seem like an odd candidate for a music video, but director Theo Wenner thought otherwise. Wenner and the Keys have shared a cinematic clip for "Weight of Love,…

  5. Karen O Hypes New LP ‘Crush Songs’ With Intimate Shows & Secret Listening Sessions

    August 13, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Karen O , the show-stopping front woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs , will release her solo debut Sept. 9 -- and she’s announced a stream of intriguing live events to get her fans even more excited. In the month following the Sept. 9 release of Crush Songs , Karen will perform a series of gigs in…

  6. HARD Summer 2014: Top 10 Performances

    August 05, 2014 1:12 PM EDT For a certain sect of dance music fans, namely those who favor hip hop influences over pop-leaning EDM, HARD Summer is like Christmas. Over the weekend, the annual music festival drew roughly 40,000 people to Los Angeles for a bill that included superstar DJs Skrillex , Diplo and…

  7. New Podcast Alert! Must-Hear Music: Chatting New Songs From Minaj, Gaga & More

    July 31, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Billboard is unveiling the debut episode of a new podcast, Must-Hear Music, where Billboard staffers sit down to chat compelling new songs that you must hear (thus the name, Must-Hear Music). Two-thirds of the people on this podcast are familiar faces (or rather, familiar voices): Jason…

  8. Will Donald Glover Pause Childish Gambino for the Return of 'Community'?

    July 28, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "Community" creator Dan Harmon will "do anything" to get Troy back on the show Related Childish Gambino Slams Label: 'Someone Buy Me Out Of This Contract' Childish Gambino Talks 'because the internet' Album & Staying Honest Childish Gambino Grows Up…

  9. Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O's Chilling Video for Solo Single 'Rapt'

    July 28, 2014 10:15 AM EDT The clip previews Karen's upcoming solo debut "Crush Songs" When Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O announced plans for her first solo record June 25, she curiously didn't share any new music. Well, here it is: A two-minute lo-fi acoustic dirge called "Rapt" that…

  10. The Unicorns Return: How Arcade Fire Brought The Cult Pop Group Back Together

    July 25, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "The three of us haven't been in the same room in six years," says frontman Nick Thorburn ahead of the arena-set reunion shows. In 2003, Canadian trio the Unicorns issued one of the weirdest, most wildly inventive pop debuts of the 00's -- and promptly broke up before ever…

  11. Heroin Bob Returns From the Dead in Trailer to 'SLC Punk!' Sequel

    July 22, 2014 12:15 PM EDT The teaser trailer to "Punk's Dead" is here Warped Tour regulars rejoice! Fifteen years after "SLC Punk!" made its U.S. premiere at Sundance, a trailer for the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic is here. The teaser trailer for "Punk's Dead" opens…

  12. U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

    July 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its first full-length album, he says his reaction was elation tempered by “a sense of guilt.”   The elation: Acrassicauda’s three original members…

  13. Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: The Indie-Rock Dad Awards

    July 21, 2014 11:10 AM EDT From "Worst Manners" to "Festival MVP," check out what Pitchfork Fest's resident father (& his son) thought of this year's fest. On the crowded subway ride home from the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, a kid in glasses, gauges and a D.A.R.E. shirt asked my…

  14. Pop Art By Robert Christgau: In It For The Art

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five…

  15. The Hudson Project Festival's First Year Had a Good Start, Got Muddy, Canceled Final Day

    July 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The inaugural Hudson Project, a music festival in New York's Hudson Valley inspired by Woodstock, experienced an eerily similar finale as the infamous '94 fest. It was the first music festival to be held on Winston Farm in Saugerties since "Mudstock" was held twenty years…

  16. Justice Crew’s Australian Record-Breaking Chart Reign Ends

    July 14, 2014 4:11 AM EDT Justice Crew’s record-breaking run at the top of the Australian singles chart with “Que Sera” has been halted at nine weeks by Joel and Benji Madden. The Madden brothers’ “We Are Done” (Capitol/EMI) climbed into the top spot on the latest chart, published on the weekend, to nudge the…

  17. 'Rising Star': What to Expect During the Duels

    July 12, 2014 8:30 AM EDT After downloading the app, repeatedly checking in and casting real-time votes, America raised the Wall for 20 singers on “Rising Star.” 'Rising Star': The Billboard Cover Shoot Next up on the ABC singing show? The "duels," but don't be mistaken: the upcoming round isn…

  18. Miley Cyrus, Flaming Lips Make Bizarre NSFW Short Film: Watch

    July 07, 2014 4:11 PM EDT Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips have continued their unlikely friendship by releasing a short film that is mind-bogglingly, brazenly bizarre, and was filmed while Cyrus was hospitalized with an allergic reaction. Watch the NSFW opus "Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain" below:…

  19. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Josh Groban, Ludacris and a Whole Load More Cat Banter Lights Up Episode 3

    July 07, 2014 9:43 AM EDT ABC hasn’t turned the lights off on Josh Groban, Kesha, Ludacris, Brad Paisley and their motley crew of wannabe stars, which means the wall must still rise, the sad background stories still abound, and the cat banter continue on until Kesha has locked down a fleet of felines and some sort of…

  20. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

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