1. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  2. 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…

  3. Exclusive Premiere: Watch the Raveonettes Play Assassins in 'Killer in the Streets' Video

    September 18, 2014 10:50 AM EDT As garage rock veterans the Raveonettes prepare to head out on tour in the U.S., they’re exclusively sharing the brand new music video for their song "Killer in the Streets" on Billboard today. Check out the Rie Rasmussen -directed clip below, which features band members Sharin…

  4. Patti LaBelle Had Bodyguard Beat Cadet, Attorney Says

    September 16, 2014 11:55 PM EDT An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy. The…

  5. Bogota Music Market: 5 to Watch

    September 16, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Colombia is bursting at the seams with music. Bogota Music Market Highlights Burgeoning Colombian Music Scene At the recent Bogota Music Market (BOmm), which took place Sept. 11 and 12 in Colombia's capital, some 16 acts performed for an audience of nearly 1,000 artists, managers,…

  6. What Does Radio Think Of U2's New Single?

    September 16, 2014 1:05 PM EDT 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' receives a largely warm welcome at rock formats following its first week Following the surprise release of U2's new album Songs of Innocence as a free download to iTunes and Beats Music account holders on Sept. 9, first single "The Miracle …

  7. Listen: Jennifer Hudson & Iggy Azalea Make Sure 'He Ain't Goin' Nowhere'

    September 15, 2014 3:43 PM EDT Pharrell produced the track from Hudson's upcoming 'JHud' album. Disco has been going strong since last year, when Daft Punk 's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines" ruled the summer. Of course, the genre has a strong history of powerful…

  8. U2 Posts Making-Of Video for 'Songs of Innocence'

    September 14, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Just two days after millions around the world woke up to find they were suddenly the owner of U2’s latest album -- whether they liked it or not -- the globe-straddling humanitarian rockers have now released a making-of video. In a Twitter message posted Friday, the band shared a video…

  9. Watch Death Cab for Cutie's Onstage Goodbye to Chris Walla

    September 14, 2014 7:48 PM EDT It was sentimental farewell for Death Cab for Cutie founding member, producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Walla , who performed his last set with the seminal indie-rock band Saturday at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, British Columbia.  Death Cab for Cutie Returns To Studio For New…

  10. Zedd Talks Collaborations, New Album, What's Taking So Long

    September 14, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Vice and Absolut Vodka teamed up Friday to host a high-glam industrial rave on a pier in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood that featured performances by electronic hip-hop producer AraabMuzik and Washington, D.C. DJ Alvin Risk , as well as a surprise headline set by Zedd . The event…

  11. Ask Billboard: It's All About Women In The Hot 100's Top Five

    September 12, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Women control the chart's top five this week, led by Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass.' How uncommon is a top-five male lockout? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include…

  12. Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne . Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates Funeral , released…

  13. 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 "…

  14. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  15. Ryan Adams Drops Bizarre Promos for Parakeet-Killing Album: Watch

    September 10, 2014 12:03 AM EDT Ryan Adams has released his new self-titled album today, and to get everyone excited about it, he has created two of the weirdest promotional videos known to man. Garry Shandling, Jeff Garlin, Don Was and Bob Mould join in on the bizarre videos with Shandling acting as Adams' manager and…

  16. U2's Surprise 'Songs of Innocence': Album Review

    September 09, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Had Apple not been readying the launch of its new iPhone 6, U2 might have had to invent the thing itself. In a bold move only this band could pull off, Bono and the gang hijacked the tech giant's Sept. 9 unveiling and announced the release -- free to all 500 million iTunes users --…

  17. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  18. Exclusive: Veteran Marsha Vlasic to Bring Deep Client Roster to Artist Group International

    September 09, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Marsha Vlasic will join Artist Group International (AGI) as president, less than a week after news broke that she was leaving ICM Partners. All of her clients, including Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Regina Spektor , Cage The Elephant , Muse , the Strokes , Moby , Band Of Horses , Silversun…

  19. 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…

  20. Interpol's 'El Pintor': Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 09, 2014 12:50 PM EDT If you’re Interpol , you must be hearing the words “return to form” a great deal these days. You’ve played the major label game, and retreated back to your original indie home, Matador Records. You lost your iconic bass player, and have struggled to prove you’re still the same band fans fell…

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