1. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  2. Exclusive: Listen to PROM's ‘Flickers,’ First Single From Ghost Beach's Crazy Heart Records

    September 15, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Electronic pop duo Ghost Beach memorably took to Times Square last year to ignite a debate on music piracy . Now, they’re teaming with indie-music distributor The Orchard for their own label, Crazy Heart Records, which will release its first single Sept. 16, PROM’s “Flickers.” Billboard has…

  3. Lorde Dazzles at New York City's Pier 97, Covers Kanye West & Bon Iver

    September 15, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Lorde is at a crossroads. A lot of kids her age are drifting between high school and college; Ella Yelich-O'Connor likely fancies herself sort of like Kanye West between College Dropout and Late Registration . On tour with Majical Cloudz, she’s in a space where she can still bask in the…

  4. The Replacements Rock Homecoming Concert at Minnesota Stadium

    September 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Replacements played 31 songs at its first hometown appearance in 23. The Replacements took the stage Saturday (Sept. 13) night at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., clad in identical matching plaid suits, as the final notes of “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen faded out. Watch The…

  5. 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…

  6. GWAR Discusses Oderus Urungus and the Carnage to Come on the Eternal Tour

    September 13, 2014 5:40 PM EDT "We’ll kill everybody that gets in our way" The guys in GWAR put most method actors to shame. During our very twisted and funny conversation with the grotesquely masked metal band backstage at Chicago’s Riot Fest on Friday (Sept. 14), it was nearly impossible to get the members…

  7. Darkside Electrifies with Rave-y Final Show at Brooklyn's Masonic Temple

    September 13, 2014 10:10 AM EDT When Darkside announced seemingly out of nowhere that they were "coming to an end" with one final New York City show, fans responded with surprised disappointment. Though electronic producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington had intrigued listeners with their…

  8. 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…

  9. Ariana Grande, ODESZA Own No. 1s On Dance Charts

    September 12, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Ariana Grande breaks to the top of Dance/Mix Show Airplay, while duo ODESZA crowns Dance/Electronic Albums. Ariana Grande scores her first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies 7-1. Grande peaked at No. 2 in her first chart…

  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. Cosimo Matassa, Hall of Fame Inducted New Orleans R&B Musician, Dies at 88

    September 12, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cosimo Matassa , who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s, has died. He was 88. Matassa, who had been ailing since suffering a stroke in 2009, died on Thursday, granddaughter Mia Matassa told The Associated Press.…

  12. 'Gilmore Girls' on Netflix: Here Are the Show's 8 Best Musical Moments

    September 11, 2014 7:15 PM EDT With Gilmore Girls making its Netflix debut on Oct. 1, we run down the top musical moments from the series. 8. The Shins made an appearance in the season four episode "Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist," playing at a club in Florida, where Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Paris …

  13. Meet the Lawyer Claiming He Was Tricked Into Selling Grammy Tickets

    September 11, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Did Matthew Blakely get duped -- and does that make him a bad entertainment lawyer? This story is about Matthew Blakely of the Blakely Legal Group who represents actors, television producers and athletes and, until recently, was a member of the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy…

  14. Megadeth Pulls Out of Motorhead's Motorboat Cruise

    September 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Most cruises are relaxing. Motörhead's upcoming Motörboat cruise -- advertised as "the Loudest Boat in the World" -- will not be one of them. Unfortunately, one headlining group won't be able to add to the din: Megadeth has pulled out of the event because frontman Dave…

  15. Neil Finn On Songwriters' Struggle, Learning to Dance & Miley Cyrus' Brand of Feminism

    September 10, 2014 5:47 AM EDT Submit to the struggle, to existential crisis. And make sure to put in the hours. Those are some of Neil Finn’s tips for tackling the songwriting process. Finn shared sound advice and took his standing-room audience on a trip through his earliest musical years during a keynote conversation…

  16. 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…

  17. Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn Makes Directorial Debut with ‘Mall’: Watch An Exclusive Clip

    September 09, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Mall may be Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn's feature film directorial debut, but he's certainly been ramping up for this since the band started. Watch an exclusive clip of Mall below: Hahn, who co-founded Linkin Park while studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, has…

  18. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Eminem & Rihanna: The Top 10 Most Popular Ice Bucket Challenges

    September 09, 2014 3:10 AM EDT Also: Dave Grohl, Selena Gomez, Dr. Dre, Carrie Underwood, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake Since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge started in July, too many celebrities to count have participated. In all, the viral sensation helped raise more than $100 million to…

  19. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  20. Spoon Might Take a Break for Another Divine Fits Record

    September 08, 2014 5:21 PM EDT “If that happens we're probably not going to do another Spoon record for two years,” predicts Jim Eno. he four years leading up to Spoon's new They Want My Soul was the longest gap between any of the group's eight albums and came after some dedicated time off for the band…

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