1. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  2. Morning Roundup: 11 Things to Start Your Day

    September 19, 2014 8:24 AM EDT Leonard Cohen’s Birthday Present:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen was full of good cheer  as he spoke about  his upcoming album  Popular Problems . The release of the new album isn’t the only big thing happening next week for Cohen: he also turns 80, and he’s planning to take…

  3. Ole-Bluestone Announces Co-Publishing Deals with Ok Mayday, David Bratton, Others

    September 19, 2014 6:30 AM EDT The joint venture music publishing company formed by Timbaland and ole is on the move with a bunch of co-publishing signings: alternative rock band  Ok Mayday ; gospel songwriter David Bratton ; hip-hop/R&B producer/songwriter Maurice "Velly" Conway ; and rapper Justin "…

  4. Exclusive: The Grateful Dead Ink Publishing Deal With Universal

    September 19, 2014 6:00 AM EDT How does a band mark a 50th anniversary as an event rather than a footnote? Universal Music Publishing Group thinks it has a plan to breathe new life into The Grateful Dead . Formed in 1965, the iconic psychedelic act toured up until a month before founder Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, and…

  5. The Veronicas Return With Twisted Ballet Video for 'You Ruin Me': Watch

    September 19, 2014 5:47 AM EDT The Veronicas are back, and they're all grown up.   The sibling duo has released the full-length music video for "You Ruin Me," the first track lifted from their upcoming third studio album.  It's an intense breakup ballad which comes from an altogether different place…

  6. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  7. Gimme Five: Girls' Generation's Seohyun's Favorite Broadway Musicals

    September 18, 2014 10:35 PM EDT When she's not promoting in Korea or writing love songs in the Alps ,  Girls' Generation   member  Seohyun  says she's becoming a bit of a Broadway junkie. A listen to the 23-year-old on Girls' Generation-TTS ' new single "Holler" proves that she's…

  8. 2PM 'Go Crazy' & Have Fun on Funky New Album

    September 18, 2014 9:44 PM EDT The established boy band return with a multifaceted, super-strong set of throwback-inspired R&B-pop jams. Last year,  2PM  broke a two-year hiatus from the Korean scene with the  mature  Grown  album . The record mixed the act's classic R&B style with different genres like pop,…

  9. Guided by Voices Break Up (Again, But for Real), Cancel Tour Dates

    September 18, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Longstanding indie rockers Guided by Voices have broken up. The Dayton, Ohio, five-piece band posted the news to their website  on Thursday (Sept. 18) and canceled a run of tour dates scheduled to start Sept. 26 at Portland, Ore.'s Crystal Ballroom and to finish Nov. 29 at Detroit'…

  10. Check out Slipknot's New Masks & New Album Rumors

    September 18, 2014 3:52 PM EDT New album '5: The Gray Chapter' will feature a new drummer and bassist; who are these masked men? As they prep their first studio album since 2008, Slipknot have hinted at more details surrounding the forthcoming 5: The Gray Chapter . The Iowa-based metal veterans just shared a…

  11. Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

    September 18, 2014 3:40 PM EDT British rockers wonder: Why Pennsylvania? It took 43 years for the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe to sue Jimmy Page , Robert Plant and other Led Zeppelin parties for allegedly stealing the 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven," and when the lawsuit finally came, it happened in…

  12. Perry Farrell Takes a Walk Down L.A. Memory Lane Before Sunset Strip Music Fest

    September 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Jane's Addiction will perform 'Nothing's Shocking' in its entirety on Friday. This weekend, Jane's Addiction will be the focal point of the Sunset Strip Music Festival, a two-day long event celebrating the legendary strip's long musical heritage. On Friday…

  13. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago tomorrow,…

  14. Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814' Revisited By Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis: Track-by-Track Review

    September 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT If Janet Jackson 's third album, 1986's Control , was a declaration of independence, the follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814 , was a constitution -- a blueprint for the kind of country that this confident, sexy and newly independent 23-year old woman wanted to live in. At least it was…

  15. What Bono Meant By a 'New Format' For Music

    September 18, 2014 1:41 PM EDT In a forthcoming cover feature on U2 and its techno-fueled resurgence in Time magazine, Bono referenced that the band's forthcoming album, titled Songs of Experience and due in a year-and-a-half, will be released in a "new format" that would offer immersive experiences with…

  16. We Predicted Every ‘SNL’ Musical Guest For Season 40

    September 18, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Ariana Grande, Maroon 5 and Hozier have already been confirmed. We predicted the rest... because we're crazy. A new season of Saturday Night Live is nearly upon us, and that means a slew of musical guest announcements. For big music fans, an irresistible pick can make the difference…

  17. Maroon 5 No. 1 On Billboard Artist 100 Again; Lecrae Debuts, Jhene Aiko Soars

    September 18, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Maroon 5 is the biggest act in the U.S. for a second week, while Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Aiko rockets 88-9. Maroon 5 tops the Billboard Artist 100 for a second week. Meanwhile, Lecrae debuts at No. 7 and Jhene Aiko blasts 88-9 as their new albums debut on the Billboard 200. Plus, two…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format

    September 18, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Updated: 10:26 A.M., Sept. 18. Those hints that U2 dropped last week -- "We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed" -- seem to be more than just a promotional posture.…

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