1. Sinead O’Connor on Band Aid 30 Criticism: ‘Everyone Should Shut the F--- Up’

    November 25, 2014 11:42 PM EST Lily Allen has called it “smug.” Emeli Sande has apologized if its lyrics “caused offence.” Adele is rumored to have snubbed the sessions. But Sinead O’Connor isn’t having any of it. The sharp-tongued Irish singer has hit back at critics of the latest version of the Band Aid all-star…

  2. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Clowns Around at New Zealand Court

    November 25, 2014 9:33 PM EST AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd showed up late for a New Zealand court appearance Wednesday and clowned around by jumping on the back of one of his security guards outside the courthouse. Rudd did not enter a plea during his brief appearance. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on…

  3. Apink's 'Luv' Blends '90s Hip-Hop & Ballad Melancholy

    November 25, 2014 8:27 PM EST The sweet girl group long for a lost lover over a beat that recalls TLC and Will Smith's early hits. After snatching their second No. 2-peaking K-Pop Hot 100 hit with "Mr. Chu" in April,  Apink return with a complex new single. On the surface, "Luv" is a peppy pop…

  4. Check Out One Direction's New Wax Figures at Madame Tussauds Hollywood

    November 25, 2014 8:10 PM EST After taking home three American Music Awards this weekend, One Direction  continues to dominate the United States -- only now it's by proxy. New Taylor Swift Wax Figures Coming to Madame Tussauds Monday the pop quintet's likeness was enshrined in wax at Madame Tussauds Hollywood…

  5. Prince Deletes Twitter & Facebook Accounts

    November 25, 2014 5:23 PM EST Musical genius and admitted Luddite Prince  ended his awkward, year-long dalliance with social media on Tuesday (Nov. 25). Yes, the Twitter handle for Prince/3rdEyeGirl (his backing band) and his Facebook page are now missing from the Internet, gone like a purple motorcycle disappearing…

  6. Concert Venues Parting Ways With Promoters Are Capitalizing on Going DIY

    November 25, 2014 4:27 PM EST Friday, Nov. 14 was a sort of ­coming-out party for New York's Webster Hall, which, after 10 years as a Bowery Presents venue, celebrated its independence from the New York-based promoter with sold-out shows in each of its three music rooms. From the tiny basement Studio to the midsize…

  7. Inside the Fight to Save R.E.M.'s Birthplace

    November 25, 2014 4:13 PM EST A key to rock history sits crumbling in a parking lot, and the tightknit music scene in Athens, Ga., is uniting to revive it. Nuçi's Space, a nonprofit devoted to providing mental health services to local musicians, has stepped in to try to prevent the demolition of St. Mary's…

  8. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of …

  9. Firechat May Soon Solve Your Texting Woes at Crowded Events

    November 25, 2014 4:00 PM EST A technology that hasn't been practical until recently may be the new solution for jam-packed data networks at large events. Cell phone communication has always been a problem for music festival goers. With upwards of 90,000 people all gathered in one small area, cell phone towers are…

  10. Who Are the British Aces Behind Mary J. Blige's 'London Sessions'?

    November 25, 2014 2:31 PM EST Mary J. Blige brought in some of the United Kingdom's hottest writers and artists to record her upcoming album The London Sessions . This connects her with a long tradition of American musicians looking overseas for new ideas: back in the '60s, for example, Jimi Hendrix left the…

  11. Bob Dylan Plays 'Unbelievable' Show for One Superfan

    November 25, 2014 11:42 AM EST On Sunday (Nov. 23), Bob Dylan performed for just one person -- probably the smallest audience the singer has encountered since his days as Robert Zimmerman. Who was the lucky guy? Fredrik Wikingsson, a Swedish TV personality. He was told Dylan would play for him, but given the empty room,…

  12. One Direction Hits One Billion Plays on Spotify (But Are Still Way Behind Eminem)

    November 25, 2014 11:12 AM EST One Direction has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify, joining Coldplay as only the second British band to accomplish that feat on the streaming music service. According to data provided by Spotify, the boy band reached the milestone last week upon the release of their new album Four . …

  13. Thief Steals Instruments From Leon Russell's Band

    November 25, 2014 4:15 AM EST A guitarist in Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell's band says San Antonio police are investigating the theft of about $4,000 worth of instruments from the group's tour bus. Leon Russell, 'Fever': Exclusive Song Premiere The show went on Sunday night for Russell,…

  14. AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ Is Streaming Now

    November 24, 2014 11:58 PM EST AC/DC’s latest album Rock Or Bust is streaming early through an iTunes Radio “First Play” exclusive.  The legendary Aussie rockers’ 11-track album includes first single “Play Ball” and its title track, the official video for which dropped in recent days. AC/DC Release 'Rock or Bust&…

  15. System of a Down Announce 2015 European Tour Dates, First Armenian Show

    November 24, 2014 9:57 PM EST System Of A Down has announced dates for a 2015 European tour, including a show at Wembley Arena and the band's first ever gig in Armenia with a free show on the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide.  The "Wake Up The Souls" tour comes in recognition of that…

  16. Listen to Jack White's B-Side Cover of Bandmate Dean Fertita's 'Parallel'

    November 24, 2014 9:21 PM EST Jack White 's "Would You Fight For My Love?" 7-inch vinyl single is out now and the B-side is a new Bluegrass-y cover of Dean Fertita 's "Parallel."  Jack White Speaks at Yale About (What Else?) 1920s Blues Records Fertita is bandmates with White in his touring…

  17. Watch The Who's Retro Video for 'Get Lucky'

    November 24, 2014 7:27 PM EST The Who is looking good at 50. After releasing the Who Hits 50! 42-track compilation, charting a tour for 2015 , developing a virtual reality app and releasing catchy a new song , Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are wearing their age well. And now we get a video for that new song, "…

  18. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  19. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  20. Song Premiere: Amigos Invisibles' Jose Luis Pardo Does Shakira

    November 24, 2014 4:15 PM EST Listen to tropi-pop dance version of "Buscando un Poco de Amor" Get out your air bongos and turn up the volume on your hairbrush! On his new sing-along set, Música Moderna , José Luis Pardo infuses Latin pop classics like Luis Miguel’s “Cómo Es Posible Que a Mi Lado” and Enanitos…

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