1. Striking Matches: From 'Nashville' Favorites to Debut Album

    March 04, 2015 6:58 PM EST 'Nothing but the Silence' arrives March 24. Consider yourself forewarned: Early on the morning of March 24, you might be woken up in Nashville by the sound of screaming down Music Row. Striking Matches will be releasing Nothing but the Silence, their debut album, that day, and the…

  2. Foo Fighters Beat the Storms, Pummel the People With Hits Down Under: Live Review

    February 25, 2015 12:29 AM EST Major storms have given Brisbane a beating over the last week. The first, Cyclone Marcia, cruised north of the Australian city last Friday, and on Tuesday night, the force of nature that is the Foo Fighters , pounded the town center. The Foos kicked off the Australian run of their Sonic…

  3. Review: PJ Harvey's Live London Recording Session Offers Tantalizing Glimpse Into Off-Limits World

    February 10, 2015 6:43 PM EST As anyone who has ever spent time in a recording studio with an artist will tell you, the vast majority of the time, very little happens. Hours can fly by as a team of engineers painstakingly toy with different drum and microphone configurations. What feels like several days can pass as a…

  4. Grammys 2015: Here's What Happened at the Parties

    February 09, 2015 3:30 PM EST Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter is on the scene as high-profile musicians and top execs celebrate the 2015 Grammy Awards at L.A.'s most exclusive parties. Sam Smith was the big winner at the 2015 Grammy Awards. But the action didn't stop there. Stay tuned to this page for all…

  5. Read Bob Dylan's Full MusiCares Gala Speech

    February 07, 2015 7:15 PM EST When Bob Dylan took the stage on Friday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where he was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year at its annual dinner, the iconic singer/songwriter's "thank you" speech was a lengthy 40 minute-long message, during which he opened…

  6. Bob Dylan Dazzles MusiCares Gala With Bold Speech

    February 07, 2015 12:30 PM EST It was a well-known fact that Bob Dylan was not going to perform at the MusiCares event honoring him for, in President Jimmy Carter's words, a "lifetime dedication to human rights." Still, no one expected him to give one of the greatest acceptance speeches in the 25 years of…

  7. How Will Suge Knight's Arrest Impact the N.W.A. Biopic?

    February 06, 2015 11:48 AM EST While Suge Knight's murder charge, Feb. 3 not guilty plea, revoked $2 million bail and reported courtroom panic attack play out like a Hollywood drama, Universal Pictures is moving forward with its Aug. 14 release of N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton . Suge Knight Hospitalized for…

  8. Witness' 911 Call in Suge Knight Hit & Run Case Released: Listen

    February 05, 2015 10:27 PM EST A 911 recording was released Thursday in which a shaken witness reported seeing two men run over in Compton after a fight - an incident that led to murder and other charges against former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight . The brief recording, supplied to The Associated Press by the…

  9. Nile Rodgers' Life Work Honored By Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing

    February 04, 2015 12:56 PM EST It was good times for Chic co-founder and disco legend Nile Rodgers , who was saluted Tuesday night by the producers and engineers wing of the Recording Academy. The triple Grammy winner told the packed audience of audio professionals that when he started out, "I just wanted to be a jazz…

  10. Suge Knight Pleads Not Guilty to Murder, Attempted Murder & Other Charges

    February 03, 2015 12:19 PM EST Death Row Records founder Suge Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and other charges filed after he struck two men with his truck last week. The former rap music mogul appeared in a Compton court Tuesday and entered the plea. Knight is accused of intentionally running…

  11. Suge Knight Case: Detectives Review Video to Find Clues

    February 01, 2015 1:12 PM EST Investigators were reviewing a video of an incident in which Marion "Suge" Knight struck two men with his pickup -- leaving one dead and the other injured -- to help shed light on whether the rap music mogul was a perpetrator or victim in a case that led to his arrest. Suge Knight…

  12. Dueling Narratives Surround Suge Knight in Deadly Run-in

    January 31, 2015 11:48 AM EST As Marion "Suge" Knight sat jailed on suspicion of murder , dueling narratives cast him as attacker and victim in the hip-hop music mogul's latest and most serious run-in with the law. Suge Knight: A Timeline of His Legal Troubles Sheriff's deputies said he hit and…

  13. Jack Johnson, Other Acoustic Pop Singers Find Home on Pandora... When Will AC Radio Catch Up?

    January 29, 2015 1:09 PM EST It is well established that even when broadcast radio's listeners go looking for music on other platforms, they often search out the same mainstream formats they hear on FM. "All-'80s" is one exception , but that format differs mostly in its parameters; the songs played…

  14. John Carpenter Talks Debut Album 'Lost Themes' & Why Music Is Easier Than Directing

    January 26, 2015 5:00 PM EST Forty-five years after his first music credit (he co-wrote, edited and scored the Oscar-winning short The Resurrection of Broncho Billy ) and 37 years after composing the inimitably eerie Halloween soundtrack, legendary director John Carpenter is releasing his debut album. Entitled Lost…

  15. Diplo Brings Trap, Twerking & Lil Jon to Billboard's Winterfest

    January 26, 2015 1:15 PM EST No matter what country or club he's in, a Diplo show will be somewhat the same: There will be trap, there will be twerking, and there will be bone-shaking bass. The only real way to tell if you're in Tokyo or Texas is by the girls inevitably dancing on stage. Billboard Winterfest:…

  16. 'The Three Little Migos': A Classic Children's Story Retold With Rap Lyrics

    January 23, 2015 12:46 PM EST From Slick Rick 's funky fables to The Notorious B.I.G. 's underworld novellas, hip-hop is home to some of the greatest stories ever told. Narration is a core element of the art form, a necessity for rap purists. For Danny Brown , it's a skill he's taking off the beat.…

  17. Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' at 40: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 16, 2015 11:15 AM EST If Bob Dylan 's 15th studio album must fit in a box, it's his confessional '70s-singer-songwriter record. Released on January 17, 1975 -- 40 years ago today -- Blood on the Tracks landed amid the dissolution of Dylan's marriage to his first wife, Sara, and with its…

  18. Neil Patrick Harris Talks 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Grammy Nomination & More

    January 13, 2015 5:02 PM EST When it was announced in 2013 that  Hedwig and the Angry Inch -- the cult favorite, off-Broadway 1998 hit -- was finally coming to Broadway, people had high hopes, of course, but no one was exactly sure how it would go.  Fans needn't have been concerned. The show, which  follows Hedwig…

  19. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 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 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  20. Top 10 Lyrics From D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

    December 19, 2014 3:40 PM EST It's been close to a week since the surprise release of D'Angelo & The Vanguard's Black Messiah , enough time for the formerly distorted lyrics of D'Angelo to become more clear and significant. The easiest tone to take with Black Messiah , in its entire majestic roar…

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