1. Lollapalooza 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    August 05, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Saturday's Lollapalooza 2012 lineup featured a host of marquee headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers , Avicii and Frank Ocean , but the literal showstopper of the festival's second day was Mother Nature. Lollapalooza 2012 • Photos: Lolla Live Saturday • Photos: Backstage &…

  2. Lollapalooza 2012: The Billboard Guide

    August 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT This year's Lollapalooza is more stuffed than a Thanksgiving turkey. With the festival landing in Chicago on Friday (Aug. 3), Billboard has your guide to the weekend's must-see bands . FRIDAY Michael Kiwanuka | 1:30 p.m. | Playstation Stage Why He's Hot: The U.K. singer's …

  3. Members of The Who, Franz Ferdinand Seek Pussy Riot Release

    August 02, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys, Alex…

  4. Insider Tips of the Week: Jay-Z, B.o.B., Carly Rae Jepsen

    July 13, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Chart Article The hot, slow days of midsummer are here, but don't let that keep you from fresh insider music information. For the rest of beach season, Billboard.com is bringing you a weekly heads-up of music-related suggestions, tips, and key recommendations -- all designed to keep you…

  5. Banned Bands: 9 Groups With Passport Problems

    May 17, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Lady Gaga's failure to attain a concert permit from Indonesia made news this week, but Mother Monster is hardly the first artist to get an earful from an entire country. As the Born This Way Ball soldiers on, we've rounded up nine other incidents that left popular musicians on the…

  6. Outside Lands 2012 Lineup: Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young Headlining

    April 17, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder , Metallica , Neil Young & Crazy Horse , Jack White and the Foo Fighters lead the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will invade San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from Aug. 10-12. The 2012 fest marks the return of Metallica and…

  7. Album Review: Neon Trees, 'Picture Show'

    April 16, 2012 8:00 AM EDT NEON TREES "Picture Show" Producer: Justin Meldal-Johnsen Label: Mercury Records Release Date: April 17 Fans of this Utah synth-rock outfit's ultra-catchy 2010 hit "Animal" will find much to appreciate about Neon Trees' sophomore album, "Picture Show,"…

  8. Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers, Black Keys Headlining

    April 11, 2012 1:00 AM EDT The extra-colorful lineup for the 2012 Lollapalooza festival, led by the Black Keys , Red Hot Chili Peppers and a reunited Black Sabbath , was unveiled on Wednesday morning (Apr. 11). The annual C3 Presents-promoted fest will return to Chicago's Grant Park for the eighth consecutive year…

  9. Billy Joel Portrait Joins Classical Crowd at Steinway Hall

    December 12, 2011 8:00 PM EST The Piano Man is now officially a Steinway man. A Billy Joel portrait has been unveiled in New York City at Steinway Hall, home to the famed piano maker Steinway & Sons. Joel is one of only two living artists included in a collection featuring greats such as Hungarian composer Franz Liszt…

  10. Ken Russell, 'Tommy' Director, Dead at 84

    November 28, 2011 2:15 PM EST Ken Russell got Oliver Reed and Alan Bates to wrestle naked, turned Vanessa Redgrave into a demonic nun and cast Ringo Starr as the pope. Critics and mainstream audiences often hated his films. Actors and admirers loved him. The iconoclastic British director, whose death aged 84 was announced…

  11. Indie Labels Hit Hard in London Riots

    August 09, 2011 12:12 PM EDT A London warehouse containing stock for a number of U.K. independent labels -- including XL Recordings, 4AD, Beggars, Domino and Rough Trade - was destroyed by rioters during a third night of unrest in the British capital. The three-story building, which was owned by Sony DADC and located in…

  12. The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green Lead Virgin Mobile FreeFest Bill

    July 11, 2011 12:55 AM EDT The Black Keys , Deadmau5 , Cee Lo Green , TV on the Radio , Patti Smith , Empire of the Sun , and Cut Copy are among the acts booked for the third annual Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a free music festival set for Sept. 10 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Filling out the main…

  13. Billboard Bits: MCR Responds to Glenn Beck, Pitbull's 'Planet Pit' Landing in June

    May 04, 2011 6:17 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. My Chemical Romance Responds to Glenn Beck's 'Propaganda' Accusations Conservative pundit Glenn Beck has targeted My Chemical Romance as his latest enemy, calling out the February "Glee"…

  14. Top 10 Garage Rock Revival Bands: Where Are They Now?

    March 23, 2011 9:00 AM EDT After five long years, the Strokes have returned with "Angles," their fourth album out this week on RCA Records. It marks the comeback of a group whose debut album, 2001's "Is This It," was crucial in the garage rock revival that invaded U.S. shores and brought fuzzed…

  15. Foo Fighters Discuss 'Back and Forth' Documentary at SXSW

    March 17, 2011 10:16 AM EDT F oo Fighters agreed that "we're not sure we like movies at all," according to Dave Grohl. "The commitment of having to sit there for an hour and 45 minutes and have your emotions manipulated… I dunno," Pat Smear tells Billboard.com. But they were happy to have a…

  16. Foo Fighters Become 'F**kin' Movie Stars,' Play New Album at SXSW

    March 16, 2011 10:30 AM EDT "We're f***in' movie stars!" That's how Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl greeted the packed crowd at the band's surprise show Tuesday night at Stubb's, part of a Media Temple party closing the South By Southwest Interactive conference. And it was indeed a…

  17. Gang Of Four, "Content"

    February 19, 2011 5:16 PM EST Thirty-three years after the release of the single "Damaged Goods" and almost 16 since its last studio album, this legendary post-punk group fit into 2011 a lot better than we-or they-might have any reason to expect. Today's audiences have been primed for Gang of Four 's…

  18. Gang of Four Aims for 'Wider Audience' with 'Content' Album

    January 15, 2011 9:13 AM EST When the original members of Gang of Four reunited in 2004 for a world tour, no one expected them to make a new album. But the Leeds-bred post-punks, whose 1979 debut "Entertainment!" put its stamp on bands from R.E.M. to Franz Ferdinand , have a grand tradition of defying…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Heart, Michelle Branch

    September 09, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 'DREAM' SEQUENCE: As previously reported , Katy Perry pockets her third Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Teenage Dream" rises 2-1. Perry previously led for seven weeks with "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008 and for six weeks with "California Gurls" (featuring Snoop…

  20. Green Day's Explosive Set Tops Lollapalooza Day Two

    August 08, 2010 10:41 AM EDT A combination of explosions, cover songs, toilet paper guns, stage dives, and crowd participation sealed the deal: There's no topping Green Day at Lollapalooza 2010. The punk veterans played a thrilling, two-and-a-half-hour-long set made up of tracks from last year's "21st…

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