1. Kanye West Delays Australia Tour To Complete New Album

    March 31, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Kanye West has rescheduled his Australia tour to work on his new studio album, tentatively due this year.  Live Nation Australasia reported the news on the morning of April 1, though reps for the concert promoter confirm its press release wasn’t an April Fools prank.  “Due to unexpected…

  2. How Mick Jagger's Tragedy Could Cost the Rolling Stones Up to $10 Million

    March 22, 2014 9:37 AM EDT By postponing the Australian leg of their 14 On Fire Tour following the death of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend L'Wren Scott, the Rolling Stones and multiple parties involved in staging the tour potentially could be on the hook for as much as $10 million, industry sources tell…

  3. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  4. Rolling Stones Plot Return to Australia, New Zealand This Fall

    March 20, 2014 9:11 AM EDT Organizer tells Billboard demand was great for the Australia/New Zealand leg of the band's 14 On Fire tour. "The shows were sold out immediately" The Rolling Stones, forced to postpone the Australian leg of the band's 14 On Fire tour due to the death of L’Wren Scott,…

  5. Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts Plays Gig at Australian Jazz Club: Watch

    March 20, 2014 7:02 AM EDT The Rolling Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts gave a surprise performance Tuesday night at a small jazz club in Perth, where the band’s now-postponed tour was scheduled to kick off. Watts joined the Stones’ touring saxophonist Tim Ries on stage at the 135-capacity venue for a mini-set that…

  6. Rolling Stones Tour in Australia, New Zealand Postponed Due to L'Wren Scott's Death

    March 18, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Following the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, The Rolling Stones have postponed the remainder of their 14 On Fire tour in Australia and New Zealand. In a statement, "Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood wish to thank all of their fans…

  7. Lorde Announces Australia Tour

    March 10, 2014 12:36 AM EDT Lorde will bring her new show to Australia next month. The teenage New Zealand-born star’s itinerary reveals dates in six cities, starting April 24 in Melbourne, showed by shows in Adelaide (April 27), Perth (April 29), Sydney (May 2), Newcastle (May 4) and Brisbane (May 6). Billboard.com…

  8. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  9. Sundance: 10 Must-See, Music-Related Movies Screening in Park City

    January 16, 2014 1:01 PM EST Nick Cave, Fela Kuti, Beck and Anne Hathaway highlight films with music elements at Sundance this year It’s nothing new to have musicians head by the planeload into Park City, Utah, to perform at various showcases, but this year’s line-up has a decidedly musical bent. Included are…

  10. Ice-T Starting New Podcast

    December 28, 2013 3:15 PM EST "Ice-T: Final Level" will premiere Jan. 7 on iTunes and his website As Ice-T has seamlessly ventured into writing, acting and reality television, the rapper's next media frontier is talk radio, via the podcast, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Ice-T will co-host "Ice-T:…

  11. Top 20 Music Moments of 2013

    December 26, 2013 12:30 PM EST It was a year of blockbuster comebacks, surprise albums, game-changing moves in hip-hop, twerking teddy bears and tearful goodbyes of all kinds. For sure, 2013 kept us busy. These are the 20 biggest music moments in a 12 month span that was crammed with milestones. BEST OF 2013: Year-End…

  12. The Rolling Stones Announce '14 on Fire' Tour of Asia and Australia

    December 04, 2013 8:40 AM EST The Rolling Stones’ 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand has grown into a seven-date trek. But before they head Down Under, the rock legends will play five shows in Asia, it was announced on Wednesday. As the itinerary stands, the "14 On Fire" tour will open Feb. 21 with a one…

  13. Rolling Stones Confirm Australia Tour, Announce Adelaide Concert

    November 19, 2013 9:58 PM EST The Rolling Stones will roll into Australia early next year. The legendary rock group -- comprising Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood -- will inaugurate the redeveloped Adelaide Oval with a show March 22. Mick Taylor, a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-1974,…

  14. Aaron Watson Finds Inspiration in Tragic Rodeo Star Lane Frost

    November 18, 2013 1:30 PM EST The latest single from Texas country artist Aaron Watson is causing a stir with fans – particularly in his home base of the Lone Star State and Oklahoma. The fourth single from his Billboard top ten album "Real Good Time," titled "July In Cheyenne," is striking a…

  15. Justin Bieber's South America Tour Encounters More Trouble in Argentina

    November 11, 2013 3:30 PM EST Justin Bieber is blaming food poisoning for forcing him to quit the stage for the second time during his South America tour. This time he drew boos from a huge crowd in Buenos Aires' River Plate stadium who paid up to $320 to see their idol perform up close. "I'm not feeling…

  16. Wu-Tang Clan's 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2013 1:13 PM EST I didn't enter the Wu-Tang on November 9, 1993, the date that "36 Chambers" was released. I, like many others, discovered that they were nothing to fuck with years later -- specifically, 11 years later, when a friend gave me a 2004 compilation album, "Legend of the Wu…

  17. CODE First Play: Jamie Jones, 'Cookie Monster'

    November 07, 2013 11:24 AM EST Before Hot Natured was a band, it was a party. And before Jamie Jones was a part of the house music revival, he ran with a wild set of techno minimalists. His new single, “Cookie Monster,” taken from the forthcoming “Planets, Spaceships” EP, recalls the best of minimal’s late ‘00s peak…

  18. Metallica to Rock Antarctica?

    October 23, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Though nothing has been confirmed yet, signs are pointing to a landmark concert this December from metal legends Metallica. Recently, the Colombian website for Coca-Cola Zero launched a sweepstakes for fans in six Colombian cities whose grand prize is a trip to see a rock concert in…

  19. Billboard Touring Awards: Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, P!nk and Bon Jovi Among Finalists

    October 22, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The top achievers in the touring world will be honored at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards, hosted by Gary Dell'Abate, aka Baba Booey, executive producer of the Howard Stern Show, and set for Nov. 14 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Billboard Touring Awards Register…

  20. Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age Confirm Co-Headlining Tour Down Under

    October 10, 2013 8:06 AM EDT In what is being hyped as one of the biggest double-bills ever to tour Down Under, Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age will roll into Australia and New Zealand next year for a co-headlining tour. The first headline band on stage each night will be decided by the toss of a coin,…

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