1. Joan Jett Settles 'Blackheart' Hot Topic Lawsuit

    May 13, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Joan Jett has settled a lawsuit against major retailer Hot Topic for use of her "Blackeart" logo in the company's lingerie line, reports Law360 . Filed last year, the suit claims the store's merchandise line "Lingerie for Girls Who Rock & Roll," featuring…

  2. Rock Against Trafficking: Slash, Steven Tyler Cover The Police on Benefit Album

    May 13, 2014 11:35 AM EDT A cadre of rockers has joined forces for a new album to help combat the issue of global child slavery. Coming as the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram is threatening to sell nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls into slavery, "Set Them Free" features songs by the Police and…

  3. Glenn Danzig Sues Former Misfits Bandmate Over Iconic 'Fiend Skull' (Report)

    May 07, 2014 9:21 PM EDT The Misfits' unnecessarily plentiful merchandise could be taken as the ultimate symbol of capitalism's shameless commodification of punk rock, but it's also worth a lot of money -- money founding singer Glenn Danzig is suing former bassist Gerald Caiafa, a.k.a. Jerry Only, for…

  4. Rewinding The Charts: Eagles' 'Hotel California' Checks In At No. 1

    May 07, 2014 8:05 AM EDT On this date in 1977, the band topped the Billboard Hot 100 with a rock classic "The casually beautiful, quietly intense, multileveled vocal harmonies and brilliant original songs that meld solid, emotional words with lovely melody lines are all back in full force, keeping the Eagles at…

  5. Neon Trees Debut at No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    May 01, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The band scores its first leader on the list with 'Pop Psychology.' Plus, chart action for Bruce Springsteen, Jack Johnson, Coldplay and more Neon Trees earn their first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, and highest debut on the Billboard 200 (No. 6), as "Pop…

  6. Neon Trees Singer Gets Support From Mormon Community After Coming Out As Gay

    April 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT When Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees announced last month that he's gay, the bigger headline behind his revelation was that he is one of the few publicly out Mormons. The reaction he got wasn't what he was expecting. "I was surprised at how many Mormon church leaders wrote me…

  7. Linda Ronstadt Rocks Highest-Charting Album In 24 Years

    April 18, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The pop/rock icon – and now Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – returns with 'Duets,' which spurs her best chart rank since 1990 New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt roars back onto the Billboard 200 , as her new compilation "Duets" debuts at No. 32. The bow…

  8. Coachella 2014: Julian Casablancas Polarizes, Future Islands Dominate With Saturday Afternoon Sets

    April 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos: Backstage at Coachella • Jay-Z & Beyonce Invade • Lorde Makes Desert Debut • Muse Stays Epic, Covers Nirvana • Skrillex Takes Control • Coachella Livestream: Watch the Fest • Outkast' s Coachella Comeback • 23 Hot Coachella…

  9. Rock Hall Ceremony Wraps With Worthy Performances, Hatchets Buried

    April 11, 2014 4:25 AM EDT The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held Thursday night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, honored Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, KISS and Hall and Oates. It would be an evening of debts repaid, honor restored…

  10. Rock Hall Induction: Ladies Rule a Ceremony Dominated by Men

    April 11, 2014 1:19 AM EDT Women, often overlooked for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inclusion, owned Thursday’s induction ceremony in New York, which culminated at midnight with Joan Jett fronting the surviving members of Nirvana on “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon also stood in for Kurt Cobain, who…

  11. ACM Awards 2014: Full Winners List

    April 06, 2014 8:00 PM EDT FULL ACM AWARDS COVERAGE Complete list of ACM Awards Winners: Entertainer of the Year George Strait Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line New Artist of the Year Justin Moore Vocal Group of the Year…

  12. ACM Awards Preview: Who Will Win The Top Categories?

    April 04, 2014 3:18 PM EDT The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will take this place this Sunday night (Apr. 6) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Billboard will be there, providing coverage from the show – as well as aspects of the evening that you won't see on the CBS telecast. Blake…

  13. Frankie Knuckles: Remembering a Chicago House Icon

    April 01, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The international dance music community is mourning the loss of one of its founders and most beloved figures today. Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ Frankie Knuckles unexpectedly died last night due to complications from diabetes. Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Mourned by Dance…

  14. Linda Ronstadt on Skipping Rock Hall Ceremony: 'If You're Working for Prizes, You're in Trouble'

    April 01, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Health is the primary reason Linda Ronstadt will not be attending next week's 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn. But, the singer tells Billboard, she's really not all that chuffed about missing it. "I haven't given it one thought, I have…

  15. Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Chris Martin On Board for Rock Hall Ceremony

    April 01, 2014 4:43 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Chris Martin: The stars are turning out to salute the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The hall of fame announced Tuesday that "The Boss" will fittingly induct and perform with his loyal E Street Band, while a superstar…

  16. SFX Chief Robert Sillerman Tops 'Power 50' Dance Music Poll

    March 31, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Robert Sillerman’s rollercoaster March has climaxed with the SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO topping a poll which ranks the “most powerful” people in dance music.  Sillerman is No. 1 on dance music title inthemix’ second annual “Power 50“ list , nudging out 2013's leader Pasquale…

  17. Neon Trees Singer Tyler Glenn Comes Out As Gay

    March 24, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn is coming out to the public via a Rolling Stone article, the magazine announced Monday. The 30-year-old admits that he kept his sexuality a secret, and didn't come to terms with it completely until the past decade. "I had my crushes on guys throughout…

  18. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  19. 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…

  20. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

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