1. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Hoping to beat Lana Del Rey to the No. 1 spot in first-week sales, Capitol Music Group took significant risk in betting against streaming. A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at…

  2. The Sales Domination of 'Frozen,' In One Chart

    July 18, 2014 3:45 PM EDT This year's U.S. music sales would be almost uneventful if not for the "Frozen" soundtrack. Purchases are down across the board -- even digital albums and tracks. Releases by superstars have stumbled . One album has bucked the trends and is doing brisk business, however.…

  3. Travie McCoy Recieves 'Sound Advice' From Vanessa Bayer

    July 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT This week, musician Travie McCoy sat down with "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Vanessa Bayer, for another episode of the "Above Average" web series, “Sound Advice.” Bayer plays PR consultant, Janessa Slater, who gives terrible advice to musicians. McCoy seems less…

  4. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  5. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  6. Judas Priest Shares The Story Behind 'Redeemer of Souls': Video Premiere

    July 08, 2014 10:26 AM EDT "Most of this music is very classic Priest," says Rob Halford. Rob Halford and his bandmates wanted to "reinvestigate the roots of (Judas) Priest" for "Redeemer of Souls," the Metal Gods' 17th studio album and first set of new material since the concept…

  7. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

  8. TV on the Radio Receive 'Sound Advice' from 'SNL' Star Vanessa Bayer

    June 18, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Genre-spanning art rock band TV on the Radio stopped by Above Average’s web series ‘Sound Advice’ this week to talk to ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member, Vanessa Bayer.  The popular series, which last week featured Drake , stars Bayer as PR consultant Janessa Slater, giving terrible advice to…

  9. Jim Keays, Singer with Australian Rock Legends Master's Apprentices, Dies At 67

    June 13, 2014 5:43 AM EDT Jim Keays, frontman of celebrated Australian rock group the Master's Apprentices, has died at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer. Born Sept. 9, 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland, Keays performed on a raft of domestic hits from the band’s inception as a pop group 1965 through to its…

  10. Drake Gets Some 'Sound Advice' From 'SNL' Star Vanessa Bayer

    June 12, 2014 3:52 PM EDT This week, musician Drake stopped by the Above Average web series, "Sound Advice" to talk to "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Vanessa Bayer. In the series, Bayer plays PR consultant Janessa Slater, who gives hilariously bad advice to popular artists. Drake is known to…

  11. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  12. Tomorrow's Hits: Glenn Morrison Says Hello With 'Goodbye'

    June 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Glenn Morrison, Ryan Kinder and Reykon   Glenn Morrison Canadian DJ Glenn Morrison is headed Stateside as "Goodbye" …

  13. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony Debuts on HBO

    June 01, 2014 12:39 PM EDT The hullabaloo Kiss raised over the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony gave HBO an added bonus to promote its three-hour, 15-minute edited version of last month’s ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ROCK HALL CEREMONY • Review:   Debts Repaid at…

  14. Coldplay Collects Third No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    May 29, 2014 5:40 PM EDT With "Ghost Stories," Coldplay returns to an old haunt, the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart for a third time, as the set starts with 383,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported , the album arrives as the group's fourth leader…

  15. Top 20 Cool Songs With 'Hot' Titles

    May 22, 2014 1:31 PM EDT What better to go along with another sizzling summer than the 20 highest-charting songs with 'hot' and 'heat' in the title? PHOTOS: 65 Hot Celebrity Beach Bodies | Top 30 'Summer' Songs The ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100.…

  16. The Eagles To Tour Australia, New Zealand In 2015

    May 22, 2014 5:53 AM EDT The Eagles will swoop into Australia and New Zealand early next year for a string of arena dates, open-air shows and winery concerts.  The Australasian leg of the “History of the Eagles” world tour will start Feb. 18, 2015 at the Perth Arena and play a total of eight venues, including the…

  17. California Breed's Debut Impacted By Singer Glenn Hughes' Heart Surgery

    May 20, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The Deep Purple alum talks about having heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. "I'm singing about life and death," Hughes says of his new band with drummer Jason Bonham. Watch an exclusive video premiere below California Breed and its self-titled new album and near and dear…

  18. How Chelsea Handler & Irving Azoff Became Comedy's Dynamic Duo (Cover Story)

    May 16, 2014 12:31 PM EDT The superstar comedian and her (legendary) new manager plot her next moves, from tours to books to something "a little more mindful, and not as stupid" as what she’s doing at her soon-to-end E! gig On Oct. 8 of last year, Irving Azoff got a call from Kevin Huvane, managing partner…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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