1. Stevie Wonder, Stephen Sondheim & More to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

    November 10, 2014 8:05 PM EST President Barack Obama is awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 19 people, including Stevie Wonder and Meryl Streep . The two performers are among those who will receive the medal at a White House ceremony Nov. 24. The medal is the highest honor granted to civilians in the U.S. and…

  2. Amanda Palmer on Her New Memoir, Self-Doubt, Self-Editing and Feminist Trolling

    November 10, 2014 12:16 PM EST On a recent fall afternoon at Bard College, the musician Amanda Palmer was wrapping up Sunday’s rehearsal for a student production she composed music for called The Bed Show . The 38-year old has an easygoing demeanor for someone whose eyebrows are painted like lines of barbed wire. She…

  3. Rolling Stones Face Insurance Investigation Following L'Wren Scott's Death

    November 10, 2014 8:45 AM EST Insurance underwriters involved in a legal battle with the Rolling Stones over a $12.7 million claim have won permission to seek evidence in Utah about the mental health of Mick Jagger's girlfriend before she took her life in March. A federal judge in Utah last month allowed the 12…

  4. Three 'Boyhood' Songs, Including Two by Ethan Hawke, Enter Oscar Race

    November 08, 2014 1:32 PM EST As the Oscar race approaches the Thanksgiving break, with only a small handful of major awards hopefuls that haven't yet screened, IFC Films' summer release Boyhood continues to look like the film to beat. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15…

  5. Emerging Picks of the Week: Nathaniel, Kehlani & Angel Olson

    November 07, 2014 5:16 PM EST Heading into the weekend, Billboard offers another triple-play of tracks to check out that all debuted on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart for the week ending Nov. 2. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Live Louder,"…

  6. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  7. Wendy Williams on Her Involvement With Aaliyah Biopic: 'Lifetime Needed to Tell This Story Correctly'

    November 07, 2014 2:49 PM EST No stranger to controversy, talk show host Wendy Williams, 50, stepped in as an executive producer of Lifetime's Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B , which premieres Nov. 15. The problem-plagued biopic, starring Alexandra Shipp as the late singer, has been rocked by casting issues and…

  8. AC/DC World Tour Still On After Phil Rudd's Arrest

    November 06, 2014 8:22 PM EST 'Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year,' band says in a statement. AC/DC 's 2015 Rock or Bust world tour will go ahead in 2015 with or without drummer Phil Rudd , who was arrested in New Zealand on Thursday …

  9. New 'Into The Woods' Trailer Features Lots of Singing by Meryl Streep -- Finally!

    November 06, 2014 10:04 AM EST Happy now and happy hence and happy ever after! Fans' wishes have finally been granted! The new, full-length trailer for Into the Woods , the movie musical based on the beloved Stephen Sondheim Broadway show, has finally arrived. And unlike the first teaser , this clip gives fans a…

  10. CMA Awards 2014: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 06, 2014 3:58 AM EST You saw the performances. You saw the fashions. You saw the winners. But unless you were on the red carpet or backstage at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night, there is so much you didn't see, such as these 10 items: - New Artist of the Year winner Brett Eldredge was in obvious euphoria…

  11. AC/DC's Phil Rudd Out on Bail After Murder-Plot Arrest

    November 06, 2014 12:08 AM EST The drummer, who was ordered to have no contact with the man he allegedly hired to kill two people, is due in court Nov. 27. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been granted bail at a court appearance in Tauranga, New Zealand, after being arrested Thursday morning (Nov. 6) local time on charges…

  12. Ex-New Radicals Frontman Gregg Alexander on Return to the Limelight With 'Begin Again': 'I'm In'

    November 03, 2014 2:06 PM EST Singer-songwriter shares ultimate Spotify playlist, plus songs that changed his life. In the 15 years following Gregg Alexander 's run in the Billboard Hot 100 with New Radicals ' ebullient pop gem "You Get What You Give" -- which peaked at No. 36 but hung in for 20…

  13. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Billy Idol Returns With His Highest-Debuting Album

    October 31, 2014 6:28 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Slipknot collected its second No. 1 album as .5: The Gray Chapter debuted at No. 1. The Roadrunner Records release sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six new titles to debut in the top 10…

  14. Deerhoof Celebrates 20 Years With Release of Madonna-Inspired 'La Isla Bonita' Album

    October 31, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Deerhoof celebrates 20 years as a band this year, a feat that astounds founding member Greg Saunier. Not because time has flown by for the uber-influential cult band, but mostly because Deerhoof was never intended to last more than two weeks when it was formed, much less two decades. With…

  15. Song Premiere: Vassy Covers The New Radicals’ ‘You Get What You Give’

    October 30, 2014 4:11 PM EDT Australian singer-songwriter Vassy has seen her profile grow thanks to the recent David Guetta /Showtek collaboration “Bad” and her own single “We Are Young.” The latter isn’t a fun. cover, but Vassy has decided to put a spin on another classic pop-rock sing-along: the New Radicals ’ “You…

  16. Wade Bowen on His Self-Titled Album: 'It's Different From Anything I've Done'

    October 28, 2014 5:58 PM EDT For his just-dropped seventh album, Texas singer Wade Bowen decided to go in a different direction. For starters, instead of brainstorming about an album title for weeks, he went with the self-titled approach -- a rarity for an established country artist. "I had a few different ideas…

  17. Bob Mould Looks Back at Husker Du's Breakthrough Indie Album 'Zen Arcade'

    October 28, 2014 5:18 PM EDT In 1983, Hüsker Dü 's singer-guitarist Bob Mould told Matter fanzine writer Steve Albini, "We're going to try to do something bigger than anything like rock & roll... I don't know what it's going to be, we have to work that out, but it's going to go…

  18. Chart Highlights: Gwen Stefani Returns, Foo Fighters Fly to No. 1

    October 27, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Stefani scores her first solo airplay hit since 2007, while Foo Fighters crown Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  19. Go-Betweens Launch ‘Grant McLennan Book Club’ Ahead of Anthology Release

    October 27, 2014 4:06 AM EDT The Go-Betweens’ classic catalog and the scholarly pursuits of its co-founder Grant McLennan will be remembered through a novel campaign. Quite literally.  The master songwriter’s lofty collection of books had been gathering dust since he passed away in May 2006 at the age of just 48. While…

  20. Love and Theft Hit the Road for First Headlining Tour With Nights 'You'll Never Forget'

    October 24, 2014 7:21 PM EDT After spending years on the road as an opening act, this fall marks an important milestone in the career of RCA's  Love and Theft : Last week in Portland, Maine, the guitar-and-vocals duo started its first ever headlining tour. Member Stephen Barker Liles says it's definitely an…

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