1. Damon Albarn Hypes Debut Solo Album In New Video: Watch

    December 16, 2013 12:05 PM EST The Blur and Gorillaz mastermind teases upcoming "folk soul" album British music legend Damon Albarn has released a lot of things -- seven studio albums as Blur's frontman, four albums as the mastermind behind Gorillaz, and a variety of film and theater soundtracks. He's…

  2. 'Ender's Game' Star Asa Butterfield Makes an 'Epic' Playlist for the Blockbuster

    November 01, 2013 2:47 PM EDT Today (Nov. 1) sci-fi blockbuster “Ender’s Game” hits theaters. It features stars like Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin. But playing the lead role of wonder boy Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is 16-year-old Englishman Asa Butterfield. As Butterfield explains to Billboard, …

  3. Lou Reed's 'Perfect' Billboard Chart History

    October 27, 2013 7:12 PM EDT In his lifetime, the late Lou Reed charted 23 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, stretching back to his self-titled debut in 1972.  The Grammy Award-winner's most recent chart ink came with his collaboration album "Lulu," with Metallica. It was released in 2011 and debuted…

  4. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:59 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occasionally, and seemingly accidentally,…

  5. Clash Bandmates Sure Joe Strummer Would Be 'Very Proud' of New Box Set

    September 11, 2013 10:13 AM EDT Paul Simonon says he and his Clash bandmates are proud of their new "Sound System" box set for one simple reason.  "The band have actively been involved in this creation," the bassist tells Billboard. "It hasn't been put together by a record company or somebody…

  6. Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    September 09, 2013 11:37 AM EDT The alternative radio format is built upon the promise of what's coming next, so it's no surprise that the music played by alternative stations has experienced multiple changes during the last 25 years. The wide-ranging format of 1988 (when the chart debuted  with the name, …

  7. Deltron 3030, 'Deltron 3030: Event II': Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 03, 2013 8:36 AM EDT Release Date: Oct. 1 Label: Bulk Recordings Thirteen years after its cult favorite self-titled debut, trio Deltron 3030—consisting of Heiroglyphics rap vet Del the Funky Homosapien, turntablist Kid Koala and sample master "Dan the Automator" Nakamura (Gorillaz, Kasabian)—is…

  8. Damon Albarn Drops Another Hint of New Blur Music

    July 10, 2013 2:38 AM EDT Damon Albarn has given another clear sign that a new Blur album is coming. Though it’ll have to wait until his solo album is done and dusted. And when that will happen is anyone’s guess. The singer has opened-up to the Wall Street Journal about his first solo album, noting it was “quite…

  9. Oasis Take Out 20-Year Song Poll Down Under

    June 10, 2013 2:12 AM EDT A 17-year old ballad whose meaning was never quite explained by its now-defunct British creators is officially the biggest song of the past 20 years in Australia. Oasis’ 1995 hit “Wonderwall” is the surprise No. 1 on the state-funded Triple J youth network’s “Hottest 100” countdown of the…

  10. Damon Albarn Plans First Solo Album; New Blur LP Possible

    May 28, 2013 1:10 PM EDT Damon Albarn, one of Great Britain's most revered rock stars, has revealed that he's finishing his first-ever solo album and is going on tour to support it, where he'll also play material from his best-known projects, Blur and Gorillaz. Albarn tells Rolling Stone in a new…

  11. Coachella 2013 Lineup: Blur, Phoenix, Stone Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

    January 25, 2013 3:26 PM EST Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Postal Service and Wu-Tang Clan are also set for Indio, Calif. this April Blur, the Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers top the lineup for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was unveiled late on Thursday night (Jan. 24). The annual fest is…

  12. Coachella 2013 Lineup: Blur, Phoenix, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

    January 25, 2013 12:30 AM EST The Stone Roses, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Postal Service and Wu-Tang Clan are also set for Indio, Calif. this April. Blur, the Stone Roses, Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers top the lineup for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was unveiled late on Thursday night (Jan. 24). The…

  13. Bobby Womack Says He Has Alzheimer's

    January 02, 2013 1:05 PM EST "How can I not remember songs that I wrote? That's frustrating," soul legend says Bobby Womack, the soul singer behind such songs as "Lookin' for a Love," says he's been diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer's. In an interview with the BBC's…

  14. Pulp Teams With LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy on 'After You': Listen

    December 27, 2012 11:45 AM EST Alt-rock heroes Pulp have teamed up with their S.S. Coachella shipmate, LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy, for a newly released song, "After You," that was issued online at midnight on Christmas (Dec. 25). According to Pitchfork , parts of "After You" were written by…

  15. College Radio: A Study In Success

    September 11, 2012 8:05 AM EDT With school back in session, a look at how college stations, from big to small, continue to break hits, serve communities and launch careers. "It's not radio. It's college radio. There's nobody listening. Nobody. Maybe, like, three guys in a dorm somewhere." After a…

  16. Damon Albarn Plotting Next Solo Album, Talks Olympics

    May 08, 2012 8:40 PM EDT With his opera recording, "Dr Dee," out today, Damon Albarn is already at work on his next project. The former Blur and Gorillaz frontman told the BBC Radio 4 that the future album will be released as Damon Albarn, not via one of his numerous projects. "This week we're…

  17. Snoop Dogg's Social 50 Chart Gain, Courtesy of Coachella

    April 26, 2012 7:52 PM EDT Tupac Shakur 's virtual appearances at the Coachella Music Festival (April 15 and 22) spurs a gain for his on-stage duet partner, Snoop Dogg , on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace,…

  18. Bobby Womack Diagnosed With Colon Cancer

    March 26, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer, according to friend and fellow musician Bootsy Collins . The 68-year-old soul singer was in the hospital with pneumonia over the weekend, Collins wrote on his Facebook page . On Sunday (March 25), Collins wrote that he had spoken to Womack…

  19. Gorillaz Animation + Live Action = 'DoYaThing' Video: Watch

    February 29, 2012 2:35 PM EST The bonkers collaboration of Gorillaz leader Damon Albarn, OutKast rapper Andre 3000 and LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy -- titled "DoYaThing" -- now has an equally bonkers video. Complete with the signature Gorillaz animation by the band's co-creator Jamie Hewlett, the…

  20. Listen: Gorillaz's Converse Single with James Murphy, Andre 3000

    February 23, 2012 12:30 PM EST "DoYaThing," the one-off collaboration between Gorillaz , LCD Soundsystem 's James Murphy and Outkast 's Andre 3000 for Converse Inc.'s "3 Artists. 1 Song" campaign, was unveiled as a free download on Converse's official site on Thursday (Feb. 23).…

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