1. Why the Replacements Went Home to Minneapolis After 23 Years

    September 19, 2014 5:19 PM EDT When the front desk person at the Marriott hotel in downtown Minneapolis asked, "What brings you to town?," I would have won instant acceptance, or at least comprehension, if I had answered "a secret Prince concert." Or better yet: "The Vikings game. Hurts about…

  2. Chris Brown's Highs & Lows: Top 10 Career Moments

    September 19, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Since his self-titled debut album almost 10 years ago, Chris Brown has crested mountains, but he's also dipped into the deepest valleys. The last year has been tough for the 25-year old, culminating in a jail stint earlier this summer. However, the talented singer-songwriter never…

  3. Billboard Cover: Jason Aldean on the Curse of Nashville, 'Baby-Making Music' and Dealing With Tabloid Scandals

    September 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Let's get one thing clear: Jason Aldean is not your bro. "This whole bro-country thing, whoever coined that ridiculous phrase, it's about beer or trucks or whatever," says the 37-year-old singer, agitation creeping into his otherwise laconic Georgia accent as he gets…

  4. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  5. Raw Power’s Craig Jennings and Matt Ash on U.S. Expansion, Growing Business in the Face of Falling Sales

    September 15, 2014 4:55 PM EDT The pair address how the last fifteen years have dramatically affected their jobs, and the business of breaking bands. Formed in 2006 by music industry veteran Craig Jennings alongside Iron Maiden ’s long-term manager Rod Smallwood and fellow Sanctuary Group founder Andy Taylor , U.K.-based…

  6. Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Redman & Method Man Perform At One Music Fest 2014: Live Review

    September 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, music fans flocked to Atlanta's Aaron's Amphitheatre for One Music Fest. The day-long festival featured three stages: Zeus (main stage), Hercules (small stage) and the DJ stage, Soulection. After Atlanta's own Cody ChesnuTT kicked off the afternoon,…

  7. The Replacements Rock Homecoming Concert at Minnesota Stadium

    September 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Replacements played 31 songs at its first hometown appearance in 23. The Replacements took the stage Saturday (Sept. 13) night at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., clad in identical matching plaid suits, as the final notes of “Surfin’ Bird” by the Trashmen faded out. Watch The…

  8. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  9. Watch Exclusive The Dead Daisies Video -- Featuring Fans!

    September 11, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Get ready for a jolt in your Thursday. Billboard is excluisvely premiering a track from The Dead Daisies , a "supergroup" of revolving members. Currently, the group feautres Jon Stevens ( Noiseworks / INXS ) on vocals, David Lowy ( Mink /Red Phoenix ) on guitar, Richard Fortus (…

  10. Portishead's Geoff Barrow Accuses Phantogram of Drumbeat Theft

    September 10, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Portishead drummer Geoff Barrows has accused Phantogram of stealing one of his beats on the electro-pop duo's 2010 song "When I'm Small."  Barrows confronted the band Friday, writing "Just wondering why I'm playing the drums on one of your tracks? Any thoughts?…

  11. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  12. Talib Kweli: My Life Was Threatened at Ferguson

    September 08, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Lost in Talib Kweli ’s combative CNN interview with Don Lemon in August was his account of the hostile treatment by police that he and his fellow activists encountered at the protests over Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Mo. Billboard talked to the hip-hop artist about his experiences on…

  13. Gucci Mane to Be Released From Prison One Year Earlier Than Expected

    September 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Gucci Mane was originally sentenced to 39 months in prison. Rapper Gucci Mane will be released from prison one year earlier than expected. Gucci Mane Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison An Atlanta judge has ruled that Gucci will be given one year’s worth of credit for the prison time he’s served…

  14. Man Spends 8 Days in Jail for Posting Metal Lyrics on Facebook

    September 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Last month, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that violent rap lyrics cannot be used as evidence in trials, except for special situations when those lyrics are closely connected to the case in question. "One would not presume that Bob Marley, who wrote the well-known song 'I Shot…

  15. Jeezy on Ferguson: '13-Year-Olds Holding Molotovs? That's Not Supposed to Happen'

    September 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On Aug. 24, rapper Jeezy , born Jay Jenkins , and five associates were arrested on felony gun charges after -authorities found an AK-47 on his tour bus. The police were investigating the death of an attendee of Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa ’s Under the Influence of Music Tour ( Eric Johnson , 38),…

  16. 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': Film Review

    September 05, 2014 1:25 AM EDT David Lynch has had some strange musical bedfellows over the years, but few of his partners seem more unlikely than Duran Duran , whose glamorous synth-rock falls nowhere on the spectrum between the ethereal dreaminess of his Twin Peaks mode or the industrial creepzone he has explored more…

  17. Electric Zoo Overcomes 'Curse' – Of Drug-Related Deaths, At Least

    September 02, 2014 1:03 PM EDT While the fest was forced to end early again, at least everyone remained safe this year. Severe thunderstorms forced New York city's Electric Zoo festival to cancel it's final day on Sunday, Aug. 31. A flash flood warning was issued to the greater New York area around 4 p.m., and…

  18. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  19. Young Jeezy Posts Bail

    August 28, 2014 9:48 PM EDT After he was arrested Sunday with five others at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif. following the discovery of an assault rifle on his tour bus, Young Jeezy has posted bail for himself and the five other individuals arrested. Young Jeezy Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charge The…

  20. Exclusive: Steve Aoki on 'Neon Future,' Working With Fall Out Boy & Trying to Live Forever

    August 28, 2014 5:23 PM EDT The superstar DJ also explains hooking up with Guitar Center for "The Greatest Feeling on Earth" campaign When you're Steve Aoki -- one of the planet's highest-paid, hardest-working DJs -- life is understandably quite busy. But unlike many other workaholic musicians, it&…

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