1. Ask Billboard: Why Do Some Songs Fade Out And Others End Cold?

    July 05, 2013 9:05 PM EDT In our newest mailbag, insight into the minds of artists as to how they decide to end recordings. Plus, sales updates on Selena Gomez and Avril Lavigne and ... Is Lady Gaga's new single on the way soon? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  2. Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail': Track-By-Track Review

    July 04, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail," which became available thrugh the Samsung app (but also leaked elsewhere) late last night, is a lot to get through on a holiday... and not just if you have a Samsung phone. (Samsung users faced difficulties when downloading the album at…

  3. Goo Goo Dolls Studio Session: Watch 'Rebel Beat' and 'Come to Me' Performances and Q&A

    June 26, 2013 2:10 PM EDT Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik knew he was ready for a sonic change when it came time to begin writing songs for their new album, “Magnetic” (out now). The veteran group’s last album “Something for the Rest of Us” was a bit of a downer content-wise. “It was a really dark kind of…

  4. Pat Benatar Hits Nashville's Ryman Auditorium With Her Best Shot

    June 26, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Once you are a rock and roll queen, you’re always a rock and roll queen. No matter how many years pass, being on stage becomes like getting on a bike. Last night in Nashville, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo brought their show to Music City last night for a first-ever stop at the historic…

  5. La Vida Boheme Q&A: Indie Rockers Evoke Sound of Venezuela's 'Zombie Apocalypse'

    June 18, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Download a track from new album "Será" The 2011 release of their agitative debut album "Nuestra" brought Venezuelan indie rock band La Vida Boheme Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations and a trip to the finals of MTV Iggy's Best New Band in the World finals in Times…

  6. Bonnaroo 2013: HAIM, Purity Ring and a Feisty Killer Mike Rev Up Thursday

    June 14, 2013 3:10 AM EDT HAIM's kiddie kiss, Killer Mike's Reagan rant, missing Mumfords, & more from Bonnaroo Day 1. As music fans, arts-and-crafts enthusiasts and general hippies poured into Manchester, Tenn. for Day 1 of the 2013 Bonnaroo festival on Thursday (June 13), the names "McCartney,…

  7. Tenacious D Announces Musical Comedy Fest, Festival Supreme

    June 10, 2013 8:41 PM EDT Festival Supreme. Sounds like "the coming together of a bunch of Froot Loops," right? That's what the comedy rock duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass, known together as Tenacious D, want festivalgoers to think. Black and Gass have teamed up to produce Festival Supreme, a day-long…

  8. Booker T. Jones Talks Stax Return, New Album 'Sound the Alarm'

    May 26, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Booker T. Jones returns to a revitalized Stax Records for accessible, guest-filled album. Forty-three years after leaving Memphis for Los Angeles, Booker T. Jones has been reunited with the label whose sound he helped define, Stax Records. He left at a time of turmoil and change in…

  9. Pop Shop Picks: Janelle Monae, John Newman, Michael Franti & More

    May 17, 2013 6:16 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! JANELLE MONAE FEAT. ERYKAH…

  10. 'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover, Angie Miller Pull to Front on Top Four Do-Over

    May 02, 2013 1:10 PM EDT All of the finalists on this season of "American Idol" have been called a great number of things. In the case of many, cries of "old-fashioned" have abounded; despite their young age, the song choices and overall vibe of certain contestants have caused a disconnect. One…

  11. Fall Out Boy, 'Save Rock and Roll': Track-By-Track Review

    April 16, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Here's a not-well-kept secret: back in their heyday, Fall Out Boy could stand toe-to-toe with any rock act, not just those corralled into their "pop-punk" sphere. In a very short amount of time, Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman found a winning formula…

  12. Triumphant Live Debut for Trent Reznor's How To Destroy Angels

    April 12, 2013 3:55 AM EDT On September 10, 2009, Trent Reznor played the final show of Nine Inch Nails’ Wave Goodbye tour at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre. On April 10, 2013, nearly four years after that epic two-and-a-half-hour performance, Reznor returned to the stage at Pomona’s Fox Theater with his new band How…

  13. Phoenix: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 05, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The French group's last album made it a festival headliner. For a follow-up, the band is using that attention to bring its offbeat impulses to the masses. On April 13, when Phoenix takes the stage to headline the first Saturday of Coachella, it will be the linchpin moment in the…

  14. AM & Shawn Lee: Creating Albums on Different Continents

    April 04, 2013 5:00 PM EDT "If we did get in the studio together, would our records completely suck?" asks AM, one-half of indie duo. The process behind avant-pop duo AM & Shawn Lee's forthcoming sophomore album, "La Musique Numerique," was essentially the same as the creation of their…

  15. Soundgarden, BMG Chrysalis U.S. Sign Administration Pact

    April 02, 2013 6:42 AM EDT Soundgarden has struck a worldwide administration deal with BMG Chrysalis U.S. The new deal covers Soundgarden’s entire catalog, including the big hits “Spoonman,” “Black Hole Sun” and “Blow Up The Outside World.” “Soundgarden have earned their place in music history as innovators of the…

  16. Manufactured Superstars, 'Zombies In Love': Video Premiere

    March 28, 2013 11:41 AM EDT DJ duo Manufactured Superstars play Lego space invaders in their video for "Zombies In Love." Do zombies fall in love? It’s a legit question and one you might not think to look for an answer to in outer space. Nonetheless, that’s where we find Manufactured Superstars in "…

  17. Jay-Z's Atlantic City Club Shuts Down

    March 07, 2013 6:25 PM EST Atlantic City's 40/40 Club, co-owned by hip-hop star Jay Z, has closed. The Press of Atlantic City reports the $4 million club actually shut down in October when its lease expired. Club spokesman Ron Berkowitz tells the newspaper the club has not operated since Superstorm Sandy flooded…

  18. Skrillex's Grammy Hat-Tricks: Good or Bad for EDM?

    February 11, 2013 10:36 AM EST On the surface, Skrillex’s two-year sweep of The Grammys’ dance/electronic categories is a stunning victory for a deserving and unlikely star. In last night’s “pre-tel” ceremony (aka before the telecast), the 25-year-old California native picked up Grammys for Best Remix Non-Classical, for…

  19. Arty, Chris James, 'Together We Are': Exclusive Video Preview

    February 05, 2013 12:43 PM EST Arty's got a hit on his hands. It’s become fashionable lately for EDM producers to prove their musical chops -- and the musicality of their work in general -- by posting acoustic versions of their latest lighter-hoister. Zedd did it for “Spectrum,” plinking the love anthem on the…

  20. The Strokes Announce Fifth Studio Album, 'Comedown Machine'

    January 30, 2013 11:15 AM EST Follow-up to 2011's "Angles" due out in March. Two weeks after after new Strokes music was hinted at on the Facebook page of a Seattle radio station , the rock group has announced that "Comedown Machine," its fifth studio album, will be released through RCA Records…

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