1. The Glitch Mob Dreams of Soundtracking 'Game of Thrones,' Talks Backstage at Coachella

    April 16, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Electronic trio The Glitch Mob can currently be heard on both TV and in theaters in the trailers for Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” and the upcoming Tom Cruise vehicle, “Edge Of Tomorrow.” Rodriguez’s use of “Can’t Kill Us,” from their recent “Love Death Immortality” album…

  2. Coachella 2014: Neutral Milk Hotel Mesmerize, Quietly

    April 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Jeff Mangum, the reclusive artist behind seminal indie folk band Neutral Milk Hotel, spoke just twice to fans gathered at Coachella's Outdoor stage for a rare performance Sunday. Once, at the beginning of the show, to implore the eager audience to resist the urge to immortalize it on…

  3. Chart Highlights: KONGOS No. 1, Black Keys Blast In At Alternative Radio

    March 31, 2014 4:05 PM EDT KONGOS' 'Come With Me Now' crowns Alternative Songs, while the Black Keys make a splashy return with 'Fever.' Plus, new No. 1s for Kylie Minogue, Blake Shelton and Prince Royce Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  4. Josh Thompson Ready to 'Turn It Up' on Second Album: 'It's Definitely More of a Party'

    March 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Josh Thompson will release his sophomore album, "Turn It Up," this coming Tuesday. It's been four years since his debut album "Way Out Here," and he says he can't wait for fans to hear what he has been up to. "It's about time," he tells Billboard. …

  5. New Clue Hints At Origins of Kurt Cobain's 'Come As You Are' Lyric

    March 27, 2014 4:30 AM EDT Charles R. Cross, author of the new book "Here We Are Now: The Legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana," made an eye-opening discovery at his March 20 reading in Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Wash.: the possible origin of a famous Cobain tune. A local resident brought to the reading…

  6. Folk-Pop Duo Us Becomes Vine's First Major Label Signing (Exclusive)

    March 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Just four months ago, Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado, a husband-and-wife folk-pop duo known as Us, were trying to promote their just-released album "No Matter Where You Are" via YouTube videos and covers of popular songs. They fared reasonably well, amassing 18 million…

  7. Ginuwine Reflects on 15th Anniversary of Classic Album '100% Ginuwine'

    March 14, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Everybody knows “Pony.” Ginuwine’s 1996 debut single is synonymous with sex and the timeless art of titillation, immortalized by its own video , Internet meme and the 2012 male stripper drama “Magic Mike.” But the R&B singer born Elgin Lumpkin, Timbaland’s first solo artist and…

  8. Skrillex's OWSLA DJ Duo Alesia Debuts New Song Via Splice Beta Program: Exclusive

    March 10, 2014 5:55 PM EDT The 2009 album "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" was a joint project between former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Brian Eno. The collaborative effort between the two seasoned songwriters was largely done over email: Byrne or Eno would send digital copies of…

  9. Diplo, the Clash's Mick Jones, Paul Simonon Talk Collaborating with Frank Ocean on Converse's Three Artists, One Song

    March 07, 2014 7:08 PM EST For its first "Three Artists, One Song" campaign in nearly two years, Converse is teaming with Diplo, Frank Ocean and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for “Hero,” a reggae-tinged tale of urban bravado. The song will be available for free download on Monday, March 10, at…

  10. Paco De Lucia Receives Heartfelt Funeral in Spain

    March 01, 2014 8:36 PM EST Hundreds of people gathered in the rain to mourn the death of virtuoso guitarist Paco de Lucia before a funeral Saturday in his hometown of Algeciras at the heart of flamenco music country in Spain's deep south. As De Lucia's body arrived at the town hall from Madrid early in the…

  11. 'This Is Spin̈al Tap' at 30: Top 11 Rock Clichés Skewered By The Movie

    March 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved rock mockumentary "This Is Spin̈al Tap," we're taking a 'Stonehenge'-sized look at the top music clichés skewered by the film. And yes, this list goes to 11. "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever…

  12. International Artists Pay Tribute to Paco de Lucia

    February 27, 2014 8:57 PM EST The flamenco guitar master, who left behind an unreleased album, will be laid to rest this weekend in Southern Spain Paco de Lucia, who revolutionized flamenco guitar and influenced musicians around the world, will be laid to rest this weekend in his native Algeciras, after a public wake…

  13. David Lynch Foundation Honoring Rick Rubin

    February 25, 2014 1:45 PM EST Dixie Chicks, Damien Rice and Jake Bugg will perform at the Los Angeles event Legendary music producer Rick Rubin will receive the Lifetime of Harmony Award from the David Lynch Foundation through its new performance arts events division, DLF Live. The Dixie Chicks, along with Damien Rice,…

  14. ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST On his 2012 independent release "Habits & Contradictions," ScHoolboy Q was dangerous -- and not in the boasting-about-your-guns type of way, but in the I-love-drunk-driving type of way. He was fiendish and self-sabotaging, sinking into the simple indulgences of sex, money…

  15. 'The Voice' Season 6 Opens With a Sassy Shakira

    February 25, 2014 9:24 AM EST Usher may have been the breakout judge of the fourth season of "The Voice," with his unconventional coaching techniques involving push-ups and ballroom dancing, but so far, Shakira is the star of the season six premiere. With witty zingers ("Adam's too busy thinking about…

  16. Glitch Mob Grabs Top Spot On Dance/Electronic Albums Chart

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST The Glitch Mob arrives atop Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart with "Love Death Immortality," its first No. 1 on the tally. With 22,000 units scanned, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the set by far surpasses the trio's (Justin Boreta, Ed Ma and Joshua Mayer)…

  17. Eric Church Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'The Outsiders'

    February 19, 2014 11:00 AM EST Eric Church's "The Outsiders" easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 288,000 in its first week (ending Feb. 16), according to Nielsen SoundScan.   It's the largest sales week of the year, and the biggest since Beyonce's self-titled album sold 310…

  18. New York Dolls Manager Marty Thau Dies

    February 17, 2014 4:30 PM EST Marty Thau, who discovered and managed the careers of the New York Dolls and Suicide, among many others, passed away in Petersburg, VA, at the age of 75 last Thursday, after complications from renal failure. New York City native Thau, the self-declared "chairman" of the…

  19. Eric Church Heading for Country Music's Best Week in Six Months

    February 14, 2014 9:00 PM EST Country music is about to tally its biggest sales week for an album in six months, thanks to Eric Church. The singer's new album, "The Outsiders," could sell upwards of 280,000 to 300,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, February 16 (according to industry…

  20. Drake Apologizes For Rolling Stone Controversy

    February 14, 2014 12:04 PM EST Drake says the magazine was "completely justifiable" in replacing his cover with Philip Seymour Hoffman, but disagrees with the decision to run his article now. "I would have waited until it was my time" Less than a day after Drake slammed Rolling Stone magazine, which…

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