1. Aerosmith Returns to Whisky a Go Go, Announces Summer Tour With Slash

    April 08, 2014 8:10 PM EDT December 4, 1973. That was the last time that Aerosmith graced the stage of the Whisky a Go Go… until today.  To kick off their summer tour announcement, the Bad Boys of Boston took the stage at the famed Los Angeles venue for a six-song set. The intimate club show, open to a small amount…

  2. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney's wife, Jan, told The Hollywood Reporter…

  3. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  4. Lou Reed Tribute: An Epic, Weird Night at SXSW for 'One Motherf---er of a Songwriter'

    March 15, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Alejandro Escovedo, Lucinda Williams, Spandau Ballet, Chuck Prophet, the Black Lips, Suzanne Vega and Sean Lennon were among the artists at the first full-scale tribute to Lou Reed since his death The absence of a full-scale, high-profile tribute to the late Lou Reed has been glaring, and…

  5. MC5 Guitarist Goes for Cool Factor in Crafting SXSW Jimi Hendrix Stamp Concert

    March 11, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Wayne Kramer is proudly "a guy that comes from an era of being highly critical of the government -- and is still fairly critical of much of what our government does." But when it comes to putting rock stars on U.S. postage stamps, the MC5 alumnus is all for it. Kramer is curating an…

  6. Inside the Lou Reed Tribute at SXSW: 20-Plus Acts, All-Star House Band to Create 'Austin Meets New York Street Vibe'

    March 07, 2014 9:40 AM EST Spandau Ballet, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, Sean Lennon, Black Lips are all slated to perform at the first full-scale tribute of Reed, who died in October When Richard Barone was recruited to be part of this year's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival, he wanted to…

  7. U2, Will Smith Rock Jimmy Fallon's First 'Tonight Show': Minute-By-Minute Live Taping Review

    February 18, 2014 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga also make cameos, as Billboard offers an inside look at Fallon's first night hosting the NBC late-night institution A new era of late-night TV began just after midnight tonight (Feb. 18), when NBC aired the first "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.…

  8. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  9. Psychedelic Rock Poster Artist Gary Grimshaw Dead at 67

    January 13, 2014 5:49 PM EST The rock world lost one of its pioneering concert poster artists on Monday when Gary Grimshaw passed away at the age of 67 in his home town of Detroit after a long battle with a variety of illnesses. Grimshaw was best-known for the iconic psychedelic posters he created for concerts at…

  10. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  11. Bob Dylan's Newport Stratocaster Going to Auction

    December 06, 2013 3:33 AM EST Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster made rock history when he played it at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Now it is again set to make news when it goes on the auction block, where it could sell for half a million dollars. The festival was a defining moment that marked Dylan's…

  12. Ask Billboard: They Are Women, Hear Them 'Roar'

    November 10, 2013 9:05 AM EST A look at eras in which female vocals have dominated the Hot 100, plus Drake's latest achievement and Kelly Clarkson's career sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and…

  13. CODE Picks of the Week: Mikky Ekko and Switch, Skrillex and Alvin Risk, heRobust and More

    October 18, 2013 2:28 PM EDT Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below and tell us what you think in the comments section. Mikky Ekko: “Kids” (Switch remix) [RCA] Diplo’s former Major Lazer partner Switch (aka Dave Taylor), understands both the…

  14. Aerosmith Cancel Debut Festival Shows in Mainland China, Taiwan

    August 19, 2013 12:01 AM EDT Aerosmith have scrapped a pair of festival dates in the Far East due to the local promoters’ failure to “meet contractual obligations.” In a statement , the rock legends are unreservedly apologetic for the late nixing of their planned shows Aug. 21 for Shanghai’s Sonic bill and Aug. 24 in…

  15. Jay-Z Reveals Track Listing For 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' Via Scavenger Hunt

    June 22, 2013 11:58 PM EDT Days after Samsung's unprecedented deal with Jay-Z was detailed in Billboard's latest cover story , more details are seeping out about Hova's latest studio album. Today (June 22), the track listing from "Magna Carta Holy Grail" was revealed via a scavenger hunt held…

  16. CMT Music Awards: 10 Things You Didn’t See on TV

    June 06, 2013 2:08 AM EDT The Color Purple: The red carpet is clearly passé. The Academy of Country Music used to have an orange rug, the Country Music Assn. favors black, and the CMTs – you’re lookin’ at purple. What shade of purple? That was up for debate. Kip Moore said it was “dark purple,” Katie Armiger…

  17. 615 Picks: Taylor Swift Poised to Win Big (Again) at CMT Music Awards

    June 05, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Tonight's CMT Music Awards, airing live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, promises to pack a diverse musical punch. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean, the show will feature performances from many of the top stars of the genre, including Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker,…

  18. Chart Highlights: Stone Temple Pilots Make Return Flight To Rock Radio

    May 27, 2013 5:00 PM EDT The band is back with its first chart entry since 2010 - and with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington on vocals. Plus, new No. 1s for Daft Punk, J. Cole and Banda Carnaval Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  19. Hendrix Telegram to McCartney: 'How About Coming in to Play Bass'?

    May 10, 2013 10:27 AM EDT Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles. Fans of the late trumpet and guitar masters have long known that Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had been making plans to record together in the year before Hendrix's sudden death in 1970. But less attention has been paid to the bass player they were trying…

  20. Cyndi Lauper's 'Kinky Boots' Kicks Up 13 Tony Award Nominations

    April 30, 2013 9:45 AM EDT The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. "Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it…

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