1. Drake's 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' & 14 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    February 13, 2015 11:40 AM EST From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 15 instances of…

  2. Johnny Ramone's Guitar Sells for $71K at Auction

    January 23, 2015 9:48 PM EST One of the nine Mosrites guitars Johnny Ramone owned over his career was sold at auction Thursday for $71,875, Boston-based auction RR Auction announced . Johnny Ramone Tribute in Hollywood Marks 10 Year Anniversary of Guitarist's Death   The red 1965 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar is…

  3. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  4. CBGB: 10 Classic Moments That Helped Define the Birthplace of Punk



    December 23, 2014 1:15 PM EST Fotrty-one years have passed since iconic music club CBGB (aka the undisputed birthplace of punk) opened its doors. And even though only a handful of artifacts remain at the site of the club that once hosted music legends including the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Guns N’ Roses and…

  5. How U2 and iHeart Hooked Up to Find the Band’s Next Hit Single

    December 08, 2014 6:04 PM EST The radio giant leads effort to find the band's next hit single. U2 's Songs of Innocence got plenty of attention for its landmark iTunes release, but a radio hit from the album has proved tricky. Lead single "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" topped the Triple A radio…

  6. Op-Ed: Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Deserves the Rock Album Grammy

    December 05, 2014 11:00 PM EST The album that attracted the most discussion this year? U2 's Songs of Innocence. Read the Counterpoint: Why U2 Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album Grammy Thanks to Apple, the band’s thirteenth studio effort, and first since 2009’s No Line On The Horizon , delivered to the "…

  7. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  8. Damian Abraham Talks to Martin Mills About Beggars' Un-Punk Roots, Passing on Nirvana and the (Rare) Ramones Kudo

    November 12, 2014 3:45 PM EST You gotta hand it to Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham . He kicked off the inaugural episode of his podcast, Turned Out a Punk , by interviewing his boss-of-sorts, Beggars Group founder  Martin Mills . Abraham, whose Canadian band is on the Beggars imprint Matador Records, used the…

  9. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History Atop Adult Alternative Songs, Taylor Swift Tops AC

    November 10, 2014 4:05 PM EST U2 lands its record-breaking 12th Adult Alternative Songs leader with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),' while Swift's multi-format smash 'Shake It Off' rules another ranking. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  10. Deeper & Better: Reaccessing Sleater-Kinney's Material Girls

    October 21, 2014 10:55 AM EDT For around a decade starting in 1995 or 1996, the best rock band in America was an all-female trio out of the indie-rock hothouse of Olympia, Wash.'s Evergreen College. And now, around a decade after they went on hiatus in the wake of 2005's heavy-roiling The Woods , Sleater…

  11. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' May Sell 25K in First Week of Retail Release

    October 17, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Millions of people have downloaded a free copy of U2 's Songs of Innocence album, yet, there are still dedicated fans that are buying the set, following its commercial release on Oct. 14. Industry forecasters suggest the album might sell around 25,000 copies in the U.S., in the week…

  12. U2 Shares Video for 'The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)': Watch

    October 15, 2014 3:14 AM EDT U2 has taken a beating from Iggy Pop , Tyler, The Creator and countless iTunes account holders, for pushing their latest album onto hundreds of millions of music fans around the world. And they’re sorry for it. But it won't stop them from promoting the record.  In support of the album…

  13. Lucinda Williams Tops Folk Albums Chart, U2 Hits Alternative Songs Milestone

    October 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rocker Lucinda Williams leads the Folk Albums chart for the first time. Plus, chart action for Prince, Eddie Vedder, Spoon and U2. As previously reported , Prince scores his first entry, and first No. 1, on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart , with the debut album from his funk-n-roll…

  14. Chart Highlights: Fergie Returns, Enrique Iglesias Hits No. 1

    October 06, 2014 4:05 PM EDT 'L.A.LOVE (la la)' brings Fergie back to Pop Songs, while Iglesias extends his Dance Club Songs record. Plus, new No. 1s for Drake, Luke Bryan, Spoon and more and splashy starts for Lorde and Carrie Underwood. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  15. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  16. What Does Radio Think Of U2's New Single?

    September 16, 2014 1:05 PM EDT 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' receives a largely warm welcome at rock formats following its first week Following the surprise release of U2's new album Songs of Innocence as a free download to iTunes and Beats Music account holders on Sept. 9, first single "The…

  17. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Ascend To No. 1 On Adult Contemporary With 'Am I Wrong'

    September 15, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The pair is the first duo to lead the list with a debut hit since 1998. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Dustin Lynch and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  18. U2 Posts Making-Of Video for 'Songs of Innocence'

    September 14, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Just two days after millions around the world woke up to find they were suddenly the owner of U2’s latest album -- whether they liked it or not -- the globe-straddling humanitarian rockers have now released a making-of video. In a Twitter message posted Friday, the band shared a video…

  19. Tyler, the Creator Not Pleased With Finding the New U2 Album on His Phone

    September 13, 2014 3:33 PM EDT The rapper offered U2 a few choice words on Twitter. Odd Future rapper Tyler, the Creator wasn’t too pleased after waking up and finding the new U2 album, Songs of Innocence , on his phone. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the…

  20. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the Group

    September 12, 2014 10:30 AM EDT It has been a whirlwind nine months for Guy Oseary since he took the reins of U2 ’s management after longtime manager Paul McGuinness announced his retirement last fall. That includes a Golden Globe , an Oscar nomination , a big Super Bowl campaign and the premiere of The Tonight Show in…

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