1. Craig Aaronson, A&R Exec Who Signed Chemical Romance, Reportedly Dies

    October 30, 2014 4:53 AM EDT Craig Aaronson, the veteran music biz executive who was involved in the signing and A&R development of such acts as My Chemical Romance , The Used , Avenged Sevenfold , Taking Back Sunday , Mastodon , Serj Tankian , and Against Me! , has reportedly died after a long battle with cancer.…

  2. Foo Fighters Announce Stadium Shows Down Under

    October 29, 2014 10:40 PM EDT The Foo Fighters’ world tour has added a string of stadium dates across Australia and New Zealand.  Dave Grohl’s rock outfit will play eight concerts in the region early next year, starting Feb. 18 in Christchurch, before visiting Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and…

  3. Ray Johnston Band Aiming for 'No Bad Days' With New Album

    October 29, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Defying the odds -- that's what the story of the Ray Johnston Band has long been about. The namesake of the Texas-based band has enjoyed a multi-faceted career so far -- playing some of the more prestigious stages in the Lone Star State as well as donning a basketball jersey for the…

  4. T-Pain Performs Eye-Opening NPR Tiny Desk Concert

    October 29, 2014 5:34 PM EDT T-Pain is only beginning to get the credit he deserves as a pop innovator. His use of Auto-Tune on a series of hits in the '00s foreshadowed not just Kanye West 's 808s and Heartbreaks , but the success of two of hip-hop's biggest stars, Drake and Future , as well as up-and…

  5. Krist Novoselic: ‘Meat Puppets II’ Inspired Me Because ‘There Were No Barriers’

    October 29, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, on Meat Puppets II , the second album by Phoenix rock band Meat Puppets . It is considered one of the most influential albums of the '80s even though it did not chart. A Look Back at 1984: Full Coverage "I first heard that album at [ The…

  6. How Music Video Pioneer Russell Mulcahy Killed the Radio Star

    October 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Russell Mulcahy is the man behind an endless string of iconic music videos, dating back to the first that aired on MTV in 1981: The Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." From Duran Duran sailing on a yacht in "Rio," to Bonnie Tyler’s bizarro "Total Eclipse…

  7. Former Minutemen Bassist Mike Watt on Why Their Pivotal Album ‘Double Nickels’ Mocked Sammy Hagar

    October 29, 2014 4:33 PM EDT " Double Nickels , even though it came about kind of by accident, is still the most focused statement of the band," says former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt . Double Nickels on the Dime influenced virtually any American punk-funk band one can name, but it inspired thousands more…

  8. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1980s

    October 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot 100 hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross 's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from…

  9. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

  10. David Lee Roth ‘Did Not Want to Do’ Van Halen’s Classic Single ‘Jump,’ Says Former Bassist Michael Anthony

    October 29, 2014 1:07 PM EDT There's no way California band Van Halen will ever forget 1984: Its multi-platinum album named after that year marked the height of the band's commercial success with flamboyant frontman "Diamond" David Lee Roth . In addition to containing the exuberant party rock hits …

  11. Jimmy Page’s Latest Led Zeppelin Interview: 5 Things We Learned

    October 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT On Oct. 28, Led Zeppelin continued to revisit its legendary catalog, releasing remastered deluxe editions of 1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy . Each reissue contains a bounty of unreleased bonus tracks, which Jimmy Page has been meticulously curating. The…

  12. Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the group's…

  13. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  14. Calvin Harris & Haim Join Forces to 'Pray to God'

    October 29, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Calvin Harris 's new album, Motion , is dropping on Election Day (Nov. 4), but songs have been sneaking out this week. Earlier this week he released the guns, blood, and ballet video for "Open Wide," with Big Sean . His latest collaboration, "Pray to God," features…

  15. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The inaugural FarmBorough fest will be held June 26-28 on Randall's Island. Already booked acts include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Brandy Clark and Randy Houser. Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting…

  16. Elton John Loves Pope Francis: 'He Is My Hero'

    October 29, 2014 8:47 AM EDT For Sir Elton John , his An Enduring Vision benefit in New York City on Tuesday night was an opportunity to not only raise money for his AIDS Foundation, but also to celebrate marriage equality.  Wearing a sequined black blazer and sitting down often since he was recovering from knee…

  17. Pitbull Developing Two Reality Series for The Weinstein Co.

    October 29, 2014 3:28 AM EDT Pitbull has his sights on expanding his TV presence. The Miami rapper, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez , has teamed with The Weinstein Co. via his Honey I'm Home shingle to produce two unscripted series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Pitbull: The Lyfe will offer a…

  18. Linda Komorsky Liker, Music Industry Veteran, Dies at 70

    October 28, 2014 9:58 PM EDT She worked with Graham Nash, Randy Newman, Danny Elfman & Sting. Linda Komorsky Liker , a music publishing executive and adviser, died Sunday after being struck by a car as she crossed a street in Los Angeles. She was 70. Liker served as senior vp and GM at Dimensional Music Publishing,…

  19. Johnny Cash's Son John Carter Cash Arrested in Canada

    October 28, 2014 6:17 PM EDT John Carter Cash , son of the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash , was arrested Monday at an airport in Newfoundland, Canada, after allegedly stripping down to his underwear. According to the St. John's Telegram , Carter Cash was on his way home from a hunting trip when he was…

  20. Listen to Calvin Harris' 'Motion' Album a Week Early

    October 28, 2014 5:22 PM EDT When the world’s No. 1 earning DJ shared the track list for his new album earlier this month, that collaboration lineup looked pretty exciting, didn't it? Well, the time has come: Calvin Harris is now streaming his new studio album Motion , a week ahead of its Nov. 4 release date. Head…

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