1. New NFL-Related Venue Heating Up Already-Competitive L.A. Concert Market

    January 16, 2015 5:01 PM EST The announcement of two new live-music facilities in Los Angeles has made the city's fiercely competitive venue market even more intense. On the larger side, Stan Kroenke , owner of the NFL's St. Louis Rams, has revealed plans to include a 6,000-capacity venue as part of his…

  2. Steel Panther Christmas Song Premiere: Hear the Fantastically Filthy ’The Stocking Song’

    December 08, 2014 12:24 PM EST Steel Panther isn't just about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The comedic hard rockers are into Christmas, too. The Los Angeles quartet is showing its love for the Yule with "The Stocking Song," a new track recorded during the group's recent tour opening for…

  3. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  4. Rob Halford on His Close Friendship With 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I've Got Wonderful Memories'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god's friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder's death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Judas Priest frontman…

  5. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  6. 'Dimebag' Darrell: 10 Years Later, a Look Back at the Murder of the Last Guitar God

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST On Dec. 14, 2004, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , former guitarist of influential metal band Pantera , lay in repose at the Moore Funeral home in Arlington, Texas, head resting on the pillow of the gaudy Kiss Kasket he had once asked to be buried in. A black-and-yellow Charvel "…

  7. These Cute Kids Covering Slayer & Metallica Are More Metal Than All of Us

    October 17, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Looks like Billboard 21 Under 21 metal protégées Unlocking the Truth have some competition. Brothers Subaru and Hayato are only seven and ten, respectively, and they’ve already got a way with a pummeling metal cover. Check out the video below as they plow through Slayer’s “Raining Blood,”…

  8. 10 Things We Learned From Lady Gaga's Reddit AMA

    October 03, 2014 5:31 PM EDT On Friday morning, Lady Gaga joined Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything -- well, in this case she told fans to Ask Me Almost Anything). Though she was there to promote and answer questions about her Billboard 200 No. 1 album with Tony Bennett , Cheek to Cheek , she appeased redditors who…

  9. Judas Priest Is Back With a Vengeance With a Tour, Which Marks Their 40th Anniversary

    September 29, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Even the heavy metal gods have to do their laundry. Judas Priest 's Rob Halford is calling from his home in England to talk about the upcoming tour by the veteran metal act, and he notes that he's busy washing his underwear at the moment. Thanks for that, Rob. Of course, his…

  10. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  11. Soundwave Fest Expands, Announces Line-Up With Faith No More, Slipknot & Soundgarden

    August 19, 2014 11:18 PM EDT Australia’s Soundwave, one of the biggest touring hard-rock festivals on the planet, will be even bigger next year.  In an announcement that took many observers by surprise, organizers have revealed the Soundwave 2015 program would be spread over two days, with a bill that features…

  12. Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Continues Streak Atop U.K. Albums Chart

    July 21, 2014 4:47 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fourth week at the top yesterday (July 20) to become the longest-running No. 1 of the year on the U.K.’s artist album chart. Manchester four-piece Rixton went straight to the singles summit with “Me and My Broken Heart” (Interscope/Universal).…

  13. Judas Priest Debut At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 18, 2014 2:23 PM EDT The rock icons concurrently notch their first top 10 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action for the Dirty Heads, alt-J, Counting Crows and Paul McCartney After 40 years and 17 studio albums, Judas Priest score their highest-charting set. "Redeemer of Souls" marks the British heavy…

  14. Sam Smith Tops Billboard Artist 100

    July 17, 2014 11:36 AM EDT The British singer/songwriter rises 2-1, fueled by continued strong album sales and another Hot 100 top 10 Sam Smith takes over atop the landmark new Billboard Artist 100 chart, rising 2-1.  The list, which launched last week, provides the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to…

  15. Sia Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear'

    July 16, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Sia nabs her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and her best sales week ever — as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuts atop the list. The new album, released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records, sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to…

  16. Judas Priest Hell Bent for First Top 10 Album

    July 11, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Veteran rock band is aiming for its first top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with new release "Redeemer of Souls." Rockers Judas Priest could nab its first top 10 album ever on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources forecast the group's new set, "Redeemer…

  17. Sia Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 09, 2014 4:34 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Sia is aiming for her first No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart with her new album "1000 Forms of Fear." Industry forecasters say the set, which was released on July 8, may sell around 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on July 13. The…

  18. Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reed Laughs Off Breakup Rumors, Talks New Music

    July 09, 2014 2:24 PM EDT "It'll come out when it comes out, when it's ready," Reed says of the legendary group's next batch of material. Guns N' Roses is in the midst of an open-ended break while the new "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino -- Las Vegas"…

  19. Aerosmith's Joe Perry Talks Touring With Slash, Next Album

    July 08, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Aerosmith's Joe Perry isn't expecting any sort of replay of the group's notorious 1988 tour with Guns N' Roses when it hits the road Thursday (July 10) in Wantagh, N.Y., for a summer tour with Slash and his Conspirators. "That was a long time ago," guitarist Joe…

  20. Judas Priest Shares The Story Behind 'Redeemer of Souls': Video Premiere

    July 08, 2014 10:26 AM EDT "Most of this music is very classic Priest," says Rob Halford. Rob Halford and his bandmates wanted to "reinvestigate the roots of (Judas) Priest" for "Redeemer of Souls," the Metal Gods' 17th studio album and first set of new material since the concept…

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