1. 15 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Outkast Owns, Damon Albarn & De La Soul Team Up Day 1

    June 07, 2014 6:07 AM EDT Far from the mud-splattered ethos of last year's Governors Ball, the 2014 edition took over New York's Randall's Island Friday (June 6) in bright sunshine and ideal temps in 70s, perfect weather for the long-awaited NYC live return of Outkast, Britpop icon Damon Albarn (with…

  2. Entire Collection of John Lennon Doodles, Writings Sell at Auction

    June 04, 2014 6:27 PM EDT Whimsical drawings, poems and short stories from two humorous books John Lennon produced in the 1960s fetched skyrocketing prices at auction Wednesday, including $209,000 for a nine-page parody of Sherlock Holmes. The manuscript, "The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield,"…

  3. The Strokes Deliver Passionate Set During First Concert Since 2011 at New York’s Capitol Theatre

    June 01, 2014 11:52 AM EDT It was easy to get skittish before the Strokes’ concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Saturday night (May 31), the band’s first performance since late 2011.  For one thing, the set list possibilities were completely up in the air. Would the Strokes focus, on material off…

  4. 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Original Broadway Cast Recording To Get July Release

    May 30, 2014 2:17 AM EDT Neil Patrick Harris is adding another credit to his resume: Broadway recording artist. The Tony-nominated actor and former How I Met Your Mother star will be featured on the original cast album for the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, in which Harris plays the title character,…

  5. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  6. California Breed's Debut Impacted By Singer Glenn Hughes' Heart Surgery

    May 20, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The Deep Purple alum talks about having heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. "I'm singing about life and death," Hughes says of his new band with drummer Jason Bonham. Watch an exclusive video premiere below California Breed and its self-titled new album and near and dear…

  7. Calle 13 Frontman Crowned King of NYC's Puerto Rican Day Parade

    May 19, 2014 5:30 PM EDT "I'm still the king though I have no kingdom," Calle 13's René Pérez Joglar rapped on the group's popular song "Muerte en Hawaii." Pérez has now found a throne - on a float in New York's upcoming Puerto Rican Day Parade. The artist, known as much for…

  8. Phoenix, The Strokes to Headline LA's FYF Fest

    May 16, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Indie and alternative rock fans in southern California have plenty to look forward to when FYF Fest comes to Los Angeles this August. The two-day festival, set for Aug. 23-24 at its new location at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park, just announced its 2014 lineup. More festival news:…

  9. Rock Against Trafficking: Slash, Steven Tyler Cover The Police on Benefit Album

    May 13, 2014 11:35 AM EDT A cadre of rockers has joined forces for a new album to help combat the issue of global child slavery. Coming as the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram is threatening to sell nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls into slavery, "Set Them Free" features songs by the Police and…

  10. Mother's Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom

    May 11, 2014 8:20 AM EDT Chart Article From 2Pac appreciating his mother to Danzig belting "Mother" at a full-throated, hard-rock howl, there are plenty of ways to toast the women who gave us life on Mother's Day, this Sunday. Raise a glass this Mother's Day, and let these songs be your…

  11. Bob Dylan's 'Rolling Stone' Notes Up for Auction

    May 01, 2014 9:13 AM EDT One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," is going to auction this summer. Sotheby's is offering a working draft of the finished song in Dylan's own hand for an estimated $1 million to $2 million. The song is about a debutante who…

  12. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  13. 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' Explores the Mythology of Rock's Jekyll and Hyde

    April 17, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Alice and "Super" director talk about the new "doc opera" premiering at Tribeca. "You can't just do a documentary on Alice Cooper" You wouldn't expect a film about Alice Cooper to be a normal documentary, would you? Of course not. So here comes "…

  14. Jo Dee Messina Goes on 'Rant' About New Single, Indie Status: 'It's Been a Long Road'

    April 14, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For many musical artists, the music business has turned into a DIY model. That's the reality these days for Jo Dee Messina. After a decade-and-a-half on the Curb Records roster, the CMA award winner is on her own label, Dreambound. She does have a promotion team working her music, but…

  15. 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…

  16. Coachella 2014: Julian Casablancas Polarizes, Future Islands Dominate With Saturday Afternoon Sets

    April 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos: Backstage at Coachella • Jay-Z & Beyonce Invade • Lorde Makes Desert Debut • Muse Stays Epic, Covers Nirvana • Skrillex Takes Control • Coachella Livestream: Watch the Fest • Outkast' s Coachella Comeback • 23 Hot Coachella…

  17. One Direction Sets 'You and I' as Next Single

    April 11, 2014 1:50 PM EDT One Direction fans, rejoice: a new single is on the way. Today the quintet announced that "You and I" will be getting the special treatment, with a music video coming next Friday, April 18. "We are very excited to announce that our new single is 'You and I,'"…

  18. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    April 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, with Kiss and Nirvana bristling over the…

  19. Pixies, Julian Casablancas Added To Coachella Lineup

    April 08, 2014 10:33 PM EDT Both lineup additions will be playing on Saturday, according to the newly released Coachella schedule. Coachella diehards might have noticed some unexpected names on the official festival schedule when the 2014 set times were released on Tuesday night (Apr. 8) . Pixies and Julian…

  20. When Kurt Cobain Died: Former Billboard Editor Recalls Being On the Scene When It All Happened

    April 04, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Every generation has that one unforgettable death that bears the question, "Where were you when ____ died?" For baby boomers, it was JFK. For the cool music-minded baby boomers, it was John Lennon. And, for Generation Xers, like myself, it was Kurt Cobain. Like generations past,…

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