1. The Sun Sets On ‘Californication’: David Duchovny Discusses the Show’s Rock n’ Roll Connection (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT This Sunday night (June 29th at 9:30p ET/PT), after seven memorable seasons, Hank Moody and his very distinctive ‘Californication’ crew will say farewell. When the credits come up on that last episode of the popular Showtime series, it will also mark the end of one of the most authentically…

  2. Oscars Alter Music Campaign Rules

    June 25, 2014 2:44 PM EDT Just a few months after the Oscar music campaign became a fiercely competitive battle that included a disqualification, private concerts and considerable glad-handing, the Academy has silenced the campaigning. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Music Branch members may not attend…

  3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Announces Solo Album 'Crush Songs'

    June 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Her solo debut drops Sept. 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult imprint Over the past two years, Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O released the acclaimed album " Mosquito " with her band and performed at the Oscars. Next up, she's getting a little more personal, as she…

  4. Avett Brothers Prepping New Album, Expect to Record With Rick Rubin in November

    June 19, 2014 9:09 PM EDT Seth Avett says he and older brother Scott are "sitting on about 30 songs right now" for the Avett Brothers eighth album, which will be the follow-up to 2013's Top 5 "Magpie and the Dandelion."  The Avett Brothers Q&A and LIVE at Bonnaroo 2014 Avett adds that…

  5. Hedley, Drake Dominate Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 16, 2014 4:17 AM EDT Hedley, a Vancouver rock band that headlines arenas in Canada and has just released their new album in the U.S., not only kicked off the 25th anniversary broadcast of the MuchMusic Video Awards with a performance of their latest single, “Crazy For You,” but took home the most trophies of the…

  6. Little Big Town's 'Drinking' Song Is the 'Tip of the Iceberg' for New Album

    June 09, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Little Big Town has had a lot going on with the CMA Music Festival being this week in Nashville. On Wednesday, the award-winning vocal group debuted their new single "Day Drinking," on the CMT Music Awards, and also performed the song during their Saturday night LP Field performance…

  7. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Makes Her 'Way' To No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 09, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2011, 'Born This Way' bowed atop the tally. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Diddy Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 9, 2007 Seven years ago today…

  8. Mike Myers Pulls Back the Curtain on 'Supermensch' Shep Gordon

    June 06, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Shep Gordon knows more secrets about Hollywood than anybody on the planet, says his good friend Mike Myers, but he has never heard him gossip. The actor, producer and writer of Wayne's World and Shrek chose the personal manager of such talent as Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch…

  9. Dailey & Vincent Taping First Live Album at George Mason University

    June 03, 2014 9:43 AM EDT Bluegrass superduo Dailey & Vincent are working at a feverish pace these days. This past weekend saw them in Washington D.C. performing at the Library of Congress, and also making another stop in the area to set up their next project. "We are looking at doing the first ever Dailey …

  10. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  11. Vampire Weekend Talks Trilogy, New Music & 'Last U.S. Tour for a Minute'

    May 28, 2014 2:03 PM EDT It's early yet, but there's a possibility that Vampire Weekend's fourth album will start a new era of sorts for the New York quartet.  As it prepares to hit the road again May 31 to support its third album, 2013's Grammy Award-winning "Modern Vampires of the City,…

  12. The Black Keys' Biggest Beefs: Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson & More

    May 27, 2014 1:03 PM EDT These days, it's not too hard being the Black Keys. The Ohio-bred duo of singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney earned its first No. 1 album this week, as new LP "Turn Blue" beat out Michael Jackson's posthumous album "Xscape" by about 7,000…

  13. Black Keys on Jack White: '(He) Obviously Sounds Like an A--hole'

    May 20, 2014 1:57 PM EDT White accused the Black Keys of copying his style and tried to have his children removed from classes with the children of Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach Last August, TMZ leaked e-mails sent from Jack White to his ex-wife Karen Elson that showcased his dislike for fellow retro rock…

  14. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 6:55 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once declared “is the kind of opening act that makes…

  15. Sugar Sammy Video Q&A: Canada's Hot Comic

    May 05, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Canadian comedian Sugar Sammy has grossed nearly $3 million on the road. That's a lot of laughs. Sugar Sammy sounds exceptionally relaxed for a guy set to hit the stage in an hour, especially since he's still at the furnished apartment he has rented in Old Montreal. After…

  16. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  17. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  18. Play Ball: David Nail Talks St. Louis Cardinals' 2014 Season

    April 10, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Country singer David Nail, a high school and college player himself, previews the 2013 National League champions. April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a…

  19. 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…

  20. Play Ball: R.E.M.'s Mike Mills Talks the Atlanta Braves' 2014 Season

    April 09, 2014 4:00 PM EDT R.E.M.'s bassist (and new Baseball Project member) previews the South's most beloved baseball team. April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team…

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