1. Metallica's Kirk Hammett Is 'Tickled' About Contributing to New Exodus Album

    September 18, 2014 11:09 AM EDT Guitarist tells Billboard that reconnecting with his old bandmates is like "coming back to a fraternity you lost contact with." For Kirk Hammett , the guitar solo he performs on "Salt the Wound," a track on Exodus ' upcoming album Blood In, Blood Out (Nuclear Blast…

  2. Exclusive: Listen to Premiere of Niia's 'David's House'

    September 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT You may not have heard of Niia just yet, but you've probably already heard her voice on at least one occasion. As a guest vocalist on Wyclef Jean 's 2007 single "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)," she scored her first top 10 hit at the age of 19 alongside Akon and Lil Wayne.…

  3. Darrell Hammond Named 'SNL' Announcer After Don Pardo's Death

    September 18, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," Lorne Michaels tells USA Today. Darrell Hammond is rejoining Saturday Night Live as the show's new announcer, after longtime voice Don Pardo passed away in August at 96. Hammond will introduce the…

  4. Exclusive Premiere: Watch the Raveonettes Play Assassins in 'Killer in the Streets' Video

    September 18, 2014 10:50 AM EDT As garage rock veterans the Raveonettes prepare to head out on tour in the U.S., they’re exclusively sharing the brand new music video for their song "Killer in the Streets" on Billboard today. Check out the Rie Rasmussen -directed clip below, which features band members Sharin…

  5. Pop Shop Podcast: Fall Music Preview! (Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, One Direction & More)

    September 18, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  6. ScHoolboy Q Hops on Remix of Disclosure's 'Latch'

    September 18, 2014 10:29 AM EDT The first album from English dance duo Disclosure , Settle , came out over a year ago, but it's a testament to the album's vitality that it's still producing interesting remixes more than a year later. The latest involves West Coast rapper Schoolboy Q  taking on "Latch,…

  7. Report: Apple and U2 to Debut New Music File Format

    September 18, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Updated: 10:26 A.M., Sept. 18. Those hints that U2 dropped last week -- "We’re collaborating with Apple on some cool stuff over the next couple of years, innovations that will transform the way music is listened to and viewed" -- seem to be more than just a promotional posture.…

  8. Jack White Mocks Foo Fighters, Rolling Stone in 'Kanye-Esque Rant'

    September 18, 2014 10:22 AM EDT Today in "biting the hand that feeds you" news: Jack White took some time out of his Wednesday night concert at Boston's Fenway Park to viciously mock RollingStone.com and Jann Wenner. Before setting the sights of his Civil War-era musket on RS.com, White chided the Foo…

  9. Watch Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton's Lip-Sync Battle on 'Tonight Show'

    September 18, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Tonight Show Lip-Sync Battles returned Wednesday night with two especially qualified contenders: Gwen Stefani and (a champagne-carrying) Blake Shelton . The Voice coaches came ready to win against Jimmy Fallon, and all three chose particularly good songs: "Puttin' On The Ritz,…

  10. Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom Joins KCRW Board of Directors

    September 18, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Instagram co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom has joined the board of directors of Los Angeles-area community radio station KCRW . His appointment is effective immediately and brings the total number of board members for the venerable station to 25. KCRW general manager Jennifer Ferro…

  11. Mariah Carey Announces ‘Elusive Chanteuse' Tour of Australia

    September 18, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Mariah Carey is heading to Australia for a rare coast-to-coast tour. The pop diva’s Elusive Chanteuse Show  is scheduled to make seven stops Down Under, where she’ll play arenas and a pair of exclusive winery dates. Mariah’s Aussie trek starts Nov. 2 at Sandalford Estate in Perth, then…

  12. George Hamilton IV, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies at 77

    September 18, 2014 1:50 AM EDT If you look at the career of George Hamilton IV , one might be prone to label him as simply a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry and one of traditional country music’s most durable artists. However, Hamilton -- who passed away Wednesday (Sept. 17) at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77 -- was…

  13. Barbra Streisand Talks Music-Making, Booze, Elvis & Politics

    September 18, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn't a conscious effort to exclude females. "Everyone we asked was ... busy," Streisand said. The performer almost scored one major diva: Beyonce . Barbra Streisand Set for Historic No. 1 Album  …

  14. Mayor Offers Tim McGraw Help to Find Portland, Maine

    September 17, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn't know where it is. And he doesn't want to know, either. The country singer included a song, "Portland, Maine," on his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town , which came out Tuesday. Tim McGraw, ‘Sundown Heaven Town’: Track-by-Track Album…

  15. Watch Ylvis' Latest Viral Video 'Trucker’s Hitch'

    September 17, 2014 11:42 PM EDT Last year, Bard and Vegard Ylvisaker , now known internationally as Ylvis , created a promo music video titled “The Fox” for the third season of their variety show Tonight With Ylvis on TVNorge. Ironically, the brothers wrote the song with the intention of making it an anti-hit, a song so…

  16. Aretha Franklin Album Coming This Month

    September 17, 2014 9:59 PM EDT A rep for Clive Davis has confirmed to  Billboard a new album with Aretha Franklin will be released Sept. 30.  Aretha Franklin Feeling Fit, Ready To Impress at Ohio State Fair According to a Showbiz 411 report Wednesday the album is nearly finished, with Franklin's vocals done and…

  17. Spotify & The Echo Nest Release Study on Most Musical Universities, Students' Listening Habits

    September 17, 2014 9:43 PM EDT After announcing the launch of its new Echo Nest-fueled Insights data blog last week with a review of European-originating music that's spanned the globe, Spotify is now investigating college listening statistics and how the country's 40 most music-consuming universities compare…

  18. Gimme Five: Girls' Generation's Tiffany's Favorite Pop Songs Right Now

    September 17, 2014 9:16 PM EDT The big diva vocals, the subtle shifts in harmonies, the on-trend horn-laden production ...not to mention the replay-worthy video: "Holler," the just-released single from Girls' Generation-TTS , is making a play to be one of fall's most addictive K-pop tracks. But what…

  19. Run the Jewels' El-P Calls 'Meow' Kickstarter 'An Opportunity to Do Something Good in a Fun Way'

    September 17, 2014 8:31 PM EDT A few days ago, Run the Jewels announced a number of just slightly ludicrous pre-order packages in support of their forthcoming LP, Run the Jewels 2 . To name a few:  "I'm on the F---ing List, Asshole"  ($7,500) allows you entry plus one to up to 10 RTJ shows, "The Self…

  20. Cooking Vinyl Launches Divisions in Germany, France

    September 17, 2014 6:59 PM EDT The United Kingdom-based indie label group Cooking Vinyl is expanding its international operations to France and Germany with new divisions opening in each country. The news follows the success of Cooking Vinyl Australia, which launched last September.  The expansion will grow Cooking Vinyl…

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