1. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  2. Denver Chive Fest Lineup Exclusive: Edward Sharpe, Cold War Kids & More

    July 10, 2014 12:01 AM EDT The inaugural edition of Denver's Chive Fest, hosted by entertainment photo web giant theCHIVE.com in association with C3 Presents, will include performances from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids, Talib Kweli and more, Billboard.com can exclusively announce. The…

  3. Josh Groban Jams with 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Musical Sidekick Reggie Watts: Exclusive (Watch)

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reggie Watts, the comedian and musician who plays sidekick to Scott Aukerman on IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” took a rare step away from the keyboards to let Josh Groban display a rarely seen skill. Groban’s not only a sharp pianist, his style has nothing in common with the music he sings.   …

  4. Bassnectar Makes 'Noise' At No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums

    July 03, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Bassnectar bangs out his first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as "Noise vs. Beauty," his eighth charted album, debuts with 13,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow marks Bassnectar's best sales week in more than two years; "Vava…

  5. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  6. 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Review: Tupac Musical Is A 'Tiring Two-Plus Hours'

    June 27, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Tupac Shakur’s life was filled with events a playwright wouldn’t dare invent. His mother was a Black Panther who was in prison while pregnant with him; he signed to Suge Knight’s Death Row Records while in prison for felony abuse; he miraculously survived one shooting, only to be taken down…

  7. Steamy One Direction Fan Fiction Being Shopped to Hollywood

    June 13, 2014 12:57 PM EDT A 25-year-old Texan just landed a six-figure book deal for her wildly popular fan-fic starring Harry Styles and the boy band. What's next? If One Direction fan Anna Todd wrote her own lyrics to the group's hit "Story of My Life," it would sound like a fairytale. The…

  8. Governors Ball 2014: Glitch Mob on Being ‘Oddballs’ of EDM, Hardcore Fanbase (Video)

    June 08, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Los Angeles electronic trio the Glitch Mob doesn’t like to be pigeonholed when it comes to where they fit into the world of electronic dance music. Governors Ball 2014 • PHOTOS: Live at Governors Ball! • Jack White's Red Hot Saturday Set • The Strokes Return to NYC • Skrillex Brings…

  9. 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,"…

  10. 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…

  11. How to Do the Montauk Music Scene, Where Willie Nelson, Courtney Love and More Rock

    May 20, 2014 3:05 PM EDT From Sky Ferriera to 'SNL'-style karaoke, what's new and noteworthy on the laid-back tip of Long Island. From local concerts at Gosman's Dock to big-name headliners at the Surf Lodge, the scene in Montauk has made the formerly sleepy fishing village practically synonymous…

  12. Hayley Williams' 10 Biggest Billboard Hits: 'Ain't It Fun' & More From The Paramore Leader

    May 16, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Toast the Paramore leader's latest chart achievement with this countdown of her biggest hits to date. On this week's Hot 100 chart , Paramore at long last scores its first Top 10 single, as "Ain't It Fun" bumps up three spots and reaches a new peak at No. 10. The …

  13. Gimme Five: Little Mix's Favorite Boy Bands (Video)

    May 15, 2014 5:34 PM EDT The British group members each list their all-time favorite boy bands. With their rock-solid harmonies, lock-step choreography and rhythmic sound, the U.K.'s Little Mix is one of the more promising girl groups to emerge in recent years. The quartet, which won the British "X Factor…

  14. Little Daylight Unveils 'Hello Memory' Album Art: Exclusive

    May 15, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Promising Brooklyn synth-pop trio Little Daylight will follow its 2013 EP "Tunnel Vision" with "Hello Memory," its self-produced debut album due out on July 15 through Capitol Records. The 10-song release was preceded by tours supporting artists like Bastille and Charli…

  15. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  16. Conan O'Brien Launches Comedy Record Label

    May 05, 2014 9:16 PM EDT Conan O'Brien is launching a record label. The first release under the Team Coco comedy record label will be a stand-up album from comedian Ian Edwards, 100% Half Assed, recorded at the La Jolla Comedy Store on March 8. The album will be released in June. Conan O'Brien to Host MTV…

  17. Little Mix Live: Watch Studio Session & 'Salute' Q&A

    May 01, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The U.K. girl group discusses its upcoming musical direction after performing "Move" and "Little Me." Girl Group Week! • Top 40 Girl Group Songs Ever • Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs • Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Videos • Fantasy Girl Group Draft • 10 K…

  18. Fantasy Girl Group Draft 2014: Vote For The Best Dream Lineup

    April 30, 2014 5:39 PM EDT The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of girl group members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team! After the Billboard.com team conducted the first-ever Fantasy Boy Band Draft last summer in an effort to piece together the best five-person group of…

  19. Devo's Gerald Casale Uncorks His Winery

    April 28, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Devo co-founder Gerald Casale equates the new wave rock scene of the late 1970s with the new wave food and wine scene occurring simultaneously in California. Devo was changing the world with "Mongoloid," "Jocko Homo" and "Whip It"; Chez Panisse was growing its…

  20. Latin Conference: Studio Heads Behind 'Instructions Not Included' Want Everyone's Eyes

    April 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Music has the power to transform films -- that becomes especially true when the film is considered a Latino movie. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage Or at least that's what the heads of Pantelion Films attest. Pantelion is the first major Hispanic Hollywood studio that aims to…

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