1. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  2. Spotify & BandPage Team to Put Merch Right In Front of Fans, Optimize It for Artists

    August 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spotify and BandPage have announced a partnership that will bring BandPage's digital storefront to the market-leading subscription streaming music service and its 40 million users. The deal will allow the 500,000-plus artists using the BandPage platform to list merchandise -- widely…

  3. Radio One, REVOLT, Motown Execs Among Living Legends Foundation Honorees

    August 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Radio One/TV One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, REVOLT Media & TV CEO Keith Clinkscales and Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, are among those named to be receive honors at this year's Living Legends Foundation Awards Celebration. The show will be held on Oct. 3 at…

  4. Shooter Jennings Pays Tribute to Late, Great George Jones on 'Don't Wait Up'

    August 12, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Shooter Jennings' new EP "Don’t Wait Up (For George)" is a very personal project for the singer. It’s a tribute to a man that he got to know very well over the years -- George Jones . As the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter , Jennings recalls that Jones was a part of…

  5. Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Launches DIY-Focused Startup

    August 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT It took the Dillinger Escape Plan 's Ben Weinman a few years to figure out what he actually wanted to do with his own record label. Launched in 2009, Party Smasher Inc. was first and foremost a way for the mathcore minor deities to release their own music after finishing out their…

  6. Behind Myspace's Troublesome Second Act

    August 08, 2014 11:16 AM EDT The once formidable site must "continue to shift" strategy. Myspace is trying to achieve what made Steve Jobs and Tina Turner legendary: a successful second act. But the former king of social networks has failed to win over consumers and musicians since its re-launch as a music…

  7. Nils Lofgren Talks Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young While Touting Massive Box Set

    August 06, 2014 7:28 PM EDT "I love being in bands," Nils Lofgren told a sold out crowd at the Grammy Museum Aug. 5, midway through stories about his experiences in Grin and groups that backed Neil Young , Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr . Most importantly, it's the live show aspect of being in a band. …

  8. Rascal Flatts Cancel Three Upcoming Shows Due to Illness

    August 06, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Rascal Flatts announced today that due to illness with lead singer Gary LeVox, three upcoming shows on the band's current tour are canceled. The affected shows are Thursday, August 7 at the Idaho Center Amphitheater, Friday, August 8 at the Northern Quest Casino & Resort in Wash.,…

  9. Legendary DJ Alan Freed's Ashes Sent Packing at Rock Hall of Fame

    August 04, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Rock music is constantly reinventing itself, such that even the style's initial promoter, Alan Freed , must eventually step aside to make room for Beyoncé .  The ashes of the Cleveland DJ who coined the term "rock 'n' roll" six decades ago went home with his son on…

  10. Missy Higgins Announces New Album, Book…and a Baby

    August 04, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Missy Higgins has a massive year ahead. The Australian singer-songwriter has just announced plans to release a new album and her first novel, and she’s expecting her first child. Higgins used her Facebook page to spread the good news of her pending motherhood. “Hi friends, this is about to…

  11. Ben Folds to Vacate RCA Studio A on Music Row

    August 01, 2014 9:33 PM EDT He put up a good fight, but singer-songwriter Ben Folds announced on Friday he'll be leaving his recording space at the historic Studio A in Nashville's old RCA building after the property's brand-new owner raised the rent 124 percent. "Haha," Folds says in a  message…

  12. 5 Seconds of Summer's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the 'Perfect' Band

    August 01, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Calum Hood, Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer photographed on June 29, 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Milan by Miller Mobley. Miller Mobley 5 Seconds of Summer couldn't have asked for a more perfect few days. The Australian pop-punk quartet is…

  13. Exclusive: The Band Perry to Play High School Concerts to Promote Safe Teen Driving

    August 01, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Winners of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive campaign will be treated to Band Perry shows. The Band Perry will be touring all fall in support of 2013's Pioneer , both on their own headlining dates and as part of Blake Shelton 's Ten Times Crazier Tour. But the country trio will…

  14. Questlove Writes Poignant Tribute to Late Roots Manager Richard Nichols

    July 30, 2014 5:04 PM EDT 'He will live on in me, in Black Thought, in the rest of the Roots, and in every artist and project he touched,' Quest writes. On July 17, Roots manager Richard Nichols lost a long battle with leukemia and the music world lost a figure who was almost as instrumental in forming the…

  15. Bob Hine, Founder of U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, Dies

    July 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT 'He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years,' producer Robin Millar says. Bob Hine, a founder of the Music Producers Guild, died Saturday in New Milton, U.K., after a two-year struggle with cancer, according to the…

  16. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  17. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  18. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  19. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  20. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Reflects On His Weirdly Successful Week

    July 22, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, "…

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