1. Led Zeppelin Kicked Off First U.S. Tour 46 Years Ago Today

    December 26, 2014 2:50 PM EST On this day (Dec. 26) in 1968, Led Zeppelin (not to be confused with " Len Zefflin ") kicked off their first North American tour opening for psychedelic hard rock band Vanilla Fudge at Denver Auditorium in Colorado. A ticket to see them play would only set you back $5 and the…

  2. No Doubt, System of a Down & More Ring in 25 Years of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

    December 15, 2014 3:19 PM EST What the Jingle Ball tour has become to the pop world, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has been to the alternative scene for more than two decades. The L.A. radio station's annual December show, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, had its status as arguably the…

  3. Moby on 'Hotel: Ambient,' L.A. Shows, Selling His 'Castle in the Hills'

    December 15, 2014 2:44 PM EST "It's music I listen to when I'm anxious, need help sleeping or when I'm sitting in traffic on the 101," Moby says of Hotel: Ambient , his long out-of-print 2005 bonus album being re-released on Tuesday, Dec. 16 via his Little Idiot label. "It's a very…

  4. Iggy Azalea Learns 'Vagina Flick' From Fake Demi Lovato Story

    December 10, 2014 6:30 PM EST 0 UPDATE: Demi Lovato retweeted Billboard's story, adding, "HAHAHAHAHA," proving she has an incredible sense of humor (even if she can't speak whale).  Here's your daily reminder that the Internet is a weird place. A few weeks ago, someone posted a horror…

  5. Grammys' Alternative Album Category: The 10 Greatest Injustices

    December 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST 'Out of Time' over 'Nevermind'? 'Get Behind Me Satan' over 'Funeral'? Let's sort through these incorrect choices together. The history of the Grammy Awards is full of both rightful victories and shameful omissions. In hindsight, it's easy to…

  6. Moby Reportedly Sells Hollywood Hills 'Castle,' Possibly to Banksy, for Big Profit

    December 01, 2014 10:02 AM EST Electronic musician, DJ and known vegan Moby has sold off his castle-like compound in the Hollywood Hills for a hefty profit. According to multiple reports , the Play star, whose given name is Richard Melville Hall , purchased the home for $3.9 million in March 2010, and just unloaded it…

  7. M.I.A. Signs Publishing Deal With BMG

    November 21, 2014 10:27 PM EST Controversial rapper M.I.A. has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis U.K., the label announced Friday (Nov. 21). The deal covers future compositions from the Grammy- and Oscar-nominated artist. M.I.A., Tom Morello, Moby & More Rally Behind Edward Snowden BMG…

  8. Diplo Celebrates 'Flor1da' with a Paid BitTorrent Bundle (Which Are Now Available to the Public)

    November 17, 2014 2:08 PM EST Following in Thom Yorke's footsteps, Diplo is the second artist to release a pay-gated bundle on the platform. To celebrate 10 years since the release of his debut album, Florida , Diplo is re-releasing the LP today by way of a BitTorrent bundle, or a digital box set. The 11-track…

  9. M.I.A., Tom Morello, Moby & More Rally Behind Edward Snowden

    November 10, 2014 6:04 PM EST While TV news pundits talk themselves red in the face about Edward Snowden and the ethics of his whistleblowing, a collection of genre-spanning musicians are teaming up to rally behind the exiled American. M.I.A. , Tom Morello , Moby , PJ Harvey , Thurston Moore and more signed a petition…

  10. Bruce Springsteen Admits He Wrote a Song About a Book Before Reading It

    October 31, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen recently chatted with The New York Times about his favorite writers and what books he's been reading recently (he's promoting his children's book Outlaw Pete ) . Amid a high-minded discussion of Philip Roth, Moby-Dick and Flannery O'Connor, Springsteen…

  11. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding & Calvin Harris

    October 29, 2014 6:09 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers Erika Ramirez and Joe Lynch apologize to Jason Lipshutz for not attending his Halloween karaoke party. After that, we talk about Iggy Azalea 's new song featuring Danish pop singer MØ , which the two of them performed (…

  12. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Lips tap Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara and more for a loving deconstruction of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Given it's a frequent contender for the 'Greatest Album Ever Made' title, it almost seems like there…

  13. Flaming Lips' 'Sgt. Pepper's' Covers Album Is Streaming Now

    October 20, 2014 12:29 PM EDT It was 47 years ago that Sgt. Pepper's taught the band to play, and in the process, changed popular music forever. The Beatles ' magnum opus certainly doesn't lack for lauds (and backlash), but that didn't stop Beatlemaniac Wayne Coyne from leading the Flaming Lips into…

  14. Miley Cyrus Is Over Twerking, Shows Off New Dance

    October 16, 2014 5:04 PM EDT You heard it from Miley Cyrus : Twerking is over (for her). Courtesy of her backup dancers, Cyrus shared Thursday (Oct. 16) on an Australian talk show that she's recently learned about the Nae Nae, a dance move invented by Atlanta quintet WeAreToonz . The dance involves raising your…

  15. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  16. Hear Miley Cyrus Cover Beatles' 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds' With Flaming Lips & Moby

    October 13, 2014 10:45 AM EDT If you liked Miley Cyrus’ collaboration with the Flaming Lips at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards -- or even if you didn’t -- there’s more to hear from the psychedelic pair. The Flaming Lips are prepping a guest-filled re-imagination of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band…

  17. Why 1999 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade --  1998  and  1999 . POP SHOP…

  18. Why 1992 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for 1992 and 1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1992, BMG and Columbia's music subscriptions were still in full…

  19. How Thom Yorke Kept His New Album a Surprise

    October 05, 2014 11:02 PM EDT Thom Yorke jolted fans Sept. 26 with a new album. Even more startling, however, was how the Radiohead frontman chose to release Tomorrow's Modern Boxes : via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent. Once the preferred vessel of Internet pirates, BitTorrent -- actually a privately…

  20. ATM and Paragon Combine to Form Connected Artists, Become Largest Indie European EDM Agency

    October 02, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Two of the leading agents in electronic dance music have joined forces to form Connected Artists. Paragon Artists’ Panos Ayassotelis ( Arty , Avicii , Cazzette , Erick Morillo ) and ATM Artists’ Eli Booker ( Alesso , Axwell , Axwell Λ Ingrosso , Dirty South , Moby , Otto Knows , Sebastian…

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