1. How Morrissey and Harvest Records Unraveled

    October 20, 2014 12:02 PM EDT When Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett announced on Jan. 15 that Morrissey had signed with CMG's Harvest Records, he praised the artist for staying "consistently true to his artistic vision and ethical principles since he first exploded onto the scene in the 1980s.…

  2. What Would Happen If the Smiths Got Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

    October 10, 2014 4:45 PM EDT The Smiths were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time this week. There’s no way they could get in… right? So first thing’s first -- this year's set of Rock Hall nominations is the most “alt” ever. Green Day , Nine Inch Nails , Lou Reed , Joan Jett & the…

  3. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

  4. Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    October 09, 2014 8:26 AM EDT Congrats, Billie Joe; congrats, Trent; congrats, Morrissey. And congrats to your band members, and to everyone, because today is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations day ! A 25-year period needs to have passed for acts to gain eligibility, and Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are this year&…

  5. Harvest Records Now Selling Morrissey's 'F--- Harvest' T-Shirts

    October 08, 2014 8:12 PM EDT Harvest Records is taking a cue from the old adage "there is no such thing as bad publicity" and running with it.  After Morrissey dressed his backing band in "F--- Harvest" T-shirts at his European tour opener in Lisbon Monday, referencing his ongoing feud with his…

  6. Morrissey Blasts Harvest Records (Again), Reveals Cancer Scare

    October 07, 2014 12:52 PM EDT On top of all the other tour-ending ailments he has faced in recent years -- bleeding ulcer, pneumonia, respiratory infection -- Morrissey now says in a Spanish-language interview that he's undergone cancer treatments and feels he may be at an age where he "should no longer be…

  7. Rising Australian Singer Josef Salvat: From Studying Law to Studying Sia

    October 03, 2014 7:16 PM EDT The 25-year-old is signed to Columbia and prepping an album for next year, but his new EP, 'In Your Prime,' is already gaining steam. Josef Salvat is an Australian singer-songwriter based in London who deals in soulful, and sometimes sorrowful, electro-pop. His debut EP Hustler…

  8. VH1 Promotes Sandy Alouete to Head of Talent, Music Programming

    October 01, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Longtime VH1 exec Sandy Alouete has been promoted to senior vice president of talent and music programming at the network, effective immediately. She's taking over for Rick Krim , who left the company over the summer. Related Rick Krim, VH1's EVP of Talent & Music Programming,…

  9. Pee-wee Herman Is Off to the Races in TV on the Radio's 'Happy Idiot' Video

    September 30, 2014 11:00 AM EDT TV on the Radio are known for taking themselves pretty seriously, but highbrow as they are, they want you to know they’ve got a sense of humor, too. Debuting your new music video with Funny Or Die and enlisting Pee-wee Herman will help with that. The Speed Racer -referencing video for …

  10. Morrissey Launches Merch Store, Sells ‘I Will Kill You’ T-Shirt

    September 26, 2014 4:39 AM EDT Morrissey’s next big hit might be a t-shirt.  The former Smiths frontman is selling a range of “official Morrissey” apparel through his new online merch store, which launched Thursday (Sept. 25) in the U.K . and Friday in the U.S . Moz’ inventory includes a range of shirts emblazoned with…

  11. The Big Parade Music Conference Debuts in Tokyo: Billboard Charts, Streaming Services, and Steve Lillywhite

    September 21, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Japan has hosted a major music conference with significant international players for the first time in recent memory. The Big Parade, held September 12th-15th, was packed with line-up of live showcases (of strictly Japanese bands) buttressing three days of talks, speeches and panels. The…

  12. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  13. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  14. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  15. How CeeLo Green’s Career Can Be Saved

    September 05, 2014 3:19 PM EDT How accusations of rape, a yanked reality show and a deplorable series of (since deleted) tweets stand to derail a once vibrant future for the artist and former 'Voice' coach. On Sept. 2, hours after Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest to a 2012 case alleging that he secretly slipped…

  16. TV on the Radio Drops New Song, Shares Tour Dates & 'Seeds' Release Date

    September 02, 2014 2:34 PM EDT New TV on the Radio music is finally here. The New York-based whiz kids have shared the official lyric video for a new song called “Happy Idiot,” which comes from their forthcoming studio album Seeds . Good news: The frothy, cotton candy theme of the Seeds trailer they teased in July is back!…

  17. Merchandise Talks 'After the End,' Punk Culture & Hating Morrissey Comparisons

    August 28, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Merchandise’s Carson Cox knows that life will always be in flux. He used to be straight edge; now he’s not. He used to be vegetarian; he now eats meat. The Tampa-based band he fronts used to be signed to a small, D.I.Y.-minded label; now they’re with 4AD, which one might call a “major indie.”…

  18. Morrissey Laments That Robin Williams 'Overshadowed' Other Celebrity Deaths

    August 27, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Morrissey has really been on a roll lately. Even when he isn't breaking up with his label or canceling a slew of tour dates , his ramblings on the site True to You are turning heads, albeit for all the wrong reasons. A few days after Henry Rollins offered his wrongheaded opinion on the…

  19. Reunited Ramones Estates Plan Big Comeback Including Martin Scorsese Film

    August 27, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery has become a tradition. This past Sunday marked the tenth annual event honoring the late guitarist. In a marathon celebration that began before sundown diehard Ramones fans were treated to a Q&A that included Johnny’s widow Linda,…

  20. Morrissey Reportedly Compiles Ramones Best-Of

    August 27, 2014 5:40 AM EDT Morrissey isn’t dwelling on his fracas with Harvest Records. The former Smiths frontman has reportedly been busy curating a new Ramones compilation.  In a post published on his fan site True To You , Morrissey is said to have compiled the track-listing for a forthcoming Best of the Ramones…

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