1. Exclusive: Michael Mann Mourns Collaborator Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream

    January 26, 2015 4:00 PM EST The legendary director shares his memories of joining Tangerine Dream in their Berlin studio to craft the soundtrack to his first film 'Thief.' I was shocked to hear about the loss of Edgar Froese . It seems as if we were working together about fifteen years ago, not thirty-five.…

  2. Mike Tyson Discusses 'Intense' Madonna Collaboration, Benito Mussolini's 'Street Swag'

    January 23, 2015 11:05 AM EST As revealed earlier this week when Madonna unveiled the track list to Rebel Heart , the pop superstar's upcoming studio album will feature an appearance from boxing legend Mike Tyson , who appears on the song "Iconic" alongside Mage and Chance The Rapper . In a new interview…

  3. Iggy Azalea Granted Injunction to Stop Ex Distributing Her Early Songs

    January 12, 2015 11:49 PM EST Iggy Azalea has gotten a judge on Monday to issue a preliminary injunction that prevents some of her songs from being released by music companies working with ex-boyfriend Maurice Williams (aka rapper Hefe Wine ). In September, Azalea filed the lawsuit upon word of unreleased music and a…

  4. R.I.P. Andrae Crouch: Remembering the Gospel Great's Immense Influence

    January 09, 2015 11:00 AM EST A Grammy winning legend in the gospel music field, the late Andrae Crouch 's influence extended well beyond the walls of the church -- artists across all music genres are mourning the passing of the acclaimed singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, musician and pastor. Crouch, 72,…

  5. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  6. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  7. Supreme Court to Consider Free Speech on Social Media Today, Thanks In Part to Eminem

    December 01, 2014 9:54 AM EST The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media. The justices will hear arguments Monday in the case of a man who was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for posting graphically violent rap…

  8. Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Seeks Delay of Case

    November 15, 2014 12:28 PM EST The truck driver charged in a New Jersey highway crash that injured comedian-actor Tracy Morgan and killed another man filed a request Friday (Nov. 14) to delay a federal lawsuit while his criminal case proceeds in state court. Tracy Morgan: 'Walmart Is Blaming Me for an Accident They…

  9. Why 'Interstellar' Sound Issues Have Ignited a Hollywood Uproar

    November 14, 2014 11:17 AM EST Is the score too loud? The mix muddy? Insiders say yes Buzz around the film Interstellar , the Christopher Nolan -helmed space saga starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway , hasn’t been particularly positive when it comes to the sound mix. Specifically, complaints that the dialogue…

  10. Taylor Swift's '1989' May Sell 400,000 in Second Week

    November 07, 2014 10:07 PM EST She'll likely beat the No. 2 album by more than 300,000. Taylor Swift 's monster 1989 album is so big, it seems that the music business decided to mostly avoid releasing any albums that would have to compete with its second week on sale. Why? Industry sources suggest 1989 may…

  11. Dillon Francis Gets a Little Help From His 'Friends' on Debut Album

    October 28, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Dance music's class clown graduates from moombahton past on diverse full-length debut. Leaning on a candy-cane tree at TomorrowWorld , Dillon Francis admits his new album is nothing but an elaborate ruse. "It's a lie," he jests. "We've been lying to the whole…

  12. Chris Cornell Announced as Keynote Q&A for Billboard Touring Conference

    October 27, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Industry leaders Geiger, Light, Rotella and Roux also set for Q&As at premier touring confab Chris Cornell , the legendary front man for pioneering bands Soundgarden and Audioslave , will be featured as the Keynote Q&A at the 11th annual Billboard Touring Conference, set for Nov.…

  13. U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT By its third album, 1983’s War , U2 had mined its influences and forged the building blocks of its unique sound. These included Bono’s obliquely heroic lyrics, the Edge’s polished-shrapnel guitar riffs, and the charging rhythms of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. On their…

  14. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  15. Demi Lovato Thanks DJs for Dance Club Songs No. 1

    August 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Plus: Imogen Heap scores her second leader on Dance/Electronic Albums, Amy Grant bows with her 'Remixes' set, and Deorro dominates at radio. Demi Lovato lands at No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart with "Really Don't Care," which rises 2-1. It's her…

  16. Movie Academy to Honor Harry Belafonte

    August 28, 2014 11:32 PM EDT Harry Belafonte and Maureen O'Hara are among those who will be honored by the motion picture academy's board of governors. The academy said Thursday that Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the academy's sixth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 8 in Los…

  17. Listen to Rob Garza's Burning Man Playlist

    August 25, 2014 4:33 PM EDT The Thievery Corporation DJ shares his musical picks for the Nevada gathering. Rob Garza is one-half of the Washington, D.C., DJ collective Theivery Corporation. Below, he shares his playlist for Burning Man, the Nevada gathering that started Monday (Aug. 25). While there is so much music to…

  18. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  19. Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

    August 12, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Hollywood's icon of cool won two Tonys for best actress in a musical. Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has…

  20. Robin Williams Dead at 63, Suicide Suspected

    August 11, 2014 7:41 PM EDT The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had been recently battling severe depression. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter The full statement is below. On…

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