1. Billy Corgan: 'I'm a Rock Star Because I'm a Great F---ing Musician'

    December 19, 2014 4:40 PM EST When it comes to the state of the music industry (or anything else for that matter),  Smashing Pumpkins  mastermind and frontman  Billy Corgan  has no problem speaking his mind. Billboard sat down with the musician in his dressing room at the recent KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas event in Los…

  2. 'Sons of Anarchy' Finale Song Debuts on Rock Chart

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST As the bloody motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy concluded its seven-season run Dec. 9 on FX, its swan song, "Come Join the Murder," debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The original track is credited to the show's house band, the Forest Rangers, and White…

  3. Fall Out Boy Talk New Album, Motley Crue & Grateful Dead

    December 16, 2014 8:49 PM EST Fall Out Boy appeared on night one of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas , alongside such heavy rockers as System of a Down , Incubus , Linkin Park , Bush and Royal Blood . With a lineup of guitar-driven acts like that, there were no pretenses about this night being acoustic, but FOB&…

  4. Wiz Khalifa the Latest Star to Deal With Sex-Tape Scandal

    December 16, 2014 4:11 PM EST According to TMZ , Wiz Khalifa was an unwitting participant in a sex tape with Playboy model Carla Howe last week. Neither party has denied hooking up -- last week, Howe Instagrammed photos of her and Khalifa shirtless. However, the subsequent details are murky. 15 Musician Sex-Tape…

  5. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Needs to Venture Outside of Mainstream to Stay Relevant

    December 16, 2014 2:35 PM EST It's fitting that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed its Class of 2015 at midnight last night, because the list of new inductees is very sleepy. Next year, Green Day , Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues Band , Joan Jett and the…

  6. 10 Things We Learned From Billy Corgan's Reddit AMA

    December 10, 2014 12:00 PM EST With a new Smashing Pumpkins album Monuments to an Elegy out this week, Billy Corgan  made time to answer questions about "anything" on Reddit yesterday. With a cup of tea in hand, obviously. Here’s what we learned: 1. The shortest (5 minutes) and the longest (5 months) amount of…

  7. Tom Wopat & John Schneider: From 'Dukes of Hazzard' to Kickstarter-Backed Christmas Album

    December 02, 2014 2:00 PM EST Tom Wopat and John Schneider have enjoyed a natural chemistry together over the years. Of course, they came to the attention of America during their seven seasons as cousins Bo and Luke Duke in the hit '80s CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard. Though it has been almost three decades since…

  8. Motley Crue's Final Tour Rolls On

    November 26, 2014 7:20 PM EST Mötley Crüe takes the No. 1 slot on the weekly Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $5.1 million in sales reported from its Final Tour that wrapped for the year in Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 22. The tour launched on July 2 with Alice Cooper and the Raskins onboard as special guests for a…

  9. Tomorrow's Hits: MisterWives, Raskins & Kyle Dion

    November 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. MisterWives New York-based MisterWives cruise onto Alternative Songs with their first airplay chart hit, "Reflections." The quirky alt…

  10. 15 Musician Sex-Tape Scandals, From Tommy Lee to Usher

    November 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST News got out Wednesday that a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond was stolen and being shopped around, and the  singer's legal team is hot on the case .  Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape Like the rumors of an Iggy Azalea sex tape that surfaced in September , this…

  11. Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta Explains Why Taylor Swift Was Removed From Spotify

    November 08, 2014 3:01 PM EST Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta gave a candid interview about the abrupt removal of Taylor Swift ’s catalog from streaming service Spotify during a radio interview with Motley Crue 's Nikki Sixx. Taylor Swift Catalog Removed From Spotify “We never wanted to embarrass a fan,…

  12. Sam Hunt Scores Country Charts Feat Last Achieved 22 Years Ago

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Newcomer Sam Hunt tops three Billboard country charts -- Top Country Albums , Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay -- as his first full-length set, Montevallo , opens with 70,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Digital sales account for a hefty 71 percent of the sum.) Sam…

  13. Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Concerts Heat Up Hot Tours Chart

    November 06, 2014 4:46 PM EST Topping the weekly tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) are Enrique Iglesias and rapper Pitbull with $25.7 million in ticket sales from the 2014 leg of their joint tour through U.S. and Canadian markets. Promoted by Concerts West, a division of AEG Live, the tour visited 21 cities during…

  14. Motley Crue Teams With Dodge in Dallas, Talks 'Great Things' Ahead on Final Tour

    November 03, 2014 9:57 AM EST A big sponsorship deal brought Motley Crue back to a small hall over the weekend in Dallas. The group played a special, semi-public show on Saturday at "Fast N' Loud" host Richard Rawlings ' Gas Monkey Live concert club as part of the Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey event…

  15. The Academy of Country Music Awards Celebrates Milestone with 'This Is Country' Book

    October 28, 2014 1:40 AM EDT Next year will be an important one for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The Los Angeles-based organization will celebrate the 50th anniversary since its first trophies were first presented in 1965. And, to celebrate, the show will be headed on the road for a one-time-only trip to AT&…

  16. Paul McCartney’s Out There Tour Has Grossed $165 Million (And Counting…)

    October 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Paul McCartney owns this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking (see list, below) with $10.6 million in box office revenue from five of the final U.S. performances on his world tour. Now in its home stretch, his Out There tour will close its final trek through North America on Oct. 30 after…

  17. Hozier Debuts at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums

    October 17, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The Irish singer-songwriter reigns with his debut full-length. Plus, chart action from vets Weezer, Sixx:A.M. and Nickelback. Irish singer-songwriter Hozier (aka, Andrew Hozier-Byrne) crowns Top Rock Albums and starts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his self-titled full-length debut…

  18. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  19. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2000, Christina Aguilera Tops Hot 100

    October 13, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week 14 years ago, Aguilera landed her third No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for UB40, Creed and T.I. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Oct. 13, 2000 Christina Aguilera collected a third…

  20. Exclusive: Sixx:A.M.'s 'Give Me a Love' Lyric Video Premieres, Nikki Sixx Talks Band's New Album

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT After more than 30 years in the music business, Nikki Sixx still gets a kick out of shocking people. He isn’t resorting to the extremes that horrified parents and defined his band Motley Crue in the ’80s and ’90s, but his methods are still effective. Just look at how Motley Crue signing a…

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