1. Chris Robinson on Black Crowes Breakup: 'It's Way More Complicated Than Rich's Public Outburst'

    January 26, 2015 5:34 PM EST 'It's unfortunate that on the 25th anniversary, whether the band is working or not, that it's not about the songs and the good times people had at those concerts.' With the Black Crowes permanently nested, frontman Chris Robinson says his Chris Robinson Brotherhood band…

  2. 'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Files Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts

    January 26, 2015 3:50 PM EST In a move with huge implications, he is seeking to void his recording, management & merchandising deals with 19 Entertainment. For those who would give almost anything for the opportunity of super-stardom, American Idol might be the entertainment industry's version of a Faustian…

  3. Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese, Electronic Pioneer: An Appreciation

    January 23, 2015 7:19 PM EST As far as Edgar Froese was concerned, there was a difference between making electronic music and making music with electronic instruments. And both with Tangerine Dream and on his own, he preferred to be thought of as doing the latter. "We don't like what we do to be called '…

  4. 5 Things We Want To See Sia Do on 'SNL'

    January 17, 2015 11:00 AM EST After notching another Top 20 hit on the Hot 100 chart with "Elastic Heart," Sia is set to make her Saturday Night Live debut on Jan. 17. The press-shy Australian artist is set to bring Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler onstage, most likely to perform "Elastic Heart" from…

  5. Music in 2014: Taylor Takes the Year, Republic Records on Top, Streaming to the Rescue

    January 09, 2015 2:30 PM EST Sales plummet across the board as digital and on-demand make an impact. While the U.S. music industry suffered through its worst sales year since the advent of SoundScan (now Nielsen Music) in 1991, streaming was so strong last year that the industry nevertheless saw growth -- yes,…

  6. Marilyn Manson Clarifies Comment About Lana Del Rey Being a 'Problem'

    January 09, 2015 1:00 PM EST After video leaked last November of a fake (but nevertheless disturbing) Lana Del Rey rape scene intercut with footage of Marilyn Manson , the Internet exploded with exclamations of WTF. Manson quickly distanced himself from the clip, explaining it  wasn't an actual Marilyn Manson…

  7. Whitney Houston Biopic Premiere Not a Family Affair

    January 07, 2015 4:51 PM EST The premiere of Whitney was no family affair. But no one expected Whitney Houston 's kin to attend. "It was the family's choice and decision because of what they want to do and whatever their desires or their plans are, not to be involved in this one," director Angela…

  8. Throwback! Look Back At 'Girlfriend,' 'N Sync's Video for Their Final Single as a Group

    January 01, 2015 11:42 AM EST All good things must come to an end, and so it was for 'N Sync with the release of their "Girlfriend" video. Lance Bass Talks Surprise 'N Sync Album: 'I Was Shocked' Thirteen years ago this week, Justin, JC, Joey, Lance, and Chris released the music video for…

  9. Alberta Adams, Detroit's 'Queen of the Blues,' Dies at 97

    December 26, 2014 10:15 AM EST Alberta Adams, one of the last of the great post-World War II era blues singers, passed away on early Christmas morning in Detroit at the age of 97 after a long period of failing health. Paul McCartney Remembers 'Good Mate' Joe Cocker "She was a unique and dynamic performer…

  10. Touring in 2014: Stadium Shows Dominate, Garth Returns, Springsteen's Epic Run and More

    December 23, 2014 11:12 AM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  11. Windowing New Music May Not Goose Sales, Study Shows

    December 18, 2014 12:01 PM EST A case study by on one song in two different territories by two Spotify executives shows why windowing releases might not be a good idea. The Spotify duo, director of economic development Will Page and analyst Kenny Ning, chose to look at how Meghan Trainor 's "All About That…

  12. USAID's Covert Cuba Hip-Hop Project 'Reckless' & 'Stupid,' Says Sen. Patrick Leahy

    December 11, 2014 11:14 PM EST A U.S. agency's secret infiltration of Cuba's underground hip-hop scene to spark a youth movement against the government was "reckless" and "stupid," Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday after The Associated Press revealed the operation. On at least six occasions,…

  13. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  14. John Fogerty Prepping Autobiography, Career-Spanning Box Set For 2015

    December 02, 2014 1:03 PM EST The rock legend discusses the 45th anniversary of his amazing 1969 run. After celebrating some of the most glorious of his glory days in Canada this fall, John Fogerty is looking forward to bringing the party south of the border, and maybe even beyond, in the new year. Fogerty's…

  15. Jeff Tweedy on Two New Wilco Releases: 'The Last Thing in the World I Wanted to Do Was to Listen Through All the Old Records'

    November 17, 2014 6:25 PM EST Though Wilco releases two major retrospectives this week to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary, Jeff Tweedy admits that he's not a guy who likes to celebrate the past.  "The last thing in the world I wanted to do was to listen through all the old records and all the old…

  16. New York Judge Delivers Another SiriusXM Setback in Turtles Lawsuit

    November 15, 2014 8:44 AM EST For the third time in as many months, SiriusXM has been rocked with a court ruling over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings. This time, a ruling comes in New York, a sign that the satellite radio broadcaster's liability won't be limited to California — the scene of earlier…

  17. Lee Daniels' Business Partner Claims Damon Dash Is 'Libel-Proof'

    November 12, 2014 4:25 PM EST Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder is suing Daniels over profits from 'The Butler' & other projects. Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash 's defamation claim against Canyon Entertainment president Simone Sheffield might best be considered the undercard in a legal match…

  18. Boy George Laments Culture Club's '80s Videos: 'I Never Really Liked Any of Them'

    October 28, 2014 1:28 PM EDT The bouncy second single off the band's second album, Colour by Numbers , Culture Club 's "Karma Chameleon" was the English's group only No. 1 in America, topping the Billboard Hot 100 on Feb. 4, 1984 and remaining there for three weeks. Cross-dressing frontman Boy…

  19. Taylor Swift Tops Canadian iTunes Chart With Eight Seconds of White Noise

    October 22, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Even a glitch doesn't slow the singer down It is time for Taylor Swift to drop the mic and take a bow because she has just accomplished the unthinkable. Swift hit number one on the Canadian iTunes chart this week with eight seconds of pure static.  Taylor Swift Releases Official '…

  20. Jimmy Page Talks New Music, Led Zeppelin's Future & Why He Has No Interest Being in a 'Tribute Band'

    October 17, 2014 1:25 PM EDT In his 70 years, it's fair to say that Jimmy Page has seen and experienced more than most. A hell of a lot more. Nevertheless, even he fails to hide the look of astonishment and boyish wonder that lights up his face upon exploring the Gothic splendor of "The Tudor Room" at…

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