1. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Lives at Full Speed Among Retirees

    November 16, 2014 1:22 PM EST TAURANGA, New Zealand -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was the toast of this quiet New Zealand coastal community when he celebrated the launch of his surprise solo album at his marina restaurant, Phil's Place. Even the mayor was there. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on…

  2. ‘Christmas At Downton Abbey’ Album Premiere: Elizabeth McGovern Talks Holiday Collection

    November 10, 2014 10:45 AM EST The new Christmas At Downton Abbey album gives a couple of the popular PBS show's cast members a chance to step out of their characters and show a different side of themselves. Listen to the album below, premiering exclusively at Billboard.com: Both Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora) and…

  3. Layoffs Hit Capitol Music Group

    November 06, 2014 2:29 PM EST A round of layoffs has hit Capitol Music Group, Billboard has confirmed. A source with knowledge of the situation tells Billboard that a dozen staffers were let go today (Nov. 6) as part of a restructuring at Capitol Music Group. Those twelve include J.R. Rich , Gihan Salem , Heidi Anne…

  4. Exclusive Premiere: Kevin Devine's 'Groundhog Day' Channeling Video 'She Can See Me'

    November 03, 2014 12:03 PM EST After releasing five albums, Kevin Devine decided to fund his next one on Kickstarter. He asked for $50,000, but made that amount in just 8 hours, unexpectedly ending up with $114,805. Some artists might blow all the dough on one extra-expensive album, but not Devine. To reward fans who had…

  5. Taylor Swift Named New York City Welcome Ambassador

    October 27, 2014 9:51 AM EDT "I'm still learning, but I'm so enthusiastic about this city that when I love something, I'm very vocal about it." The first song on Taylor Swift 's album 1989 is called "Welcome to New York," and it already bagged her a new gig. The pop singer has…

  6. Oasis Frontman's New Band Beady Eye Has Broken Up

    October 26, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Could this be good news for Oasis fans? Beady Eye has now been shut. Frontman Liam Gallagher announced Saturday (Oct. 25) on Twitter that the rock group has broken up. The band had parted ways with its manager earlier this year, according to NME . Noel Gallagher On Oasis Anniversary: '…

  7. From Gwen Stefani to Sleater-Kinney, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    October 24, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Gwen Stefani "Baby Don't Lie" Mad Love/Interscope After rumors swirled that Stefani was recording for a solo album and new No Doubt LP, "Baby Don't Lie" is the first taste from the former. Produced by Benny Blanco , Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, the pop…

  8. Gwen Stefani Stays Trippy in ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Music Video

    October 21, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Gwen Stefani is back with a new single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” that updates the elastic pop sound of her first two solo albums. After being previewed on last night’s episode of The Voice , the official music video for “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived, with a whole lot of funky shapes and…

  9. Taylor Swift's 'Welcome To New York' Coming Tuesday: Listen to a Preview Now

    October 20, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Swiftober is continuing along nicely. Taylor Swift announced Monday morning (Oct. 20) that the song "Welcome to New York," off 1989 , will be available for download on iTunes Tuesday (Oct. 21). "Welcome to New York" follows last week's "Out of the Woods"…

  10. Gwen Stefani’s New Single ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Is Here: Listen

    October 20, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Gwen Stefani’s new single “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived overnight. Fans, however, will have to wait until Monday night’s edition of The Voice for a glimpse of the music video. Stefani’s new song, released digitally  through Mad Love/Interscope Records and co-written with its producers…

  11. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  12. Exclusive: Earth, Wind & Fire to Release First Holiday Album

    October 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Eight-time Grammy Award-winning group Earth, Wind & Fir e is adding another first to its long list of achievements: a holiday album. The aptly titled Holiday will be released Oct. 21 through Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Recordings division. The 13-track set, available now for pre…

  13. Darrell Hammond Named 'SNL' Announcer After Don Pardo's Death

    September 18, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," Lorne Michaels tells USA Today. Darrell Hammond is rejoining Saturday Night Live as the show's new announcer, after longtime voice Don Pardo passed away in August at 96. Hammond will introduce the…

  14. J Alvarez, Conjunto Primavera & Noel Torres Among Latin Grammy Street Party Performers

    September 16, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Regional Mexican and urban acts will dominate the 2014 Latin Grammy street party concerts, which kick off Oct. 5 in Chicago's Plaza Garibaldi. Artists confirmed to perform during the series, which will be played in five cities, include Conjunto Primavera , J Alvarez , J Balvin , Los…

  15. Royal Blood, Lilly Wood Top U.K. Charts

    September 01, 2014 4:04 AM EDT English rock duo Royal Blood sold nearly 66,000 units to debut atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Aug. 31) with their self-titled Warner Bros./Warner Music album. French-Israeli duo Lilly Wood entered the singles chart at No. 1 with German DJ-producer Robin Schulz’s remix of their 2010…

  16. Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT If Blur hadn’t made it big, frontman Damon Albarn would’ve been A-OK. He’s a clever guy from a good family, and one way or another, this handsome, multi-talented Londoner was going to leave his mark on the world. The same is not necessarily true for Noel and Liam Gallagher, the brothers…

  17. Chris Martin, Jay Z, Adele and More: 10 Music Stars Who Haven't Taken the Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 22, 2014 9:59 PM EDT Since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on July 29, it's become a viral sensation raising more than $40 million in donations to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Out Ex Chris Martin for Ice Bucket Challenge The brilliant…

  18. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  19. Jazz Musician Cecil Taylor's $500,000 Prize Money Stolen

    August 12, 2014 4:00 PM EDT NY man arrested for allegedly having the prize money put in his account instead of Taylor's. Authorities have arrested a suburban New York man on charges he stole nearly $500,000 in prize money belonging to famed jazz musician Cecil Taylor. Brooklyn prosecutors say Noel Muir was facing a…

  20. Call Her Mrs. West: Kim Kardashian Shares Name Change With New Passport Photo

    August 05, 2014 9:05 PM EDT A couple months after making an honest man outta Kanye West , reality TV star Kim Kardashian has made it official: she's Mrs. West now, you guys. How are we privy to such details? Oh come on, she told us. Kardashian West took to Instagram on Tuesday to share of-all-things her new…

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