1. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  2. Robert Plant On New Album 'Ceaseless Roar': It's 'a Triumph'

    September 15, 2014 12:13 AM EDT Robert Plant has been a lifelong rambler with almost no interest in returning home to Great Britain. These days, though, he's as snug as a hobbit in his hole in his native country after returning to record his latest album, and he doesn't plan on changing his home base soon. "I…

  3. Kem Says He's 'Keeping the Light On for R&B'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Motown artist will tour with Charlie Wilson in 2015; scores third week at No. 1 with 'It's You.' Fresh off scoring a third week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart with "It's You" -- not to mention debuting a week before at No. 3 on the Billboard 200…

  4. Lights Single Premiere: Listen to ‘Running With the Boys’

    September 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The Canadian star explains why her latest single is one of her favorite tracks on her new album. Lights , the 27-year-old electro-pop artist, is readying her third studio album, Little Machines , for a Sept. 23 release on Warner Bros. Records, and is following the buoyant lead single …

  5. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Justin Timberlake Brings 'SexyBack' To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2006, JT topped the Billboard Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Fergie, Mariah Carey and Eric Clapton Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 8, 2007 On break from the Black Eyed…

  6. Country Legend Ronnie Milsap Releasing 21-Disc Box Set

    September 05, 2014 5:37 PM EDT This fall promises to be a monumental one for Ronnie Milsap . Next week will see the Academy of Country Music give him a Career Achievement Award at the ACM Honors ceremony in Nashville, and in October, the singer will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame's 2014 class,…

  7. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  8. New Order Signs to Mute Records, Plans New Release in 2015

    September 02, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Seminal British band New Order has inked a global record deal with U.K. indie Mute and is looking to release new material next year. The band's last studio album, Lost Sirens , which consisted of eight unreleased tracks originally recorded during the making of 2005's Waiting For The…

  9. Annalise Emerick on 'Field Notes,' Collecting Fans & Telling Stories

    September 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Annalise Emerick definitely qualifies as a "Road Warrior." Since 2011, the Nashville native has spent a lot of time on the highway, spreading the word about her music. She tells Billboard if you are going to build a career in the music business, full-throttle is the only way to go. …

  10. Courtney Love Calls the Current Draft of Her Memoir a ‘Disaster’

    August 31, 2014 1:44 PM EDT "It's a disaster," Love told Paper of the current draft of her book. Courtney Love is hard at work on her upcoming memoir, The Girl With the Most Cake , but the writing process hasn’t been easy, the singer said in a recent interview with Paper . Courtney Love Preps 'Blonde…

  11. Robyn Hitchcock on Covering His Muses, the Passage of Time & 20th Solo Album ‘The Man Upstairs’

    August 26, 2014 12:49 PM EDT "I am effectively a folk artist. I’m just not a traditional folk artist." Pick up the phone to interview Robyn Hitchcock and you might get an unexpected lesson in history and geography. “I’m staring at the sea on the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight, just where Jim Morrison…

  12. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  13. Charles M. Young, Punk Rock Journalist, Dead at 63

    August 19, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Rock journalist Charles M. Young, who joined Rolling Stone magazine in 1976 and championed New York's CBGB punk scene at its inception, died of cancer on Monday, Aug. 18. Young's passing follows a year-and-a-half battle with with a stage four brain tumor, he was 63.  At Rolling…

  14. Find Out Which Two Classic Rock Muses Inspired Ariana Grande's Billboard Cover Photo

    August 15, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Ariana Grande 's polka dot-covered headware on  Billboard 's cover this week may seem futuristic, but the singer shares that the inspiriation is actually from the past. Specifically, from famous rocker muses Pattie Boyd and Celia Hammond . "60s mod space here is one of the…

  15. 'American Horror Story' Adds Patti LaBelle to 'Freak Show' Ranks

    August 11, 2014 5:37 PM EDT She'll appear in four episodes of the FX anthology. Patti LaBelle is bringing her "New Attitude" to FX's American Horror Story.  The Grammy Hall of Famer has booked a four-episode stint on the anthology series from  Glee  co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk,  The…

  16. Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo & Future Perform At Reggae Sumfest 2014: Live Review

    July 23, 2014 4:18 PM EDT "I'm always nervous performing at home because Jamaicans are tough people to please but I am very happy with tonight's outcome," revealed Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin – and NBC’s The Voice season five winner – minutes after delivering a flawless, headlining set at Reggae…

  17. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  18. Punk's Quiet Visionary: Debbie Harry, Tommy Stinson, Danny Fields and More on Tommy Ramone

    July 18, 2014 3:11 PM EDT In 1974, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone. The last surviving original member of the band is remembered as the odd man out who helped shaped the sound and look of punk rock's founding fathers. This feature first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . DANNY FIELDS…

  19. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  20. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The longevity of The Ramones, X, Nick Cave and New Order belies the genre's supposed short-lived appeal. It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement,…

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