1. Pee-wee Herman Is Off to the Races in TV on the Radio's 'Happy Idiot' Video

    September 30, 2014 11:00 AM EDT TV on the Radio are known for taking themselves pretty seriously, but highbrow as they are, they want you to know they’ve got a sense of humor, too. Debuting your new music video with Funny Or Die and enlisting Pee-wee Herman will help with that. The Speed Racer -referencing video for …

  2. KISS Songwriter Faces Child Pornography Charge

    September 29, 2014 9:31 PM EDT A contributor to several KISS songs and former guitarist from Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley 's pre-KISS band, Wicked Lester , was arrested in Beaufort County, S.C., on Friday and faces charges of uploading child pornography. Stephen Coronel of Bluffton, S.C., was charged with five…

  3. What a VIP Concert Package Buys You: From Front-Row Paul McCartney Seats to Dance Parties With Ariana Grande's Dancers

    September 29, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Getty Images This article first appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of Billboard . Business Business Kevin Haynes Touring Touring …

  4. Private Jet? No Problem. VIP Packages for Superfans Are Big Business for Tours & Festivals

    September 29, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Since the live event business rebounded in 2010, VIP programs, which offer seats closer to the stage, meet-and-greets with the artist and, in one extreme case, a private jet to the festival grounds (see story, below), increasingly have become big business. “We’re at a point where most tours…

  5. What the Ello Is Happening? Behind the New Social Network's Big Week and Musical Roots

    September 29, 2014 2:16 PM EDT "Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life. You are not a product." Somehow, the Vermont-based serial entrepreneur and artist behind KidRobot, a team of nine developers in Denver and a handful of designers in Boulder have…

  6. Alt-J Nabs U.K. No. 1 with 'This Is All Yours'

    September 29, 2014 6:44 AM EDT British band Alt-J converted their status as critical indie favorites into mainstream crossover by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sept. 28) with their  This Is All Yours  album (Infectious Music). Meanwhile, Jessie J’s collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj , “Bang Bang” (Lava…

  7. Ludacris, Georgia Gov. Share an Unlikely Stage at School Near Atlanta

    September 27, 2014 10:38 AM EDT A campaign event without political chatter seems about as likely as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and rapper Ludacris sharing a stage. But both happened Friday (Sept. 26) at a charter school outside Atlanta, where the unlikely campaign trail duo was a hit with a cheering crowd of more than 200.…

  8. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  9. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  10. Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul

    September 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Cutting-edge technology makes the human touch -- and sound -- even more vital, writes the singer, who releases new album 'M.E.' on Sept. 30. Ever since technology gave us the ability to put an endless number of tracks on a recording and to manipulate a voice into perfect pitch,…

  11. Exclusive: The Orchard Acquires Frenchkiss Label Group and Frenchkiss Records

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The Orchard has acquired Frenchkiss Label Group and Frenchkiss REcords, Billboard has exclusively learned. The independent music and video distribution, marketing, and sales organization has handled digital and physical distribution for the New York-based boutique label group and the record…

  12. Lady Antebellum Talk Soaring to a New Sound on '747'

    September 25, 2014 6:19 PM EDT If you think there's a little something different about 747 , the new disc from Capitol Nashville's Lady Antebellum , Charles Kelley says you are very much spot-on. Lady Antebellum's '747' Track List Revealed "We were working with a new producer, so I think…

  13. Report: Universal Music Group Slaps Monster With Beastie Boys Lawsuit

    September 25, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Reuters is reporting that a pair of Universal Music Group units are suing Monster Beverage Corp. for sampling several songs co-owned by rap-rock icons the Beastie Boys , who won a similar lawsuit against the drink maker earlier this year. Capital Records and Universal-Polygram International…

  14. Diana Krall Struggling With Effects of Pneumonia, Postpones Album Release & U.S. Tour

    September 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Diana Krall has postponed her scheduled new album release and nixed her U.S. fall tour due to illness.  The Grammy-winning artist has “on-going complications brought on by a case of pneumonia,” according to her reps, meaning her new album Wallflower (Verve Records) will be pushed back to…

  15. Justin Bieber Chase Revives Anti-Paparazzi Charges

    September 24, 2014 8:59 PM EDT An appellate court has ordered the reinstatement of anti-paparazzi charges against a photographer accused of engaging in a high-speed chase of Justin Bieber in 2012. Which 'Baywatch' Star Is Filming With Justin Bieber? A three-judge Los Angeles Superior Court panel ordered Friday…

  16. 21 Under 21’s Next Class: Vote For 2015’s Best Bet

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Is 2015 the year of Raury, Ella Henderson, Gabi Wilson or someone else? Cast your vote! This year’s edition of our annual 21 Under 21 rankings includes pop mainstays, rising EDM stars, hip-hop heroes and, perhaps most importantly, lots of new talent, as artists like 5 Seconds of Summer…

  17. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More

    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week's Must-Hear Music podcast kicks off with a detailed dissection of Kendrick Lamar's "i," the first full taste of his sophomore album. While everyone ( Jason Lipshutz , Erika Ramirez  and Joe Lynch ) agrees it was far from what we expected, the Billboard staff…

  18. Paul Simon Performs 'Here Comes The Sun' for George Harrison Week on 'Conan'

    September 24, 2014 10:20 AM EDT As part of  George Harrison  Week on  Conan , Paul Simon  stopped by Tuesday night to perform one of Harrison's most enduring songs,  The Beatles  classic "Here Comes The Sun." Simon is no stranger to performing the hit. He's sung the Abbey Road classic at various…

  19. Debbie Harry, Chris Stein Celebrate Blondie's 40th Anniversary With NYC Art Exhibit

    September 24, 2014 3:20 AM EDT A Blondie transvestite impersonator, rare memorabilia and provocative photos of iconic lead singer Debbie Harry by photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibowitz, Bob Grossman, Bob Gruen and Chris Stein were unveiled at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery in New York City on Monday…

  20. The Replacements Will 'Likely' Make a Reunion Album

    September 23, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Paul Westerberg's failure to keep his vow to never reunite  The Replacements  is now complete. After caving in and gettin' the band back together for an EP, and then sticking around for numerous concerts, it looks like the reunited 'Mats are going one step further. According…

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