1. Guided by Voices Break Up (Again, But for Real), Cancel Tour Dates

    September 18, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Longstanding indie rockers Guided by Voices have broken up. The Dayton, Ohio, five-piece band posted the news to their website  on Thursday (Sept. 18) and canceled a run of tour dates scheduled to start Sept. 26 at Portland, Ore.'s Crystal Ballroom and to finish Nov. 29 at Detroit'…

  2. Jimmy Jam Remembers the Making of Janet Jackson's 'Rhythm Nation 1814': Exclusive Q&A

    September 18, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1989, as the world was going to hell, Janet Jackson was coming into her own. The pop star's ascent and the planet's downward slide intersected neatly on Rhythm Nation 1814 , a socially conscious, sonically adventurous, commercially massive album released 25 years ago…

  3. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Tove Lo, The Preatures, Blake Mills, Mapei & More

    September 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT It's (unofficial) Swedish pop appreciation week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, with new songs from Tove Lo (yes, there's much more to her than "Habits"), Erik Hassle and Mapei all getting love from the Billboard staff. We also talk about new tracks from Blake Mills …

  4. Fergie’s ‘The Dutchess’ Turns Eight: An Appreciation

    September 15, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Black Eyed Pea singer still has yet to follow her solo debut -- and that's okay, because "The Dutchess" rules. Fergie ’s debut solo album, The Dutchess , was released on Sept. 13, 2006, meaning that the album celebrated its eighth birthday over the weekend. And…

  5. Watch ‘Weird Al,’ Conan O'Brien Sing at 'The Simpsons' 25th Anniversary Live Show

    September 13, 2014 3:49 PM EDT America's favorite yellow family was feted with songs, a red suit and lots of inflatable donuts. If Mr. Burns were in attendance at the live "The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl" show Friday (Sept. 12), he might have referred to the show as "excellent." '…

  6. 'Simpsons' Producer Al Jean Dishes on Show's Best Musical Moments

    September 12, 2014 3:00 PM EDT To close out The Simpsons binge-fest of all 552 episodes on FXX last month, the Hollywood Bowl is dedicating three nights to the beloved animated series. From Sept. 12-14, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will be accompanied by stars like Conan O'Brien , “Weird Al” Yankovic ,…

  7. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the Group

    September 12, 2014 10:30 AM EDT It has been a whirlwind nine months for Guy Oseary since he took the reins of U2 ’s management after longtime manager Paul McGuinness announced his retirement last fall. That includes a Golden Globe , an Oscar nomination , a big Super Bowl campaign and the premiere of The Tonight Show in…

  8. Hear Neil Young Protest Fracking & Corporate America in ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up’

    September 11, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Neil Young has posted a live recording of a new song to his official site. It’s an impassioned protest song in the tradition of his classic late 60s and early 70s work called “Who’s Gonna Stand Up.” Check out the live recording below, which was recorded at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 13…

  9. 'The Simpsons' Set to Take Over the Hollywood Bowl

    September 11, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Conan O'Brien, 'Weird Al' Yankovic & more will bring Springfield to Hollywood. "Weird Al" Yankovic , Conan O'Brien and Beverly D'Angelo are among the voices of Simpsons characters who will perform songs they sang on the long-running animated series at…

  10. Simon Le Bon on David Lynch's 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': 'It's Quite Bizarre'

    September 11, 2014 12:44 AM EDT The video-driven 1980s band Duran Duran -- which "made MTV," as VJ Martha Quinn has said -- will screen David Lynch's new cut of his 2011 film Duran Duran: Unstaged in about 300 U.S. theaters. The one-night-only event will take place Sept. 10, presented by Screenvision in…

  11. Get Ready for a Simpsons Music Marathon

    September 10, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Not even two weeks after FXX wrapped its record-breaking Every Simpsons Ever Marathon, the fledging network is heading back to Springfield's well with a music-themed Simpsons marathon. No, they're not spotlighting the series' diverse music guest roster -- although if you'…

  12. Internet Slowdown Day: Netflix, Reddit Break Out Spinning Wheel to Defend Net Neutrality

    September 10, 2014 1:08 PM EDT It's Internet Slowdown Day for several of the biggest websites on the planet, including Netflix and Reddit, as users will see a spinning wheel in protest of a federal proposal to let broadband companies install fast lanes on the web. The wheel icons on the participating sites won't…

  13. Neil Finn On Songwriters' Struggle, Learning to Dance & Miley Cyrus' Brand of Feminism

    September 10, 2014 5:47 AM EDT Submit to the struggle, to existential crisis. And make sure to put in the hours. Those are some of Neil Finn’s tips for tackling the songwriting process. Finn shared sound advice and took his standing-room audience on a trip through his earliest musical years during a keynote conversation…

  14. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  15. Exclusive: Hear Two Songs From Final Season of 'Sons of Anarchy'

    September 08, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Can't wait for the final season of Sons of Anarchy ? While we don't have footage of Jax (save for that creepy photo above!), Billboard can exclusively premiere two songs -- both incredible covers -- from the final season: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by The Forest Rangers feat. The…

  16. Twitter Unveils 'In-Tweet' Purchasing; Launches With Brad Paisley, Eminem in Tow

    September 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The social giant will streamline in-stream purchasing for artists with a new "buy" button. A year ago when former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard joined Twitter as the social networking giant's first head of commerce , he told Billboard , "the music industry should be…

  17. Snoop Dogg Teases New Pharrell Collab in Weed Infomercial

    September 07, 2014 7:11 PM EDT Snoop Dogg and Pharrell have been cooking up something new in the studio, and the Doggfather took to Youtube to deliver a sneak peak. And, as he did so, he also gave us an almost literal taste of what his buddy  Kurupt  has been cooking up as well -- MoonRocks.  Snoop Dogg Dons Whiteface…

  18. Pharrell Is Eco-Friendly at New York Fashion Week

    September 06, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Designers usually wait to show their faces after the models hit the runway. Not Pharrell . Check Out Pret-a-Reporter’s Fashion Week Coverage Here The pop star led a dozen models Friday (Sept. 5) during New York Fashion Week for his RAW for the Oceans spring-summer collection. The Man Who…

  19. 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': Film Review

    September 05, 2014 1:25 AM EDT David Lynch has had some strange musical bedfellows over the years, but few of his partners seem more unlikely than Duran Duran , whose glamorous synth-rock falls nowhere on the spectrum between the ethereal dreaminess of his Twin Peaks mode or the industrial creepzone he has explored more…

  20. 20 Best High School Music Videos

    September 03, 2014 3:45 PM EDT If high school had existed in Shakespeare’s day, he’d have set every battle on a football field, each stolen kiss under the bleachers. That’s because when it comes to drama, neither rotten Denmark nor fair Verona holds a candle to the modern American high school. While the Bard missed out on…

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