1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Needs to Venture Outside of Mainstream to Stay Relevant

    December 16, 2014 2:35 PM EST It's fitting that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed its Class of 2015 at midnight last night, because the list of new inductees is very sleepy. Next year, Green Day , Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues Band , Joan Jett and the…

  2. Steve Albini Says Many of Music's Problems Have Been Solved, Addresses That 'Purple Dwarf in Assless Chaps'

    November 17, 2014 1:39 PM EST Legendary engineer, producer and musician Steve Albini delivered a densely packed, hour-long keynote speech at Melbourne's Face the Music conference on Saturday. The substantive bulk of his 6,700-or-so-words were spent defending, not lambasting, the Internet's role in the total…

  3. First 'Peter Pan Live!' Promo: Watch Allison Williams and Christopher Walken Face Off

    October 30, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Peter Pan takes flight. The first promo for Peter Pan Live! is here, and it is quite the tease. The clip shows Allison Williams as Peter Pan, Christopher Walken as Hook and all of the wires and wind that make Peter Pan fly. (It's not all pixie dust, sorry.) The behind-the-scenes…

  4. Bob Mould Looks Back at Husker Du's Breakthrough Indie Album 'Zen Arcade'

    October 28, 2014 5:18 PM EDT In 1983, Hüsker Dü 's singer-guitarist Bob Mould told Matter fanzine writer Steve Albini, "We're going to try to do something bigger than anything like rock & roll... I don't know what it's going to be, we have to work that out, but it's going to go…

  5. Why 1993 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for  1992  and  1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Grunge had neither broken nor halted by the time 1993 rolled around,…

  6. Ailee Comes Back More Confident Than Ever in 'Don't Touch Me'

    September 25, 2014 7:26 PM EDT The American-bred star wows in a dozen different looks in the video for her bold new single. After dropping the empowering power ballad "Singing Got Better" in January, Ailee 's confidence has only grown. The New Jersey native returned to the K-pop scene with a new gospel…

  7. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer…

  8. Crossfaith, Phoenix & More Hit Japan's Summer Sonic

    August 21, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Queen with Adam Lambert & more also grace the Tokyo & Osaka stages. Summer Sonic, the biggest music festival in Japan devoted to international repertoire, was held Aug. 16 and 17 simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The event has recently seen industry…

  9. Gerard Way Forgets My Chemical Romance, Goes Full '80s in New 'No Shows' Video

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Solo debut 'Hesitant Alien' drops Set. 30 on Reprise Records. Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way isn’t rocking out like a vampire anymore. He’s gone full-on British rock for his upcoming solo debut and just dropped an awesome new video for a fuzzy pop-rocker called “No…

  10. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

  11. Israel Conflict Turns a Promising Touring Summer Grim, to the Tune of $20 Million

    August 01, 2014 12:27 PM EDT The conflict in Gaza and insurance challenges have made for a cruel summer for promoters. Neil Young and Backstreet Boys have postponed shows -- are Gaga and Lana next? “This looked like it was going to be one of the best summers in Israel’s history when it came to international acts, but now…

  12. Jack Antonoff on Growing Up in New Jersey: 'There Was This Darkness'

    July 28, 2014 3:50 PM EDT A little more than two years ago, Jack Antonoff celebrated Fun's No. 1 single, "We Are Young," in an unusual way: by starting to write songs for a new band, Bleachers. "The Beatles did 12 songs every six months," says Antonoff, who chafes at the idea that if you’re as…

  13. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Name-Drops Tons of Celebrities in ‘Lame Claim to Fame’ Video (Watch)

    July 20, 2014 12:44 PM EDT Here’s a little-known fact about “Weird Al” Yankovic: “I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows Kevin Bacon." 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart At least that's what he claims in his celeb…

  14. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Vents Frustrations, Channels Pixies in ‘First World Problems’ Music Video

    July 19, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Wi-Fi troubles, itchy cotton sheets, Amazon shipping fees, forgetting the gardener’s name — these are just a few of life’s small annoyances that "Weird Al" Yankovic addresses over Pixies-inspired music in his latest video “First World Problems.” 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming…

  15. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 'Mandatory Fun': Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 15, 2014 3:26 PM EDT It's hard out there for a professional parodist: nowadays, any idiot with a webcam can post his or her version of "Fancy" on YouTube, and if a master idiot like "Weird Al" Yankovic wants to get us tweeting about his send-ups, he'd better make them extra…

  16. 'Weird Al' Yankovic On Getting Pharrell's Permission: 'He Could Not Have Been Nicer'

    July 15, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "This is the first time where I've gotten everybody that I wanted, and I couldn't be happier about it," says Yankovic of new album "Mandatory Fun." "Weird Al" Yankovic is pleased to report that he had no issues with the artists whose songs he parodies…

  17. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length…

  18. Dolly Parton Draws Biggest BBC TV Audience at Glastonbury Festival

    June 30, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Dolly Parton's performance at England's Glastonbury music festival drew the biggest TV ratings for the BBC during the annual event. The TV coverage Sunday night peaked with an audience of 2.6 million, or a share of 13.4 percent of people watching TV in the U.K. at the time, at 6:40…

  19. World Cup Songs: 7 International Team Anthems With Pop Star Mojo (Listen)

    May 30, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The World Cup brings plenty of border-bridging hymns that salute the global spirit of soccer. But when it comes to choosing a song for a country's national team, it's time to cut the "Kumbaya" and go for something closer to "We Are The Champions." Pop stars…

  20. Weezer's 'Blue Album' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 09, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Roughly a month after Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide , bummed-out rocker kids everywhere met a new potential hero. His name was Rivers Cuomo, and he was a Connecticut-born L.A. transplant with a fetish for melody and secret love of cheesy metal. He worshipped Nirvana but also shredding…

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