1. What Would Happen If the Smiths Got Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

    October 10, 2014 4:45 PM EDT The Smiths were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time this week. There’s no way they could get in… right? So first thing’s first -- this year's set of Rock Hall nominations is the most “alt” ever. Green Day , Nine Inch Nails , Lou Reed , Joan Jett & the…

  2. Inside Garth Brooks' Master Plan to Launch the Biggest Tour of All Time

    October 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Garth Brooks has long been the biggest-selling act of the Nielsen SoundScan era, with 69.6 million albums sold in the United States alone since 1991. And insiders say that for the recently launched tour in support of his new album, Man Against Machine (due Nov. 11), he has got an even…

  3. Katy Perry Performing at Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show

    October 09, 2014 9:34 PM EDT Katy Perry will perform at this year's Super Bowl halftime show, sources have confirmed with  Billboard .  Perry's performance has been speculated since August after the National Football League had reportedly shortlisted her along with Coldplay and Rihanna , who saw the use of…

  4. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

  5. Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    October 09, 2014 8:26 AM EDT Congrats, Billie Joe; congrats, Trent; congrats, Morrissey. And congrats to your band members, and to everyone, because today is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations day ! A 25-year period needs to have passed for acts to gain eligibility, and Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are this year&…

  6. Anton Corbijn-Directed Depeche Mode Concert Film Coming Soon

    October 09, 2014 2:54 AM EDT Depeche Mode will release a live album and concert film later this month which documents their concerts in Berlin on the triumphant Delta Machine tour. The British electro-rock outfit’s Live In Berlin DVD is directed by longtime creative collaborator  Anton Corbijn  and will arrive Nov. 17…

  7. 'Ghostbusters' Reboot: What Woman Should Take On the Theme Song?

    October 08, 2014 5:07 PM EDT Who are they gonna call? Time to place a call: Ghostbusters is officially being rebooted with director Paul Feig and  Katie Dippold ( The Heat ) penning the script. "It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star…

  8. Why Big Artists Are Banking on Year-End Covers Albums

    October 07, 2014 2:53 PM EDT Aretha, Streisand, Manilow and more are banking on old favorites this holiday season. On deck for the fourth quarter: a virtual avalanche of all-covers albums. From the divas (see chart, below) to the showmen ( Barry Manilow ’s My Dream Duets , out Sept. 16), rock radio vets ( Bryan Adams ’…

  9. 'Super-Serving the Uber Fan' To Be Discussed on Billboard Touring Conference Panel

    October 07, 2014 2:37 PM EDT How to manage fan relationships and extend them beyond each concert is something all concert industry stakeholders want, and today's data makes that more possible than ever. The issue will be discussed in-depth at a Billboard Touring Conference panel called "Beyond The Ticket:…

  10. Live Nation to Acquire Majority Stake in C3 Presents

    October 06, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Related Biz Video: The 3 Charlies of C3 on Lollapalooza's Record-Breaking Success, 'Over-Sponsorship,' Global Expansion ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More Live Nation's Ticketmaster Buys Eventjoy, Says More…

  11. '90210' Celebrates 24th Anniversary: Watch 10 Classic Musical Moments

    October 04, 2014 10:40 AM EDT From the Flaming Lips to Christina Aguilera, here are 10 musical moments to help celebrate the 24th anniversary of "90210." Twenty-four years ago today (Oct. 4), the world was introduced to Minneapolis transplants Brenda and Brandon Walsh, the gang at West Beverly High and…

  12. Why Are Opening Acts for Superstars Losing Money?

    October 03, 2014 4:00 PM EDT While headliners can walk away with $400,000 a night, the opening act may lose money. The costs of touring have skyrocketed during the last 20 years, cutting into profit margins. Although Eric Mayers , tour manager for My Morning Jacket and other artists, says costs eat up less of an act’s…

  13. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Coming in 3D

    October 03, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Thirty-one years after Michael Jackson gifted us with the world's greatest music video, the zombies of "Thriller" are looking to rise from the dead again. John Landis -- who helmed the 14-minute clip back in 1983 -- recently announced that the "Thriller" music video…

  14. James Dolan Donates $100K to ALS Association

    October 02, 2014 11:35 PM EDT Jim Dolan, founder and frontman of JD & The Straight Shot, CEO of Cablevision and executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Company, presents a donation of $100,000 to Dorine Gordon, president and CEO of the ALS Association, Greater New York chapter, at Madison Square Garden. The…

  15. ATM and Paragon Combine to Form Connected Artists, Become Largest Indie European EDM Agency

    October 02, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Two of the leading agents in electronic dance music have joined forces to form Connected Artists. Paragon Artists’ Panos Ayassotelis ( Arty , Avicii , Cazzette , Erick Morillo ) and ATM Artists’ Eli Booker ( Alesso , Axwell , Axwell Λ Ingrosso , Dirty South , Moby , Otto Knows , Sebastian…

  16. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100; Tove Lo, Clean Bandit Climb Into Top 10

    October 01, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Trainor's 'All About That Bass' leads an all-female top five for a record-tying fourth week. Plus, Tove Lo's 'Habits (Stay High)' and Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be,' featuring Jess Glynne, reach the top 10. It's all about a record-tying…

  17. 'Law & Order: SVU' Will Take On Jay Z/Solange Elevator Fight

    October 01, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Apparently even Law & Order: SVU knows that sh** goes down when there's a billion dollars in an elevator. The long-running NBC drama announced that an upcoming episode, "American Disgrace," will depict a fictionalized version of the Jay Z / Solange elevator fight.  The…

  18. 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…

  19. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  20. Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’ at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT For many, the idea of a “classic” Dave Matthews Band album is laughable, if not perverse. That goes for fans and non-fans alike. On one side, you’ve got hardcore Daveheads, who generally prefer stretched-out, heavily improvised live versions of songs to their more compact studio…

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