1. Chuck D On Kiss' Rock Hall Honor: 'They Deserve to Be Inducted'

    April 10, 2014 4:54 PM EDT As the world prepares for Kiss to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, another recent Hall of Famer is coming out in support of the band’s induction. His name may surprise you: Chuck D. “Personally,” the Public Enemy co-founder says, “I always felt Kiss deserved to be inducted.” That feeling…

  2. Angel Olsen Breaks Down Her Smoldering New Jagjaguwar Debut

    February 13, 2014 11:15 AM EST On "Burn Your Fire For No Witness," the alternative folk singer brings in a full band and tests her artistic identity “When you finish an album, you’re not finished,” says Angel Olsen. “You have to keep writing, if that’s what you dream of doing, if that’s what you’ve always…

  3. 'American Idol' Recap: Harsh Harry Connick Jr. Schools Auditioning Twins

    January 17, 2014 10:56 AM EST It's only the second night of season 13, and Harry Connick, Jr. already has three nicknames. He was dubbed "Harsh Harry" during Wednesday night's season premiere, and was also called "Hatchet Harry" and "Dr. No" by Jennifer Lopez throughout the two-hour…

  4. The 15 Scariest Music Videos Ever

    October 31, 2013 9:00 AM EDT We expect scary videos from Ozzy, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, but the dark side isn't just relegated to those with a spooky musical flair. Pop stars like Michael Jackson and Chris Brown have gotten in on the haunted fun, turning in clips that range from the cheesily eerie to the…

  5. Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    September 09, 2013 11:37 AM EDT The alternative radio format is built upon the promise of what's coming next, so it's no surprise that the music played by alternative stations has experienced multiple changes during the last 25 years. The wide-ranging format of 1988 (when the chart debuted  with the name, …

  6. Dave Grohl's SXSW Keynote Urges Artists to Find Their Voice, Chides Negativity

    March 14, 2013 4:20 PM EDT Foo Fighters frontman cracks jokes about Bruce Springsteen, talks Nirvana's rise to fame and why he dropped out of school to play music: "I burned inside" "The musician comes first" was Dave Grohl's mantra during his keynote speech Thursday at South By…

  7. Vines Singer Accused of Attacking Mom

    October 16, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Craig Nicholls, who has Asperger's, was arrested over the weekend after allegedly punching his mom in the face Craig Nicholls, lead singer of Australian garage rock group The Vines , was arrested on Saturday after allegedly assaulting his parents and a police officer during a violent…

  8. The Doors Light Up Sunset With Linda Perry, Dead Sara + More

    August 17, 2012 2:30 PM EDT All-Star Tribute Caps 'The Doors Day' in West Hollywood ... Billboard Chats With John Densmore, Marilyn Manson, Billy Morrison The city of West Hollywood declared August 16, 2012 to be "The Doors Day" in a celebration that honored Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger at the…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, Gotye, Flo Rida

    April 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa connect to Hot 100 history through 'Payphone.' M aroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa teaming up on "Payphone" turned out to be a good call. As the pop/rock band and rapper roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3, the song ties with two others for the highest…

  10. Album Review: M. Ward, 'A Wasteland Companion'

    April 15, 2012 8:00 AM EDT M. WARD "A Wasteland Companion" Producer: M. Ward Merge Records Release Date: April 10 M. Ward opens his new studio album, "A Wasteland Companion," with a lovely acoustic ditty called "Clean Slate." But a clean slate is hardly what this indie-folk heavyweight is…

  11. Cowboy Junkies Getting Back To 'The Folk Vibe' on 'The Wilderness'

    March 08, 2012 3:15 PM EST As Cowboy Junkies prepare to wrap up their four-album Nomad Series with the March 27 release of "The Wilderness," guitarist and chief songwriter Michael Timmins is "kind of stunned" at the breadth and scope of the 18-month project. "It's a lot of music and a lot…

  12. Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs, Reader Responses

    November 26, 2011 11:15 AM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. UNCOVERING…

  13. Shakira Needs to Record: 'My Body Is Asking for It'

    November 04, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Talks New Music, Philanthropic Endeavors, Her Sexy Persona & Guilty Pleasures On Nov. 9, 34-year-old Colombian star Shakira will be honored as the Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year, in recognition not only of her artistic and musical achievements but also of her multiple…

  14. The Roots Return with 'Undun' Album, 'Make My' Single

    October 17, 2011 4:10 PM EDT As if serving as the house band on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," curating their own summer festival and performing at a recent Pre-Emmy Awards jam wasn't enough, the Roots will return with a new album, "undun," their first conceptual full-length, on Dec. 6. The…

  15. Top 10 Garage Rock Revival Bands: Where Are They Now?

    March 23, 2011 9:00 AM EDT After five long years, the Strokes have returned with "Angles," their fourth album out this week on RCA Records. It marks the comeback of a group whose debut album, 2001's "Is This It," was crucial in the garage rock revival that invaded U.S. shores and brought fuzzed…

  16. Beach Boys Engineer Mark Linett Talks 'Smile' Release

    March 11, 2011 6:21 PM EST While Mark Linett is a two time Grammy Award winning engineer and producer who has worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Los Lobos and Randy Newman among others, he is most closely associated with his work with the Beach Boys . For nearly 25 years, Linett has worked on…

  17. Mick Jagger Working on Solo Record: Report

    March 02, 2011 2:30 PM EST Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is reportedly hard at work on a record with producer Dave Stewart in Los Angeles -- or so says Jagger's baby brother, Chris. In an interview airing yesterday (Mar. 1) with a Portuguese TV station, during which Chris discussed his own music career, the…

  18. Linkin Park Frontman Speaks Out on Arizona Shooting

    January 13, 2011 1:20 PM EST L inkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has shared his thoughts on the Jan. 8 shooting spree in Tucson, Ariz. that claimed six lives and injured one congresswoman, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Speaking to Florida's Broward New Times , Bennington, an Arizona native, called violent acts such…

  19. CocoRosie, "Grey Oceans"

    June 04, 2010 3:47 PM EDT Mixing opera, electronica and folk genres, eccentric sister duo CocoRosie 's fourth album, "Grey Oceans," is undoubtedly strange, but musically complex and fascinating. With Celtic and Asian overtones, the song "Smokey Taboo" will invoke shivers. Employing acoustic…

  20. The Raveonettes, "In and Out of Control"

    October 21, 2009 3:45 PM EDT The girl-group sound has always been about just that-the sound and its evolution, rather than a strictly distaff conceit (think Blondie and Holly & the Italians in the '70s and '80s, Transvision Vamp and the Primitives in the '90s and Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Raveonettes…

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