1. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  2. FCC's Tom Wheeler On Internet Regulations: 'Title II Is On the Table'

    September 20, 2014 5:37 PM EDT Federal Communications Commission's Chairman Tom Wheeler addressed regulating internet providers on Wednesday (Sept. 17) during a meeting with the House Committee for Small Business about Title II. FedScoop reports that Wheeler said that those internet regulations are still in play.…

  3. From Alicia Keys to Fall Out Boy, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 19, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Alicia Keys "We Are Here" RCA Records Never mind the simplistic chord progressions: A pregnant Keys ' latest move to effect social change through song would hit if it weren't such an overwrought exercise in cliche. The midtempo cut attempts to unify, but its earnestness…

  4. Are Changes Coming to Sony and What Will They Mean for Artists Like Barbra Streisand and Adele?

    September 19, 2014 11:33 AM EDT As the Sony CEO's contract winds down, and insiders mull future leadership at the house of Adele, Barbra, Bruce and Miley, the "don't fix what's not broken belief" gains steam. Sony Entertainment's music division, which encompasses the 125-year-old Columbia…

  5. Ryan Adams, Interpol, Fall Out Boy Return To Rock Charts

    September 19, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Adams lands his first Top Rock Albums No. 1, Interpol follows at No. 2 and Fall Out Boy blasts onto Hot Rock Songs. After a three-year hiatus, unusual for the typically hyper-productive Ryan Adams , the singer/songwriter's self-titled 14th solo album in 14 years marks his first No. 1…

  6. Leonard Cohen Says Touring Has 'Improved My Mood Considerably'

    September 19, 2014 10:47 AM EDT The late afternoon isn't the most appropriate hour to visit the rainy, alley-bound and lovelorn world of Leonard Cohen -- but if the man is going to show up, then to the venue you go. Here, the occasion was a listening party for Cohen's Popular Problems -- Cohen's 16th full…

  7. Metallica's Kirk Hammett Is 'Tickled' About Contributing to New Exodus Album

    September 18, 2014 11:09 AM EDT Guitarist tells Billboard that reconnecting with his old bandmates is like "coming back to a fraternity you lost contact with." For Kirk Hammett , the guitar solo he performs on "Salt the Wound," a track on Exodus ' upcoming album Blood In, Blood Out (Nuclear…

  8. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  9. Clear Channel Changes Name to iHeartMedia

    September 16, 2014 9:34 AM EDT Clear Channel is now iHeartMedia. The multi-platform media company announced on Tuesday (Sept. 16) that it has changed names to reflect the growth and influence of the iHeart brands. The San Antonio-based company's holdings of ad-supported and consumer-focused media business include 859…

  10. Inside Pentatonix, 'Pitch Perfect' and the Pop-Culture Phenomenon of A Cappella Music

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT The band Pentatonix, already swimming in brand alignments and video views, is having a moment as instrumentless interest keeps swelling. Alongside needle-moving, genre-defying priority releases on the RCA Records slate -- Sia 's 1000 Forms of Fear and "Weird Al" Yankovic '…

  11. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Note: This article was conducted prior to Clear Channel's corporate renaming to iHeartMedia , which was announced earlier today (Sept. 16). It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Clear Channel -- now…

  12. Exclusive: Listen to 'Vampire Diaries' star Michael Malarkey's Song 'Feed the Flames'

    September 15, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Now you can listen to Enzo whenever you want. Vampire Diaries  star Michael Malarkey is set to release a 5-song EP,  Feed the Flames , on Oct. 12; the title track will debut on iTunes Sept. 16. "As far as my songwriting goes, I became infatuated with Tom Waits after graduating high…

  13. Tom Skeeter, Sound City Studios Owner, Dies

    September 13, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tom Skeeter, a longtime music industry insider and owner of the legendary Sound City Studios, has died, Billboard has confirmed. A cause of death was not revealed at press time. "We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him…

  14. Did Paul Ryan Even Ever Really Like Rage Against the Machine?

    September 12, 2014 9:01 PM EDT Is it possible Congressman Paul Ryan never even liked Rage Against the Machine ? After becoming the butt of jokes and feeling the brunt of Tom Morello 's political rage two years ago when his supposed fandom was flatly denied, Ryan now claims the whole things was an "urban legend.…

  15. Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to Play Star-Studded Bridge School Benefit

    September 12, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Pearl Jam , Tom Jones and Soundgarden will be among the typically all-star cast at this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young . The iconic singer-songwriter will also perform at the annual event, which will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at the…

  16. 'Frozen' Attraction Coming to Disney's Epcot

    September 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Arendelle lands in Florida. Disney is bringing  Frozen  to Florida. A  Frozen  attraction is being planned for the Norway Pavilion in Epcot,  Tom Staggs,  chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced Friday. The new attraction, which will replace Maelstrom, is set in the fictional…

  17. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  18. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  19. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  20. 9/11 Concert Tributes: Nine Unforgettable Performances

    September 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT In the days and weeks following the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans turned to music to soothe, pacify, heal, rouse and distract. It was a time when people were faced with unprecedented surges of emotion and looked, in part, to songwriters to help…

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