1. Happy Ninth Birthday YouTube: From 'Me at the Zoo' to a Billion Monthly Visits

    April 23, 2014 5:23 PM EDT As groundbreaking recorded media events go, YouTube's first upload is about as banal as Thomas Edison reciting "Mary Had A Little Lamb" on the first phonograph record. In the eighteen-second clip "Me At The Zoo," uploaded for the world to see nine years ago today,…

  2. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  3. Could Games Be The New Music Video? How One Helped Move Future's 'Dope'

    April 08, 2014 6:00 PM EDT When "Move That Dope," the latest single from Epic Records rapper Future, was released in March, its  drug-chase music video  received a warm reception on YouTube and Vevo. But Epic's real marketing coup was  a retro-styled Internet video game  that put players behind the…

  4. Kurt Cobain Subject of Comic Book Biography

    March 26, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Kurt Cobain might just appreciate this latest addition to his legend. The iconic Nirvana frontman, who died from an alleged suicide in April 1994, is the subject of the latest comic book from Bluewater Productions, who has previously featured the life stories of rock stars John Lennon, Paul…

  5. 'Roar,' 'Royals,' 'Radioactive': Why Hit Songs Now Have One-Word Titles

    March 26, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Simply named tunes are dominating the Billboard Hot 100. "Roar." "Royals." "Timber." "Demons." "Happy." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered…

  6. Linkin Park's New Video is a Game: Inside Look at 'Guilty All the Same'

    March 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT It's a music video. It's a game. It's Linkin Park's latest play on technology -- a six-minute video game debuting on Tuesday (March 25) that's based on the band's latest single, "Guilty All the Same," featuring Rakim.  Band members Joe Hahn and…

  7. Chuck D Q&A: The Record Store Day Ambassador Looks to the Past for Music's Future

    March 23, 2014 5:44 PM EDT A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood this week to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer…

  8. Lawsuit Filed Over Miley Cyrus Tour's Tongue Slide

    March 15, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Man claims he was injured while constructing the giant prop Miley Cyrus' stage setups have been the talk of the town since last year, but a crew member on her latest "Bangerz" tour is apparently having none of it. According to TMZ ( via Rolling Stone ), Charles Sarris, who was…

  9. Bottoms Up! The 15 Biggest Drinking Songs

    March 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There were four songs charting on the Hot 100 this spring that allude to either being tipsy from love or just flat out tossing back a brew for the heck of it. Beyonce's Cognac-soaked "Drunk in Love" collab with husband Jay Z, Brantley Gilbert says "Bottoms Up,"…

  10. Shakira Opens New School in Colombia: 'We Can Change Lives'

    February 25, 2014 10:47 AM EST Global star Shakira returned to her home country of Colombia on Monday (Feb. 24) to inaugurate the eighth school funded by her non profit foundation, Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet). The school and community center, located in the low-income neighborhood of Lomas del Peyé in Cartagena, the tourist…

  11. Pharrell's GRAMMY Hat Up for Auction

    February 20, 2014 9:31 PM EST Fans of Pharrell Williams' iconic hat from this year's GRAMMYs, take note: now, you can own it. In a partnership with eBay, the singer/producer is putting his Vivienne Westwood-designed hat from the 2014 GRAMMYs up for auction . Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Ekes Out…

  12. Chuck D Named 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador

    February 11, 2014 10:45 PM EST Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Since being founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of independent music stores around the world, RSD has boasted numerous rock star ambassadors…

  13. The Glitch Mob Goes Harder on New Album, Remain Totally D.I.Y.

    February 10, 2014 5:38 PM EST Dressed in black with tight haircuts and a cool, calm intensity about them, The Glitch Mob’s Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Josh Mayer look every bit the part of “rock star.” But when they start gushing about their fans, they reveal the inner music geeks they really are. “The Glitch Mob is the…

  14. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  15. Three Arrested In Connection with Stolen $5m Stradivarius Violin

    February 06, 2014 2:16 AM EST Violin virtuoso Frank Almond was walking to his car after an evening performance at the Wisconsin Lutheran College when someone jumped out of a van, shocked him with a stun gun and seized the rare and extremely valuable Stradivarius on loan to him. The robber got back into the waiting vehicle…

  16. Charlotte Sometimes, 'Losing Sleep': Exclusive Song Premiere

    January 28, 2014 12:12 PM EST Listen to the fresh take on the track from the singer-songwriter's upcoming live acoustic EP. Following the 2012 release of Charlotte Sometimes' "Circus Head," the 26-year-old pop singer-songwriter will return with "By Request," an acoustic EP that was recorded…

  17. Stephen Malkmus Q&A: On 'Wig Out at Jagbags,' Hating Twitter & Trying To Write Like Taylor Swift

    January 24, 2014 2:42 PM EST Following a move to Berlin with his family, Stephen Malkmus is back to his home base of Portland, Oregon, with a new record -- "Wig Out at Jagbags," with the Jicks -- and a tour launching in North America in Denver, CO on Feb. 14. While promoting the new disc, the former Pavement…

  18. Tool Confirms New Tour for March

    January 21, 2014 7:27 PM EST The band has not toured in North America since 2012 For the first time since 2012, Tool will tour North America. According to SPIN , the prog metal act will hit the United States and Mexico for a total of seven dates in March. The band listed the tour dates on its website . The seven-show run…

  19. Howard Stern: The Billboard Cover Q&A

    January 20, 2014 11:00 AM EST When Howard Stern jumped from terrestrial to satellite radio, Sirius had half a million subscribers. Today it has 25.6 million. As he turns 60, Stern looks back at his career and sees radio on the verge of the next step in its evolution. It doesn't take long to figure out how…

  20. U2, Alex Ebert Win Big at Golden Globes

    January 12, 2014 10:48 PM EST U2 and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes took home the music awards at the 71st annual Golden Globes Sunday night, while HBO's film on Liberace continued to add trophies to its mantle. PHOTOS: Golden Globes 2014 U2's "Ordinary Love" from "…

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