1. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  2. Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha Teams with Run the Jewels on New Track

    October 14, 2014 7:23 AM EDT If Zack de la Rocha's ability to rage against the machine ever seemed diminished after he split with his band in 2000, it's been sparked back up by a guest spot on a new Run the Jewels track. Titled "Close Your Eyes (And Count to F--k)," the song features rap titans El-P…

  3. BBC Presenter Paul Gambaccini Won’t Face Charges Over Alleged Sex Offenses

    October 12, 2014 11:22 PM EDT British prosecutors say veteran BBC radio and TV host Paul Gambaccini will not face charges after a lengthy investigation into alleged sexual offenses. Prosecutors said Friday there is insufficient evidence to bring a case against the 65-year-old Gambaccini. The prominent U.S.-born…

  4. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  5. Lupe Fiasco-Produced Sports Doc 'Little Ballers' to Air in November

    October 06, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Nickelodeon has set an airdate for Little Ballers . The sports documentary -- centering on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent -- will air on Nicktoons on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., during the…

  6. Former Bullying Victim Tinashe Gets Her Shot at R&B Stardom

    October 06, 2014 1:51 PM EDT On paper, Tinashe may come off like a former teen rebel: skipping prom and getting kicked out of her high school musical. And her slinky hit "2 On," a paean to the almighty "turn-up," teases out that narrative. But in reality, the R&B upstart -- who's releasing…

  7. Judas Priest Is Back With a Vengeance With a Tour, Which Marks Their 40th Anniversary

    September 29, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Even the heavy metal gods have to do their laundry. Judas Priest 's Rob Halford is calling from his home in England to talk about the upcoming tour by the veteran metal act, and he notes that he's busy washing his underwear at the moment. Thanks for that, Rob. Of course, his…

  8. British Radio DJ Convicted of Indecent Assault

    September 23, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Veteran British radio DJ Dave Lee Travis was convicted Tuesday (Sept. 23) of indecent assault . The 69-year-old Travis, whose real name is David Griffin, was cleared on two other assault charges. Travis was a longtime DJ on BBC radio and host of TV music show Top of the Pops . He was…

  9. The Big Parade Music Conference Debuts in Tokyo: Billboard Charts, Streaming Services, and Steve Lillywhite

    September 21, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Japan has hosted a major music conference with significant international players for the first time in recent memory. The Big Parade, held September 12th-15th, was packed with line-up of live showcases (of strictly Japanese bands) buttressing three days of talks, speeches and panels. The…

  10. Ty Bates Talks Self-Titled EP, Classic Country...and 'Saved by the Bell'

    September 17, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Country newcomer Ty Bates says that on the road with his band and crew, some very interesting conversations come up. "We are on the road a lot, so we talk about a lot of different topics. I think Saved by the Bell came up last week, along with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ," the…

  11. Flume and Chet Faker's 'Drop the Game' (Sweater Beats Remix): Exclusive Premiere

    September 09, 2014 3:48 PM EDT The post-EDM electronic scene in Australia has gotten a lot of attention because of Flume , a DJ and producer who has been selling out shows around the world with his subtler, sexier dancefloor workout indebted to J Dilla and Flying Lotus . Earlier this year he dropped the Drop the Game  EP…

  12. Music Star Exes Are Cashing In on VH1

    September 08, 2014 4:35 PM EDT VH1 turns out to be the perfect home for former wives of hip-hop and R&B artists. What does race have to do with this brand of reality TV success? Everything, apparently. Several divorcees of music men are finding independence on reality TV thanks to the trend of celebrity ex shows. VH1…

  13. Run the Jewels Reveal 'RTJ2' Album Art, Track List & Tour Dates

    September 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Run the Jewels , the collaborative project of Killer Mike and El-P , just revealed the cover art (above) and track list (below) for their second album, RTJ2, as well as a slew of tour dates behind the album. After hitting more than 30 North American cities this fall, the duo will play several…

  14. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

  15. Listen: Our Top 5 Favorite 5 Diplo Remixes

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Over the past decade, Diplo has mastered the art of taking a catchy pop or indie song and priming it for the club. His SoundCloud page has more than 4 million followers who hang on his every upload, with another 2.7 million followers on the page for his dancehall side project Major Lazer .…

  16. Run the Jewels Drop 'Blockbuster Night' Song & Announce 'RTJ2' Release Date

    August 21, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The duo has signed with Mass Appeal Records. Run the Jewels are officially Mass Appeal Records' newest signee. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album The duo, consisting of El-P and Killer Mike,  will release their…

  17. Hello, World: Bandposters and Its Smart, Simple Idea

    August 20, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Name: Bandposters Founders: Jonathan Sexton (CEO), Mike Fabio (COO), Travis Vignon (CTO) Founded: 2013 Location: Nashville, TN Business sector(s): Marketing Funding: Undisclosed seed round Investors: Mark Montgomery, Joe Glaser, Jonathon Barnes, Tom Osborne, Back Porch Group Strategic…

  18. Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie Welcomes Fan Criticism: 'Bring It On, Man'

    August 13, 2014 5:37 PM EDT "I want you to love what we've done or hate it with a passion," says the band's frontman. Brendon Urie says Panic! at the Disco's latest album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die , has "exceeded all my expectations, to be honest." But you won't find him…

  19. Exclusive: Erica Nicole Gets Candid About Her Longtime Struggle With Hearing Loss

    August 13, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Listening to newcomer Erica Nicole 's 2014 single "I Listen To My Bad Girl," the last thing you'd expect to learn about the Atlanta singer is that she's struggled with hearing loss since her teenage years. Now, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, Nicole admits…

  20. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

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