1. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  2. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  3. Bassnectar Talks 'Noise Vs. Beauty' LP & Being the 'Frank Zappa' of EDM

    June 26, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Lorin Ashton, the 36-year-old DJ-producer known as Bassnectar, makes millions from touring, having spent 11 months on the road at festivals, arenas and amphitheaters in 2013 alone. So when he took the first five months off of 2014 to make an album, he told friends he was on vacation. …

  4. Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' in Paris Exhibit Pays Tribute to Women

    June 13, 2014 9:13 PM EDT Pharrell Williams is putting on a show -- an art show in Paris, that is. Following the March release of his album, "G I R L", the singer continues to celebrate women with his new art exhibit of the same name at Galerie Perrotin in Paris. The display features 48 pieces handpicked or…

  5. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  6. AKB48 Cancel Fan Events After Saw Attack

    May 27, 2014 3:22 AM EDT Japan's hugely popular female pop group AKB48 canceled fan events Monday after a saw-wielding man attacked two members and a staffer, shocking the nation and raising questions over security. The two group members, Anna Iriyama, 18, and Rina Kawaei, 19, suffered hand and head injuries,…

  7. Bleachers To Release 'Strange Desire' Album in July

    May 15, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The debut album from Bleachers, the new project from fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, will be arriving this summer, as promised. "Strange Desire" is due out on July 15 through RCA Records, following the project's announcement last February. "I was very conscious about making…

  8. Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By Metallica, Joe Walsh at MusiCares Event

    May 13, 2014 1:58 PM EDT "It's really a battle to get sober," Walsh tells Billboard at the 10th annual MAP event. "Ozzy has his set of demons, but he's stacked up some days of consecutive sobriety here and he's never been better" Ozzy Osbourne and the Village CEO Jeff Greenberg were…

  9. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    April 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, with Kiss and Nirvana bristling over the…

  10. Bleachers, Jack Antonoff's Solo Act, Makes New Fans & Lena Dunham Dance

    April 07, 2014 11:57 AM EDT The "I Wanna Get Better" singer discusses his solo project and the future of Fun. The first New York performance from Bleachers, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff's new solo project, was a sellout at Brooklyn's 600-capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 27. The venue…

  11. Lorde's Boyfriend on Singer's Accomplishments: 'I Couldn't Be Prouder'

    March 27, 2014 8:07 PM EDT Lorde's boyfriend is coping just fine with watching the New Zealand pop star succeed around the world. Auckland photographer James K. Lowe mused on his Ono Field blog, “Everybody Returns Someday,” about how his life has changed since his 17-year-old girlfriend, real name Ella Yelich O…

  12. Jack Antonoff's Bleachers Deliver Tight, Assured Live Debut at SXSW

    March 13, 2014 5:33 AM EDT Jack Antonoff was the biggest rock star in the room Wednesday night at Palladia’s Epic.Awesome.Showcase at Austin’s Cedar Door. But the fun. guitarist, playing the first-ever live show with his new band, Bleachers, had no use for big rock star trimmings. “Can you guys turn off the smoke? I…

  13. Pussy Riot Members Whipped By Police Near Sochi Olympics: Video

    February 19, 2014 12:31 PM EST Cossack militia attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with whips and removed members' trademark ski masks in the Olympic host city on Wednesday (Feb. 19). The group had gathered in a downtown Sochi restaurant, about 30 kilometres from where the Winter Olympics are being held. They ran out…

  14. Pussy Riot Members Released From Custody in Sochi

    February 18, 2014 11:49 PM EST Meanwhile, a prison official is suing Tolokonnikova for libel; she stated that he "basically rules the prison" Sochi police have released ex-Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were detained earlier today and questioned about a robbery. This wasn'…

  15. Jack Antonoff Unveils Bleachers: Fun. Guitarist Talks Secret Project, Working With Yoko Ono

    February 18, 2014 6:22 PM EST "I wanted there to be music before anything," Antonoff tells Billboard about recording a new project out of the spotlight. An artist called Bleachers was listed in the middle of the lineups of multiple U.S. festivals like Firefly and Governor's Ball that were released last…

  16. Kaskade Helps XS Celebrate 5th Anniversary in Las Vegas

    February 18, 2014 9:23 AM EST Five years for any nightclub is a milestone. In Las Vegas, it’s a lifetime achievement. This past Saturday, Kaskade performed for a sold-out crowd of over 7,000 at the fifth anniversary party of XS nightclub at the Wynn Hotel. A signature cocktail, The Five Star—a concoction of cognac,…

  17. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry Regains No. 1 Momentum

    February 17, 2014 1:15 PM EST A monster mailbag on Perry topping the Hot 100 again after missing the top 10; Mariah Carey's best-selling songs; Hall & Oates' 20 biggest hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  18. Madonna Premiering Skin Care Brand in Japan

    February 11, 2014 10:05 PM EST MDNA Skin, Madonna's new skin care brand, will see an official launch in Japan tomorrow (Feb. 12). In a post on her website , the singer confirmed the release of the brand in Omotesando, Tokyo, for Wednesday via a collaboration with MTG, which is one of Japan's leading beauty…

  19. The Beatles' 50 Biggest Billboard Hits

    February 07, 2014 10:21 AM EST To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' American invasion, we're counting down the Fab Four's biggest Hot 100 smashes, 10 songs at a time. It was 50 years ago this week that the Beatles landed at New York's JFK airport and brought their iconic sound to…

  20. Pussy Riot: Wayward Members Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina No Longer in Band

    February 06, 2014 9:53 PM EST As Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are visiting the United States, their former fellow Pussy Riot members issued a statement calling on the media to no longer link the two to the feminist punk band. "As it happened that we and [Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina] are now on the…

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