1. 'Sons of Anarchy' Finale Song Debuts on Rock Chart

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST As the bloody motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy concluded its seven-season run Dec. 9 on FX, its swan song, "Come Join the Murder," debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The original track is credited to the show's house band, the Forest Rangers, and White…

  2. Quotes of the Week: Madonna Prefers Recording in 'Prison,' Ariana Grande Gets Smacked By an Angel and More

    December 05, 2014 5:52 PM EST "You are my favorite rapper, but dude ShadyXV is f---ing ASS...why won't someone who loves him tell him NO." -- Tyler, The Creator The rapper, in tweets he has since deleted, dissing the new compilation from Eminem 's Shady Records. "Kurt heard that, and kissed me…

  3. Why Courtney Love Isn't a Producer on Kurt Cobain Documentary

    December 03, 2014 5:34 PM EST Frances Bean Cobain, the couple's daughter, has worked closely with director Brett Morgen on the HBO/Universal Pictures doc, but Love has no editorial control. When HBO and Universal Pictures bring the first authorized documentary about Kurt Cobain to the screen, don't count on…

  4. Foo Fighters Team With Citi for Select Presale on 'Sonic Highways' Tour

    December 02, 2014 9:20 AM EST The North American leg of the Foo Fighters ' recently announced 2015 Sonic Highways World Tour features a box office-only pre-order program called "Beat The Bots." But for three select dates, Citi will be offering cardholders an exclusive presale through its Private Pass…

  5. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain Kissed Dave Grohl After Hearing Foo Fighters Demo

    November 30, 2014 3:31 PM EST Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was pretty excited after hearing some early Foo Fighters demos, Dave Grohl recently revealed in an episode of HBO’s Sonic Highways . Cobain gave Grohl a kiss after listening to the early Foo Fighters song “Alone + Easy Target” while Nirvana was on tour in 1992,…

  6. Frances Bean Cobain-Produced Kurt Cobain Documentary to Debut on HBO in 2015

    November 25, 2014 11:45 AM EST Director Brett Morgen 's long-gestating documentary on Kurt Cobain has found a home at HBO. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck , which Morgen has been working on since 2007, will debut on HBO in 2015 in addition to receiving an international release. HBO Documentary Films and Universal…

  7. Pearl Jam’s ‘Vitalogy’ at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Album Review

    November 22, 2014 11:52 AM EST It was an undeniably tumultuous year for Pearl Jam in 1994. A time of great flux during which the spotlight of fame glared ever more strongly on the Seattle band as it faced the suicide of Nirvana ’s Kurt Cobain , opted to battle Ticketmaster and changed drummers. It was into this…

  8. Banks Wants to Perform for Aliens and Other Inside Scoop

    November 21, 2014 5:35 PM EST Banks Opens Up Corpse Bride  director  Tim Burton  might want to take a meeting with  Banks . The Goddess singer-songwriter (born  Jillian Banks ), 26, tells Overheard that she and her best friend have written a number of short stories based upon a character they call “Inside-Out Girl”…

  9. Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged' 20 Years Later: Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood Looks Back

    November 18, 2014 12:15 PM EST Twenty years ago, Nirvana released MTV Unplugged in New York , an unintentionally posthumous album recorded on this day (Nov. 18) in 1993. Kurt Cobain died five months after its taping, so its place in rock star lore was all but assured by the time it hit shelves. Nirvana played almost none…

  10. Exclusive Premiere: Herb Alpert's Stop-Motion Animation Video for 'Chattanooga Choo-Choo'

    November 04, 2014 2:23 PM EST Billboard.com is exclusively premiering the latest musical offering from nine-time Grammy winner  Herb Alpert , a new stop-motion animation video for "Chattanooga Choo-Choo." Watch it below: The song enjoys as colorful of a history as Alpert -- a legendary instrumentalist-singer…

  11. Listen to Kurt Cobain's Unearthed 'Montage of Heck' Mixtape

    November 03, 2014 9:43 PM EST A mixtape Kurt Cobain created in 1988 has been given some new life online, offering fans another glimpse into the Nirvana frontman's psyche with a strange but enjoyable collection of music and sounds.  Courtney Love on Kurt Cobain 'Doping' Note: 'Obviously I Wrote It&…

  12. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  13. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  14. Here's Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Sung in 20 Different Styles in 5 Minutes

    October 27, 2014 4:04 PM EDT What if we told you someone could perform Michael Jackson 's "Thriller" in 20 different styles in less than 5 minutes? Would you scoff and say, "It can't be done"? Probably not, because you've likely encountered the viral sensation 10 Second Songs aka…

  15. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  16. Watch The New Pornographers Perform 'Dancehall Domine' on 'Conan'

    October 17, 2014 11:20 AM EDT The New Pornographers stopped by Conan Thursday night to perform "Dancehall Domine," a song from their latest album, Brill Bruisers . Watch the performance below: Brill Bruisers , which came out Aug. 26, is the band's sixth album. It peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 --…

  17. Darren Criss Talks 'Glee' on Pop Shop Podcast: 'It Is a Bittersweet Ending'

    October 16, 2014 2:04 PM EDT He says that "being able to have the time to have closure — mentally, spiritually, personally, however you want to think about it — it’s nice to get that opportunity.” Glee star Darren Criss served as the co-host of Billboard.com’s Pop Shop Podcast this week, and during the hour-long…

  18. Pop Shop Podcast: Special Co-Host Darren Criss & Special Guest Jimmy Fallon!

    October 16, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  19. Why 1993 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for  1992  and  1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Grunge had neither broken nor halted by the time 1993 rolled around,…

  20. Coolio Wishes He Collaborated With Nirvana Prior to Kurt Cobain's Suicide

    October 01, 2014 12:15 PM EDT What would have happened if Kurt Cobain hadn't died in 1994? Rock historians might not have vaulted Nirvana to instant classic status, but the world would have one more transcendent artist, and hey, he might still be making music with Krist Novoselic , Dave Grohl … and Coolio ? In an…

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