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The 'Lost' Malcolm Young Interview: AC/DC in 2003

The beginning 2003 was a potent time to talk to AC/DC — and Malcolm Young in particular. The group was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame at the time, and as part a new deal with Sony, it was rolling out a full series remastered albums. It was also in an odd

Billboard's Industry Nights Kicked Off With Performances by Tor Miller, Noah Kahan & Cape Francis

Billboard kicked f our Industry Nights concert series at the Ludlow House in New York City on Thursday (Nov. 16) with performances by Tor Miller, Noah Kahan and Cape Francis. The exclusive members-only club on the Lower East Side — an fshoot the London-based Soho House — fered a swanky setup on the third floor

T-Pain Doesn't Miss a Beat on 'Oblivion,' His First Album In Six Years

T-Pain is as versatile as any artist in hip-hop, and for a very long time, people refused to see that — which sent the 32-year-old into a depression that temporarily prohibited him from making any more music. T-Pain stands for Tallahassee Pain, a nod to all the pain the artist born Faheem Rasheed Najm experienced

Sound artist Sugai Ken wants to submerge you in his explorations of water and darkness

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, Lewis Gordon speaks to Japanese sound artist Sugai Ken, whose music takes the folk traditions his home Kanagawa and turns them into vivid electro-acoustic soundscapes. Sugai Ken’s music has a strong affinity for place.

Karen Gwyer and more turned Braga into an audio-visual utopia for Semibreve

The seventh edition Portugal’s Semibreve festival saw performances from Gas, Karen Gwyer, Rabih Beaini, Lawrence English and more. April Clare Welsh headed down to Braga for a relaxed experimental music festival with a radical streak; a festival that asks its audience for complete focus. “What is ambient music?” David Toop asks at the beginning Ocean

10 under-the-radar club tracks you need to hear in November 2017

For Club Use Only is your one-stop guide to the best underground dance music from across the world. Each month, The Astral Plane’s Gabe Meier forecasts the next wave sounds due to break through into the mainstream. End year list season creeps further into fall with every passing year, but that didn’t stop a range

Jason Aldean Addresses Route 91 Shooting at Country Rising: 'I'll Be Damned If Anybody's Ever Going to Stop Me' From Performing

Aldean was one 10 superstars who performed at the benefit show for Vegas and hurricane victims on Nov. 12. Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena hosted the biggest names in country music on Nov. 8 for the CMA Awards to celebrate the year’s best highlights in the genre. Just four days later, some those superstars came together at

Kelsea Ballerini Is Already Country Music’s Biggest Star

For several years now, the country-radio format has been notoriously stingy toward new female acts seeking airplay. Only one woman who’s arrived on the scene this decade has been able to establish a pattern radio success, and that’s 23-year-old Kelsea Ballerini. She got her most significant exposure beyond the country world when a Best New

Willow Smith Celebrates Her 17th Birthday by Dropping New Album The 1st

Today, young philosopher Willow Smith turns 17, and to celebrate she has surprise-released her new album, The 1st (though it’s actually her second album — the follow-up to 2015’s Ardipithecus). Unlike her debut, it’s a collection mostly understated acoustic or piano-driven songs about topics ranging from crushing on a boy (“Boy”) to imagining a feminist

Niall Horan, the Heart of One Direction, Treads Water on Flicker

Niall Horan wasn’t the leader One Direction, but he might’ve been the heart. He radiated easygoing charm and mischievous humor onstage and just about everywhere else. It’s what got him past the X Factor audition he almost lost after a lukewarm reception to his rendition Ne-Yo’s “So Sick.” It’s what got him a temporary James

Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin’’: The Guitar Part Everyone Learns How to Play

“Okay, now just place your pinkie on the bottom string, third fret. Strum. Strum again. Pull f the pinkie and strum again. Now do you remember how to play an A?” I don’t remember who taught me how to play the simplified version “Free Fallin’” on the acoustic guitar that had been in my house

Steps announce album re-release with 5 new tracks

Two thousand and seventeen hasn’t been a great year for the old guard pure pop music, with Nadine Coyle and The Saturdays’ Mollie King underperforming with their Xenomania-produced jams. But the Steps 20th anniversary celebration/comeback has been pretty triumphant, with a No.2 album and three (bloody brilliant) singles that went B-List on Capital A-List on

Sam Hunt’s Crossover Country Has a Massive Cult Following

Unless you’re a country fan or a chart nerd, there’s a fair chance Sam Hunt is the biggest star you’re not listening to. His 2014 debut album Montevallo was a perfect slice crossover country-pop that ruffled traditional fans’ feathers in its embrace hip-hop values and pop production without falling prey to the rote tailgate and

Louise Redknapp announces return to music

Do you ten spend your days wishing that we could rewind to the ’90s? Because if you do, we have some great news for you. Especially if you’re a pop fan. Yes, Eternal and Strictly Come Dancing star Louise Redknapp is ficially making her return to music, after 15 whole years away. (Erm, how has

The Story of Neil Young’s Hitchhiker, and His Dark Malibu Years

Neil Young met his longtime producer and “musical soul mate” David Briggs while hitchhiking in Topanga Canyon in 1968. Eight years later, with Young’s personal life in turmoil, the two booked Malibu’s Indigo Ranch Studios (with only the actor Dean Stockwell looking on) to record Hitchhiker, a solo acoustic album that was never released until