1. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  2. Cookies, 'Music For Touching' Song Premiere: Hear Mobius Band's Ben Sterling's New Project

    July 09, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Cookies, the inscrutable new project from Mobius Band co-founder Ben Sterling, has a captivating debut track with "Music For Touching," the title track from its upcoming debut album. Take a listen to Cookies' "Music For Touching," premiering exclusively on Billboard…

  3. The Band Perry, Wynonna Judd Lift Williams Syndrome Campers' Lives at Country Music Camp

    June 30, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Last week was a special one for 30 campers from across the country, who descended upon Nashville for the Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Music Camp. Held June 23-27, the five-day event provided music enrichment through performance and education for campers who have been diagnosed with…

  4. Steelism on New Album's Influences: 'We Kind of Have Two Sides to What We Do'

    June 30, 2014 5:06 PM EDT For Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum – who comprise the eclectic duo Steelism, their performance at Thursday (July 3) night’s Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General gives them a chance to play in their home city. “We are so thrilled to be playing at Riverfront,” Fetzer told Billboard. …

  5. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  6. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  7. Kanye West's Entire Cannes Interview: On Jay Z, Beats By Dre & Twitter

    June 24, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Kanye West's candid interview during last week's "Technology, Culture and Consumer Adoption: Learning To Read The Cultural Landscape" seminar at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has finally arrived online in full. Watch Yeezus discuss the Beats-Apple…

  8. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  9. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

  10. Kanye West Retracts Negative Comments on Photographer Annie Leibovitz

    June 20, 2014 3:50 AM EDT Kanye West is back at it again, this time backtracking on recent comments he made about photographer Annie Leibovitz while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, claiming his remarks "have been taken out of context and sensationalized." He told the…

  11. Carnegie Hall Concert Honors Black History

    June 19, 2014 11:39 AM EDT In a rehearsal room near Times Square this week, some two dozen men with Broadway-honed voices huddled to strategize. They were practicing choral work ahead of a landmark concert Monday at the mighty Carnegie Hall, and creator-producer Chapman Roberts knew what those voices will be facing. …

  12. 'Honeymoon in Vegas' Coming to Broadway

    June 19, 2014 5:30 AM EDT Following its well-received tryout last year at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, "Honeymoon in Vegas" has booked a Broadway opening for this winter. Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley will star in the roles played by James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica…

  13. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit of it in deeply moral terms. For Jobs, that…

  14. Chart Highlights: Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 16, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second leader. Plus, Godsmack and Rise Against roar back onto Rock Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  15. Bonnaroo 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 16, 2014 1:25 PM EDT From Sam Smith's breakout moment to Lionel Richie playing hits all night long, these were the 10 must-see moments at Bonnaroo. Over the four days of Bonnaroo 2014, festival goers down on the biggest gathering in Manchester, Tenn. were treated to stellar performances on the five…

  16. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 4: Elton John Brings Out Ben Folds, Arctic Monkeys & Wiz Khalifa Shine

    June 16, 2014 4:13 AM EDT Even if it seemed like Kaskade’s late night Saturday set was barely over, Bonnaroo cruised into its final day (June 15) with the approaching Elton John finale giving everyone a little extra incentive to power on. But before the piano legend made his first-ever American festival appearance, an…

  17. Bonnaroo 2014: Elton John Triumphantly Closes Fest with Hits & Casey Kasem Tribute

    June 16, 2014 4:09 AM EDT The Sunday headliner also brought out Ben Folds as a special guest at Bonnaroo. On a day when a man who helped count down weekly hit singles, American Top 40 radio host Casey Kasem, passed away at the age of 82 , Elton John took a moment during his Sunday night headlining performance at…

  18. Casey Kasem: 4 Video Moments to Remember

    June 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Casey Kasem made his voice famous by counting down the top 40 hit songs on the radio. But his numerous TV appearances, as well as his stint hosting "America's Top 10," made his face just as recognizable. Casey Remembered | Baba Booey Reflects | Ryan Seacrest Reminisces…

  19. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 2: Kanye West's a 'Motherf---ing Rock Star,' Sam Smith Covers Arctic Monkeys

    June 14, 2014 4:50 AM EDT Skrillex brings out a special guest, Phoenix can't wait to see Kanye, and more from the first full day at the 'Roo. After Bonnaroo 2014 commenced with a half-day of music on Thursday, Friday (June 13) was an epic assortment of artists that began in the early afternoon and…

  20. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

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