1. Father and Son Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett Rule Country Charts

    October 29, 2013 12:36 AM EDT Rhett Akins has helped pen numerous country music hits over the last two decades, but he's jealous of his 23-year-old son Thomas Rhett's natural ease at singing and songwriting. "I feel like I've really had to practice hard to play guitar and to write good songs,"…

  2. NBA Rookie Playlists: Five Basketball Freshmen Talk Favorite Music

    October 28, 2013 3:10 PM EDT Read what first-round picks Michael Carter-Williams, Ben McLemore, Cody Zeller, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. said about their musical interests. The 2013-14 NBA season is finally about to tip off -- and with regular season games starting on Tuesday night (Oct. 29), basketball junkies get…

  3. Pearl Jam's 'Vs.' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    October 18, 2013 3:55 PM EDT Just days after the release of Pearl Jam's brand new 10th studio album, "Lightning Bolt," comes the 20th anniversary of its key sophomore set, "Vs," which hit record stores 20 years ago on Oct. 19, 1993.   Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder once told Spin he had…

  4. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  5. Justin Bieber Accused Of Shirtless Attack On DJ In Korea

    October 12, 2013 10:02 PM EDT Deadmau5 joins the verbal assault against Bieber on Twitter. Justin Bieber has gotten himself into yet another controversy, this time over an incident at a night club in Seoul, South Korea on Oct. 10. According to Michael Woods, who was DJing the event, a shirtless Justin Bieber stormed…

  6. Death Cab for Cutie Returns To Studio For New Album

    October 10, 2013 2:13 PM EDT Death Cab for Cutie is working on its eighth studio album, and first full-length since 2011's "Codes and Keys." The veteran alt-rock group teased the studio return on Instagram on Thursday (Oct. 10) by photographing a row of guitar and adding the caption, "Paintbrushes. …

  7. Dogfish Head Releasing Grateful Dead-Themed Beer

    October 09, 2013 10:06 PM EDT The Grateful Dead lives on with Cherry Garcia, an ice cream flavor offered by Ben & Jerry's that is named after Jerry Garcia, the band's late frontman. Now, the legendary rock band finds itself part of a drink -- an alcoholic beverage, at that. Delaware craft brewery Dogfish…

  8. Britney Spears Debuts Steamy 'Work Bitch' Video: Watch

    October 01, 2013 10:43 PM EDT Go call the police, go call the guvnah -- "Work Bitch" has arrived. The video for the first single from Britney Spears' upcoming eighth studio album dropped tonight (Oct. 1) on Vevo after its premiere on the CW just minutes prior. The steamy, Ben Mor-directed clip (…

  9. Miley Cyrus, 'Bangerz': Track-By-Track Review

    October 01, 2013 12:44 PM EDT Set aside, at least for a moment, the knowingly outrageous outfits, the frequent tongue unfurling and anything involving the word "twerk." On a purely artistic level, Miley Cyrus is currently living out the dream of any singer-songwriter who has felt pigeonholed by either an…

  10. Amazon Adventure: A Singer-Songwriter's Account Of Teaching … And Learning

    October 01, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Last year, Chart Beat spotlighted New York-based singer-songwriter Sarah J as she recapped the process, step by step, of what it's like to audition for NBC's "The Voice." This summer, Sarah undertook a different kind of mission: teaching music and more in the Amazon.…

  11. Kings of Leon’s 'Mechanical Bull' Rides to Peak of U.K. Chart, Drake Opens at No. 2

    September 30, 2013 3:55 AM EDT Kings of Leon’s “Mechanical Bull” (RCA/Sony) sold 71,000 copies in the U.K. last week to become their fourth No. 1 album in the territory, according to the Official Charts Company. The new singles chart, also published yesterday (Sept. 29), showed Jason Derulo starting a second week at the…

  12. Arcade Fire Debuts New Music, Recruits Celebrity Friends for 'SNL,' Concert Special

    September 29, 2013 2:04 AM EDT Arcade Fire owned NBC's Saturday night. The rock band took to the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" for the live debut (outside secret shows) of its newest single, "Reflektor," as well as the full debut of "Afterlife" -- both songs from the group&…

  13. Britney Spears Shares 'Work Bitch' Video Still: Exclusive

    September 28, 2013 3:48 PM EDT Twenty-four hours after Britney Spears announced that the music video for "Work Bitch" will debut Oct. 1 on the CW television network, Billboard has exclusively obtained a never-before-seen still shot from the Ben Mor-directed clip. 10 Reasons Why 'Work Bitch'…

  14. Britney Spears Sets Date For 'Work Bitch' Music Video Premiere

    September 28, 2013 9:30 AM EDT It's official, Britney Spears has declared on Twitter that the eagerly awaited music video for her new single "Work Bitch" will debut on Tuesday (Oct. 1) on the CW television network. "Go call the guvunah people! We have a premiere date for my #WORKBxxCH video…"…

  15. Britney Spears Teases Epic 'Work Bitch' Music Video: Watch

    September 27, 2013 10:59 AM EDT Pop star unveils 10 seconds of the desert-set clip on Instagram. Britney Spears has posted 10 seconds of her upcoming "Work Bitch" music video online via her Instagram account on Thursday (Sept. 26). Judging by these scant seconds of footage, the ferocity level of the "Work…

  16. Kanye West Lashes Out at Jimmy Kimmel After Interview Spoof

    September 26, 2013 8:39 PM EDT The outspoken hip-hop star asks the late-night host to "put yourself in my shoes" Jimmy Kimmel has spoofed an hour-long interview Kanye West gave to the BBC -- and West doesn't like it. After questioning West's statements on a recent episode ("Does Kanye West…

  17. The Dismemberment Plan on 'Uncanney Valley' and Their 'Shocking' Reunion Success

    September 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The indie rock cult heroes, back with their first album since 2001, talk staying alive online and leaving their "alienation" behind. When the Dismemberment Plan turned off the lights a decade ago, the Washington, D.C. indie act didn't expect to come back to a packed house. …

  18. Mumford & Sons Going On Hiatus for ‘Foreseeable Future’

    September 24, 2013 1:35 AM EDT Mumford & Sons hit the U.K. headlines Monday after revealing the band would be silenced for "the foreseeable future" to allow its members to take a break. The British folk-rock group, which rescheduled North American shows after bass player Ted Dwane suffered a blood clot on…

  19. Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty' Cleans-Up on U.K. Singles Chart, Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' Rules Again

    September 23, 2013 5:43 AM EDT In a top ten featuring six new entries, Arctic Monkeys held off all comers to start a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sept. 22) with “AM” (Domino). Jason Derulo scored his third No. 1 single in the territory as “Talk Dirty” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), featuring 2 Chainz,…

  20. The Low Anthem, William Fitzsimmons, Lee Ranaldo Contribute to Jack Kerouac-Inspired Album

    September 20, 2013 3:40 AM EDT Several indie rockers have collaborated on a disc that pays tribute to a Jack Kerouac novel - and it's not "On the Road." The album, which features artists like The Low Anthem, William Fitzsimmons, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and Tony Dekker of The Great Lake Swimmers, is…

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