1. David Bowie Promises ‘More Music Soon’

    July 17, 2014 5:07 AM EDT When David Bowie last shared some new music, it came as a surprise to almost everyone. This time he’s giving a heads-up.  It’s been roughly 16 months since “The Next Day” (Iso/Columbia Records) crashed sales charts around the globe. Now, the Thin White Duke has hinted there will be “more…

  2. Paul Horn, Grammy-Winning Jazz Player, Dead at 84

    July 03, 2014 9:57 PM EDT Paul Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz flutist and New Age music pioneer, has died at the age of 84. Horn's son Marlen said his father died Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a brief illness. He declined to provide further details. "He passed away very peacefully and did not…

  3. Born in the U.S.A.: The Top 50 Artists by State

    July 03, 2014 12:52 PM EDT From Billy Joel's New York state of mind to the Beach Boys being synonymous with sunny California, each state has given us some amazing music. A clever entry on the website "Thinking Pseudogeographically," entitled "50 States, 50 Television Shows," considered…

  4. Mike Stud's 'Closer' Hits No. 1 on Trending 140

    July 01, 2014 8:12 PM EDT From All-American baseball player to YouTube sensation to Billboard charter, Mike Stud is making immediate waves online after the release of his latest album “Closer” earlier this afternoon.  Stud’s song “Closer” debuted at No. 1 on the Real-Time chart around 3 pm ET today (July 1) after…

  5. Code Picks of the Week: The Chainsmokers, Duke Dumont & More

    June 20, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. The Chainsmokers, “#SELFIE” (Will Sparks Remix) Only cockroaches and “#SELFIE” seem guaranteed to survive the apocalypse. Following Botnek’s…

  6. 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. …

  7. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  8. ‘After Midnight’ To Close on Broadway By End of June

    June 16, 2014 12:06 AM EDT The Broadway musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem is dancing into history: It will play its final show June 29. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number "After Midnight," a candy…

  9. '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…

  10. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number

    June 08, 2014 9:28 PM EDT The Tony Awards kicked off with a high-energy song-and-dance spectacle on the Radio City Music Hall stage, featuring Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Barrino and the cast of “After Midnight.” Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star…

  11. Afrojack Stands 'Tall' On Dance, Electronic Charts

    May 30, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Afrojack enters at No. 2 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart with his debut album, "Forget the World" (8,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The set, also new at No. 32 on the Billboard 200, contains the hits "As Your Friend," featuring Chris…

  12. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  13. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  14. Herb Jeffries, Pioneering Black Singing Cowboy of the Movies, Dies at 100

    May 26, 2014 4:02 AM EDT Herb Jeffries, the first black singing cowboy of the movies who starred in such 1930s films as Harlem on the Prairie and The Bronze Buckaroo, has died, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 100. Jeffries, who later became a recording star as a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, died…

  15. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Wedding: Beyonce, Diddy & More Celebrities React Online

    May 24, 2014 7:31 PM EDT It's only been a few hours since their private wedding in Florence earlier today (May 24), but Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have already begun receiving some digital well-wishes from family, friends and fellow celebrities.  KimYe's Wedding Playlist: Kanye West's 10 Most…

  16. Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton Soar Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Rascal Flatts scores its seventh No. 1 debut and eighth overall leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (and starts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 ), as "Rewind" arrives with 61,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since the beginning of 2000, the year that the band…

  17. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  18. Meet The Empty Hearts: Members of Blondie, Cars, Romantics, Chesterfield Kings Form New Band

    May 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT With a name hand-picked by Steven Van Zandt, the new supergroup of '70s hitmakers will release debut album on Aug. 5 ... Hear an exclusive song premiere below! In the 1970s, hitmakers from the previous decade formed supergroups to continue on the arena circuit. In 2014, a quartet of…

  19. Jack White’s 'Lazaretto' Vinyl: Dual Grooves, Hidden Tracks & More: Watch

    May 06, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Check out the long list of unique features for White's new solo LP release Jack White’s Nashvile-based Third Man Records has been consistently innovative over the past five years in its analog releases, bringing to life many ideas that were new to the century-old vinyl format. Still, it…

  20. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: Celebrity Dance Duel Sees Danica & Val Head Home

    May 06, 2014 4:23 AM EDT Week 8 featured the first-ever Celebrity Dance Duel — a cool idea, I suppose, even though it kept sounding like “Dance Stool” as Tom Bergeron announced it in Spooky Voice. Plus: an actual stool, incorporated into an Argentine tango. And last and most certainly least, guest judge Abby Lee…

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