1. Beck Announces North American Tour

    March 11, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Hot off the release of his second-highest charting album ever, Beck has announced a small slate of North America live dates for the coming months. The singer-songwriter's first show, April 9 in Santa Barbara, Calif. will act as a warm-up to his previously announced appearance at…

  2. Chart Highlights: One Direction, Katy Perry, U2 Score New No. 1s

    March 10, 2014 4:15 PM EDT D dominates an airplay chart for the first time, Perry's 'Dark Horse' rules Rhythmic Songs and U2 nets a record-setting No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  3. Pharrell Williams’ ‘G I R L’ Grabs Top Spot in U.K.

    March 10, 2014 6:18 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has followed the million-selling U.K. success of his “Happy” single with a No. 1 debut for his “G I R L” album (Columbia/Sony). Sunday's (March 9) new Official Charts Company sales data also saw London DJ-producer Route 94 go straight to the top of the singles chart…

  4. Arcade Fire Covers Prince’s ‘Controversy’: Listen

    March 10, 2014 2:22 AM EDT It’s just two dates in, but Arcade Fire’s current U.S. “Reflektor” tour is shaping as a real coverpalooza. The Canadian alternative rockers dished-out some homegrown greatness for their Saturday date in Minneapolis, where they performed a cover of Prince’s 1981 classic “Controversy” in the…

  5. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Announces Brazil Solo Concerts

    March 07, 2014 5:23 PM EST Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will head to South America for a trio of solo shows in Brazil in May. Vedder, who last month wrapped up a solo trek in Australia and New Zealand following Pearl Jam's stint headlining the Big Day Out Festival there, is set to play two dates at São Paulo&…

  6. Taylor Swift, Longtime Publicist Split

    March 07, 2014 11:30 AM EST Taylor Swift and her publicist of nearly seven years are parting ways, Billboard has learned. Paula Erickson, whose Nashville-based Erickson Public Relations has handled the singer's press since 2007, informed the Swift management team that she is resigning come mid-March. According to a…

  7. Rain Returns With Movie Roles, Album Showcase

    March 07, 2014 2:56 AM EST After a two-year career break, South Korean pop star-actor Rain is gearing up for a global comeback. The 31-year-old talent spent 21 months from 2011 to 2013 away from the spotlight, serving compulsory military service in Korea, a requirement for all men in the country. But he'll soon be…

  8. Bruce Springsteen Documentary Premiering on HBO

    March 06, 2014 7:54 PM EST Bruce Springsteen is getting a documentary on HBO. "Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes," airing Friday, April 4, at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, will chronicle the making of Springsteen's 18th studio album. From filmmaker Thom Zimny, the 30-minute documentary peels back the curtain on the…

  9. Lady Gaga to Headline Stubb's at SXSW

    March 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Lady Gaga is heading to South By Southwest after all. After reports last week that the singer was denied a permit to perform at the Doritos 56-foot vending machine-shaped #BoldStage on the corner of Austin’s 5th and Red River Streets, the "Artpop" singer is set to headline the…

  10. Dr. John Getting All-Star Tribute in New Orleans: Gregg Allman, Lucinda Williams, Widespread Panic Set for 'Musical Mojo' Concert

    March 05, 2014 3:45 PM EST Dr. John's only performance during this year's installment of Jazz Fest will be a doozy. The New Orleans legend is getting an all-star tribute on May 3 with a lineup featuring Gregg Allman, Lucinda Williams, Widespread Panic, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ryan Bingham, and Jimmie…

  11. Nicole Atkins on Taking Risks, Getting a Boost From Bruce Springsteen

    March 04, 2014 6:33 PM EST Nicole Atkins gives all props to Bruce Springsteen for helping her exceed the PledgeMusic campaign goal for her new album, "Slow Phaser" -- by a long shot. Seems Atkins met her fellow New Jersey singer-songwriter a couple years ago at the annual Light of Day benefit concert to…

  12. Top 25 Travolta-fied Pop Star Names: 'Adele Dazeem' & More!

    March 04, 2014 12:26 PM EST How would John Travolta have said your favorite artist's name at the Oscars? On Monday (Mar. 2), hours after John Travolta mangled Idina Menzel's name while introducing her performance of "Let It Go" at the Academy Awards -- say hello to Adele Dazeem, America! -- Slate.com…

  13. Bruce Springsteen to Headline Free Festival During Final Four Week

    March 04, 2014 11:17 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will headline the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival, running in conjunction with the Final Four tournament, from April 4 to April 6. Springsteen will close the outdoor festival, to be held at Reunion Park (site of the old Reunion Arena) in Dallas,…

  14. Forecastle Music Festival: Outkast, Jack White, Beck Headlining

    March 04, 2014 11:00 AM EST Outkast just keeps adding to its tour of music festivals in 2014. The hip-hop duo is among the headliners of this year's Forecastle Music Festival. Indie rock royalty Jack White and Beck will join Outkast as the main headliners of Forecastle, held July 18-20 in Louisville, Ky. The three…

  15. De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 03, 2014 10:20 AM EST Twenty-five years ago today (March 3), De La Soul's seminal debut LP, "3 Feet High and Rising," was released. Widely-regarded as one of the best records of its era, and now almost universally praised, it's among the finest projects spawned by the Native Tongue…

  16. Oscars 2014: Darlene Love Sings Through '20 Feet from Stardom' Acceptance Speech

    March 02, 2014 10:15 PM EST Darlene Love stole the show at Sunday's Academy Awards. The prolific singer and actress received a standing ovation after showing off her pipes moments after The Weinstein Co.'s "20 Feet From Stardom" won the best documentary feature Oscar. Love was one of several back…

  17. Bruce Springsteen Covers Lorde's 'Royals' in New Zealand: Watch

    March 01, 2014 12:08 PM EST Imagine being a 17-year-old singer-songwriter and having Bruce Springsteen cover your song when he plays a show in your hometown. That's the kind of buzz that is for Lorde, whose No. 1 single "Royals" was given the Boss treatment during a performance at Mt. Smart Stadium in…

  18. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more 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…

  19. Oscars Performances: 10 Awesome Academy-Awards Music Moments

    February 28, 2014 3:30 PM EST When the Oscars roll out the red carpet this Sunday (March 2), it will be a show whose musical oomph is heavy. This year's awards will be packed with singing from Pharrell Williams, Karen O., and U2. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' The…

  20. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time

    February 27, 2014 4:45 PM EST In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a side-splitting comedy, the…

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