1. Blake Shelton Uses R&B Effect to Make a Country Impression on Latest Hit

    January 22, 2014 10:34 AM EST The new Blake Shelton single is a study in contrasts. "Doin' What She Likes" features a guy who's mostly been tamed but still harbors a wild streak. It's a love song that was written in the middle of a hunting expedition. And it's a country single that might…

  2. Sundance 2014: Kurt Russell & Nephews Talk 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' & Musical Side Projects

    January 21, 2014 5:40 PM EST Russell's nephews -- co-directors Champan & Maclain Way and composer Brocker Way -- tell the tale of his father as a baseball rebel in new doc Billboard caught up with actor Kurt Russell and his very accomplished nephews at Sundance Film Festival to discuss their new film "The…

  3. Vince Gill, Paul Franklin Return to 'Bakersfield' With Expanded Edition

    January 21, 2014 3:05 PM EST Vince Gill and Paul Franklin's "Bakersfield" - which was originally released this past July has definitely made an impact with traditionally minded country music fans, as the set made many "Best of" lists for 2013. One group of people that definitely took notice of…

  4. Ringo Starr Honored by David Lynch Foundation Ahead of the GRAMMYs

    January 21, 2014 9:25 AM EST Ringo Starr got an early start to Grammy week, with famous friends honoring him for his life and work. The former Beatle received the Lifetime of Peace and Love award from the David Lynch Foundation on Monday night during a tribute concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. In turn, Starr…

  5. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:25 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned album of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. These five artistic statements are in the running for the album of the year honor at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). Jump To: Song of the Year |…

  6. 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Make First Billboard Hot 100 Appearance

    January 18, 2014 1:45 AM EST On Jan. 18, 1964, the Fab Four graced the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, as 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' entered the Hot 100 at No. 45. Music, and our charts, would never be the same Fifty years ago today, the Beatles appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the…

  7. Oscars: Surprise Song Nom 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Riles Up Contenders

    January 17, 2014 9:29 AM EST How did a song few people have heard in a movie nearly no one has seen beat out Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Beyonce and Jay Z for an Oscar nomination? "I can't figure any of this shit out with the music branch," said someone who missed out on a best original song Oscar…

  8. Hangout Fest 2014: Black Keys, Outkast, The Killers, Jack Johnson Headlining

    January 15, 2014 12:26 PM EST The Outkast festival train keeps rolling: on the same day that the Governor's Ball lineup was unveiled with the Mighty O atop the bill, Big Boi and Andre 3000 have also been confirmed to be headlining the fifth annual Hangout Music Fest, heading to Gulf Shores, Alabama from May 16-18. On…

  9. Paul Rodgers, 'Walk on By': Exclusive Song Premiere Off 'The Royal Sessions'

    January 14, 2014 10:49 AM EST The rock vocalist talks new album, plus Bad Company and a (not-so-welcome) boxed set from his earlier band, Free. "There's 16 different versions of 'All Right Now.' Are you kidding me? Who needs that?" If Paul Rodgers has his way, his upcoming album "The Royal…

  10. Elvis Presley As a Teen In Tupelo: Rare Photo Unearthed

    January 13, 2014 3:49 AM EST Kudos to Vanity Fair. The magazine unearthed a long-lost photograph that apparently depicts Elvis Presley (and possibly his hovering mother, Gladys) in 1948, standing on the street that divided the black and white sections of his home town of Tupelo, Mississippi. A few months after the photo…

  11. Tom Morello to Record First Solo Rock Album After Bruce Springsteen Tour

    January 10, 2014 10:28 AM EST The guitarist says playing with Springsteen and the E Street Band prior to "High Hopes" inspired him to "make the craziest guitar record that anyone's ever heard. The idea is that this is the Hendrix of now" Rocking with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band has…

  12. Disclosure, Bastille, David Bowie Lead Brit Awards: Full Nominees List

    January 09, 2014 2:46 PM EST David Bowie is starting the year with two nominations for Britain's leading music awards, the Brits. Bowie, who turned 67 on Wednesday, is up for male British artist of the year and album of the year, for his first release in a decade, "The Next Day." Related Articles No. 14…

  13. VH1 Books Janelle Monae, J. Cole, Fall Out Boy for Super Bowl Concerts

    January 09, 2014 1:25 PM EST The first Super Bowl to be held in the New York City/New Jersey area will bring an equally historic volume of concerts, as the music industry looks to top recent efforts in cities like New Orleans, Indianapolis and Dallas. Leading the charge is VH1, which will kick off a series of six…

  14. iHeartRadio Country Festival Announced With Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood

    January 08, 2014 11:15 AM EST Clear Channel Media and Entertainment got such an overwhelming response to country music performers during the iHeartRadio Music Festivals, they've decided to start one geared toward country fans. The first iHeartRadio Country Festival will be held March 29 in Austin, Texas, with Luke…

  15. Ask Billboard: More No. 14 Hits For '14

    January 07, 2014 11:15 AM EST Celebrating the new year with more No. 14-peaking Hot 100 hits, from the Beatles to Britney Spears, the Cars to Coldplay and Robert Palmer to Katy Perry As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  16. Bruce Springsteen, 'High Hopes': Track-By-Track Review

    January 05, 2014 9:00 PM EST BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN High Hopes Producers: Ron Aniello, Brendan O'Brien Label: Columbia Release Date: Jan. 14 "High Hopes" is Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album. In a first for the artist, the record is a collection of cover songs previously performed live, originals…

  17. Ice Cube Confirms May Release for New Album

    January 03, 2014 8:41 PM EST "Everythang's Corrupt" will hit stores May 13 The first new album of new material from Ice Cube in over three years finally has a release date, and it'll come out prior to the year's halfway point. "Everythang's Corrupt," the rapper's 10th LP, will…

  18. Bruce Springsteen Inks CBS Deal to Stream Album; Songs to Appear on 'The Good Wife'

    January 02, 2014 11:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen is going the old-media route to debut his new album, "High Hopes." Starting Sunday night (Jan. 5), fans can stream the rock icon's 18th studio release on CBS.com/springsteen, and viewers of the network's hit drama "The Good Wife" will hear…

  19. New Bruce Springsteen Album Arrives Early

    December 28, 2013 6:15 PM EST "High Hopes" is scheduled for an official release on Jan. 14 Despite a pronounced release date of Jan. 14, Bruce Springsteen's "High Hopes" briefly became available for purchase and download via Amazon on Saturday (Dec. 28). "High Hopes" could be found…

  20. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST 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, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

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