1. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  2. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Beatles Songs?

    February 06, 2014 10:05 AM EST As we approach the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. arrival, 'Ask Billboard' asks you to choose your favorite Fab songs, covers and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  3. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae to Perform at BET Honors

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists set to perform at BET Honors 2014. Premiering Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network, the telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and Wayne Brady. Established to celebrate the…

  4. Katy Perry Tops Hot 100, Beyonce Bounds to No. 2

    February 05, 2014 2:50 PM EST Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, spends a second week at No. 1, while Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love,' featuring Jay Z, roars to the runner-up spot. Plus, Pharrell blasts into the top 10 Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J,…

  5. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  6. 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…

  7. Vince Gill Remembers Phil Everly: 'That's the Guy I Was Trying to Be'

    January 17, 2014 2:18 PM EST Country singer also reveals he's working on an album with his daughter, Jenny The events of the past month has definitely left Vince Gill feeling a little nostalgic. The Jan. 3 passing of Phil Everly took the singer back in time, as he recalled some of the iconic music that he made with…

  8. Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Ice Cube to Receive BET Honors

    January 16, 2014 8:52 PM EST Legendary singer Aretha Franklin and Motown founder Berry Gordy will be honored at the 2014 BET Honors. The network announced Thursday that rapper-actor Ice Cube, American Express CEO Ken Chenault and photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems will also receive tributes at the event. The…

  9. Martina McBride Returns With Soulful, Self-Released Covers Set ‘Everlasting’

    January 16, 2014 1:12 AM EST When Martina McBride started looking for material for her next album, she turned to the great soul singers Aretha Franklin and Etta James for inspiration. The country singer, known for her huge soprano voice, is self-releasing "Everlasting" on March 4, an album of classic soul and…

  10. 615 Spotlight: Natalie Stovall and The Drive Bring It With 'Baby Come On With It'

    January 15, 2014 1:25 PM EST The year is definitely getting off to a great start for Natalie Stovall and The Drive. Named last week as one of Billboard's "Ten Country Artists To Watch" in 2014 in The 615, the dynamic group is starting to make an impact with their debut single "Baby Come On With It.…

  11. Kanye West Sues Amazon Over 'Coinye West' Cryptocurrency, Creators Concede

    January 14, 2014 8:23 PM EST "Coinye is dead. You win, Kanye," the former Coinye website now reads Kanye West is not letting the anonymous, decentralized nature of cryptocurrency get in the way of pursuing those behind "Coinye West." The hip-hop artist has filed a lawsuit, looking to hold liable those…

  12. 'American Idol' Finale Heading to New York?

    January 10, 2014 12:49 AM EST For the first time in the Fox show's history, the American Idol finale could take place in New York City.  The network has yet to confirm the rumor, which began circulating on Idol blogs on Thursday afternoon, but a source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the season-13 grand finale…

  13. Rapper Shyheim Franklin Arrested After New Year's Day Hit-And-Run Death

    January 09, 2014 2:50 AM EST Hip hop artist Shyheim Franklin, a long-time ally of the Wu-Tang Clan, was reportedly behind the wheel in a New Year’s Day hit-and-run incident that left a 29-year-old bakery worker dead. The 36-year-old rapper turned himself in to police on Wednesday in connection with the New Brighton…

  14. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  15. Ryan Seacrest & Jenny McCarthy Talk Getting Ready for 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    December 30, 2013 3:30 PM EST The celebrity co-hosts also share their new year's resolutions and favorite music of 2013 From the rowdiest of all-night parties, to suburban families huddled in their living rooms, millions of viewers will take part in America's most famous New Year's show tomorrow night. The…

  16. Aretha Franklin Recording Album of Classics From Fellow Iconic Female Singers

    December 20, 2013 8:40 AM EST Franklin is working on a "concept" album with Babyface, Don Was and Clive Davis. "They're records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-'round with" The Queen of Soul plans to give the royal treatment to some…

  17. Sarah Darling Gets Into Holiday Spirit With 'Merry Little' EP

    December 13, 2013 12:30 PM EST Saturday night will be a big night in the career of rising newcomer Sarah Darling. The singer will be bringing her Christmas show to the historic Franklin Theatre, located south of Nashville. Darling will be performing in promotion of her brand new holiday EP, "Have A Merry Little…

  18. Martina McBride Sets 'Everlasting' Album

    December 13, 2013 10:51 AM EST The country star teams with Don Was for new covers collection, out March 4 Martina McBride is no stranger to covers. Her quickest selling album yet, 2005's "Timeless," was a collection of country music classics including "Love's Gonna Live Here" and "Satin…

  19. The Top 30 Jewish Musicians

    November 27, 2013 1:05 PM EST Christmas classics may vastly out-number Hanukkah hits, but there's been no shortage of Jewish artists that have topped the Billboard charts over the years. With Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, beginning on the evening of Wednesday, November 27, now is the perfect time…

  20. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Power Into Las Vegas Residency Encore

    November 18, 2013 9:28 AM EST Country music has always had a flair for the dramatic, and nowhere is that more apparent than on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul 2 Soul live show at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The couple signed on to do a second year of their show,  which was one of the bonafide hits of the strip…

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