1. The Roys Explain New Point of 'View' On Latest Album

    September 05, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Brother and sister bluegrass duo The Roys are proud of each of the 11 tracks from their newest release, The View , but both tell Billboard that for a lot of reasons, the title cut is something very special. The Roys Tackle Tradition on 'Gypsy Runaway Train' "We were on tour in…

  2. Arcade Fire, Wiz Khalifa and More Look to Groupon, LivingSocial to Sell Concert Tickets

    September 05, 2014 12:07 PM EDT Websites like Groupon have become the go-to place for folks looking for that half-off deal on a manicure, a two-for-one offer for a fancy dinner or that all-inclusive trip that won't break the bank. But increasingly, it's also becoming the place for music fans to scoop up deep…

  3. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  4. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  5. Exclusive: Us the Duo to Tour With Oprah Thanks to 'Book of Life' Song

    September 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After Oprah Winfrey saw Fox's upcoming animated feature The Book of Life , she became so enthralled by the end-credits song that she had the act booked for the U.S. tour of her "The Life You Want Weekend." Us the Duo , the first musical act to become established via Vine , will…

  6. Sleeper Agent Covers Bleachers' 'I Wanna Get Better': Video Premiere

    September 03, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Kentucky indie rockers Sleeper Agent released its anthemic new album About Last Night in March, and now the group has decided to tackle another sing-along from its RCA Records labelmate, Bleachers. Watch Sleeper Agent cover Bleachers' alternative hit "I Wanna Get Better,"…

  7. 2014 CMA Awards Nominations Revealed on 'GMA'

    September 03, 2014 8:23 AM EDT Check out the full list of CMA nominees On Wednesday morning in Times Square, Little Big Town and Darius Rucker took over ABC's Good Morning America to reveal the 2014 Country Music Association Awards nominees. As you might expect, the CMA nominees are some of the absolute biggest names…

  8. Exclusive: Cypress Hill Talks Details About Their First New Album in Five Years

    September 02, 2014 4:19 PM EDT At a festival like Made In America, where Kanye West and Imagine Dragons  are headliners, and Afrojack , Steve Aoki , Iggy Azaela , Rita Ora , Kendrick Lamar  are the big draws, Cypress Hill are the token throwback act. But for the hip-hop group, which released their first album in 1991,…

  9. Usher Reveals 'The UR Experience' Tour Dates

    September 02, 2014 2:48 PM EDT After teasing fans with eight dates from his upcoming The Ur Experience tour last week, Aug. 25, Usher reveals the full list of cities he'll be stopping through this fall. The UR Experience will kick off in Montreal, Quebec on Nov. 1 and close in Tampa, FL. on Dec. 14. The 27-city tour…

  10. Maroon 5 Announces 2015 World Tour

    September 02, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Maroon 5  doesn't waste any time: Their fifth studio album,  V , dropped Tuesday (Sept. 2), and they've already announed a world tour. Produced by Live Nation, the Maroon 5 World Tour 2015 will kick off at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Feb. 16, 2015. Magic! will join the…

  11. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  12. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  13. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Aerosmith Ascends To No. 1

    September 01, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1998, the band topped the Billboard Hot 100 at last. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Faith Hill and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 1, 1973 Kind of impossible…

  14. Pras Michel, Founding Member of the Fugees, Takes Ice Bucket Challenge in North Korea

    August 31, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Pras Michel passed on the challenge to four people, including former bandmate Lauryn Hill. It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel , a founding member of the Fugees , has done it -- getting his dousing…

  15. Made in America Concert Set to Rock Downtown L.A.

    August 30, 2014 2:37 PM EDT More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the multi-stage show. Downtown Los Angeles is ready for its inaugural outdoor music festival. The Budweiser Made in America concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grand Park. Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and…

  16. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  17. Who Wants to Buy Seattle Club Chop Suey? It's a Steal

    August 29, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Chop Suey, a funky lounge and music venue in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, is up for sale after rent in the stand-alone building rose too high. Known for its experimental streak with showcases like their Black Werido parties, but also home to concerts from the likes of Macklemore…

  18. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  19. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  20. Ray J Gets 3 Charges Dismissed in Plea Deal

    August 28, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Singer pleads no contest to one remaining charge of misdemeanor trespassing in May incident. Ray J has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor trespassing following  an incident in May  at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The other charges for sexual battery, assault on a police officer and resisting…

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