1. Taylor Swift Returns Home, Duets With Luke Bryan at Nashville Show

    September 20, 2013 3:00 PM EDT While introducing her chart-topping "Begin Again" on Thursday night at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, Taylor Swift spoke of how the process of writing a song about love has changed over time. Evolution takes place in an artist's life, as well as career, and night one of…

  2. Kings of Leon: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 20, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The Followill family band embark on what could be a career-defining album cycle This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. As another oppressive Tennessee summer begins to give way to fall, Kings of Leon are in the early stages of turning up…

  3. Carlos Santana Uninjured in Las Vegas Car Crash

    September 16, 2013 2:00 AM EDT Police say Carlos Santana drove into an unoccupied parked car near an upscale area of Las Vegas, but escaped injury. The Grammy-winning superstar was headed home alone when the accident occurred Friday night in Summerlin. Police Lt. Ken Romane told the Las Vegas Review-Journa l that it'…

  4. Blind Boys of Alabama Team With Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on 'I'll Find a Way'

    September 07, 2013 10:00 AM EDT For the four octogenarians in the Blind Boys of Alabama, settling down isn't part of their plan. After 70-plus years of existence, the last dozen have seen the non-sighted gospel quartet at its most inventive, experimenting with blues, country and hip-hop and collaborating with Lou…

  5. 615 Spotlight: The Rankin Twins Talk 'Moonshine & Maybes'

    August 29, 2013 8:55 AM EDT There's a different psychological mindset to releasing a full-length album as opposed to an EP. Rising duo The Rankin Twins recognize this fact very clearly, as the sisters are celebrating the nationwide release of "Moonshine & Maybes." Already having released a pair of…

  6. JoJo Plays NYC, Talks 'Anything' Remix With Casey Veggies

    August 27, 2013 5:49 PM EDT JoJo couldn't even remember the last time she played New York City prior to her performance Monday (Aug. 26) as the latest artist to be a part of The Fader and vitaminwater's #Uncapped summer concert series. "I'm fuckin' pumped!" the 22-year-old singer enthused…

  7. Earl Sweatshirt, 'Doris': Track-By-Track Review

    August 20, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Odd Future's empire thrives off lifestyle. (The crew carries their apparel  while on tour while hard copies of their music stand as a checkout line item in their stores.) Not beholden to radio (with notable yet light chart success), Odd Future has creative freedom when curating. What…

  8. The Dear Hunter's Casey Crescenzo Looks To Crowdfunding For His First Symphony

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  9. Singer Eydie Gorme Dead at 84

    August 10, 2013 8:24 PM EDT Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84. Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died Saturday (August 10) at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas…

  10. Jennifer Lopez on Track for 'American Idol' Return, Will.i.am Eyed for Third Slot

    August 05, 2013 8:50 AM EDT The new "American Idol" judges panel is slowly coming together. As The Hollywood Reporter first reported on July 25 , Idol alum Jennifer Lopez and hitmaker Will.I.Am are at the top of producers' wish lists for the 13th season of the Fox show, and, according to sources , are…

  11. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  12. Pearl Jam, Blur, Arcade Fire Line Up for Australia’s Big Day Out Fest

    July 31, 2013 10:06 PM EDT Pearl Jam, Blur, Arcade Fire and Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) will headline the 2014 Australasian Big Day Out tour. Other key names confirmed to the bill include EDM acts Major Lazer, Steve Angello (formerly of Swedish House Mafia) and Australia's young gun Flume, plus veteran rock acts…

  13. Bieber Tour Bus in Border Pot Bust: Report

    July 30, 2013 3:28 AM EDT U.S. border agents found marijuana on a bus with singer Justin Bieber's tour as it crossed into Detroit from Windsor, Canada. The Detroit Free Press reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ken Hammond confirms that the bus was stopped Sunday as it attempted to enter…

  14. Pearl Jam Crashes Back: 'Mind Your Manners' Storms Rock Radio

    July 19, 2013 3:50 PM EDT The appetite for new Pearl Jam music appears to be as ferocious as new single "Mind Your Manners" itself-the track this week stormed onto several rock charts even though it arrived three-and-half-days into the chart week. The fierce thrash-rocker, which entered worldwide digital…

  15. Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan to Direct 'Officer Downe' Movie

    July 16, 2013 4:08 AM EDT "Officer Downe," the graphic novel created by Joe Casey and artist Chris Burnham, is making its way onto the big screen. Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan will direct the project, which is based on a script by Casey. "Officer Downe" follows a Los Angeles…

  16. Dropkick Murphys Donate $300,000 to Boston Marathon Victims

    July 11, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Since 1996, the Dropkick Murphys have been the unofficial house band for the entire city of Boston. Their hit, "Tessie," was written for the Red Sox during their 2004 run to the World Series, when the team ended their 86-year championship "curse," making it a good luck…

  17. Steven Tyler: New Aerosmith Documentary Spotlights Band-Saving 2011 Tour

    June 28, 2013 1:16 PM EDT A bit of band discord indirectly led to a new document of one of Aerosmith's shining moments. Frontman Steven Tyler tells Billboard that he initially brought Casey Patrick Tebo -- who directed the forthcoming documentary "Rock For the Rising Sun" -- into the Aerosmith camp…

  18. Barenaked Ladies Chart Their Five Favorite Songs

    June 13, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Sure, we could rank Barenaked Ladies' top five songs. But ... why not go right to the source - the group members themselves - and ask them to pick their faves? We did. Hear what they chose. At Billboard, we like to think we know a little bit (and hopefully a lot more) about how to…

  19. Nigel Lythgoe Confirms 'American Idol' Exit

    June 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Nigel Lythgoe has been fired as executive producer of "American Idol." The longtime "Idol" fixture, who briefly went on hiatus from the show during its eighth and ninth seasons, confirmed the news via his @dizzyfeet handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter. "Just…

  20. Earl Sweatshirt To Release 'Doris' In July

    June 07, 2013 4:57 PM EDT Earl Sweatshirt reveals that his sophomore full-length, "Doris," will be released at the end of July. "I'm wrapping everything up so it’s coming out in July," Earl told MTV Australia . "I can't wait for this shit to come out already so I can finally exhale…

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