1. Weekly Chart Notes: Oh, How The Years Go By

    March 22, 2013 10:52 AM EDT Jason Aldean's '1994' enters the Billboard Hot 100, marking the chart's latest hit whose title doubles as a year. "I was a junior in high school in '94 and Joe Diffie was huge," Jason Aldean told Billboard last year. "I went to the Cherry Blossom…

  2. The Band Perry: Billboard Cover Story

    March 15, 2013 4:30 PM EDT After 18 months and a false start with super-producer Rick Rubin, the Band Perry returns with "Pioneer" ... Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot and making of the album This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard.…

  3. Mark Kamins, Madonna's Ex-Boyfriend, Pioneering DJ-Producer Who Helped Launch Her Career, Dies

    February 15, 2013 10:21 PM EST Pioneering DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who was instrumental in facilitating the signing of Madonna to Sire Records in 1982, has died. According to BlackBook , on Feb. 14, he suffered “a massive coronary” in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he has been teaching. A family source has confirmed…

  4. Miguel Breaks Out: Billboard Cover Story Q&A

    February 15, 2013 3:30 PM EST million viewers (and Kelly Clarkson) catch up to the best new sound in R&B Kelly Clarkson was a testament to the power of Grammy music discovery when she said during her acceptance speech for best pop vocal album at last week's Grammys, "Miguel, I don't know who the…

  5. Bruce Springsteen's Night at MusiCares: Sting, Mumford, Chesney Honor The Boss

    February 09, 2013 9:10 AM EST The power of Bruce Springsteen reached beyond the musical Friday night when he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Before he even hit a note or anyone sang any of his songs, Springsteen made his voice heard early on during an auction of an…

  6. RISE Digital Music Festival Lineup: Knife Party, R3HAB to Headline

    February 05, 2013 11:10 AM EST Trance duo Tritonal also headlining three-day live-streamed event The lineup for RISE Digital Music Festival, a three-day (Feb. 12-14) live-streaming event featuring EDM performances from around the world, was announced today. Hosted by Mixify.com, RISE will feature sets by previously…

  7. Ke$ha's 'Crazy Beautiful Life' Documentary Coming to MTV

    January 29, 2013 10:01 PM EST The documentary series will cover the making of Ke$ha's "Warrior" in April. A documentary series on Ke$ha will air on MTV beginning in April, the singer will announce tonight on MTV’s new live late night comedy show, “Nikki & Sara Live."   “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful…

  8. 'History of the Eagles' Films to Dispel Myths About Band

    January 17, 2013 1:40 PM EST "It's a classic rock 'n' roll story," producer says, adding, "it's the Beatles story," referring to a band walking away at the peak of their powers The idea to tell the story of The Eagles came to Irving Azoff at the time they would have been…

  9. Dropkick Murphys Spill 'Blood': 'This Album Was Like Taking the Chains Off'

    January 08, 2013 11:50 AM EST On their eighth album, Dropkick Murphys are finally ready to be a radio band. The Boston-based group, which fuses elements of punk, folk and Celtic music, released "Signed and Sealed in Blood" today (Jan. 8) via its own label Born & Bred, which is handled by ADA Label Services,…

  10. 615 Spotlight: Joe Bachman Is the 'One'

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST When Joe Bachman takes to the stage, there is no place he would rather be. "I love what I do…the stage is my home…there is no place on Earth I would rather be," he states emphatically. The artist, who is promoting his debut album, "One," says that the road is not just a …

  11. Rolling Stones Review: Raucous, Star- Filled Tour Closer

    December 16, 2012 12:00 PM EST To Be Continued NEWARK, N.J. -- The Rolling Stones blew the roof of The Rock last night, putting a capper on their brief 2012 50th Anniversary run of dates, but seemingly setting the stage for more shows in 2013. ROLL WITH IT • Best '50' Tour Photos • Mick Jagger on Newtown •…

  12. The Year In Country 2012: Georgia Rules With Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum & More

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Georgia has long been a hotbed for country music, producing such stars as Alan Jackson , Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood , but perhaps never before have Peach State artists dominated the Billboard charts the way they did in 2012. Four Georgia acts -- Luke Bryan , Jason Aldean , Zac Brown…

  13. Rolling Stones Add Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Black Keys to Final '50' Show

    December 10, 2012 9:15 AM EST The Rolling Stones have invited Bruce Springsteen , Lady Gaga and the Black Keys to their final "50 and Counting" concert, celebrating an astounding half-century as a band, being held Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The concert will be telecast live pay-per-view in…

  14. Grammy Analysis: Fun., Frank Ocean Lead Youth Movement

    December 06, 2012 11:30 AM EST It's phase two of the youth movement at the Grammys. With blockbuster albums like Adele 's and Taylor Swift 's falling outside of Grammy eligibility, the Recording Academy bestowed multiple nominations on acts in the early stages of their careers for the 55th Grammy Awards,…

  15. Dave Brubeck, Jazz Piano Great, Dead at 91

    December 05, 2012 12:20 PM EST Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91. Brubeck died Wednesday morning of heart failure after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology…

  16. Incon-Sequential? Analyzing The Importance Of Albums' Track Orders In A Digital Age

    December 04, 2012 10:35 AM EST A&R and streaming services executives weigh in on the thought processes behind albums' song sequences - and how much they can affect acts' success. The sequencing of tracks on an album may have long been subject to artists' creative muses, but, according to A&R and…

  17. Holiday Gift Guide 2012: 30+ Pop Presents

    November 23, 2012 6:25 AM EST The 2012 holiday shopping season is officially here, and we know you've got plenty of music fans on your list. Don't race off to the store in a panic; Billboard.com's annual holiday gift guide is here to help with rockin' ideas for everyone. Among our 30+ suggestions,…

  18. Shania Twain Rides into Vegas -- With 40 Horses

    November 14, 2012 8:27 PM EST Country music star Shania Twain arrived on horseback Wednesday for a two-year headline gig at Caesars Palace, parading up the Las Vegas Strip with a herd of 40 horses. Promoters called the event a stampede, but hooves were kept to a steady, slow gait by nine wranglers who escorted Twain to a…

  19. Chart Highlights: Adult Pop Doubles The Fun.

    October 22, 2012 5:00 PM EDT The trio achieves a feat previously managed on Adult Pop Songs by only one other group in the chart's 16-year history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  20. Colbie Caillat, 'Christmas in the Sand': Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 15, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Colbie Caillat got to thinking about "Christmas in the Sand," the fun-loving title track off her upcoming holiday album, while relaxing on a Hawaiian beach with friends this past spring. "I was thinking, what do they listen to over here at Christmas time? I bet they don't…

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