1. Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight Head to 'After Midnight' on Broadway

    April 30, 2014 9:52 AM EDT The lineup of pop stars keeps coming for new Tony Award-nominated "After Midnight." Producers of the show that celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club say Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will take turns as special guest stars this summer. Related…

  2. CODE Guest Playlist: Mr. Scruff’s Digging Floating Points, Max Graef, and More

    April 28, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Billboard CODE spoke with veteran DJ Mr. Scruff to chat about his new album, as well as give a glimpse into the unfathomably deep and diverse music library. Here are his playlist picks, as well as commentary in his own words. Mr. Scruff Talks New 'Friendly Bacteria' Album and…

  3. Willie Nelson Inducted In Austin City Limits Hall

    April 27, 2014 1:31 AM EDT In this town, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey takes a backseat to Willie Nelson. The country music icon who has an Austin street named after him and is celebrated with an 8-foot bronze likeness downtown added another backyard honor with a spot in the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits…

  4. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history 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…

  5. Jake Owen Shows Signs of Growth at Western Kentucky University: Live Review

    April 25, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The April 24 show mostly focused on cuts from Owen's 2013 album, "Days of Gold" Jake Owen has witnessed some of the best live shows in the business, having paid his dues as the opener for such country superstars as Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. So one could only assume the RCA…

  6. Rewinding The Charts: USA For Africa's 'We Are The World' Tops Hot 100

    April 13, 2014 8:05 AM EDT On this date 29 years ago, the all-star ensemble hit No. 1 - and helped launch a legacy of philanthropy On Dec. 20, 1984, Harry Belafonte placed a call to nonprofit consultant/music manager Ken Kragen in hopes of staging a concert to raise funds to fight hunger in Africa - specifically…

  7. Leah Turner Shows 'Softer Side' on New Single 'Pull Me Back'

    April 11, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Things have been very hectic as of late in the career of Columbia recording artist Leah Turner. She walked the red carpet at last weekend's ACM Awards, and recently made her second performance on the Grand Ole Opry. Turner has been also been enjoying the attention that she has gained…

  8. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical

    April 07, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Casting is in place for the world premiere of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the Broadway musical about struggling inner-city lives, inspired by and set to the music and lyrics of rap legend Tupac Shakur. Heading the cast of the non-biographical musical drama is Saul Williams, the…

  9. Big Boi Debuts 'Mrs. Vandebilt' Mash-Up Video: Exclusive

    March 31, 2014 3:17 PM EDT Big Boi pulls inspiration from Paul McCartney for the last 'Mash-Up Monday' track from his 10-week series. He and Organized Noize's DJ Dungeoneze (Ray Murray) combine Big Boi's "Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors" song "Mama Told Me" with McCartney&…

  10. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson's 'Gone' Goes To No. 1

    March 31, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2005, the original 'American Idol' scored the top song at pop radio. Plus, remembering key chart feats for the Bangles, Kenny Chesney and Leona Lewis Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March 31…

  11. Morning TV's Battle of the Bands: 'Today' & 'Good Morning America' Concert Wars Escalate

    March 26, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Jimmy Fallon's arrival on "The Tonight Show" is having an unlikely effect on the battle to book big music stars on morning TV's summer concert series. Sources tell Billboard that NBC's "Today" is using Fallon's initial ratings success as leverage in an…

  12. Top 50 Single Word Songs: One-Word Wonders

    March 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT "Roar." "Royals." "Radioactive." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered tracks now making up nearly a third of the Billboard Hot 100 each week. To explore this…

  13. Birds of Tokyo Find Their Nest in the U.S.

    March 26, 2014 2:15 AM EDT Birds of Tokyo are taking off in the U.S. right now, but theirs is anything but an overnight success story.  The alternative rock group is grabbing traction with “Lanterns” (Republic), already a huge hit in the band’s homeland, Australia. This is much more than a border-crossing single. It’s…

  14. Man Accused of Saying He's Taylor Swift's Husband Ordered to Stay Away

    March 25, 2014 4:02 PM EDT A man accused of saying he is married to Taylor Swift and threatening to harm her family was ordered Tuesday to stay away from the Grammy-winning singer for three years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson granted Swift a restraining order against Timothy Sweet. Taylor Swift…

  15. Elton John Extends Record For Most AC Hits

    March 24, 2014 1:35 PM EDT The icon furthers his lead for the most entries in the Adult Contemporary chart's 53-year history as 'Can't Stay Alone Tonight' debuts Elton John extends his record for the most appearances in the nearly 53-year history of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as …

  16. Fantasia Returning to Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    March 20, 2014 8:25 PM EDT After helping to fuel rave reviews when the show opened last November, Fantasia Barrino will be back on Broadway for a second stint as guest star of "After Midnight," the sultry song-and-dance tribute to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. Evoking the wild nights of…

  17. Pop Stars' First Tweets: 50 Thoughts from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem and More

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In celebration of Twitter's eighth year of chatting us up 140 characters at a time, it's time to find out what stars like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and more said during their first time at bat. They range from Katy Perry gushing about joining in on the fun to Drake admitting…

  18. John Rich Unveils New Lifestyle Line, Redneck Riviera

    March 18, 2014 7:57 PM EDT John Rich has always been great at creating new and varied sounds -- starting with Lonestar back in the mid 1990s, he has found success as a solo artist (“Shuttin’ Detroit Down”), as a producer and songwriter (Gretchen Wilson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill), and his decade-long partnership with…

  19. FX's 'Archer' Goes Country With 'Cherlene' Album

    March 17, 2014 5:32 PM EDT "Archer" has gone country. Well, sort of. Viewers of the popular FX series have watched this season as the animated series has featured a plot line that follows the character of Cheryl Tunt into "Cherlene," a full-fledged country superstar. The plot has proven to be so…

  20. Big Albums, But No Big Hot 100 Hits

    March 14, 2014 8:11 PM EDT New Billboard 200 leader Rick Ross is among artists who repeatedly dominate the chart despite having not landed a top 10 Hot 100 hit With the arrival of "Mastermind" atop the Billboard 200 chart , Rick Ross continues his streak of earning No. 1 albums without ever having tallied a…

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