1. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Olympians in Jeopardy

    May 13, 2014 5:04 AM EDT Where were YOU the day that three Olympians were in jeopardy (though not necessarily in the bottom two)? I’ll always remember: I was on the couch. I’m surprised there wasn’t a breaking news ticker on the bottom of the screen to accompany Tom and Erin’s repeated mentions of this American Icon…

  2. Dierks Bentley Kicks Off His 'Riser' Tour

    May 09, 2014 6:18 PM EDT Dierks Bentley kicks off his "Riser" tour tonight in Charlotte, NC. "I've always been one of those guys who designs sets on cocktail napkins in the back of the bus with the guys in my band," he said at a tour rehearsal earlier this week. This time, however, he's…

  3. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 'You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 07, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Ahead of the release of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Goin' Home," Billboard today exclusively premieres the track, "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover." As its title suggests, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new album "Goin' Home" brings the guitar…

  4. 'Frozen' Spends Lucky 13th Week At No. 1, Lindsey Stirling Bows At No. 2

    May 07, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ray LaMontagne also debuts in the Top 5, while Ariana Grande's "Problem" nets a huge digital debut. As expected, Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a lucky 13th nonconsecutive week at No. 1…

  5. Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande To Perform At Roots' 4th of July Jam

    May 05, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Nicki Minaj will head to the city of brotherly love for the Roots' annual 4th of July Jam. The rapper-singer will perform on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Independence Day for the free event. Nicki Minaj Releases 'Yasss Bish!!' Featuring Soulja Boy Raps…

  6. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  7. CODE First Play: Claude VonStroke, 'Urban Animal' Remixes

    April 30, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Claude VonStroke always has an ear to the ground for forward-thinking sounds, and the forthcoming remix package for his third album “Urban Animal” reflects it. The Dirtybird boss tapped Berlin-based Detroit product Jimmy Edgar to rework “Lay it Down Re-Smoked,” the bumping track by DJ Nehpets…

  8. Future Squeaks By Iggy Azalea on Billboard 200, 'Frozen' Still No. 1

    April 30, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" continues to chill for a 12th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while new albums from Iggy Azalea and Future arrive in the top three. "Frozen" sold another 115,000 copies in the week ending April 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  9. 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…

  10. The Roots Debut Raheem DeVaughn-Assisted 'Tomorrow': Listen

    April 28, 2014 4:46 PM EDT A month away from the release of their album, "…and then you shoot your cousin," The Roots release the record's second single, "Tomorrow." The soulful, uplifting song, which follows the collective's "When The People Cheer," features lead vocals by R&…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. '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…

  18. '78 Project,' Cash and Carter Docs on the Road to Nashville Film Festival

    April 03, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Two films that connect the roots of recorded music with contemporary performers are among the music documentaries playing the Nashville Film Festival in April. "The 78 Project Movie" and "The Winding Stream," both of which had their world premieres at SXSW and include…

  19. 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&…

  20. 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…

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