1. Hurray for the Riff Raff's Political Americana Brings Genre Back to Its Roots

    February 12, 2014 12:30 PM EST Led by a Bronx-raised, Puerto Rican ex-punk rocker, Hurray for the Riff Raff is bringing folk back home Just a few years ago, Alynda Lee Segarra, the engaging frontwoman for New Orleans folk outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff, was hitching freight trains, playing washboard in a French Quarter…

  2. Ruben Studdard Talks New Album, Big Weight Loss: 'This Time It's for Me'

    February 11, 2014 10:44 AM EST Ruben Studdard, aka the Velvet Teddy Bear, formally returned to the music scene this month with a new album, new single and new label.  Released Feb. 4 by Verve Records, "Unconditional Love" marks Studdard's sixth album since claiming the "American Idol" crown in 2003…

  3. Def Leppard Revisits Overlooked Album: 'It Went Against the Grain'

    February 10, 2014 11:02 AM EST "Slang" (1996) gets an expanded edition... "We could've put out 'Sgt. Pepper's' and I think it would have been the same because it was Def Leppard and we had gotten lumped in with all the crap metal bands of the 80s" Nearly 18 years later, the members…

  4. Daddy Yankee Joins Mun2's Cast In New Fight Reality Series

    February 10, 2014 3:04 AM EST Reggaeton star Daddy Yankee, who is a finalist for seven Billboard Latin Music Awards, has signed on to appear on a new mun2 unscripted show "Combate Americas" about the lives of the Mix Martial Arts fighters.  Details of the series were announced during a press conference Friday…

  5. New Found Glory's Jordan Pundik & Songwriter/Author Alex Woodard Team Up for 'Breathe the Sky': Exclusive Premiere

    January 23, 2014 10:57 AM EST The Americana-influenced track tells the story of a man's unflinching optimism while dying from Lou Gehrig's Disease. "For the Sender: Love Is (Not a Feeling)" – the second installment of the ongoing music-meets-literature project of Alex Woodard – is shaping up to be one…

  6. Blake Shelton Uses R&B Effect to Make a Country Impression on Latest Hit

    January 22, 2014 10:34 AM EST The new Blake Shelton single is a study in contrasts. "Doin' What She Likes" features a guy who's mostly been tamed but still harbors a wild streak. It's a love song that was written in the middle of a hunting expedition. And it's a country single that might…

  7. Chart Highlights: Pitbull & Ke$ha, Beyonce & Jay Z Score New No. 1s

    January 20, 2014 4:55 PM EST The former pair takes over atop Pop Songs with 'Timber,' while the latter twosome's 'Drunk in Love' crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. Plus, new leaders for Demi Lovato, Avenged Sevenfold, Zac Brown Band and Elvis Crespo (also with Pitbull) Chart Highlights offers a…

  8. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  9. Def Leppard Denies It'll Take Legal Action Against One Direction for Similar-Sounding Song

    December 19, 2013 7:30 PM EST Mirror UK originally reported potential legal action for similarities between "Midnight Memories" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" The boys of One Direction may have a sticky situation on their hands over the chorus of the group's new song "Midnight Memories."…

  10. Donna Summer Returns 'MacArthur Park' To Top Of Dance Chart After 35 Years

    December 19, 2013 7:15 PM EST The late legend brings the song back to the summit after it first led in 1978. Plus, Neon Jungle and Hardwell debut, while Avicii continues to climb. Donna Summer returns a classic to the top of Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "MacArthur Park 2013" rises 2-1. Summer&…

  11. Def Leppard Plots 'Pyromania' Residency In Las Vegas; New Studio Album In View

    December 18, 2013 12:30 PM EST Def Leppard is planning a "Viva Pyromania" residency in Las Vegas in 2014 while also preparing to record an album of new material in Dublin.  "The Vegas thing was amazing," guitarist Phil Collen told Billboard, referencing their "Viva Hysteria" residency…

  12. Chart Highlights: OneRepublic Tops Adult Pop Songs, Beyonce Bows At R&B/Hip-Hop

    December 16, 2013 4:35 PM EST Plus, new No. 1s for late legend Donna Summer, Eli Young Band, Pop Evil and more 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. All our charts are refreshed on…

  13. Def Leppard Bringing 'Day of Hysteria' to AXS TV

    December 12, 2013 10:42 AM EST Def Leppard will take over AXS TV on Dec. 29, providing running commentary throughout the day and concluding with the broadcast premiere of "Def Leppard: Viva! Hysteria." Related Articles Vivian Campbell Opens-Up On Cancer, Concert Film & New Music Def Leppard, 'Hysteria&…

  14. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  15. One Direction’s Harry Styles Wins Britain's ‘Style Icon’ Award

    December 03, 2013 3:58 AM EST Harry Styles' name says it all: The pop star has been crowned this year's British Style Icon at the British Fashion Awards on Monday. The British Style Icon Award, which recognizes an individual who embodies the spirit of London and is an international ambassador for London as a…

  16. Experience Hendrix Tour Returns in 2014 With Zakk Wylde, Buddy Guy, More

    November 18, 2013 7:56 PM EST The Experience Hendrix Tour, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix that's been an on-again, off-again presence in the music world since its inception in 1995, will return in 2014, Radio.com reports . The tribute tour will feature a score of players in the rock world, including Buddy Guy, Bootsy…

  17. Rush 'Haven't Stopped or Quit… Just Relaxing'

    November 18, 2013 11:30 AM EST While they cool their jets for a year, the hall of famers release a new live DVD and box set Rush is giving its fans plenty of fourth quarter treats this year including a new live CD/DVD, a box set and a long-desired remixed version of its 2002 album "Vapor Trails." And guitarist…

  18. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Power Into Las Vegas Residency Encore

    November 18, 2013 9:28 AM EST Country music has always had a flair for the dramatic, and nowhere is that more apparent than on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul 2 Soul live show at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The couple signed on to do a second year of their show,  which was one of the bonafide hits of the strip…

  19. Truck Rides With Brad Paisley and Flowers From Charlie Daniels: Deborah Evans Price's 10 Most Memorable Interviews

    November 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST We asked Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price, who recently won the CMAs' Media Achievement Award, to reflect on her favorite interviews In 19 years of writing for Billboard, this has been my most difficult task. I've been interviewing people for more than three decades and…

  20. Happy Birthday, Billboard!

    November 01, 2013 9:05 AM EDT On this date in 1894, an eight-page, 10-cent issue was published, marking the debut of what has grown into today's multi-platform Billboard brand One hundred-nineteen years old, new every day. On this date in 1894, Billboard published its first issue. Before it became a weekly…

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