1. John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album

    July 03, 2014 10:12 AM EDT July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp. Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1…

  2. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 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…

  3. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Sizzles To No. 1 On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    June 27, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Calvin Harris nabs his first leader on the list, while Deadmau5 and Tiesto soar onto Dance/Electronic Albums Calvin Harris kicks off the first official week of summer by capturing his first No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs , as "Summer" heats up with a 2-1 climb.   The anthem…

  4. Clean Bandit Puts Classical Music In The House With 'Rather Be'

    June 24, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British quartet hits the Hot 100 with its former four week U.K. No. 1, an unlikely mix of live strings and dance beats "We try not to see boundaries between genres. We believe you can just do whatever you want," says Jack Patterson, multi-instrumentalist of Clean Bandit. For the…

  5. 'Rising Star': Ludacris on Voting Honestly, 'I Ain't Afraid!'

    June 23, 2014 7:59 PM EDT While not all of "Rising Star"'s first crop of contestants won over America with a qualifying vote, one expert in particular might be rubbing audiences the wrong way: Ludacris. And he doesn't mind at all. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It…

  6. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  7. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' No. 1 On Hot 100 For Fourth Week; PSY Debuts In Top 30

    June 18, 2014 1:41 PM EDT The Australian rapper rules again with "Fancy," while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's "Problem." Plus, Korean rap star PSY returns with Snoop Dogg on "Hangover" Iggy Azalea spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with …

  8. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash…

  9. Death From Above 1979 to Release First Album In a Decade In September

    June 11, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979 have announced their first full-length studio album in a decade.  The Toronto-based band will release "The Physical World" on Sept. 9 via Last Gang Records / Warner Bros. Records -- the home of their seminal 2004 debut, "You're a Woman,…

  10. 13 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Skrillex Lifts Off, Jack White Reigns, The Strokes Rock Day 2

    June 08, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Watch video of key Governors Ball moments. Governors Ball 2014 rolled on Saturday (June 7) with another beautiful day on Randall's Island as Jack White brought the rock (and the singsongs), The Strokes brought out crowd favorites, Skrillex fired up the mothership, Childish Gambino and…

  11. Jeff Tweedy Shares Song From Father-Son Band; 'Sukierae' Album Due in September

    June 04, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Wilco's Jeff Tweedy  recently announced plans for a new solo album and tour apart from his long-running indie rock act. Today, the singer-songwriter flashed out plans for his upcoming project, which is going to be a Tweedy family affair. On Sept. 16, Tweedy will release his debut solo…

  12. The Neighbourhood Q&A: 'Rock 'n' Roll Is Completely Dead'

    June 04, 2014 5:10 PM EDT Jesse Rutherford talks about the state of rock, his band's mixtape model, and working on a new full-length album "I just think that bands right now have no fucking idea what's going on," the Neighbourhood 's Jesse Rutherford tells Billboard bluntly on the state of…

  13. World Cup Songs: 7 International Team Anthems With Pop Star Mojo (Listen)

    May 30, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The World Cup brings plenty of border-bridging hymns that salute the global spirit of soccer. But when it comes to choosing a song for a country's national team, it's time to cut the "Kumbaya" and go for something closer to "We Are The Champions." Pop stars…

  14. Blessthefall Ready Tour, Release 'Off The Record' (Exclusive Video Premiere)

    May 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Weeks out from a substantial U.S. tour, Blessthefall has gone back to where it all began. The post-hardcore act has shot “Off The Record,” a two-part series that maps the paths that brought the Phoenix, AZ quintet together. In it, frontman Beau Bokan talks of his early predilection for…

  15. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Bows At No. 1 in U.K.

    May 26, 2014 7:25 AM EDT First-week sales of 168,000 made Coldplay’s “Ghost Stories” (Parlophone/Warner Music) both the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of the year and the new No. 1 title, in sales data published Sunday (May 25) by the Official Charts Company. British pop-dance star Sam Smith scored his third chart…

  16. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  17. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger, Funny or Die's VP of production and…

  18. Cher's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    May 20, 2014 12:10 PM EDT In honor of the legendary diva's birthday, we've ranked the biggest songs of her inimitable six-decade-long career To celebrate superstar dance/pop diva Cher's birthday today (May 20), Billboard has unveiled the legendary performer's top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits. As we…

  19. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

  20. Maroon 5 to Release New Album 'V' in September

    May 19, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Maroon 5 are gearing up for a busy summer. The Grammy-winning band announced on Monday they'll release their fifth studio album, "V," on Sept. 2 via Interscope Records. The album will be preceded by a new single in the coming months. Adam Levine and company teamed up with…

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