1. Why Benjamin Booker’s ‘Blues Punk’ Sound Got Him Recruited By Jack White

    September 09, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Artist on the Verge: Benjamin Booker From: Tampa, Fla. Age: 24 Soundalikes:  With a voice as smooth as a sun-dried bone and riffs ripped from a Delta blues playbook, Booker sings like  Ray LaMontagne  and shreds with the intensity of  Gary Clark Jr . Influences: Booker’s “blues punk” mixes…

  2. Rewinding The Charts: 25 Years Ago, New Kids On The Block Were 'Hangin' ' At No. 1

    September 09, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Boston boy band topped the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 with its breakthrough album and the set's title cut, respectively In every era of pop music, boy bands have elicited irrepressible shrieks from adoring female fans. In the '60s, it was the Beatles. In the '70s, the…

  3. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Leads To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The band rewrites the record for the most No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Linkin Park, Kenny Chesney, MercyMe & 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…

  4. Jimmy Barnes Undergoes Back Surgery, Bags Another No. 1 Album Down Under

    September 08, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Jimmy Barnes has another No. 1 Down Under, but he’s on doctor’s orders to keep celebrations to a minimum.   The Australian rock hero is recovering from emergency back surgery which kept him in hospital on Fathers Days (Sept. 7) as the new ARIA Albums Chart was published, showing Barnes’  30…

  5. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 AM EDT 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 city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

  6. Inside Lorde's 'Hunger Games' Recording Session

    September 05, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde spent her Labor Day weekend in Asbury Park, N.J., but it was a working vacation. The 17-year-old New Zealand singer recorded the first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 at Lakehouse Recording Studios . Could it be the artist got a referral from Asbury Park'…

  7. The Secrets Behind 'Dick in a Box' & More: Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake on the Viral Hits of 'SNL'

    September 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In an exclusive excerpt from the newly updated  Saturday Night Live  book  Live From New York , Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history. 'LAZY SUNDAY' The first breakthrough Digital Short featured…

  8. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  9. Vevo Looks to Take Music Videos Into Virtual Reality

    September 03, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Vevo will be there with a fully immersive music video experience when the just-announced Samsung Gear VR 3D headset is released later this year. Jon Li , product manager on the project, said in a statement that the project forced his team to re-think the whole music video-watching experience.…

  10. Watch Keith Urban & Jimmy Barnes Cover ‘Good Times’

    September 03, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes can do pretty well as he wants in his homeland. So, when it came to recording his 15th studio album, 30:30 Hindsight , he decided to share the love -- and the spotlight -- with some of Australia’s biggest stars of the last 20 years.  The likes of Keith Urban ,…

  11. Jonsi & Alex Talk Scoring WGN's 'Manhattan': Listen to Opening Credits Song

    September 02, 2014 7:00 PM EDT It's the first TV project for Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi & Alex Somers. Jonsi & Alex , the side project of Sigur Ros ' Jón Þór Birgisson and Alex Somers, are busy in Iceland supplying music for their first TV series, WGN's Manhattan . Set in New Mexico during atom bomb…

  12. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  13. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  14. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  15. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer…

  16. Steve Aoki, Disco Donnie to Speak at Electronic Music Conference

    August 26, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Asia-Pacific's Electronic Music Conference has unveiled a first round of speakers, as well as other details, for this year's event taking place in Sydney on Dec. 2-4.   The announcement features over 40 speakers, most notably Steve Aoki , who'll deliver the conference's…

  17. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  18. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  19. Watch 'Weird Al' Yankovic Add Lyrics to TV Theme Songs at 2014 Emmys

    August 25, 2014 9:50 PM EDT 'Type, George, type as fast as you can,' Al sings over the 'Game of Thrones' theme. Ever wonder what happened to all the TV theme songs that explained exactly what the show was about? Well, "Weird Al" Yankovic has you covered. 2014 Emmys: The Best Music One…

  20. 2014 MTV VMAs: Best & Worst Moments, From Political Pleas to Fashion Flubs

    August 25, 2014 1:00 AM EDT The 2014 VMAs won't go down in MTV history as one of the best, but this year's show did give us a few touching and genuinely surprising moments, from Miley's plea for homeless youth to Blue Ivy's flawless hands. Sunday night also had its fair share of screwups: Production…

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