1. Taylor Swift Rules Billboard.com's 2013 Mid-Year Music Awards

    July 01, 2013 3:09 PM EDT k 0 Miley Cyrus, P!nk, Ariana Grande also score big wins in the annual mid-year poll. Taylor Swift continued a stellar year by dominating the 2013 edition of Billboard.com's Mid-Year Music Awards poll, which allowed fans to weigh in on their favorite artists, songs,…

  2. Tom Scholz of '70s Rockers Boston Told to Pay $132,000 in Failed Lawsuit

    July 01, 2013 2:25 AM EDT The founder of the rock band Boston has been ordered to pay a newspaper $132,000 for the court costs it incurred in successfully defending itself against his defamation lawsuit. Musician Tom Scholz claimed the Boston Herald and two reporters blamed him for the 2007 suicide of lead singer…

  3. Pat Benatar Hits Nashville's Ryman Auditorium With Her Best Shot

    June 26, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Once you are a rock and roll queen, you’re always a rock and roll queen. No matter how many years pass, being on stage becomes like getting on a bike. Last night in Nashville, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo brought their show to Music City last night for a first-ever stop at the historic…

  4. Bruce Springsteen Dedicates 'Born to Run' Performance to James Gandolfini

    June 21, 2013 4:46 AM EDT Reacting to the death of fellow New Jersey native James Gandolfini, Bruce Springsteen played the entire Born to Run album at his Thursday night show in Coventry, England, which is located near Birmingham. The rocker dedicated the iconic album to his "great friend" and let the…

  5. House Music: Your Living Room Might Be Your Next Concert Venue

    June 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT House concerts are providing DIY-inclined singer/songwriters, like Callaghan, a way to earn a living at their craft … and bringing music to fans in the purest, most intimate way At 5:58 on a warm and sunny spring evening in North Quincy, Mass., Frank Sullivan is stirring a pot of…

  6. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss…

  7. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  8. NBA Finals Showdown: Music of Miami vs. San Antonio

    June 06, 2013 4:19 PM EDT Which Finals city has the coolest musical history? Vote now! On Thursday night (June 6), the 2013 NBA Finals tip off with one of the most exciting championship match-ups in recent history. LeBron James, the greatest player on the planet, leads the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs,…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: The Billboard Music Awards, Part 2

    May 23, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Why stop the fun at Sunday night? Chart Beat presents this week's chart news in similar, star-studded fashion. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards were so much fun (and scored such great ratings ) that it seems a shame that we have to wait a whole year for them to happen again. Or do we ……

  10. Demi Lovato's Back Catalogue: 7 Pre-'Demi' Highlights

    May 15, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Do you only know "Give Your Heart a Break"? Here's a primer on the rising pop star's back catalogue. Over the past year Demi Lovato has become increasingly inescapable as a pop music persona, but for many she's still known for her gig as Simon Cowell's…

  11. Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49

    May 02, 2013 6:11 PM EDT 0 Founding member of pioneering thrash metal band dies of liver failure Just over two years after contracting a rare skin tissue disease, Slayer guitarist and songwriter Jeff Hanneman died on Thursday from liver failure at Hemet Valley Medical Center, near his home in Southern…

  12. Chance the Rapper Talks 'Acid Rap' Mixtape & Navigating Major Labels

    May 01, 2013 1:03 PM EDT "My plan is to get in people’s face as hard as Chief Keef did, possibly harder." – Chance the Rapper In high school, Chance the Rapper was the kid with the backpack full of CDs, hustling in hallways, foisting his latest mixtape on unsuspecting classmates. Now he plays coy in…

  13. Willie Nelson: Still a Country Maverick After 80 Years

    April 29, 2013 3:35 AM EDT America loves its outlaws, and few are as admired and lionized as Willie Nelson. As the enduring American icon's 80th birthday has approached, he's been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances and saluted by musicians from every genre of music.…

  14. Casey Donahew Band Brings 'Red Dirt' Sound To Top 10

    April 25, 2013 4:00 PM EDT A bevy of titles infuse the Top Country Albums chart's top 10 without the aid of country radio Casey Donahew Band leads a string of top 20 debuts onto Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, none of which are driven by mainstream, large-market country radio airplay.   A staple on…

  15. Patsy Cline Classics Get New Instrumentation in 'Divine' Collection

    April 23, 2013 5:00 PM EDT The world of country music recently marked the 50th anniversary of the passing of Patsy Cline. Though her 1963 death silenced one of America's most beloved performers, her music continues to thrive. The just-released "The Divine Ms. Cline: Patsy's Finest Vocals In New…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Chris Janson's 'Better I Don't' Follows Tim McGraw Success

    April 17, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Chris Janson has seen his career heat up in major fashion over the past year. As a writer, he enjoyed his breakthrough success with Tim McGraw's "Truck Yeah," and he is finding favor with radio programmers nationwide, as his current single "Better I Don't," is…

  17. Kid Cudi, 'Indicud': Track-by-Track Review

    April 16, 2013 1:17 PM EDT Many were introduced to Kid Cudi as Kanye West’s dedicated hook man. Cudi assisted with writing and vocals on Kanye’s 2008 Auto-Tune detour, "808s & Heartbreak," before signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and releasing "Man on the Moon: The End of the Day" and …

  18. Coachella 2013: 10 Best Performances From Weekend 1

    April 15, 2013 12:45 PM EDT With 190 bands spread across six different stages, it was literally impossible to see every act that performed during Coachella 2013’s first weekend. But that didn’t stop us from trying. Here are our picks for the 10 sets that were not to be missed during Coachella 2013’s first weekend.…

  19. Coachella 2013: Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Light Up the Desert on Day 1

    April 13, 2013 8:44 AM EDT Daft Punk's album teaser, How to Destroy Angels, Tegan & Sara, Alt-J, Johnny Marr and more action onstage and backstage at California's massive music festival ŸAdditional reporting by Nicole Pajer COACHELLA 2013 • COACHELLA PHOTOS • Watch: Coachella Live Stream • Analysis:…

  20. Juicy J Talks Radio Success & 'Stay Trippy' Album

    April 02, 2013 2:09 PM EDT Juicy J is back, for the first time. The rapper/producer renowned for his work with Memphis collective Three 6 Mafia -- the group debuted on Billboard's Top R&B Albums chart in 1995 with Mystic Stylez and won the Academy Award for best original song in 2006 for "It's Hard…

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