1. Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies at Age 69

    April 12, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69. His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday. …

  2. Tegan and Sara Win, Justin Bieber Booed at Canada's Juno Awards

    March 31, 2014 3:05 AM EDT With only six awards given out on the televised awards, it looked like there could be no big winner at the 43rd annual Juno Awards, which concluded at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre Sunday evening for the two-hour televised broadcast. The 35 awards given out the night before all went to single winners…

  3. Lost Bob Dylan Songs to Be Reimagined by Peers on Upcoming Album

    March 25, 2014 7:41 PM EDT A collection of unfinished Bob Dylan songs from the 1960s are finally getting the star treatment, though it's not coming from Dylan himself. An all-star cast of musicians has convened to take two dozen Dylan tunes, purportedly written around 1967 during the singer's "Basement…

  4. MC5 Guitarist Goes for Cool Factor in Crafting SXSW Jimi Hendrix Stamp Concert

    March 11, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Wayne Kramer is proudly "a guy that comes from an era of being highly critical of the government -- and is still fairly critical of much of what our government does." But when it comes to putting rock stars on U.S. postage stamps, the MC5 alumnus is all for it. Kramer is curating an…

  5. Is Lady Gaga's Tour Flopping? Live Nation Slams 'Ridiculous' Reports

    March 06, 2014 2:03 PM EST Reports that ticket sales for Lady Gaga's artRave: the ARTPOP Ball tour are struggling are "ridiculous," according to Athur Fogel, Chairman of Live Nation's Global Touring division, producers of the tour. Ticket sales for North America and Europe are at 80% capacity sold,…

  6. Lady Gaga to Headline Stubb's at SXSW

    March 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Lady Gaga is heading to South By Southwest after all. After reports last week that the singer was denied a permit to perform at the Doritos 56-foot vending machine-shaped #BoldStage on the corner of Austin’s 5th and Red River Streets, the "Artpop" singer is set to headline the…

  7. Justin Timberlake’s '20/20 Experience' Tour Coming To Australia

    March 03, 2014 3:12 AM EST Justin Timberlake’s "20/20 Experience" world tour will make a stop in Australia later this year for a string of stadium and arena dates. The R&B/pop star’s blockbuster trek will visit each of the country’s five big cities, starting Sept. 18 at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, and…

  8. Katy Perry’s 'Prismatic' Tour Coming to Australia

    February 26, 2014 12:55 AM EST Katy Perry will take her "Prismatic" world tour to Australia later this year.  The pop singer’s trek will visit arenas in each of the country’s five big cities, promoters Dainty Group announced today. As the itinerary currently looks, her seven-date tour Down Under will kick off in…

  9. Fuel, 'Cold Summer': Exclusive Song Premiere

    February 20, 2014 10:23 AM EST Brett Scallions says getting back in front of Fuel "feels pretty rad. It's like putting those comfy shoes right back on. It feels good." Scallions and Fuel start a new chapter in the group's history with the March 4 release of "Puppet Strings," the band's…

  10. Lady Gaga, Robbie Williams Announce Australia Tours

    February 20, 2014 6:59 AM EST Australia’s crammed concerts calendar just got a whole lot busier with news today that Lady Gaga and Robbie Williams would tour the country within weeks of one another. Gaga’s ARTPOP Ball will bounce into Australia this August for four arena dates, starting Aug. 20 at Perth Arena, then…

  11. The Doors' Robby Krieger, John Densmore Reunite to Honor Ray Manzarek

    February 10, 2014 1:28 AM EST The Doors' Robby Krieger has been working on getting a bunch of musicians together to memorialize fellow band member, Ray Manzarek, who died last year . "We want to bring together those who Ray either idolized or guys who idolized Ray, maybe at the Greek or The Hollywood Bowl for a…

  12. Bruce Springsteen Nabs 10th Chart-Topper in Britain with 'High Hopes'

    January 20, 2014 5:40 AM EST Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. yesterday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.  Springsteen’s total of ten album…

  13. Lucy Hale's Hearty Debut: 'Pretty Little Liars' Star Storms Hot 100

    January 17, 2014 2:30 PM EST Hale tells Billboard that she wants "to prove people wrong" with her upcoming debut album. With the launch of debut single "You Sound Good to Me" on Jan. 7, "Pretty Little Liars" actress Lucy Hale finally jump-started the music career she began pursuing a…

  14. 615 Spotlight: Sam Riggs Ready to Bust Out of the Lone Star State

    January 08, 2014 3:45 PM EST Sam Riggs has a lot to be excited about as 2014 begins. His new album, "Outrun The Sun," recorded with his band The Night People, has been garnering some very strong reviews of late and the video for "When The Lights Go Out" rose to No. 1 on the CMT's "Pure 12…

  15. Pitbull & Ke$ha's 'Timber' Lands First U.K. No. 1 for 2014

    January 06, 2014 3:09 AM EST   “Timber” (Mr.305/Polo Grounds/J/Sony) by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha debuted atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 5) to become the market’s first No. 1 single of 2014. Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal) climbed 6-1 to top the album bestsellers for the first time, in its…

  16. Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams Lead Final U.K. Sales Charts For 2013

    December 30, 2013 7:12 AM EST Pharrell Williams claimed the final U.K. No. 1 single of 2013 on Sunday (Dec. 29) as “Happy” (Back Lot) moved 2-1. Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) started another week as the best-selling artist album, while “Now! That’s What I Call Music 86” (Sony Music CG/Virgin…

  17. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST 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 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  18. 'X Factor' Winner Sam Bailey Grabs U.K. Christmas No. 1 with 'Skyscraper,' One Direction Narrowly Denied Top Album

    December 23, 2013 2:07 AM EST Sam Bailey, the 36-year-old former prison officer who won last weekend’s final of “The X Factor,” has claimed the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 single with her cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Syco Music/Sony). Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) narrowly held off…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Robby Johnson's Debut Single Goes 'South'; Album Set for 2014

    December 18, 2013 6:30 PM EST Though the weather outside might be a little bit frightful, "South Of Me," the romantic new single from newcomer Robby Johnson has many fans feeling delightful as the year comes to an end. He told Billboard that the sound of song stems from being on a winning team. "When you…

  20. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Back to No. 1 in U.K., Lily Allen Continues Streak Atop Singles Chart

    December 16, 2013 4:12 AM EST In the last charts before this week’s sales battle for the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1s, Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) moved back to the top of the album survey and Lily Allen’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music) started a third non-consecutive…

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