1. Top 20 Best Selling Comedy Albums (Nielsen SoundScan Era)

    May 16, 2014 12:29 PM EDT 'The Blue Collar Comedy Tour' gang dominate the list of the top 20 biggest selling comedy albums of the Nielsen SoundScan era. The quartet — Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White — own 10 of the 20 titles on the list. Of those, Foxworthy has four of the top…

  2. Bubbling Under: DJ Cassidy Previews All-Star Album With R. Kelly, Robin Thicke & More

    May 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: DJ Cassidy, Chasin' Crazy and Vado   DJ Cassidy Veteran New York spinner DJ Cassidy has garnered some A-list friends over the years,…

  3. Pharrell Williams Launches Sprint's HTC One (M8) Phone with High Tech, Sound Sessions Concert

    April 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT On Tuesday (April 29) night, Hot 100 leading man (for 10 straight weeks now) Pharrell Williams packed out New York City’s Webster Hall to headline the Sprint Sound Session, a concert event to launch the mobile service provider’s new HTC One (M8) phone. Songs that he’s produced either as…

  4. Rock In Rio Heading To Las Vegas, Site Will Resemble An 'Amusement Park'

    April 22, 2014 12:13 AM EDT A giant roulette-like Ferris wheel. Themed streets boasting the sights and sounds of Brazil, U.S. and U.K. A 400-foot zip-line that zooms festival-goers across the crowd. A flying DJ booth and more than 100 musical acts on six stages.    These are just a few things to expect from the U.S.…

  5. Play Ball: Gaslight Anthem Talks New York Yankees' 2014 Season

    April 15, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Gaslight drummer Benny Horowitz takes time from recording his band's new album to talk baseball April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by…

  6. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  7. The Tax Man Cometh: 10 Artists That Got Unpleasant IRS Attention

    April 15, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Time to pony up to the IRS. Those that have failed to historically have had to deal with them eventually, whether they liked it or not. Willie Nelson, Ja Rule, Toni Braxton and more can confirm. With the deadline for IRS Tax filing today (Tuesday, April 15, folks!), here's a reminder…

  8. Jennifer Lopez Bests Sean 'Puffy' Combs in Bid for Fuse TV (Sources)

    April 03, 2014 11:02 PM EDT UPDATE: SiTV Media, parent company to the NUVOtv channel, has acquired the Fuse Network, the Madison Square Garden Company announced Friday. Earlier story: Jennifer Lopez has bested her ex-boyfriend Sean “Puffy” Combs in the contest to acquire cable music channel Fuse TV, say sources…

  9. Play Ball: Hold Steady & Baseball Project Members Talk Minnesota Twins' 2014 Season

    April 01, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and the Baseball Project's Linda Pitmon weigh in on Billboard's month-long, musician-guided baseball preview April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball…

  10. Juno Awards 2014: Serena Ryder, Arcade Fire, Drake, Tegan and Sara Win Early Awards

    March 30, 2014 8:44 AM EDT Serena Ryder won Artist of the Year at the first night of the 43rd annual Juno Awards honoring Canadian music, Saturday night in Winnipeg, beating out category-mates Drake, Michael Bublé, Robin Thicke and Céline Dion. The majority of the 41 awards — 35 in all — were given out at the private…

  11. Lady Gaga's Birthday: Her Top 10 Deep Cuts

    March 28, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Check out this countdown of Gaga's 10 best non-hits, inspired by the pop superstar's 28th birthday. "Paparazzi." "Born This Way." "Alejandro." "Applause." "Poker Face." "Telephone." The list of Lady Gaga's hit…

  12. Smoke DZA Talks 'Dream.Zone.Achieve' Album, Performs Two Songs: Watch

    March 24, 2014 11:58 AM EDT There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Smoke DZA. The rapper and R.F.C. Music Group label head has been in the game for over a decade, and his personal journey has been one to marvel at. On his upcoming album, "Dream.ZONE.Achieve," DZA breaks down his sonic excursion…

  13. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  14. Iggy Pop Reflects on Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton, Future of Band

    March 19, 2014 1:27 PM EDT The frontman depicts Asheton as a steadying musical force in the Stooges, says neither he nor the band will tour in the near future Last Sunday (March 16), original Stooges drummer Scott Asheton died of a heart attack at age 64. Today, legendary Stooges frontman Iggy Pop provided a poignant…

  15. The Rationals' Scott Morgan on Scott Asheton: Stooges Drummer 'Found Himself' In Music

    March 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Scott Morgan met Scott "Rock Action" Asheton when both were in their early teens in Ann Arbor, Mich., and they were close friends and musical colleagues until Asheton's death over the weekend at the age of 64 . Their two bands, the Stooges and the Rationals, played side by side…

  16. Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Dead at Age 64

    March 16, 2014 7:38 PM EDT Scott Asheton, drummer for legendary punk-rock band the Stooges, died Saturday evening (March 15) at age 64. No cause of death has yet been announced. Asheton's death was confirmed by Stooges frontman Iggy Pop on Sunday via a statement on his Facebook page . "My dear friend Scott…

  17. Skrillex Gives Tired SXSWers One More Reason to Go Nuts as Week Ends

    March 16, 2014 10:41 AM EDT By 10:30pm the South By crowd in Austin was on its final legs… literally. Swathes of folks who have been burning the candle at both ends for days, attending showcase after showcase, were still about on the streets on Saturday night (March 15) but the atmosphere was somehow different,…

  18. Engelbert Humperdinck Pairs With Gene Simmons, Elton John on First Duets Album

    February 27, 2014 2:15 PM EST Engelbert Humperdinck decided to do an album of duets -- a two-disc, 23-track duets set with Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Il Divo, Willie Nelson, Kiss' Gene Simmons, Wynonna Judd and more -- for one simple reason: He'd never done it before. "I figured this'll be my 80th…

  19. Rare Mixes From Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti' Up For Auction: Listen

    February 27, 2014 11:54 AM EST Listen to unreleased demos of "Custard Pie," Kashmir" and "In the Light" A treasure trove of classic rock artifacts is up for auction at next month's Marvels of Modern Music auction. Leading the way are unreleased studio mixes of Led Zeppelin's 1975 classic …

  20. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

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