1. Michael Cera Q&A: His Debut Album & The 'Stigma' of Actor/Musicians

    August 18, 2014 7:51 PM EDT 'If you put something out, you're inviting people to perceive you a certain way,' he tells Billboard of 'true that.' Up until now, actor Michael Cera 's flirtation with music has been mild, relegated to backup vocals on Weezer 's 2010 track "Hang On…

  2. Johnny Winter Receives Brotherly Tribute During Rock'n'Blues Fest

    August 01, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The public mourning for Johnny Winter officially began Thursday night (July 31) during the launch of this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest tour. Winter, who died on June 16 in Switzerland at the age of 70, was supposed to co-headline this year's edition of the annual package,…

  3. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  4. Born in the U.S.A.: The Top 50 Artists by State

    July 03, 2014 12:52 PM EDT From Billy Joel's New York state of mind to the Beach Boys being synonymous with sunny California, each state has given us some amazing music. A clever entry on the website "Thinking Pseudogeographically," entitled "50 States, 50 Television Shows," considered…

  5. Ronnie Dunn Enjoys Freedom of Going Indie, Premieres New Song (Exclusive)

    April 05, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Dunn talks about his new album "Peace, Love, and Country Music" -- Listen to the exclusive premiere of "You Should See You Now" Since the arrival of Brooks & Dunn on the scene in 1991 with "Brand New Man," Ronnie Dunn has been generally recognized as one of…

  6. I Am the Avalanche, 'Wolverines': Album Premiere

    March 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT New York's I Am the Avalanche rumbles on with a new studio album, "Wolverines," out March 18. Produced by the band’s drummer Brett "The Ratt" Romnes, “Wolverines” is Avalanche’s third set and the most recent since 2011's “Avalanche United.”  Having rocked…

  7. Kiss Says It Won't Play at Rock Hall Induction

    February 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST Kiss won't rock and roll all night -- or at any point during the day, either -- when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, the band said Sunday. The 40-year-old group is unable to agree on which lineup should perform during the April 10 ceremony in New York City…

  8. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  9. Drake's Aaliyah Project Halted, Says Producer

    January 08, 2014 7:32 PM EST The would-be Aaliyah record of unreleased tracks from the late singer is staying on the shelf -- for good, this time. Production of the posthumous album, spearheaded by Noah "40" Shebib and Drake, has been halted, according to a new Vibe interview with Shebib. "Aaliyah’s label…

  10. Kiss Frontman Paul Stanley Hails Rock Hall 'Victory,' Talks Ace Frehley and Peter Criss

    December 17, 2013 4:56 PM EST Kiss is letting bygones be bygones with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After years of some charged rhetoric from the band members over Kiss' exclusion, Paul Stanley tells Billboard that news the group will be inducted as part of the class of 2014 is "terrific" and…

  11. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  12. Lady Gaga Gets Sensual With R. Kelly, Pokes Fun at Herself on 'SNL': Watch

    November 17, 2013 1:09 AM EST Lady Gaga showed she can poke fun at herself with the best of them during her first hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. The singer, who follows Miley Cyrus as musicians who have both hosted and performed during the show's 39th season this year, performed…

  13. Michael Jackson's Doctor, Conrad Murray, Released From Jail After 2 Years

    October 28, 2013 6:08 AM EDT The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence. Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff's office. A change in California law allowed his…

  14. Hellogoodbye's Re-Introduction: Inside The Group's Dance-Pop Comeback

    October 25, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Band mastermind Forrest Kline reflects on "Here In Your Arms" and talks new studio album. It’s been a long, hard road for Hellogoodbye since the high school-friendly dance track “Here In Your Arms” soared to No. 14 on the Hot 100 in 2006, becoming the band’s breakout hit. After…

  15. AEG Live Wraps Its Defense In Civil Trial Over Michael Jackson’s Death

    September 18, 2013 10:17 PM EDT Lawyers for concert promoter AEG Live LLC rested their defense Wednesday with testimony from a longtime friend and doctor of Michael Jackson in the negligence case filed by Jackson’s mother over his death. The trial is in its 21st week and jurors are expected to begin deliberations next…

  16. Judas Priest Hell Bent for Rock Fantasy Camp's First Metal Edition

    August 26, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Rob Halford talks Vegas and the legendary band's next album: "It's heavy. It's something we think our Priest fans will be thrilled with" Rob Halford is curious to see who -- and what -- turns up in Las Vegas early next year when he and his Judas Priest bandmates…

  17. Atlantic Connection: Exclusive Minimix and Q&A

    August 06, 2013 2:47 PM EDT The “future-soul” dubstep producer talks about his SMOG Records debut. If, perhaps, MTV’s new talk/reality series and “Jersey Shore” spinoff, “The Show with Vinny,” has been on your television, it’s likely you’ve heard its theme song, “Hypem” by DJ/producer Atlantic Connection. Like Vinny…

  18. Phil Anselmo Takes Solo 'Walk,' Promises More New Songs at Housecore Horror Fest

    July 16, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Between Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual and so many others, Philip H. Anselmo has fronted nearly as many bands as he has tattoos. But with the just-released "Walk Through Exits Only," the venerable metal icon is putting his own name out front at last. And, he says, there'…

  19. Passion Pit Announces Fall Tour Dates

    July 15, 2013 1:24 PM EDT It's almost been a full year since Passion Pit's "Gossamer" was released (July 24 marks its one-year anniversary, if you're planning a party), and the indie-pop group will complete a sweeping North American tour this fall in support of the sophomore album. The Joy…

  20. Chart Highlights: Selena Gomez 'Get's New No. 1 On Dance/Club Play Songs

    July 01, 2013 3:05 PM EDT The singer ties for the fastest climb to No. 1 on the ranking since 2000 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 our charts are refreshed on billboard…

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