1. Weekly Chart Notes: Alternative Radio's 'Sound' Is To Play It 'Safe'

    June 07, 2013 3:05 PM EDT Capital Cities' 'Safe and Sound' reaches No. 1 on Alternative Songs at last, continuing a trend of songs taking their time to ascend to the chart's summit Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound" reaches the Alternative Songs summit in its 29th week, tying for…

  2. Bubbling Under: Smallpools Making Big Splash

    June 07, 2013 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: Smallpools, Amba Shepherd, K. Roosevelt and Citizens SMALLPOOLS Following in the vein of pop-leaning rock acts like Phoenix,…

  3. Naughty By Nature, Macklemore & More Perform at 6th Annual Roots Picnic: Live Review

    June 02, 2013 11:49 AM EDT The Roots close the one-day festival with surprise guest, Meek Mill. The Roots Picnic took over the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing yesterday (June 1) with its annual celebration of music. Last year’s festival was an experiment, as the event was spread out over two days, the second of which…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: How Radio Helped Create Zach Sobiech's Hot 100 Hit 'Clouds'

    May 31, 2013 6:30 PM EDT KSTP Minneapolis PD Leighton Peck discusses the station's special relationship with the late singer/songwriter. Plus, Elvis Presley extends a Billboard 200 record and Florida Georgia Line makes waves at pop radio As previously reported , "Clouds" by late singer/songwriter…

  5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Still Atop Hot 100, Zach Sobiech Debuts

    May 29, 2013 3:00 PM EDT The duo reigns for a fourth frame with 'Can't Hold Us'; Justin Timberlake and Florida Georgia Line set milestones; and the touching story of the late Sobiech makes its way to the chart Macklemore & Ryan Lewis spend a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with …

  6. Daft Punk Leads Debut-Filled Top Four on Billboard 200 Album Chart

    May 29, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Darius Rucker, The National and French Montana all see new albums arrive on the albums chart Led by Daft Punk at No. 1, the entire top four on the Billboard 200 albums chart are debuts this week. The dance/electronic duo sees its new "Random Access Memories" launch at atop the…

  7. Keith Urban Sets Date for 'Fuse,' Talks 'Diversity' of New Album

    May 28, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Keith Urban's "Fuse" is still burning, and with a just-announced Sept. 10 release date for the country star and "American Idol" judge's ninth studio album, he predicts recording will go "down to the wire." "If you had asked me three months ago, I…

  8. Rogue Wave Discuss Returning to Form with New LP 'Nightingale Floors'

    May 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT "It's good to be back," Zach Rogue says of "Nightingale Floors" (June 4, Vagrant), Rogue Wave's fifth album, and its first for Vagrant after releasing two albums apiece for Sub Pop and Brushfire during the last decade. The 10-song set is a return to the jangly,…

  9. Zach Sobiech's 'Clouds' Headed For Hot 100 Debut

    May 23, 2013 6:32 PM EDT The song from the singer/songwriter, who passed away Monday at 18, could launch in the Hot 100's top 20 next week "Clouds," by late singer/songwriter Zach Sobiech, appears headed for a potentially high debut on next week's Billboard Hot 100, possibly in the top…

  10. Zach Sobiech, Terminally Ill Singer Who Channeled His Story Into 'Clouds', Dies at 18

    May 21, 2013 11:58 PM EDT Zach Sobiech, the aspiring young artist who recorded “Clouds,” an inspirational song which dealt with his battle against a rare and terminal form of cancer, has succumbed to his illness. Sobiech, who was just 18, finally lost his battle this week with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. But not…

  11. 'The Voice' Top 10 Critique Song Choices, Talk Most Stressful Moments

    May 21, 2013 4:40 PM EDT The top 10 finalists of "The Voice" came out with performances Monday that ranged from acceptable to polished, a sign that in its fourth season, "The Voice" may have its strongest overall class yet. Based on Monday's show, observed live inside the studio on the…

  12. Joshua Radin: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    May 17, 2013 10:05 AM EDT The singer/songwriter's fifth studio album, 'Wax Wings,' continues a career aided by TV and movie synchs Singer/songwriter Joshua Radin's fifth studio album, "Wax Wings," debuts at No. 21 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart and No. 7 on the Folk Albums…

  13. 'The Voice' Top 10 Revealed: Blake and Adam Top the Rookies

    May 15, 2013 10:37 AM EDT After a night of heated performances and risky choices on "The Voice," two singers were sent home on Tuesday night, leaving 10 singers to vie for the winning title. Robin Thicke kicked off the live results show by performing his new single "Blurred Lines" with T.I. and…

  14. Jimmy Eat World's Adkins Discusses New 'Adult Break-Up Record'

    April 30, 2013 11:25 AM EDT "Nothing is less effective for me than when you stack happy on top of happy," says the frontman. Jimmy Eat World singer/songwriter/guitarist Jim Adkins has a way with one-line zingers. How has the band managed to stay together and release quality music since 1996? "Staying…

  15. Vampire Weekend, Steve Buscemi Team For Buzzworthy NYC Show: Live Review

    April 29, 2013 12:50 PM EDT Vampire Weekend are ready for the big screen -- well, the big screen of the Internet, at least. In anticipation of their third studio album ("Modern Vampires of the City," due May 14 on XL), indie rock's nerdiest cool kids played Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom on Sunday…

  16. Say Anything Now a Solo Act, Louis C.K.-Inspired Album in Works

    February 06, 2013 8:29 PM EST Say Anything's Max Bemis has started on "dark, funny" music without drummer Coby Linder The pause to ruminate on Say Anything 's past, courtesy of the band's new three-disc release "All My Friends Are Enemies: Early Rarities," out now on Equal Vision…

  17. Say Anything Unleash Early Rarities, Gritty Warts and All

    January 23, 2013 7:00 PM EST "The idea that we have this kind of semi-embarrassing material, that just makes us more interesting" At the outset of 2012, Say Anything bandleader Max Bemis was thrilled to release "Anarchy, My Dear," one of the least noisy albums his band had ever crafted. A year later,…

  18. Bad Religion's 'True North' Q&A: 'We're Still Creating Our Legacy'

    January 14, 2013 2:00 AM EST Bad Religion dutifully celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2010, then immediately continued being a pioneering punk rock fixture. Their sixteenth studioi album, "True North," drops Jan. 22 on Epitaph Records, the label owned by guitarist and founding member Brett Gurewitz. The LP…

  19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Crash Radio With 'Thrift Shop'

    January 08, 2013 12:25 PM EST Macklemore and his producer partner Ryan Lewis call their own shots. During the past year, the Seattle-based hip-hop duo independently skyrocketed to fame on the strength of rigorous touring, social-media savvy and word-of-mouth marketing, all without major-label aid. Upon releasing their…

  20. 615 Spotlight: The Lone Bellow

    December 19, 2012 1:30 PM EST Meet the Brooklyn Band With a 'Wall of Voices' This week, you can consider the 615 Spotlight a preview of an act who just might be one of the "Next Big Things" for 2013 -- The Lone Bellow. A trio consisting of lead singer Zach Williams, mandolin player Kanene Pipkin, and…

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