1. Cole Swindell Makes Record Start On Billboard 200

    February 27, 2014 12:17 PM EST The singer scores the highest debut for a non-"American Idol" country male in the chart's history. Plus, moves for Home Free, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert and more Cole Swindell makes a record start on the Billboard 200, and joins a throng of rookie male artists that have…

  2. Devo's Bob Casale Dies At 61

    February 18, 2014 1:08 PM EST Bob Casale, a founding member of New Wave pioneers Devo, died at the age of 61 on Monday (Feb. 17). A statement from Casale's brother Gerald, also a member of the group, confirms that the cause of death was heart failure. The Casale brothers formed Devo in Akron, Ohio in 1972 with Mark…

  3. 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' Books Kanye West, John Mayer for Debut Week

    February 12, 2014 3:26 PM EST Kanye West, John Mayer and A Great Big World are among the guests who will appear on the first week of "Late Night with Seth Meyers." 'College Dropout' Revisted: An Oral History Of Kanye West's Landmark Debut "Late Night," being taped at Rockefeller Center…

  4. Howard Stern's 60th Bash: The Full Report From The Birthday Blowout

    February 01, 2014 11:18 AM EST Rock A-listers, among a throng of other celebrities, feted the King of All Media at his 60th-birthday celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night. In an exclusive interview with Billboard last month, Howard Stern executive producer Gary Dell'Abate noted that, last year,…

  5. SXSW: Hendrix Biopic, A$AP Rocky and Stax Records Docs Among Premieres

    January 30, 2014 3:01 PM EST Documentaries on Johnny Winter, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, A$AP Rocky and the soul music of Memphis will make their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival while the Jimi Hendrix movie featuring OutKast's Andre Benjamin will make its U.S. premiere. Fourteen films that chronicle music and…

  6. Lorde, Robin Thicke Lead Pre-GRAMMY Universal Music Showcase

    January 25, 2014 8:25 PM EST Kacey Musgraves, Zedd, Juanes also performed at Hollywood showcase Robin Thicke, Lorde and another 11 acts signed to Universal Music Group acts performed Saturday afternoon at Lure nightclub in Hollywood for an audience of label and publishing executives as well as media. Related Articles…

  7. Blake Shelton Uses R&B Effect to Make a Country Impression on Latest Hit

    January 22, 2014 10:34 AM EST The new Blake Shelton single is a study in contrasts. "Doin' What She Likes" features a guy who's mostly been tamed but still harbors a wild streak. It's a love song that was written in the middle of a hunting expedition. And it's a country single that might…

  8. Shinedown's Smith & Myers Go 'Acoustic' on New EP; Exclusive Video Premiere

    January 21, 2014 1:00 PM EST The duo recorded acoustic versions of classic songs for an EP due out Jan. 28; Watch the premiere of The Clash's "London Calling" While Shinedown occupies itself making a new album and film, frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers will give fans something to tide them…

  9. Bubbling Under: Swon Brothers Set Sail At Country Radio

    January 17, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Swon Brothers, Kodaline, Bear Hands and Bando Jonez Swon Brothers Although the Swon Brothers gained valuable exposure as finalists on the…

  10. 615 Spotlight: Natalie Stovall and The Drive Bring It With 'Baby Come On With It'

    January 15, 2014 1:25 PM EST The year is definitely getting off to a great start for Natalie Stovall and The Drive. Named last week as one of Billboard's "Ten Country Artists To Watch" in 2014 in The 615, the dynamic group is starting to make an impact with their debut single "Baby Come On With It.…

  11. 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…

  12. 615 Spotlight: John David Kent Puts Twist on Texas Sound With New Album

    November 27, 2013 4:43 PM EST John David Kent has been making a name for himself on the Texas music circuit for the past few years. Now, with the release of his new album "Before The Sun Comes Up," he says he's more excited than ever. "The fans are wanting some new songs, and the band wants to play…

  13. Ed Sheeran & Macklemore Stroll Down ‘Sesame Street’: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

    November 22, 2013 10:00 AM EST Get a first look at the chart-topping stars' upcoming guest appearances "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?" For Ed Sheeran and Macklemore, a couple Hot 100 hits and good publicists did the trick. For its upcoming 45th season, which will premiere…

  14. Documentary on J.D. Fortune, One-Time INXS Singer, Gets World Premiere

    November 06, 2013 2:21 AM EST Former INXS lead singer J.D. Fortune had his glorious highs and crushing lows as the frontman for the Aussie rockers. But the Canadian musician's lower lows are the subject of Andrew Nisker's rock doc Chasing Fortune, set for its world premiere in Toronto on Nov. 11, with Fortune…

  15. INXS Sign Global Publishing Deal With Universal; Films, Docos, Musical ‘On The Way’

    October 30, 2013 6:48 AM EDT INXS might have called time on their touring career, but the Australian hitmakers are still in demand. Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a global publishing agreement with the surviving INXS members -- Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Gary Beers -- for the band…

  16. Anna Kendrick Tops AC Chart With 'Cups'

    October 07, 2013 1:05 PM EDT A year after the movie's premiere, the 'Pitch Perfect' hit crowns its first Billboard airplay chart More than a year after the release of "Pitch Perfect," the movie's lead Anna Kendrick reaches No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart…

  17. Quietdrive Fights Pediatric Cancer With New Song 'Even When I'm Gone'

    October 01, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Kendal Lividini was only 17 years old when she died of acute myelogenous leukemia in 2011. But her indomitable spirit lives on in alt-rock band Quietdrive's emotionally charged "Even When I'm Gone." Made available worldwide through digital retailers on Sept. 3, the…

  18. Arcade Fire Debuts New Music, Recruits Celebrity Friends for 'SNL,' Concert Special

    September 29, 2013 2:04 AM EDT Arcade Fire owned NBC's Saturday night. The rock band took to the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" for the live debut (outside secret shows) of its newest single, "Reflektor," as well as the full debut of "Afterlife" -- both songs from the group&…

  19. Justin Bieber Gets Slapped Around on 'Between Two Ferns': Watch

    September 26, 2013 12:12 PM EDT "When you're in the recording studio, do you ever think to yourself 'Hey what if I don't make something shitty?' Does that pop into your mind in the process?" That's just a taste of the verbal (and physical?) lashing that Justin Bieber receives from…

  20. Deltron 3030, 'Deltron 3030: Event II': Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 03, 2013 8:36 AM EDT Release Date: Oct. 1 Label: Bulk Recordings Thirteen years after its cult favorite self-titled debut, trio Deltron 3030—consisting of Heiroglyphics rap vet Del the Funky Homosapien, turntablist Kid Koala and sample master "Dan the Automator" Nakamura (Gorillaz, Kasabian)—is…

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