1. Katy Perry Rules Hot 100, Pharrell Flies to No. 2

    February 12, 2014 2:00 PM EST Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, spends a third week at No. 1, while Pharrell's "Happy" hikes 8-2 Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, notches a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Pharrell's "Happy…

  2. Chuck D Named 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador

    February 11, 2014 10:45 PM EST Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Since being founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of independent music stores around the world, RSD has boasted numerous rock star ambassadors…

  3. Cady Groves' Waiting Game: How A Promising Artist Ended Up Back At The Beginning

    February 10, 2014 2:15 PM EST The 24-year-old's dream came true when she found a major label home. Somehow, everything went wrong. Inside a songwriter's lost period, and why she's still someone to watch. Three months ago, Cady Groves was on Rock Road in Wichita, driving down the main drag in a crappy…

  4. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  5. Paul Simon and Sting Merge Voices, Styles in Tour Opener: Live Review

    February 09, 2014 10:38 AM EST Paul Simon and Sting apparently meant it when they decided to title their joint concert tour On Stage Together. On opening night at Houston's Toyota Center the two veteran headliners spent plenty of time in each other's company, standing side by side for 10 of the two-hour…

  6. Olympics Playlist: 20 'Gold' Songs For Sochi

    February 07, 2014 3:25 PM EST With the 2014 Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, Russia, what better way to inspire the U.S.A. to go for the gold with a list of "golden" Hot 100 hits? From Kanye to the Black Keys to David Bowie to Shirley Bassey, the Hot 100 chart has featured its fair share of songs with "…

  7. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  8. Jimmy Fallon: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2014 11:35 AM EST Between bookings from U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and music booker Jonathan Cohen reveal how they turned late night into one of music's hottest stops Little-known fact: Before he had his own NBC talk show or landed a gig with "Saturday Night Live,…

  9. Lady Gaga Keeps Past Dresses, Outfits in Hollywood

    February 06, 2014 7:53 PM EST In Harper's Bazaar interview, singer reveals resting place of meat dress, Muppets Thanksgiving outfit. In case anyone is wondering where Lady Gaga stores her meat dress from the 2010 MTV Awards, the flying dress from her "Artpop" album launch party and her Kermit the frog…

  10. Super Bowl Bounces Bruno Mars Up Billboard Charts

    February 05, 2014 4:02 PM EST Following Bruno Mars' Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, February 2, the entertainer's albums and songs rocket up Billbord's charts. Mars' second album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," flies from No. 18 to No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart with 42,000 -- up 180%,…

  11. 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…

  12. Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Show Sending Him Back to Top 10 on Billboard 200

    February 03, 2014 3:17 PM EST Bruno Mars is set to return to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, thanks to his Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, Feb. 2. According to estimates from industry sources, the entertainer's latest album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," sold perhaps 40,000 copies in the…

  13. Junior Prom's 'Junior Prom' EP: Exclusive Premiere

    February 03, 2014 11:50 AM EST Listen to the Brooklyn duo's five-song debut before they hit the road with Panic! At The Disco. Junior Prom, the Brooklyn duo of Mark Solomich and Erik Ratensperger, has created an arresting debut EP on Elektra Records after turning heads last year with the tracks "Sheila Put The…

  14. Bruno Mars Gets One-Sided Super Bowl Bouncing With Biggest Hits

    February 02, 2014 9:28 PM EST The game? A Dud. But Bruno and the Red Hot Chili Peppers score with an energetic halftime spectacle Bruno Mars likes a party, whether it's his infectious performances at various awards shows ("Get off your rich asses and let's have some fun!" he told the crowd at the…

  15. Sarah McLachlan Signs to Verve; New Album 'Shine On' Coming May 6

    January 30, 2014 3:15 PM EST The singer-songwriter will perform a new song on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has signed with Verve Records and will release her eighth studio album -- titled "Shine On" -- May 6. Tonight (Jan. 30) the Lilith Fair founder will…

  16. Carrie Underwood Says Women Aren't Getting a Fair Shake in Country Music: 'You Would Think We'd Be Farther Along'

    January 30, 2014 2:17 PM EST "There seems to be room for only a few" popular females on radio, Underwood says. "I don't think women can get away with the partying, truck-driving kind of music that a lot of the guys have gotten away with lately" In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25…

  17. CODE First Play: Black Atlass, 'Blossom'

    January 30, 2014 12:37 PM EST Black Atlass, the alias of Canadian producer Alex Fleming, makes lush, layered, R&B-infused electronica that caught the attention of A-Trak who signed him to his Fool’s Gold label. Listen to the premiere of “Blossom” exclusively here: The story of how Black Atlass got signed would make…

  18. Lady Gaga, Vampire Weekend, Elton John Up for GLAAD Media Awards

    January 30, 2014 10:03 AM EST Elton John, Lady Gaga and Vampire Weekend are among the music nominees for awards presented by the gay advocacy group GLAAD. The outstanding music artist category also includes Goldfrapp and Tegan and Sara. The 25th annual  GLAAD Media Awards  celebrate fair and accurate representation of…

  19. Jimi Hendrix Estate Wins Appeal Over Unlicensed Merchandise

    January 30, 2014 3:47 AM EST In a ruling that could be slightly disconcerting for entertainment studios, news outlets and others who have dealt with the confusing nature of publicity rights laws across the nation, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has given a victory to famous dead people. The case involved the estate of…

  20. Mötley Crüe to Retire Following Massive Tour

    January 28, 2014 5:11 PM EST One last tour for the metal misfits -- they mean it. Also announced: A country tribute album and film adaptation of "The Dirt" After 30-plus years of world-class debauchery and spinning drum kits, Motley Crue is calling it quits with a 72-city North America tour and a legally…

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