1. Taylor Swift's Red Wraps as All-Time Country Tour

    July 03, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift has smashed the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist with the final stats reported from her Red tour that played arenas and stadiums in four continents during a 15-month span.  According to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, the tour’s overall gross of $150…

  2. 20 Awesome 'America' Songs

    July 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT It's impossible to live in the 50 states and not know about schoolhouse classics like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land," but those famous patriotic odes aren't the only way to give a musical shout-out to America. To celebrate the 4th of…

  3. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  4. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    June 27, 2014 5:41 PM EDT The Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart tracks some of the newest releases being shared on Twitter, in real time. An emerging artist on Twitter is defined as an artist who has less than 50,000 Twitter followers and who has not appeared in the top 50 on the Billboard 100. Below are our…

  5. 'Smooth' at 15: Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas Reflect on Their Billboard Hot 100 Smash

    June 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Back in 1971, guitarist Carlos Santana hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Black Magic Woman.” It would take him nearly three decades to make the top 10 again, but what a comeback it was. “Smooth,” featuring Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on vocals, topped the chart for a stunning…

  6. The Sun Sets On ‘Californication’: David Duchovny Discusses the Show’s Rock n’ Roll Connection (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT This Sunday night (June 29th at 9:30p ET/PT), after seven memorable seasons, Hank Moody and his very distinctive ‘Californication’ crew will say farewell. When the credits come up on that last episode of the popular Showtime series, it will also mark the end of one of the most authentically…

  7. The Vamps Make Billboard Chart Debut on Social 50

    June 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT As Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer rises 5-2 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, their British counterparts the Vamps debut at No. 34. It's the first appearance on any U.S. Billboard chart for the Vamps. While both acts are not your standard boy band -- since they are actual bands…

  8. Man vs. Machine: Richie Hawtin on the Return of Plastikman

    June 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT No pomp or ceremony can be seen on the bustling streets of Barcelona. But within the half-shaved head of one of our times’ foremost electronic musicians, a changing of the guard is underway. Reclining on a leather sofa every bit as black as his clothing, Richie Hawtin may not look like a man…

  9. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  10. Amnesty International Apologizes To Iggy Pop For Unauthorized Anti-Torture Ad

    June 25, 2014 7:07 AM EDT Iggy Pop was the poster child for punk rock. Amnesty International has made the mistake of making him the face of torture…without asking him.  The human rights organization’s Belgian affiliate ran a French-language campaign which featured an image of the Stooges frontman’s face beaten and…

  11. Lance Bass Among Producers of 'Kidnapped for Christ,' Trailer Arrives Online (Watch)

    June 24, 2014 4:55 AM EDT Former 'N Sync member Lance Bass is one of the executive producers behind the award-winning documentary Kidnapped for Christ, set to premiere on Showtime on Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). 5 Things To Know About Lance Bass The film chronicles the controversial Escuela Caribe, a…

  12. Imprisoned As I Lay Dying Frontman Admits to Faking Christianity for Sales

    June 22, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail this May for plotting his wife's murder. Tim Lambesis, frontman for the Christian metal band As I Lay Dying, has admitted he and his band had faked their faith to sell records.  In May, Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail after…

  13. Fall Out Boy & Paramore 'Save Rock and Roll' at New York Monumentour Stop

    June 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT The Monumentour’s second date sails into Long Island, N.Y.’s Jones Beach Theater June 21 Fall Out Boy and Paramore have a lot common. Sure, they’re tag-team repping pop-punk in the mainstream almost singlehandedly, but their likeness these days runs deeper than that. They’re two bands…

  14. The Beatles Get Back to Where They Once Belonged with Mono Vinyl Releases

    June 17, 2014 12:35 AM EDT Many purists will tell you mono is the only way to hear The Beatles' music the way it was meant to be by the band.  It’s how most listeners first heard the group back in the ‘60s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and…

  15. Bonnaroo 2014: Chromeo Talks Reconnecting with Fans on ‘White Women’ Album & Choosing Collaborators (Video)

    June 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT One of the goals Montreal electro-funk duo Chromeo had for its fourth album, “White Women,” was to reconnect with fans who enjoyed the group’s earlier work. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More “We wanted to reconnect with fans that discovered us in ’06-’07 when our record …

  16. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Röyksopp & Robyn, Jon Hopkins, James Murphy & More

    June 14, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Sonar’s second day on June 13 boasted a staggering array of talent at both its By Day and By Night editions, including Röyksopp & Robyn’s electro-pop tour de force, a career performance by Jon Hopkins and stellar showings from German supergroup Moderat and French artist Gesaffelstein. The…

  17. Rewinding The Charts: 17 Years Ago Diddy Toasted An Icon (And Friend)

    June 14, 2014 10:05 AM EDT 'I'll Be Missing You,' his tribute to The Notorious B.I.G., flew to No. 1 — and helped hip-hop grieve June 14, 1997 was a new day for rap. Fans still were mourning the unsolved March 9 murder of 24-year-old star The Notorious B.I.G. in Hollywood as the one-year anniversary of…

  18. Wade Hayes Shares Good News on Cancer Fight, Begins Work on New Album

    June 13, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Wade Hayes was still barely a newcomer on the charts when he filmed the video for his third single, "Don't Stop," back in the spring of 1995. Though he had made videos for his prior two singles – this one was a little different. The clip required some flirtatious scenes with an…

  19. Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88

    June 13, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Jimmy Scott, the jazz star whose small stature, romantic phrasing and distinctly high voice helped make him one of the most unique vocal stylists of his era, died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. The singer was 88. His death was confirmed by his biographer, David Ritz,…

  20. 'Hedwig' Digital Album Release Fast-Tracked Following Tony Wins

    June 11, 2014 2:13 AM EDT Tony Award wins are already showing their impact as the original cast recording of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" moves its digital release date to this Thursday, June 12, Atlantic Records announced on Tuesday. Physical CDs will be available July 15. The musical took home four Tonys --…

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