1. 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…

  2. Linkin Park Gets 'Party' Started At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    June 26, 2014 5:34 PM EDT The band scores its fourth leader on the list, while OK Go and Arctic Monkeys ride new videos to chart advances Linkin Park's "The Hunting Party" starts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with 110,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  3. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums In 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longest for a living artist, Willie Nelson…

  4. Beatles' Mono LPs Given a First Listen: Catalog Box Set Preview

    June 26, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Five years after the Beatles' mono recordings were released on CD, Capitol Records and Universal Music are fostering the notion that to hear the Beatles music the way John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 1960s, a mono LP is mandatory listening.   To illuminate that point,…

  5. Anberlin Talks Breakup, Farewell Album 'Lowborn' on Warped Tour: 'We'll Live Forever'

    June 26, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Anberlin’s Stephen Christian and Deon Rexroat are standing outside the Warped Tour's production office during the trek's Ventura, California date. It's the first week of the annual summer tour, literally the beginning of the end for the Florida band, who announced…

  6. Bassnectar Talks 'Noise Vs. Beauty' LP & Being the 'Frank Zappa' of EDM

    June 26, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Lorin Ashton, the 36-year-old DJ-producer known as Bassnectar, makes millions from touring, having spent 11 months on the road at festivals, arenas and amphitheaters in 2013 alone. So when he took the first five months off of 2014 to make an album, he told friends he was on vacation. …

  7. Zola Jesus Returns With Pop Ambitions: 'I Want To Be Number 1'

    June 26, 2014 11:55 AM EDT The experimental singer-songwriter discusses her brave new album "Taiga," leaving her longtime label and why she's never been more excited than right now. "I want to be No. 1 on Billboard," declares Nika Roza Danilova, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter behind the…

  8. Beyonce & Jay Z's Street-Fab 'On the Run' Tour Opens in Miami: Review

    June 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Erotica, glamour, swagger, street cred, and finally, a peek at marriage and family bliss all came together during Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On the Run” tour, which opened in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium last night (June 25). It was over two hours of tightly choreographed showmanship that was timed…

  9. Bleachers Bring 'I Wanna Get Better' & 'Shadow' to 'Kimmel' (Video)

    June 26, 2014 10:26 AM EDT With the release of their debut album fast-approaching, Bleachers brought their peppy electro-pop to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night for a two-song performance. The quintet led by frontman Jack Antonoff played a pair of songs from the forthcoming debut album "Strange Desire,…

  10. Ariana Grande, MTV Revive 'TRL' for One Day

    June 25, 2014 9:42 PM EDT The network is reviving the popular format for a July 2 special with Ariana Grande. MTV is bringing back the popular music video countdown show "Total Request Live" — but there's a twist: It's only for one day. The Viacom-owned network announced Wednesday that it will…

  11. The Wild Night When Bon Jovi Met Michael Jackson

    June 25, 2014 7:10 PM EDT On the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, author Zack O'Malley Greenburg demonstrates the late superstar's work ethic with an anecdote from his new book, in which the Jersey rockers get a visit from Bubbles the Chimp. An unlikely encounter between the King of…

  12. Ed Sheeran Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Ed Sheeran should easily score his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with his new release "x." Industry sources suggest the set, which was released on June 23, could sell upwards of 200,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 29. How Grown…

  13. Imagine Dragons Discuss 'Battle Cry,' Breaking Records & Making New Music (Q&A)

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT “I remember two years ago we played this same festival and we were thrilled to get a 12:30pm slot,” says Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon, reminiscing about the band’s 2012 appearance at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival . “When we play tonight, we’re going on before Outkast.…

  14. Iggy Azalea Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week, Maroon 5 Debuts In Top 20

    June 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT The Australian rapper reigns again with 'Fancy,' while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Digital Songs and Maroon 5 debuts. Iggy Azalea notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…

  15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Announces Solo Album 'Crush Songs'

    June 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Her solo debut drops Sept. 9 via Julian Casablancas' Cult imprint Over the past two years, Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O released the acclaimed album " Mosquito " with her band and performed at the Oscars. Next up, she's getting a little more personal, as she…

  16. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 25, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The minute Dave Chappelle walked out on stage at Radio City Music Hall, the sold-out audience smiled, cheered loudly, and laughed. These are the reactions to feelings we have when we’re reunited with a long lost friend, and to many, that is who Chappelle is to us: A friend we have missed…

  17. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan — her best sales week yet.   Del Rey&…

  18. Bad Suns Talk Fast Rise of 'Cardiac Arrest,' Silencing the Doubters

    June 25, 2014 10:58 AM EDT There's more to a buzz band than meets the eye. Bad Suns are a Californian quartet whose slick neo-new wave hooks earned them a deal with Vagrant Records, an opening slot for the 1975 and -- if you'll forgive the plug -- an appearance in Billboard's ever-prestigious charts…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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