1. Benmont Tench Releases Solo Debut, Talks Next Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Album

    February 17, 2014 2:06 PM EST The keyboardist enlists some famous friends -- including Petty, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams -- for his first solo effort After 40 years of recording, first with Mudcrutch and then -- and for much longer -- with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, keyboardist Benmont Tench finally got around to…

  2. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry Regains No. 1 Momentum

    February 17, 2014 1:15 PM EST A monster mailbag on Perry topping the Hot 100 again after missing the top 10; Mariah Carey's best-selling songs; Hall & Oates' 20 biggest hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  3. Chief Keef Talks Rehab, 'Bang 3' Album & Learning How to Surf

    February 14, 2014 2:10 PM EST Keef's new single, the aptly titled "Fuck Rehab,' is expected soon. It's the end of January, but the Orange County air is balmy — the kind of weather Southern California is enviously famous for. Surfers dot the beach, basking in the remaining moments of sunlight as dusk…

  4. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  5. Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos Moving Again

    February 13, 2014 8:27 PM EST Festival was originally slated to be held in Missouri Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos may not have found a new home after all. The rap duo's annual festival will no longer be held in Kaiser, Mo., like previously reported , the Los Angeles Times reports . The operators…

  6. Odd Future Banned in New Zealand by Immigration Authorities

    February 13, 2014 10:21 AM EST New Zealand immigration authorities Thursday banned Los Angeles rappers Odd Future from entering the country after deciding they pose a threat to public order. The group was due to play an open-air concert with headline act Eminem on Saturday in Auckland. Border Operations Manager Karen…

  7. U2 to Perform 'Ordinary Love' at Oscars

    February 12, 2014 7:48 PM EST The rock band joins Idina Menzel and Pharrell as nominees performing at the ceremony U2 is heading to the Oscars. The Irish rock band is set to perform Oscar-nominated song "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" during the live Academy Awards telecast on…

  8. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Beatles Songs

    February 09, 2014 8:05 AM EST On the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. breakthrough, readers share favorite Fab Four songs, covers, solo hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  9. The Beatles Celebrated in 'The Night That Changed America': Review

    February 08, 2014 8:46 PM EST The Beatles' arrival 50 years ago -- Feb. 9, 1964 -- in black and white is celebrated in musical hues of tangerine, yellow and green on "The Night That Changed America" special that airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. History weaves in and out of material from the Beatles'…

  10. Peter Frampton on Beatles Tribute: 'A Lot of Not-So-Dry Eyes'

    February 08, 2014 2:22 PM EST Guitarist participated as part of house band for "The Night That Changed America," premiering Sunday Just six weeks into the new year, Peter Frampton can say he's already had a pretty good 2014. As if being inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville just after the…

  11. The Hold Steady Rock Epic 28-Song Set at Brooklyn 10th Anniversary Show

    February 08, 2014 8:25 AM EST About to embark on a new album cycle for the first time in four years behind a new label, the Hold Steady know challenges lie ahead, though their reception Thursday night proved they've gathered a devoted cheering section over the years "My new year's resolution is to stop…

  12. John Lennon's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    February 07, 2014 6:46 PM EST As we fondly remember the moment 50 years ago that the Beatles landed in America and performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show," we're also honoring each Beatle -- and today we celebrate John Lennon's 10 biggest Billboard hits. A masterful songwriter, Lennon quickly converted the…

  13. 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…

  14. Insane Clown Posse's Gritty Festival for Juggalos Moving to Missouri

    February 06, 2014 4:40 PM EST An annual festival headlined by the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse will be staged at a Missouri farm's campground after seven years in southern Illinois, promoters of the trouble-plagued Gathering of the Juggalos said. Suburban Detroit-based Psychopathic Records Inc. offered few…

  15. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Beatles Songs?

    February 06, 2014 10:05 AM EST As we approach the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. arrival, 'Ask Billboard' asks you to choose your favorite Fab songs, covers and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  16. Autographed Beatles Item From Ed Sullivan Show Going To Auction

    February 06, 2014 5:32 AM EST Yeah, Yeah, Yeah - Ye-ah! A large piece of stage backdrop autographed by the Beatles during their first live U.S. concert 50 years ago is headed to auction, where it could draw $800,000 to $1 million. Face caricatures accompany the signatures that the Fab Four penned between sets of their…

  17. George Harrison's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    February 05, 2014 3:32 PM EST As we fondly remember the moment 50 years ago this week that the Beatles landed in American and performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show," we're also honoring each Beatle -- and today we celebrate George Harrison's 10 biggest Billboard hits, from his Beatle days to his…

  18. Ringo Starr's Top 10 Billboard Hits

    February 04, 2014 5:30 PM EST Ringo Starr rose to international fame as a member of the Beatles, but he's always been more than just a drummer. As this special look at his biggest Hot 100 songs illustrates, once Starr got a chance to step into the spotlight solo in the '70s he showed he was a hitmaker in his…

  19. New York Port Authority Honoring the Beatles With Historical Marker

    February 03, 2014 8:06 PM EST The marker will be placed in J.F.K. Airport -- the site of the band's first U.S. press conference The tributes keep coming in for the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' jump to the United States; this time, the New York Port Authority is getting in on the action. According to Radio…

  20. 'Letterman' Sets Beatles Week With Sting, Flaming Lips, Broken Bells

    January 31, 2014 4:13 PM EST Performances of Beatles music from Broken Bells, Sting and the Flaming Lips will be part of a weeklong tribute next week on "The Late Show with David Letterman."   In advance of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first performance on the "Ed Sullivan Show,"…

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