1. Disabled Punk Rockers to Compete in Eurovision Song Contest

    March 01, 2015 12:45 PM EST Four punk rockers with learning disabilities will compete for Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest semifinal after winning the Nordic country's national qualifying contest. Australia to Compete in 2015 Eurovision Song Contest The group Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat, or PKN, was formed in…

  2. Of Monsters And Men Preview Tracks From Long-Awaited Sophomore Album at L.A. Listening Session

    February 27, 2015 3:58 PM EST Four years after the release of their 2011 breakthrough debut, My Head Is An Animal , Icelandic alternative rockers Of Monsters And Men are close to returning with their sophomore album. At an intimate gathering at L.A.'s Henson Studios Thursday night, journalists and industry figures…

  3. Foo Fighters, Muse and Ryan Adams to Headline Massive Fuji Rock Festival

    February 23, 2015 4:26 PM EST Fuji Rock Festival, one of the two leading international rock gatherings in Japan, has announced the lineup for its 19th edition, which will run July 24-26 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata prefecture. Foo Fighters , Muse , Motorhead , Ryan Adams , and Todd Rundgren , among others, will…

  4. Executive Turntable: Airgo Expands, Rdio Partners With AEG, Of Monsters and Men & Manager Join Mick

    February 16, 2015 9:49 PM EST -- Airgo Music has expanded into a multi-service music company Airgo Entertainment , led by Jimmy Greco (CEO), Bill Porricelli (executive VP and general manager), Russ DeSalvo (director, production and A&R) and Doreen D'Agostino (VP, publicity).  -- British indie label Cooking Vinyl…

  5. Republic Records Execs Pump Up an Exciting 2015 at Intimate Pre-GRAMMY Gathering

    February 06, 2015 9:45 PM EST The heads of Republic Records offered an intimate audience with an inside look into the label's business Thursday night, touching on recent mega successes like "Bang Bang" and Enrique Iglesias ' comeback cross-over hit "Bailando." The Citibank-presented panel…

  6. Of Monsters and Men & Manager Heather Kolker Join Mick Management

    February 06, 2015 7:15 PM EST Icelandic folk-rock act Of Monsters and Men and manager Heather Kolker have joined Mick Management, the firm founded by Michael McDonald in 2001. The move will set up the band's upcoming second album due later this year, the follow-up to 2012's platinum-selling My Head Is an…

  7. Jack Johnson, Other Acoustic Pop Singers Find Home on Pandora... When Will AC Radio Catch Up?

    January 29, 2015 1:09 PM EST It is well established that even when broadcast radio's listeners go looking for music on other platforms, they often search out the same mainstream formats they hear on FM. "All-'80s" is one exception , but that format differs mostly in its parameters; the songs played…

  8. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  9. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  10. 10 Reasons We're Freaking Out About the Lady Gaga/RedOne Reunion

    January 17, 2015 9:00 AM EST Monsters rejoice! Lady Gaga  shared  earlier this week  via Instagram that she is once again working with RedOne. It's no wonder the ensuing reaction on Twitter has been over-the-top delighted: Many fans' favorite version of the enigma that is Lady Gaga may be returning to us very…

  11. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2009, Lady Gaga 'Danced' to No. 1 for the First Time

    January 12, 2015 8:05 AM EST 'Just Dance' became Mother Monster's first Hot 100 leader six years ago. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and Barry Manilow. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 12,…

  12. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Fifth Harmony Notches First Top 40 Hit With 'Sledgehammer'

    January 02, 2015 10:05 AM EST 0 The group vaults 75-40 with its single co-written by Meghan Trainor. Meanwhile, Trainor and Taylor Swift chart four titles apiece. As previously reported , Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, marking the record-tying 19th…

  13. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  14. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj Passes Madonna, 'Voice' Finalists Debut

    December 26, 2014 9:40 AM EST With two debuts, Minaj now has more Hot 100 hits than Madonna. Plus, each of the four top finishers on the latest season of NBC's 'The Voice' debut. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Mark…

  15. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Soars to Top 10

    December 17, 2014 2:20 PM EST Swift scores her longest career reign as 'Blank Space' rules for a fifth week, while Sheeran posts his best rank as 'Thinking Out Loud' leaps 24-6. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, granting the superstar her…

  16. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  17. Maureen Kenny Joins Atlantic as SVP of A&R

    December 02, 2014 1:25 PM EST Maureen Kenny is Atlantic Records' new svp of A&R, the label announced on Tuesday. The industry veteran arrives from Republic Records, where she worked with bands ranging from Of Monsters and Men to Weezer in her role as vp of A&R. Prior to joining Republic in 2011, Kenny spent…

  18. Eminem, Rihanna, Metallica, Springsteen & More Salute Veterans & Soldiers at Concert for Valor

    November 11, 2014 11:10 PM EST Grand televised productions are tricky. There's an expected balance between pageantry and performance, individual voices and the unified amplification of a greater cause. Tuesday night's Concert for Valor, though not entirely even, was to its core a salute to the men and women…

  19. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  20. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

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