1. Alan Jackson Announces 25th Anniversary Tour for 2015

    October 20, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Country legend Alan Jackson is starting a tour in January 2015, but it's not just another trip on the road for the seasoned veteran: it celebrates his 25th anniversary as a country singer. The tour begins Jan. 8 and continues through May 17. Alan Jackson's 'Bluegrass'…

  2. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2008, Britney Spears' 'Womanizer' Ruled Hot 100

    October 20, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week six years ago, Spears scored her first No. 1 in a decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Elton John and Santana and the premiere of Billboard's first R&B ranking. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  3. Happy Birthday, Zac Efron: Here are 7 of His Best Musical Moments

    October 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Show of hands: Who would purchase a Zac Efron album? Everyone who saw the High School Musical films or  Hairspray knows what a great idea this is for the actor. In honor of Efron's 27th birthday today, Billboard is looking back over some of our favorite musical moments in those films,…

  4. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Piano Guys, Jackson Browne Hit High Notes

    October 17, 2014 9:45 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Jason Aldean notched the third-largest sales week of the year with the arrival of his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt , at No. 1. The set, released through Broken Bow Records, sold 278,000 in the week ending Oct. 12, according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  5. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  6. Revolt's Inaugural Music Conference Kicks Off in Miami with Sean Combs, Guy Oseary, Craig Kallman and Many More

    October 17, 2014 5:53 PM EDT The first day of Revolt’s Music Conference in Miami centered on two central themes: Innovation and artistry. Approximately 800 people flocked to Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel for the cable music network’s inaugural conference event, with attendees including Revolt Chairman and co…

  7. Looks Like Samuel L. Jackson Had a Blast at Ed Sheeran’s Concert

    October 16, 2014 4:11 PM EDT Well, here’s a bromance we’d love to see progress. The poignant ballads, the red hair, the charming demeanor -- how can you resist Ed Sheeran ? His fan base continues to go well beyond the tweens, as 65-year old tween-at-heart Samuel L. Jackson can attest to. Judging by his Twitter feed, it…

  8. Black Keys' Patrick Carney Still Hates Spotify… And Now U2?

    October 16, 2014 2:37 PM EDT You won’t find either of the Black Keys’ last two albums on Spotify and their beefs with the streaming service have been well-documented. Drummer Patrick Carney hasn’t softened his stance, as evidenced by an Oct. 15 interview with The Seattle Times . But it wasn’t all about Spotify; he also…

  9. Exclusive: Pepsi Names Emma Quigley First North American Head of Music

    October 16, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Pepsi has named Emma Quigley its first North American head of music, a new position for the beverage company. Quigley most recently served as VP of global marketing at Capitol Music Group, having previously spent three years as VP-international of Capitol parent EMI Music and another four…

  10. How Taylor Swift Got Mark Romanek to Direct 'Shake It Off'

    October 15, 2014 6:11 PM EDT In the most recent video of outtakes revealing the process behind Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" video, Swift focuses her attention on the video's director, Mark Romanek . Romanek has a star-studded resume, directing for Madonna , David Bowie , Janet Jackson , Jay Z and…

  11. 'South Park': 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

    October 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde is the latest musical celebrity to make an “appearance” on South Park and both Billboard and the singer herself happen to think Trey Parker and Matt Stone nailed it. Mocking the Lorde birth certificate truthers with Stan’s dad moonlighting as a middle-aged, male version of the…

  12. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  13. Exclusive Song Premiere: 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson's Band Enation's 'Cinematic' Track

    October 13, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Avery Barkley, Jonathan Jackson's character on ABC's Nashville , is still looking for his big breakthrough, but Jonathan Jackson + Enation, Jackson's band with brother and fellow actor Richard Lee Jackson, is making its own big move this month. After a dozen years as an…

  14. Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst to Headline KCSN Benefit Concerts

    October 13, 2014 12:43 PM EDT Los Angeles public radio station KCSN will hold its annual benefit concert on two consecutive weekends in December. On the bill: Sarah McLachlan , with special guest  Laura Marling , on Dec. 5; Ryan Adams , Conor Oberst and David Gray on Dec. 12. More Radio News All-Beyonce Radio Station…

  15. Janet Jackson Scored Her First Hot 100 No. 1 Hit 28 Years Ago

    October 11, 2014 10:30 AM EDT On “Nasty,” the 1986 single that nearly became her first No. 1 pop hit, Janet Jackson told the world exactly what she thought about a certain overused term of endearment. “My first name ain’t baby,” she said. “It’s Janet. Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.” “Nasty” snarled and strutted…

  16. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Herb Alpert Returns After 27-Year Absence

    October 10, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Plus: the first new Christmas album of the season debuts! On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Blake Shelton scored his second No. 1 album with Bringing Back the Sunshine , as the Warner Bros. Nashville album sold 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  17. Waka Flocka Flame Arrested For Bringing Gun to Atlanta Airport

    October 10, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Waka Flocka Flame was arrested Friday for bringing a handgun to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.  Fox 5 in Atlanta reports local police responded to a call of a weapon found in the rapper's carry-on bag. Waka Flocka Flame, real name Juaquin Malphurs, did not…

  18. Don Henley Not Taking It Easy on Pun-Loving Clothing Company

    October 10, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Don Henley is suing a Duluth Trading Company over an email advertisement that the Wisconsin-based clothing company might have figured was a harmless pun, but the singer sees as an unauthorized use of his name, trademarks and publicity rights.  The  Eagles front-man takes issue with…

  19. Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S. Sales

    October 10, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Adele 's mega-selling second studio album, 21 , has surpassed the 11 million sales mark in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan. The set, released in 2011 on XL/Columbia Records, is only the 12th album to sell at least that many copies since SoundScan started tracking sales in…

  20. Steve Aoki, Iggy Azalea, Enrique Iglesias Net New Dance/Electronic No. 1s

    October 10, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The stars score new leaders on three surveys. Plus, David Guetta, Jack U (aka Diplo and Skrillex) and Avicii debut. Steve Aoki earns his best sales week for an album as Neon Future . I starts at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums , selling 10,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen…

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