1. Alison Gold Delivers 'Chinese Food' to Hot 100

    October 23, 2013 4:18 PM EDT The pre-teen's controversial song debuts at No. 29 thanks to strong streaming figures Alison Gold's gone-viral hit "Chinese Food" debuts at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, thanks almost exclusively to its popularity on YouTube. The 12-year-old singer&…

  2. Taylor Swift Invites ‘All-Star’ Friends for CMA Awards

    October 22, 2013 12:20 AM EDT Taylor Swift has gathered an all-star band for her appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards. Swift will be joined by Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer and percussionist Eric Darken for a special version of her hit song "Red." The 23…

  3. Lorde's 'Royals' Rules Hot 100 For Third Week

    October 16, 2013 2:05 PM EDT Her debut hit maintains its reign, while Ylvis' 'The Fox' reaches the Digital Songs top 10 and Justin Bieber and Eminem storm the Hot 100's top 20 Lorde's "Royals" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, Ylvis' "The Fox" darts…

  4. Alison Gold Sure Loves 'Chinese Food,' the Latest Video From the 'Friday' Creators

    October 15, 2013 3:10 PM EDT Zany "Food" video explodes on YouTube You've hit the jackpot, Internet persons who enjoy Chinese food, Asian stereotypes and videos of old guys wearing panda suits while tickling a little girl. The Jack. Pot. Courtesy of the tween-focused men who birthed Rebecca Black's …

  5. Scotty McCreery, 'See You Tonight': Track-By-Track Review

    October 14, 2013 10:45 AM EDT Scotty McCreery's debut, "Clear as Day," was one of the biggest-selling albums released in country music during 2011. Of course, coming on the heels of his "American Idol" win, the album was put together very quickly. For his follow-up, he (along with producers…

  6. Kenny Rogers' Ten Biggest Billboard Country Hits

    October 07, 2013 10:00 AM EDT This week, we at The 615 look back on the legendary career of Kenny Rogers. As the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee prepares to release "You Can't Make Old Friends" for Warner Brothers on Tuesday (Oct. 8), we highlight his career with a three-part series. Today, we…

  7. Third Man Records Announce New Dead Weather, Raconteurs Releases

    October 02, 2013 9:43 PM EDT Two of Jack White's bands are back with new releases coming down the line. White's Third Man Records announced today the newest of its Third Man Vault packages, including material from The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, two bands of which the alt-rocker claims membership. The…

  8. Taylor Swift Joins the Cast of 'The Giver'

    September 30, 2013 12:54 AM EDT Taylor Swift has joined the cast of The Weinstein Company and Walden Media's movie adaptation of "The Giver." The singer-songwriter is the latest member of the cast that features previously reported stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Katie Holmes. Other…

  9. Sleigh Bells Achieve Harmony on 'Bitter Rivals'

    September 27, 2013 10:20 AM EDT With its third album in as many years, the heavy pop duo tips its internal balance of power: "It's fair to say that the first two records were my records and this is the first one that's our record," says Derek Miller They were never bitter rivals, but in the early days…

  10. Pop Shop Picks: Celine Dion, Sleigh Bells, Cults & More

    September 13, 2013 6:16 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! CELINE DION "Love Me…

  11. Sleigh Bells Announce 'Bitter Rivals' Album, Release New Video

    September 03, 2013 2:22 PM EDT Another year, another Sleigh Bells album. Today, the hard rawk-meets-pop duo announced their third studio album, titled "Bitter Rivals," will drop Oct. 8 via Mom + Pop. It follows 2012's "Reign of Terror," which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200. They've…

  12. Ask Billboard: Who's Sold More, Katy Perry Or Lady Gaga?

    August 23, 2013 11:05 AM EDT What else would we talk about this week? Plus, more tributes following Madonna's birthday and hits that have made second encores on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  13. Goldfrapp Tells New 'Tales' After Feeling Rushed on Previous Album

    August 15, 2013 5:41 PM EDT Alison Goldfrapp will be the first to say 2010's "Head First" wasn't her band's best work. A product of pressure from her label Mute's then-parent EMI, the nine-track collection was a synth-coated ode to Olivia Newton-John-esque '80s pop that failed to…

  14. Gibson Brothers, Balsam Range Lead Bluegrass Awards Nominations

    August 14, 2013 7:00 PM EDT The Gibson Brothers have steadily built one of the top careers in Bluegrass music – culminating in last year’s win for Entertainer of the Year. This afternoon's announcement of nominations for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards reflected their top-level status, as the duo…

  15. Kid's Author Sandra Boynton Goes Country, Enlists Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Ryan Adams and Others for New Album

    August 13, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Famed children's author Sandra Boynton is set for a career first come Sept. 3. The famous scribe – who mixes her words with music – will be releasing "Frog Trouble and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs" via Warner Brothers. It's her first collaboration with country music…

  16. John Waite Talks New Live Album, Co-Writing Love and Theft's 'If You Ever Get Lonely'

    August 02, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Rock veteran John Waite has his eye on two different projects -- in two different formats these days. On the recording front, the English musician has just released a new live album entitled "Live All Access." The singer tells Billboard that the decision to record a live album…

  17. Robert Plant Rearranges Led Zeppelin Songs for the Road

    July 09, 2013 11:33 PM EDT Robert Plant knows his fans want Led Zeppelin and he's happy to comply. On his own terms. Plant is on the road this summer with a new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, and he's offering up fan favorites - rejiggered a bit to keep him excited about the music he's been…

  18. Blur’s Alex James Hosts Cooking Series in Australia

    June 28, 2013 4:03 AM EDT Blur’s Alex James is turning his gourmet food side-career up another notch. The British musician and cheese-maker is co-host of a new Australian cooking show, “Recipes That Rock,” which goes to air from next month. James and Matt Stone front the series that’s pitched as a travelogue with a…

  19. Woman Dies After Fall at Stone Roses Concert

    June 17, 2013 12:16 PM EDT A 24-year-old woman died after collapsing at the Stone Roses concert in Glasgow over the weekend. According to the Daily Record , a Scottish newspaper, the woman collapsed just as the band was taking the stage in Glasgow Green park on Saturday night. Medics treated the victim before moving…

  20. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss…

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