1. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

  2. Alex & Sierra Set to Release Debut Album ‘It's About Us,’ Drop 'Scarecrow' Video (Watch)

    July 16, 2014 2:52 AM EDT X Factor season three winners Alex & Sierra are set to release their debut Columbia/Syco album, "It's About Us," which is available for pre-orders today on iTunes . Fans pre-ordering the record, set for release on Oct. 7, will get a taste of the 13-song collection with…

  3. Members Of Edith y El Tsunami Murdered In Mexico

    June 27, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Members of the grupero act are the latest musicians killed in that country. There has been yet another apparent murder of musicians in Mexico. The bodies of three members of grupero act Edith y El Tsunami were found inside the trunk of a car in the Mexican Western state of Michoacán. Vocalist…

  4. Jay Brannan, 'Blue-Haired Lady': Exclusive Video Premiere

    June 25, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Jay Brannan's "Blue-Haired Lady" is a sparse and intimate song off the singer-songwriter's new album, "Always, Then, & Now," which will be released July 15. As the ballad chronicles a woman's final days, its new video shows Brannan playing the peaceful…

  5. Alex & Sierra's 'Scarecrow': Acoustic Video Premiere

    June 24, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Watch the acoustic version of the "X Factor" champs' debut single. Before the U.S. version of "The X Factor" was placed on permanent hiatus, the singing competition discovered the lovely pop-rock duo Alex & Sierra, who became the first group to win a…

  6. Remembering Casey Kasem: Regional Hero, National Treasure

    June 21, 2014 11:13 AM EDT I first remember hearing the smooth, dulcet tones of Casey Kasem in the summer of 1963 on the Pasadena-based radio station KRLA, where the disc jockey shared the dial with Bob Eubanks, Dave Hull and Jimmy O‘Neill. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 During a six-year tenure at the Top…

  7. Kanye West's Bonnaroo Return: Minimal 'Yeezus' & Maximum Media Hate During Inspiring Set

    June 14, 2014 5:35 AM EDT "Where the press at? Fuck the press!"   This sudden outburst about halfway through Kanye West's Friday night headline performance at Bonnaroo -- during the peaceful, slow-moving outro of "Heartless," no less -- certainly grabbed the attention of this particular…

  8. Miley Cyrus Gets Restraining Order Against Arizona Man

    May 23, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Miley Cyrus obtained a temporary restraining order Friday against an Arizona man who was recently detained by police while trying to meet the singer-actress. A Los Angeles judge granted Cyrus the stay-away order against Devon Meek after Cyrus' lawyers filed court documents stating that…

  9. 'X Factor' Parody Musical 'I Can't Sing' To Close in London

    April 28, 2014 1:49 AM EDT There's more bad news for Simon Cowell and "X Factor." Less than three months after Fox canceled the U.S. edition of Cowell's singing competition comes word that I Can't Sing, the Cowell-backed musical parody of the show, will end its run in London's West End…

  10. Jake Owen Shows Signs of Growth at Western Kentucky University: Live Review

    April 25, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The April 24 show mostly focused on cuts from Owen's 2013 album, "Days of Gold" Jake Owen has witnessed some of the best live shows in the business, having paid his dues as the opener for such country superstars as Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. So one could only assume the RCA…

  11. Say Anything 'Six Six Six' Song Premiere: Max Bemis Talks Ambitious New 'Hebrews' Album

    April 24, 2014 11:59 AM EDT "It's a grandiose-sounding record about the small things that kind of eat away at you," says the frontman. Some admitted "freaking out" over fatherhood inspired Max Bemis to make Say Anything's most ambitious album yet -- and a project unlike any other he'…

  12. Prince Royce Rules Latin Airplay Chart

    April 03, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Bachata star scores his eighth No. 1 and seventh in a row. Plus, 3BallMTY, Conjunto Primavera and Camila make moves Prince Royce races 4-1 on Billboard's Latin Airplay chart with "Te Robaré," capturing his eighth No. 1 and seventh consecutive leader on the list. In…

  13. Jurassic 5 Announces Summer U.S. Tour

    March 31, 2014 9:29 PM EDT After reuniting in 2013 for a Coachella set and multiple tour dates internationally, Jurassic 5 is hitting the United States for its first American tour in nearly a decade. According to Consequence of Sound , the alt-hip-hop act will convene for a 20-date set across North America, in addition…

  14. Christina Perri on 'Head or Heart,' Her Musical 'Soul Mate' & What Makes Her Heart Explode

    March 28, 2014 4:37 PM EDT For her 2011 debut LP "lovestrong," which spawned the hit single "Jar of Hearts" and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, pop singer/songwriter Christina Perri hit the road hard, enduring a relentless touring schedule that saw her riding nine tours straight over 27…

  15. Manchester Orchestra to Play Interactive Tumblr IRL Showcase In Atlanta (Exclusive)

    March 27, 2014 3:17 PM EDT Atlanta rockers Manchester Orchestra will celebrate the release of their fourth album “Cope,” out Tuesday (April 1) via Loma Vista/Republic, with a twist on a hometown show next Thursday (April 3). The group will take over Atlanta’s Gallery L1 for the latest installment of Tumblr IRL , a…

  16. 'Phantom Of The Opera' Musical Welcomes First Black Lead

    March 21, 2014 3:29 AM EDT Norm Lewis has been tapped to be Broadway's next Phantom in the megahit "The Phantom of the Opera," a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way. Producers said Thursday the Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and…

  17. Chart Highlights: One Direction, Katy Perry, U2 Score New No. 1s

    March 10, 2014 4:15 PM EDT D dominates an airplay chart for the first time, Perry's 'Dark Horse' rules Rhythmic Songs and U2 nets a record-setting No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  18. Kanye West Shares Trailer for 'Yeezus' Film

    February 27, 2014 4:08 PM EST The lengthy North American leg of the Yeezus tour may have just ended, but there's more coming from Kanye West. Today, he shared a brief trailer from an upcoming tour film on his official site . More on the Yeezus Tour: Kanye West's 'Yeezus Tour' Coming to Australia Kanye…

  19. U.S. Version of 'The X Factor' Canceled

    February 07, 2014 7:18 PM EST Announcement comes following Simon Cowell's return to show's U.K. counterpart Fox has pulled the plug on "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that there will be no fourth season of the singing competition. The writing has been on the wall, given the expensive…

  20. Happy New Zealand Day! 10 NZ Artists Who Could Make A Lorde-Like Leap

    February 06, 2014 2:07 PM EST From pop-rock to indie to EDM to a boy band, we salute the country's most promising contemporary music. Today is February 6, which means that it's Waitangi Day, better understood to Yanks as New Zealand Day, celebrating the 174th anniversary of the signing of the country&…

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