1. Country Duo Love And Theft Talk Being Dropped By Their Label: 'We're Still Hoping They Might Do the Right Thing'

    February 23, 2015 4:40 PM EST This story was updated on Feb. 24 to include comments from Sony Music Nashville chief executive Gary Overton, at bottom. Love And Theft recently released their third album, Whiskey On My Breath , which debuted at No. 26 on the Top Country Albums chart. But getting this record out wasn't…

  2. 5 Things Tom DeLonge Thinks About Aliens

    February 17, 2015 6:55 PM EST But he's still not interested in searching for intelligent life in Mark Hoppus or Travis Barker. Blink-182 expat/ Angels & Airwaves frontman Tom DeLonge has come a long way from writing "Aliens Exist," or at least that's what he wants you to think in a new interview…

  3. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney's 'FourFiveSeconds' Tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 12, 2015 4:29 PM EST The ascent gives McCartney a new chart record: longest span between No. 1s. Rihanna , Kanye West and Paul McCartney 's "FourFiveSeconds" makes big news on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs , as the song steps 2-1, taking both Airplay and Streaming Gainer honors. The climb gives Rihanna…

  4. Tom DeLonge on Blink-182 Split: 'Never Planned on Quitting, Just Find it Hard as Hell to Commit'

    January 27, 2015 7:10 PM EST After Blink-182 founding member Tom DeLonge released a somewhat convoluted response denying he had recently quit his longtime band, the guitarist took to Facebook Tuesday to clarify what went down.  In a lengthy post, DeLonge claimed he had tried to regroup the trio through a personal…

  5. Tom DeLonge Didn't Quit Blink-182: Update

    January 26, 2015 2:33 PM EST The guitarist corrects an earlier report that he'd left the band. Despite reports earlier today (Jan. 26) that Blink-182 had lost its longtime guitarist, Tom DeLonge maintains he hasn't left the band.  DeLonge stated his case via a post on his official Facebook page,…

  6. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  7. Angels & Airwaves Song Premiere: Hear 'Tunnels' From 'The Dream Walker'

    December 01, 2014 12:14 PM EST Tom DeLonge discusses his "art project" of a side group and gives an update on blink-182's next record. The fifth time's the charm for Angels & Airwaves -- at least insofar as group founder and blink-182 principle Tom DeLonge's dream to make the group "an…

  8. Audien's Remix of Bastille's 'Pompeii' Ruled Festival Season

    October 28, 2014 10:10 AM EDT A young producer from small-town Connecticut made a viral remix that rocked Coachella, EDC and Tomorrowland. The Song of the Summer is usually based on radio and chart dominance -- this summer's crown went to Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX who ruled the airwaves with "Fancy ."…

  9. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  10. Ariana Grande & Ed Sheeran to Perform at 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards

    October 02, 2014 10:22 AM EDT Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande are taking the stage at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, the network announced Thursday. The awards show will broadcast live from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. CT. Grande's "Bang Bang" collaborator Nicki Minaj is hosting…

  11. Forever Young: Top 21 Songs By Under-21 Musicians (From the Last 21 Years)

    September 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Pop isn’t necessarily a young person’s game. Singing, rapping, songwriting, melting minds with various instruments: These are skills that improve with time, and plenty of veteran artists produce music that resonates with fans of all ages -- even fickle teens that are generally suspicious of…

  12. Not Made In The U.S.A.: Where Today's Hits Are Coming From

    August 08, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Fans and execs are looking globally for new hitmakers. There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100 . And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too. The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada ( MAGIC! &…

  13. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  14. 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'…

  15. Bubbling Under: Broods' 'Bridges' Crosses To Radio

    February 28, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Broods, Hozier and KES Broods Auckland, New Zealand, brother-sister duo Broods (Caleb and Georgia Nott) close in on the Alternative Songs…

  16. Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs Chart Upgrades

    February 21, 2014 4:50 PM EST The tally welcomes several influential radio stations in major markets, further solidifying the chart's status as a launch pad for multi-format hits Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs radio airplay chart (known by its industry term, Triple A, in Billboard magazine) undergoes a…

  17. 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…

  18. GRAMMY Predictions: Latin Music Categories

    January 25, 2014 3:18 PM EST This year's Latin categories at the 56th GRAMMY Awards are an eclectic but consistently high quality bunch, making predictions particularly hard. But we do like a challenge. Read on for our forecasts on who will take trophies for Latin music Sunday night. GRAMMYs 2014: Full Coverage BEST…

  19. What Tessanne Chin's 'Voice' Win Means for the Jamaican Music Scene

    January 03, 2014 4:15 PM EST Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin's stratospheric ascent from relative obscurity, even in her birthplace, to international fame via her Dec. 17 triumph on NBC's singing competition "The Voice" is undoubtedly the island's biggest music story of 2013. Displaying…

  20. Angel Haze: Inside The Making of Her Debut Album, 'Dirty Gold'

    December 09, 2013 3:07 PM EST Rap's next rock star? A first look at Angel Haze's expansive, genre-bending Republic debut. "Just so you know, I want to be a rock star." That was one of the first things Angel Haze said to Nicola Carson, an alum of Modest! Management (Leona Lewis, One Direction) who was…

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