1. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

  2. U2 Extends 'Innocence' Tour After Quick Sellouts

    December 09, 2014 12:30 PM EST As expected, U2 blew out initial on-sales for the upcoming Innocence + Experience tour , selling out in every city that went on sale yesterday. A total of 44 shows went up yesterday, with approximately 660,000 tickets sold. Among the box office triumphs were a record-setting 118,000 fans…

  3. Inside U2’s Ambitious Upcoming Tour Strategy

    December 08, 2014 1:30 PM EST Despite album backlash and a battered Bono, the band preps its first road run since 2011. The announcement on Dec. 3 of U2 ’s Innocence + Experience Tour was a blast of confidence for a band that has experienced a bumpy past few months. Setting aside mixed consumer reaction to its Apple…

  4. U2 Announces 'Innocence + Experience' Tour

    December 03, 2014 9:00 AM EST After months of speculation, Billboard has learned that U2 will announce 44 shows in 19 cities from its upcoming arena tour today, the U2 Innocence + Experience Tour 2015, beginning in May. The first shows will be May 14-15 in Vancouver, B.C., with the first leg to include 22 initial shows…

  5. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data also saw One Direction debut atop the album…

  6. Broadway to Dim Lights for Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 2:53 PM EST The nine-time Tony Award winner died Wednesday night. Acclaimed director Mike Nichols , who won nine Tony Awards and was nominated an additional eight times, will be honored by the Broadway community on Friday night. The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed in his memory for one…

  7. Beyonce Gets Her Own Jeopardy Category

    November 12, 2014 3:11 PM EST After hit records, sold-out tours, and numerous awards, Beyoncé conquered the last remaining obstacle to securing pop culture immortality: Jeopardy . Tuesday night (Nov. 11), the quiz show’s “Tournament of Champions” featured an “& Beyonce” category, with questions spanning the length…

  8. Justin Bieber Joins the Pittsburgh Steelers for Bible Study

    November 09, 2014 11:35 AM EST Justin Bieber paid an unexpected visit to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ bible study on Saturday night (Nov. 8). Selena Gomez Talks Justin Bieber: 'I Made Some Decisions That Weren’t Great' It remains unclear why pop star randomly popped into the NFL teams’ pre-game session -- he hasn’t…

  9. Jose Gonzalez Releases Lovely New Single 'Every Age,' High-Tech Video

    November 05, 2014 10:50 AM EST Take a trip to the moon (or lower orbit) with the quiet bard. Fresh off his lead position cover of "This Is How We Walk on the Moon" from the Arthur Russell covers compilation Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell , the hush and heavy Jose Gonzalez has released the first single and…

  10. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  11. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett to Play Hollywood Bowl, Radio City Music Hall

    October 27, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Following the immediate sell-out of a recently announced special event at The Wiltern in L.A. on Feb. 8, live-event promoter Live Nation on Monday announced two more "once in a lifetime" concerts with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga . The music stars will play The Hollywood Bowl on May…

  12. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  13. Why 1984 Was Pop Music’s Best Year Ever

    October 24, 2014 2:18 PM EDT If the dystopian warnings in George Orwell's visionary novel Nineteen Eighty-Four hadn't entirely come to pass, there was plenty of alienation, disillusionment and despair to go around in 1984. Fear of nuclear destruction was at an all-time high. The AIDS epidemic continued to…

  14. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT 0 Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago…

  15. Holocaust Theater Archive Established at University of Miami

    October 06, 2014 1:22 AM EDT The first comprehensive archive of theater materials related to the Holocaust has been established at the University of Miami, allowing researchers and students worldwide access to such plays as Arthur Millers' Broken Glass , the stage adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank  and the…

  16. Ask Billboard: Summer Songs, More Taylor Swift & Remembering Survivor's Jimi Jamison

    September 07, 2014 9:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HOW I DIDN'T QUITE GET …

  17. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  18. Hear Robyn Cover Arthur Russell's Loose Joints Disco Track 'Tell You (Today)'

    September 03, 2014 9:28 PM EDT Robyn's in good company paying tribute to the late Arthur Russell , on the upcoming covers album Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell . But even alongside Hot Chip , Sufjan Stevens , Blood Orange and José González , standing in the shadow of a musical giant, the Swedish pop singer shines…

  19. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  20. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer…

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