1. Bastille's 'Pompeii' Erupts: From the U.K. to Alternative to Top 40

    December 06, 2013 3:55 PM EST During the past 10 months, London quartet Bastille's boisterous debut single, "Pompeii," has grown from compelling alternative track to verified pop hit. Fueled by a 27-24 move on Billboard's Adult Top 40 airplay chart and a 33-29 jump on Mainstream Top 40, the song breaks…

  2. A Perfect Circle's Best-of Collection 'Nice, Nostalgic Walk Down Memory Lane,' Guitarist Says

    December 01, 2013 10:00 AM EST For Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle's upcoming best-of collection and live box set has been "a nice, nostalgic walk down memory lane, for sure." The group -- currently inactive while frontman Maynard James Keenan focuses on the next Tool album and guitarist Howerdel makes a…

  3. Leona Lewis: Christmas LP Has Provided 'New Inspiration' For Next Album

    November 14, 2013 3:57 PM EST U.K. singer's last album was only released overseas, but the next one might have a "throwback, soul" vibe. Next month, Leona Lewis will return to U.S. retailer with "Christmas, With Love," her first holiday effort, due out Dec. 3 on Syco/RCA Records. The British…

  4. Erasure Dances With 'Darker Side' of Christmas on 'Snow Globe'

    October 28, 2013 4:40 PM EDT "Everything about Christmas has been written already," Erasure synth master Vince Clarke says. "We thought it would be more interesting to look into the darker side of the season. For a lot of people, Christmas is not a happy time." So says Clarke of Erasure's "…

  5. Ask Billboard: How Does The Hot 100 Work?

    September 29, 2013 8:05 AM EDT Readers check in on how the Hot 100's points system ranks songs, the record run of AWOLNATION's 'Sail' and the many animals running rampant in current hits As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com …

  6. Avicii: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 13, 2013 12:00 PM EDT With "Wake Me Up!" a million-selling Hot 100 No. 5, he's climbing the rock charts, getting CMT play and delivering EDM's biggest moment yet This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. The night sky flashes white with a Zeus…

  7. Avicii Protégé Audrio, 'Dreaming Wide Awake': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 21, 2013 2:51 PM EDT The newcomer seeks to follow in his mentor’s footsteps with his LE7ELS debut When he’s not creating chart toppers for himself, Avicii is finding new talent to release through his own LE7ELS imprint. One lucky artist taken under the man’s wing is Audrio (born Alexander Adstedt), a fellow…

  8. N.W.A, 'Straight Outta Compton' at 25: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    August 08, 2013 12:43 PM EDT N.W.A formed out of the ashes of the Los Angeles electro group World Class Wrecking Cru, which counted Dr. Dre and DJ Yella among its membership. In 1987, Dre found himself in jail pleading for help from group manager Alonzo Williams, who refused to bail him out because of an unpaid debt…

  9. Bellamy Brothers Collab With Kris Kristofferson, Carlene Carter on New Album

    August 08, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Sometimes, a musical project just kind of happens – without a grand scheme or a great deal of planning. That is exactly the case of what happened with veteran country performers The Bellamy Brothers. Their new album, "The Bellamy Brothers & Friends," just kind of fell together…

  10. Richie Havens Tribute Set at Woodstock '69 Site

    August 07, 2013 9:55 AM EDT The ashes of Richie Havens will be scattered across the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival on the anniversary of the final day of the concert he opened with a nearly three-hour performance. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the music venue built on the Woodstock site in New York's…

  11. Tim Wright, Bassist in Avante Garde Bands Pere Ubu and DNA, Dead

    August 06, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Tim Wright, founding bassist of influential Cleveland band Pere Ubu and a transformative force in pioneering no wave band DNA, died this past Sunday from unreleased causes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news earlier today. Wright joined Pere Ubu in 1975, following the dissolution of…

  12. DJ EDX Announces Contest to Fly on His 'No Xcuses' Private Jet

    July 23, 2013 12:27 PM EDT One lucky fan will get a trip to Ibiza to hang with the DJ when he opens for Avicii. One of the many perks of being a successful DJ is the way you get to travel. When you’re opening for Avicii, economy airfare just won’t do. You fly private. If you don’t happen to park a G6 of your own in…

  13. Plumb Talks Christian, Dance Crossover Hits In Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    July 18, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Chart Beat catches up with Plumb, the singer/songwriter known for a wide-ranging musical palette, which has led to success on multiple Billboard charts After her recent show at New York's Highline Ballroom, Chart Beat chatted with Plumb, one of the more unique regular visitors to…

  14. Norman Doray, 'Filtré' Video: Watch the Funky New Avicii-Supported Clip First Here

    July 11, 2013 10:54 AM EDT “I fell in love with ‘Filtré’ the first time I heard it,” says LE7ELS label boss Avicii. Girls in bikinis. Fast cars. Don Johnson in “Miami Vice.” Not only do these vignettes evoke a sense of summer, they also make up the cut-and-paste video for DJ/producer Norman Doray's latest single…

  15. Venerated NY Tennis Stadium to Stage a Comeback as Concert Venue

    July 08, 2013 6:49 AM EDT From Billie Jean King to The Beatles, Jimmy Connors to Jimi Hendrix, Chris Evert to The Rolling Stones. For decades, the stadium at the West Side Tennis Club was not only one of the cathedrals of tennis - host of the U.S. Open - it was also a stirring music venue, tucked into a leafy…

  16. Latin Summer Songs: 10 to Jam this Week

    July 02, 2013 1:23 PM EDT As we enter the month of July, we looked to our Latin charts and our iPod lists to find our very top picks for Latin summer songs. And while this is definitely a season for dance, we found plenty of romance as well. Read on for the Latin Notas staff picks of 10 Latin songs of the summer to…

  17. Avicii to Release Debut Album '#TRUE' in September: Exclusive

    June 20, 2013 9:00 AM EDT "Disruption is good when a scene is half stuck," says EDM sensation, whose debut will be released on PRMD Music/Island Records Swedish DJ Avicii has accomplished musical milestones like selling out Radio City Music Hall and collaborating with Madonna, but this fall he will do…

  18. APRA Music Awards for Tame Impala, Sia, Timomatic

    June 18, 2013 5:27 AM EDT Tame Impala, Sia Furler, Timomatic, 360 and Hilltop Hoods were among the big winners Monday night at the APRA Music Awards in Melbourne. Kevin Parker’s psychedelic rockers Tame Impala added to their impressive collection of industry-plaudits with the most prestigious APRA Awards category,…

  19. Governors Ball 2013: Guns N' Roses, Nas and Kings of Leon Emerge From the Mud on Day 2

    June 09, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Azealia Banks, Icona Pop, Kendrick Lamar and Japandroids rock Randall's Island a day after a rain-soaked opener Day two of Governors Ball was a much sunnier affair than the rainy start on Friday , but it was far from dry. Festival goers splashed and sludged their way through the…

  20. Spiders From Mars Bassist Trevor Bolder Dies

    May 21, 2013 6:47 PM EDT Appeared on David Bowie's "Hunky Dory" and "Ziggy Stardust," among others, then spent decades in Uriah Heep Longtime Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder, who in the early 1970s backed David Bowie on a string of iconic glam rock albums, beginning with "Hunky…

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