1. Janet Jackson Addresses New Album Report

    August 01, 2014 10:15 AM EDT As rumors swirl, Jackson tweets, "If there is a new project, you'll hear it from my lips" More than six years after her last record ( Discipline ), Janet Jackson is reportedly back in the studio at work on new music.  The news comes from vocal producer and engineer Ian Cross…

  2. Jake Owen Live: Country Star Performs No. 1 Hit 'Beachin'' in the Billboard Studio

    July 24, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Country star Jake Owen recently visited Billboard's New York studio and the singer sat down to play a stripped-down version of “Beachin,”his fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart from his album "Days Of Gold."  Watch him perform "Beachin'" below…

  3. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  4. Bonnaroo 2014: 15 Things You Need In A Festival RV

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Board games, boots and BSB: how the Billboard crew is surviving the 'Roo. Billboard has once again invaded Bonnaroo, and this year, we did it in style. A crew of fearless reporters (and a few of thier trusted friends) drove down from the New York area to Manchester, Tenn. in a 10…

  5. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  6. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More at Summer Jam 2014: Live Blog

    June 01, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Summer Jam – New York radio station Hot 97's annual celebration of hip-hop and R&B – is just getting under way at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The concert series, historically never short on big surprises, will be live-blogged here, so keep checking back for…

  7. Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a Flop?

    May 25, 2014 6:12 PM EDT The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord - the wrong one with many in host country Brazil. Since the recent release of FIFA's "We Are One (Ole Ola)," hordes of fans in Brazil have been slamming the official 2014 Cup theme. Many expressed their…

  8. 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…

  9. Ultra Music Fest 2014's Friday Highlights: Tiësto & Icona Pop Duet, Waka Flocka Flame Crashes Carnage’s Party

    March 29, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Watch clips of Eric Prydz, Crizzly and more perform at day one this year's dance fest. From radio mainstays to rappers to bass bumpers, Ultra Music Festival was an all-encompassing event when it kicked off on Friday (March 28) in Miami’s Bayfront Park, with an array of genres within…

  10. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

  11. Garth Brooks Leads Top Country Albums Chart, Jake Owen Debuts

    December 12, 2013 2:57 PM EST Garth Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decade of Influences" leads Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for a second week with 146,000 copies, sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.   With a concurrent 3-1 second-week hop on the Billboard 200, "Roots"…

  12. Britney Spears, Jake Owen and 'Sound of Music' Set for Top 20 on Billboard 200

    December 06, 2013 7:09 PM EST As reported earlier, Britney Spears' new album "Britney Jean" is the biggest new release of the week, and it's heading for a high debut on Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the album to sell around 115,000 to 120,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on…

  13. Jake Owen Rolls the Dice With 'Days of Gold'

    December 03, 2013 1:30 PM EST "I think that as an artist, sometimes for you to grow, you have to take those risks rather than put out the same song each time" Jake Owen has taken his share of risks over the past few years. His last album, "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," firmly established him as one of the…

  14. Tame Impala, Flume Clean Up At The ARIAs

    December 01, 2013 11:49 PM EST Tame Impala and Flume were the big winners at the 27th ARIA Awards, taking out the bulk of the night’s biggest categories between them. Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala was named best group, and its critically-lauded “Lonerism” (Modular Recordings) won for best album and best rock album. The…

  15. 615 Spotlight: John David Kent Puts Twist on Texas Sound With New Album

    November 27, 2013 4:43 PM EST John David Kent has been making a name for himself on the Texas music circuit for the past few years. Now, with the release of his new album "Before The Sun Comes Up," he says he's more excited than ever. "The fans are wanting some new songs, and the band wants to play…

  16. 615 Spotlight: The Barefoot Movement

    November 20, 2013 3:30 PM EST This week's featured artist in the 615 Spotlight definitely qualifies as one of the most eclectic acts that we've written about in some time. Take a listen to The Barefoot Movement, and you will hear slices of bluegrass, country, folk, and even a little bit of rock and roll. That…

  17. Eric Paslay Preps Debut Album After 'Friday Night' Success

    November 07, 2013 9:49 PM EST Eric Paslay is next in a long line of country singer-songwriters who, after gaining acclaim for writing a collection of hit songs for other artists, is getting his (Fri)day in the spotlight. CMA Awards Photos:  Show Highlights  |  Red Carpet Fashion The 30-year-old Texan is climbing the…

  18. Sound Selectors: The Top 10 Producers in Music

    October 21, 2013 12:10 PM EDT From an indie-rap hero’s surprise takeover to a hard rocker’s Nashville power move, our top 10 producers broke big boundaries and crafted even bigger hits. Here, we head behind the boards and profile the soundmen who ruled the charts. 10 Alex Da Kid “I want to make music that has no…

  19. Lollapalooza 2013: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, New Order Rule Muddy Day 1

    August 03, 2013 1:10 PM EDT In the final minutes of the first day of Lollapalooza (August 2) in Chicago—now in its 10th consecutive year after a 2003 revival--10,000 or so people held lighters and hugged shoulders and sang in unison along with Nine Inch Nails ' devastating ballad “Hurt,” a song so moving that…

  20. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke 'Lines' Up At No. 1 On Pop Songs

    July 08, 2013 4:15 PM EDT At four weeks atop the Hot 100 and counting, Thicke scores his first Pop Songs chart leader. Plus, new No. 1s for Jennifer Lopez and La Arrolladora Banda el Limon Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

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