1. Rixton Discuss Their Bizarre Pre-Show Ritual and Treating Every Concert Like It's at Wembley

    November 21, 2014 12:57 PM EST Compared to their compadres Mary Lambert and Betty Who , British band Rixton are the babies of the AmEx AIR bunch. While the female Artists in Residence are riding high on the success of their first major-label albums, the young lads from Manchester are still a few months away from the…

  2. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  3. Mr. Probz Rides 'Waves' to No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 21, 2014 10:40 AM EST Mr. Probz pulls into the No. 1 spot on Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Waves," which rises 3-1. The chart's top Airplay and Digital Gainer, "Waves" reaches another new sales high (61,000 downloads, up 20 percent, according to Nielsen…

  4. Dave Appell, Songwriter for Chubby Checker, Dies at 92

    November 20, 2014 5:20 PM EST He co-wrote 'Let’s Twist Again' and 'Limbo Rock' and produced for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Dave Appell , the Philadelphia songwriter-producer behind such 1960s rock 'n' roll hits as "Let's Twist Again" and "Limbo Rock" from Chubby…

  5. How's Metallica 'Late Late Show' Residency Going? See the First Three Performances

    November 20, 2014 8:28 AM EST Bono might have gotten injured and forced a cancelation of U2 's Tonight Show residency, but Metallica  seem to be having a blast over at The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson . "For Metallica," Ferguson said at the top of the week, "it's nine studio albums, four…

  6. Taylor Swift's '1989' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

    November 19, 2014 4:36 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top. 1989 sold 312…

  7. Nicki Lee Barbour Foster, Daughter of Peggy Lee, Dies at 71

    November 18, 2014 6:49 PM EST Her father was guitarist, composer & bandleader Dave Barbour. Nicki Lee Barbour Foster , the daughter of legendary singer Peggy Lee and guitarist Dave Barbour , died Friday of complications from a stroke at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. She was 71.…

  8. Watch Band of Merrymakers' 'Must Be Christmas' Video

    November 18, 2014 2:57 PM EST Get into the holiday spirit with the latest from Band of Merrymakers , a rotating-cast Yuletide supergroup that currently features  Charles Kelley of  Lady Antebellum ,  Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees ,  Fitz of  Fitz & the Tantrums ,  Nick Hexum of 311 , Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra …

  9. Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine' Dawns Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 18, 2014 10:45 AM EST Ballard becomes the first act to score his first two No. 1s this year. Plus, Brad Paisley returns to the top 10. Frankie Ballard claims his second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Sunshine & Whiskey" rises 2-1. He first rang the top bell with "Helluva…

  10. Kristen Bell & Straight No Chaser Release Goofy Christmas Song 'Text Me Merry Christmas'

    November 17, 2014 12:30 PM EST It's mid-November, which means it's totally fine to start listening to Christmas music, right? No? Well, you're going to want to make an exception for this new Christmas song "Text Me Merry Christmas" by Frozen 's Kristen Bell and the a cappella group Straight…

  11. Vagrant Records Bought by BMG Chrysalis

    November 17, 2014 11:58 AM EST In yet another move aimed at growing its catalog of recorded masters, BMG Chrysalis US has acquired indie rock label Vagrant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Vagrant co-founder Jon Cohen will become evp of recorded music and oversee records released through BMG&…

  12. Hear Usher’s New Song ‘Clueless’ Without the Cheerios Box

    November 16, 2014 6:49 PM EST Usher fans won’t need to buy a box of Cheerios to hear the singer’s new song “Clueless.” New Usher Song Available Exclusively in Honey Nut Cheerios Boxes Sold at Walmart The track has appeared online less than a week after becoming available as a download within specially-marked…

  13. Get To Know Solange's (Rumored) Fiance, Video Director Alan Ferguson: A Playlist

    November 15, 2014 9:06 PM EST Wedding bells may soon be ringing. Yes, Solange Knowles will reportedly be a married woman come Monday morning. According to a report , the "Losing You" singer is set to marry video director (and longtime love) Alan Ferguson on Sunday (Nov. 16) in New Orleans. With the couple…

  14. Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd Set for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    November 14, 2014 9:37 PM EST Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album should rule for third straight week Foo Fighters , Pink Floyd and Garth Brooks are all heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart next week with their latest new albums. Industry forecasters suggest Foo Fighters' new Sonic Highways will likely debut…

  15. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Wu-Tang Clan to Shawn Mendes

    November 14, 2014 6:13 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Shawn Mendes "Something Big" Island The Ed Sheeran -esque folk-pop of Shawn Mendes' "Something Big" is an awkward fit for the Vine phenomenon. Unlike the slow contemplation of debut hit "Life Of The Party,"…

  16. Taylor Swift's '1989' Set for Third Week at No. 1

    November 13, 2014 4:04 PM EST '1989' may sell 300,000 in its third week. There's little stopping Taylor Swift 's 1989 album, as it is on course to spend a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the Big Machine Records release may sell upwards of 300,000…

  17. Exclusive: PTTOW! Appoints Bob Pittman, Jay Brown to Cultural Advisory Board Ahead of First Music Summit

    November 13, 2014 10:18 AM EST PTTOW!, an invite-only community for marketers and executives seeking to shape the next generation of consumers (aged 14 to 34), has helped broker music-marketing partnerships and recognize artists like Kaskade and Will.i.am alongside top executives from many of the world's biggest…

  18. Juan Luis Guerra on New Sounds, New Album & Eternal Inspiration of Wife Nora

    November 12, 2014 6:58 PM EST 'Todo Tiene Su Hora' is out this week. Once upon a time, Juan Luis Guerra was a maverick star from the Dominican Republic who took bachata -- the most popular of rhythms from his home country -- and made it international. Thirty years later, bachata dominates the Billboard charts…

  19. Watch Chris Brown & Trey Songz Talk 'Between the Sheets' Tour

    November 11, 2014 5:43 PM EST Tyga will be the special guest on the pair’s Live Nation tour, which kicks off Jan. 28. After several months of teasing, Chris Brown and Trey Songz formally announced their Between the Sheets Tour during a press conference Monday at Hollywood's House of Blues. The Virginia natives…

  20. Who’s the Next Nicki Minaj? From Lizzo to Tink, 5 Female MCs Striving to Strike Hitmaking Gold

    November 11, 2014 2:39 PM EST There may not be many female rappers topping the charts, but plenty of talented newcomers are threatening to become hitmakers.   LIZZO Letterman just booked this 26-year-old, who rhymes "nookie" with "sunset the color of snooki." Check Out: "Batches & Cookies…

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