1. Jack Johnson, Other Acoustic Pop Singers Find Home on Pandora... When Will AC Radio Catch Up?

    January 29, 2015 1:09 PM EST It is well established that even when broadcast radio's listeners go looking for music on other platforms, they often search out the same mainstream formats they hear on FM. "All-'80s" is one exception , but that format differs mostly in its parameters; the songs played…

  2. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift's Likely-Next-Single 'Style' Debuts on Pop Songs

    January 12, 2015 6:30 PM EST The not-quite-confirmed next track from '1989' bows. Plus, Madonna and Reba McEntire each return to their longtime respective stomping grounds. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  3. 10 Band Members We Wish Would Release Their Solo Debuts in 2015

    January 02, 2015 12:24 PM EST With the music industry slowly picking up again after the holiday lull, get ready for a lot of talk about 2015's most-anticipated albums. But just like D'Angelo and Thom Yorke proved last year -- and Beyoncé the year before that -- be prepared for the surprise release. These spur…

  4. 'The Colbert Report': 8 Great Music Moments From Daft Punk Dancing to Black Keys Fighting

    December 18, 2014 3:45 PM EST Bring on the tears: The Colbert Report ends its run with tonight's episode. While Stephen Colbert the person will of course be fine -- he's taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show -- "Stephen Colbert" the character's future is much less certain. One thing…

  5. 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 …

  6. Why 1992 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for 1992 and 1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1992, BMG and Columbia's music subscriptions were still in full…

  7. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Better Than Ezra's New Album 'All Together Now'

    September 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Frontman Kevin Griffin tells Billboard about the prank-filled recording sessions for their new album. Better Than Ezra , the New Orleans-based rock trio behind such '90s hits as “Good” and “Desperately Wanting,” are back with a new studio album, and it's streaming exclusively on…

  8. The MusicCares Challenge Emerges to Benefit Artists (and Show Off Great Music)

    August 29, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Last Saturday Tom DeSavia , head of creative services at Songs Music Publishing, was sick of the naysaying from detractors of the now-ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge which, according to Forbes , has increased donations to the ALS Association by 3,500% over last year, from $2.8 million to over…

  9. Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

    August 18, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40, a format that was itself a one-time halfway point between top 40 and R&B radio. It worked well for KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio) Los…

  10. CBS Local Media Acquires Eventful, Inc.

    July 23, 2014 6:34 PM EDT CBS Local Media has acquired Eventful, Inc., a San Diego-based digital media company that provides demand-based platforms for live, digital and broadcast events. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Eventful's 55-person staff is expected to be integrated into the CBS…

  11. Chart Highlights: Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 16, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second leader. Plus, Godsmack and Rise Against roar back onto Rock Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  12. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O & 'Frozen' Fight for Academy Awards Gold

    February 21, 2014 2:00 PM EST Pharrell has a No. 2 hit, the "Frozen" soundtrack reached No. 1, Karen O is the indie ‘It’ girl and U2 is... just cool. The Academy’s sleepy little Best Original Song category turns shockingly competitive and surprisingly commercial as the nominees open up about what they…

  13. Better Than Ezra Signs With The End Records

    February 11, 2014 3:41 AM EST Better Than Ezra has signed with The End Records, it was announced Monday. The group, featuring co-founding members Kevin Griffin and Tom Drummond along with Michael Jerome, who joined in 2009, will also kick off a national tour this spring. "We couldn't be more thrilled to team up…

  14. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  15. Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    September 09, 2013 11:37 AM EDT The alternative radio format is built upon the promise of what's coming next, so it's no surprise that the music played by alternative stations has experienced multiple changes during the last 25 years. The wide-ranging format of 1988 (when the chart debuted  with the name, …

  16. 311's Nick Hexum Feels 'Super Natural' on Jazz-Pop Solo Album; Lyric Video Premiere

    September 06, 2013 11:00 AM EDT A desire to improve his guitar chops and then form "a for-fun kind of jam band" has turned into a full-blown new musical adventure for 311's Nick Hexum. The group's frontman will release "My Shadow Pages," the first outing by the Nick Hexum Quintet, on Oct.…

  17. Vampire Weekend, 'Modern Vampires of the City': Track-by-Track Review

    May 08, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Rewind to early 2007 --when Vampire Weekend first popped up on indie rock fans' radar at the end of that year, the idea of a band breaking via blog coverage was still a novel concept. Since then, championing the ever-fickle blogosphere has become a virtual requirement in the…

  18. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  19. Pitchfork Music Festival 2012: Invading Hipster Central With My Father

    July 16, 2012 2:00 PM EDT "If you a trill n---a..." "Get your motherfucking hands up!" That first quote is from A$AP Rocky, who's working the crowd at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival like a man possessed and grinning from ear-to-ear like a six-year-old with a secret. The second quote is from…

  20. Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"

    August 13, 2010 4:50 PM EDT Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush of Sugarland are poised for a whopping pop crossover with "Stuck Like Glue," which has already achieved the chart milestone of highest Billboard Hot 100 debut (No. 20) for a country duo or group. Co-written with Better Than Ezra 's Kevin…

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