1. Exclusive Premiere: Hear The Entire 'Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute' Album

    March 02, 2015 12:22 PM EST Tom Morello, Serj Tankian and more pay homage to the late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist. March 19 will mark the 33 rd anniversary of the death of Randy Rhoads , the guitar wunderkind whose talents helped Ozzy Osbourne establish his successful solo career. Sadly, the 25-year-old was killed in…

  2. Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Eric Church Debut New Music at UMG Nashville's Country Radio Seminar Showcase

    February 26, 2015 6:18 PM EST What's country music going to sound like for the rest of 2015? Universal Music Nashville's sixth annual showcase at the Country Radio Seminar, held Feb. 26 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, gave a pretty convincing indication that the genre could be moving away from "bro…

  3. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 8: 'The Lyon's Roar'

    February 26, 2015 2:38 PM EST There couldn't have been a more fitting title for the eighth episode of Empire than "The Lyon's Roar." The latest episode of the Fox show revealed a lot about each character and gave most a fresh start. If viewers were wondering whether to stick through the first season,…

  4. Sam Hunt Talks the 'Power of Country Radio' Before Nashville's New Faces Show

    February 24, 2015 6:28 PM EST Friday night's New Faces Show at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville will feature five very talented and diverse performers who have made their mark on the format in the past year. When you look at the radio-voted lineup, it's hard to disagree with Sam Hunt 's placement on…

  5. Read Bob Dylan's Full MusiCares Gala Speech

    February 07, 2015 7:15 PM EST When Bob Dylan took the stage on Friday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where he was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year at its annual dinner, the iconic singer/songwriter's "thank you" speech was a lengthy 40 minute-long message, during which he opened…

  6. Barclays Announces New Brooklyn Direct Booking Division, to Launch with Nile Rodgers' Fold Fest

    February 05, 2015 10:51 AM EST New division will work directly with agents, managers. In the latest of a string of strategic moves focused on live entertainment, Barclays Center's Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment has launched Brooklyn Direct, a new programming division designed to work directly with agents and…

  7. How Super Bowl Halftime Shows Sell Music: From MJ to Bruno Mars (1993-Present)

    January 30, 2015 5:24 PM EST From Michael Jackson to Bruno Mars, how stars' Super Bowl performances scored on the charts. Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance in 1993, the Super Bowl halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner superstars. Super Bowl 2015: Full…

  8. 'American Idol' Recap: Wide Awake in San Francisco

    January 28, 2015 11:39 PM EST From the moment American Idol showcased Mustafa , the psychic cat of contestant Katharine Skitter , in a preview package, the immediate premonition was that the San Francisco auditions would be magical. And they were. From Skitter's fabulously wacky audition in a fur coat the 15-year…

  9. Allan Reid, Newly Appointed Head of Canada's Recording Academy, Talks Junos

    January 28, 2015 5:35 PM EST Allan Reid has been a towering, affable presence in the Canadian music industry for over 25 years. The newly named president and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), based in Toronto, Reid was behind contracts with artists such as Jann Arden , Sam Roberts…

  10. Veteran Label/Management Exec Gary Gersh Joins AEG Live

    January 27, 2015 7:57 PM EST Newly created post makes Gersh an 'excitable boy again.' Former manager and label exec Gary Gersh has joined global concert promoter AEG Live in the newly created position of president of global talent, Billboard has learned. Gersh most recently served as CEO of The Artist…

  11. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  12. Raquel Aurilia on Her Next Album, 'Therapeutic' Songwriting Process & More

    January 21, 2015 8:07 PM EST Singer-songwriter Raquel Aurilia knows that in the music business, crazy schedules are a part of everyday life. However, as the former spouse of longtime MLB star Rich Aurilia, it's something she's very used to. "Our lives were very structured," she tells Billboard . …

  13. Meghan Trainor Joins Elite Company With Debut No. 1 Single & Album

    January 21, 2015 4:00 PM EST Trainor becomes just the 13th female artist with a debut No. 1 song and album, as 'Title' zooms to the top of the Billboard 200. Following the upgrade of Meghan Trainor 's debut EP Title to a full-length, the set roars to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . It blasts to the…

  14. Vijay Iyer on Ferguson, Teaching at Harvard & Jazz's Relationship With Hip-Hop

    January 20, 2015 6:00 PM EST Pianist Vijay Iyer, known for moving between jazz, classical, Indian and electronic music, will perform 12 different sets of music in a residency at The Stone in New York City between Jan. 20 and 25. His shows on Jan. 23 and 24 will feature expanded versions of his longtime trio, which…

  15. Statler Brothers Celebrate 50 Years in the Business -- And Retirement

    January 16, 2015 6:35 PM EST For Country Music Hall of Fame members the Statler Brothers , 2015 is a year of celebration: It marks five decades since the Virginia-based quartet first released Tom T. Hall 's "The Ballad of Billy Christian." Wait. You haven't heard of it? Well, unless you have their…

  16. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit 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 @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  17. Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane on His Hall of Fame Induction, Inviting Robert Plant to His Basement

    December 22, 2014 12:16 PM EST Ahead of his induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame next spring, Steve Kane talks about hitting up the record store every Saturday and his 15,000-strong music collection. Every Friday, Warner Music Canada president Steve Kane posts to his Facebook page a message like…

  18. Billy Corgan: 'I'm a Rock Star Because I'm a Great F---ing Musician'

    December 19, 2014 4:40 PM EST When it comes to the state of the music industry (or anything else for that matter),  Smashing Pumpkins  mastermind and frontman  Billy Corgan  has no problem speaking his mind. Billboard sat down with the musician in his dressing room at the recent KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas event in Los…

  19. Eric Burgett Brings His Classical Training to Country Music

    December 19, 2014 2:59 PM EST In this week's 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a singer who we found simply perfecting his art in one of the most prestigious clubs in Nashville: Eric Burgett, one of the most unique talents  you will find in Music City. His writing and performing definitely fit in with what is out…

  20. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

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