1. John Mayer's Beyonce Cover Soars Onto Hot Rock Songs Chart

    June 06, 2014 12:05 PM EDT Mayer's folk-rock take on 'XO' launches at No. 13. Plus, chart action for Foster the People, Neil Young, Jack White and Sharon Van Etten John Mayer's rendition of Beyoncé's "XO" starts at No. 13 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with 46,000 downloads…

  2. Bob Weir and Ratdog Lead All-Star HeadCount Jam in Brooklyn

    June 05, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Bob Weir and Ratdog hit the lanes of Brooklyn Bowl last night for an intimate club gig in celebration of participatory democracy organization HeadCount's 10th Anniversary Benefit. The two sets were packed with a host of Grateful Dead classics and special guests, including appearances by…

  3. B.A.P Brings Folky Harmonica for Acoustic Single 'Where Are You?'

    June 04, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Looking rather inspired by One Direction, the K-pop boy band bring new video that one can't help but smile at As a band that has typically showcases a darker image, B.A.P returns at their most cheerful with a new acoustic single "Where Are You?" Opening with a bluesy harmonica…

  4. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time period, you would be hard pressed to find a…

  5. 'Sugar Man' Singer Rodriguez Holds Down Los Angeles Gig

    June 02, 2014 4:41 PM EDT The unfathomable story line of the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” which culminates with a series of South Africa arena concerts in 1998, appears to be playing out in similar fashion in the United States. Two years after “Sugar Man's” subject, Sixto Rodriguez, was playing solo…

  6. Bono, The Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors

    May 29, 2014 12:43 AM EDT Bono and the Edge have done their bit to shape popular music, and save lives with tunes. Now they’re helping guide the fortunes of Fender. The U2 founders have joined the board of directors for Fender Musical instruments Corporation, the company behind the legendary Fender guitar lines.…

  7. One Direction Smoking Joint Before Show in Leaked Video: Watch

    May 27, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Video emerged Tuesday showing One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking a rolled up “joint”, as they joke about drug use.  In the video, obtained by the UK’s Daily Mail , Tomlinson shoots the video and narrates along in the back of a SUV as the pop stars drive…

  8. Austin Mahone Performs at Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts Launch Event (Video)

    May 27, 2014 12:07 PM EDT Austin Mahone celebrated the release of his new EP "The Secret," as well as the launch of the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts , with a Q&A and performance at Paramount Hotel's Diamond Horseshoe in New York on Tuesday (May 27). Taking the stage just hours…

  9. CODE Picks of the Week: deadmau5, Bassnectar and More

    May 23, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. deadmau5, "Avaritia" [Astralwerks] Pete Tong this week teased the first single off deadmau5’s highly-anticipated double album, which…

  10. On the Road With Brantley Gilbert: The 'Just As I Am' Star Hits His Hometown

    May 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week has been a time of looking forward for Brantley Gilbert, but also one for a little bit of nostalgia. Gilbert began a week-long promotional trek on Monday in his home near Athens, GA. The singer, promoting his just-released album "Just As I Am," hosted members of the media…

  11. EDM's Mainstream vs. The Underground: Time to End the Hate (Op-Ed)

    May 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT My iPod is not the only place where Skrillex and Speedy J can coexist. Yet as dance music's mainstream and underground gain additional adherents from the current boom, these different worlds seem set on a collision course. This rift reared its head in the debate following…

  12. Summer Music Album Preview 2014: 30 Must-Hear LPs

    May 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT As hot as the season, these are the albums set to scorch this summer. As the weather warms and the debate over the "song of the summer" starts to rage, the new season is already jam-packed with great albums on the horizon. There are the returns of J. Lo and Mariah, highly…

  13. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  14. Cher's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    May 20, 2014 12:10 PM EDT In honor of the legendary diva's birthday, we've ranked the biggest songs of her inimitable six-decade-long career To celebrate superstar dance/pop diva Cher's birthday today (May 20), Billboard has unveiled the legendary performer's top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits. As we…

  15. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: D.J. Freestyles

    May 20, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Following Monday’s Season 18 Finals, shirtless tuxedoed man James Maslow and his partner Peta Murgatroyd have been eliminated, despite earning near-perfect scores on their post-apocalyptic freestyle sponsored by Victoria’s Secret (The Secret Is She’s On Acid) and a tango “tighter than a…

  16. Hayley Williams' 10 Biggest Billboard Hits: 'Ain't It Fun' & More From The Paramore Leader

    May 16, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Toast the Paramore leader's latest chart achievement with this countdown of her biggest hits to date. On this week's Hot 100 chart , Paramore at long last scores its first Top 10 single, as "Ain't It Fun" bumps up three spots and reaches a new peak at No. 10. The …

  17. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  18. Comedy Issue: Tenacious D's Kyle Gass On Guitar Licks & Laughs

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT There has been an explosion in comedy music lately, but I think it always has been around.  If you went back to the ancient Greek satyr plays, I bet you they were playing some kind of janglies. Court jesters? They were definitely getting jingly and jangly. To me, comedy and music are not even…

  19. Tomorrow's Hits: Tove Lo Aims 'High' With 'Habits'

    May 16, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Tove Lo, AJR and Bad Suns   Tove Lo Tove Lo makes her first appearances on Billboard airplay charts as a lead artist, as the hypnotic …

  20. K-Pop Group f(x)'s 'No More' Was Originally Ariana Grande's 'Boyfriend Material': Listen

    May 15, 2014 8:35 PM EDT The R&B-pop star revealed a studio version of the track, originally intended for her debut album 'Yours Truly' Last night, Ariana Grande uploaded a studio version of "oldie" song "Boyfriend Material" to say "thank you for all of your constant love,…

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