1. Kylie Minogue Bows At No. 1 in Australia As ‘The Voice U.K.’ Rumors Rumble On

    March 24, 2014 7:59 AM EDT If Kylie Minogue does choose to quit “The Voice U.K.” after the current season, her music career should keep her sufficiently occupied. The Australian singer’s pop profile is in impressive shape right now. Her latest album “Kiss Me Once” becomes the first homegrown album to debut this year…

  2. George Michael’s 'Symphonica' Opens At No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

    March 24, 2014 6:55 AM EDT George Michael’s live “Symphonica” album (Virgin EMI/Universal) won the battle of the heavyweight releases with Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once” (Parlophone/Warner Music) on the new U.K. sales charts yesterday (March 23).  London DJ-producer Duke Dumont scored his second chart-topping single in…

  3. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  4. Black Keys Announce New Album 'Turn Blue' Via Mike Tyson's Twitter

    March 21, 2014 6:56 PM EDT The new album drops May 13 with a new single coming Monday Today the Black Keys introduced the music industry to a fresh new viral marketing concept -- announcing a new album via the Twitter account of a retired boxer. The news came from an oddball video Mike Tyson tweeted out, which ended…

  5. Madonna Producer Patrick Leonard Talks 'Like A Prayer' at 25

    March 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna's classic hit singles like "Live to Tell," "Open Your Heart," "Frozen" and "…

  6. Avicii Goes Country: 'Hey Brother' With 'Less Thump' Crosses Over on Radio

    March 21, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Swedish DJ Avicii makes his introduction to Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Hey Brother" bows at No. 59.  Avicii … country? Certain country programmers say that despite Avicii's status as one of EDM's cornerstones, the bluegrass-tinged "Hey Brother"…

  7. Merle Haggard Tribute Album Gets Release Date

    March 20, 2014 11:47 PM EDT Broken Bow Records -- a label that has gained a reputation in Music City for their unique and trend setting ways of doing things -- will soon be paying tribute to a country music legend who has done things in his own trailblazing way for over five decades, Merle Haggard. On April 1, the label…

  8. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  9. Pop Stars' First Tweets: 50 Thoughts from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem and More

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In celebration of Twitter's eighth year of chatting us up 140 characters at a time, it's time to find out what stars like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and more said during their first time at bat. They range from Katy Perry gushing about joining in on the fun to Drake admitting…

  10. Emmylou Harris To Pen Memoir

    March 19, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Emmylou Harris is adding writer to her list of accomplishments. The acclaimed singer-songwriter has reached a deal with Penguin imprint Blue Rider Press to write a yet-untitled book, aimed for publication in the fall of 2015. Blue Rider executive editor Sarah Hochman will edit. Emmylou Harris…

  11. Weezer Teases Return to Studio: Watch

    March 19, 2014 8:16 PM EDT Though the band was highly prolific toward the latter part of last decade, releasing four full-lengths and one compilation album from 2005-2010, Weezer has remained fairly dormant since "Death to False Metal" dropped in 2010 -- though it's maintained a touring regimen,…

  12. Fania All-Stars, Daddy Yankee Honored at ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    March 19, 2014 5:36 PM EDT The thread that connects the past and present of Latin music was in full display March 18 at the annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards, with legendary musicians Fania All-Stars sharing the stage with today’s stars in what became one of those once-in-a-lifetime musical moments. “I want to thank…

  13. Ryan Tedder Reveals the Stories Behind His Songs for Beyoncé, Adele, Ellie Goulding & More

    March 19, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Ryan Tedder is not only the frontman for OneRepublic -- he's a prolific songwriter and producer who has made more than $2.5 million penning hits for and with the likes of Beyonce and Adele as well as for his own band. When he sat down to chat with Billboard for his recent cover story ,…

  14. Macy Gray Boards Lee Daniels' Hip-Hop Drama 'Empire'

    March 18, 2014 6:03 PM EDT She'll recur in the Fox project starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Grammy winner Macy Gray is joining Fox's "Empire." The singer-actress has boarded the network's hip-hop drama pilot "Empire," The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From "The…

  15. Suzanne Vega Talks New Album, Performs Live In Chart Beat Meet & Greet

    March 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The folk singer/songwriter discusses her new album, 'Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,' which includes a 50 Cent sample and a Macklemore shout-out "Every time I make an album, the idea is to mix the acoustic guitar, this beautiful, old-fashioned, almost…

  16. Kiss, Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour

    March 17, 2014 8:53 PM EDT After its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, Kiss will hit the road to celebrate. The rock band announced today (March 17) a co-headlining tour this summer with fellow rockers Def Leppard. The 42-city jaunt across North America is set to begin June 23 in West Valley…

  17. The Rationals' Scott Morgan on Scott Asheton: Stooges Drummer 'Found Himself' In Music

    March 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Scott Morgan met Scott "Rock Action" Asheton when both were in their early teens in Ann Arbor, Mich., and they were close friends and musical colleagues until Asheton's death over the weekend at the age of 64 . Their two bands, the Stooges and the Rationals, played side by side…

  18. HIM, Anathema Rock New York's Irving Plaza

    March 17, 2014 12:37 PM EDT At five minutes to show time Saturday (March 14) and well ahead of headliner HIM, New York's Irving Plaza was already packed to capacity for opener Anathema, the U.K. band returning for the first time since its triumphant NYC show last September at the Gramercy Theater . However,…

  19. Elbow Lands First No. 1 Album in U.K.

    March 17, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Longtime British modern rock favorites Elbow have achieved their first-ever U.K. No. 1 album, debuting at the top with their sixth studio release "The Take Off and Landing of Everything." On the new singles chart, Canadian duo Dvbbs (pronounced Dubbs) and producer Borgeous entered…

  20. Elvis Presley's 1974 Memphis Concert Remembered With 2 CD Set

    March 16, 2014 11:57 PM EDT Elvis Presley's concert in Memphis in March 1974, when he returned to the city during a U.S. tour to perform in his hometown for the first time in 13 years, is featured in a new two-CD set. RCA Records and Legacy Recordings say "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis" will go…

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