1. Weekly Chart Notes: After Taylor Swift And P!nk, Who's Next To No. 1?

    September 29, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Taylor Swift has notched her first Hot 100 No. 1 and P!nk has pocketed her first Billboard 200 leader. What other stars could be in line for their first toppers? Despite having made 45 prior visits, (*Hot shot debut: I'm now on Twitter! For the latest music news, Chart Beat alerts and…

  2. Jeff Lynne Q&A: ELO Guru Reboots Old Songs, Preps New Ones

    September 26, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Two Releases on Oct. 9; Plus First Solo Album of New Music in Decades Should Be Ready in 2013 Though he fronted the Electric Light Orchestra since its 1970 inception and was part of the short-lived Traveling Wilburys, Jeff Lynne is primarily a behind-the-scenes figure. The studio has always…

  3. Beach Boys Wrap 50 Years as Questions Arise About Their 51st

    September 19, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Band is honored at Grammy Museum one day after Mike Love puts expiration date on reunion; "Why stop now?" Al Jardine asks The Beach Boys gathered at the Grammy Museum Sept. 18 to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a platinum award presentation, a museum fund-raising meet-and…

  4. Rolling Stones Doc 'Charlie Is My Darling' Restored, Captures Band at Early Peak

    September 18, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Archival Footage From 1965 Tour Shows Band's Primal Energy, Hysterical Fans, Camaraderie In September of 1965, the Rolling Stones did a quick two-city tour of Ireland on the heels of the success of their latest single, "Satisfaction." Inspired by the Beatles "Hard Days…

  5. Jason Aldean: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 17, 2012 10:00 AM EDT This is an excerpt. For a longer version, grab a copy of Billboard . Whatever its original purpose, the out-building at (Page 2 of 2) But, in the end, Night Train is most notable for what Aldean does so well: find a balance among edgy production and alpha male lyrics and unadulterated romance…

  6. Peter Gabriel Launches 'So'-centric Tour, Plots Hiatus

    September 14, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Peter Gabriel 's Back To Front Tour, which begins Sunday, may be the last we see of him for awhile. Gabriel tells Billboard that "there is new music" he's working on, but it will have to wait for a hiatus he's planning after the tour ends in mid-October. "I'…

  7. Fashion Week NYC: Estelle Sits Front Row at BCBG, Samantha Ronson Spins at Charlotte's Show

    September 08, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Summer is coming to an end, but the fashionistas at New York Fashion Week are already bustling around in 8-inch stilettos, prepping next year's warm-weather fashions. As the spring 2013 runway shows begin at Lincoln Center, Billboard will be on the scene, exploring all of the shows,…

  8. 'Made in America' Film Will Explode Onto Screen, Says Brian Grazer

    September 05, 2012 9:45 AM EDT "[There'll be] enough combustion that lives inside of this movie that it will have theatrical release that will transcend film festivals" From backstage at the Jay-Z curated Budweiser Made In America festival Sunday (September 2) in Philadelphia, film producer Brian Grazer told…

  9. Matchbox Twenty Q&A: 'We Had This No-Fear Rule'

    September 04, 2012 8:00 PM EDT Walking down the halls of Calabasas' Emblem Studios, surrounded by platinum records from Matchbox Twenty and frontman Rob Thomas , it's easy to forget the band's been gone for a very long time. Putting aside 2007's "Exile on Mainstream" - a mix of new material…

  10. Can Animal Collective's 'Centipede Hz' Make Them Mainstream Stars?

    September 04, 2012 4:00 PM EDT New album follows 2009 breakout 'Merriweather Post Pavilion' -- and is even more accessible. A decade removed from the looped yelps and muddy chants that composed the brunt of its early work, Animal Collective 's latest album, "Centipede Hz," has a whiff of mainstream…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Oh, Boy: Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen Go Top 10

    September 02, 2012 3:05 PM EDT What are words for? Sometimes a catchy melody is enough to make a hit. Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen are having such a "Good Time" - their duet rises 13-9 to become each artist's second Billboard Hot 100 top 10 - that they're practically speechless. "Wah-oh-oh-oh-oh…

  12. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Skrillex, D'Angelo Kick Off Made In America Festival

    September 02, 2012 10:40 AM EDT The first day of the two-day fest featured performances by Jay-Z and many guests, Skrillex, Maybach Music Group, Passion Pit and more. Jay-Z stood sipping champagne with Kanye West while red, white and blue fireworks lit up the Philadelphia night behind them Saturday (Sept. 1) to close out…

  13. Backstreet Boys Reunite for 'GMA' Concert: Watch

    August 31, 2012 2:35 PM EDT It's been six years, but as of this morning, Backstreet's back (alright). All five members of the Backstreet Boys performed on "Good Morning America," their first official concert since Kevin Richardson rejoined the band earlier this year. The quintet sang a trio of hits -…

  14. 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&…

  15. Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler Jam In Pa.

    August 20, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Chart Article PROMOTION Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler Jam at Sands Barenaked Ladies Both humor and hooks, as always, infused Barenaked Ladies' headlining set at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa., Friday (Aug. 17). The group capped a night of adult alternative rock following…

  16. Silversun Pickups Issue Cease and Desist to Romney Campaign

    August 15, 2012 8:34 PM EDT Silversun Pickups don't want Mitt Romney hitting the "Panic Switch." The Los Angeles band's attorney issued a cease-and-desist on Wednesday over the Republican presidential candidate's use of the 2009 hit in recent campaign events. Music & Politics: 5 Moments When…

  17. Jay-Z, Steve Stoute to Document 'Made in America' Festival

    August 15, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Jay-Z is bringing his 'Made in America' festival to the big screen. Jay-Z and Steve Stoute, both co- producers, will work in tandem with Oscar-Awarding winning duo, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, to document the two-day festival and its 40-plus performers. "The festival showcases…

  18. Spice Girls, Jessie J Rehearse for Olympics Closing Ceremony

    August 10, 2012 9:30 AM EDT The Spice Girls, Jessie J, Annie Lennox and Tinie Tempah are among the latest British acts reportedly tipped to sing for their tickets at the closing night ceremony of the London 2012 Games. The media and social networks have been abuzz with speculation and fresh names are popping up to join…

  19. Country Countdown: Kenny Chesney Claims 22nd No. 1

    August 03, 2012 8:00 PM EDT Meanwhile, Big Moves By Little Big Town, Toby Keith, Love & Theft High atop Country Songs, Kenny Chesney claims his 22nd leader with "Come Over," the second radio single and first No. 1 from his "Welcome to the Fishbowl" album. Chesney most recently dominated the chart…

  20. Love & Theft Catch Fire With 'Angel Eyes'

    August 03, 2012 12:30 PM EDT After Starting Over as a Duo, Their Hot Single Hits No. 3 on Country Songs It's been an emotional two years for Love & Theft . After achieving top ten success with their debut single, "Runaway," they were thrown for a loop with the closing of their label, Lyric Street…

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