1. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Meghan Trainor Hits Top 40, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Debut

    November 21, 2014 3:24 PM EST Trainor soars with her second hit, while Ronson's scorching soul/pop track brings the writer/producer out from behind the scenes. Plus, chart action for Vance Joy, Lorde & One Direction. As previously reported, Taylor Swift makes history by becoming the first woman to replace…

  2. Rixton Discuss Their Bizarre Pre-Show Ritual and Treating Every Concert Like It's at Wembley

    November 21, 2014 12:57 PM EST Compared to their compadres Mary Lambert and Betty Who , British band Rixton are the babies of the AmEx AIR bunch. While the female Artists in Residence are riding high on the success of their first major-label albums, the young lads from Manchester are still a few months away from the…

  3. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  4. Mr. Probz Rides 'Waves' to No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 21, 2014 10:40 AM EST Mr. Probz pulls into the No. 1 spot on Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Waves," which rises 3-1. The chart's top Airplay and Digital Gainer, "Waves" reaches another new sales high (61,000 downloads, up 20 percent, according to Nielsen…

  5. Cole Swindell Brings His Fans 'Down Home' With New EP

    November 20, 2014 7:29 PM EST has been a banner year for Cole Swindell . Between his own singles "Chillin' It" and "I Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," as well as writing such hits as "Roller Coaster" for Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett 's "Get Me Some Of That," Swindell…

  6. Dave Appell, Songwriter for Chubby Checker, Dies at 92

    November 20, 2014 5:20 PM EST He co-wrote 'Let’s Twist Again' and 'Limbo Rock' and produced for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Dave Appell , the Philadelphia songwriter-producer behind such 1960s rock 'n' roll hits as "Let's Twist Again" and "Limbo Rock" from Chubby…

  7. John Cameron Mitchell Returning to 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    November 20, 2014 2:32 PM EST Actor will reprise the transgender rocker role he created for a limited eight-week engagement in the hit Broadway revival, starting Jan. 21. Hedwig fans rejoice. Mama's coming home. John Cameron Mitchell , co-creator and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch , will return to his…

  8. Streaming Drives Sales, According to New Study

    November 20, 2014 2:00 PM EST YouTube might be "the devil" to Garth Brooks , but in another's eyes, it's a great source of music discovery. In fact, a new study being released by the Country Music Association suggests that adults 18-plus are far more likely to buy music after being exposed to it on…

  9. Country Singer Ty Herndon Comes Out As Gay

    November 20, 2014 1:42 PM EST GLAAD applauded Herndon, saying, "Gay people can also be Christians, cowboys, and even country music stars." Country singer Ty Herndon has come out as gay in a new interview with People : "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man." The 52-year-old country singer earned…

  10. Throwback Thursday: Watch Teenage Britney Spears Perform at Tree Lighting Ceremony

    November 20, 2014 10:00 AM EST Allow old-school  Britney Spears   to get back on your radar. The holiday kickoff is just a week away (we see you, Thanksgiving), so for this week's Throwback Thursday we're getting into the spirit and throwing things back 15 years, to the 1999 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting…

  11. How's Metallica 'Late Late Show' Residency Going? See the First Three Performances

    November 20, 2014 8:28 AM EST Bono might have gotten injured and forced a cancelation of U2 's Tonight Show residency, but Metallica  seem to be having a blast over at The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson . "For Metallica," Ferguson said at the top of the week, "it's nine studio albums, four…

  12. Taylor Swift's '1989' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

    November 19, 2014 4:36 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top. 1989 sold…

  13. 'Rock of Ages' to Take Final Broadway Bow

    November 18, 2014 4:09 PM EST Musical will close Jan. 18 after six-year run. Rock of Ages is set to close after a six-year run on Broadway, it was announced Tuesday morning (Nov. 18). The five-time Tony-nominated musical -- which currently features original star Constantine Maroulis , YouTube personality  Chester See  …

  14. Tracy Morgan Still Recovering From Brain Injury

    November 18, 2014 3:43 PM EST Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's unknown if the actor-comedian will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday (Nov. 18).   Benedict Morelli said the former Saturday…

  15. 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 …

  16. Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine' Dawns Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 18, 2014 10:45 AM EST Ballard becomes the first act to score his first two No. 1s this year. Plus, Brad Paisley returns to the top 10. Frankie Ballard claims his second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Sunshine & Whiskey" rises 2-1. He first rang the top bell with "Helluva…

  17. Kristen Bell & Straight No Chaser Release Goofy Christmas Song 'Text Me Merry Christmas'

    November 17, 2014 12:30 PM EST It's mid-November, which means it's totally fine to start listening to Christmas music, right? No? Well, you're going to want to make an exception for this new Christmas song "Text Me Merry Christmas" by Frozen 's Kristen Bell and the a cappella group Straight…

  18. Vagrant Records Bought by BMG Chrysalis

    November 17, 2014 11:58 AM EST In yet another move aimed at growing its catalog of recorded masters, BMG Chrysalis US has acquired indie rock label Vagrant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Vagrant co-founder Jon Cohen will become evp of recorded music and oversee records released through BMG&…

  19. Hear Usher’s New Song ‘Clueless’ Without the Cheerios Box

    November 16, 2014 6:49 PM EST Usher fans won’t need to buy a box of Cheerios to hear the singer’s new song “Clueless.” New Usher Song Available Exclusively in Honey Nut Cheerios Boxes Sold at Walmart The track has appeared online less than a week after becoming available as a download within specially-marked…

  20. Get To Know Solange's (Rumored) Fiance, Video Director Alan Ferguson: A Playlist

    November 15, 2014 9:06 PM EST Wedding bells may soon be ringing. Yes, Solange Knowles will reportedly be a married woman come Monday morning. According to a report , the "Losing You" singer is set to marry video director (and longtime love) Alan Ferguson on Sunday (Nov. 16) in New Orleans. With the couple…

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