1. Sound Selectors: The Top 10 Producers in Music

    October 21, 2013 12:10 PM EDT From an indie-rap hero’s surprise takeover to a hard rocker’s Nashville power move, our top 10 producers broke big boundaries and crafted even bigger hits. Here, we head behind the boards and profile the soundmen who ruled the charts. 10 Alex Da Kid “I want to make music that has no…

  2. Throwing Muses Buck the Label System: 'We're Dancing on Its Grave'

    October 18, 2013 2:15 PM EDT The last time Throwing Muses released an album was a decade ago. But the influential band-U.K. label 4AD's first American signing in 1986-hasn't been on hiatus. Leader Kristin Hersh, drummer David Narcizo and bassist Bernard George were still writing and gigging together, weaving…

  3. Cassadee Pope, Luke Bryan Lead Country Charts

    October 17, 2013 5:20 PM EDT The former champion of NBC's 'The Voice' soars onto Top Country Albums at No. 1, while Bryan achieves an honor on Hot Country Songs last managed in 1966 Cassadee Pope, the third-season winner of NBC's "The Voice," becomes the second rookie female to debut at No…

  4. Eminem's 30 Biggest Songs

    October 17, 2013 2:16 PM EDT Eminem's birthday is today (Oct. 17), and to celebrate the midwestern rapper who rose to the national stage a decade and a half ago, we're taking a look at Em's 30 biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100. He may go by a handful of names -- Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady …

  5. 615 Spotlight: Jason Mitchell Makes It 'Stomp' at Steelers Game

    October 16, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The new release from Jason Mitchell, titled "Stomp," is starting to make a little bit of an impact, and as the singer tells Billboard – in a pretty unique place. "We just had it play during the second quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers game. It played during the highlight…

  6. Pearl Jam to Soundtrack the World Series (Exclusive)

    October 11, 2013 12:12 PM EDT Pearl Jam's epic, rain-delayed set at Chicago's Wrigley Field in July won't be the only time the band connects with baseball in 2013. A partnership with Fox Sports will include extensive use of 48 Pearl Jam songs across the promotional and music beds for this month's…

  7. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor': What We Learned From An Early Listen

    October 03, 2013 10:20 AM EDT I'll admit, when I first watched Arcade Fire's performance on "Saturday Night Live"  last weekend, I was a little concerned. As good as the songs were, something about the new theatrics and imagery -- Win's Nightwing eye makeup, the band's suits festooned with…

  8. Taylor Swift Joins the Cast of 'The Giver'

    September 30, 2013 12:54 AM EDT Taylor Swift has joined the cast of The Weinstein Company and Walden Media's movie adaptation of "The Giver." The singer-songwriter is the latest member of the cast that features previously reported stars Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Katie Holmes. Other…

  9. Jay Z's 'A New York Holiday' Luxury Barneys Line Launching in November

    September 25, 2013 12:25 PM EDT Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Balmain, Proenza Schouler, Rick Owen and more created pieces alongside Jay for the holiday season. Jay Z is going to make holiday gift-giving mighty easy this season.  Lux retail store Barneys announced today that they’re partnering with the hip-hop mogul for a…

  10. Keith Urban's 'Fuse' Ignites On Country Charts

    September 19, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Keith Urban debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with "Fuse," which arrives with 98,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his fourth top start on the country tally and his second on the Billboard 200. He'd most recently led both lists with…

  11. CBGB Film Festival Lineup Announced

    September 18, 2013 6:45 PM EDT This year's CBGB Music & Film Festival will travel from the Bowery to Broadway with "CBGB" and "Broadway Idiot," the documentary on Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and the making of the musical "American Idiot."  Taking place Oct. 8-13, about 60…

  12. Replacements Reunion, Fall Out Boy & Blink-182 Highlight Chicago's Riot Fest

    September 16, 2013 9:42 AM EDT Beloved rockers tear through second gig in 22 years to close out 3-day fest The ninth annual Riot Fest rocked hard this past weekend at Chicago's spacious Humboldt Park, carnival-oriented punk and indie rock festival's home for the second consecutive year. From old school acts…

  13. Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum Embrace ACM Honors

    September 12, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a rare visit to Music City on Tuesday night for the 7th Annual ACM Honors show at the Ryman Auditorium. A program designed to salute those ACM Award winners who are not awarded during the CBS telecast this past April, the night was a balanced mix of winners…

  14. Spotlight On Bleona

    September 09, 2013 11:51 AM EDT From Albanian fests to Timbaland's studio, Bleona has U.S. success in her sights. Bleona Qereti is the most famous pop singer from the small European nation of Albania, where the press have likened her to Madonna, in her bold visual style and attitude. At the age of 14, the young diva…

  15. Alabama Earns Highest Charting Album on Billboard 200

    September 05, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The veteran group bows at No. 8, and No. 2 on Top Country Albums, with its collaborative tribute collection. Plus, Luke Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a third week Alabama posts its best rank and sales week in seven years on Top Country Albums, as "Alabama & Friends" bows…

  16. Jo Dee Messina Takes 'Scary as Crap' Leap on Crowd-Sourced Album

    September 04, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Add Jo Dee Messina's name to the growing list of established artists who are bucking the industry standard of working with a major label, and doing things their own way. The singer -- who charted twenty-three singles on the Billboard charts between 1996 and 2009 -- has just released…

  17. Nine Inch Nails Exert Brutal Intensity at Troubadour Club Show: Live Review

    September 04, 2013 11:30 AM EDT "I almost forgot we have a new record out today..." So exclaimed Trent Reznor midway through a private Nine Inch Nails concert held Tuesday night (Sept. 3) at Los Angeles' famed Troubadour club. Hosted by KROQ, with tickets distributed free to NIN fans, the event…

  18. Twerk It: The Top 10 Booty-Popping Artists in Music

    August 29, 2013 12:18 PM EDT There was a time when Miley Cyrus was in the running for America's Sweetheart. What happened? She bucked right off that stage and learned how to twerk. One could argue that the pop star has done more for the raunchy type of dancing than any other lady that's ever popped their…

  19. Jenni Rivera Crash Case Defendants Challenge Lawsuit

    August 23, 2013 6:41 AM EDT Owners of the plane that crashed last December killing Regional Mexican star Jenni Rivera are challenging a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on behalf of the families of the four members of her entourage who traveled with her, Billboard has learned.   “Defendants are challenging…

  20. Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist and Radio Host, Dead at 95

    August 21, 2013 10:03 AM EDT Marian McPartland, a renowned jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show "Piano Jazz," has died at the age of 95, NPR said Wednesday. McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her Port Washington home on Long Island, said Anna Christopher Bross, a spokeswoman…

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