1. Farm Aid 2013: Pete Seeger Sings Out, Neil Young Speaks Up and Jack Johnson Cows Around

    September 23, 2013 11:16 PM EDT "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013, the annual benefit for America's family farmers, staged Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Saratoga Springs, New York. "That song,"…

  2. Sting's 'The Last Ship' Musical To Set Sail For Broadway

    September 19, 2013 11:58 PM EDT Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" will sail onto a Broadway stage after a stop in Chicago. Producers said Thursday that the show - inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northeast England - will appear on Broadway in the fall of 2014…

  3. Imagine Dragons Stacking Demos for Album No. 2: 'We'll Continue to Evolve'

    September 19, 2013 10:45 AM EDT With concert dates currently booked into early December, and more coming, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds says fans probably shouldn't hold their breath waiting for the group's follow-up to its year-old platinum debut "Night Visions." "I think 'Night…

  4. White House Postpones ‘Musica Latina’ Concert After Navy Yard Massacre

    September 16, 2013 11:51 PM EDT The White House decided late Monday to postpone the taping of a program celebrating Latin music, citing a morning shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead. "In light of today's tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard and out of respect for the…

  5. Rise Against Unearth 'Long Forgotten Songs'; Watch 'Lanterns' Video Premiere

    September 10, 2013 12:20 PM EDT Rise Against's new compilation, "Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013" -- which arrives today on Interscope Records -- is a rarities set that spans all the way back to before the Chicago punk band had landed a Fat Wreck Chords deal to release its 2001 debut…

  6. Frankie Valli Q&A: Looking Back at 50 Years of The Four Seasons

    September 03, 2013 4:30 PM EDT There is a scene in the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" that represents the sustained success of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio and their group, the Four Seasons, for more than 50 years. It portrays a pact made by Valli, the singer, and Gaudio, a founding performer who soon stepped…

  7. Beyonce, Phoenix, 2 Chainz and More Kick Off Made In America Festival 2013

    September 01, 2013 11:14 AM EDT Beyonce was iconic, as all expected. Phoenix, Empire of the Sun and 2 Chainz ripped up the MIA stages in Philly, too. At this point, Beyonce coming to town means that those in attendance will witness an excellence exhibition. Last night (Aug. 31) in Philadelphia, Beyonce--currently…

  8. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke Triples Up At No. 1 With 'Blurred Lines'

    August 12, 2013 5:05 PM EDT The smash is the first to top Pop Songs, Rhythmic and Adult Pop Songs simultaneously since 1999. Plus, new No. 1s for Lorde and Brett Eldredge Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the…

  9. Jeff Bhasker On 'Yeezus,' Collaborating With P!nk & Looking 'To Evolve My Sound'

    August 09, 2013 4:58 PM EDT "You'll still be listening to ['Yeezus'] in 10 years, 20 years — not whatever else album came out today. I love Wale, but I don't think that's the music people are going to actually say, 'That's what defined this year.' That's what Kanye…

  10. Lollapalooza 2013: Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, New Order Rule Muddy Day 1

    August 03, 2013 1:10 PM EDT In the final minutes of the first day of Lollapalooza (August 2) in Chicago—now in its 10th consecutive year after a 2003 revival--10,000 or so people held lighters and hugged shoulders and sang in unison along with Nine Inch Nails ' devastating ballad “Hurt,” a song so moving that…

  11. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  12. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  13. 'Glee' Actor Mike O'Malley Says Cory Monteith was Show's Leader

    July 29, 2013 1:03 AM EDT "Glee" cast member Mike O'Malley says Cory Monteith, who died earlier this month of a drug overdose, was a leader on the show. O'Malley plays Burt Hummel, dad to Chris Colfer's Kurt on the musical. He told the Television Critics Association on Saturday that Monteith…

  14. 'Radioactive' Explosion: How Imagine Dragons' Hit Has Conquered Multiple Radio Formats

    July 27, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Radio programmers discuss how a song that's 'a little alternative, a little pop, a little dubstep' has become a multi-format smash Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" has turned into one of the most prophetic titles in Billboard chart history. The track links a…

  15. Cory Monteith: Thoughts on Losing 'Glee's Heartbeat

    July 14, 2013 11:00 PM EDT "Finn was our hero, our everyman" Early Sunday morning (late Saturday night on the west coast) my phone began to light up with text messages. First it was rumors that "Glee" star Cory Monteith had passed away, and then came condolences once the Vancouver police…

  16. Imagine Dragons: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 12, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Platinum sales, sold-out dates and a top five hit on the Hot 100 -- Imagine Dragons is the breakthrough band of 2013 This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. Dan Reynolds is knocking back some potato wedges "somewhere in Denmark,"…

  17. '20 Feet From Stardom' Star Merry Clayton Talks Tour, Her 'Best-Of' & New Recordings

    July 02, 2013 9:30 AM EDT A film about her career as a backup singer is what's allowing the world to remember Merry Clayton as a recording artist in her own right. Clayton tells Billboard that "20 Feet From Stardom" -- the Morgan Neville documentary about her and other notable backing vocalists that…

  18. Nigel Lythgoe Confirms 'American Idol' Exit

    June 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Nigel Lythgoe has been fired as executive producer of "American Idol." The longtime "Idol" fixture, who briefly went on hiatus from the show during its eighth and ninth seasons, confirmed the news via his @dizzyfeet handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter. "Just…

  19. Beyonce Headlines 'Chime for Change' Charity Concert for Women in London

    June 01, 2013 10:30 PM EDT Beyonce and a few famous friends — including John Legend , Jennifer Lopez and Madonna — turned the home of English rugby into a fortress for women's rights at a star-studded charity concert . Beyonce headlined a concert at Twickenham rugby stadium in London in support of Chime for…

  20. New HBO Liberace Biopic A ‘Great Love Story,’ says Michael Douglas

    May 23, 2013 3:12 AM EDT The idea of Michael Douglas playing Liberace might seem nearly as outrageous as Liberace himself. Liberace, forever hailed as Mr. Showmanship, was the excess-to-the-max pianist-personality whose onstage and offstage extravagance were legendary and who wowed audiences in Las Vegas and…

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