1. Earl Sweatshirt, 'Doris': Track-By-Track Review

    August 20, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Odd Future's empire thrives off lifestyle. (The crew carries their apparel  while on tour while hard copies of their music stand as a checkout line item in their stores.) Not beholden to radio (with notable yet light chart success), Odd Future has creative freedom when curating. What…

  2. The Dear Hunter's Casey Crescenzo Looks To Crowdfunding For His First Symphony

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  3. John Williams Onboard As Composer For 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

    July 29, 2013 12:37 AM EDT It's official: the latest chapter of Star Wars will be scored by John Williams. The composer, who has crafted the score for all six titles in the space opera saga, was confirmed to be joining J.J. Abrams' Episode VII by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy on Saturday at a Star…

  4. Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan to Direct 'Officer Downe' Movie

    July 16, 2013 4:08 AM EDT "Officer Downe," the graphic novel created by Joe Casey and artist Chris Burnham, is making its way onto the big screen. Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan will direct the project, which is based on a script by Casey. "Officer Downe" follows a Los Angeles…

  5. Dropkick Murphys Donate $300,000 to Boston Marathon Victims

    July 11, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Since 1996, the Dropkick Murphys have been the unofficial house band for the entire city of Boston. Their hit, "Tessie," was written for the Red Sox during their 2004 run to the World Series, when the team ended their 86-year championship "curse," making it a good luck…

  6. Steven Tyler: New Aerosmith Documentary Spotlights Band-Saving 2011 Tour

    June 28, 2013 1:16 PM EDT A bit of band discord indirectly led to a new document of one of Aerosmith's shining moments. Frontman Steven Tyler tells Billboard that he initially brought Casey Patrick Tebo -- who directed the forthcoming documentary "Rock For the Rising Sun" -- into the Aerosmith camp…

  7. Barenaked Ladies Chart Their Five Favorite Songs

    June 13, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Sure, we could rank Barenaked Ladies' top five songs. But ... why not go right to the source - the group members themselves - and ask them to pick their faves? We did. Hear what they chose. At Billboard, we like to think we know a little bit (and hopefully a lot more) about how to…

  8. Earl Sweatshirt To Release 'Doris' In July

    June 07, 2013 4:57 PM EDT Earl Sweatshirt reveals that his sophomore full-length, "Doris," will be released at the end of July. "I'm wrapping everything up so it’s coming out in July," Earl told MTV Australia . "I can't wait for this shit to come out already so I can finally exhale…

  9. Dropkick Murphys Take Aggressive Stance in Helping Boston Bombing Victims

    May 31, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Ken Casey, bassist and founding member of Boston band Dropkick Murphys, spent the first part of his day on April 15 ignoring text messages and focusing on the Celtic rock troupe's concert that evening at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Calif. It was his birthday, so Casey figured most of…

  10. Bruce Springsteen, Dropkick Murphys Team on Fundraising EP for Boston Bombing Victims

    May 16, 2013 3:55 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen and the Dropkick Murphys are releasing a re-recording of the band's song, "Rose Tattoo" on a special charity EP -- "Rose Tattoo: For Boston" -- benefiting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on iTunes May 15, the band announced. The three…

  11. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  12. Belinda Carlisle Ranks Her Top Hits (Q&A)

    May 07, 2013 9:05 AM EDT The lead singer of the Go-Go's is back with her first solo single since 1997. She discusses the difference between her group and solo music, previews the future of the band and, in a Chart Beat exclusive, counts down her top 10 favorite hits. Belinda's back. With "Sun,…

  13. 'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover, Angie Miller Pull to Front on Top Four Do-Over

    May 02, 2013 1:10 PM EDT All of the finalists on this season of "American Idol" have been called a great number of things. In the case of many, cries of "old-fashioned" have abounded; despite their young age, the song choices and overall vibe of certain contestants have caused a disconnect. One…

  14. Director J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Likely to Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

    May 01, 2013 12:17 AM EDT J.J. Abrams is getting his ducks in a row as he readies to direct the next installment of Disney's Star Wars. During a press conference in Berlin for "Star Trek Into Darkness" on Monday, Abrams skirted questions about his anticipated next directorial effort. But when the…

  15. Casey Donahew Band Brings 'Red Dirt' Sound To Top 10

    April 25, 2013 4:00 PM EDT A bevy of titles infuse the Top Country Albums chart's top 10 without the aid of country radio Casey Donahew Band leads a string of top 20 debuts onto Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, none of which are driven by mainstream, large-market country radio airplay.   A staple on…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Chris Janson's 'Better I Don't' Follows Tim McGraw Success

    April 17, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Chris Janson has seen his career heat up in major fashion over the past year. As a writer, he enjoyed his breakthrough success with Tim McGraw's "Truck Yeah," and he is finding favor with radio programmers nationwide, as his current single "Better I Don't," is…

  17. Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne 'Never' Lands On Pop Songs

    April 15, 2013 3:08 PM EDT Lavigne and Selena Gomez preview forthcoming albums with debuts on Pop Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum and more. 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…

  18. Burnell Taylor Talks Next Move, Amber and 'Honey Bunch' Debacle on 'American Idol'

    April 05, 2013 10:53 AM EDT "I'm glad that they let me go because I know that everything that is coming after this show is about to be amazing" The competition is heating up as "American Idol" is officially down to its top 6 contestants. Thursday's elimination night revealed Kree…

  19. Burnell Taylor Eliminated as 'American Idol' Judges Avoid Save Again

    April 04, 2013 11:19 PM EDT Ever since its introduction in season eight, the "American Idol" judges save has been a major player in each season once fan voting comes into play. Matt Giraud got the save in season eight during the top seven show, with Michael Lynche earning redemption in season nine while nine…

  20. Tyler, the Creator, 'Wolf': Track-By-Track Review

    March 29, 2013 10:48 AM EDT When Tyler, the Creator first emerged as the mouthpiece of Odd Future, his growl was layered. Most people experienced his projects in the reverse order, starting with the audacious "Goblin" (2011), before realizing 2009's "Bastard" kicked off Tyler's…

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