1. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2000, Christina Aguilera Tops Hot 100

    October 13, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week 14 years ago, Aguilera landed her third No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for UB40, Creed and T.I. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Oct. 13, 2000 Christina Aguilera collected a third…

  2. Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S. Sales

    October 10, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Adele 's mega-selling second studio album, 21 , has surpassed the 11 million sales mark in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan. The set, released in 2011 on XL/Columbia Records, is only the 12th album to sell at least that many copies since SoundScan started tracking sales in…

  3. Clay Aiken Says Anyone Affected by Nude Photo Scandal 'Deserves What They Get'

    September 19, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Here we are at that unfortunate moment when stars let us know their questionable beliefs and we wish we could go back in time and forget. The latest contender?  American Idol  runner-up and current Democratic nominee in North Carolina's 2nd congressional district,  Clay Aiken . Asked…

  4. UPDATE: Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says 'It's Pretty Worrisome'

    September 10, 2014 4:10 PM EDT James Evans didn't think twice about posting song lyrics to his Facebook wall on Aug. 24, as he often does while listening to music. This time, however, the verse he chose -- "Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate / Class dismissed is my…

  5. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  6. Polite Guy Andrew Rannells Ready to Get His Hedwig On

    August 21, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Andrew Rannells says he never dreamed of becoming a rock star while growing up. What he hoped for was a part on Broadway. Now he's getting both at the same time - and a load of mascara as well. Starting Wednesday, the Tony Award-nominated star of The Book of Mormon  on Broadway and HBO&…

  7. Exclusive Video Premiere: Twin Peaks' 'I Found a New Way'

    August 08, 2014 10:00 AM EDT You may assume from Twin Peaks' name that the scrappy Chicago foursome is nostalgic for the pop culture of our youth (ironically, since the 20-year-olds didn't even know David Lynch's arguable masterpiece existed when they thought of the band name). But the video for "I…

  8. Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O's Chilling Video for Solo Single 'Rapt'

    July 28, 2014 10:15 AM EDT The clip previews Karen's upcoming solo debut "Crush Songs" When Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O announced plans for her first solo record June 25, she curiously didn't share any new music. Well, here it is: A two-minute lo-fi acoustic dirge called "Rapt" that…

  9. Does Garth Brooks Still Have Country Superstar Clout?

    July 18, 2014 4:36 PM EDT This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Garth Brooks’ July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black Friday, and will be sold digitally on his own site, sidestepping iTunes) and an upcoming global tour had…

  10. First Look at Neil Patrick Harris' Replacement in 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch'

    July 18, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Andrew Rannells from 'The Book of Mormon' takes over the role this fall Break out your most sparkly eyeliner -- the first look at Andrew Rannells in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is here. The poster, featuring Rannells in glam, messy makeup, gives fans the first image of…

  11. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

  12. Garth Brooks Issues Statement on Cancelled Dublin Shows

    July 14, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Following last week's cancellation of Garth Brooks' five shows at Croke Park in Dublin, the back-in-action country superstar has issued a statement announcing that the Dublin City Council cannot change its ruling. "To say I am crushed is an understatement," he said.  The…

  13. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  14. Garth Brooks' Five Dublin Shows Canceled

    July 08, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The country icon must refund 400,000 tickets for the Ireland dates. After Garth Brooks and the Dublin City Council engaged in some back-and-forth regarding the country superstar's planned five-night run at the city's Croke Park from July 25-29, the City Council has summarily …

  15. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  16. Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet For Country Rap

    July 05, 2014 2:17 PM EDT "I think rap gets treated like a dirty word," Clear Channel's Clay Hunnicutt says. When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn't find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an…

  17. Bonnaroo 2014: Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr Shares Sound of Band’s New Album (Video)

    June 15, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Blackberry Smoke, which made its Bonnaroo debut at this year’s festival, is working on the follow-up to its 2012 album, "The Whippoorwill," the group’s first project for Zac Brown's Southern Ground Artists imprint. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More…

  18. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  19. Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star

    June 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Stephen Trask is adamant. "It's not stunt casting!" the composer affirms over and over about bringing the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to Broadway with headliner Neil Patrick Harris. "There are plenty of people that if we just wanted to do stunt casting, we could…

  20. 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Original Broadway Cast Recording To Get July Release

    May 30, 2014 2:17 AM EDT Neil Patrick Harris is adding another credit to his resume: Broadway recording artist. The Tony-nominated actor and former How I Met Your Mother star will be featured on the original cast album for the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, in which Harris plays the title character,…

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