1. 615 Spotlight: Johnny Orr on New EP 'Down South' & How Music Cost Him His Marriage

    July 02, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Johnny Orr admits that his formative musical years were quite diverse. In addition to country that was so prevalent around his home in North Carolina, he was exposed to a wide variety of music. “I was a big John Cougar and Bryan Adams fan in my younger days. Then, I became a big fan of Edwin…

  2. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  3. 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever

    July 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Getting booked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a major event is an honor for any artist. Many will try anything -- whether it's fiddling with the arrangement or striving for the glory notes that only five-octive powerhouses like Whitney could hit -- to put their own…

  4. Passenger Hits Top Five on Rock Albums Chart

    June 19, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Passenger scores its best sales week. Also, chart action from Lorde, Linkin Park and HellYeah Passenger 's "Whispers" debuts at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums and notches its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 12) earning its best sales week yet (19,000 in the week ending June 15…

  5. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  6. Strange Talk Album Premiere: Listen To 'Cast Away'

    April 25, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Australian electro-pop collective Strange Talk is at long last releasing its debut album, "Cast Away," next Tuesday (Apr. 29) on Wind-up Records, after scoring a Billboard Uncharted hit with the rollicking single "Climbing Walls" last year. Before its official release…

  7. Sara Bareilles Hires Bruno Mars' Manager

    February 25, 2014 10:52 PM EST Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has found herself a new manager in Brandon Creed, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Creed, via his own The Creed Co., handles the careers of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, along with award-winning songwriting-production collective The Smeezingtons and the…

  8. Kid Rock, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch Headlining Rocklahoma 2014

    February 12, 2014 9:15 PM EST Twisted Sister, Motorhead also set to perform this May Kid Rock, Staind, Five Finger Death Punch and Motorhead are among the headliners of this year's Rocklahoma. In its eighth iteration, the Oklahoma rock festival will bring in a score of top artists in the genre, following up past…

  9. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  10. Bruno Mars: Billboard Artist of the Year Cover Story

    December 13, 2013 8:02 AM EST Jukebox Hero: How did Bruno Mars become Billboard’s Artist of the Year? He grabbed hold of the album and single charts and never let go It's a few days before the Grammy Award nominations are announced, and Bruno Mars is shaking off predictions with an easy laugh.…

  11. Strange Talk, 'Climbing Walls': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 09, 2013 12:20 PM EST Strange Talk, an alt-pop quartet from Australia with big U.S. aspirations next year, has made a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to stateside listeners with the single "Climbing Walls," which has sold 10,000 downloads to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Climbing Walls…

  12. One Direction Scores Historic Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 04, 2013 10:12 AM EST One Direction's "Midnight Memories" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 546,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The act makes history as the first group to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums. "Midnight Memories"…

  13. Joe Jonas' New York Magazine Confessional: Demi Lovato, Zendaya Coleman Respond

    December 04, 2013 4:42 AM EST This week, Joe Jonas opened up about sex, drugs and Disney Channel's definition of rock 'n' roll, and while he does explain the recent breakup of the Jonas Brothers and what kind of solo career he hopes to pursue next, he also repeatedly bashes the network on which the trio…

  14. Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus Steal The Show At 2013 MTV EMAs

    November 10, 2013 8:54 PM EST U.S. pop queens Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus were the undisputed stars of the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards, held tonight (Nov 10) at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome, Netherlands. Both singers won an award each with Katy Perry taking home the hotly-contested title of best female, beating off strong…

  15. Leslie West, 'Still Climbing': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 21, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Listen to the Mountain frontman's new album here now, a week before release After having the promotion of his 2011's "Usual Suspects" curtailed by a right leg amputation, Mountain frontman Leslie West wanted to come out roaring with its follow-up, "Still Climbing.…

  16. Scott Stapp, 'New Day Coming': Song Premiere

    October 14, 2013 11:00 AM EDT The Creed frontman talks about "finding a message within the mess" for "Proof of Life," his first solo album in eight years Scott Stapp says life, and not all of it good, accounts for the eight-year gap between his new solo album, "Proof Of Life," and…

  17. Alter Bridge Q&A: On Building a Metal 'Fortress,' Taking Risks and Future Projects

    October 08, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti talk about their aggressive-sounding new album, plus upcoming solo and Slash-related releases Since it announced itself with its debut, "One Day Remains," in 2004, hard rock band Alter Bridge has built its audience with such hits as "Open Your…

  18. Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s & More

    September 09, 2013 4:58 PM EDT As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Alternative chart, which made its debut on Sept. 10, 1988 under the title "Modern Rock," we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top Alternative songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the…

  19. Alter Bridge 'Still Proving Ourselves' With Fourth Album 'Fortress'

    August 21, 2013 2:35 PM EDT Mark Tremonti talks balancing three bands at once; Watch a new Webisode of the making of "Fortress" Alter Bridge approached its fourth album -- "Fortress," due out Oct. 8 in the U.S. and Sept. 30 in other territories -- like "a new band that's still proving…

  20. Strange Talk Heads To America: Australian Band Preps U.S. Album Release

    August 19, 2013 2:05 PM EDT Singer Stephen Docker talks about self-producing the group's debut album and bringing electronica to a rock label. Stateside fans of stylish alt-pop acts like Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy and Royksopp will be getting very familiar with Strange Talk over the next six months. The…

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