1. 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.…

  2. Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts Inks Publishing Deal, Says 'We're Getting Close' to New Album

    October 10, 2013 11:55 AM EDT In any career, change is inevitable. But, in the case of Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus, it can be quite positive. The talented singer / musician / producer / writer recently inked a new worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis after a successful 13-year run with Sony-ATV.  "I…

  3. Bow Wow 'Would Like to Meet' 'Catfish' Victim, Impersonator

    October 09, 2013 9:06 PM EDT They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and Bow Wow was certainly flattered by this week's episode of "Catfish." The Young Money rapper found himself the subject of on online dating scheme featured on the MTV series, in which 19-year-old Keyonnah believed…

  4. The Rascals Q&A: On Returning to Broadway and the Genius of Steven Van Zandt

    October 09, 2013 2:30 PM EDT An announcement is expected soon that the Rascals will return to Broadway with their "Once Upon a Dream" show for a three-week run beginning Dec. 16. Before they do shows at the Marriott Marquis Theater, however, the four original members will be finishing up their first North…

  5. Tim McGraw Notches 50th Country Airplay Top 10

    September 24, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The singer scores an historic milestone, as "Southern Girl" rises 12-9 It's a golden week for country superstar Tim McGraw, whose "Southern Girl" jumps 12-9 to become his 50th top 10 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. (All charts will be refreshed, as…

  6. 'The Voice' Is Back With Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo and Blind Auditions

    September 24, 2013 10:11 AM EDT NBC's "The Voice" is back, reunited and feelin' so good, especially after winning the Emmy for best reality competition program (making it the second show to ever beat out "The Amazing Race"). Christina Aguilera has returned with a short bob and slim bod, and…

  7. New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 Runway Jams: Day 6

    September 11, 2013 2:33 PM EDT The Hook columnist Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on Spring NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates with the hottest cuts. Show: Rodarte Song: J Dilla Aka Jay Dee, “Waves” Rodarte fans will be wearing grungy ‘80s…

  8. 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…

  9. Luke Bryan Doubles Up Atop Hot Country Songs, Top Country Albums

    August 22, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The singer is the fourth artist to crown both lists simultaneously this year. Plus, big news on Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge As previously reported, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with the third-largest sales week…

  10. Atlantic Connection: Exclusive Minimix and Q&A

    August 06, 2013 2:47 PM EDT The “future-soul” dubstep producer talks about his SMOG Records debut. If, perhaps, MTV’s new talk/reality series and “Jersey Shore” spinoff, “The Show with Vinny,” has been on your television, it’s likely you’ve heard its theme song, “Hypem” by DJ/producer Atlantic Connection. Like Vinny…

  11. 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…

  12. Kid Rock, Ted Nugent Not Surprised By Bankrupt Detroit, Voice Optimism

    July 30, 2013 12:00 PM EDT "We saw this coming," says Nugent, who blames liberals for the city's woes. "We've already shed our tears and fortified ourselves and improvised and adapted. We pray every night, and I believe it will turn around" A couple of Detroit's stalwart rock…

  13. Good Rats Singer Peppi Marchello Dies

    July 11, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Long Island rock legend Peppi Marchello, who for decades fronted The Good Rats, lovingly dubbed "the world's most famous unknown band," died on Wednesday of an apparent cardiac arrest. He was 68. The news of his death was first announced on the band's Facebook page ,…

  14. Damon Albarn Drops Another Hint of New Blur Music

    July 10, 2013 2:38 AM EDT Damon Albarn has given another clear sign that a new Blur album is coming. Though it’ll have to wait until his solo album is done and dusted. And when that will happen is anyone’s guess. The singer has opened-up to the Wall Street Journal about his first solo album, noting it was “quite…

  15. 615 Spotlight: Colby Dee, 'He Don't Know'

    July 03, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Canadian born Colby Dee moved to Nashville two years ago, and word quickly spread around Music City regarding her talent. In fact, she was offered a few opportunities to make a record, but the performer decided to take her time and work on her craft.  Things look like they are about to pay…

  16. Hunter Hayes Completes Record Run To No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    June 27, 2013 5:11 PM EDT With Greatest Gainer honors and his second-biggest Nielsen SoundScan week (40,000 sold; up from 6,000), Hunter Hayes completes the longest climb to No. 1 on Top Country Albums during the 22-year SoundScan era, as his self-titled debut set reigns at last in its 89th chart week. The set soars…

  17. Life Is Good Festival: Jack Johnson, Hall & Oates, Yo Gabba Gabba! to Headline

    June 17, 2013 10:01 AM EDT Jack Johnson, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Yo Gabba Gabba are among the big names confirmed for the Sept. 21-22 Life Is Good Festival, a family-friendly event which raises funds for a good cause. Organizers expect to draw more than 30,000 "fundraisers" to the show at Prowse…

  18. Summer Songs 1985-2012: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    June 12, 2013 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 28 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  19. Tornado Benefit Spikes Blake Shelton Sales

    June 06, 2013 5:01 PM EDT The singer's 'Based on a True Story…' returns to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after last week's charity concert. Plus, the reign of Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' continues and Tim McGraw ties a Country Airplay record Blake Shelton's May 29 "…

  20. Darius Rucker Debuts At No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    May 30, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Darius Rucker posts his third consecutive leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "True Believers" debuts at No. 1 with 83,000 sold, his second-best weekly sales sum, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rucker recorded his biggest week when "Charleston, SC 1966…

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