1. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson Debut; Cage the Elephant Tops Alternative Songs

    January 19, 2015 3:15 PM EST Maroon 5 and Clarkson soar onto multiple charts, while Cage the Elephant stomps to its fifth No. 1 on Alternative Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs, which…

  2. Statler Brothers' Don Reid Recalls Origin of Lester 'Roadhog' Moran & The Cadillac Cowboys

    January 19, 2015 2:30 PM EST The 615 recently took a look at the 50th anniversary of the Statler Brothers ' first hit, "Flowers On The Wall." But that's not all the group is celebrating as 2015 begins. Statler Brothers Celebrate 50 Years in the Business -- And Retirement It was four decades ago that…

  3. Madeon's Debut Album 'Adventure' to Feature Collabs With Passion Pit, Bastille Members

    January 19, 2015 10:00 AM EST France native Hugo Pierre Leclercq, who performs under the stage name Madeon (aka Nantes), may only be 20 years old. But his debut album, Adventure , due March 31 on Columbia Records, is more than three years in the making. Madeon: 21 Under 21 (2014) The electronic producer was signed by…

  4. Meghan Trainor's 'Title' Opens at No. 1 in Australia

    January 19, 2015 6:31 AM EST Meghan Trainor's got a whole lot more than that "bass." She now has a No. 1 album in Australia.  The newcomer's debut longplayer Title  (Epic/Sony)  opened its account on the  ARIA Albums Chart  in the best possible fashion by  holding off Taylor Swift's   1989  …

  5. 'Beautiful' Star Jessie Mueller Talks Carole King, Sara Bareilles & Recording an Album

    January 19, 2015 2:42 AM EST In 2011, Jessie Mueller was just another actress from the Midwest when she got cast opposite Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever . After nabbing a Tony Award nomination for the role (and her impressive scatting), she's become something of a fixture on…

  6. Denis Leary on 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll' Guest Dave Grohl: 'It's Not Fair' He Can Act

    January 18, 2015 11:21 PM EST After several years away from the small screen, Denis Leary is ready to unleash Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll . The FX show, which he created and stars in, centers on a middle-aged rock 'n' roller (Leary) who missed out on fame and fortune, but still desperately wants it. Leary…

  7. 'American Idol' Considering Cross-Promotion With 'Empire'

    January 18, 2015 7:05 PM EST American Idol producers have talked about a cross-promotion with Empire , Fox's hot new series about a music industry family. The move could bring some of the former's contestants onto the latter's scripted episodes, producers said Saturday. "The music connection would…

  8. Dallas Taylor, Former Drummer for Crosby, Stills and Nash, Dead at 66

    January 18, 2015 5:50 PM EST Dallas Taylor, a former drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young , died on Sunday at age 66. His wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, posted the news on her Facebook page , but did not disclose the cause. "This morning at 2:30 a.m., I lost the love of my life, Dallas W. Taylor," wrote…

  9. Lea Michele, Ariana Grande Join Ryan Murphy's 'Scream Queens'

    January 17, 2015 2:19 PM EST Fox and Ryan Murphy are continuing their relationship with Glee star Lea Michele . 'Glee': Watch Lea Michele's Full Performance of 'Let It Go' Michele, True Blood alum Joe Manganiello, Abigail Breslin ( Little Miss Sunshine ), Keke Palmer ( Akeelah and the Bee ) and…

  10. Sleater-Kinney Talks New Album & More With 'Broad City' Stars Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer

    January 17, 2015 1:00 PM EST It seemed almost too good to be true. On Friday night (Jan. 16), in the flatteringly lit basement of midtown Manhattan's Ace Hotel, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of  Broad City , the scrappy webisode turned TV show cum cultural (and, as Glazer's eponymous character might say,…

  11. 'Glee' Music Recap: Watch All the Performances From 'Jagged Little Tapestry'

    January 17, 2015 11:05 AM EST How has this show not mashed up   Alanis Morissette   and   Carole King  before? On Glee last night, the program stepped away from Katy Perry to celebrate an album each from two iconic singer/songwriters, mashing together in a way only Glee can tunes from Jagged Little Pill and Tapestry .…

  12. President Obama's High-Speed Broadband Proposal Explained

    January 17, 2015 10:41 AM EST Many people in the U.S. music industry have thrown their support behind net neutrality. If the goal is to ensure a healthy digital music business, efforts to provide better, cheaper broadband service may deserve support, too. Broadband Internet Looks Set for Reclassification as a Utility…

  13. Whitney Houston's Death 'Too Recent' to Show in Biopic, Actress Says

    January 16, 2015 6:57 PM EST Playing Whitney Houston is "daunting." That was the word Yaya DeCosta ( Lee Daniels' The Butler ) chose to describe her latest part, playing the seven-time Grammy winner in the eponymous Lifetime biopic, directed by Angela Bassett. Whitney Houston Biopic Premiere Not a Family…

  14. Grateful Dead Reunion Q&A: Bob Weir & Trey Anastasio on How It All Came Together

    January 16, 2015 6:48 PM EST The news of the Grateful Dead 's potential final three shows performed with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio in the Jerry Garcia role on July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago has Deadheads and Phish phans abuzz. "This is going to be big fun," Bob Weir tells Billboard…

  15. Statler Brothers Celebrate 50 Years in the Business -- And Retirement

    January 16, 2015 6:35 PM EST For Country Music Hall of Fame members the Statler Brothers , 2015 is a year of celebration: It marks five decades since the Virginia-based quartet first released Tom T. Hall 's "The Ballad of Billy Christian." Wait. You haven't heard of it? Well, unless you have their…

  16. New NFL-Related Venue Heating Up Already-Competitive L.A. Concert Market

    January 16, 2015 5:01 PM EST The announcement of two new live-music facilities in Los Angeles has made the city's fiercely competitive venue market even more intense. On the larger side, Stan Kroenke , owner of the NFL's St. Louis Rams, has revealed plans to include a 6,000-capacity venue as part of his…

  17. I Prevail, Natalie La Rose & Catfish and the Bottlemen: Emerging Picks of the Week

    January 16, 2015 4:18 PM EST As another weekend approaches, spice up your playlist with Billboard 's weekly roundup of tracks from the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. After giving them a listen, make sure to check back next week for a new set of selections to discover the latest music. "Blank…

  18. Best of the 2010s (So Far) Readers Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Artists, Songs & More!

    January 16, 2015 4:09 PM EST This week on Billboard.com, we've commemorated the end of the first half of the 2010s by rolling out a collection of editorial lists celebrating the best (and worst) of the past half-decade. We counted down the 20 best songs, 10 worst songs, 20 best albums, 20 best albums and…

  19. Sophia Grace, Now on the Hot 100, Talks Ellen DeGeneres, Her Favorite Song & More

    January 16, 2015 3:51 PM EST Eleven-year-old Sophia Grace has built up quite a following, thanks to multiple appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show . This week, she makes her Billboard Hot 100 debut with her new track "Best Friends," which, among other placements, enters the chart at No. 87. The British-born…

  20. Best & Worst Singles of the Week -- From Kelly Clarkson to Ellie Goulding

    January 16, 2015 3:22 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> James Bay "Scars" Republic James Bay takes a nostalgic approach to road-weary rock ballads, and "Scars" is no exception. The track features dusty organs and outdated tech references: "In the dark, you try to make a…

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