1. Van Halen's '1984' At 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    January 09, 2014 3:40 PM EST Who could have imagined that a synthesizer, and not a guitar, would put Van Halen over the top? But that was indeed the case when the first blast of Oberheim OB-Xa announced the arrival of "Jump" and the quartet's leap into the rock superstar strata with the album "1984,…

  2. Ask Billboard: More No. 14 Hits For '14

    January 07, 2014 11:15 AM EST Celebrating the new year with more No. 14-peaking Hot 100 hits, from the Beatles to Britney Spears, the Cars to Coldplay and Robert Palmer to Katy Perry As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  3. Def Leppard Denies It'll Take Legal Action Against One Direction for Similar-Sounding Song

    December 19, 2013 7:30 PM EST Mirror UK originally reported potential legal action for similarities between "Midnight Memories" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" The boys of One Direction may have a sticky situation on their hands over the chorus of the group's new song "Midnight Memories."…

  4. Country Legend Ray Price Dead at 87

    December 16, 2013 6:12 PM EST Ray Price, one of country music's most beloved voices, died at home Monday afternoon at the age of 87, his family said through a spokesman. Price had been hospitalized in Texas recently, and had been fighting a battle against pancreatic cancer since late last year. On Thursday …

  5. Pearl Jam Set European Tour For Summer 2014

    December 13, 2013 5:44 AM EST Pearl Jam just finished a North American arena trek in support of recent No. 1 album "Lightning Bolt," and today (December 13) the band has added a summer 2014 tour of Europe to its schedule. The Seattle group's 11-date European tour will kick off June 16, 2014 at Amsterdam&…

  6. Garth Brooks Leads Top Country Albums Chart, Jake Owen Debuts

    December 12, 2013 2:57 PM EST Garth Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decade of Influences" leads Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for a second week with 146,000 copies, sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.   With a concurrent 3-1 second-week hop on the Billboard 200, "Roots"…

  7. Eddie Vedder Announces Solo Tour of Australia

    December 11, 2013 11:30 PM EST Australian audiences will get a double-dose of Eddie Vedder in 2014. The rock legend has announced an eight-date, six-city solo tour of Australia, which kicks off less than a week after his band Pearl Jam wraps up its duties on the Big Day Out festival run. As previously reported, Pearl Jam…

  8. Josh Homme, Duff McKagan Among Musicians Set for 'Portlandia' Cameos

    December 10, 2013 9:05 PM EST A given episode of hit TV show "Portlandia" might feature a flurry of celebrity cameos in addition to a rotating cast of players, and the new season of the IFC sketch comedy show should prove to be no different. Today (Dec. 10), IFC confirmed the fourth season of "Portlandia,…

  9. Billboard Wins Two Folio Awards

    December 06, 2013 11:22 AM EST Billboard has won two 2013 Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards in categories honoring best article and best cover. The awards ceremony, held Thursday (Dec. 3) at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, honored excellence in magazine editorial and design. “I'm just so proud of the Billboard team,”…

  10. Nelson Mandela's Impact on Music, Concerts, Movies and More

    December 05, 2013 7:30 PM EST Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist…

  11. Dick Dodd, Drummer for the Standells, Dies at 68

    December 02, 2013 5:07 AM EST Dick Dodd, a Mouseketeer who went on to become a member of the Standells, the garage rock pioneers who recorded the Boston sports anthem "Dirty Water," has died. He was 68. Dodd, who also sang and played drums with the surf band the Bel-Airs (the 1961 instrumental "Mr. Moto…

  12. The Top 30 Jewish Musicians

    November 27, 2013 1:05 PM EST Christmas classics may vastly out-number Hanukkah hits, but there's been no shortage of Jewish artists that have topped the Billboard charts over the years. With Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, beginning on the evening of Wednesday, November 27, now is the perfect time…

  13. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  14. Lou Reed Tribute Concert to Feature Members of TV on the Radio, the Vaccines

    November 22, 2013 8:52 PM EST An extensive Lou Reed tribute concert in New York will feature a number of notable musicians, including members of TV on the Radio and the Vaccines. According to Brooklyn Vegan , the concert, named "Last Great American Whale: A Concert in Memory of Lou Reed," will take place this…

  15. Gin Blossoms, David Byrne, Journey Rise to Benefit Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

    November 22, 2013 3:45 PM EST For more than 40 years benefit concerts have served as a conduit for emergency aid to disaster-stricken areas of the world. Their success hinges on hurried planning and requires whirlwind agreements between musicians and venues, sponsors and TV networks. "Up to that time, no one really…

  16. Eddie Murphy Q&A: 'Even If I Was Dead Broke, I Would Play My Guitar'

    November 21, 2013 3:00 PM EST In a rare interview about music, Murphy opens up about his upcoming album "9," plus plans to return to the live stage, future releases and how Rick James did everything on "Party All The Time" If you're reading these words, chances are Eddie Murphy is making music.…

  17. George Watsky Sorry for 'Not Ballsy' Stage Dive That Broke Fan's Arm: Watch

    November 18, 2013 4:10 PM EST Eddie Vedder, he ain't. George Watsky, a rapper and spoken word artist known for his rapid-fire delivery, attempted and failed to stage dive in London over the weekend, landing on two fans and breaking one of their arms. Watsky was closing out his set at the Vans Warped Tour on Sunday…

  18. Truck Rides With Brad Paisley and Flowers From Charlie Daniels: Deborah Evans Price's 10 Most Memorable Interviews

    November 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST We asked Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price, who recently won the CMAs' Media Achievement Award, to reflect on her favorite interviews In 19 years of writing for Billboard, this has been my most difficult task. I've been interviewing people for more than three decades and…

  19. Voodoo Experience 2013: 10 Best Moments From Pearl Jam, Macklemore and Others

    November 04, 2013 2:16 PM EST Perfect fall weather and big sets from headliners Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and the Cure enthralled throngs of concertgoers during the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience's three days of music this weekend (Nov. 1-3) at New Orleans' City Park. PHOTOS: VOODOO EXPERIENCE 2013…

  20. YouTube Music Awards Director Spike Jonze Says 'Even If It's Messy, It'll Be Live'

    November 01, 2013 6:30 PM EDT The YouTube Music Awards air this Sunday, Nov. 3, live at 6 p.m. on YouTube -- and creative director Spike Jonze still isn't quite entirely sure what to expect. "None of us have done anything live before or an awards show -- in a way we're all like amateurs on YouTube…

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