1. Black Label Society Lands First No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    April 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Zakk Wylde-led group also starts atop Hard Rock Albums. Plus, Jack White debuts on Hot Rock Songs, Chevelle tops Mainstream Rock Songs and more Black Label Society scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" launches at…

  2. Bubbling Under: It's A 'Rude' Awakening For Magic!

    April 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Magic!, Mila J and Grizfolk   Magic! Canadian reggae/pop quartet Magic! is crossing to U.S. pop and adult pop radio with its debut RCA single…

  3. Chevelle Scores First No. 1 on Rock Albums Chart

    April 11, 2014 11:58 AM EDT The band returns with its first topper, 'La Gárgola.' Plus, Passenger and Future Islands debut on Hot Rock Songs Chevelle scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, and highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 (No. 3), as "La Gárgola" starts with…

  4. Foster The People On Following Up A Breakthrough: 'I Was at War with Myself'

    March 26, 2014 2:21 PM EDT For Foster The People, the antidote to writer's block was hiding on the coast of Morocco. "There's something mystical that floats in the air there," says frontman/multi-instrumentalist Mark Foster, calling in from somewhere between France and London on the band's…

  5. SXSW: Brendan Benson Comfy as Label Head, Says Raconteurs Comeback's 'Off the Table'

    March 16, 2014 6:00 PM EDT -year-old singer/songwriter Brendan Benson looks relaxed as he sits on the patio outside his hotel restaurant during SXSW, and who can blame him? After years as a cult-figure road warrior (and, for a brief stint, the co-songwriter foil to Jack White in the much-more-popular-than-cult-figure…

  6. The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae To Perform At Roots Picnic 2014: Exclusive

    March 03, 2014 10:40 AM EST The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monáe are among the performers who will be gracing the stage at this year's 7th annual Roots Picnic. In its seventh year, the festival will take place at Festival Piers at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on Saturday May 31, 2014. Along with The Roots, Snoop…

  7. Dolly Parton Booked for Glastonbury Festival

    February 27, 2014 12:30 PM EST Britain's leading rock festival is going a little bit country. Organizers said Thursday that Dolly Parton will play the Glastonbury Festival on June 29. Festival programmer Emily Eavis told the BBC that "it's been something we've been wanting to happen for a long time. And…

  8. Miley Cyrus Kisses Katy Perry, Sings With Flaming Lips at Los Angeles Concert: Video

    February 23, 2014 7:50 AM EST “You guys don’t have any idea what the fuck is going on right now, do you?” Miley Cyrus queried the crowd at Los Angeles’ Staples Center as she performed The Flaming Lips’ 2002 number “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1” for the second time in a row. Cyrus, who kicked off her Bangerz…

  9. Nick Cave Doc, Stuart Murdoch Film Among Sundance Winners

    January 26, 2014 12:22 PM EST A documentary on Nick Cave received two awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the jury honored a Belle and Sebastian-related musical with a uniquely-worded trophy. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who directed the Cave documentary "20,000 Days On Earth" received the directing award…

  10. Phantogram Talks Major-Label Debut Following 'Unreal' Bidding War

    January 21, 2014 2:23 PM EST After Phantogram released its debut album, "Eyelid Movies," in 2009 on indie label Barsuk Records, there was instantaneous demand for the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., act. The duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel quickly found themselves in the middle of an old--fashioned major-label…

  11. Belle and Sebastian Bring 'God' to Sundance; Set to Record New Album in March

    January 21, 2014 12:48 PM EST If Stuart Murdoch had his way, at the very least, Katharine Ross's bicycle-riding scene from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" would have been beamed behind Belle and Sebastian when they performed "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" Monday night at the Sundnace…

  12. Beck Previews New Album in Short Trailer, Sets Release Date

    January 17, 2014 4:22 PM EST "Morning Phase" is Beck's first new album since 2008's "Modern Guilt" and will be released the artist's new label, Capitol. Beck unveiled a trailer for his upcoming album, Morning Phase, today that confirms its Feb. 25 release date. The trailer teases a…

  13. Sundance: 10 Must-See, Music-Related Movies Screening in Park City

    January 16, 2014 1:01 PM EST Nick Cave, Fela Kuti, Beck and Anne Hathaway highlight films with music elements at Sundance this year It’s nothing new to have musicians head by the planeload into Park City, Utah, to perform at various showcases, but this year’s line-up has a decidedly musical bent. Included are…

  14. 615 Spotlight: Sam Riggs Ready to Bust Out of the Lone Star State

    January 08, 2014 3:45 PM EST Sam Riggs has a lot to be excited about as 2014 begins. His new album, "Outrun The Sun," recorded with his band The Night People, has been garnering some very strong reviews of late and the video for "When The Lights Go Out" rose to No. 1 on the CMT's "Pure 12…

  15. 615 Spotlight: Emily Kopp Finds 'Serendipity'

    December 11, 2013 1:20 PM EST Emily Kopp is an artist who definitely learned about the music business from both sides of the stage. "I started out working at the arena on campus," she told Billboard, referring to The University of Central Florida. "After that, I worked for a talent buyer. I kind of got my…

  16. Bastille's 'Pompeii' Erupts: From the U.K. to Alternative to Top 40

    December 06, 2013 3:55 PM EST During the past 10 months, London quartet Bastille's boisterous debut single, "Pompeii," has grown from compelling alternative track to verified pop hit. Fueled by a 27-24 move on Billboard's Adult Top 40 airplay chart and a 33-29 jump on Mainstream Top 40, the song breaks…

  17. Trace Adkins Brings His Christmas Show to Chicago: Live Review

    December 06, 2013 12:20 PM EST For close to two decades, Trace Adkins has been one of country music's most entertaining artists – both from a recording and a live standpoint. However, we at The 615 have always felt Adkins to be much more than just the man behind such high octane radio hits as "Honky Tonk…

  18. Childish Gambino Talks 'because the internet' Album & Staying Honest

    December 03, 2013 12:07 PM EST The actor/rapper has sold a comedy series, 'Atlanta,' focused on the music biz in his hometown, to FX. In mid-October, Donald Glover worried fans and observers with a series of Instagram photos of handwritten notes that outlined his various fears. "I'm afraid of the future…

  19. Switchfoot Hopes Surf Documentary Will Help It Crest the Charts Again

    November 29, 2013 2:00 PM EST Last year, while touring for 2011 album "Vice Verses," Switchfoot visited famous surfing locales in New Zealand, Indonesia and South Africa, looking to inspire a new album and document how the Southern California Christian rock band's passions for waves and soundwaves collide. …

  20. Lady Gaga’s 'ARTPOP' Knocks Eminem's 'MMLP2' From U.K. Chart Summit

    November 18, 2013 6:09 AM EST Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” (Interscope/Universal) became her third U.K. No. 1 album Sunday (Nov. 17), as 17-year-old, Dutch-born Martin Garrix became the second DJ in a row, after Storm Queen, to debut at the singles chart summit, with “Animals” (Positiva/Virgin/Universal). "ARTPOP"…

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