1. 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…

  2. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and was released June 23 through Atlantic…

  3. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

  4. 2014 Hasn't Been Half Bad

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT A look at the biggest chart headlines, from Pharrell Williams, Michael Jackson, Iggy Azalea and more, from the first half of 2014 Fourteen chart headlines from the first half of 2014: Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J) wins the race to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot…

  5. Young the Giant: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Take a closer look at Young The Giant, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Formed in Irvine, California in 2004, Young the Giant were originally known as the Jakes, a combination of the first letter…

  6. Old Crow Medicine Show Sees Bob Dylan As 'An Ethereal Muse'

    June 30, 2014 3:51 PM EDT The folk group's Critter Fuqua discusses Dylan's impact on new album "Remedy." After a four-year break between albums before 2012's "Carry Me Back" -- long by its standards -- Old Crow Medicine Show is happy to be getting something new out sooner rather than…

  7. Remembering Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow … on ‘Real Housewives of Orange County?’

    June 29, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Terry Dubrow, brother of the late “Bang Your Head” rocker, keeps his memory alive with the help of reality TV. A recent episode of Bravo’s "Real Housewives of Orange County" featured one real-life househusband bragging not about fancy cars or expensive houses but Billboard chart…

  8. Mariachi USA Festival: Founder Rodri Rodriguez Talks Hollywood Bowl, New Day of the Dead Festival and Being Julio Iglesias’ Boss

    June 29, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Just as Rodri Rodriguez is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the producer is already busy making plans for an new festival themed around Day of the Dead.  The Cuban-born Rodriguez first made her mark in the music business in the mid-1970s when…

  9. G-Eazy Heading for No. 3 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    June 27, 2014 10:31 PM EDT Rapper could see his 'These Things Happen' album also hit No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop chart Rapper G-Eazy is on course for a top 10 start on the Billboard 200 with "These Things Happen." Industry sources suggest the set, which was released on June 23, might sell around 45…

  10. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

  11. 'Smooth' at 15: Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas Reflect on Their Billboard Hot 100 Smash

    June 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Back in 1971, guitarist Carlos Santana hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Black Magic Woman.” It would take him nearly three decades to make the top 10 again, but what a comeback it was. “Smooth,” featuring Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on vocals, topped the chart for a stunning…

  12. 36 Hours With Steve Aoki: 'I'm Really Bad At Taking Directions'

    June 27, 2014 12:54 PM EDT The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep. Aoki is in such demand that he averages 300 shows a year, and as one of the…

  13. Scars on 45 Song Premiere: Listen To New Single 'Crazy For You'

    June 27, 2014 12:07 PM EDT This fall, British alt-pop collective Scars on 45 will release their sophomore album, "Safety In Numbers," through new label Nettwerk. Lead single "Crazy For You" is set to be released digitally on July 15, but you can hear the song in full now, exclusively on Billboard…

  14. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer Premieres New LP From His Band Dot Hacker (Listen)

    June 27, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer steps from the sidelines to the frontman's role in Dot Hacker, a Los Angeles-based alt-rock band featuring a roster of distinguished members. Klinghoffer and his bandmates found time in their busy schedules to write and record the new…

  15. Producer: Tupac Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Not Ending This Weekend

    June 26, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The producer of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the Broadway musical based on Tupac Shakur's lyrics, has denied rumors that the show would be closing this Sunday due to low ticket sales. Madonna Attends Preview of Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya…

  16. Ed Sheeran Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Ed Sheeran should easily score his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with his new release "x." Industry sources suggest the set, which was released on June 23, could sell upwards of 200,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 29. How Grown…

  17. Michelle Obama to Deliver Keynote At Grammy Museum Luncheon in L.A.

    June 25, 2014 6:10 AM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama will be back in Los Angeles on July 16 as the keynote speaker for the Grammy Museum's first inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, which recognizes teachers who make outstanding use of music in their classroom instruction. The award was created by the…

  18. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  19. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  20. Firefly 2014: Foo Fighters Cover Rolling Stones, Queen, Van Halen & More During Hit-Filled Set (Review)

    June 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT At the start of the Foo Fighters headlining show on the Firefly Music Festival’s main stage, Dave Grohl promised the crowd that the band would play “until they tell us to shut the fuck up,” — and he kept his promise. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the…

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