1. Rascal Flatts Press 'Rewind' and Emerge With Another Hit

    May 15, 2014 2:15 PM EDT With "Rewind," the band looks poised to score their eighth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart This past Tuesday, Rascal Flatts released their ninth studio album, "Rewind." The group has quite an impressive streak going with their sales success over the…

  2. Outkast Brings Amazing Set & Apparent Tension To Private NYC Party: Live Review

    May 15, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The veteran rappers performed at Adult Swim's private Upfront showcase on Wednesday night. Watching Outkast perform "B.O.B." live in 2014, surrounded by gentlemen in shiny suits and women swilling free cocktails, is a strange experience. On one hand, you're watching "…

  3. Remembering Malik Bendjelloul, the Man Who Re-Birthed 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez

    May 14, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Rodriguez had a phrase for Malik Bendjelloul and his film "Searching for Sugar Man." He used it while we were eating lunch at SXSW in March 2012; he would use it again 11 months later over a meal in Los Angeles the day it would win one of its 32 awards. "It's his story,…

  4. As the Decemberists Hibernate, Its Members Focus on Black Prairie (Q&A)

    May 09, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Decemberists have been recording off-and-on and will "ramp up" next year, says Nate Query. Until then, four of the band's members push on with Black Prairie, which has released new album "Fortune" "Fortune," the new album from Black Prairie, the Portland…

  5. Tune-Yards Explores Her Daring Side On 'Nikki Nack': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 5:32 PM EDT About a year-and-a-half after Merrill Garbus, who records under the moniker Tune-Yards, released her breakthrough 2011 sophomore record, "whokill," a groove-inducing tour de force of looped vocals and African-inspired polyrhythms that made critics and crowds take notice, she couldn&…

  6. Chart Highlights: Beyonce Scores 20th Dance Club Songs No. 1 With 'Partition'

    May 05, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Queen Bey tallies her latest landmark leader. Plus, new No. 1s for John Legend, Jhene Aiko, Linkin Park, Eric Church and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  7. Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake's Duet Off To More Than 'Good' Start

    May 05, 2014 4:24 PM EDT The lead track from 'Xscape,' the late King of Pop's album due May 13, is headed to this week's Hot 100 thanks to a strong first few days of sales, airplay and streaming Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's sleek new duet, "Love Never Felt So Good,"…

  8. Bruce Springsteen Leaves Fans Wanting More at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    May 04, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returned to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday, giving thousands of fans the show they hoped for, but some left wanting more. He kicked off his three-hour set with "High Hopes," the title track of his latest album, before…

  9. Kevin Sharp Remembered By Fellow Country Artists Wayne Warner, Jimmy Fortune

    April 24, 2014 3:40 PM EDT "He was such a gentle soul, and had such a giving heart," says Wayne Warner, who worked with Sharp on two albums. The recent passing of country musician Kevin Sharp has not only impacted his devoted fanbase, but also his fellow artists, many of whom called Sharp a friend. Country…

  10. Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-Income Housing In Philly

    April 22, 2014 3:45 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi is showing some brotherly love to the less fortunate in Philadelphia. On Tuesday, he attended the grand opening of a low-income housing development that bears his initials. The 55-unit JBJ Soul Homes will be occupied by low-income tenants and the formerly homeless. Bon Jovi'…

  11. Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees

    April 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ downtown location since 2001, commemorated a 210…

  12. Jo Dee Messina Goes on 'Rant' About New Single, Indie Status: 'It's Been a Long Road'

    April 14, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For many musical artists, the music business has turned into a DIY model. That's the reality these days for Jo Dee Messina. After a decade-and-a-half on the Curb Records roster, the CMA award winner is on her own label, Dreambound. She does have a promotion team working her music, but…

  13. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

  14. Coachella 2014: Lana Del Rey Debuts 'West Coast' Single In Star-Making Performance

    April 14, 2014 7:40 AM EDT The fact that the debut of Lana Del Rey's anxiously awaited new single, "West Coast," amounted to an afterthought of her performance at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival on Sunday night (Apr. 13) is perhaps the biggest compliment the set can receive. "…

  15. Coachella’s Promoter on Producing the Festival, a Third Weekend, Permanent Toilets

    April 11, 2014 6:52 PM EDT As organizers of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., tee up the event's 2014 run, Paul Tollett, president/CEO of producer Goldenvoice, has some hot news to reveal.   “We’ve built permanent toilets,” Tollett tells Billboard. “We built 96 of ‘em, for women, and we’re…

  16. Summer Festival Safety: The Perennial Issues & New Challenges In 2014

    April 11, 2014 12:46 PM EDT The unofficial start of the North American festivals season begins this weekend with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., amid the usual concerns about the overall safety of live music festivals. Recent events at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and SXSW in Austin…

  17. Chart Highlights: Coldplay Ties U2 For Most Adult Alternative Songs No. 1s

    April 07, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The band notches its 11th leader with 'Magic.' Plus, the Pretty Reckless makes its own historic move and new No. 1s for Zedd, J Balvin and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  18. ACM Awards: 15 Things You Didn't See On TV

    April 07, 2014 10:19 AM EDT The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are now in the history books, but the old saying "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" isn't entirely true. You saw the performances and heard the speeches, but there were a lot of interesting comments from the press room and…

  19. Girl Talk Q&A: On Sampling, Disney & His First Ever Music Video

    April 07, 2014 9:38 AM EDT Gregg Michael Gillis, known as Girl Talk, has come out with his first ever music video, a collaboration with rappers Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame. Produced by Maker Studios, "Tolerated" is a major departure from Gillis' previous work. For one thing, it has just two samples,…

  20. Ask Billboard: What Hits Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample?

    April 04, 2014 8:05 PM EDT As Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' equals the Hot 100 peak of the song it interpolates, Elton John's 'Your Song,' what other songs with samples or borrowed lyrics have fared as well as - better - than the originals? As always, submit your questions about Billboard…

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