1. U2, Linda Ronstadt Albums to Be Preserved By Library of Congress

    April 02, 2014 5:07 AM EDT U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25…

  2. Inside the Topanga Canyon Studio of Jacknife Lee, Producer for U2, Taylor Swift & 'Divergent'

    March 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The words "Abandon Taste" glow on a neon sign in the main room of Jacknife Lee's Topanga Canyon recording studio, part of a three-structure compound that also includes his home -- and a yurt. It's an ironic statement, considering Lee, real name Garret Lee, is the acclaimed…

  3. Elton John Extends Record For Most AC Hits

    March 24, 2014 1:35 PM EDT The icon furthers his lead for the most entries in the Adult Contemporary chart's 53-year history as 'Can't Stay Alone Tonight' debuts Elton John extends his record for the most appearances in the nearly 53-year history of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as …

  4. Shakira Becomes Most-Liked Musician on Facebook

    March 21, 2014 9:05 PM EDT Most artists might see a bump in social media follower counts slightly after a new album, but Shakira is instead seeing one before. The Latin music star is now the most-liked musician on Facebook, the singer announced on her page today (March 21). She's garnered over 86.3 million likes…

  5. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  6. Teen Top Confirms 4 North American Dates in 'High Kick' World Tour

    March 17, 2014 7:10 PM EDT The K-pop boy band will hit NYC, LA, San Jose and Toronto over a week After weeks of crowdfunding via K-pop concert kickstarter Krowdpop , boy band Teen Top has confirmed four North American dates in its "HIGH KICK" world tour. The sextet will hit the New York, Los Angeles, San…

  7. SXSW 2014: A Look Back at the Fest's Top Films

    March 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Credit the last two editions of the South By Southwest Film Festival with raising the bar on music documentaries, screening the Oscar winners "Searching for Sugar Man" and "20 Feet From Stardom" early in their film festival travels. But it also offered homes for "…

  8. Neil Young Q&A: On Pono's 'Hard to Ignore' Launch, 'Knocking Heads' With Labels

    March 12, 2014 5:52 PM EDT "We're not a tech company. We're a music company. That's a huge difference. We are music. That’s all we're here for" Neil Young and his PonoMusic team were all smiles the day after launching the music service and player at South By Southwest, and with good reason…

  9. Parahoy! Day 4: Tegan & Sara, New Found Glory Wrap Cruise's Maiden Voyage

    March 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT After four days at sea, Parahoy!'s maiden voyage finally came to a close Monday (March 10). It actually felt more like a Sunday, with party-worn guests finally realizing they'd be waking up early and heading back to their ordinary lives the next day. Still, it was a whole '…

  10. Skrillex's 'Recess' & 10 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    March 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  11. Jake Bugg Benefits From ‘American Idol’ Appearance, Describes the Format As ‘Cruel’

    March 10, 2014 4:51 AM EDT UNGRACIOUS: You don’t have to dig very deep to find the irony when it comes to Jake Bugg’s guest appearance on last week’s American Idol results show. Largely unknown in the United States, Bugg was asked to be the first new artist featured on the Fox series this season. Born in Clifton,…

  12. Inside the Hendrix Film's Beatles Coup and Why They 'Bet the House' on Andre Benjamin

    March 09, 2014 4:46 PM EDT The Beatles, Cream, the Animals, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones play roles in the development of Jimi Hendrix in 1966 and 1967, a 12-month period that saw the guitarist emerge from Curtis Knight's rhythm section to form the Experience and take a starring role in the Monterey Pop…

  13. Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart

    March 04, 2014 1:05 PM EST The song becomes one of the elite titles to spend at least 26 weeks atop an airplay ranking Hezekiah Walker's "Every Praise" joins an exclusive club of songs that have led an airplay chart (that Billboard currently produces each week) for half a year or more, as the track…

  14. Morrissey Q&A: Moz Discusses New Music, the Beatles and the Danger of Hospital Food

    February 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST Heaven knows Morrissey was miserable for much of 2013. Last year, the Mancunian music icon suffered a relentless series of personal tribulations and professional disappointments. Moz’s woes began when an unshakable bout of ailments – including double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer, and…

  15. 615 Spotlight: Breelan Angel Bringing a 'Lot of Sass' to Debut Album

    February 26, 2014 8:50 PM EST From attending CRS to developing friendships at radio, Texas newcomer has been hard at work on the road of late promoting her feisty new single "Halfway to Wasted," which recently cracked the Billboard Indicator chart. "We did our first radio tour about a year ago when we…

  16. Launchpad Artist M4SONIC Signs With Sony, Ultra

    February 26, 2014 3:46 PM EST Things move fast on the social Web, where a bedroom musician in Australia can go from uploading a video on YouTube to signing a contract with a major record label in the space of 18 months. That's what happened to Nick Boundy, a 22-year-old classically trained musician whose parents…

  17. ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST On his 2012 independent release "Habits & Contradictions," ScHoolboy Q was dangerous -- and not in the boasting-about-your-guns type of way, but in the I-love-drunk-driving type of way. He was fiendish and self-sabotaging, sinking into the simple indulgences of sex, money…

  18. Mike Gordon Talks New Solo Album and Being 'Deeply In Love' With Phish

    February 24, 2014 10:36 AM EST The Phish bassist releases "Overstep," his fourth solo effort, plus reveals his band's next album is "getting there… Everyone's working from their separate spots but it's sounding pretty fantastic" This week, Phish bassist Mike Gordon releases his fourth…

  19. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  20. Panic! At The Disco on Tour Video: Behind-The-Scenes Performance & Interview

    February 20, 2014 2:33 PM EST Billboard's "On The Road" series goes to South Beach for an intimate backstage look at a day in the life of Brendon Urie and company on tour, complete with an exclusive acoustic performance. What's it like to be a member of Panic! At The Disco on their 2014 headlining tour…

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