1. CODE First Play: Alex Metric with Oliver, 'Hope'

    March 25, 2014 10:10 AM EDT An uncredited 12-inch record released back in 1992 inspired “Hope,” Alex Metric’s new collaboration with L.A. duo Oliver on Skrillex’s OWSLA label via Big Beat. It premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC radio show on Friday, but CODE beat the rip to share it here first. Metric’s excellent three-track …

  2. Voting for ACM Entertainer, New Artist Awards Now Live

    March 24, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Voting for the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award is now open online. The distinction, which is awarded to the highest vote-getter at the ACM Awards in April, can now be contested at the ceremony's website . Related Articles ACM Awards: Luke Bryan, Miranda…

  3. Chart Highlights: Passenger, Pharrell Williams, Dierks Bentley Score New No. 1s

    March 24, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Among this week's new leaders, Passenger's 'Let Her Go' crowns AC, Williams' 'Happy' takes over atop two more tallies and Bentley parks 'I Hold On' atop Country Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  4. 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 …

  5. Rewinding The Charts: Billboard 200 Launches, With Harry Belafonte At No. 1

    March 24, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On this date 58 years ago, the country's premier albums chart arrived as a weekly Billboard fixture On March 24, 1956, the legendary Harry Belafonte crowned Billboard's first weekly albums chart – then billed Best Selling Pop Albums in Billboard magazine's pages; now known as…

  6. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Evanescence's 'Bring Me To Life' Tops Alternative Songs

    March 24, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2003, the band crowned the chart with its breakthrough smash. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, the Supremes and the all-star Voices That Care Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March…

  7. Eminem Marks Sales, Hot 100 Milestones

    March 21, 2014 5:14 PM EDT The rap superstar tallies two key sales achievements and notches his landmark 50th Hot 100 hit It's a monster week for rap god Eminem, who scores two significant sales feats and marks a milestone on the Billboard Hot 100.   SALES SURGE   Eminem's latest album reaches a notable…

  8. Avicii Goes Country: 'Hey Brother' With 'Less Thump' Crosses Over on Radio

    March 21, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Swedish DJ Avicii makes his introduction to Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Hey Brother" bows at No. 59.  Avicii … country? Certain country programmers say that despite Avicii's status as one of EDM's cornerstones, the bluegrass-tinged "Hey Brother"…

  9. Bubbling Under: Birds Of Tokyo Take Flight

    March 21, 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: Birds of Tokyo, Anthony Lewis and Viennie V   Birds Of Tokyo Already a breakout hit in the band's native Australia, Birds of Tokyo&…

  10. Johnny Cash's Great-Niece Found Stabbed to Death

    March 21, 2014 2:25 AM EDT The great-niece of the late singer Johnny Cash has been found stabbed to death and stuffed in a box in a house, authorities in Tennessee said Thursday. Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews said Courtney Cash's body was found Wednesday morning in a home near Cookeville, about 70 miles east…

  11. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan Log New Country No. 1s

    March 20, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Florida Georgia Line becomes the first duo in nearly 22 years to notch at least three Hot Country Songs No. 1s from a debut full-length album, as "This Is How We Roll," featuring Luke Bryan, rises 2-1 with dual Digital and Streaming Gainer honors. "Roll," which praises the…

  12. Skrillex Discusses 'Recess,' Learning From Kanye West & 'Vibing Out'

    March 20, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Skrillex is taking his inspiration from Kanye West these days. The electronic music DJ and producer spent a little time with West, sharing a plane flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas where each was to perform two years ago, and came away with an invitation to collaborate and an even deeper…

  13. Pharrell Williams Tops Hot 100 Again; Soko Surprises With Top 10 Debut

    March 19, 2014 2:40 PM EDT "Happy" holds at No. 1 for a fourth week, while newcomer Soko's viral hit "We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow" rockets in at No. 9. Aloe Blacc's "The Man" also enters the top 10 Pharrell Williams' "Happy" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a…

  14. Suzanne Vega Talks New Album, Performs Live In Chart Beat Meet & Greet

    March 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The folk singer/songwriter discusses her new album, 'Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,' which includes a 50 Cent sample and a Macklemore shout-out "Every time I make an album, the idea is to mix the acoustic guitar, this beautiful, old-fashioned, almost…

  15. Rock Hall Defends Curbing Kiss: New Guys 'Took On Personas Created by Ace and Peter'

    March 18, 2014 9:20 AM EDT With the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony looming closer, neither Kiss nor the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation seem ready to relax the entrenched positions that led to the group's decision not to perform April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Kiss, according…

  16. Chart Highlights: Pharrell's 'Happy' Takes Over A Host Of Airplay Charts

    March 17, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The Hot 100's leader crowns multiple lists, and scales several more, while Lorde, Frankie Ballard and Wisin also net new No. 1s 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…

  17. The Rationals' Scott Morgan on Scott Asheton: Stooges Drummer 'Found Himself' In Music

    March 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Scott Morgan met Scott "Rock Action" Asheton when both were in their early teens in Ann Arbor, Mich., and they were close friends and musical colleagues until Asheton's death over the weekend at the age of 64 . Their two bands, the Stooges and the Rationals, played side by side…

  18. Soundgarden's Chris Cornell 'Really Open' To Collaborating With Nine Inch Nails on Tour

    March 17, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The band discusses its admiration for Trent Reznor, its forthcoming music & why drummer Matt Cameron won't be on the co-headlining tour. With its just-announced summer tour with Nine Inch Nails and Death Grips, Soundgarden will be significantly busier than it planned to be this year.…

  19. This Week In Billboard Chart History: 'Penny Lane' Marks Beatles' Route To No. 1

    March 17, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1967, the Fab Four beat a path to the top of the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Wilson Phillips, Joan Jett and Diddy Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March 17, 1990 Wilson Phillips made…

  20. Willie Nelson and Keith Urban Wrap Inaugural U.S. iTunes Music Festival at SXSW with Classics

    March 16, 2014 10:21 AM EDT A sampler plate of country music closed out the inaugural U.S. iTunes Music Festival on Saturday (March 15) at South By Southwest, giving the genre a wide and varied berth after four previous days of rock, pop and rap. The exuberant crowd at the ACL Live at Moody Theater was up for all of it,…

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