1. Dave Matthews Band Announces Summer Tour Dates

    January 15, 2015 1:13 AM EST Dave Matthews Band will embark on a large-scale tour of North America this summer. DMB has shared the itinerary for the 2015 Summer Tour , which kicks off May 13 at Austin 360 Amphitheatre and concludes Sept. 13 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix.  On each night of the tour, DMB will play…

  2. Ian MacKaye on the New Crop of D.C. Hardcore Docs, Resurging Interest in His Scene

    January 14, 2015 12:15 PM EST "I am totally comfortable with it, I'm just talking," says Ian MacKaye , the 52-year-old D.C. Ur-punk. He is speaking from the Dischord label offices in Arlington, VA, which he has run for last 34 years. "I've told everybody I'll talk to them but I am not going…

  3. Chris Botti, Cassandra Wilson & Dr. John Confirmed for Newport Jazz Fest

    January 13, 2015 11:35 PM EST Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti , vocalist Cassandra Wilson and Dr. John are among the biggest names playing this year's Newport Jazz Festival. Festival producer George Wein announced the lineup Tuesday for the festival, to be held July 31 through Aug. 2. This will be the 61st…

  4. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  5. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  6. 'The Voice' U.K. Season 4 Premiere Attracts 8 Million Viewers

    January 13, 2015 5:50 AM EST The season-four premiere of The Voice U.K. on BBC One Saturday night drew 8.05 million viewers on average, according to ratings data. The singing show with new coach Rita Ora had attracted an average audience of 8.40 million for the launch episode of last season, according to ratings…

  7. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift's Likely-Next-Single 'Style' Debuts on Pop Songs

    January 12, 2015 6:30 PM EST The not-quite-confirmed next track from '1989' bows. Plus, Madonna and Reba McEntire each return to their longtime respective stomping grounds. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  8. Schoolboy Q on Kendrick Lamar's Upcoming Album: 'He's Perfecting That S---'

    January 12, 2015 12:55 PM EST The only sure thing about Kendrick Lamar 's upcoming album? His close associates can't wait for the world to hear it. "Kendrick really stepped his game up," says labelmate Jay Rock . Schoolboy Q alludes to Lamar's painstaking studio methods: "He's…

  9. Leading Music Execs Call on UK Government to Rein In Ticket Resales

    January 12, 2015 10:53 AM EST Leading figures from the music, entertainment and sport industries have called upon the British Government to implement tighter controls in the secondary ticketing industry. Pink Floyd's Nick Mason , promoter Harvey Goldsmith , One Direction manager Richard Griffiths and Iron Maiden…

  10. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2009, Lady Gaga 'Danced' to No. 1 for the First Time

    January 12, 2015 8:05 AM EST 'Just Dance' became Mother Monster's first Hot 100 leader six years ago. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and Barry Manilow. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 12,…

  11. Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' Spends More Time at U.K. Chart Peak

    January 12, 2015 2:12 AM EST Sam Smith's   In The Lonely Hour  (Capitol/Universal) marked its 33rd consecutive week in the top ten of the U.K. album chart by returning to No. 1 yesterday (Nov. 11). "Uptown Funk" (Columbia/Sony) by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars started a third consecutive week atop the…

  12. Jennifer Hudson Is Heading to Broadway

    January 09, 2015 5:30 PM EST The Oscar and Grammy winner will play the role of flamboyant juke-joint singer Shug Avery in 'The Color Purple' Jennifer Hudson will be singing and shimmying on Broadway this fall. The Oscar winner and American Idol season 3 alum will star as juke-joint singer Shug Avery in a New…

  13. Album Premiere: Soul Singer Swamp Dogg's 'The White Man Made Me Do It' Brings the Funk -- and the Social Consciousness

    January 09, 2015 2:16 PM EST Provocative album titles are de rigueur for Swamp Dogg.  Cuffed Collared and Tagged ,  Gag a Maggot ,   I Called for a Rope and They Threw Me a Rock and his infamous 1971 release Rat   On! , featuring a picture of the R&B singer seated on a rat, preceded his upcoming The White Man Made…

  14. Flaco Jiménez to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

    January 09, 2015 11:11 AM EST Accordion great honored for pioneering bilingual “rockish” Tex-Mex music. Flaco Jiménez  -- the 73-year-old accordionist who brought Tex-Mex flavor to the music of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder and others -- will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Grammys.…

  15. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Hot 100 With 'Uptown Funk!'

    January 07, 2015 2:42 PM EST The song dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' after seven weeks, and after a record-tying 19 consecutive weeks of only women at No. 1. If 2014 was the year of women dominating the Billboard Hot 100's upper reaches , men are wasting no time in trying to reclaim the…

  16. Big Machine's Scott Borchetta to Receive Presidential Award at Music Biz 2015

    January 07, 2015 10:00 AM EST Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement at the Music Biz 2015 Awards Luncheon on May 14 at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel in Nashville. The Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly NARM…

  17. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  18. Brad Paisley 'Storm's Back to No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

    January 06, 2015 11:05 AM EST The star tallies his 19th No. 1 – and first since 2011. Brad Paisley scores his first leader in more than three years on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Perfect Storm" rises 2-1. The coronation ends his longest stretch between chart-toppers. Paisley's new No.…

  19. Chart Highlights: U2 Debuts Biggest AC Hit Since 1992 With 'Every Breaking Wave'

    January 05, 2015 3:20 PM EST The band reaches the chart's top 30 for the first time since 'One' 23 years ago. Plus, new No. 1s for Brad Paisley, Gerardo Ortiz & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio…

  20. Luke Bryan Tops One Direction on Ticketmaster's Most-Searched List

    January 05, 2015 11:58 AM EST A pop-country hunk topped international boy bands, music icons and pro wrestling to be Ticketmaster's most-searched subject of 2014. The Live Nation ticket retailer places Luke Bryan as being the search bar's most frequent guest, above One Direction , Garth Brooks , Beyonce and…

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