1. New Signings: Stevie Ray Vaughn's Estate, Shelby Lynne and Rounder, Spooky Black

    September 04, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- Dutch singer Dotan signs to Republic Records , where he has released his new single “Home.” Additionally,…

  2. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  3. 5 Seconds of Summer Scores With Debut Album: Track-By-Track Review

    July 22, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Seconds of Summer is not One Direction -- the Australian four-piece, despite being pals with the best-selling boy band, eschews 1D's pop focus and stresses the fact that they play their own instruments. However, 5 Seconds of Summer is also not Blink-182 or any other traditional "…

  4. Olympics Playlist: 20 'Gold' Songs For Sochi

    February 07, 2014 3:25 PM EST With the 2014 Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, Russia, what better way to inspire the U.S.A. to go for the gold with a list of "golden" Hot 100 hits? From Kanye to the Black Keys to David Bowie to Shirley Bassey, the Hot 100 chart has featured its fair share of songs with "…

  5. Oscars Send Adele Flying Up Charts

    March 07, 2013 5:15 PM EST Hello Again: Adele's '21' reunites with Billboard 200; Seth MacFarlane's jazz album makes solid gains Thanks to the Academy Awards, Adele is flying high on the Billboard charts this week. Her "21" album jumps four slots to No. 10 on the Billboard 200 albums…

  6. Oscars Impact: Streisand Spikes, 'Les Miserables' Album Drops

    February 27, 2013 2:30 PM EST Final numbers: Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger" jumps 310% for the week; Adele's "Skyfall" nets 56% gain The week's official sales figures are in, and, as previously forecasted, a lot of songs see gains thanks to exposure on Sunday's Academy Awards…

  7. Adele, Shirley Bassey Set for Big Post-Oscars Sales Gains

    February 25, 2013 5:10 PM EST "Skyfall" could see a 45% jump after Adele's win; Bassey's signature version of "Goldfinger" eyes a 275% gain Music from Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jennifer Hudson and more are all due to see huge sales increases on this week's Billboard charts thanks…

  8. The Oscars Have Off-Key Night: TV Review

    February 25, 2013 2:17 AM EST "Here's to the losers," Seth MacFarlane sang in a closing number with Kristin Chenoweth, an ode to nominees going home empty-handed after the three hour, 30 minute Academy Awards ceremony conclude Sunday. Like so much of the night, it was not particularly funny, a bit awkward…

  9. Adele's 'Skyfall' Soars at Oscars: Watch

    February 24, 2013 11:18 PM EST The Oscars... Adele couldn't have picked a grander scene for her first live performance of "Skyfall," the title track from the latest Bond film. About 30 minutes before winning best original song on Sunday, the British dynamo led a large scale run of the track. With hair…

  10. 'Skyfall' Soundtrack: Highest-Charting Bond Album in 27 Years

    November 16, 2012 3:30 PM EST This week, the soundtrack to "Skyfall" becomes the highest charting album in the James Bond film franchise since 1985, as the set arrives at No. 100 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Sony Masterworks album bows with 5,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the…

  11. Top 10 James Bond Theme Songs Ever

    October 05, 2012 10:00 AM EDT James Bond celebrated his 50th anniversary on the silver screen October 5 with the release of Adele 's theme tune for the next Bond film, "Skyfall." The Brit singer's torch song, of course, joins a pantheon of famous 007 tracks. In honor of Bond's birthday and Adele&…

  12. Janelle Monae Premieres Two New Tracks at Toronto Jazz Festival

    June 27, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Fans may not have to wait much longer for Janelle Monae's two upcoming albums, scheduled to debut this year. Last Friday (June 22), the singer premiered two new tracks during her set at the Toronto Jazz Festival. The first track, "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes" keeps within the jazz…

  13. Plain White T's Leader Wants To 'Go All-In' on Next Album

    November 10, 2011 3:50 PM EST As it nears the one-year point since the release of its latest album, "The Wonders of the Younger," Plain White T's are starting to think about what they want to do next. "I think there are a few of the songs that didn't make the album that may possibly be used for…

  14. John Barry, Oscar-Winning James Bond Composer, Dies at 77

    January 31, 2011 9:06 AM EST Composer John Barry , who won five Oscars for his film work but was best known for his contributions to a dozen James Bond movies, has died. He was 77. Barry died in New York on Sunday, his family said. The English-born composer won two Oscars, for the score and the song, for "Born Free…

  15. Tom Petty Embarking On Virtual 'Superhighway' Tour For Live Release

    September 23, 2009 3:43 PM EDT Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are going on tour this fall, but they'll be coming to a computer rather than a city near you. To promote "The Live Anthology," a box set due out Nov. 24, Petty and company are launching the Superhighway Tour, an eight-week virtual experience. The…

  16. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 2:24 PM EST THE 'DIE' IS CAST : Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl Crow ("Tomorrow Never Dies"). Jack White and Alicia Keys have avoided such a fate, as…

  17. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, AC/DC, Beyonce and more! THE 'DIE' IS CAST: Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl…

  18. My Getaway

    July 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When My Getaway came by the Billboard studios late last year to record an acoustic version of its track "Heart Attack," the five-piece was also prepping for its BMI Artist of the Month showcase at New When My Getaway came by the Billboard studios late last year to record an acoustic…

  19. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. solo female artists of the rock era. "…

  20. Chart Beat Chat

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Billboard ranks, Shirley Bassey, father/daughter pairings and more! CLIMB UP, WAY UP HIGH Mr. Bronson: I'm not quite sure I understand how Billboard ranks songs for any given year. I am under the impression that it goes by record sales and the number of…

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