1. Ashton Shepherd Blazes Own Path on 'This Is America'

    July 09, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Ashton Shepherd knows people wonder about her voice. She says she totally gets it.  "I have had some people – and I understand where they're coming from – who say 'Do you really sound like that. Are you trying to sound that country?' I really do sound like this. I'm…

  2. T.G. Sheppard & Kelly Lang Talk Historic Ryman Auditorium Debut

    June 25, 2013 10:00 AM EDT “Anytime you get a chance to be involved where there is so much history, it’s like being a football player and playing in a certain stadium that you’ve always loved." Husband and wife T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang are about to make a little bit of musical history together. This Saturday…

  3. Toad the Wet Sprocket Caught Off Guard By Fan Support for New Album

    June 19, 2013 1:11 PM EDT When Toad the Wet Sprocket made the decision to bring "New Constellation", their first set of fresh material in 16 years, to Kickstarter they had set a cost limit of $50,000 and promised investors they'd get to hear the album the moment the band reached their goal.…

  4. Kanye West's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    June 12, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Kanye West: the narcissistic icon, pompous revolutionary and the man who wore a leather kilt. With a wired jaw and a collection of beats and rhymes, 'Ye came into the game in 2004 with his debut album, "The College Dropout." Nine years later and the artist has achieved…

  5. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  6. Metallica Leads Heavy Orion Music Festival, Tells Detroit 'We'll Be Back'

    June 10, 2013 11:20 AM EDT After setting a high bar with its first-day front-to-back surprise performance of 1983's "Kill 'Em All," Metallica closed its second Orion Music + More festival with a more conventional but characteristically ferocious concert on Sunday -- and promised to be back for…

  7. Infectious Grooves Reunion Leads Off Robert Trujillo's Breakneck Orion Fest

    June 06, 2013 12:00 PM EDT As if playing in three bands and curating one of the sideshows isn't enough, this year's Orion Music + More festival may give Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo a little more work on his plate in the future.  The second edition of the event -- taking place Saturday and Sunday on…

  8. Scott Weiland Countersuing Stone Temple Pilots

    June 03, 2013 4:40 PM EDT Scott Weiland is filing a $7 million countersuit against his fellow co-founders of Stone Temple Pilots, claiming they do not have the legal right to remove him from the band and asking a judge to bar their use of the name going forward. "How do you expel a man from the band that he…

  9. David Lynch Talks Second Album: 'The Big Dream'

    June 03, 2013 11:30 AM EDT "Sometimes the lyrics come first but mostly the music is talking to you about how it wants to be, and then the lyrics are born out of that. It's a strange phenomenon, but I love doing it," he says David Lynch says he felt "more confident" making his second…

  10. Queens of the Stone Age, '...Like Clockwork': Track-By-Track Review

    May 29, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Much has changed for Queens of the Stone Age during the six-year interim between "Era Vulgaris" and the new LP "...Like Clockwork." The band has been rebuilt yet again, with bassist Michael Shuman (Wires on Fire, Mini Mansions) and multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita …

  11. Scott Weiland Says New STP Incarnation "Not Stone Temple Pilots"

    May 25, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Scott Weiland has seen the newest incarnation of Stone Temple Pilots -- one minus him, plus Linkin Park's Chester Bennington -- and he's not happy. In a message posted to his website addressed to his fans, the ex-frontman of the '90s rock icons rails against his former…

  12. Stone Temple Pilots Hire Linkin Park's Chester Bennington As New Vocalist

    May 20, 2013 1:55 PM EDT "Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we've admired for a long time," says STP guitarist Dean DeLeo. With Scott Weiland newly ousted from Stone Temple Pilots, the long-running alternative rock outfit has brought in Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as its new vocalist.…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Do What Other Duos Didn't

    May 10, 2013 5:50 PM EDT As the twosome becomes the first duo to send its first two singles to No.1 on the Hot 100, a look back at the chart starts of other popular pairs. As previously reported, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis log an historic No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as "Can't Hold Us"…

  14. LeAnn Rimes Returning with 'Spitfire'

    April 29, 2013 8:54 PM EDT Collaborators on the upcoming album include Rob Thomas, Jeff Beck and Alison Kraus. LeAnn Rimes is going to heat things up on her new album. The country star's "Spitfire" is dune June 4 on Curb Records, with Rimes sparking up several collaborations: guitarist Jeff Beck and…

  15. Willow Smith's Disappearing Act, And Why 'Whip My Hair' Wasn't A Fluke

    April 29, 2013 1:05 PM EDT Why is the 12-year-old artist singing "Inject my soul with darkness"? Pop Shop takes a closer look. Last February, one week after Willow Smith dropped out of the starring role of Marcy Media (which is run by Jay-Z) and Overbrook Entertainment's big-budget film remake of …

  16. George Jones' 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    April 27, 2013 3:40 PM EDT George Jones placed more records on the Billboard Country singles chart than any other artist, with 143 making the top-40, and 13 of those making it all the way to the top slot. We've compiled a list of his top 20 songs, ranked by overall chart performance and based on chart…

  17. Rock Hall of Fame Inducts Rush, Public Enemy and Heart at Passionate Ceremony

    April 19, 2013 5:32 AM EDT The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles in more than two decades may as well have been subtitled "A Night to Celebrate Rush" as the Canadian trio's fans packed the Nokia Theater to the rafters and made their presence known. Rock Hall Red…

  18. DSquared2 to Design a Beyonce Tour Costume

    April 12, 2013 4:59 PM EDT Beyonce has joined creative forces with Dsquared2 for her new stage wardrobe. Twin designers Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2 have created at least one custom look for her five-month Mrs. Carter Show world tour. "Beyonce chose to wear a unique outfit created exclusively for her by Dean…

  19. Queens of the Stone Age Returns With 'My God Is The Sun' Single: Listen

    April 08, 2013 5:23 PM EDT After tearing through new music during a recent live performance, California rockers Queens of the Stone Age released the first single off of their upcoming album, "…Like Clockwork," on Monday (Apr. 8). "My God Is The Sun" originally surfaced last month, when a video…

  20. 'Pitch Perfect' Stars Reuniting to Open MTV's Movie Awards

    April 04, 2013 9:55 AM EDT The stars of the film "Pitch Perfect" will open the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in their first-ever live performance on April 14. "Pitch Perfect" stars Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, Adam Devine, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ben Platt, Brittany Snow and host Rebel…

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