1. 615 Spotlight: Branch & Dean, 'The Dash'

    September 04, 2013 7:24 PM EDT Country duo release touching tribute to member Steve Branch's son, who died this year after battling Cystic Fibrosis Country music is at its most potent level when its songs are about real life. And the current single from newcomers Branch & Dean is about as real and heartbreaking…

  2. Night Ranger and Loverboy Workin' to Unleash New Music Next Year

    August 30, 2013 2:00 PM EDT A pair of the 80s most successful mainstream rock acts, Night Ranger and Loverboy, are planning to add to their legacies with new material in the coming year. Night Ranger singer-bassist Jack Blades tells Billboard that his band is "about 12 songs into a new album," which will…

  3. Travi$ Scott Talks Working With Kanye West, Jay Z; Performs Two Songs

    August 29, 2013 3:55 PM EDT Travi$ Scott has had one hell of a year. The rapper and producer, born in Houston, Texas, has worked on two Billboard 200 No. 1 albums this year: Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" and Kanye West's "Yeezus." Photos: Travi$ Scott Billboard Session Apart from…

  4. Stone Temple Pilots Announce 'High Rise' EP

    August 29, 2013 3:17 PM EDT Three months after adding Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington to the group, alt-rock veterans Stone Temple Pilots announced on Thursday that they'll release a five-song EP next month... under a slightly altered moniker. Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington will release "…

  5. George Strait Saluted as Country's Hit Machine at Nashville Event

    August 29, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Just like Merle Haggard with Capitol Records, or Elvis Presley’s legendary run with RCA, the label-to-artist marriage between MCA Nashville and George Strait has been one of the most successful in not just country -- but music history. Last night, Universal Music Group threw what amounted…

  6. MTV Video Music Awards 2013: 10 Things You Didn’t See On TV

    August 26, 2013 2:40 PM EDT The VMAs descended upon Brooklyn New York, bringing legions of folks from the surrounding neighborhood to the corners surrounding Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues hopeful to catch a glimpse of some of music’s biggest stars. 

 I happen to live nearby, and it was quite surreal seeing the…

  7. Phillip Phillips Scores Second AC No. 1

    August 26, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The 2012 'American Idol' champ becomes just the ninth male soloist to send his first two Adult Contemporary entries – 'Home' and 'Gone, Gone, Gone' – to the top Fittingly for a man with (almost) two identical names, Phillip Phillips joins an exclusive club…

  8. Dove Awards Nominees Include Chris Tomlin, Lecrae and Colton Dixon

    August 21, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The nominations for the 44th Annual Dove Awards were announced this morning, with a diverse slate of top artists including Steven Curtis Chapman, Lecrae and TobyMac all in the mix for inspirational music's biggest night. Chris Tomlin, who topped the Billboard 200 chart in January with…

  9. Gloria Estefan Readies New, Multi-Lingual Take on the Standards Album

    August 20, 2013 4:45 PM EDT "Recording this album was like coming home, and I hope to do it again" On Sept. 2, 1978, at an intimate celebration in his parents' home, newlyweds Emilio and Gloria Estefan danced their first dance as husband and wife. It was to "El Dia Que Me Quieras," the…

  10. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  11. Selena Gomez Talks Working with Stargate, Ester Dean on 'Come & Get It': Video

    July 30, 2013 12:42 PM EDT "Come & Get It" has become the biggest hit of Selena Gomez's young career, and the pop singer recently sat down with Walmart Soundcheck to discuss the process of creating the song with Norwegian production duo Stargate and songwriting powerhouse Ester Dean. "I'm…

  12. Jay Z Visits U.K.'s Salisbury Cathedral to See the Original 'Magna Carta'

    July 19, 2013 2:07 AM EDT Jay Z has dropped by an English cathedral to see the inspiration for his latest album — an 800-year-old parchment copy of the Magna Carta. The musician visited Salisbury Cathedral in southwest England to see one of only four surviving original copies of the 1215 proclamation that is…

  13. Iconic Nashville Radio Station Dips Into the Archives for Live Album

    July 12, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Since the 650 signal blasted onto the airwaves in 1925, the call letters WSM have represented the best in American Music. Whether it be the pop music performed on the legendary "Waking Crew" show, morning shows featuring Hank Williams and Flatt & Scruggs, or the legendary…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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 .…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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