1. The Band Perry to Open ACM Awards

    March 28, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Country trio The Band Perry have been announced as the opening act at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music. The family band will rock their new single "Chainsaw" on the April 6 telecast, which will also feature a tribute to Merle Haggard and a performance by Hunter Hayes. They…

  2. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 'It's Rubbish'

    March 27, 2014 4:21 AM EDT After Joe Elliott’s 35 years fronting Def Leppard, fans might think they know the charismatic vocalist.  But there is another side to one of the most successful front men in hard rock history, one that listens to Tom Waits in the bath, would love to do an acoustic record and can barely…

  3. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Sing Billboard Hits By Lady Gaga, One Direction, Avicii + More

    March 20, 2014 12:14 AM EDT From the beginning of the season, all eyes have been on Harry Connick Jr. as the judge to watch. During last night's "Billboard Hits" themed episode of "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez took center stage as she seriously stepped up her judging game, dispensing…

  4. Hunter Hayes to Attempt to Break Record for Concerts Played in 24 Hours

    March 15, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Hunter Hayes is out to break the record of live concert endurance. In the name of fighting child hunger, he'll attempt to break the Guinness World Record of concerts played in a 24-hour period this May. More Hunter Hayes: Hunter Hayes Partners With ConAgra Foods, P&G to Fight Child…

  5. Eric Paslay’s ‘Song About A Girl’ Makes Clichés Sound Fresh

    March 13, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Pickup trucks, tailgates, back roads, bonfires and alcohol: commercial country has been obsessed with a handful of topics for several years, and just about every sector of the business -- from the songwriters to the labels to radio -- has voiced some level of frustration about what seems…

  6. Paramore & Beyond: The 10 Most Awesome Things We Saw at Parahoy!

    March 12, 2014 7:10 PM EDT The best of four days at sea with Paramore, Teegan & Sara, New Found Glory and more The maiden voyage of the Parahoy! cruise finally came back to shore yesterday. The four-day excursion to the Bahamas might have been filled with angsty music, but that didn't stop the good vibes…

  7. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at SXSW: 'I Cried and I Laughed'

    March 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Director Martin Shore's new documentary "Take Me to the River" had its world premiere in Austin, Texas, Tuesday night. A musical celebration and Memphis history lesson filled with legendary artists new and old, it makes an ideal programming pick for the synergistic South by…

  8. Coldplay, Imagine Dragons Launch iTunes Festival at SXSW

    March 12, 2014 2:39 AM EDT “We’ve been away a long time,” Coldplay’s Chris Martin told fans on Tuesday night at South By Southwest, “and I can’t think of a better place to come back into the world.” Or a more auspicious one. Coldplay’s first North American show in more than 14 months had the eyes of the world…

  9. Danielle Bradbery Returns to High School for a Good Cause

    March 11, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Last week was a "Back To School" week for Big Machine recording artist Danielle Bradbery. The teenage songstress, whose "Heart Of Dixie" single is currently sitting at No. 14 on the Country Radio Airplay chart, visited five high schools across the nation to help bring the…

  10. Taylor Swift, Longtime Publicist Split

    March 07, 2014 11:30 AM EST Taylor Swift and her publicist of nearly seven years are parting ways, Billboard has learned. Paula Erickson, whose Nashville-based Erickson Public Relations has handled the singer's press since 2007, informed the Swift management team that she is resigning come mid-March. According to a…

  11. Forecastle Music Festival: Outkast, Jack White, Beck Headlining

    March 04, 2014 11:00 AM EST Outkast just keeps adding to its tour of music festivals in 2014. The hip-hop duo is among the headliners of this year's Forecastle Music Festival. Indie rock royalty Jack White and Beck will join Outkast as the main headliners of Forecastle, held July 18-20 in Louisville, Ky. The three…

  12. Pam Tillis Brings Craig Morgan and Lorrie Morgan Along for 'Hee Haw' Tribute

    March 03, 2014 6:00 PM EST Pam Tillis – the soaring voice behind hits like "Maybe It Was Memphis" and "Mi Vida Loca" is getting to showcase another side to her world-class talent. Tillis is helping to organize Tuesday night's "Pop! Goes Rochelle" benefit for Nashville's Rochelle…

  13. Hunter Hayes Partners With ConAgra Foods, P&G to Fight Child Hunger

    March 03, 2014 3:50 PM EST Hunter Hayes, ConAgra Foods, and P&G announced a partnership today that will help raise awareness of the issue of child hunger. On specifically marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products, one can find an eight-digit code. For each code entered Child Hunger Ends Here's website or…

  14. Oscar Music Nominees Honored, and Drenched, at Society of Composers and Lyricists Event

    March 02, 2014 12:29 PM EST The heavy rains that pummeled Southern California on Saturday (march 1) created a divide between the film music industry at the annual Society of Composers and Lyricists champagne reception for Oscar nominees. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' Fight…

  15. Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' Hits 1 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:00 PM EST The album is the first debut by a woman to sell a million copies since 2011 Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album has crossed the 1 million sales mark, becoming the first debut set to do so since last October. The set rises 7-6 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, selling another 30…

  16. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  17. International Artists Pay Tribute to Paco de Lucia

    February 27, 2014 8:57 PM EST The flamenco guitar master, who left behind an unreleased album, will be laid to rest this weekend in Southern Spain Paco de Lucia, who revolutionized flamenco guitar and influenced musicians around the world, will be laid to rest this weekend in his native Algeciras, after a public wake…

  18. Sara Bareilles Hires Bruno Mars' Manager

    February 25, 2014 10:52 PM EST Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has found herself a new manager in Brandon Creed, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Creed, via his own The Creed Co., handles the careers of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, along with award-winning songwriting-production collective The Smeezingtons and the…

  19. Pharrell, 'G I R L': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 7:46 PM EST It’s hard not to feel happy for Pharrell Williams. The eternally boyish producer, 40, is currently enjoying a career renaissance on the level of Mariah Carey in 2005 or Bryan Cranston in 2008, emerging after a presumed definitive career arc to star in a dazzling second act. If he had…

  20. Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' Tracklist Includes Justin Timberlake, Miley, Daft Punk: Report

    February 21, 2014 1:07 PM EST Pharrell Williams' soon-to-arrive solo album "G I R L" will include "Happy," his No. 2 hit on the Hot 100 chart -- that much, we know for sure. However, a leaked track list suggests that the album will include new collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus,…

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