1. Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations

    January 30, 2015 9:00 AM EST Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are the frontrunners heading into the Academy of Country Music Awards, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.  Lambert has a leading eight nominations for the April 19 event, including her fourth nod for entertainer of the year and she's…

  2. One Direction, Lucian Grainge, Calvin Harris Make List Of Top 500 Influential Brits

    January 27, 2015 1:17 AM EST Pop stars One Direction , Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran join Simon Cowell and Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge among the music biz players who cracked the annual Debrett's 500 list of the most influential people in the U.K. Also making the list are electronic music producers Calvin…

  3. Chart Highlights: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Pop Songs, Dance/Mix Show Airplay

    January 26, 2015 5:05 PM EST Hot 100 leader 'Uptown Funk!' tops two more tallies. Plus, new No. 1s for Usher and Eric Church, and Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney debut. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio…

  4. The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Antony and the Johnsons, James Blake, Interpol to Play Primavera Sound

    January 21, 2015 3:16 PM EST The organizers of Primavera Sound have announced the line-up for the 15th edition of the festival, to take place May 28-30 in Barcelona. The Black Keys , Patti Smith ("Horses" tour), Antony and the Johnsons, Alt-J , The Replacements , James Blake , Interpol , Belle & Sebastian…

  5. Slash Talks Dave Grohl's Star-Studded Birthday Bash & More Insider Scoop

    January 20, 2015 3:35 PM EST Grohl-ing Older With Slash Slash   says Dave Grohl 's 46th birthday celebration at the Los Angeles Forum was "one of the coolest ... I've witnessed in my time" -- and the former Guns N' Roses   guitarist almost missed it. Slash tells Overheard he was unaware of the…

  6. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 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…

  7. James Blake Reveals Name of New 2015 Album

    January 14, 2015 11:15 AM EST The LP may have collaborations with Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. James Blake's new studio album -- which is rumored to contain collaborations with  Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon -- has finally got a title. Blake announced on his BBC Radio 1 show that the…

  8. T-Pain Releases Another Track Without Auto-Tune: 'Say The Word (I'm Gone)'

    January 14, 2015 9:50 AM EST T-Pain continues his assault on conservative music listeners by uploading yet another video of himself singing without Auto-Tune. The new song, "Say The Word (I'm Gone)," will appear on his long-teased fifth album, Stoicville: The Phoenix . Listen below. Sticking to the…

  9. 'American Idol' Offers Another Early Glimpse at Top 24

    January 09, 2015 4:07 AM EST American Idol stepped up its search for a superstar in Nashville and Kansas City during the second part of its two-night season premiere. Credit judges Harry Connick Jr. , Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban for staying focused on the task at hand, or as Lopez adeptly put it, making the show  …

  10. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  11. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  12. 'The Voice' Top 3 & Wildcard Revealed

    December 10, 2014 10:54 AM EST On Tuesday night, the penultimate nail-biting episode of The Voice revealed its fan-voted top three, as well as the first-ever wildcard singer who rejoins the competition after already being eliminated. The three singers with the highest number of viewer votes on their  Monday night…

  13. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary at NYC's Joe's Pub

    December 04, 2014 3:33 PM EST In recent years, the men and women who play a behind-the-scenes role in making pop music have been getting more attention. The most prominent example is probably the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom -- which documented the contributions made by backup singers in classic rock -- but the…

  14. Art Basel Miami Beach: Your Music Guide

    December 03, 2014 6:40 PM EST FKA Twigs, Miguel, Theophilus London, James Blake & more artists provide a musical backdrop to the Miami art fest. An estimated 70,000 global visitors will descend on southern Florida this week for Art Basel Miami Beach, a socialite smorgasbord of contemporary art shows, forward…

  15. At CMT Artists of the Year 2014, Luke Bryan's Loss Is Front & Center

    December 02, 2014 9:43 PM EST Chris Cornell & Wiz Khalifa are among the unlikely guests as Bryan, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line & Merle Haggard are honored. You know you're in country music's world when Chris Cornell is just a backup singer. The Soundgarden frontman…

  16. 'The Voice': Top 5 Eliminates One Coach

    December 02, 2014 9:16 PM EST Thanks to Tuesday night's triple-elimination episode, it's now down to five singers and three coaches on The Voice . 'The Voice' Hits 20 Million Song Downloads After a few alumni performances -- season 6 finalist Christina Grimmie introduced her debut single "With…

  17. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 8 Has Only One Blank Space, Baby

    November 25, 2014 9:43 PM EST Not even advice from Clive Davis, Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Christina Aguilera & Patrick Stump could save them from spending Thanksgiving at home. Despite this week's enriching guest mentorship from Clive Davis, Diana Ross , Colbie Caillat , Christina Aguilera and Patrick Stump…

  18. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  19. Idris Elba Talks Producing His Star-Studded New Album, His Most Embarrassing DJ Moment and Going 'Toe-to-Toe' With Biz Markie

    November 21, 2014 3:35 PM EST Big Driis has left the building. That was the name British actor Idris Elba, 42, known for his roles in Thor and Pacific Rim , went by in the early 2000s, when he moonlighted as a DJ around the world during his breakout run on HBO's The Wire . "He has retired," says Elba,…

  20. Listen to Five Songs from Idris Elba's Nelson Mandela Tribute Album, 'mi Mandela'

    November 18, 2014 10:01 PM EST British actor Idris Elba , best known for his roles in Pacific Rim , The Wire and last year's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom , also includes musician, producer and DJ on his resume and on his newest project those worlds are colliding. It's not a part in a new film but, rather, a…

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