1. Pop Shop Podcast: Vance Joy Interview, One Direction, ‘Mockingjay’ Soundtrack & More

    November 20, 2014 10:35 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  2. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  3. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns' Cause of Death Revealed

    November 18, 2014 9:51 PM EST The season 7 star died from an enlarged heart, according to the coroner's report. New details from the Orange County Coroner's report have revealed that American Idol season 7 finalist Michael Johns died from an enlarged heart and a "fatty liver." The 35-year-old…

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Saved by Coaches, Sent Home by America

    November 18, 2014 9:24 PM EST Two hopefuls were eliminated, while one endangered singer nabbed the #InstantSave from viewers at home. The Voice has had its first weekly double-elimination, but, as Carson Daly announced at the beginning of the broadcast, all eliminated top-12 singers will get a chance to rejoin the…

  5. Michigan-Born Country Star Frankie Ballard Shares His Inspirations -- From Kid Rock to Steve Earle

    November 18, 2014 6:24 PM EST Battle Creek, Mich., native Frankie Ballard brought a "Detroit country" vibe to the rising-hit title track from his Warner Music Nashville LP Sunshine & Whiskey (No. 2 on the Nov. 22 Country Airplay chart), so it's no surprise that the music of his early years was his…

  6. Jeff Bates Embraces Conway Twitty Comparisons on 'Me and Conway' Album

    November 18, 2014 6:12 PM EST The vocal similarities between Jeff Bates and the late Conway Twitty have always been something of a double-edged sword. "It was a struggle at times," the singer tells Billboard . "On one hand, what a compliment. But, then someone would say, 'You know, you sound too much…

  7. YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

    November 18, 2014 5:35 PM EST The standoff involves works by Pharrell Williams and other popular songwriters. YouTube has apparently made the decision not to remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell Williams and John Lennon , and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of…

  8. Prague's John Lennon Wall Painted Over

    November 18, 2014 4:07 PM EST Prague's colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over, leaving just a single message: "Wall is over!" The wall, located at the heart of the Czech capital in the picturesque Little Quarter neighborhood, began to be painted with Lennon's…

  9. Bonnaroo Thanksgiving Special Coming to VH1: Metallica, McCartney, Macklemore & More

    November 18, 2014 12:39 PM EST This Thanksgiving, curl up with live performances from Bonnaroo's past. You oughta know about a cool new music special hitting television this Thanksgiving. As if we needed any further proof that music festivals have gone mainstream (which is totally fine!), VH1 is hosting a Bonnaroo…

  10. 'The Voice' Recap: Contestants Cover Radiohead, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran & More

    November 18, 2014 9:57 AM EST Later this season on The Voice , the final singers will perform original songs, created with the help of their coach, Carson Daly announced at the beginning of Monday's episode. It will only mark the second time contestants will compete with new work -- though winners have performed…

  11. Kenny Chesney vs. the Country Class of 1994: How His Career Stacks Up to Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Other Stars

    November 17, 2014 6:00 PM EST None of the country newcomers on the scene when Kenny Chesney released his '94 debut, In My Wildest Dreams , have matched the 28.8 million albums he has sold since 1991 (according to Nielsen SoundScan) or the $750 million in touring revenue he has earned since 1995. But they haven'…

  12. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST On his label's 10th anniversary, the man behind breakouts by Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Dislosure on juggling two titles, A&R'ing Sting and the streaming debate: "The equation has to be fair." For Martin Kierszenbaum -- Cherrytree Records founder, Interscope…

  13. Rolling Stones Top Hot Tours, Grossing $23.6 Million (And Counting...) Down Under

    November 16, 2014 11:07 AM EST The Rolling Stones land on the weekly Hot Tours tally (see list below) after a four-month break from the road. The act takes the No. 1 slot with ticket sales reported from the first three cities on the 14 On Fire tour’s final leg, a trek through Australia and New Zealand. The Oceania run…

  14. Rewinding the Charts: 40 Years Ago, A Solo John Lennon Hit No. 1

    November 16, 2014 9:05 AM EST The ex-Beatle topped the Hot 100 with 'Whatever Gets You Thru the Night' and, after losing a bet with Elton John, made his last live concert appearance. ELTON JOHN knew a No. 1 hit when he heard one. In the summer of 1974, the 27-year-old piano man had recorded "Whatever…

  15. 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B': TV Review

    November 15, 2014 6:02 PM EST The controversial TV movie finally gets its premiere Based on Christopher John Farley 's book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman , Lifetime's Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B follows the meteoric rise of the young singer, who was tragically killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001. …

  16. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Doobie Brothers Earn Highest Charting Album Since 1980

    November 14, 2014 10:05 PM EST Also debuting: Ellen DeGeneres’ new holiday compilation On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 , selling 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Only two new albums started in the top 10: Bette Midler’s It’s the…

  17. Quotes of the Week: Taylor Swift Defends Her Art, Taylor Hawkins Trashes U2 and More

    November 14, 2014 9:23 PM EST "I'd never condone Nazism in my art." -- NICKI MINAJ The rapper, apologizing on Twitter after the Anti-Defamation League said that the new lyric video for "Only" "disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda." Nicki Minaj's 'Only' Video…

  18. Carlos Santana: 'It's Time to Commit Career Suicide Again'

    November 14, 2014 4:39 PM EST Carlos Santana 's just-published memoir The Universal Tone (Nov. 4; Little, Brown and Company) may be subtitled Bringing My Story to Light , but it's hardly light reading. Besides detailed memories of his upbringing and musical achievements, the 544-page book also dives…

  19. Go Inside Jimmy Page's Rock All-Star Dinner With Ringo Starr, Kirk Hammett, Joe Walsh & More

    November 14, 2014 2:49 PM EST Never one for a big media blitz, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has probably done more interviews in the last six weeks promoting the Zeppelin remasters and his new book, Jimmy Page On Jimmy Page , than he did throughout the entirety of the '70s. Last night, Page put the finishing…

  20. Calvin Harris No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Songs & Albums Charts

    November 14, 2014 1:15 PM EST Calvin Harris careens onto Billboard 's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1 with Motion (35,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Motion , which includes cameos from Ellie Goulding , Haim and Gwen Stefani , among others, also motors onto the Billboard 200 at No. 5,…

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