1. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums In 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longest for a living artist, Willie Nelson…

  2. Woody Guthrie Home Restoration Project In Trouble Over Financial Dispute

    June 20, 2014 3:00 AM EDT A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy. The spat, an ironic turn considering Guthrie's songs that railed against greed, began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood…

  3. Remixing Rock's Style Roots: Where to Find Johnny Cash & Elvis-Inpired Jackets

    June 18, 2014 5:40 PM EDT E-tailer Phoenix Project brings the 1950s style of legends Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash back to life. Don't step on his blue suede shoes, but you MAY be able to step into them, thanks to Phoenix Project - an e-tailer dedicated to replicating the clothing of 20th-century icons. An Elvis…

  4. Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Debuts New Song, Duets with Mark Lanegan, in London

    June 17, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme capped the band's European tour by playing a rare solo acoustic show as part of James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival in London yesterday (June 16), during which he debuted a new song called "Villains of Circumstance." The dark,…

  5. Ted Nugent Premieres 'Never Stop Believing' Song, Preps Next Album 'Everything': Exclusive (Listen)

    June 16, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Ted Nugent loud 'n' proud about a new album? Now THERE'S a surprise. But the Motor City Madman is even prouder (if that's possible) that there's more where next month's "ShutUp&Jam!," his first new album in seven years. But first, Billboard has…

  6. How Casey Kasem Gave Billboard A Voice

    June 15, 2014 2:27 PM EDT From the first American Top 40 countdown in 1970, the late icon brought Billboard charts to music fans worldwide Billboard had existed for more than 75 years before Casey Kasem counted down the first "American Top 40" on the weekend of July 4, 1970, but it was then that he gave…

  7. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  8. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  9. Rewinding The Charts: 56 Years Ago, Johnny Mathis' 'Hits' Hit The Top

    June 09, 2014 10:05 AM EDT The singer's 1958 album reigned ... and introduced 'greatest hits' to the music biz lexicon Chances are (pun intended) the term "greatest hits" would not have become a familiar phrase had it not been for the runaway success of Johnny Mathis' 1958 album, "…

  10. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tour Failed Due to 'Horrific' Ticket Sales, Says Promoter

    June 06, 2014 3:29 PM EDT “We realized we had a problem the day we went on sale,” reflects Michael Cohl . It had been four days since he officially pulled the plug on the "Jesus Christ Superstar" Arena Spectacular tour before the cast could do its first show, which had been scheduled for June 9 in New…

  11. Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at 30: Classic Track-By-Track Album Review

    June 04, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen released the record that would become his biggest-selling album of all time thirty years ago on June 4, 1984. "Born In The U.S.A." would skyrocket Springsteen to global success, get misappropriated by a President, and turn his ass into an international icon…

  12. The Never Ending Song Premiere: Hear 'Mulholland Drive' From Debby Ryan's Band

    June 03, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Listen to the preview of the group's upcoming "One" EP, launching at Billboard.com. Debby Ryan, the star of Disney Channel's "Jessie" and formerly of "The Suite Life on Deck," also has grand musical ambitions as the leader of the band the Never…

  13. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

  14. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  15. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Promoter Cites Low Ticket Sales for Arena Tour Cancellation: Update

    May 31, 2014 9:13 PM EDT "It became obvious the shows were in trouble, but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around" Following news last night that the star-studded, multimillion-dollar production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar"…

  16. 'Arsenio Hall Show' Canceled After One Season

    May 31, 2014 11:20 AM EDT "The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall's late-night comeback bid after a single season. Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market. Prince Debuts…

  17. Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour is Cancelled

    May 30, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Producers of the star-studded “Jesus Christ Superstar” arena tour have cancelled the 51-city tour that was scheduled to start at New Orleans' Lakefront Arena on June 9. The "Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour” included in its cast Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, John…

  18. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Outfits: Roberto Cavalli, Jeremy Scott & More Talk Designing

    May 28, 2014 1:50 PM EDT When Katy Perry began plotting the Prismatic tour - her worldwide jaunt in support of her "Prism" album and the follow-up outing to 2011's candy-coated California Dreams tour - one thing was clear: "We went into this tour knowing the costumes had to be bigger and better…

  19. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  20. Michael Jackson, Coldplay Hit Hot 100's Top 10; John Legend Still No. 1

    May 21, 2014 4:26 PM EDT The King of Pop makes history as the only artist with top 10 Hot 100 hits in each of five decades. Meanwhile, Legend's 'All of Me' leads for a third week, Coldplay lands its third top 10 and Iggy Azalea tops Streaming Songs John Legend's "All of Me" rules…

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