1. Ed Sheeran Makes Teens Swoon, Debuts New Song at Madison Square Garden

    October 30, 2013 11:38 AM EDT Sheeran proves an intimate arena performance is somehow possible It's not often the upper deck can hear a performer singing without a microphone before a near-capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden. But such is the wonder of Ed Sheeran. On the evening of Oct. 29, the teen-approved…

  2. Chart Highlights: Eric Church Earns Highest His Debut Ever On Country Airplay With 'Outsiders'

    October 28, 2013 4:40 PM EDT 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 listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com and Billboard.biz every Thursday and appear in the next issue of…

  3. Young the Giant Sets New Album 'Mind Over Matter'; Hear New Single

    October 28, 2013 12:00 PM EDT One of 2014's most anticipated rock albums now has a release date.  Young the Giant's sophomore album, titled "Mind Over Matter," will drop Jan. 21 via Fueled By Ramen. The California rockers also shared the lead single, "It's About Time," which hits the…

  4. Arcade Fire, 'Reflektor': Track-By-Track Review

    October 28, 2013 10:33 AM EDT Arcade Fire has been touted as Generation Y's answer to U2, and ever since their 2004 debut "Funeral" tipped off indie rock to strings, sweeping musical arrangements and wholly relatable anthems, it seems they've been aspiring to make a statement like "Reflektor.…

  5. Malaysia Bans Ke$ha Concert, Cites 'Culture' Clash

    October 26, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The artist and her team had previously agreed to modify their planned show, including making changes to her song lyrics and wardrobe Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia have banned a planned Ke$ha concert after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities. Concert…

  6. Kwes Q&A: Singer-Producer Talks New Album, Working With Solange

    October 25, 2013 4:30 PM EDT “She’s brilliant,” Kwes says of the younger Knowles sister. “The fact that she called me to come out… it’s mad” London producer/singer Kwes has a voice to soothe the restless and the pensive disposition of a painter or philosopher, which is fitting for someone who studied Schopenhauer in…

  7. Hellogoodbye's Re-Introduction: Inside The Group's Dance-Pop Comeback

    October 25, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Band mastermind Forrest Kline reflects on "Here In Your Arms" and talks new studio album. It’s been a long, hard road for Hellogoodbye since the high school-friendly dance track “Here In Your Arms” soared to No. 14 on the Hot 100 in 2006, becoming the band’s breakout hit. After…

  8. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Jared Leto & Kanye West

    October 25, 2013 1:16 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Jared Leto " alt="" align="right"> Jared Leto caught our eye as he hit the red caret at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton…

  9. Lorde's 'Royals' Expands Reign To R&B Radio

    October 25, 2013 12:05 PM EDT The song's crossover continues to its most unlikely format yet, garnering major-market R&B/hip-hop airplay Even though its lyrics decry some of the clichés of R&B/hip-hop ("Every song's like gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the bathroom"), Lorde's …

  10. Bubbling Under: Alexa Ray Joel Covers Dad Billy's 'Just The Way You Are'

    October 25, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Alexa Ray Joel, Bebe Rexha, Ty Dolla Sign and Billy Rivers & the Angelic Voices of Faith     ALEXA RAY JOEL Alexa Ray Joel…

  11. Skrillex, Afrojack, Timeflies Arrive On Dance Charts

    October 24, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Plus, Avicii and Zedd’s momentum continues, while Daft Punk conquers clubs Skrillex, joined by Alvin Risk, claims the top debut on Dance/Electronic Songs as “Try It Out” opens at No. 19, fueled by 15,000 first-week downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The collaboration also…

  12. Kings Of Leon Announce Mechanical Bull Tour Dates

    October 24, 2013 6:09 PM EDT Rockers announce a string of 2014 dates with Gary Clark, Jr. The Followill brothers will take their latest collection of rock 'n roll jams on the road this winter, as Kings of Leon have just announced plans to tour behind "Mechanical Bull." Beginning Feb. 5 at Atlanta's…

  13. Scotty McCreery, Luke Bryan Highlight Country Chart Action

    October 24, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Former 'American Idol' champ McCreery earns a chart achievement not managed since 1993, while Bryan leads Hot Country Songs for a 10th week Scotty McCreery becomes the second solo male to debut at No. 1 with his first two non-seasonal sets of original material in the nearly 50…

  14. Katy Perry Quiz: 10 Questions About The 'PRISM' Star

    October 24, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Think you're a Katy Perry expert? Here are 10 questions to put your knowledge to the test! Here at Billboard, it's our job to keep you informed on what's hot in the world of pop music, and with Katy Perry's new album "PRISM" dropping earlier this week, we&…

  15. Dylan Fest Set for New York and San Francisco

    October 24, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Dhani Harrison and Jason Isbell lead lineup of performers The folk music charity festival Dylan Fest has announced plans for a 13th consecutive New York showing, as well as its first ever stop in San Francisco. On Nov. 11 and 12, Dylan Fest will take on New…

  16. The Swellers, 'The Light Under Closed Doors': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 24, 2013 11:50 AM EDT Hard-working Michigan punks The Swellers are back with a new studio album -- "The Light Under Closed Doors" -- and Billboard has an exclusive first listen at their latest bunch of driving anthems. The Swellers have been around since 2002, when they got their start playing and…

  17. Katy Perry's 'Prism' Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 23, 2013 5:32 PM EDT Katy Perry is on course for her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as her latest release, "Prism," should easily top the tally next week with her best sales week ever. Industry sources suggest Perry's third album, which was released on Tuesday, Oct. 23, might…

  18. Norah Jones And Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Prep Everly Brothers-Inspired Album

    October 23, 2013 4:45 PM EDT "Foreverly" puts a modern spin on the country folk standards from the Everly Brothers' "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" On Nov. 25, Norah Jones and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will team up to release "Foreverly," a modern-day reworking of the Everly…

  19. Metallica to Rock Antarctica?

    October 23, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Though nothing has been confirmed yet, signs are pointing to a landmark concert this December from metal legends Metallica. Recently, the Colombian website for Coca-Cola Zero launched a sweepstakes for fans in six Colombian cities whose grand prize is a trip to see a rock concert in…

  20. Lights Over Paris Singer Sentenced to Seven Years For Loan Fraud

    October 22, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Frontman used fradulent loans to fund rockstar lifestyle for band Robb “TaLLLLL” University -- frontman for the Los Angeles-based hard rock act Lights Over Paris -- has been sentenced to seven years in prison for loan fraud. The 30-year old singer (who was born Robert Mawhinney) applied for…

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