1. Bette Midler Announces First Tour in More Than a Decade

    November 03, 2014 11:45 AM EST For the first time in more than 10 years, Bette Midler fans will be able to catch the singer live. Midler announced that she will start a 22-date tour May 8, 2015. Bette Midler Disparages Pandora, Spotify Over Artist Compensation Midler's tour will support her new album, It's The…

  2. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  3. Rewinding the Charts: 45 Years Ago, Elvis Presley Ruled the Hot 100 for the Last Time

    November 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT After a fruitful recording session in Memphis, the King of Rock & Roll notched his seventh No. 1 on the chart on Nov. 1, 1969 with 'Suspicious Minds.' In the wake of the success of Elvis Presley's December 1968 NBC TV special, Elvis – often referred to as the '68…

  4. Hear Let's Active's Jangly Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 31, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Let's Active have pitched in their classic jangly pop stylings for the latest Squidbillies theme song cover. They join Dwight Yoakam , Todd Rundgren and King Khan and the Shrines and others in the tradition for the show's eighth season.  Hear Centro-matic' Soulful Take on the…

  5. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Billy Idol Returns With His Highest-Debuting Album

    October 31, 2014 6:28 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Slipknot collected its second No. 1 album as .5: The Gray Chapter debuted at No. 1. The Roadrunner Records release sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six new titles to debut in the top 10…

  6. Deerhoof Celebrates 20 Years With Release of Madonna-Inspired 'La Isla Bonita' Album

    October 31, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Deerhoof celebrates 20 years as a band this year, a feat that astounds founding member Greg Saunier. Not because time has flown by for the uber-influential cult band, but mostly because Deerhoof was never intended to last more than two weeks when it was formed, much less two decades. With…

  7. Radio DJ Angie Martinez on Running the NYC Marathon: 'It Was Time to Conquer It'

    October 31, 2014 1:28 PM EDT What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold -- as in literally submerging your body in a pool of ice water. It's something Sean " Puff Daddy " Combs recommended to Angie Martinez recently when he called the DJ on her popular New York City radio show. Martinez, who is…

  8. Ed Sheeran's First U.S. Arena Tour Doing Big Business

    October 30, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Ed Sheeran heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $8.1 million in ticket sales reported from his first arena headlining tour in North America. On the road behind the June release of his most recent album, x , the British singer-songwriter kicked off the tour Aug.…

  9. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1990s

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs). The '90s were full of world-conquering ballads, the stuff of future American Idol performances: Toni…

  10. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose First Fight Against Marvin Gaye's Family

    October 30, 2014 2:53 PM EDT A California judge rules that Marvin Gaye's family has made a sufficient showing that elements of "Blurred Lines" may be substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." In a ruling that could set up one of the biggest trials ever over alleged song theft, U.S.…

  11. Nas Previews J Dilla-Produced Song at Run the Jewels' Album Release Party

    October 30, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Nas made a surprise appearance at Run the Jewel s' ( Killer Mike and El-P )  album release celebration for RTJ2 on Wednesday, Oct. 29. "I came here to support the brother son an incredible project. I've been watching them do their thing, even feeling like this is something…

  12. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  13. Sam Smith Brings Out Ed Sheeran for Surprise 'Stay With Me' Duet

    October 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Here's your daily dose of feelings: At a concert in Manchester's Albert Hall Wednesday night, Sam Smith brought Ed Sheeran up on stage with him to sing "Stay With Me." Naturally, it was beautiful (and the crowd was thrilled ).  Later that night, after the surprise…

  14. Rap Group RACK Boyz Among 29 Charged in Bank Fraud Scheme

    October 29, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Members of an Indiana-based rap group called RACK Boyz and other suspects made hundreds of thousands of dollars in a bank fraud scheme that included wooing participants through social media and Internet videos, federal and state authorities said Wednesday (Oct. 29). "Card cracking,…

  15. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding & Calvin Harris

    October 29, 2014 6:09 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers Erika Ramirez and Joe Lynch apologize to Jason Lipshutz for not attending his Halloween karaoke party. After that, we talk about Iggy Azalea 's new song featuring Danish pop singer MØ , which the two of them performed (…

  16. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

  17. Dillon Francis Gets a Little Help From His 'Friends' on Debut Album

    October 28, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Dance music's class clown graduates from moombahton past on diverse full-length debut. Leaning on a candy-cane tree at TomorrowWorld , Dillon Francis admits his new album is nothing but an elaborate ruse. "It's a lie," he jests. "We've been lying to the whole…

  18. How Run-D.M.C. Changed the Rap Game in 1984

    October 28, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Though rap had been selling records and denting the lower reaches of the Billboard charts since 1979, it can be argued that Run-D.M.C. 's self-titled debut -- which peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 on June 23 -- was the first time that real hip-hop was pressed to vinyl.  Most rap…

  19. Country Music Hall of Fame Warmly Welcomes Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman & Hank Cochran

    October 27, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Sunday night's Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame saw three very diverse musical legends inducted into one of music's most exclusive clubs, as Mac Wiseman , Hank Cochran  and Ronnie Milsap were each celebrated for their wide array of musical accomplishments on…

  20. Jon Bon Jovi Reminisces About the ‘Absolutely Awful’ Video for His First-Ever Hit ‘Runaway’

    October 27, 2014 3:17 PM EDT Bon Jovi’s self-titled debut album was released in January, and the band’s first single, “Runaway,” cracked the top 40 in February in spite of a music video that ranks as one of the most WTF moments of the early MTV era. 
“It’s absolutely awful,” says frontman Jon Bon Jovi, 52, who’s now…

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