1. ACM Awards 2015 Nominees: Sure Things & Snubs

    January 30, 2015 2:52 PM EST Upon first glance, the announcement of the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards nominations on Friday morning (Jan. 30) might make one think "the rich get richer." Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations There's no doubt that Miranda Lambert…

  2. 10 Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows

    January 30, 2015 2:30 PM EST 0 Before Katy Perry takes the stage this Sunday (Feb. 1), we countdown the ten most spectacular Super Bowl halftime performances ever. Agree with our picks? Disagree? Tweet us at @Billboard with your comments. 10. Michael Jackson, 1993 Eager to keep viewers glued to their…

  3. How Fifth Harmony is Taking on Girl-Group Norms, Patriarchy and Rude Exes

    January 30, 2015 1:04 PM EST It's noon on a Thursday and the five members of Fifth Harmony are destroying a half-dozen bags of Mexican takeout. The girl group earned it, working up a sweat with its choreographer at a dance studio in North Hollywood. Both in rehearsal and out, the members are a whirlwind of hair,…

  4. 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…

  5. Scott Weiland Premieres New Songs at Sundance

    January 23, 2015 10:00 PM EST Scott Weiland treated a packed house at the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival to half of the dozen songs that appear on his first album with his new band the Wildabouts. Due March 31, the songs from the album Blaster are no-nonsense, straight-ahead rock tunes that owe debts to…

  6. Ricky Munoz, Co-Founder of Inimitable 'Tex-Mex' Norteno Band Intocable, Reflects on 20 Years

    January 20, 2015 12:57 PM EST "I’d love it if a label made an 'experiment' department." Norteño band Intocable has long pushed the boundaries of its genre, infusing the traditional accordion and bajo sexto sound of norteño music with tinges of country Western, rock and even pop. The sextet boasts…

  7. 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…

  8. 'Beautiful' Star Jessie Mueller Talks Carole King, Sara Bareilles & Recording an Album

    January 19, 2015 2:42 AM EST In 2011, Jessie Mueller was just another actress from the Midwest when she got cast opposite Harry Connick Jr. on Broadway in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever . After nabbing a Tony Award nomination for the role (and her impressive scatting), she's become something of a fixture on…

  9. Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' at 40: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 16, 2015 11:15 AM EST If Bob Dylan 's 15th studio album must fit in a box, it's his confessional '70s-singer-songwriter record. Released on January 17, 1975 -- 40 years ago today -- Blood on the Tracks landed amid the dissolution of Dylan's marriage to his first wife, Sara, and with its…

  10. BSBB Round 4: Charli XCX, "Boom Clap" vs. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Boom Clap Charli XCX Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne CRAIG JENKINS: Semifinals are without fail a bloodbath, and this one isn't any different. Charli XCX's single was a ball of joy and a welcome bombshell…

  11. Brushville's Waiting Game Leads to Buzzy Debut Album

    December 10, 2014 5:58 PM EST 'It took forever to get this album out, but now that it's out, it's been such a great feeling to have our fans sing the lyrics back to us,' Brett Gillan says. With the release of their self-titled debut album this fall, there has been a lot of buzz around rising country…

  12. 'Matilda' Recoups on Broadway

    December 07, 2014 11:16 PM EST It's taken more than a year and a half, but Matilda, the inventive musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's modern-classic children's novel, is officially a profitable hit on Broadway. Producers the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers confirmed on Friday that the show has…

  13. Kathy Griffin as 'Fashion Police' Host: 10 of Her Best Jokes about Musicians

    December 01, 2014 4:05 PM EST "I love to make fun of fashion because it is just so silly." -Kathy Griffin Just in time for awards season, the dream has been realized: Kathy Griffin will replace her friend Joan Rivers on E!'s Fashion Police,  joining Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and another new panelist…

  14. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she…

  15. Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd Set for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    November 14, 2014 9:37 PM EST Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album should rule for third straight week Foo Fighters , Pink Floyd and Garth Brooks are all heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart next week with their latest new albums. Industry forecasters suggest Foo Fighters' new Sonic Highways will likely debut…

  16. Carrie Underwood Climbs to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Following CMA Awards

    November 13, 2014 3:15 PM EST Th award show shakes up the charts, with the co-host scoring her 14th No. 1. Carrie Underwood 's performance of "Something in the Water" on the CMA Awards Nov. 5 on ABC lifts the track 5-1 on Billboard's sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart. The song is…

  17. The Case for Adam Lambert as New 'American Idol' Mentor

    November 12, 2014 3:59 PM EST Who should replace Randy Jackson next year? The season 8 runner-up. American Idol fans probably never imagined a day when Randy Jackson would no longer be "in it to win it," but so it seems for season 14 of the Fox show, the first that won't feature the former judge-turned…

  18. The Good and the Bad of Spotify Founder Daniel Ek's Streaming Defense

    November 11, 2014 8:13 PM EST Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn't walk away from a challenge. After Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich blasted his company's business model , Ek responded with comments on Twitter. Now, after Taylor Swift drew huge attention by pulling her catalog from Spotify, Ek posted an 1,800-word…

  19. Country-Pop Crossovers: Who Has Moved From Country to Pop and Vice Versa?

    November 05, 2014 2:34 PM EST The CMA Awards are tonight, featuring performances from country elite like Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney . But pop stars are also getting in on the fun: Meghan Trainor is joining Lambert, and Ariana Grande will sing with Little Big Town . These duets emphasize the decreasing distance…

  20. 10 Things We Learned From Cyndi Lauper's Reddit AMA

    November 04, 2014 7:00 PM EST In 1984, Cyndi Lauper used her, well, unusual style to her advantage, releasing She's So Unusual , the first debut female album to land four top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Lauper recently told Billboard the songs contained "were about empowering all us freaks. We stood up…

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