1. Carole King Bio-Musical 'Beautiful' a Bona Fide Broadway Hit

    September 15, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Chalk up another victory for the Baby Boomers on Broadway. Following stellar business for Motown: The Musical the previous season, and the ongoing traction of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons story, Jersey Boys , which is still doing solid business after almost nine years, Beautiful:…

  2. Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne . Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates Funeral ,…

  3. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport Honors Traditional Folk

    July 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT There are few musicians as inextricably linked to the Newport Folk Festival as the late Pete Seeger. Newport, known as the place where Bob Dylan cast aside his acoustic guitar and went electric in 1965, has made its mark on the festival scene more recently with an innovative mix of old and…

  4. Vance Joy Releases ‘Mess Is Mine’ Video Ahead of Debut Album: Watch

    July 10, 2014 3:53 AM EDT Vance Joy’s awaited debut album now has a name, a lead single, and a release date.  The Australian singer-songwriter’s “Dream Your Life Away” will arrive Sept. 5 in his homeland, via Mushroom Group label Liberation Music. The album should also land this September in the U.S. and U.K./Europe,…

  5. Lorde, Bastille Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Rock Charts

    July 02, 2014 5:55 PM EDT Bastille's breakthrough hit 'Pompeii' perks up mid-year rock sales lists, while Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' is still red-hot. At the mid-year mark, Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album and Bastille's "Pompeii" lead as 2014's top-selling…

  6. 'Frozen,' Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Beyonce, Katy Perry also have big showings at 2014's half-way point. With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively,…

  7. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  8. Firefly 2014 Sunday Highlights: Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, World Cup Fever & More

    June 23, 2014 7:51 AM EDT After four days of nearly non-stop tunes and entertainment, the third annual Firefly Music Festival was finally extinguished on Sunday evening (June 22). But before the lights went out, event organizers Red Frog made sure that the 80,000 folks in attendance made a few more memories in the…

  9. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's New Album: 10 Song Parodies We'd Like To Hear

    June 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT From Jennifer Lawrence shout-outs to donut odes, here are 10 suggestions for "Weird Al's" upcoming opus. On July 15, master spoofer "Weird Al" Yankovic will return with "Mandatory Fun," his 14th studio album and first full-length since 2011's "…

  10. Firefly 2014: Organizers Promise 'Bigger & Better' Festival

    June 19, 2014 1:30 PM EDT There’s a new theme to the upcoming third annual Firefly Music Festival in the lush Woodlands behind the Dover International Speedway in Delaware: “Bigger and better,” says festival director Greg Bostrom. He’s not kidding. In addition to adding a fourth day in 2014, which subsequently means…

  11. Lily Allen’s 'Sheezus' Bows At No. 1 In U.K.

    May 12, 2014 5:12 AM EDT British pop favorite Lily Allen’s “Sheezus” (Parlophone/Warner Music) has become her second U.K. No. 1 album. The Official Charts Company’s new sales data, published Sunday (May 11), also showed Dutch hip-hop star Mr. Probz reclaiming the singles chart crown with “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings…

  12. Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' Ends Record Billboard Hot 100 Run

    May 09, 2014 8:05 AM EDT After 87 weeks, the song departs the list at last, having rewritten the mark for the longest life in the chart's 55-year history Welcome to the new age … where Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" is no longer on the Billboard Hot 100. The song drops off the chart after a…

  13. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' & More: The 20 Biggest Crossover Hits

    April 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' makes history as the first song to top as many as six Billboard radio format charts Call Pharrell Williams the crossover king. The singer/writer/producer's smash "Happy" becomes the first song to crown as many as six singular-format Nielsen…

  14. Passenger Live: Watch The Billboard Studio Session

    April 17, 2014 3:33 PM EDT Check out the "Let Her Go" and "Scare Away The Dark" performances, as well as a Q&A about his new album. Over the past year, Michael Rosenberg -- the British folk singer-songwriter known as Passenger -- has enjoyed the breakout moment that he has spent a decade…

  15. Joe Satriani Talks Memoir, Chickenfoot 'Heartbreak,' Massive Box Set (Song Premiere)

    April 08, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Listen to "Luminous Flesh Giants," off Satriani's "Complete" box set, out April 22. Plus, Satch talks Chickenfoot: "It's been a big heartbreak for me (that) we weren't able to get together and record another record like real bands do" A couple of…

  16. Chart Highlights: American Authors Are 'Best' On Adult Pop Songs

    March 03, 2014 4:35 PM EST The band takes its breakthrough single, 'Best Day of My Life,' to the top of the tally. Plus, moves for Pharrell, Cher, Mariah Carey, Ray LaMontagne, Juanes & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  17. Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' Breaks Record For Longest Hot 100 Run

    February 19, 2014 3:23 PM EST With a 77th week, the rock band's multi-format hit bests the 76-week chart life of Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours' in 2008-09. Meanwhile, AWOLNATION's 'Sail' ties for second with its 76th frame Imagine Dragons rewrite Billboard Hot 100 history, as "…

  18. NEEDTOBREATHE Announces Tour, Debuts New Track 'State I'm In' (Exclusive)

    February 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST When NEEDTOBREATHE kicks off their upcoming tour May 1st  at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO most fans will have no idea what a rocky road it was for the band to get there. In fact, lead vocalist Bear Rinehart admits they came very close to calling it quits, but somewhere in making…

  19. Beck's 'Morning Phase': The Billboard Cover Story

    February 14, 2014 12:25 PM EST Beck explains his first album in five years: "I'm not controlling where [the car] is going... just making sure it doesn't crash." Turns out Beck can make heartbreaking music , even when he actually is doing fine. Dressed in all black except for the tiny white polka…

  20. Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' Ties For Longest Hot 100 Run

    February 12, 2014 2:57 PM EST The band's smash equals the 76-week chart life of Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours' in 2008-09. Meanwhile, AWOLNATION's 'Sail' posts its 75th week on the chart Imagine Dragons tie a vaunted Billboard Hot 100 record this week, as "Radioactive" logs…

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