1. Hunter Hayes Completes Record Run To No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    June 27, 2013 5:11 PM EDT With Greatest Gainer honors and his second-biggest Nielsen SoundScan week (40,000 sold; up from 6,000), Hunter Hayes completes the longest climb to No. 1 on Top Country Albums during the 22-year SoundScan era, as his self-titled debut set reigns at last in its 89th chart week. The set soars…

  2. Joseph Arthur Talks 'Boogie Christ,' Debuts 'Walk on Water' Video

    June 13, 2013 3:30 PM EDT The singer/songwriter delves into new album "The Ballad of Boogie Christ" and shares the video for "I Used to Know How to Walk on Water." Joseph Arthur's Brooklyn home studio is perched so close to New York Harbor that only a quirk of street construction saved the…

  3. Metallica Leads Heavy Orion Music Festival, Tells Detroit 'We'll Be Back'

    June 10, 2013 11:20 AM EDT After setting a high bar with its first-day front-to-back surprise performance of 1983's "Kill 'Em All," Metallica closed its second Orion Music + More festival with a more conventional but characteristically ferocious concert on Sunday -- and promised to be back for…

  4. Taylor Swift To Present At MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 06, 2013 9:15 AM EDT Taylor Swift will present an award at the upcoming MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. The country star will make the appearance during her 'Red' tour. And added to the performers lineup at the MMVAs on Wednesday was Aussie singer Cody Simpson, Austin Mahone and punk rockers Billy…

  5. SZA Talks Quitting Her Day Job, Working With Holy Other & Emile Haynie

    May 23, 2013 12:03 PM EDT SZA, a gifted St. Louis bred R&B/pop singer, can hold a tune a lot better than she can a job. Since graduating a year ago, the 23-year old has been let go from one customer service gig after another— the cost of pursuing a full-time career in music. So far, the investment seems to…

  6. Cinderella's Tom Keifer Readies Fairytale Debut Solo Album

    April 29, 2013 4:40 AM EDT Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer's first solo album, "The Way Life Goes," comes out April 30. But it's been in the making for nearly 18 years. Keifer, who now resides in Nashville, tells Billboard that he got the idea for a solo album "in the mid-90s, when the band…

  7. 'Pitch Perfect' Stars Reuniting to Open MTV's Movie Awards

    April 04, 2013 9:55 AM EDT The stars of the film "Pitch Perfect" will open the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in their first-ever live performance on April 14. "Pitch Perfect" stars Skylar Astin, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, Adam Devine, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Ben Platt, Brittany Snow and host Rebel…

  8. Busker Busker Top K-Pop Chart With Year-Old Single

    April 02, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Indie K-pop band Busker Busker’s "Cherry Blossom Ending" has a spring-inspired title, but the song is becoming South Korea's anthem for the season as it rises back to No. 1 a year after its release. Since its April release, the track topped the K-Pop Hot 100 for two weeks…

  9. Gimme Five: How To Dress Well's Pre-Show Staples

    April 01, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Check out the five songs How To Dress Well's Tom Krell listens to before every live show. Should you happen to catch How To Dress Well's Tom Krell on his current tour with Sky Ferreira (and hurry, because it wraps April 11 in Los Angeles), you'll likely hear five of the…

  10. Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at Age 79

    March 30, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s --…

  11. 'Game of Thrones' Character Playlist: 25 Songs For Season 3

    March 27, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Why Stannis would blast Mumford & Sons, King Robert would drink up to Rihanna and Robb Stark can appreciate A$AP Rocky. The wait for the third season of "Game of Thrones" finally comes to an end on Sunday night (Mar. 31), with the brilliantly bloody HBO drama…

  12. Lil Wayne, 'I Am Not A Human Being II': Track-By-Track Review

    March 22, 2013 12:56 PM EDT Lil Wayne's nearly two-decade tenure in rap has been punctuated with moments of audacity that not even the grimiest rappers dare touch. Wayne's led a double life in the game, where one moment he is yearning to penetrate pop territory and the next he's firing back as the …

  13. 2AM Lands Six Songs on K-Pop Hot 100

    March 18, 2013 7:15 PM EDT In this week's K-Pop Hot 100, Gummy earns a second week at No. 1 with her ballad "Snow Flower" for the Korean drama, "The Winter, The Wind Blows." The powerful ballad continues its reign as the TV program shows high ratings. Gummy has given few live performances of…

  14. Ultra Music Festival Weekend 1, Day 2: 11 Things Seen and Heard

    March 17, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Zedd strips, Chuckie shouts, Porter Robinson rocks and Yeasayer make it awkward in Miami ... A Recap of Day 2 As if Friday's eight-hour opening day wasn't enough, Ultra Music Festival stretched from noon to midnight on Saturday, offering fans twelve jam-packed hours of…

  15. Rod Stewart's New Album To Be Titled 'Time,' Due May 7; First Set Of Originals Since 2001

    March 09, 2013 7:10 PM EST As teased to Billboard in October, the veteran's new set rocks "Just a good, old-fashioned Rod Stewart album (with) a lot of mandolin and acoustic (guitar) and fiddles and good storytelling, I believe, too." That was Rod Stewart describing his next album to Billboard in…

  16. Demi Lovato's 'Heart Attack': Inside The Big Debut Week

    March 08, 2013 4:05 PM EST Follow-up to 2011's "Unbroken" album is due out in late spring/early summer. After scoring the biggest hit of her career in 2012 with "Give Your Heart a Break," Demi Lovato started the campaign for her next album with her best sales week ever for a song. "…

  17. Independent Radio Stations: Getting By With A Little Help From Their Friends

    March 05, 2013 9:05 AM EST Despite economic challenges, independently-owned radio stations focusing on localism are finding ways to thrive. Adult alternative-formatted mvyradio , broadcasting from the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., prides itself on breaking new singer/songwriters while playing the best…

  18. 'X Factor' Champ Tate Stevens to Drop Debut Album April 23

    February 26, 2013 12:35 PM EST "It is crazy that I get a second chance, and a second chance on a major scale," he tells Billboard What a difference a year makes. One year ago this week, Tate Stevens was shoveling snow following a winter storm back home in Belton, Missouri. Last week, the area was hit by another…

  19. Charli XCX Talks Spring Album & Staying Punk in The Pop World

    January 29, 2013 4:45 PM EST Rising pop star has worked with producers like Ariel Rechtshaid and Clams Casino. Charlotte Aitchison didn't listen to Top 40 when she was first exploring her musical interests in her early teens. Instead, the Hertfordshire, England native better known as Charli XCX was rummaging…

  20. 615 Spotlight: Ashley Monroe's 'Like a Rose'

    January 25, 2013 2:40 AM EST For a Pistol Annie's sophomore album, the timing is just right Every so often, an album by a female vocalist comes around that makes a truly lasting impact. Emmylou Harris's "Roses In The Snow," Reba McEntire's "Whoever's In New England" or Lee Ann…

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