1. Designer Drugs Preview New Album, Offer Free Download

    March 03, 2014 4:45 PM EST Album delays are standard in the music industry but when Designer Drugs began work on their forthcoming album, “The Drugs Are In Control,” in 2011, they encountered a somewhat unique obstacle. “Theo was finishing medical school,” the group’s Michael Vincent Patrick says of his bandmate…

  2. Oscars 2014: U2 Honors Mandela With 'Ordinary Love' Performance

    March 02, 2014 10:48 PM EST Bono and U2 gave an emotional performance during the Academy Awards where they sang the original song, "Ordinary Love," from the Weinstein company biopic, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. " Presented by Brad Pitt, The Irish rock band performed the Oscar nominee song live…

  3. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well…

  4. Engelbert Humperdinck Pairs With Gene Simmons, Elton John on First Duets Album

    February 27, 2014 2:15 PM EST Engelbert Humperdinck decided to do an album of duets -- a two-disc, 23-track duets set with Elton John, Smokey Robinson, Il Divo, Willie Nelson, Kiss' Gene Simmons, Wynonna Judd and more -- for one simple reason: He'd never done it before. "I figured this'll be my 80th…

  5. Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire to Perform at Johnny Cash Music Festival

    February 27, 2014 11:30 AM EST On the evening of August 15, three Country Music Hall of Fame members will take to the stage at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro, AR to salute another Hall of Fame member: "The Man In Black."  Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare and Loretta Lynn will perform at…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Breelan Angel Bringing a 'Lot of Sass' to Debut Album

    February 26, 2014 8:50 PM EST From attending CRS to developing friendships at radio, Texas newcomer has been hard at work on the road of late promoting her feisty new single "Halfway to Wasted," which recently cracked the Billboard Indicator chart. "We did our first radio tour about a year ago when we…

  7. Soundgarden to Perform All of 'Superunknown' at SXSW's iTunes Festival

    February 26, 2014 12:20 PM EST Two deluxe reissue packages also announced to celebrate the album's 20-year anniversary This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Soundgarden's Seattle grunge classic "Superunknown" and the Chris Cornell-led band is marking the occasion with a special performance at…

  8. RIP Harold Ramis: Top Music Moments From the Comedy Legend

    February 25, 2014 8:45 PM EST As a writer, director, producer and actor, Harold Ramis' films had significant musical moments that live on decades after their initial release, oftentimes creating associations with certain songs that remind one of Ramis' work just as much as a given film's featured song&…

  9. NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors

    February 23, 2014 8:19 AM EST "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards, which honor the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The historical epic's four…

  10. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O & 'Frozen' Fight for Academy Awards Gold

    February 21, 2014 2:00 PM EST Pharrell has a No. 2 hit, the "Frozen" soundtrack reached No. 1, Karen O is the indie ‘It’ girl and U2 is... just cool. The Academy’s sleepy little Best Original Song category turns shockingly competitive and surprisingly commercial as the nominees open up about what they…

  11. Coldplay, Pitbull & More Set For 2014 iTunes Festival At SXSW

    February 19, 2014 11:17 AM EST Apple's iTunes Festival is coming to SXSW this year.  Today (Feb. 19), Apple announced the lineup for the 2014 iTunes Festival taking place at SXSW. The free concert series, running from March 11 - 15, will include performances by Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, ZEDD, Keith Urban,…

  12. Chart Highlights: A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Beyonce & Jay Z Add New No. 1s

    February 18, 2014 11:20 AM EST The former pair's 'Say Something' tops Adult Pop Songs, while the latter's 'Drunk in Love' dominates Rhythmic Songs. Plus, more new leaders for Jason Aldean, Arctic Monkeys, Enrique Iglesias and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of…

  13. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry Regains No. 1 Momentum

    February 17, 2014 1:15 PM EST A monster mailbag on Perry topping the Hot 100 again after missing the top 10; Mariah Carey's best-selling songs; Hall & Oates' 20 biggest hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  14. Cliff Richard Is Brooklyn Bound, Thanks to Morrissey; Eyes More U.S. Dates

    February 17, 2014 10:15 AM EST The British legend talks opening for Moz this June and explains why his global stardom never quite reached American shores Cliff Richard was as surprised as anyone else that Morrissey wanted him to open his June 21 concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. "About a month ago, my agent…

  15. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  16. Dolly Parton to Release 'Blue Smoke' Album

    February 11, 2014 1:08 PM EST Dolly Parton represents many things to different people, and the Country Music Hall of Fame member says her upcoming release is a reflection of her varied musical sides. The singer will release "Blue Smoke" on May 13 for Sony Music Masterworks in partnership with her own Dolly…

  17. Songwriters Hall of Fame Taps Ray Davies, Donovan for Class of 2014

    February 11, 2014 12:42 PM EST Ray Davies and Donovan are among the 2014 class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization announced Tuesday that "Midnight Train to Georgia" writer Jim Weatherly and English songwriter Graham Gouldman also made the cut. Mark James, the writer of "Always on My Mind"…

  18. Merle Haggard to Headline MerleFest (Exclusive)

    February 10, 2014 9:01 AM EST The music festival known as MerleFest is a celebration of Traditional Music, and the organizer of the North Carolina event have pulled off a major coup with the announcement of a country music legend who defines that term perfectly. Billboard has learned that Merle Haggard has been added to…

  19. Insane Clown Posse's Gritty Festival for Juggalos Moving to Missouri

    February 06, 2014 4:40 PM EST An annual festival headlined by the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse will be staged at a Missouri farm's campground after seven years in southern Illinois, promoters of the trouble-plagued Gathering of the Juggalos said. Suburban Detroit-based Psychopathic Records Inc. offered few…

  20. The Beatles' U.S. Invasion: 28 Stars Discuss The Fab Four's 50th Anniversary (Video)

    February 06, 2014 4:00 PM EST A genre-spanning assortment of musicians from Ed Sheeran to Willie Nelson discuss favorite Beatles moments and memories. It's no secret that the Beatles have been a massive force and influence on music for generations, and their arrival in the U.S. 50 years ago on Feb. 7, 1964 and…

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