1. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  2. Eric Church: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 29, 2013 9:30 AM EST With "The Outsiders," due in February, Church is bringing his harder-rocking country sound to the next level. "It's important for the health of the format that we all don't follow the leader, that we branch out" This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy…

  3. Willie Nelson's Band Members Injured in Accident; Singer Suspends Tour

    November 23, 2013 12:21 PM EST Willie Nelson has suspended his tour after three members of his band were hurt when their bus plowed into a bridge pillar in East Texas during rainy conditions. The Texas Department of Public Safety says Nelson was not aboard in the weather-related accident around 3:30 a.m. CST Saturday on…

  4. U2 Premieres New Song, 'Ordinary Love,' for Mandela Biopic: Listen

    November 21, 2013 9:55 PM EST It's been three years since U2 released new music, and the wait's finally over with a new song from the upcoming Nelson Mandela "Long Walk to Freedom" biopic. "Ordinary Love," released today (Nov. 21), is the first new material from the rock band since 2010'…

  5. 615 Spotlight: Heidi Feek Takes Different Path Than Her Famous Parents

    November 13, 2013 5:30 PM EST There has been a big buzz going on around Nashville as of late concerning Heidi Feek and her new album, "The Only." Feek is the daughter of country duo Joey+Rory, and she admits that her R&B / Blues edge might take some by surprise given the traditional lean of her parents.  …

  6. Ask Billboard: They Are Women, Hear Them 'Roar'

    November 10, 2013 9:05 AM EST A look at eras in which female vocals have dominated the Hot 100, plus Drake's latest achievement and Kelly Clarkson's career sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and…

  7. CMA Awards 2013: 13 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 07, 2013 4:18 AM EST From Luke Bryan’s touching performance of “Drink A Beer” to the pomp and swagger of Florida Georgia Line, last night’s 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards had a little something for everyone. But, there were just as many big moments behind the scenes. As usual, Billboard keeps you…

  8. George Strait, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 06, 2013 11:41 PM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the future of the format was served, the big…

  9. M.I.A. Finds Peace On 'Matangi' Album: 'It's A Bit Emo In Places'

    November 01, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Boundary-pushing artist rides out battles with the NFL, her child's father -- and herself -- with fourth studio effort. By 2010, M.I.A. had a top 10 single, a gold-selling album, an Academy Award nod and a Grammy performance under her belt. What she didn't have, however, was…

  10. Happy Birthday, Billboard!

    November 01, 2013 9:05 AM EDT On this date in 1894, an eight-page, 10-cent issue was published, marking the debut of what has grown into today's multi-platform Billboard brand One hundred-nineteen years old, new every day. On this date in 1894, Billboard published its first issue. Before it became a weekly…

  11. Willie Nelson Readies Another Memoir

    October 30, 2013 6:15 PM EDT At age 80, Willie Nelson is ready to say it all. Little, Brown and Company announced Wednesday that the country music superstar has a book deal with the publisher. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums Although Nelson is the author of several books, Little, Brown…

  12. U2 Releasing New Song on 10" Vinyl For Record Store Day's Black Friday

    October 30, 2013 12:03 AM EDT Two new U2 tracks will be released on exclusive 10" vinyl  as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday this Nov. 29, according to the Record Store Day Website . The songs "Ordinary Love" was written for the upcoming film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" which…

  13. Celine Dion Shows Edge, and Tries Out New Characters, on 'Loved Me Back to Life'

    October 29, 2013 2:00 PM EDT For her first English-language album in six years, Celine Dion has tapped current songwriters like Sia and Ne-Yo for a sound that reminds people-or at least her son-of Rihanna Celine Dion packs two ­albums right now as she travels the country, and soon Europe -- Adele's "21"…

  14. Chart Highlights: Eric Church Earns Highest His Debut Ever On Country Airplay With 'Outsiders'

    October 28, 2013 4:40 PM EDT Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com and Billboard.biz every Thursday and appear in the next issue of…

  15. Ask Billboard: Is Katy Perry's 'Prism' Better Than 'Teenage Dream'?

    October 25, 2013 7:35 PM EDT A look at possible singles from - and the future success of - Perry's new album. Plus, women are ruling the Hot 100 at a nearly historic level As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  16. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums

    October 24, 2013 12:23 PM EDT The legend's new 'To All the Girls …' marks his record-padding 46th top 10 on the Top Country Albums chart Willie Nelson extends his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as the duets set "To All the…

  17. Pearl Jam Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    October 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney, the Avett Brothers and more score Top 10 debuts Pearl Jam captures its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lightning Bolt" strikes atop the chart, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pearl Jam's '…

  18. Ylvis Declare Love for Their Favorite State in 'Massachusetts': Watch

    October 22, 2013 9:46 PM EDT Following worldwide smash "The Fox" is no easy feat, but lightning could strike twice for Ylvis as the Norwegian comedy duo released "Massachusetts," its next video/single, earlier today (Oct. 22). The song features the Norwegians coming to what they call their "…

  19. Piano Guys Release Christmas Album, Eye Third Studio Set for 2014

    October 22, 2013 5:30 PM EDT A holiday album was inevitable for the Piano Guys -- at least according to the Utah duo's cellist, Steven Sharp Nelson. "We're huge Christmas fans," Nelson tells Billboard, referring to himself and Piano Guys' piano guy Jon Schmidt. "We have young kids at home,…

  20. U2 Previews New Song in 'Mandela' Trailer: Watch

    October 21, 2013 11:15 AM EDT U2 has revealed their first new song in three years with "Ordinary Love," a soaring anthem for the upcoming biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Starring "The Wire" actor Idris Elba in the tile role, "Mandela" tells the story of the South African…

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