1. Country Radio Seminar Closes With Stellar Performances by Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell & More

    February 28, 2015 10:42 AM EST The 2015 New Faces Show, which closes the annual Country Radio Seminar, was held Friday night (Feb. 27) at the Nashville Convention Center. And one thing was apparent -- this isn't your father's country music... or was it? Sam Hunt Talks the 'Power of Country Radio' Before…

  2. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Stevie Wonder Returns to Top 40 After Grammy Salute

    February 27, 2015 10:28 PM EST It’s Wonder’s first visit to the top 40 in nine years On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Imagine Dragons scored their first No. 1 album with their second full-length album, Smoke + Mirrors . It was the lone entry in the top 10, as the next-highest bow came at No. 14, from Aaron Watson …

  3. Kid Rock Aiming for Eighth Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 27, 2015 8:55 PM EST Kid Rock is on track for his eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his latest album, First Kiss , should open at No. 2 on next week's list. The set, which is his first for Warner Bros. Records after a long tenure with Atlantic Records, was released on Feb. 24. Industry…

  4. Watch Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Groove on New Beats in 'Bush' Trailer

    February 27, 2015 7:42 PM EST With past hits like "Drop It Like It's Hot" and "Beautiful" to their joint credit, it's no wonder at this point Snoop Dogg and Pharrell know how to have fun in the studio.  Snoop Dogg Confirms Title of Pharrell-Produced Album In a new 15 second teaser clip for…

  5. Drake Ties the Beatles With 14 Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits

    February 27, 2015 5:57 PM EST The records keep coming for Drake, who matches the Beatles' feat first set 51 years ago. Thanks to his surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late , which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated Feb. 28) with 535,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen…

  6. Exclusive: San E & 13 International Rappers Team Up for '#HipHopIsHipHop' Charity Single

    February 27, 2015 5:50 PM EST In a day when the question "what is real rap?" stirs heated debates on the regular, an international team of 14 rappers are here to declare that "hip-hop is hip-hop." Billboard  is excited to exclusively reveal that  San E  has enlisted 13 fellow MCs from around the world…

  7. Vanilla Ice on Burglary Arrest: 'It's All Blown Out of Proportion'

    February 27, 2015 5:14 PM EST Vanilla Ice , aka Robert Van Winkle, says his recent burglary arrest is "a mess and I'm dealing with it." Appearing on Good Morning America Friday (Feb. 27) to promote the fifth season of DIY Network's The Vanilla Ice Project , the rapper couldn't say much about his…

  8. Op-Ed: If Skrillex and Diplo Can't Get Us Off Our Phones, Who Can?

    February 27, 2015 4:55 PM EST We’re all responsible for keeping our culture of capturing memories from killing the moment. Thursday night, Skrillex and Diplo released their debut Jack U album by playing an 18-hour set for an L.A. crowd that seemed to value the idea of its presence more than actually being present.…

  9. Twitter Head of Music Bob Moczydlowsky Exiting

    February 27, 2015 4:42 PM EST 'I'm ending my time at Twitter in a few weeks,' he tweeted Friday. 'What's next? Stay tuned.' Bob Moczydlowsky, Twitter's L.A.-based head of music, will leave the company next month. He joined the company in 2013 from TopSpin Media, where he served as the…

  10. Of Monsters And Men Preview Tracks From Long-Awaited Sophomore Album at L.A. Listening Session

    February 27, 2015 3:58 PM EST Four years after the release of their 2011 breakthrough debut, My Head Is An Animal , Icelandic alternative rockers Of Monsters And Men are close to returning with their sophomore album. At an intimate gathering at L.A.'s Henson Studios Thursday night, journalists and industry figures…

  11. Bobby Brackins Says 'My Jam,' With Zendaya & Jeremih, Will Be One of the 'Songs of the Summer'

    February 27, 2015 3:14 PM EST If the music industry were a sports league, 2014 marked Bobby Brackins ' breakthrough season. The Oakland, Calif., native helped pen two of the year's most acclaimed R&B tracks -- Tinashe 's "2 On" and Chris Brown 's "Loyal" -- which both reached…

  12. The Digital World Is Flat: Streaming Gains Negated By CD Slumps in Many Global Markets

    February 27, 2015 1:39 PM EST Early results of 2014 recorded music revenues from eight countries suggest the record industry won't have a global recovery as much as an uneven series of regional and country-specific recoveries. A country could have had a successful year in spite of a neighboring country posting an…

  13. Alt In Our Stars Podcast 2/27: Andrew McMahon Talks 'In the Wilderness,' Jack's Mannequin, and Something Corporate

    February 27, 2015 12:58 PM EST For over a decade, Andrew McMahon has been one of rock and pop's most talented, all-round good guys. In late 2014, he left the major label game and his Jack's Mannequin moniker to release his self-titled debut as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness , a sparkling, breath-of-fresh-air…

  14. Exclusive Video: Hard Rockers Wilson Sign to Razor & Tie

    February 27, 2015 12:51 PM EST As it begins a fresh label relationship -- with Razor & Tie -- for its sophomore album, the Detroit hard-rock troupe Wilson promises that the music on the as-yet-untitled set will reflect its raised stature. "This being our first release on a large label, we felt that if we want to…

  15. Leonard Nimoy, Spock From 'Star Trek,' Dead at 83

    February 27, 2015 12:18 PM EST The beloved 'Star Trek' actor and occasional singer passed away Friday morning. Leonard Nimoy, the Hollywood renaissance man who fashioned a long and prosperous career as the supremely logical and cerebral science officer Mr. Spock from Star Trek , has died. He was 83. Nimoy, who…

  16. Exclusive: Watch Randy Jackson-Managed Band North Of Nine Play Live In The Studio

    February 27, 2015 11:58 AM EST Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson has worked with most of the best performers of the last 30 years -- Mariah Carey ,  Whitney Houston , Aretha Franklin , Bruce Springsteen  and Madonna . He sees something missing in the modern musical climate, what he calls "old-school, old…

  17. Zedd, Selena Gomez Launch in Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart's Top 10

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  18. 'American Idol' Alum Jon Peter Lewis Takes Rock Opera to New York City

    February 27, 2015 9:00 AM EST American Idol season-three alum Jon Peter Lewis will be spending the summer in Manhattan, as his musical, Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera , has been chosen from hundreds of candidates to be one of 10 shows produced for the New York Musical Theatre Festival's "Next Link Project"…

  19. Aussie MC Remi Discusses His Music 'Education,' New Tunes & Mike Tyson

    February 27, 2015 3:39 AM EST Remi Kolawole might just be the artist to prove Australia is more than a one hip-hop wonder. The charismatic 23-year-old MC (he performs as Remi ) is one of Australia's hottest properties right now, and that's no hype. The Melbourne artist earned the "next big thing" tag…

  20. Aretha Franklin to Perform & Mentor on Next Week's 'American Idol' Live Shows in Detroit

    February 26, 2015 8:22 PM EST Aretha Franklin will join American Idol 's live Motown-themed episodes in Detroit next week as a guest mentor.  'American Idol' Recap: Top 12 Guys Sing for America's Vote The shows, which will air next Wednesday and Thursday, will have the cast whittled down to the top…

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