1. Paramore Announces Intimate U.S. Spring Tour

    January 22, 2015 9:05 PM EST Paramore will hit the road this spring for a month of intimate theater shows, kicking off April 27 in Augusta, Ga.  The 17-date trek called "Paramore: Writing the Future" also includes a play at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala. and will see the Tennessee trio hitting venues…

  2. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  3. New NFL-Related Venue Heating Up Already-Competitive L.A. Concert Market

    January 16, 2015 5:01 PM EST The announcement of two new live-music facilities in Los Angeles has made the city's fiercely competitive venue market even more intense. On the larger side, Stan Kroenke , owner of the NFL's St. Louis Rams, has revealed plans to include a 6,000-capacity venue as part of his…

  4. 7 Weird Genre-Crossing Hits From Paul McCartney, Eddie Murphy, Hayley Williams & More

    January 15, 2015 1:50 PM EST Last week's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart featured a promising hip-hop game newcomer. Unlike most rising rap stars, he's from Britain, he's over 70 and he's named Paul McCartney . Thanks to Kanye West , the classic rock icon -- who plays organ on "Only One" …

  5. Melvin Benn, Promoter Behind Reading and Leeds Fests, on Fest Economics, Bringing Lolla to Europe

    January 13, 2015 12:39 PM EST As head of Festival Republic, veteran promoter Melvin Benn is the man behind some of the U.K.'s biggest and most popular music festivals, including the award-winning Latitude (35,000-capacity) and dual-site Reading and Leeds Festival (170,000 combined capacity), which has already…

  6. Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Beck to Headline 2015 Hangout Music Festival

    January 12, 2015 7:37 PM EST Foo Fighters , Zac Brown Band , Beck , My Morning Jacket and Skrillex will all perform at this year's Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala., the event announced Monday.  Coachella 2015 Lineup Revealed: AC/DC, Drake & Jack White Headlining The beachside festival's sixth…

  7. Hilton Locks Deal as Live Nation's New Official Hotel

    January 11, 2015 8:10 PM EST Hilton Worldwide will become the official hotel partner of Live Nation as part of a wide-ranging, five-year commitment, the companies are expected to announce tomorrow. Live Nation previously partnered with Starwood Hotel Group for the last six years, which included a global concert…

  8. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and…

  9. Selena Gomez & Zedd Hit The Studio

    January 09, 2015 11:57 AM EST Is Selena cooking up her own "Break Free" with the dance superstar? Selena Gomez is hard at work on the follow-up to her 2013 solo album Stars Dance , which became her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- and although she slowed things down on her current Top 20 hit …

  10. Hayley Williams & New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert Are Engaged

    January 01, 2015 12:42 AM EST Hayley Williams is getting hitched. The Paramore  singer said "yes" when her longtime boyfriend, New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert , got down on one knee and proposed on Christmas.  Williams shared the good news with her Twitter followers. She posted a photoshopped snap of the…

  11. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: See Who Wins our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs…

  12. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  13. Pop Shop Podcast: Madonna Leaks, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX & More

    December 18, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  14. Watch Trailer For Zedd's 'The Moment of Clarity' Documentary

    December 16, 2014 10:40 AM EST The 26-minute doc features cameos from Skrillex, Deadmau5, Hayley Williams, and Dillon Francis. Zedd’s rapid ascension behind his 2012 debut album Clarity is being captured in a brand new documentary. On Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. (ET), fans get their first chance to check out The Moment Of Clarity …

  15. BSBB Round 2: Paramore, "Ain't It Fun" vs. Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Ain't It Fun Paramore Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake JAMIESON COX: Argh, this is a tough one. “Ain’t It Fun” is exactly that, fun — so vital, sung to within an inch of its life by the…

  16. BSBB Round 1: Paramore, "Ain't It Fun" vs. Coldplay, "Magic"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Ain't It Fun Paramore Magic Coldplay MAURA JOHNSTON: Hayley Williams channeling every pop great before her while also laying a smackdown on those wallowing in Self-Pity Pond? Sorry, Coldplay. (And please, feel free to take…

  17. Watch Hayley Williams & Joy Williams Sing 'Hate to See Your Heart Break' at Women in Music Event

    December 13, 2014 11:11 AM EST Civil Wars singer Joy Williams and Hayley Williams joined forces for a stunningly gorgeous acoustic duet of Paramore 's "Hate To See Your Heart Break" at Billboard’s Women in Music event on Friday (Dec. 12). Hayley Williams Admits She Was 'Afraid to Make Eye Contact'…

  18. Hayley Williams Admits She Was 'Afraid to Make Eye Contact' With Beyonce at Women in Music

    December 12, 2014 1:55 PM EST 0 After joining the Civil Wars ' Joy Williams for a stunningly gorgeous acoustic duet on Paramore 's "Hate To See Your Heart Break," Hayley Williams accepted the 2014 Billboard Women in Music honor for Trailblazer of the Year.     Billboard's Women in…

  19. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  20. 2014 Year-End Hot 100, By the Numbers

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Now that Billboard has revealed the 2014 year-end Billboard Hot 100 (among our menu of nearly 200 charts overall), it's time to have a little more fun with the hottest songs of the year. So we've taken the chart and sliced it and diced it in some interesting ways. See All the…

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