1. Madonna Producer Patrick Leonard Talks 'Like A Prayer' at 25

    March 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna's classic hit singles like "Live to Tell," "Open Your Heart," "Frozen" and "…

  2. Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT To celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 21, here's our track-by-track look back at Madonna's classic studio album, 1989's "Like A Prayer." By early 1989, the world had come to know Madonna as a dance-pop provocateur with quirky-sexy style. She was the…

  3. Top 10 Irish Musicians of All Time

    March 17, 2014 10:40 AM EDT As St. Patrick's Day celebrations bloom all over the land and thoughts turn to all things Irish, now is the perfect time to fete the musicians from the Emerald Isle who have made the biggest impact on the Billboard Hot 100 chart over the decades. This special list of the top 10 Irish…

  4. Bottoms Up! The 15 Biggest Drinking Songs

    March 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There were four songs charting on the Hot 100 this spring that allude to either being tipsy from love or just flat out tossing back a brew for the heck of it. Beyonce's Cognac-soaked "Drunk in Love" collab with husband Jay Z, Brantley Gilbert says "Bottoms Up,"…

  5. The Black Keys Selling Shirts to Raise Funds for Local Little League

    March 10, 2014 9:08 PM EDT After sponsoring the band's childhood little league baseball team in 2013, the Black Keys are looking to help out the entire league, rather than just one outfit. According to MTV, the Ohio band will be selling t-shirts on its website to benefit the West Akron Baseball League, with all…

  6. 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…

  7. Britney Spears and Lady Gaga Glitter at Elton John's Oscar Party

    March 03, 2014 12:20 PM EST The Academy Awards were on at Elton John AIDS Foundation's viewing dinner party, but the real entertainment came from the performances, celeb watching, and the surreal moments of the evening. Lady Gaga, members of the Kardashian clan (including new mom Kim), Steven Tyler, Britney…

  8. 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 as…

  9. Doobie Brothers With Michael McDonald Record Country Album With Brad Paisley, Sara Evans

    February 28, 2014 8:00 AM EST The classic rock veterans are collaborating with Zac Brown, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Love and Theft and more for a country tribute album Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith and Sara Evans are among the country acts teaming with the legendary Doobie Brothers to record a new…

  10. Clay Aiken Launches Campaign Contribution Website

    February 28, 2014 2:46 AM EST Clay Aiken will officially file for his run at a congressional seat in North Carolina Thursday morning. On Wednesday evening, the Idolalum tweeted his intentions to file, along with a solicitation to donate funds to his campaign. In a follow-up tweet, Aiken said his campaign has set a goal to…

  11. Eric Clapton Postpones Thailand Concert Due to Political Unrest

    February 26, 2014 4:22 PM EST Eric Clapton has canceled his concert in Bangkok, as political violence in the Thai capital continues to worsen. "Due to recent events, Eric Clapton’s management has decided to postpone his Bangkok concert this Sunday," said local concert organizer BEC-Tero Entertainment, which was…

  12. Launchpad Artist M4SONIC Signs With Sony, Ultra

    February 26, 2014 3:46 PM EST Things move fast on the social Web, where a bedroom musician in Australia can go from uploading a video on YouTube to signing a contract with a major record label in the space of 18 months. That's what happened to Nick Boundy, a 22-year-old classically trained musician whose parents…

  13. Country Radio's Gerry House on Blake Shelton, Reba and Why 'Country Music Broke My Brain'

    February 25, 2014 2:48 PM EST For well over 25 years, the voice of Gerry House kept country music listeners entertained over the radio airwaves of WSIX / Nashville. The legendary personality-comedian-songwriter-singer (Does 1992's timeless Bull count?) documents many of his favorite memories from his career in "…

  14. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  15. 'The Smiths' at 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    February 20, 2014 2:20 PM EST As of Feb. 20, 2014, 54-year old Steven Patrick Morrissey is about to embark on a tour in support of an upcoming solo album , and remains one of the most iconic figures in modern rock music. Thrity years ago today, the idiosyncratic Mancunian took a major first step into the public eye…

  16. Wet: Why You Need To Know This Brooklyn Trio

    February 13, 2014 12:55 PM EST A killer debut EP, tour dates with CHVRCHES and a label bidding war have all made the indie R&B group the toast of the tastemakers. Last week, during a performance at the Westway in New York, Wet singer Kelly Zutrau swayed harmlessly in the center of a tiny stage, in front of several…

  17. Jimmy Fallon: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2014 11:35 AM EST Between bookings from U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and music booker Jonathan Cohen reveal how they turned late night into one of music's hottest stops Little-known fact: Before he had his own NBC talk show or landed a gig with "Saturday Night Live,…

  18. Cameron Crowe on Philip Seymour Hoffman's Genius in Iconic 'Almost Famous' Scene

    February 03, 2014 9:07 PM EST With Hollywood and beyond still in shock from Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic passing on Sunday, director Cameron Crowe looked back on the Oscar-winning actor's genius, specifically in one iconic scene, in a short message on his official website . Crowe reflected upon 2000's…

  19. Black Keys, Maroon 5 Highlight Friday's NYC Super Bowl Shows

    February 01, 2014 12:50 PM EST The blitz of music taking over New York City during Super Bowl week continues with a pair of concerts at legendary venues The Black Keys didn't mess around on Friday night (Jan. 31), in what was likely their final show at New York City's legendary Roseland Ballroom, slated to…

  20. Howard Stern's 60th Bash: The Full Report From The Birthday Blowout

    February 01, 2014 11:18 AM EST Rock A-listers, among a throng of other celebrities, feted the King of All Media at his 60th-birthday celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night. In an exclusive interview with Billboard last month, Howard Stern executive producer Gary Dell'Abate noted that, last year,…

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