1. Bruce Springsteen's River Tour Comes to Upstate New York -- To Rock the Economy

    February 12, 2016 3:59 PM EST While the music industry regularly tallies the ticket sales generated by major concert tours, as reported to Billboard Boxscore, the wider effect of concerts and other venue events on host cities is arguably even more significant. Behind the bar of the Olde English Pub & Pantry, in brick…

  2. Rihanna's 'Anti' Album Sparks Three No. 1s on Billboard + Twitter Trending 140

    January 28, 2016 4:13 PM EST Rihanna’s Anti  album release on Jan. 27 has lit up the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 , as a number of the set's cuts united to become the top discussed and shared tracks on the platform in the first day of the set’s release. The Trending 140 chart measures the acceleration…

  3. Rihanna Takes 'Work' to No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140

    January 27, 2016 4:11 PM EST The superstar returns with a new single, ahead of an expected album release this week. A surprise Rihanna release “works” the singer back to a familiar spot: No. 1. The hitmaker premiered “Work” on Wednesday morning (Jan. 27), and the new single immediately flew to No. 1 on the real…

  4. 10 Things We Learned From Billboard Dance Editor Matt Medved's Reddit AMA

    January 19, 2016 1:34 PM EST Matt Medved, Billboard 's senior editor, dance/electronic, hosted a live Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) last week for r/electronicmusic's first-ever journalist spotlight. Since joining Billboard full-time in March 2015, Medved has led the publication's dance/electronic music…

  5. David Bowie's Death Leads to 100 Million Facebook Interactions in First 12 Hours

    January 11, 2016 6:58 PM EST Within the first 12 hours of news that  David Bowie  had died on Sunday, 35 million people had 100 million interactions about the rock icon's passing on Facebook.  David Bowie Dies at Age 69 After Battling Cancer Among those were posts from Paul McCartney , Lenny Kravitz  and Ricky…

  6. Paul McCartney's Final Out There Show Lands Him High on the Hot Tours Tally

    December 29, 2015 7:21 PM EST Meanwhile "rock star conductor" Andre Rieu leads the list, while the Weeknd scores big. Paul McCartney ranks among the highest-grossing touring artists on Billboard ’s latest tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on ticket sales data reported during the past week. The rock…

  7. Springsteen or McCartney? Vote For Your Favorite Classic Rock Christmas Song

    December 25, 2015 10:45 AM EST For about a generation, rock and roll music had an enchanted yuletide grip on the Christmas song market. Serious artists like David Bowie and John Lennon didn’t feel like they were above writing us a holiday classic, and now we’ve got a lot of great songs to show for it. 'SNL' Recap…

  8. Christmas With the Beatles: Listen to Solo Holiday Hits From Each Beatle

    December 25, 2015 8:00 AM EST While the Beatles ' catalog just became available for streaming, the four individual Beatles -- John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison and Ringo Starr -- were already on Spotify and other services, including their solo Christmas music. The Beatles' 50 Biggest Billboard Hits…

  9. Watch Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney Bring Holiday Spirit to 'SNL'

    December 20, 2015 2:15 PM EST Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band brought Santa Claus and a special elf,   Paul McCartney , to town as the group rocked around Saturday Night Live ’s Christmas tree for the Dec. 19 episode. 'SNL' Recap: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Recreate Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood&…

  10. Elle King On Seeing Bruce Springsteen Live: 'I Would Lose My Mind'

    December 18, 2015 2:24 AM EST After starting the week with two Grammy nominations for best rock song and best rock performance,  Elle King is on an understandable adrenaline high following her performance at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Xmas . Standing in the hallways of the Forum backstage she is standing under a large photo…

  11. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Reunion, Taylor Swift, One Direction Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 11, 2015 3:04 PM EST Grateful Dead’s "Fare Thee Well" tops all, though Taylor Swift, U2, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney perform well. As the sun began to set on Chicago’s Soldier Field, the positive vibe was palpable as more than 70,000 fans -- most of them clutching American Beauty roses -- settled in for…

  12. Billboard Women in Music 'Powerhouse' Brittany Howard on Success: 'Maybe It Hasn't All Sunk In, or Maybe I'm Just In Shock'

    December 03, 2015 5:51 PM EST As lead singer/guitarist of Alabama Shakes , Brittany Howard, 27, has established herself as a mighty live performer -- a soul-baring vocalist with the delivery of a cyclone. In April, her Southern-rock band earned its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sophomore full-length Sound &…

  13. Gatlin Brothers Defend Controversial Songs About Guns, Religion: 'Everybody Is So Sensitive'

    November 20, 2015 5:41 PM EST "Young Jewish Lawyer" & "An American With a Remington," from new album "The Gospel According to Gatlin," have raised eyebrows. The latest album from Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers is called The Gospel According to Gatlin, and as the title of the Curb…

  14. Paul McCartney Says John Lennon's 'Whole Life Was a Cry for Help'

    November 12, 2015 8:59 PM EST In Billboard's Greatest of All Time cover story with Paul McCartney revealing the stories behind the Beatles ' No. 1 Hits, the rock legend noted his former partner John Lennon 's personal misery specifically surrounding the 1965 hit "Help!" Greatest Hot 100 Songs &…

  15. Billboard Cover: Paul McCartney Reveals the Stories Behind The Beatles' No. 1 Hits

    November 12, 2015 9:00 AM EST The rock legend tells Billboard the origin stories -- some moving, some bawdy -- behind eight of The Beatles' record-breaking 20 No. 1 hits. THIS COVER STORY FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE HERE OR SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE More than 50 years after the…

  16. Allen Toussaint's Death Mourned by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones & More

    November 10, 2015 4:16 PM EST The music world lost a giant on Monday: Allen Toussaint  was not only a music legend, but a friend and inspiration to many other artists. The songwriter, composer, producer and musician died at age 77 in Madrid. Remembering Allen Toussaint: 10 Essential Recordings Those lucky enough to call…

  17. Allen Toussaint, Legendary New Orleans Producer, Songwriter & Performer, Dies at 77

    November 10, 2015 7:10 AM EST Allen Toussaint, whose work as a songwriter, producer, and performer helped define the sound of soul and R&B in New Orleans and beyond, died following a performance in Madrid last night (Nov. 9), his family confirmed to New Orleans CBS affiliate  WWL . He was 77.  Remembering Allen…

  18. Paul McCartney Debuts 'Say, Say, Say' Remix Video Featuring New Michael Jackson Vocals: Watch

    October 06, 2015 5:21 PM EDT It’s hard to believe that this month marks the 32nd anniversary of the monster collaboration between Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson , but McCartney is bringing “Say, Say, Say” back in a brand-new way. In 1983, following their playful single “The Girl Is Mine” on Jackson’s Thriller , the…

  19. James Taylor Talks Beatles, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Kimmel & More at Grammy Museum

    September 26, 2015 3:30 PM EDT Capping a whirlwind week in Los Angeles appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! -- plus taping an episode of DirecTV’s Guitar Center Sessions -- James Taylor regaled a packed house Saturday night (Sept. 25) at the Grammy Museum. The occasion: an intimate conversation…

  20. The Weeknd's 'Can't Feel My Face' Gives Max Martin His 21st No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

    August 11, 2015 2:05 PM EDT As The Weeknd' s "Can't Feel My Face" climbs to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, its co-producer and co-writer, pop juggernaut Max Martin, earns his 21st leader as a songwriter. The Weeknd Tops Hot 100 With 'Can't Feel My Face,' One Direction Debuts at…

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