1. Taylor Swift's Red Wraps as All-Time Country Tour

    July 03, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift has smashed the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist with the final stats reported from her Red tour that played arenas and stadiums in four continents during a 15-month span.  According to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, the tour’s overall gross of $150…

  2. 20 Awesome 'America' Songs

    July 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT It's impossible to live in the 50 states and not know about schoolhouse classics like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land," but those famous patriotic odes aren't the only way to give a musical shout-out to America. To celebrate the 4th of…

  3. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  4. Man vs. Machine: Richie Hawtin on the Return of Plastikman

    June 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT No pomp or ceremony can be seen on the bustling streets of Barcelona. But within the half-shaved head of one of our times’ foremost electronic musicians, a changing of the guard is underway. Reclining on a leather sofa every bit as black as his clothing, Richie Hawtin may not look like a man…

  5. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  6. Amnesty International Apologizes To Iggy Pop For Unauthorized Anti-Torture Ad

    June 25, 2014 7:07 AM EDT Iggy Pop was the poster child for punk rock. Amnesty International has made the mistake of making him the face of torture…without asking him.  The human rights organization’s Belgian affiliate ran a French-language campaign which featured an image of the Stooges frontman’s face beaten and…

  7. Lance Bass Among Producers of 'Kidnapped for Christ,' Trailer Arrives Online (Watch)

    June 24, 2014 4:55 AM EDT Former 'N Sync member Lance Bass is one of the executive producers behind the award-winning documentary Kidnapped for Christ, set to premiere on Showtime on Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). 5 Things To Know About Lance Bass The film chronicles the controversial Escuela Caribe, a…

  8. Imprisoned As I Lay Dying Frontman Admits to Faking Christianity for Sales

    June 22, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Tim Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail this May for plotting his wife's murder. Tim Lambesis, frontman for the Christian metal band As I Lay Dying, has admitted he and his band had faked their faith to sell records.  In May, Lambesis was sentenced to six years in jail after…

  9. Fall Out Boy & Paramore 'Save Rock and Roll' at New York Monumentour Stop

    June 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT The Monumentour’s second date sails into Long Island, N.Y.’s Jones Beach Theater June 21 Fall Out Boy and Paramore have a lot common. Sure, they’re tag-team repping pop-punk in the mainstream almost singlehandedly, but their likeness these days runs deeper than that. They’re two bands…

  10. The Beatles Get Back to Where They Once Belonged with Mono Vinyl Releases

    June 17, 2014 12:35 AM EDT Many purists will tell you mono is the only way to hear The Beatles' music the way it was meant to be by the band.  It’s how most listeners first heard the group back in the ‘60s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and…

  11. Bonnaroo 2014: Chromeo Talks Reconnecting with Fans on ‘White Women’ Album & Choosing Collaborators (Video)

    June 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT One of the goals Montreal electro-funk duo Chromeo had for its fourth album, “White Women,” was to reconnect with fans who enjoyed the group’s earlier work. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More “We wanted to reconnect with fans that discovered us in ’06-’07 when our record …

  12. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Röyksopp & Robyn, Jon Hopkins, James Murphy & More

    June 14, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Sonar’s second day on June 13 boasted a staggering array of talent at both its By Day and By Night editions, including Röyksopp & Robyn’s electro-pop tour de force, a career performance by Jon Hopkins and stellar showings from German supergroup Moderat and French artist Gesaffelstein. The…

  13. Rewinding The Charts: 17 Years Ago Diddy Toasted An Icon (And Friend)

    June 14, 2014 10:05 AM EDT 'I'll Be Missing You,' his tribute to The Notorious B.I.G., flew to No. 1 — and helped hip-hop grieve June 14, 1997 was a new day for rap. Fans still were mourning the unsolved March 9 murder of 24-year-old star The Notorious B.I.G. in Hollywood as the one-year anniversary of…

  14. Wade Hayes Shares Good News on Cancer Fight, Begins Work on New Album

    June 13, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Wade Hayes was still barely a newcomer on the charts when he filmed the video for his third single, "Don't Stop," back in the spring of 1995. Though he had made videos for his prior two singles – this one was a little different. The clip required some flirtatious scenes with an…

  15. Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88

    June 13, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Jimmy Scott, the jazz star whose small stature, romantic phrasing and distinctly high voice helped make him one of the most unique vocal stylists of his era, died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. The singer was 88. His death was confirmed by his biographer, David Ritz,…

  16. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Makes Her 'Way' To No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 09, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2011, 'Born This Way' bowed atop the tally. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Diddy Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 9, 2007 Seven years ago today…

  17. Calvin Harris Heats Up Hot 100 With Latest 'Summer' Hit

    June 07, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The EDM star's new hit is the 23rd Hot 100 top 10 with the word 'summer' in its title Calvin Harris heats up the Billboard Hot 100, where his latest hit "Summer" sizzles 12-9 . The EDM star adds to the list of top 10s with the word "summer" in their titles…

  18. Governors Ball 2014: Damon Albarn Counters Outkast With Career-Spanning Set

    June 07, 2014 8:27 AM EDT It's hard to compete with an Outkast reunion, and there's no question that the Atlanta hip-hop duo were the main draw for the masses that flooded New York's Randall's Island Friday evening. But the enthusiastic throng of Anglophiles crowded around Damon Albarn 's…

  19. Christina Perri 'Head or Heart' Video Q&A: Turning Heartbreak Into Hit Ballads

    May 30, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Christina Perri is pop music's queen of romance. Her seething 2010 breakout single "Jar of Hearts," which hit No. 17 on the Hot 100, dove into love's bitter lows. "A Thousand Years," which has sold 3.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, after being…

  20. Richie Sambora Highlights Drug Abuse with New Song 'Lighthouse' (Watch)

    May 28, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora drew on his own past in debuting a song at a forum on drug abuse Tuesday. The event, at a high school arena, was aimed at raising awareness about the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers along the Jersey shore. Sambora, a New Jersey native,…

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