1. Adore Delano Sets 'Drag Race' Record

    June 12, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Drag queen Adore Delano has brought the "Party" to Billboard's charts. The "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant sees his "Till Death Do Us Party" album log the biggest sales week of any "Drag Race" competitor, as the set debuts with 5,000 copies…

  2. 'Searching for Sugar Man': Where Is Sixto Rodriguez Today?

    June 12, 2014 1:55 AM EDT The Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" helped launch a brand-new career for its subject, Sixto Rodriguez, 71, who went from obscurity in his native U.S. to playing 5,000-seat arenas like L.A.'s Greek Theatre. Since the film opened, Rodriguez's two albums -…

  3. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Bring Taste of California to Nashville

    June 10, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Thursday marks the kickoff for the 2014 season of Nashville Dancin' the annual concert series held on Nashville's Riverfront Park, and the night promises some interesting talent. The Kernal & His New Strangers and Los Colognes will be on the bill, as will headliner Houndmouth.…

  4. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  5. George Strait's Final Show Breaks Attendance Record

    June 08, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Known for his easygoing manner and everyman's appeal, country music legend George Strait strolled from the floor of the Dallas Cowboys' lavish stadium onto the custom-built stage Saturday night in a blue plaid shirt, Wrangler jeans, a silver belt buckle and a black cowboy hat,…

  6. 'Sugar Man' Singer Rodriguez Holds Down Los Angeles Gig

    June 02, 2014 4:41 PM EDT The unfathomable story line of the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” which culminates with a series of South Africa arena concerts in 1998, appears to be playing out in similar fashion in the United States. Two years after “Sugar Man's” subject, Sixto Rodriguez, was playing solo…

  7. Becky G, Dr. Luke Land First Latin No. 1 With 'Can't Get Enough'

    May 29, 2014 4:27 PM EDT The teen singer and writer/producer extraordinaire's collab takes over Latin Rhythm Airplay. Plus, Optimo and Luis Fonsi make notable moves Newcomer Becky G climbs to No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay with "Can't Get Enough" (featuring Pitbull), marking the 17-year…

  8. Brad Paisley Traveling with President Obama to Visit U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

    May 25, 2014 12:44 PM EDT President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war. Brad Paisley's New Album Has a Name: 'Moonshine In the Trunk' (Exclusive) Air Force…

  9. Tiesto 'Lights' Up Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart With Two Top 10s

    May 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Tiesto takes a second track into the top 10 of Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Wasted" (13-10) joins "Red Lights" (7-5). "Wasted," featuring Matthew Koma, rides a 22 percent sales increase (11,000 downloads in the week ending May 18,…

  10. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  11. Keith Urban's 'Fuse' Surges on Country Albums Chart After 'Idol' Performance

    May 08, 2014 4:26 PM EDT The star, and 'American Idol' judge, surges following his performance on the show's May 1 episode With its first top 10 rank in six months, Keith Urban's "Fuse" rockets 21-6 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart following a May 1 performance of the set&…

  12. Enrique Iglesias Scores 25th No. 1 With 'Bailando'

    May 07, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias is a force to be reckoned with. He holds the record for most songs to ever top the Hot Latin Songs chart, and now scores his 25th No. 1 with the ever catchy "Bailando" featuring his co-writer on the song, Descemer Bueno, and the Havana-based reggaeton duo Gente…

  13. Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' Claws Onto Hot 100 Chart

    May 01, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Controversy translates to chart action for Avril Lavigne, whose "Hello Kitty" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 75 following the track’s Vevo video debut on April 23. It’s her second-highest charted song from her recent self-titled album; "Here's to Never Growing Up,…

  14. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Hits No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs Chart

    April 24, 2014 7:03 PM EDT Coinciding with the April 22 release of her debut full-length album "The New Classic," Iggy Azalea's single "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) jumps 4-1 on Hot Rap Songs to end the reign of Pitbull's "Timber" (featuring Ke$ha) after 15 weeks. The last time…

  15. Man Sentenced For Taking Peter Frampton's Luggage

    April 19, 2014 1:45 PM EDT A man who acknowledged stealing the luggage of 1970s rocker Peter Frampton at Denver International Airport has been given a 60-day suspended jail sentence followed by two years of probation. The Denver Post reports 52-year-old John Allen Papelbon, of Thornton, was sentenced Friday and ordered…

  16. Black Label Society Lands First No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    April 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Zakk Wylde-led group also starts atop Hard Rock Albums. Plus, Jack White debuts on Hot Rock Songs, Chevelle tops Mainstream Rock Songs and more Black Label Society scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" launches at…

  17. Billboard Finalists Debut, J Balvin Rules Tropical Chart

    April 18, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The 2014 edition of the "Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists" compilation enters Top Latin Albums as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 6, moving 1,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Compared to previous Billboard Latin Music Awards sets, the 2014 entry nets the highest ranking…

  18. Coldplay Reveals Intimate Live Shows for ‘Ghost Stories’ Launch

    April 17, 2014 2:59 AM EDT Coldplay have unveiled their first run of live shows in support of the band’s new studio album, “Ghost Stories”.  The British alternative rock group will play six “intimate” shows in a trek that visits Germany, the U.S., France, Japan and the U.K. The itinerary as it stands will start April…

  19. Future Islands On New Album & 'Letterman' Buzz: 'We Want To Spark A Reaction'

    April 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT "We want to be that band that you instantly fall in love with, or you don't give a shit about," says singer Samuel T. Herring. Calling from the glamorous location of a laundromat in Billings, Montana last week, Samuel T. Herring shrugs off the fact that he has become Future…

  20. Are Stars Charging $20k and Up to Wear T-Shirts at Coachella? (Report)

    April 07, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Updated: Lacoste's rep tells Billboard that the story about Lea Michele is "100 percent false." Meanwhile, Aaron Paul is, according to the New York Daily News report, asking for $15,000 and at least 2 VIP festival passes. This year's Coachella tickets may have sold out…

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