1. Belle and Sebastian Bring 'God' to Sundance; Set to Record New Album in March

    January 21, 2014 12:48 PM EST If Stuart Murdoch had his way, at the very least, Katharine Ross's bicycle-riding scene from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" would have been beamed behind Belle and Sebastian when they performed "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" Monday night at the Sundnace…

  2. Zac Brown Band Continues 'Sweet' Success Atop Country Airplay Chart

    January 21, 2014 11:05 AM EST The band lands its milestone 10th No. 1 on the radio-based ranking with 'Sweet Annie' Zac Brown Band achieves its landmark 10th No. 1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, where "Sweet Annie" advances 2-1. The new leader is the Georgia band's…

  3. Aloe Blacc Flies Solo With 'The Man' Thanks To Beats By Dre

    January 20, 2014 2:54 PM EST The singer readies his "Lift Your Spirit" album and prepares to open for Bruno Mars on the road. Nearly two years before a Beats By Dre ad made broke his song "The Man," Aloe Blacc got some important feedback about it from none other than Dr. Dre himself. "[Interscope…

  4. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Blue Ivy Carter Makes Her Debut

    January 20, 2014 8:05 AM EST Two years ago this week, the days-old daughter of Jay Z and Beyonce made her chart arrival. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Celine Dion and Sting Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 20,…

  5. Bruce Springsteen Nabs 10th Chart-Topper in Britain with 'High Hopes'

    January 20, 2014 5:40 AM EST Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. yesterday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.  Springsteen’s total of ten album…

  6. Funeral Held for Fallen Poet and Activist Amiri Baraka

    January 18, 2014 6:50 PM EST A cacophony of bagpipes, African drums and jazz riffs creatively blended -- much like the elements of an Amiri Baraka poem -- at the Saturday funeral for the activist-writer and a founder of the Black Arts Movement, who died earlier this month . The service, held at Newark Symphony Hall,…

  7. 'American Idol' Recap: Harsh Harry Connick Jr. Schools Auditioning Twins

    January 17, 2014 10:56 AM EST It's only the second night of season 13, and Harry Connick, Jr. already has three nicknames. He was dubbed "Harsh Harry" during Wednesday night's season premiere, and was also called "Hatchet Harry" and "Dr. No" by Jennifer Lopez throughout the two-hour…

  8. 'American Idol' Returns With New Judges, New Attitude in Premiere

    January 15, 2014 10:36 PM EST After securing its lowest ratings ever in a season during which the judges' feuds often took precedence over the actual raw talent, "American Idol" returned to its roots with a different panel, slightly altered production and -- perhaps most importantly -- a zeroed-in focus…

  9. Bachman-Turner Overdrive Gets Canadian Music Hall of Fame Nod

    January 15, 2014 8:33 PM EST Veteran Canadian rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive are headed to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday that the Winnipeg-based band, fronted by Randy Bachman, will be inducted at the 2014 Juno Awards in March. Randy Bachman,…

  10. Court Upholds Michael Jackson Doctor's Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

    January 15, 2014 7:19 PM EST An appellate court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, determining there was substantial evidence of his guilt presented at trial. The ruling by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal came less than three months…

  11. Judges Rejects New Trial Bid in Michael Jackson Case

    January 13, 2014 7:10 PM EST Singer's mother attempted to bring new trial in negligience case A judge has refused to grant a new trial in a lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother against the promoter of his ill-fated comeback concerts. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled Monday that there isn&…

  12. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top 70 Country Songs 1989-2014

    January 13, 2014 3:07 PM EST It was 70 years ago this month -- January 1944 -- that Billboard began charting the popularity of country tunes with the format's main chart now known as Hot Country Songs. In celebration the vital genre's continued vibrancy, we're honoring the chart's anniversary with…

  13. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  14. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Lands Her First No. 1 With 'Just Dance'

    January 13, 2014 8:05 AM EST Five years ago this week, Mother Monster topped the Hot 100 for the first time. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Janet and Michael Jackson, Men at Work and U2 Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 13,…

  15. Vince Gill, Jackson Browne Honor Gregg Allman at Tribute Concert

    January 11, 2014 3:19 PM EST Zac Brown, Taj Mahal, more also joined festivities at Atlanta's Fox Theatre An all-star lineup of musicians feted Gregg Allman Friday night at a tribute concert heralding the southern rock luminary and the blues rock that influenced many artists to follow his band's early 1970s…

  16. Katy Perry's 'PRISM' Hits 1 Million Sold

    January 10, 2014 7:46 PM EST Katy Perry has officially scored three million-selling albums. Her newest effort, "PRISM," passed the 1 million sales mark this week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. The album sold 51,000 copies last week, bringing its cumulative tally to 1,020,000 in 11 weeks on sale.…

  17. Coachella 2014 Lineup Announced: Outkast, Arcade Fire, Muse Headlining

    January 08, 2014 11:04 PM EST With a tweet suggesting fans "share it like a polaroid picture," the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival sent out this year's highly anticipated lineup late on Wednesday. As previously reported , long-dormant rap duo Outkast will reunite at the Goldenvoice-organized…

  18. Pitbull, Ke$ha Take 'Timber' to Top of Hot 100

    January 08, 2014 1:27 PM EST The collaboration dethrones Eminem and Rihanna's 'The Monster' after a four-week reign. Plus, Katy Perry gallops into the top 10 with 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J After a four-week wait at No. 2, Pitbull and Ke$ha climb to the top of the Billboard Hot 100…

  19. Elvis Presley's Billboard Chart Records

    January 08, 2014 5:05 AM EST Elvis Presley wasn't just the King of Rock & Roll. He remains Billboard chart royalty. On the anniversary of the birthday on Jan. 8, 1935, of the late icon (who passed away on Aug. 16, 1977), here's a look back at five of his most impressive chart records. - 108 Billboard Hot…

  20. Ask Billboard: More No. 14 Hits For '14

    January 07, 2014 11:15 AM EST Celebrating the new year with more No. 14-peaking Hot 100 hits, from the Beatles to Britney Spears, the Cars to Coldplay and Robert Palmer to Katy Perry As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

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