1. Why Must Country Singles Be 'Worked' By Labels to Be Played on Commercial Radio?

    March 02, 2015 11:02 AM EST A look at how deserving artists are frequently passed over in the country music genre (and everywhere else, too). When Brandy Clark teamed up with Dwight Yoakam on the Feb. 7 Grammy Awards to perform her album track "Hold My Hand," it was a revelatory moment for many in country…

  2. Million-Dollar Grateful Dead Ticket a Reseller Tactic

    March 02, 2015 10:09 AM EST While the $1 million dollar-plus asking price for a three-day pass to the Grateful Dead's sold-out Fare Thee Well concerts at Chicago's Soldier Field is attracting a lot of attention, StubHub spokesman Glenn Lehrman tells Billboard that such a price is not unusual for hot shows on…

  3. Lollapalooza Berlin Reveals First-Ever Lineup

    March 02, 2015 9:05 AM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis , The Libertines , Sam Smith , Belle & Sebastian, Fatboy Slim, My Morning Jacket, Run the Jewels and Bastille are among the acts to play at the first Lollapalooza Berlin , set for Tempelhof Airport Sept. 12-13. C3 Presents, now part of the Live Nation portfolio…

  4. Madonna To Launch 'Rebel Heart' World Tour in August

    March 02, 2015 1:00 AM EST Madonna will embark on an international tour in support of her new album Rebel Heart , an all-arena trek that will take the artist to territories she hasn't visited in decades, if ever, Billboard has learned. An announcement from tour producer Live Nation is expected today. The…

  5. Grateful Dead Final Shows With Trey Anastasio Officially Sold Out

    March 01, 2015 1:56 PM EST The Grateful Dead Fare thee Well concert, set for Chicago's Soldier Field July 3-5, is officially sold out. After being blown away by mail order ticket requests and VIP experience demand, producers of the concert saw general public on-sales through Ticketmaster blow out in…

  6. Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath Apologizes for Death Hoax

    February 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Despite Twitter rumblings, three-time Rock & Roll Jeopardy! champion/ Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath is very much alive. He addressed recent rumors of his death via Twitter and, as many suspected, it was all a big hoax. Final word on the death hoax thing, I knew nothing about it and found…

  7. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ariana Grande Blasts Into Top 40, Taylor Swift Debuts With 'Wonderland'

    February 26, 2015 11:00 AM EST Grande's 'One Last Time' zooms 80-34, while Swift's '1989' bonus track, now available on iTunes, starts at No. 51. Plus, moves for Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon & Drake. As previously reported , Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno…

  8. Number of Music Retailers in UK Climbs To Record High Despite Tumbling Sales

    February 23, 2015 7:01 PM EST The number of brick and mortar stores selling music in the United Kingdom has reached an all-time high, despite the falling popularity of physical product.   According to new figures published by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), there were 10,391 outlets selling CDs and vinyl…

  9. Meet Haley Georgia, the Former 'American Idol' Hopeful Bringing Country in the Key of Kesha to Nashville

    February 23, 2015 6:16 PM EST Haley Georgia is well aware that an artist's debut single is her first chance to establish an identifiable brand. It's her prerogative if she'd rather use that opportunity to stir up questions. Questions like, "Did she really just say that?" In the first few lines of …

  10. Album Review: Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood's 'Sour Soul' Sounds Sweet

    February 23, 2015 4:23 PM EST Ghostface Killah 's full-length collaborative album with jazz troupe BadBadNotGood isn't your standard wine-and-cheese affair. On the impressive Sour Soul , the Canadian trio that built its profile through Odd Future and Gucci Mane covers bangs out rich blaxploitation-invoking live…

  11. Did Ray J Respond to Amber Rose's Diss of Kim Kardashian?

    February 21, 2015 12:09 PM EST Ray J is keeping a good sense of humor about the recent feud between Kanye West and Amber Rose. Amber Rose Responds to Kanye West & Disses Kim Kardashian During an interview with Power 105.1 on Friday (Feb. 20), West touched on his past relationship with ex-girlfriend Rose by saying he …

  12. Amber Rose Responds to Kanye West & Disses Kim Kardashian

    February 20, 2015 4:09 PM EST Don't come at Amber Rose and think she won't respond. During Kanye West 's interview with Power 105.1, which aired Friday (Feb. 20), he touched on his relationship with his wife Kim Kardashian West and also his past one with ex-girlfriend Amber Rose. Kanye West Disses…

  13. Dave Davies Reflects on The Kinks' Origins, Embracing Technology & Relationship With Ray

    February 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST Of the many vital rock bands to emerge out of the '60s British Invasion, none are harder to categorize than The Kinks . Progenitors of hard rock and baroque pop -- and experts at nearly every style in between -- they hold the most eclectic catalog of any British band of the era (the…

  14. Madonna Notches Historic 44th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart

    February 19, 2015 9:00 PM EST The Queen of Pop reigns again with 'Living for Love,' tying with George Strait, the King of Country, for the most leaders on a single Billboard chart. Madonna makes Billboard chart history, as she earns her 44th No. 1 on Dance Club Songs , where "Living for Love…

  15. Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips Launches Global Entertainment

    February 19, 2015 5:00 PM EST Former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips has been tapped as CEO of Global Entertainment, a newly-launched U.S. division for London-based Global, the Media and Entertainment Group. The multifaceted, "360"-styled content company will include touring, label, publishing, artist management,…

  16. Blackberry Smoke's 'Roses' Blooms at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    February 19, 2015 4:11 PM EST Plus: Chart action for Robert Earl Keen, Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer & more. Country/rock band Blackberry Smoke nabs its first No. 1 and biggest sales week on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Holding All the Roses . The group's fourth studio album bows with 19,000 sold,…

  17. JEFF the Brotherhood Calls Warner Bros. a 'Demented Vulture' After Being Dropped From Label

    February 19, 2015 2:20 PM EST If a scrappy band is dropped from a major label and no one's there to see it, will anyone ever find out? In the case of Nashville take-no-prisoners garage-rock duo JEFF the Brotherhood , the answer is a resounding OFY. On Tuesday (Feb. 17), Jake and Jamin Orrall sent out an e-blast with…

  18. Hall & Oates Talk 'Live From Dublin' DVD, Why They Still Tour Together

    February 18, 2015 2:20 PM EST Daryl Hall & John Oates had a feeling their July 2014 show at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin -- just three months after the duo's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and surprisingly their first performance ever in Ireland -- might be special. So they decided to roll out the cameras…

  19. Goldenvoice Promotes Stacy Vee to Festival Talent Buyer

    February 18, 2015 1:17 PM EST Goldenvoice, producers of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival, has promoted longtime Goldenvoice staffer  Stacy Vee to talent buyer, where she will oversee all booking and talent buying for both Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio,…

  20. B.o.B. Reveals Details About His 'More Vulnerable' Upcoming Album

    February 18, 2015 10:38 AM EST B.o.B. says that if he had to, he could release his fourth album "right now, but I don't feel like there's a need to." Nevertheless, he's hoping for "a late spring, summer album" to follow up 2013's Underground Luxury , and he's promising another…

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