1. Ray LaMontagne Goes 'Supernova': The Folk Singer Talks New Album

    May 02, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The blues of "Trouble" hinted at a sad existence for LaMontagne. A decade on, the joyous, just-released 'Supernova,' flips the script. It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after…

  2. Lindsey Stirling Heading for Top Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    April 30, 2014 8:38 PM EDT Classical crossover artist Lindsey Stirling is set to earn the highest debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The violinist's new dance-meets-classical album, "Shatter Me," was released on Tuesday, April 29 and could enter the chart at No. 2 -- so say industry…

  3. Billy Joel Tried Heroin, Went to Woodstock: 11 Things We Learned at his Sirius Town Hall

    April 28, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Billy Joel celebrated his 65th birthday a week early with a star studded Town Hall meeting moderated by Howard Stern and Robin Quivers. Broadcast on Sirius XM’s Howard 100 and Billy Joel channels, the event -- held at New York City’s Cutting Room on April 28 -- featured live performances by…

  4. Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs

    April 28, 2014 3:12 PM EDT From Girls Aloud to SWV to Electrik Red, check out Billboard's editorial countdown of underappreciated girl group tracks. Most casual pop fans can rattle off a few of the biggest girl group hits of all time -- the classic cuts by the Supremes, TLC, Destiny's Child and more --…

  5. Willie Nelson Inducted In Austin City Limits Hall

    April 27, 2014 1:31 AM EDT In this town, Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey takes a backseat to Willie Nelson. The country music icon who has an Austin street named after him and is celebrated with an 8-foot bronze likeness downtown added another backyard honor with a spot in the inaugural class of the Austin City Limits…

  6. OutKast, 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Hip Hop in 1994, for the most part, was akin to the same government that it was at war with. You had the East Coast acting as the Republican party, leaning on classical sounds and ideologies, while the West Coast promoted the more Democratic, liberal side of things. Then you had the South…

  7. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  8. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' & More: The 20 Biggest Crossover Hits

    April 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' makes history as the first song to top as many as six Billboard radio format charts Call Pharrell Williams the crossover king. The singer/writer/producer's smash "Happy" becomes the first song to crown as many as six singular-format Nielsen…

  9. Jessie James Decker Darts Onto Top Country Albums

    April 24, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The singer/reality TV personality debuts at No. 5 with just three days of sales for 'Comin' Home.' Singer/songwriter/reality TV star Jessie James Decker makes her first appearance on Top Country Albums, as "Comin' Home," a six-song EP, earns the Hot Shot Debut at…

  10. Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap Named Country Hall Inductees

    April 22, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 class on Tuesday morning (Apr. 22), and the inductees reflect the diversity of the format's rich and varied history – with one of the format's all-time biggest artists who mined country with pop and R&B, a…

  11. Blondie Releasing New Two-Disc Album To Celebrate 40th Anniversary

    April 22, 2014 12:23 PM EDT First disc “Ghosts of Download” is Blondie’s 10th studio album and will feature guests like the Gossip and Miss Guy. Blondie is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with the release of a two-disc set, titled “Blondie 4(0) Ever,” featuring new music and a greatest hits collection.…

  12. Enrique Iglesias' Emotional Life: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT No topic is off limits as the singer opens up about that strained relationship with Dad, Anna Kournikova, the recent death of his dog, and the pressure to keep building his empire. It's a rare occasion that Enrique Iglesias is actually at the offices of his Mr. 305 Productions in…

  13. Anita Baker Countersues Home Improvement Firm

    April 21, 2014 1:09 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker has countersued a company that says it hasn't been paid for work done on her Detroit-area home. The Detroit Free Press reports Saturday that Baker's attorney says lawyers for Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating "intended to put her in…

  14. Easter Meets 420: A Mixed Bag of Our Favorite Tweets

    April 20, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Every so often, holidays of various nature collide in an unexpected way -- and today (April 20) is one of those days.  While some are spending this Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of Christ at church or a family brunch, the Cannabis crowd is taking note of the 420 holiday by…

  15. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Set For Biggest Week Yet Thanks to Easter

    April 18, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Thanks to Easter-fueled shopping, the "Frozen" soundtrack is on course for its biggest sales week yet. Industry sources forecast the album to sell between 225,000 to 250,000 copies in the week ending April 20, Easter Sunday. That would easily surpass the album's best frame …

  16. Jay Z and Beyonce Summer Tour: The Latest in 2014's Stadium Boom

    April 18, 2014 12:57 PM EDT It's looking like the biggest year in touring since 1994 as power acts double (and triple) up onstage. This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . With sources confirming to Billboard that Jay Z and Beyonce will embark on a 20-city stadium…

  17. Blues Traveler Working With Thompson Square, JC Chasez, 3OH!3 On New Project

    April 17, 2014 6:06 PM EDT "It started out as something small and it's taking on a life of its own," says John Popper of upcoming music. Reinvention is on Blues Traveler's itinerary and it's bringing along an eclectic slew of collaborators and producers for the ride, including Gavin DeGraw,…

  18. Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

    April 17, 2014 5:34 AM EDT When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber, the ordinarily loquacious entrepreneur was uncharacteristically reticent. “Some things are better left a mystery,” he said, though his…

  19. No Stopping 'Frozen' Album as 11th Week at No. 1 Seems Likely

    April 16, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack is heading for an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, so suggest industry forecasters. While it's too early to tell just how many copies the hit album will sell in the week ending April 20, it should be a very handsome figure. The…

  20. 615 Spotlight: Mary Sarah Builds 'Bridges' With Country Icons (Song Premiere)

    April 16, 2014 5:17 PM EDT The Texas teen on collaborating with Ray Price, Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys and others on her upcoming album Texas-based performer Mary Sarah grew up with the "Opry." She would listen to the WSM radio show from time to time, but also that's where she honed her skills on…

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