1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Same Love' & Other No. 11 Hits

    September 17, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Despite stopping at No. 11, the song has become a powerful pop culture anthem For chart fans, the most frustrating positions on a tally can be Nos. 2, 11 and 41. Those are the ranks that fall just outside the more desirable Nos. 1, 10 and 40. So far in 2013, just one song has peaked at…

  2. Ask Billboard: Why Do Some Songs Fade Out And Others End Cold?

    July 05, 2013 9:05 PM EDT In our newest mailbag, insight into the minds of artists as to how they decide to end recordings. Plus, sales updates on Selena Gomez and Avril Lavigne and ... Is Lady Gaga's new single on the way soon? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  3. Lauryn Hill Vents on Racism, Slavery and the IRS in Open Letter

    June 29, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Lauryn Hill blames her tax woes with the IRS on historical racism, according to a lengthy open letter that appeared on the singer's Tumblr page yesterday (June 28). Hill, who is today set to begin serving three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on approximately $1.8 million in…

  4. Bon Jovi, David Bowie Lead Six Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    March 20, 2013 11:25 AM EDT Mindless Behavior, Eric Clapton, "Sound City" all make notable starts on this week's albums chart The Billboard 200 albums chart welcomes six debuts into its top 10 this week, led by Bon Jovi at No. 1 with its fifth chart-topper: "What About Now." It's the…

  5. Bon Jovi, David Bowie Headed to Nos. 1 and 2 on Billboard 200

    March 16, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Earlier this week we reported that Bon Jovi and David Bowie were vying for the No. 1 slot on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. However, Bon Jovi has now pulled ahead, and it seems like the band's "What About Now" is a lock for a No. 1 bow on the chart.…

  6. Sound City Players Make Glorious Noise at SXSW in Final Show... For Now

    March 15, 2013 10:02 AM EDT John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Corey Taylor and a pair of Ricks join Dave Grohl in Austin If Dave Grohl's Sound City Players truly played its final show Thursday night at South By Southwest, the all-star ensemble certainly went out with a bang. The nearly three-and-a-half hour epic --…

  7. Foo Fighters Next Album 'Won't Be Conventional,' Says Dave Grohl

    March 14, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Catching up with Dave and Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins at a SXSW screening for "Sound City" As he brings the campaign for his "Sound City: Real to Reel" documentary to a close, Dave Grohl is getting back into Foo Fighters mode -- although in its earliest stages right now.…

  8. John Fogerty, Dave Grohl's Sound City Players Rock 'Kimmel': Watch

    March 06, 2013 11:00 AM EST Roughly a week before Dave Grohl and his Sound City players hit South By Southwest , the supergroup accompanied John Fogerty on a scorching rendition of "Fortunate Son" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Tuesday night (Mar. 5). The all-star troupe took over Hollywood Boulevard…

  9. Dave Grohl's 'Sound City Players' Head to SXSW

    March 04, 2013 4:00 PM EST Presented by Citi Private Pass, the "Sound City Players at SXSW" show will feature John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Rick Nielsen, Rick Springfield and more Dave Grohl isn't just delivering a keynote at South By Southwest on March 14. The rocker is bringing an all-star concert…

  10. Sound City Players: Opposites Attract (And Don’t) in New York

    February 14, 2013 10:00 AM EST Stevie Nicks. John Fogerty. Fear’s Lee Ving. Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. Rick Springfield. It’s hard to imagine those people having much of anything in common beyond a) being musicians of a certain age, b) having recorded at L.A.’s legendary, now-shuttered Sound City studio and c) being…

  11. Dave Grohl's Sound City Players Tear It Up at Sundance

    January 19, 2013 1:15 PM EST Hours after his "Sound City" documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Dave Grohl took 800 fans on a three-hour musical odyssey at Park City Live that emphasized his personal connection to the Van Nuys, Calif., recording studio his film chronicles.   Taking the stage at 9…

  12. Peter Wolf Cries Foul on J. Geils: 'He Broke the Brotherhood'

    October 15, 2012 11:05 PM EDT Peter Wolf is in the midst of a new solo tour, but he promises the J. Geils Band will ride again in 2013 -- despite lingering legalities with guitarist and namesake John "J." Geils. "We're moving on, and I feel very excited about it," Wolf, who has a handful of east…

  13. Chart Juice: Jennifer Lopez's Greatest Hits Debuts in Top 10

    August 03, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez debuts her first greatest hits package, "Dance Again…The Hits," at No. 6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 20 on the Billboard 200 with 14,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. On the former list, it's the highest new entry this week, where Nas' "…

  14. Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba Goes Solo: 'It's Gonna Be Loud'

    May 04, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba has been especially prolific these last ten months, releasing with his band an album of acoustically performed chestnuts, "Damnesia," last summer, then an EP as theHELL , a side project with Angels & Airwaves' Atom Willard. Now he's…

  15. Madonna & Deadmau5 Tweet, Make Up After 'Molly' Spat

    March 27, 2012 10:20 AM EDT EDM leader Deadmau5 took issue with what he perceived was Madonna's casual mention of a slang term for the drug ecstasy from the stage at Ultra Music Festival. Like emails, texts and the sitcom Three's Company, a from-the-stage rallying call can easily be misinterpreted -- in the…

  16. Bruce Springsteen's SXSW Keynote: 'Stay Hard, Stay Hungry'

    March 15, 2012 5:30 PM EDT The Boss Was in a Giving Mood, Offering Wisdom & Recounting His Own Musical Journey Declaring that "every important musician in this town is asleep -- or they will be by the time I finished this thing," Bruce Springsteen spent nearly 50 minutes early Thursday afternoon…

  17. E Street's Nils Lofgren: 'It'll Be Strange' to Tour Without Clarence

    November 22, 2011 10:30 PM EST Dedicating his new solo album, "Old School," to late fellow E Street Band member Clarence Clemons was a no-brainer for Nils Lofgren. "I'm still reeling," Lofgren, who was touring in Britain when Clemons died June, tells Billboard.com. "Clarence and I had a deeper…

  18. 11 No. 11 Hits for 11-11-11

    November 11, 2011 12:05 AM EST Peaking at No. 11 on a Billboard chart can be a frustrating fortune for an artist or record label, as a top 10 rank for such a title remains ever-elusive. "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11. But, of those, No. 11 is probably the worst," says Adrian Moreira, RCA senior VP…

  19. Outside Lands Festival 2011: 18 Things Seen & Heard

    August 15, 2011 12:31 PM EDT Now in its fourth year, San Francisco's Outside Lands festival serves the dual purpose of providing vibrant Bay Area city with a response to Indio's white-hot Coachella, and giving the city an annual Golden Gate Park event recalling the bygone Summer of Love days. This weekend'…

  20. Jason Aldean: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 03, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Days before embarking on a critical run of amphitheater shows that will solidify his major-league touring status, Brown says that prior to launching Broken Bow in 1999, he had invested in other artist development projects. "I found out quickly that by the time the label got through…

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