1. 5 Seconds of Summer Announces Australasia Tour...In June 2015

    July 18, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Seconds of Summer will wind their way Down Under for a triumphant homecoming tour, though their fans will have to sit tight. The trek doesn't start for nearly a year. The Australian pop-punk outfit has announced a run that visits arenas in each of Australia’s big five cities in June…

  2. Ricky Martin Announces 2015 Australia Tour

    July 15, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Ricky Martin’s One World Tour will swing into Australian arenas next year. Martin, who is a coach on the ratings blockbuster “The Voice Australia,” will kick-off his trek in north Queensland with an April 25 show at Townsville’s 1300 Smiles Stadium. The tour then visits Brisbane (April 28),…

  3. Radiohead, Biz Markie, Mumford & Sons Get Mariachi Makeovers in 'The Book of Life'

    July 14, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Radiohead's "Creep," Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" and Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" are given mariachi and norteño makeovers in Fox's animated film "The Book of Life." The film also features two originals by Gustavo Santaolalla,…

  4. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and was released June 23 through Atlantic…

  5. Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70

    June 27, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer Bobby Womack, whose music was covered by, among others, the Rolling Stones, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the news of his passing this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from…

  6. 'Smooth' at 15: Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas Reflect on Their Billboard Hot 100 Smash

    June 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Back in 1971, guitarist Carlos Santana hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Black Magic Woman.” It would take him nearly three decades to make the top 10 again, but what a comeback it was. “Smooth,” featuring Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on vocals, topped the chart for a stunning…

  7. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  8. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  9. Lyricist Gerry Goffin Dies: Carole King's Songwriting Partner Was 75

    June 19, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Lyricist Gerry Goffin , who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Halfway to Paradise" and "The Loco-Motion," died Thursday at…

  10. Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ Tour Coming to Australia

    June 16, 2014 1:00 AM EDT Miley Cyrus will bring her “Bangerz” tour to Australia later this year.  Promoters the Dainty Group today announced Miley would play arenas in Australia’s five big cities this October. Moves Like Miley: Cyrus' Wildest Moments on Her 'Bangerz' Tour At this stage, just five dates…

  11. Summer of Iggy Azalea: 'Fancy' Rapper Defends Her Cred, Talks Lorde (Cover Story)

    June 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The say-anything, foulmouthed, lightning rod rapper suddenly owns summer as she ties a Beatles chart record (but she doesn't even care): "I'd rather be the Stones" Late one early-summer Saturday night, Iggy Azalea , one of the hottest pop stars on the planet,…

  12. Iggy Azalea On Lorde's Nirvana Rock Hall Tribute: 'She Is Not Kurt Cobain's Peer'

    June 06, 2014 1:02 PM EDT In this week's Billboard cover story, reigning Hot 100 No. 1 artist Iggy Azalea had some critical words for another young superstar who's no stranger to controversy. The target was Lorde and the topic was her recent collaborative performance with the surviving members of Nirvana at…

  13. Iggy Azalea's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the Lightning Rod Rapper

    June 06, 2014 11:36 AM EDT Iggy Azalea is sitting pretty these days. The plucky white rapper from Australia graces the cover of this week's Billboard as "Fancy" occupies the top spot on the Hot 100. Her record success -- she also raps on the No. 2 song in the nation right now (Ariana Grande's "…

  14. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests in humorous off-topic banter. Tonight's…

  15. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  16. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  17. Carlos Santana: Saving the World One Note At A Time

    May 23, 2014 4:04 AM EDT Try to speak with Carlos Santana about his new album and he'll want to talk about another topic: changing the world. The veteran musician says he is planning a concert aimed at encouraging and motivating the development of young black and Latino men in the wake of Trayvon Martin's…

  18. The Eagles To Tour Australia, New Zealand In 2015

    May 22, 2014 5:53 AM EDT The Eagles will swoop into Australia and New Zealand early next year for a string of arena dates, open-air shows and winery concerts.  The Australasian leg of the “History of the Eagles” world tour will start Feb. 18, 2015 at the Perth Arena and play a total of eight venues, including the…

  19. Queen & Adam Lambert Announce Australia Tour

    May 21, 2014 4:31 AM EDT Queen and Adam Lambert will hit Australia for an arena trek this August and September. The tour will visit the country's four biggest cities, and it'll mark the band’s first in Australia since 1985. Promoter Paul Dainty said of the upcoming run, “Since I have started promoting and…

  20. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    May 17, 2014 11:50 AM EDT “How lucky are we that we get to be here together?” Martina McBride asked the sold-out crowd on board the Carnival Ecstasy this week, where she was performing the first of two shows in Cozumel, Mexico, as part of the cruise line’s new Carnival Live concert series. “This has been a new…

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