1. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  2. Evan Rachel Wood to Star in John Hughes-Inspired Cabaret Musical

    January 26, 2015 2:00 PM EST Actress Evan Rachel Wood will star in the musical For the Record: Dear John Hughes , joining  Rumer Willis ( 90210 ), Tracie Thoms ( Rent ) and Lindsey Gort ( Carrie Diaries ) for a theatrical run scheduled for Feb. 6 through April 4 at West Hollywood's DBA. For the Record offers a…

  3. Alan Menken Joins Creative Team for Broadway-Bound Roy Rogers Musical

    January 25, 2015 11:38 PM EST A top-tier creative team is saddling up for the new bio-musical Happy Trails: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Song & Story , based on one of vintage Hollywood's most iconic couples and a unique part of American pop-culture history. Eight-time Oscar…

  4. Rush Announces Dates For 40th Anniversary Tour

    January 23, 2015 10:04 AM EST Could it be a farewell tour? For Rush diehards, the wait is over. The trio has announced dates for its 40th anniversary North American tour, expected to be the last of its kind for some time. The 34-city trek "will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude," according…

  5. Music Sharing Apps Begin to Proliferate – But Are They Useful?

    January 22, 2015 2:00 PM EST Scott Vener , music supervisor for  Entourage , may just have the next big music app -- but that doesn't mean he's without competition. In the past year, a slew of personalized music sharing apps, which allow users to directly send songs via text-based messages (as opposed to…

  6. New Kids on The Block Announce Summer U.S. Tour With TLC and Nelly

    January 20, 2015 12:12 PM EST Is a "Step by Step" and "No Scrubs" mashup on the horizon?  New Kids on the Block  are heading back on the road this summer, and this year, they'll be joined by  TLC  and  Nelly  for The Main Event tour.  "There is no stopping us! We always have something…

  7. Statler Brothers Celebrate 50 Years in the Business -- And Retirement

    January 16, 2015 6:35 PM EST For Country Music Hall of Fame members the Statler Brothers , 2015 is a year of celebration: It marks five decades since the Virginia-based quartet first released Tom T. Hall 's "The Ballad of Billy Christian." Wait. You haven't heard of it? Well, unless you have their…

  8. Dolly Parton to Be Center of NBC Movie Series

    January 16, 2015 6:03 PM EST They'll be based on her songs, stories & life. NBC is getting into the  Dolly Parton  business. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced Friday (Jan. 16) that the network just closed a deal to develop a series of TV movies based on Parton's songs, stories and life.…

  9. Meadowlands' Izod Center Facing Early Closure Amidst Heavy Competition

    January 15, 2015 5:59 PM EST The Izod Center at the Meadowlands complex in East Rutherford, N.J., could well become a casualty of new arenas in its region even sooner than suspected, if the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority board today approves a plan submitted by N.J. Governor Chris Christie 's…

  10. TuneCore Partners With Drag & Drop Mastering Program MixGenius

    January 15, 2015 9:00 AM EST Between the Pono Music store's imminent arrival  and Sony's recently unveiled $1,200 Walkman redux , it seems like the demand for high-definition audio has skyrocketed. But the process that produces the perfect balance of bass to vocals, mastering an album or a track, seems to be…

  11. Dave Matthews Band Announces Summer Tour Dates

    January 15, 2015 1:13 AM EST Dave Matthews Band will embark on a large-scale tour of North America this summer. DMB has shared the itinerary for the 2015 Summer Tour , which kicks off May 13 at Austin 360 Amphitheatre and concludes Sept. 13 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix.  On each night of the tour, DMB will play…

  12. Ultra South Africa 2015 Lineup: Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Axwell ^ Ingrosso & More

    January 14, 2015 2:48 PM EST Ultra South Africa revealed its Phase 2 lineup Wednesday (Jan. 14), rounding out the final roster for the festival's second edition. Newly announced headliners DVBBS, Gorgon City and Oliver Heldens will join a lineup that already featured marquee acts Armin van Buuren , Axwell ^…

  13. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  14. 'The Wrecking Crew': See the Poster for Documentary on West Coast Session Musicians

    January 12, 2015 7:42 PM EST Magnolia Pictures has released the poster for The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco's documentary on the West Coast session musicians featured on countless hit records of the 1960s. Magnolia Pictures Having played film festivals such as SXSW, Mill Valley and Nashville, The Wrecking Crew…

  15. Pono Rumored to Secure Hi-Def Beatles Catalog, While Pono's Engineers Question Whether It Matters

    January 12, 2015 11:18 AM EST It took about nine years for   the Beatles   to travel the long and winding road to Apple's iTunes store.  It looks like Neil Young may not have to wait as long to get the Fab Four's coveted catalog added to his high-end Pono music store . According to a report by Roger Friedman…

  16. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and…

  17. Courtney Love Talks Kurt Cobain, Trent Reznor and Rocking the Opera: 'I Wanted to Do Something Different'

    January 08, 2015 6:21 PM EST "I'm wearing my jammies 'cause mommy's got a cold," quips Courtney Love , holed up in New York's Gramercy Park Hotel in Anna Sui silk pajamas and a sweater, sipping from an array of green juices that her latest collaborator, playwright-composer Todd Almond,…

  18. Bill Cosby Receives Standing Ovation at Canadian Show while Protesters Gather Outside

    January 08, 2015 5:49 AM EST Bill Cosby said he had a "wonderful time" and got a standing ovation from polite Canadian fans at his first show following a string of cancellations in the wake of sexual assault allegations from more than 15 women. But outside protesters braved below-freezing weather to shame the…

  19. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  20. Queen's Brian May on Adam Lambert: 'He Can Sing Higher Than Freddie'

    December 22, 2014 3:06 AM EST Adam Lambert always maintained that in his role as touring frontman for Queen , he wasn't emulating the late Freddie Mercury . But when it comes to vocal skills, the American Idol season-eight star can more than hold his own, said Queen guitarist Brian May in a recent interview, noting…

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