1. Chase Rice 'Ignite's Top Country Albums Chart

    August 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT The former 'Survivor' star wins this week's chart challenge. Plus, Blake Shelton blasts in with his new single 'Neon Light.' Chase Rice , singer/songwriter and 2010 runner-up on CBS' Survivor: Nicaragua , storms in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums…

  2. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

  3. LouFest 2014: Outkast, Arctic Monkeys Top Lineup

    May 13, 2014 1:01 AM EDT Grouplove, Cake, Future Islands and Portugal. The Man also set to perform at annual festival in St. Louis Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Cake and Grouplove are among some of the big names headlining this year's LouFest in St. Louis this year. The two-day festival will bring 40 bands to Forest…

  4. SXSW: The Blasters' Phil and Dave Alvin Reunite at the Continental Club

    March 14, 2014 5:57 PM EDT The two brothers perform together for the first time in over a decade. With over 2,000 acts performing at the 2014 SXSW Music Festival, every conceivable venue in downtown Austin is being utilized in some way. That means modern halls like Austin City Limits as well as makeshift tents with…

  5. MC5 Guitarist Goes for Cool Factor in Crafting SXSW Jimi Hendrix Stamp Concert

    March 11, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Wayne Kramer is proudly "a guy that comes from an era of being highly critical of the government -- and is still fairly critical of much of what our government does." But when it comes to putting rock stars on U.S. postage stamps, the MC5 alumnus is all for it. Kramer is curating an…

  6. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Talk 'Common Ground' Album, Premiere 'All By Myself' Song: Listen Exclusively

    February 19, 2014 10:25 AM EST For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records, and today (Feb. 19) Billboard…

  7. Crookers, 'Ghetto Guetta': First Listen

    October 08, 2013 3:24 PM EDT David Guetta is many things, but few would call the French DJ/hitmaker “ghetto,” unless, of course, it’s a delightful play on words from Italo-house producer Crookers. The new track, “Ghetto Guetta,” drops later this month on Crookers’ own Ciao Records internationally and as their…

  8. Bubbling Under: Front Bottoms Rise Up

    May 31, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Front Bottoms, Katy Tiz, Jared Ashley and Travi$ Scott THE FRONT BOTTOMS Indie rock act the Front Bottoms debut on…

  9. Will.i.am Flashes His Geeky Side at CES 2013

    January 09, 2013 12:00 PM EST Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas flashed his geeky side during a panel about innovation and entrepreneurship at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday in Las Vegas. The singer, describing his approach to developing ideas for clients such as Intel and Coca-Cola as well as his own startups as…

  10. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  11. American Idols Live! Tour Kicks Off with High-Energy Detroit Show

    July 07, 2012 12:50 PM EDT The "American Idol" finalists reward after a grueling season of competition? A summer "vacation" spending 11 weeks on the road together. But at least there are no longer judges or mentors, no caustic comments, no fan votes. And Ryan Seacrest exists solely in video form.…

  12. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  13. 'American Idol' Recap: DeAndre Heads Home, The Wanted Perform

    April 06, 2012 10:15 AM EDT DeAndre Brackensick was sent packing last night on "American Idol" after receiving the fewest viewer votes. On Wednesday's '80s episode, the California student, 17, abandoned his trademark falsetto to sing DeBarge's "I Like It," impressing judges and…

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Sanchez Soars in (Lackluster) 400th Episode

    March 08, 2012 9:00 AM EST Gee, for the 400th episode of "American Idol," that was... sort of lackluster, eh? The singing competition celebrated the milestone with the Top 13 taking the stage to perform the tunes of two singing icons. To the credit of "Idol," the producers tried to up the drama to…

  15. The 8 Coolest Things at CES For Music Fans

    January 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV announcement and Justin Bieber helping Tosy Robotics pitch a new dancing robot, to DJ sets from Will.i.am and Tiesto. From…

  16. Bonnaroo 2011: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    June 13, 2011 10:54 AM EDT Bonnaroo 2011 came down from its Saturday high with an epic Widespread Panic set, a subdued Strokes one and an abbreviated one by Dallas Mavericks fans Explosions in the Sky. Offstage, fans led dance circles, chipped in for Neon Trees and snatched up merch and artist-tossed banana peels. Here…

  17. Dave Alvin to Perform New Single on 'Justified'

    February 23, 2011 5:30 PM EST D ave Alvin is the first musical performer written into a script on the FX network. Alvin will appear in Wednesday's episode of "Justified," performing his new single "Harlan County Line." The song will be on his next album, which Yep Roc will release in June. In the…

  18. Social Distortion Talks New Album, State of Punk Rock

    January 14, 2011 3:00 PM EST Singer/guitarist Mike Ness was 17 when his group Social Distortion emerged from the first wave of Los Angeles hardcore. Three decades later, the band members are punk patriarchs whose Americana-influenced style is a genre unto itself. Social D's new album, the gritty, bluesy, sometimes…

  19. Mellencamp, T-Bone Burnett Take Rural Route To 'Better' Album

    May 24, 2010 1:37 PM EDT A 55-year-old reel-to-reel Amex tape recorder, a single microphone and three historic recording sites were John Mellencamp's tools for making his new album, "No Better Than This," which is due out Aug. 3 -- seven weeks after he releases a retrospective box set, "On the…

  20. Stevie Wonder Readies First Live DVD

    February 02, 2009 2:40 PM EST Stevie Wonder will release his first authorized DVD next month, chronicling a Sept. 30-Oct. 1 stand at London's 02 Arena. "Live At Last" is due March 10 on Universal Motown in DVD and Blu-ray formats. Wonder was touring as part of his first major roadwork in a decade. The 27…

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