1. Tribute Show for Country Singer-Songwriter John Jarrard Turns 12

    September 16, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Before there can be three minutes of audio bliss in an MP3 or CD form, there needs to be the magic that comes from the experience of putting words into music. Fans in the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee area have a chance to witness that first hand next weekend with the 12th Annual John Jarrard…

  2. Home Depot Marriage Proposal, Soundtracked By Betty Who, Goes Viral: Watch

    September 13, 2013 1:34 PM EDT Flash mobs + the song "Somebody Loves You" = the most adorable proposal ever. On Wednesday (Sept. 11), Spencer Stout uploaded a YouTube video that depicted him proposing to his boyfriend, Dustin, with the help of a highly choreographed flash mob of friends, as well as the song …

  3. Avicii: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 13, 2013 12:00 PM EDT With "Wake Me Up!" a million-selling Hot 100 No. 5, he's climbing the rock charts, getting CMT play and delivering EDM's biggest moment yet This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. The night sky flashes white with a Zeus…

  4. Lorde: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 06, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Meet your new alt-rock heroine: how an unknown 16-year-old from New Zealand became the most sought-after new artist of the year This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. "In a perfect world, I would never do any interviews," Ella…

  5. Rod Stewart Talks Tour, 'Angry' Jeff Beck

    September 04, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Delayed blues project with his old bandmate appears dead, but a Faces reunion with Ronnie Wood could happen: "That has to wait 'til we know the Stones are finished" Rod Stewart may have released his first album of all original material in 12 years with this year's "…

  6. Sting's Wife Trudie Styler To Star in Off-Broadway Production

    August 29, 2013 2:50 AM EDT Actress and producer Trudie Styler, the better half of pop singer Sting, will star this fall in a new off-Broadway adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull." Producers said Wednesday that Styler will portray the fading actress Irina Arkadina in the Culture Project's…

  7. Tracy Lawrence Pushes the Envelope on 'Headlights, Taillights and Radios'

    August 23, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Fans of Tracy Lawrence who get his new release "Headlights, Taillights and Radios," which hits stores this week -- might find a few different sounds than they are accustomed to. If so, the singer tells Billboard that was intentional. "It was real important for me on this…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Petrella Celebrates 25 Years as the 'First Lady of Country Soul'

    August 21, 2013 6:47 PM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a career that has ran the gamut during her 25 years in the business. Petrella, dubbed The First Lady of Country Soul, is out with a new album entitled "Shine On Me." "I'm really excited about it," the singer tells…

  9. Chart Highlights: Lorde's 'Royals' Leaps To No. 1 On Rock Airplay

    August 19, 2013 6:25 PM EDT The song dethrones Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' after a record 24-week domination. Plus, Avicii takes over atop Dance/Club Play Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  10. Big K.R.I.T., Chief Keef, Trinidad James & HBK Gang: Free Music Round-Up

    August 16, 2013 5:55 PM EDT From HBK’s Bay Area-proud, hyphy-filled “Gang Forever” tape to Big K.R.I.T.’s laid-back "4Eva N A Day ”instrumentals tape, this week's free music round-up has plenty to offer. Chief Keef, "Bang Pt. 2" ( Download ) "Bang Pt. 2," Chief Keef's only official…

  11. Madonna's 40 Biggest Billboard Hits

    August 16, 2013 10:55 AM EDT She's the Queen of Pop and royalty on the Billboard charts. To celebrate Madonna's career, we've compiled an exclusive ranking of the diva's 40 biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit singles. Madonna's Fashion Evolution: 55 Iconic Looks 'Madonna' at 30: A…

  12. Lorde First Woman In 17 Years To Top Alternative Songs With 'Royals'

    August 12, 2013 1:05 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, is the first lead solo female to rule the ranking since Tracy Bonham in 1996 (months before Lorde was born) With the aptly-titled "Royals," Lorde becomes the first lead solo female to crown Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based…

  13. Coldplay Spinning 'Atlas' on 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Soundtrack

    August 09, 2013 9:37 AM EDT Coldplay are ready to show off their first new music since 2011's chart-sweeping album "Mylo Xyloto." The British alt-rock band recorded a song for the "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack, titled "Atlas," that Republic Records will release on Aug. 26.…

  14. Garrix Zooms; Icona Pop, Avicii and Kaskade Climb the Dance Chart

    August 05, 2013 6:26 PM EDT Martin Garrix zooms ten spots, the largest positional jump on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, with festival banger “Animals” (32-22). Taking 66% of its points from sales, the song is also seen vaulting 38-17 on Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (9,000 units, up 86%). Icona Pop’s “All Night,…

  15. Cher Runs the 'World': Diva Talks No. 1 Dance Single and 'Eclectic' New Album

    August 02, 2013 10:40 AM EDT "Closer To The Truth" will feature collaborations with P!nk and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears... but not Lady Gaga. In Cher's latest No. 1 Dance Club/Play Songs chart hit "Woman's World," she sings, "I'm dancin' solo, in the dark, on…

  16. Johnny Ramone Tribute to Be Hosted By John Waters

    July 19, 2013 2:12 PM EDT The Ninth Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute will take place on Sunday, August 18 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the 8-foot-tall bronze statue of the punk rock icon was constructed shortly following the guitarist's death of prostrate cancer in 2004. In tribute to Ramone's deep…

  17. Florida Georgia Line Approaches Record Atop Hot Country Songs

    July 18, 2013 4:55 PM EDT The duo is a week away from tying the mark for the longest a song has reigned at No. 1. Plus, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Travis Tritt make notable moves Florida Georgia Line leads Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for a 20th week with "Cruise," moving to within a…

  18. Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, Wife of Pete Seeger, Dies at 91

    July 11, 2013 2:49 AM EDT Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, the wife of folk music legend Pete Seeger, has died at the age of 91. An activist, a skilled organizer and a creator in her own right, Ohta Seeger was a bedrock in her husband’s long and successful career. “There’s (sic) was a true partnership,” notes Sing Out ,…

  19. John C. Reilly's Labor of Love: 'You've Got to Keep These Songs Alive'

    July 07, 2013 8:15 PM EDT John C. Reilly is looking to do some more recording this summer, hopefully resulting in a full album of rootsy folk and Americana covers to follow the two singles he's released so far on Jack White's Third Man Records label. "We hope to do (an album)," the Academy Award…

  20. Cyndi Lauper, 'Kinky Boots' Runaway Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2013 11:42 PM EDT The feel-good musical "Kinky Boots," with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won a leading six 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical, best score and best leading man. Christopher Durang's comical "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"…

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