1. U.S. Album Sales Hit Historic Lows

    August 02, 2013 10:36 AM EDT U.S. album sales have hit new historic lows over the last five weeks marking the longest consecutive stretch in the SoundScan era that the industry has gone without scanning more than 5 million units. And, over the last two weeks, album sales hit consecutive record lows. Which begs the…

  2. Newport Folk Festival Wrestles Weather, Evolving Legacy With Beck, Avett Brothers, Feist

    July 29, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As the summer festival economy continues to enjoy its boon era at the same time the wider music industry remains unsure what it's going to be when it grows up, every promoter has no doubt felt the pressures that force fests to either make room for outside controlling interests -- big…

  3. Kevin Gates & Rep Talk 'Stranger Than Fiction' Success & Career Start

    July 26, 2013 1:49 PM EDT 'I suffer from deep depression, so my only release is music,' the rapper says. When Kevin Gates stepped out of jail in 2011, he was surprised to discover that his fan base had spilled beyond the borders of his hometown of Baton Rouge, La. The 27-year-old had toyed with rapping…

  4. Minor Charges Dropped in Chris Brown Traffic Case

    July 23, 2013 8:20 PM EDT Brown's lawyer has entered a not-guilty plea over a hit-and-run charge. Singer Chris Brown's lawyer has entered a not-guilty plea for him to a hit-and-run charge that led to his parole being revoked. A spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office says charges of…

  5. Randy Travis' Brother Arrested for Home Meth Lab

    July 19, 2013 9:10 AM EDT Authorities in Union County say the brother of country singer Randy Travis has been arrested after sheriff's deputies found a methamphetamine lab inside his home. Investigators with the sheriff's office searched the home of 50-year-old David Traywick Tuesday and said they found a…

  6. Poll: What is this Summer’s EDM Festival Anthem?

    July 17, 2013 5:15 PM EDT Vote for the biggest EDM sing-along of fest season now. The dawn of the EDM festival as a rite-of-passage came with another new invention: the festival anthem. Whether it’s Skrillex’s epic remix of Benny Benassi’s “Cinema” or Swedish House Mafia’s iconic “Don’t You Worry Child,”…

  7. Chris Brown Probation Revoked, Singer Remains Free

    July 15, 2013 7:54 PM EDT Another Brown hearing is set for Aug. 16 in the wake of an alleged hit-and-run accident. A judge revoked Chris Brown's probation on Monday after reviewing the details of an alleged hit-and-run accident involving the singer and his behavior afterward. However, the singer was not ordered…

  8. PSY Reaches 3 Billion YouTube Views

    July 11, 2013 7:00 PM EDT PSY jumps up Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, flying 29-6 on the tally, as his YouTube channel hits a major milestone. During the charting week ending July 14, PSY's channel broke the 3 billion views mark and became the fifth channel ever to cross that threshold.  The Social…

  9. The Mowgli's Take Fans on a Double Decker Bus Trek Through NYC: Live Report

    July 10, 2013 4:28 PM EDT The rising eight-piece group invited fans onto a tourist bus for an acoustic performance. A press release for the Mowgli's describes the group as the "quintessential California band," and the folk-pop octet most assuredly belongs to the Golden State, although maybe not from…

  10. Venerated NY Tennis Stadium to Stage a Comeback as Concert Venue

    July 08, 2013 6:49 AM EDT From Billie Jean King to The Beatles, Jimmy Connors to Jimi Hendrix, Chris Evert to The Rolling Stones. For decades, the stadium at the West Side Tennis Club was not only one of the cathedrals of tennis - host of the U.S. Open - it was also a stirring music venue, tucked into a leafy…

  11. Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Jill Scott, Maxwell Set The Mood

    July 06, 2013 12:51 PM EDT Brandy, LL Cool J, Jill Scott and Maxwell were among the big names who kicked off the Essence Music Festival Friday night (July 5) at the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But even before the first performance started around 7p.m. CDT, the 19th annual event had already achieved…

  12. Of Monsters and Men: Watch a Day in the Life of the Band at Governors Ball 2013

    June 11, 2013 5:01 PM EDT Neither rain, nor mud, nor New York traffic could keep the Icelandic group from inciting a joyous dance party on Randall's Island. Of Monsters and Men came to New York City to perform on the first day the 2013 Governors Ball music festival, and Billboard's cameras were there to…

  13. After School Pushes Boundaries With 'First Love' Single Concept

    June 07, 2013 4:45 PM EDT K-pop girl group After School is turning a lot of heads with the concept for their new single "First Love." Teaser photos featuring the eight-member outfit have been released by label Pledis Entertainment featuring everything from fierce, bad girl looks to fresh-faced, clean…

  14. The Doors and Ray Manzarek Debut on Social 50 Chart

    May 31, 2013 11:30 PM EDT Both the Doors and its founding member Ray Manzarek enter the Social 50 chart this week, following Manzarek's death on May 20.  The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology…

  15. Daft Punk Stream Aids 38-5 Rise on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    May 23, 2013 7:47 PM EDT Daft Punk makes a leap on the Social 50 tally, rising 38-5 and breaking the top five for the first time. The French electronic duo made its just-released album, "Random Access Memories" (May 21), available for streaming in the iTunes Store on May 13.   The Social 50 ranks the most…

  16. Daft Punk Stream Aids 38-5 Rise on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    May 23, 2013 7:40 PM EDT Daft Punk makes a leap on the Social 50 tally, rising 38-5 and breaking the top five for the first time. The French dance duo made its just-released album, "Random Access Memories" (May 21), available for streaming in the iTunes Store on Monday, May 13.   The ascension in the…

  17. New HBO Liberace Biopic A ‘Great Love Story,’ says Michael Douglas

    May 23, 2013 3:12 AM EDT The idea of Michael Douglas playing Liberace might seem nearly as outrageous as Liberace himself. Liberace, forever hailed as Mr. Showmanship, was the excess-to-the-max pianist-personality whose onstage and offstage extravagance were legendary and who wowed audiences in Las Vegas and…

  18. Hashtag Music: Do Twitter-Friendly Song Titles Make a #Difference?

    May 22, 2013 1:25 PM EDT Mariah and Will.i.am have infused their artistic works with hashtags -- but they weren't the first ones to do so. A look at the history, and legitimacy, of hashtag titles. Hashtag songs are here. Just in the past month, we've seen three major artists -- Busta Rhymes, Mariah…

  19. George Michael Fell from Car Doing 70 MPH, Eyewitness Says

    May 21, 2013 2:46 AM EDT George Michael’s career of late has become as notable for its hits as its crashes. Michael’s latest car accident happened when he fell from a vehicle that was doing 70 mph on the motorway, an eyewitness has revealed. Driver Katherine Fox tells The Sun newspaper that she was driving behind a…

  20. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Jenni Rivera's Emotional Tribute, Romeo Santos' Dream Project + More Backstage Highlights

    April 26, 2013 1:55 AM EDT Tributes flowed for the late Jenni Rivera as the likes of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ana Barbara and Romeo Santos took turns in the spotlight. Here's a taste of what happened behind the scenes at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. FULL WINNERS LIST SH*T HAPPENS: Rap duo Akwid…

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