1. Doobie Brothers With Michael McDonald Record Country Album With Brad Paisley, Sara Evans

    February 28, 2014 8:00 AM EST The classic rock veterans are collaborating with Zac Brown, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Love and Theft and more for a country tribute album Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith and Sara Evans are among the country acts teaming with the legendary Doobie Brothers to record a new…

  2. Allman Biopic Shuts Down Production After Train Crash Kills Crew Member

    February 27, 2014 8:06 PM EST Filmmakers have shelved production on a movie about the life of Gregg Allman a week after a freight train collided into the production team and its equipment, killing one crew member and injuring seven others. Savannah Film Office director William Hammargren said Thursday film producers had…

  3. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time

    February 27, 2014 4:45 PM EST In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a side-splitting comedy, the…

  4. Cole Swindell Makes Record Start On Billboard 200

    February 27, 2014 12:17 PM EST The singer scores the highest debut for a non-"American Idol" country male in the chart's history. Plus, moves for Home Free, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert and more Cole Swindell makes a record start on the Billboard 200, and joins a throng of rookie male artists that have…

  5. Launchpad Artist M4SONIC Signs With Sony, Ultra

    February 26, 2014 3:46 PM EST Things move fast on the social Web, where a bedroom musician in Australia can go from uploading a video on YouTube to signing a contract with a major record label in the space of 18 months. That's what happened to Nick Boundy, a 22-year-old classically trained musician whose parents…

  6. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  7. Cole Swindell Scores First Hot Country Songs No. 1

    February 20, 2014 5:40 PM EST The singer reigns with "Chillin' It," his debut hit. Plus, moves for Eric Church, Frankie Ballard and Scotty McCreery, while a nearly five-year-old Carrie Underwood song surges thanks to a viral video Cole Swindell tops Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with his debut…

  8. Jack Antonoff Unveils Bleachers: Fun. Guitarist Talks Secret Project, Working With Yoko Ono

    February 18, 2014 6:22 PM EST "I wanted there to be music before anything," Antonoff tells Billboard about recording a new project out of the spotlight. An artist called Bleachers was listed in the middle of the lineups of multiple U.S. festivals like Firefly and Governor's Ball that were released last…

  9. Chart Highlights: A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Beyonce & Jay Z Add New No. 1s

    February 18, 2014 11:20 AM EST The former pair's 'Say Something' tops Adult Pop Songs, while the latter's 'Drunk in Love' dominates Rhythmic Songs. Plus, more new leaders for Jason Aldean, Arctic Monkeys, Enrique Iglesias and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of…

  10. Chief Keef Talks Rehab, 'Bang 3' Album & Learning How to Surf

    February 14, 2014 2:10 PM EST Keef's new single, the aptly titled "Fuck Rehab,' is expected soon. It's the end of January, but the Orange County air is balmy — the kind of weather Southern California is enviously famous for. Surfers dot the beach, basking in the remaining moments of sunlight as dusk…

  11. Beck's 'Morning Phase': The Billboard Cover Story

    February 14, 2014 12:25 PM EST Beck explains his first album in five years: "I'm not controlling where [the car] is going... just making sure it doesn't crash." Turns out Beck can make heartbreaking music , even when he actually is doing fine. Dressed in all black except for the tiny white polka…

  12. Hurray for the Riff Raff's Political Americana Brings Genre Back to Its Roots

    February 12, 2014 12:30 PM EST Led by a Bronx-raised, Puerto Rican ex-punk rocker, Hurray for the Riff Raff is bringing folk back home Just a few years ago, Alynda Lee Segarra, the engaging frontwoman for New Orleans folk outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff, was hitching freight trains, playing washboard in a French Quarter…

  13. Chuck D Named 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador

    February 11, 2014 10:45 PM EST Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Since being founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of independent music stores around the world, RSD has boasted numerous rock star ambassadors…

  14. Songwriters Hall of Fame Taps Ray Davies, Donovan for Class of 2014

    February 11, 2014 12:42 PM EST Ray Davies and Donovan are among the 2014 class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization announced Tuesday that "Midnight Train to Georgia" writer Jim Weatherly and English songwriter Graham Gouldman also made the cut. Mark James, the writer of "Always on My Mind"…

  15. Paul Simon and Sting Q&A: Tour Mates on Shared Music DNA and Future 'Writing'

    February 10, 2014 2:20 PM EST A conversation with Sting and Paul Simon at the launch of their On Stage Together tour Their tour is called On Stage Together, but right now Sting and Paul Simon are side by side backstage at Houston's Toyota Center after a long opening night sound check, exuding both confidence and a…

  16. Paul Simon and Sting Merge Voices, Styles in Tour Opener: Live Review

    February 09, 2014 10:38 AM EST Paul Simon and Sting apparently meant it when they decided to title their joint concert tour On Stage Together. On opening night at Houston's Toyota Center the two veteran headliners spent plenty of time in each other's company, standing side by side for 10 of the two-hour…

  17. Jimmy Fallon: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2014 11:35 AM EST Between bookings from U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and music booker Jonathan Cohen reveal how they turned late night into one of music's hottest stops Little-known fact: Before he had his own NBC talk show or landed a gig with "Saturday Night Live,…

  18. OneRepublic Extends Summer Tour, Talks 'Counting Stars' Success

    February 07, 2014 9:06 AM EST "We'll probably introduce a song or two from stuff we're working on for the next album," Ryan Tedder says of tour plans. "We're trying to raise the bar" When OneRepublic announced an early summer 2014 tour behind last year's "Native,"…

  19. King The Kid, 'Last Train': Exclusive Lyric Video Premiere

    February 04, 2014 1:36 PM EST Listen to the YouTube cover maestros' new original single, launching on Billboard. Pop-rock trio King The Kid have mastered the art of the viral cover song -- the group's YouTube takes on Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and Taylor Swift's "22" have…

  20. Happy 5th Anniversary, After School! Top 5 Must-Watch Performances By the K-Pop Girl Group

    February 03, 2014 10:20 PM EST Five years is a tough time to remain relevant in pop music -- particularly in K-pop, where five years is considered the expiration date for idols. But Korean girl group After School has not only been able to prosper through its first half-decade -- latest single "First Love" …

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