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Inspirations: All Time Low Turned a Summer Vacation Into Vibrant New Album ‘Wake Up, Sunshine’

Inspirations is a Billboard interview franchise that examines the process behind new standout releases.  Since the release of their debut album in 2005, All Time Low’s career has been nonstop. When they weren’t making an album, they were rigorously touring, a cycle that singer Alex Gaskarth says has “sort of always been the M.O. of...

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M. Ward Breaks Down Mobilizing New Album ‘Migration Stories’: Exclusive

M. Ward seems to approach a new project like a retro-fitted troubadour unearthing long-lost folk treasures, and on his latest album Migration Stories, he’s recounting 11 traveling tales with his own timeless spin. Inspired by the countless artistic works and secondhand experiences surrounding flight that he’s gathered over the years, along with his own lineage...

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Dashboard Confessional Regrets Not Inviting Adam Schlesinger to NYC Show, Reveals Unreleased Song Together

Prolific songwriter Adam Schlesinger died from coronavirus complications on Wednesday morning (April 1) at 52 years old. Following his death, countless famous friends and coworkers have flooded the Internet with love for the late star, and touching stories about how Schlesinger impacted their lives and careers. On Thursday (April 2), Dashboard Confessional‘s Chris Carrabba sat...

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The Driver Era Get Existential During Billboard Live At-Home Family Jam Session

The Driver Era hosted an acoustic jam session Thursday afternoon (April 2) for their Billboard Live At-Home performance to raise money for Direct Relief, which provides aid for people affected by poverty and emergencies. Brothers and quarantine buddies Rocky and Ross Lynch started off their guitar-centric concert with “A Kiss” (which Rocky received from their dog...

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‘Oh Yeah!,’ They Do: Green Day Hits No. 1 on Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

The song follows the reign of “Father of All…” Green Day‘s “Oh Yeah!” rises 2-1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart dated April 4, marking the band’s seventh No. 1 and second in a row. The song follows the one-week reign of the trio’s “Father of All…” in November. It’s the third time Green...

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Fall Out Boy Co-Signs Elementary School Teacher’s Incredible Rewrite of ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’

Fall Out Boy took to social media on Wednesday (April 1) to show their appreciation for an elementary school teacher’s use of their song “Sugar We’re Goin Down” in her classroom. In the TikTok clip, the emo-turned-educator leads her class of fifth graders in a frankly amazing rendition of the band’s 2005 breakout hit, rewriting...

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7 Songs That Demonstrate Cristina’s Art-Pop Genius

Even in New York City where she achieved her peak (although admittedly limited fame) in the early ’80s, Cristina was never a household name. But during one of music’s most experimental, fertile transitional period, a woman born Cristina Monet-Palaci became an essential, undervalued influencer on future generations of dance-pop with an acerbic wit and penchant...

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With ‘That Thing You Do!,’ Adam Schlesinger Wrote One of the Best ‘Fake’ Songs in Film History

As the onscreen story goes, “That Thing You Do!” became a perfect pop song by accident. The title track from the 1996 film comedy was “written” by Jimmy Mattingly (played by Johnathon Schaech), the earnest, arrogant frontman of fictional small-town rock quartet The Wonders. Instead of the later version of the single that would later...

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Adam Schlesinger’s 15 Greatest Songs: Fountains of Wayne, ‘That Thing You Do!,’ ‘Crazy Ex Girlfriend’ & More (Staff Picks)

Adam Schlesinger didn’t just understand what made a perfect pop song tick; he could map its genome and replicate it like a mad scientist. From his early hits with Fountains of Wayne to his work in TV and film and for outside artists, he had a chameleon-like ability to apply his musical understanding to any...

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