Singing about heartache over retro-soul backdrops is an approach that has been thoroughly mined and mastered in the last decade, most notably by the late Amy Winehouse and James Brown revivalists Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. San Diego native Andra Day, who kickstarted her career by posting R&B takes of songs by Eminem and Muse on YouTube, ably attempts a similar sound on her debut, 'Cheers to the Fall,' touting collaborations with Raphael Saadiq.
When 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' debuts Sept. 8 on CBS, it will usher in not only the post-David Letterman era but also the post-Paul Shaffer era. Jon Batiste, a Juilliard-trained keyboardist known for his New Orleans jazz sound, will serve as the show's musical director, heading up a band comprising his longtime drummer Joe Saylor, saxophonist Eddie Barbash and a rotating all-star guest list. The 28-year-old dishes on joining Colbert's late-night party.
The television airwaves are filled this fall with with the sound of music, ranging from superstar documentaries to artists flexing their acting muscles. Read on for few highlights of autumn’s offerings.
For most rock bands, the covers album is an exercise in nostalgia or a contract-filling measure while a drained songwriting well refills. But for Hoboken, N.J., indie institution Yo La Tengo, it's a way to document a major part of its work: the artistic lineage that it has built for itself through decades of crate-digging.
With the MTV Video Music Awards just two days away, social media platforms are weighing in on their predictions. Facebook, Twitter and Spotify have each anticipated which music moguls they believe will take home their own Moonmen.
Keyboardist Joe Lester and drummer Chris Guanlao stopped by Billboard’s New York office to discuss their new album "Better Nature," due Sept. 25 and offered some valuable advice to other self-releasing artists.
News of Ian Rogers’ departure from Beats 1 for an unspecified job in Europe came as a surprise to the entire music industry, including his coworkers, sources tell Billboard. Rogers’ role at the helm of the station seemed to be his dream job.
Nashville and country have been synonymous for decades. But in recent years, Music City recording studios like Blackbird and RCA Studio A have become unlikely homes to a different sound: contemporary soul.
EDM has already taken over clubs and festival grounds. Now the dance genre is exploring a new frontier: movie screens. On Aug. 28, We Are Your Friends, the first feature film distributed by a major movie studio (Warner Bros. Pictures) that is focused on the EDM world, opens nationwide on 2,300 screens.
For her first-ever TV performance in July, on 'The Tonight Show' no less, Alessia Cara opted not to wear a designer -- or even slightly showy -- look. The stage lights rose to reveal the singer, 19, in the casual, woke-up-like-this uniform favored by teens everywhere: ripped jeans, Chuck Taylors and an ironic T-shirt (it read "Life of the Party").