1. Mapei Releases 'Don't Wait' Video: Watch

    April 01, 2014 4:23 PM EDT Mapei premieres the visual for her addictive single, "Don't Wait." The video, directed by Dori Oskowitz, is as affectionate as the song's content. Oskowitz captures Mapei and her onscreen best friend/lover wandering the streets of Taft, Calif. hand in hand, ultimately…

  2. Rixton, 'Hotel Ceiling (Acoustic)': Exclusive Video Premiere

    March 17, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Watch an acoustic riff on the new track, which was co-written by Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco. On Tuesday (Mar. 18), U.K. pop-rockers Rixton will release its debut EP, "Me and My Broken Heart," in the U.S. through Scooter Braun's School Boy Records, in partnership with…

  3. Ryan Tedder Can't Stop: Working With U2, Elton John (and Everyone Else) While OneRepublic Enjoys Career Highs: Cover Story

    March 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer Ryan Tedder is well over an hour into a high-voltage…

  4. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  5. Bill Haley and His Comets Guitarist Dies at 92

    February 26, 2014 12:05 PM EST Franny Beecher, who joined Bill Haley and His Comets as lead guitarist after the group had helped kick off the rock 'n' roll era with the hit "Rock Around the Clock" in the 1950s, died on Monday in a nursing home near Philadelphia. He was 92. His daughter, Pauline…

  6. Jennifer Lopez TV Drama 'Shades of Blue' Ordered Straight To Series at NBC

    February 22, 2014 11:46 AM EST NBC is making a big bet on Jennifer Lopez: the network has made a straight-to-series 13 episode order for the "American Idol" judge's star vehicle. The drama, "Shades of Blue," will center on a on Harlee McCord (Lopez), a single mother and dirty cop recruited to work…

  7. Travie McCoy Enlists Pharrell, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, DJ Slink for Upcoming Solo Album

    January 02, 2014 12:21 PM EST Travie McCoy says fans will hear "a lot of growth" on his second solo album, which the Gym Class Heroes frontman plans to release in 2014.  "Anyone knows from the past, from Gym Class Heroes or (2010's) 'Lazarus,' that I've always given zero F about catering…

  8. Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall Dead at 83

    December 10, 2013 7:51 PM EST Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said. Hall died in his sleep after a short illness…

  9. Bob Sinclar Gets The 'Party' Restarted, Leaps to Top 10 on Dance/Songs Chart

    December 06, 2013 1:40 PM EST Bob Sinclar debuts on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart at No. 10 and Dance/Electronic Streaming Songs at No. 4 with "Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)" six years after it topped Dance Club Songs. Revived because of an enormously popular viral clip of an usher and…

  10. Lady Gaga Recruits Elton John, RuPaul for Muppets Thanksgiving Special

    November 29, 2013 7:49 PM EST “Touch me in the dark / Put your hands all over my body parts,” Lady Gaga demanded in the family special that earned the post-"Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" slot on ABC this year. But there’s getting felt up, and then there’s feeling up actual felt, which brings us to her costars,…

  11. Parmalee Overcomes Near-Fatal Shooting With a 'Carolina' Climb to the Top

    November 28, 2013 12:00 PM EST Few bands have had a longer, rockier road to success than Parmalee. Shortly before signing with Stoney Creek Records after 10 years on the road, the band's drummer, Scott Thomas, nearly died when he was shot during a robbery. After he recovered, the group's debut single languished,…

  12. ABBA 'Thinking About' Reuniting in 2014

    November 11, 2013 10:10 AM EST The prospect of a reunion of legendary Swedish pop group ABBA set the U.K. media alight Monday.The web was abuzz with the potential reunion for band members Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad in 2014. Next year marks the 40th anniversary since the…

  13. Empire of the Sun & Tommy Trash Talk New (RED) compilation with Calvin Harris, Tiësto and More

    November 08, 2013 2:56 PM EST Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Tiesto, Empire of the Sun, Tommy Trash and Avicii are among the artists who’ve contributed new and exclusive remixes and collaborated with (RED), an organization that raises proceeds for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, on “Dance (RED) Save Lives 2,” a new…

  14. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': Track-By-Track Review

    October 21, 2013 2:51 PM EDT Katy Perry released her sophomore album, "Teenage Dream," at the age of 25, but the 2010 effort pristinely captured the chirpy buoyancy of youth through gooey synth-pop. There was a reason that "Teenage Dream" spawned a record-tying five No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 …

  15. Sound Selectors: The Top 10 Producers in Music

    October 21, 2013 12:10 PM EDT From an indie-rap hero’s surprise takeover to a hard rocker’s Nashville power move, our top 10 producers broke big boundaries and crafted even bigger hits. Here, we head behind the boards and profile the soundmen who ruled the charts. 10 Alex Da Kid “I want to make music that has no…

  16. Rixton Spoofs Katy Perry, Robin Thicke in New 'Make Out' Teasers: Exclusive

    October 21, 2013 12:00 PM EDT YouTube specialists take on "Roar" and "Blurred Lines" in their debut clip. Rixton, a U.K. pop-rock group known primarily for its successful YouTube covers, is unveiling its original song "Make Out" with a music video that will satirize a whole bunch of…

  17. Scooter Braun Q&A: Justin Bieber's Manager Explains 'Music Mondays' & Previews 'Believe 3D'

    October 18, 2013 1:16 PM EDT "He hasn't had the easiest run, and at times he knows that he hasn't made it easy on himself," says the pop superstar's longtime manager. Justin Bieber's new "Heartbreaker," which leaps 77-13 on the Billboard Hot 100, is a moody, downtempo R&B…

  18. Katy Perry's 'PRISM' Collaborators: 10 People You Need To Know

    October 16, 2013 5:24 PM EDT Want to embrace the full ROAR of Katy's latest? Get to know these key behind-the-scenes players. On "PRISM," Katy Perry's third studio album, the pop artist has re-upped with a handful of the producers and songwriters that made her a mega-selling star over the past…

  19. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  20. Kristy Lee Cook Finds 'Love' With Randy Houser on New Single

    September 26, 2013 3:15 PM EDT Broken Bow's Kristy Lee Cook has just released a new single, "Wherever Love Goes," and she tells Billboard she's very excited to have new music for her fans -- particularly a duet with Randy Houser, an artist she's a big fan of.  "I am so excited to have a…

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