1. Watch How Awkward 'Star Wars' Is Without John Williams' Score

    September 14, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Move over, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford -- the most important person involved in Star Wars: Episode IV:  A New Hope is definitely John Williams . A newly uploaded clip of the final scene of A New Hope shows the value of the film composer's vital contribution of his song …

  2. Joel Embiid Sounds Off: Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Talks Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & The Shmoney Dance

    September 08, 2014 3:39 PM EDT The NBA rookie discusses his crazy Twitter account, Rick Ross grunts, Nicki Minaj's butt and bonding over Bobby Shmurda. On June 20, six days before being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid had two screws inserted into the…

  3. Esperanza Spalding Signs With WME

    August 14, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has new representation. Billboard  and The Hollywood Reporter have learned that the singer-bassist has signed with WME . Spalding joins a jazzed-up roster at WME that also includes Diana Krall , Natalie Cole , Chris Botti and Preservation…

  4. HARD Summer 2014: Top 10 Performances

    August 05, 2014 1:12 PM EDT For a certain sect of dance music fans, namely those who favor hip hop influences over pop-leaning EDM, HARD Summer is like Christmas. Over the weekend, the annual music festival drew roughly 40,000 people to Los Angeles for a bill that included superstar DJs Skrillex , Diplo and…

  5. Randy Newman Inks Deal With Downtown Music Publishing

    July 23, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer inks administration agreement for North America. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman has signed an administration agreement for North America with Downtown Music Publishing, it was…

  6. Mastodon's 'Sun' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    July 03, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The band scores its first No. 1 on the survey and highest rank on the Billboard 200. Also, chart action for Phish, KONGOS and Imagine Dragons Mastodon notches its first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 6), as "Once More 'Round the Sun"…

  7. Imagine Dragons Discuss 'Battle Cry,' Breaking Records & Making New Music (Q&A)

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT “I remember two years ago we played this same festival and we were thrilled to get a 12:30pm slot,” says Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon, reminiscing about the band’s 2012 appearance at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival . “When we play tonight, we’re going on before Outkast.…

  8. Birdy Flies Onto Top Rock Albums Chart

    June 12, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Birdy's 'Fire Within' heats up Top Rock Albums, while synchs spike download sales for Jamie N Commons and X Ambassadors Birdy's "Fire Within" scores the week's highest debut on Top Rock Albums (No. 5), selling 12,000 copies, with digital downloads accounting…

  9. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  10. 'Frozen' To Become A Disney on Ice Show (Report)

    May 20, 2014 5:16 AM EDT "Frozen" has already made over $1.2 billion worldwide and is now sent to hit the road in September as a Disney on Ice show. The animated blockbuster, which helped the Walt Disney Co. beat expectations with second quarter earnings, will cash in on its popularity even more by becoming…

  11. Imagine Dragons Talk Second Album, ‘Radioactive’ Success at Billboard Music Awards Rehearsals: Watch

    May 17, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Imagine Dragons took a few minutes during their 2014 Billboard Music Awards rehearsal to talk about the band’s steady growth, the monster success of single “Radioactive” and the progress of their second full-length album. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now!…

  12. Hans Zimmer on Creating the Music of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' With Pharrell, Johnny Marr

    April 30, 2014 4:54 PM EDT "The first day [in the studio] was hard," Zimmer says. "It was chaos because I had too many people in the room" One of the first requests Hans Zimmer received from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb was for a fanfare. Zimmer's initial response? …

  13. Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

    April 17, 2014 5:34 AM EDT When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber, the ordinarily loquacious entrepreneur was uncharacteristically reticent. “Some things are better left a mystery,” he said, though his…

  14. Mick Fleetwood to Host '24 Hours' TV Series

    April 08, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Mick Fleetwood has been signed to host a series of television specials, "24 Hours With Mick," featuring one-on-one conversations and adventures with an array of his friends and colleagues. The Fleetwood Mac drummer/founder will spend a day with each guest probing their thoughts,…

  15. Pharrell Williams Talks Creative Inspiration, Sources of Happiness: Watch

    April 07, 2014 3:32 PM EDT As an Academy Awards music consultant, scoring member of Hans Zimmer's "Magnificent Six," newly reemerged solo musician and upcoming coach of The Voice, where does Pharrell Williams get his endless inspiration? 'SNL' Recap: Pharrell's Hat Returns, ANna Kendrick…

  16. 'SNL' Recap: Pharrell's Hat Returns, Anna Kendrick Spoofs 'Little Mermaid'

    April 06, 2014 1:08 AM EDT The hat is back! Ever since its debut at the GRAMMYs last January, Pharrell Williams' hat has been linked quite heavily with, well, Pharrell Williams. So it made sense for the singer/producer, once he graced the "Saturday Night Live" stage, to don the now-famous headwear to…

  17. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar Release 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Song: Listen

    March 31, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Alicia Keys-Kendrick Lamar collaboration for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was released on Monday, and the neo-soul superhero anthem marks another harmonious pop pairing for Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. Listen to "It's On Again" below: Zimmer's presence is…

  18. Moby, David Lynch To Be Featured at IMS Engage

    March 26, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Film and electronic music collide at the International Music Summit's April 16 confab, to be held at the W Hollywood hotel. The International Music Summit is returning to Hollywood for a second year. The IMS Engage conference, scheduled for April 16 at the W Hotel, will focus on the…

  19. 'Divergent' Soundtrack: Ellie Goulding Adds Three Songs as Young-Adult Music Shifts

    March 21, 2014 3:50 PM EDT "Divergent" isn't just the third young-adult franchise to be adapted for the big screen by Summit/Lionsgate, following "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games." It's also the recently merged studio's latest bid to create an equally lucrative soundtrack…

  20. Dawn Richard Doesn't Mind Being R&B's Coolest Outcast

    March 13, 2014 4:16 PM EDT The singer discusses why she returned to Danity Kane, her 'medieval' album trilogy and making music that Joan Of Arc would listen to. Dawn Richard understands why people were confused when she announced that she was returning to Danity Kane. After the R&B-leaning girl group -…

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