1. Brit Awards 2015: Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith Win Big, But Madonna & Kanye West Steal the Show

    February 25, 2015 7:25 PM EST The Brit Awards may be the biggest night in the U.K. music industry calendar, but it was U.S. stars Madonna , Taylor Swift and Kanye West who provided the show's standout moments. All three artists performed at the 35th Brit Awards, held at London's O2 arena, with Madonna's…

  2. Album Review: Kid Rock Grows Up and Gives Thanks on 'First Kiss'

    February 23, 2015 11:59 AM EST On his 10th studio effort Kid Rock is, to borrow the title of his annual sea cruise, chillin' the most. His first album since departing longtime label Atlantic for Warner Bros., First Kiss is hardly his most ­adventurous project, but it is perhaps his most easygoing, tuneful one. The…

  3. Chart Highlights: Mana, Shakira Debut at No. 1 on Latin Airplay

    February 16, 2015 4:15 PM EST Plus, new leaders for Walk the Moon, Modest Mouse, Mary J. Blige, Florida Georgia Line, Ricky Martin & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs, which is based on…

  4. Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour': Grammy Album of the Year Spotlight

    February 06, 2015 7:20 PM EST Who will take home Grammy's biggest prize? The Nominees: Beck | Beyonc é | Pharrell Williams | Ed Sheeran | Sam Smith It's not unheard of for a young artist from outside the U.S. to pull a " Sam Smith " and go from promising newcomer to multiple Grammy nominee in the span…

  5. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Rule Hot 100, Fall Out Boy Hits Top 10

    January 28, 2015 1:33 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' rules for a fourth week and takes over atop Radio Songs. Plus, Fall Out Boy returns to the top 10 after an eight-year break. Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week. Plus, as it takes over…

  6. Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone and Why 'We're in the Last Days'

    January 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar’s not your average hip-hop savior: He’s a poetic, God-fearing introvert with maverick views on everything from police violence to Iggy Azalea -- and, yes, the rapture. Most of Kendrick Lamar 's days begin -- or maybe end -- around 5 a.m., when the 27-year-old king of…

  7. Pomplamoose Breaks Down the Costs of Touring As an Independent

    November 26, 2014 10:29 AM EST Pomplamoose explains the hard work, and money, required of a "middle class" band. Jack Conte , one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose , took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result…

  8. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  9. Guest Post: 'Just Trust Us' Is Not Good Enough for Songwriters

    September 16, 2014 1:10 PM EDT "Occasionally, our artist focus puts us in the crosshairs of influential trade industry groups and their corporate members." The Future of Music Coalition responds to an op-ed published last week by the Nat'l Music Publishers Assoc.'s David Israelite. The following is in…

  10. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

  11. Summer Music Album Preview 2014: 30 Must-Hear LPs

    May 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT As hot as the season, these are the albums set to scorch this summer. As the weather warms and the debate over the "song of the summer" starts to rage, the new season is already jam-packed with great albums on the horizon. There are the returns of J. Lo and Mariah, highly…

  12. Miley Cyrus Out Of Hospital, Prepping Road Return: Report

    April 25, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Miley Cyrus has reportedly left the hospital after spending over a week in care due to an extreme allergic reaction to antibiotics. According to Us Weekly , Cyrus is now out of the hospital and preparing to return to the road when her Bangerz tour resumes in Europe on May 2 in Amsterdam. …

  13. Lily Allen Is Not Crazy: The Outspoken Brit Talks 'Sheezus' Comeback Album

    April 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Her five years off were packed with lows (meltdowns, label shakeups) and highs (marriage, kids), but with new album "Sheezus," pop's outspoken Brit is ready to put behind the "ego and narcissism" of her early work and prove what a nice person she is — but not before…

  14. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  15. The Glitch Mob Goes Harder on New Album, Remain Totally D.I.Y.

    February 10, 2014 5:38 PM EST Dressed in black with tight haircuts and a cool, calm intensity about them, The Glitch Mob’s Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Josh Mayer look every bit the part of “rock star.” But when they start gushing about their fans, they reveal the inner music geeks they really are. “The Glitch Mob is the…

  16. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  17. Ringo Starr Releasing 'Photogragh,' Book of Rare Pictures

    October 23, 2013 7:54 PM EDT "If you look at photographs of the Beatles, in 90 percent of them the three things we were always carrying were cigarettes, a drink and a camera," Ringo Starr said at a press conference Wednesday to introduce Photograph, a limited edition book of photos taken by the Beatles'…

  18. Pearl Jam's 'Vs.' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    October 18, 2013 3:55 PM EDT Just days after the release of Pearl Jam's brand new 10th studio album, "Lightning Bolt," comes the 20th anniversary of its key sophomore set, "Vs," which hit record stores 20 years ago on Oct. 19, 1993.   Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder once told Spin he had…

  19. Evanescence, 'Fallen': Classic Track-By-Track

    March 04, 2013 12:20 PM EST "They threw us out of the office. They said, 'A chick and a piano? Are you kidding? On rock radio?'" According to Wind-up Records president Ed Vetri, that's what a radio programmer said back in 2003 when Wind-up knocked on the station's door to solicit airplay…

  20. Best Bets: Tours 2013

    January 27, 2013 11:16 AM EST Are you a Belieber who's ready to hear Justin Bieber's acoustic stylings live? Anxious to throw on your boots and boogie with Kenny Chesney? Have moves like Jagger and can't wait to show them off while Adam Levine and Maroon 5 rock and arena near you? Well, there are plenty of…

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