1. Lana Del Rey Debuts New Song “Shades of Cool”: Listen

    May 26, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Aside from serenading guests at Kim and Kanye’s wedding rehearsal dinner Friday night, Lana Del Rey is taking advantage of the holiday weekend to drop her new track “Shades of Cool”.  The icy singer debuted the single Monday with the iTunes pre-sale launch of her upcoming album "…

  2. Spoon Signs to Loma Vista; Album Expected Soon

    May 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Austin-based indie rock band Spoon has signed to Loma Vista, the label started by former Warner Bros. Records' chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Loma Vista declined to comment on the signing but two sources verified the deal though exact terms were not disclosed. Since 2000 the band has been…

  3. 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…

  4. On the Road With Brantley Gilbert: The 'Just As I Am' Star Hits His Hometown

    May 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week has been a time of looking forward for Brantley Gilbert, but also one for a little bit of nostalgia. Gilbert began a week-long promotional trek on Monday in his home near Athens, GA. The singer, promoting his just-released album "Just As I Am," hosted members of the media…

  5. Mark Ronson on East Village Radio's End: 'I'm Shocked It's Closing' (Guest Post)

    May 23, 2014 1:23 PM EDT Influential Internet station East Village Radio closed its doors on May 23, blaming rising rents and the congressional Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which mandates that Web broadcasters pay a performance royalty for every listener. One of the station's best-known DJs,…

  6. Usher Gets Good News in 'Bad Girl' Dispute

    May 23, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Usher and others involved in the creation of the song "Bad Girl" have escaped a songwriter's copyright infringement claims. However, this might be one of those rare instances where news of a superstar singer's success takes a back seat to the misconduct of the lawyer who…

  7. 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…

  8. Jack White Talks Failed Collaborations With Kanye West, Jay Z

    May 21, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Jack White's collaborations go far beyond the likes of Neil Young and Loretta Lynn. According to the upcoming Rolling Stone cover story, White was in collaborative talks with both Kanye West and Jay Z, though nothing came to fruition. Kanye West apparently asked White to collaborate on…

  9. Spotify Reveals Big Growth in Paid Subscribers

    May 21, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The number of paying Spotify subscribers has grown to ten million globally driven by mobile usage -- noting a major landmark number for the music industry as it looks to monthly streaming services as the future of the business. Yet it is the rate of growth in the music business’ No. 1 market…

  10. How to Do the Montauk Music Scene, Where Willie Nelson, Courtney Love and More Rock

    May 20, 2014 3:05 PM EDT From Sky Ferriera to 'SNL'-style karaoke, what's new and noteworthy on the laid-back tip of Long Island. From local concerts at Gosman's Dock to big-name headliners at the Surf Lodge, the scene in Montauk has made the formerly sleepy fishing village practically synonymous…

  11. Black Keys on Jack White: '(He) Obviously Sounds Like an A--hole'

    May 20, 2014 1:57 PM EDT White accused the Black Keys of copying his style and tried to have his children removed from classes with the children of Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach Last August, TMZ leaked e-mails sent from Jack White to his ex-wife Karen Elson that showcased his dislike for fellow retro rock…

  12. Jackson Family Reacts & More Backstage Moments at Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2014 1:22 AM EDT Check out the scene backstage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid said the BBMA premiere of Michael Jackson 's "Slave to Rhythm" did not necessarily mean it would be the follow-up single to "Love Never Felt So Good." "It's…

  13. Imagine Dragons Perform 'Tiptoe' at Billboard Music Awards 2014

    May 18, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Imagine Dragons were right at home rocking the 2014 Billboard Music Awards stage as the Las Vegas rockers brought the harmonic, soaring "Tiptoe" to bear live from Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight (May 18), rather than take their most familiar hit, "Radioactive…

  14. 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!…

  15. Imagine Dragons Billboard Music Awards Q&A: On Future Islands, Twerking Selfies & More

    May 16, 2014 6:43 PM EDT With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with Dan Reynolds of BBMA finalists Imagine Dragons to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught his ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA…

  16. Ask Billboard: What's 2014's Song Of The Summer?

    May 16, 2014 4:05 PM EDT A (sort of) confident attempt to (hopefully) pick the 40 biggest hits of the (hopefully) warm months 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, state and…

  17. Bastille Billboard Music Awards Q&A: On Beyonce, Haim, Banks & More

    May 14, 2014 7:30 PM EDT With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Dan Smith of Bastille to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught his ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS •…

  18. Lana Del Rey Sets 'Ultraviolence' Release Date

    May 14, 2014 11:02 AM EDT The sophomore album will be released on… After weeks of building anticipation and a string of teases, Lana Del Rey has officially announced the release date of her second album, "Ultraviolence." The new full-length will be arriving through Interscope/Polydor on June 17. Lana Del Rey…

  19. Tribeca Film Picks Up Nas Documentary, Eyes October Release

    May 13, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Time Is Illmatic, the documentary by the artistOne9 which recounts the creation of Nas’ classic 1994 hip-hop album Illmatic. The film had its world premiere as the opening night selection at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca Film is…

  20. Chart Highlights: Trey Songz Tops Rhythmic Songs With 'Na Na'

    May 12, 2014 8:35 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader on the list. Plus, new No. 1s for Avicii, the Black Keys, Thomas Rhett and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

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