1. Top 40 Slows Down The Songs

    November 15, 2013 1:05 PM EST A bevy of hit ballads is infusing the format – but is that a good thing for a format built on tempo? Selena Gomez's latest hit, "Slow Down," is another in mainstream top 40 radio's ever-replenishing arsenal of uptempo pop/dance hits, but its chorus, in which Gomez…

  2. Dido Reminisces on 'Greatest Hits,' Teaming with Eminem for 'Stan'

    November 15, 2013 10:56 AM EST Career-spanning collection due months after 'Girl Who Got Away' album. Best-of albums can be simple victory laps, but they're also a great time for personal reflection. For British adult-pop singer Dido, her upcoming "Greatest Hits" compilation has provided a…

  3. Drake Debuts 'Worst Behavior' Video: Watch

    November 11, 2013 1:20 PM EST Drake takes us to his father's hometown of Memphis, Tennessee for the music video to "Worst Behavior." Directed by Director X and Drake, the 10-minute video opens with Drake's father, Dennis Graham, reciting words from his son's "Nothing Was the Same" song…

  4. Lady Gaga's 'Do What U Want' Change-Up: The Big Bet On Her R. Kelly Duet

    October 25, 2013 2:05 PM EDT "Venus" was supposed to be the second single from "ARTPOP" -- until "Do What U Want" was released and quickly changed plans. Inside an unexpected move from one of the world's biggest pop stars. At 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday morning (Oct. 21), Lady Gaga…

  5. Drake Celebrates Birthday With Emotional Toronto Show: Live Review

    October 25, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Drake is not the type of person to say, "Birthdays? Nah, I don't like to celebrate my birthday."  Even non-diehard fans of the Toronto-born rapper know his birthday is in October — October 24, to be exact. His company brand is OVO, an acronym for October's Very Own,…

  6. Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt': Track-By-Track Review With Band Commentary

    October 14, 2013 10:06 PM EDT A song-by-song look at PJ's new album with commentary from guitarists Stone Gossard & Mike McCready on many songs. It's been four years since Pearl Jam's last studio album, but the band's inspired new effort "Lightning Bolt" (out Oct. 15 on Monkeywrench…

  7. Pearl Jam's 'Lightning Bolt': Billboard Cover Story

    October 11, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Pearl Jam load the bases with an inspired new album, new tour, and a deal to soundtrack the World Series This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. The setting was perfect in ways both good and bad. About to debut songs from "Lightning…

  8. Ja Rule Returns to Acting After Two Years in Prison

    October 03, 2013 1:08 AM EDT Ja Rule, who recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession, landed a role in a new movie because screenwriter Galley Molina empathized with the rapper's missteps. "People used to ask, `Well, you know he's a felon?' And I would say, `Well, so am I…

  9. Britney Spears' ‘Piece of Me’ Director Baz Halpin Reveals Production/Visual Details of Las Vegas Residency (Exclusive)

    September 30, 2013 6:42 PM EDT "It's pieces of her imagination," Halpin says of Spears' ambitious Las Vegas residency. Over the past four months, award-winning touring director Baz Halpin has been working tirelessly on designing the production, visuals and lighting for Britney Spears’ upcoming…

  10. Britney Spears Teases Epic 'Work Bitch' Music Video: Watch

    September 27, 2013 10:59 AM EDT Pop star unveils 10 seconds of the desert-set clip on Instagram. Britney Spears has posted 10 seconds of her upcoming "Work Bitch" music video online via her Instagram account on Thursday (Sept. 26). Judging by these scant seconds of footage, the ferocity level of the "Work…

  11. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  12. Sammy Hagar, 'Bad on Fords and Chevrolets' (Feat. Ronnie Dunn): Exclusive Song Premiere

    September 03, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Red Rocker's new album (out Sept. 24) includes guests like Kid Rock, Nancy Wilson and a fellow Van Halen alum; Plus, he talks a third Chickenfoot record and why he doesn't plan on selling his rum line "Sammy Hagar & Friends" started out as a markedly…

  13. Headhunterz Announces 'Explode' Tour, Following One Crazy Summer: Exclusive

    August 29, 2013 5:08 PM EDT Hopping from festival to festival, the hardstyle emissary teaches U.S. crowds how to dance -- at 140 BPM. On a sunny Friday afternoon in May, Willem Rebergen – known to his nearly 800,000 social media followers as hardstyle star Headhunterz – sat in the back seat of an otherwise empty…

  14. Lorde First Woman In 17 Years To Top Alternative Songs With 'Royals'

    August 12, 2013 1:05 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, is the first lead solo female to rule the ranking since Tracy Bonham in 1996 (months before Lorde was born) With the aptly-titled "Royals," Lorde becomes the first lead solo female to crown Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based…

  15. Atlantic Connection: Exclusive Minimix and Q&A

    August 06, 2013 2:47 PM EDT The “future-soul” dubstep producer talks about his SMOG Records debut. If, perhaps, MTV’s new talk/reality series and “Jersey Shore” spinoff, “The Show with Vinny,” has been on your television, it’s likely you’ve heard its theme song, “Hypem” by DJ/producer Atlantic Connection. Like Vinny…

  16. Elvis Presley’s Stax Sessions To Be Reissued As Three-Disc Box Set

    August 05, 2013 1:49 AM EDT It was 1973, and Elvis Presley's comeback was in fifth gear. After years of making mediocre movies, he had returned to touring and performing in Las Vegas. In January of that year, he staged the "Aloha from Hawaii" concert live via satellite, viewed by a billion people…

  17. Defected Taps Disclosure for Ibiza Launch

    July 15, 2013 1:37 PM EDT After a recent rebranding, the legendary UK house label looks to the future. In a genre constantly defined by what’s new and next, 15 years is a considerable milestone for a record label, and it takes more than just releasing records to reach it. Vaunted U.K. label Defected knows this…

  18. Stars Pray for Randy Travis After Brain Surgery

    July 12, 2013 12:28 AM EDT Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis on Thursday after he underwent brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital. Travis remained in critical condition Thursday after surgery to relieve pressure on his brain Wednesday night, publicist Kirt…

  19. From 'Harlem' (Shake) To (Bruno) Mars, 2013 Hasn't Been Half-Bad

    July 02, 2013 12:40 PM EDT As we begin the second half of 2013, a look back at some of the most notable chart feats from January through June You've already weighed in on your favorites of the first six months of 2013 in Billboard.com's mid-year awards poll . Let's see how your picks matched up with…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Lorde's 'Royals' Roars Onto Alternative Radio

    June 21, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, makes the best start on Alternative Songs for a female soloist charting her debut hit in five years With the aptly-titled single "Royals," Lorde could be on her way to fitting chart domination. The 16-year-old New Zealander sends her…

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