1. Christopher Lee Delivers Heavy Metal Don Quixote

    May 27, 2014 8:00 PM EDT To mark his 92nd birthday, on Monday actor Sir Christopher Lee released a covers album of heavy metal versions including two numbers from the Don Quixote musical “Man of La Mancha” and two other songs.  “'Impossible Dream', in my opinion, is one of the greatest songs ever written,”…

  2. Josh Thompson Breakup Inspires Snarling Party Single, 'Wanted Me Gone'

    May 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT "Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." Painter Chuck Close's creative philosophy suggests Josh Thompson and the team around him must be a bunch of pros, because they were able to build a grinding, energetic single, "Wanted Me Gone,…

  3. Comedy Issue: Why Aziz Ansari Can Headline Madison Square Garden

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Aziz Ansari’s comedy career is growing faster than the sinkhole that swallowed him in This Is the End, thanks to a biting and brainy comedy style that is breaking box-office records. Now, with plans to headline New York’s biggest arena, and a $3.5 million deal to write a book on modern…

  4. 'N Sync's 'Gone' Comes Back: Why Michael Jackson's Proposed Duet is an Essential Justin Timberlake Track

    May 09, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Improbably, 'N Sync's "Gone" is back in the news: in a new interview with Oprah Winfrey's OWN , Justin Timberlake reveals that "Love Never Felt So Good," his new single featured on Michael Jackson's upcoming posthumous album "Xscape," was…

  5. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes and all the sordid stuff going on just below…

  6. Radio Disney Music Awards 2014: Selena Gomez, One Direction, Taylor Swift Among Winners

    April 27, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Other top winners were One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony and Becky G Selena Gomez was the big winner at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday (April 26) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, walking away with Song of the Year ("Come & Get It”), Best…

  7. Ask Billboard: What Hits Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample?

    April 04, 2014 8:05 PM EDT As Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' equals the Hot 100 peak of the song it interpolates, Elton John's 'Your Song,' what other songs with samples or borrowed lyrics have fared as well as - better - than the originals? As always, submit your questions about Billboard…

  8. Chris Squire of Yes Talks 'Heaven and Earth' Album, New Singer, Rock Hall

    April 02, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Chris Squire says Yes fans can expect an accessible but still adventurous album when the veteran prog rock troupe releases its new "Heaven and Earth" on July 8.  "It's pretty well song-based in many ways, but it also has the kind of Yes style of expanding songs into…

  9. Run-D.M.C.'s 'Run D.M.C.' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 27, 2014 11:08 AM EDT It's been thirty years since the release of Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut LP, which made its way to record stores on March 27, 1984. The album is a cultural landmark, introducing legendary rappers Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, plus their…

  10. Lady Gaga at SXSW: Talks Katy Perry, Music Industry 'Prison' and Being 'Held to an Insane Standard' in Keynote Speech

    March 14, 2014 3:59 PM EDT She wasn't carried in on a barbecue spit and she didn't do any theatrical vomiting -- as she did on Thursday night during her performance at Doritos' Bold Stage -- but Lady Gaga came to her South By Southwest keynote session Friday morning sporting plenty of extra hair and a…

  11. Courtney Love Plays Totalitarian Leader in New Fall Out Boy Video: Watch

    March 07, 2014 8:56 PM EST Courtney Love is playing the role meant for her in “Rat a Tat,” the new video from Fall Out Boy’s album "Save Rock and Roll." As a hammer-wielding, bullhorn-blasting leader of an evil army of women bent on destruction, Love is featured in the ninth of 11 videos the band has created…

  12. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s

    March 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rap Songs chart , which made its debut on March 11, 1989, we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top 100 rap songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Hot Rap Songs artists, the artists with the…

  13. Casting Crowns Rock Live at Billboard, 'Thrive' as Christian Music's Biggest Band: Video

    March 03, 2014 2:08 PM EST Watch the band perform two songs, including "House of Their Dreams" from hit album "Thrive," at Billboard's studio. When a band is hammering out its record deal, it's not unusual to have the group's manager in the room and, likely, the act's…

  14. De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 03, 2014 10:20 AM EST Twenty-five years ago today (March 3), De La Soul's seminal debut LP, "3 Feet High and Rising," was released. Widely-regarded as one of the best records of its era, and now almost universally praised, it's among the finest projects spawned by the Native Tongue…

  15. One Direction, Katy Perry, Austin Mahone Among Nominees for 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards

    February 26, 2014 9:17 PM EST One Direction is among the major nominees at the Kids' Choice Awards announced earlier this week, and now the boy band is included as a potential award winner at the Radio Disney Music Awards. The Brits are one of many nominees at the awards -- to be held April 26 in Los Angeles --…

  16. Mike Gordon Talks New Solo Album and Being 'Deeply In Love' With Phish

    February 24, 2014 10:36 AM EST The Phish bassist releases "Overstep," his fourth solo effort, plus reveals his band's next album is "getting there… Everyone's working from their separate spots but it's sounding pretty fantastic" This week, Phish bassist Mike Gordon releases his fourth…

  17. U2, Will Smith Rock Jimmy Fallon's First 'Tonight Show': Minute-By-Minute Live Taping Review

    February 18, 2014 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga also make cameos, as Billboard offers an inside look at Fallon's first night hosting the NBC late-night institution A new era of late-night TV began just after midnight tonight (Feb. 18), when NBC aired the first "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.…

  18. 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…

  19. Jimmy Fallon: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2014 11:35 AM EST Between bookings from U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and music booker Jonathan Cohen reveal how they turned late night into one of music's hottest stops Little-known fact: Before he had his own NBC talk show or landed a gig with "Saturday Night Live,…

  20. Pete Seeger's Friends, Fans Attend Unplanned Memorial Service

    February 03, 2014 9:15 AM EST Hundreds of friends and fans joined in song Sunday to honor Pete Seeger, doing what the folk singer loved best. More Seeger Arlo Guthrie Remembers Pete Seeger: 'He Brought Humanity Together With His Actions' Pete Seeger Tribute in NYC to Go Ahead 'Guantanamera': Pete…

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