1. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  2. Playlist Live: An Exploration of the Internet in Real Life

    November 21, 2014 8:00 PM EST Rebecca Black, Troye Sivan, Trevor Moran & more YouTube stars take selfies & sell merch at New York conference. The first actual meet-up of Internet-famous people didn't actually happen in real life at all, but in the 2008 episode of South Park titled "Canada On Strike.…

  3. Can YouTube’s New Music Play Mend Its Fences With the Industry?

    November 14, 2014 2:57 PM EST Music Key, the company’s years-in-the-works premium streaming service, arrives Nov. 17. But will consumers want to pay for something they’ve always had for free? After a year of rumors, false starts and belabored label negotiations, YouTube’s streaming subscription service, Music Key, will…

  4. Inside Azealia Banks' Rocky Road to Releasing 'Broke With Expensive Taste'

    November 14, 2014 2:08 PM EST Did combative New York rapper Azealia Banks "pull a Beyoncé " when she released her long-delayed debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste , on Nov. 6 with no prior setup? Not exactly. Where Beyoncé's midnight surprise in the iTunes Store was the result of a meticulously…

  5. 21 Under 21’s Next Class: Vote For 2015’s Best Bet

    September 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Is 2015 the year of Raury, Ella Henderson, Gabi Wilson or someone else? Cast your vote! This year’s edition of our annual 21 Under 21 rankings includes pop mainstays, rising EDM stars, hip-hop heroes and, perhaps most importantly, lots of new talent, as artists like 5 Seconds of Summer…

  6. Corner Office: Island Records President David Massey on His Hot Streak of Hits, Betting on Shawn Mendes

    September 22, 2014 10:24 AM EDT The label exec on his hot streak of hits (Iggy Azalea, Kiesza), learning from his mom and betting on Shawn Mendes. The history of the music industry may yet be written by David Massey , 56, who has filled 35 volumes of his diaries with experiences that go back to swinging London. In 1962…

  7. Sergio Mendes & will.i.am Make 'Magic' on New Album: A Joint Q&A

    September 12, 2014 3:10 PM EDT As a 17-year-old, will.i.am fell in love with the music of Sergio Mendes after a fellow crate-digger turned him on to Equinox , Mendes' 1967 album with the Brazil 66. That appreciation led to the Black Eyed Peas leader buying all of Mendes' albums, tapping the pianist to play on the…

  8. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  9. Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

    July 02, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rises 3-2, Sam Smith takes over atop Digital Songs and Vine star Shawn Mendes debuts Iggy Azalea makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, rewrites the record for the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. With…

  10. Shawn Mendes, Vine Superstar, Signs with Island Records: Exclusive

    June 04, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Last August, Shawn Mendes noticed that of all the six-second videos uploaded to the sharing service Vine -- from a tutorial on making steak tartare  to RiFF RaFF's ode to his shampoo bottle -- no one had uploaded a clip of a simple song. Sensing an opportunity, the Toronto 15-year-old,…

  11. Tamar Braxton Talks New Album, Motherhood & 'Braxton Family Values' Show (Exclusive)

    June 02, 2014 12:02 PM EDT A busy reality TV show schedule -- with, count 'em, three programs -- isn't keeping Tamar Braxton out of the studio. The youngest member of the singing Braxton family tells Billboard she's "more than thinking about" her follow-up to 2012's "Love and War,…

  12. 'Rio 2' Soundtrack With Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars + More: Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 24, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Can "Rio 2" follow in "Frozen"s Footsteps? As the soundtrack market heats up, another animated movie arrives with a companion album -- Listen to it here first When "Rio" was released in 2011, the soundtrack market was less than promising -- the animated feature…

  13. Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Honors Hillary Clinton

    October 17, 2013 12:10 AM EDT Hillary Clinton accepted the Elton John AIDS Foundation's first-ever Founder's Award at the organization's annual benefit in New York on Tuesday night. Although she was honored by the accolade, Clinton echoed a theme expressed by many of the stars in attendance: that there&…

  14. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  15. 615 Spotlight: Josh Doyle Breaks Through

    November 07, 2012 12:10 PM EST This week, the 615 wants to give you a look at an artist that might very well be the "Next Big Thing" on an international level. There are some elements of country, or even bluegrass in the music of Josh Doyle, but the Nashville-based singer-songwriter is much too varied musically…

  16. Art Garfunkel Regains Voice, Releases 'The Singer'

    August 27, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Just in time for the release of his new compilation, "The Singer," Art Garfunkel is singing again. Garfunkel, who was sidelined with vocal paresis in 2010 -- scratching a planned Simon & Garfunkel North American tour -- recorded a pair of new songs for "The Singer, "…

  17. Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees Dead at 62

    May 20, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees once said that "an artist is an artist because he is not happy with the world, so he creates his own existence." And the singer and composer, who died Sunday at the age of 62 after a series of health issues, certainly created a memorable existence for…

  18. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 26, 2012 11:50 PM EST Ludovic Bource's Music for 'The Artist' Takes Best Original Score The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards…

  19. Bret McKenzie on 'Muppet'-less Oscars: 'It's a Shame'

    February 08, 2012 1:00 AM EST Best Original Song Nominee Talks Oscars & 'Muppets,' Plus Future of Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie is up for a best original song Oscar later this month, not that "Man or Muppet" (from "The Muppets") will be performed live or anything. The Flight of…

  20. Adele 'Artist of the Year' Q&A: 'My Career Isn't My Life'

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST Talks Love, Fame & Her Plan to 'Disappear' Until She's Good & Ready Adele owned 2011. The kicky, 23-year-old British singer released her second album, the break-up requiem "21," in February, and in barely 11 months, she has already sold more than any artist in…

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