1. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 8: 'The Lyon's Roar'

    February 26, 2015 2:38 PM EST There couldn't have been a more fitting title for the eighth episode of Empire than "The Lyon's Roar." The latest episode of the Fox show revealed a lot about each character and gave most a fresh start. If viewers were wondering whether to stick through the first season,…

  2. Big Sean Drops Freestyle Over Beyonce's 'Me, Myself & I'

    February 23, 2015 6:12 PM EST Big Sean 's Dark Sky Paradise comes out Tuesday, but that doesn't mean he's stopped working: On Monday afternoon (Feb. 23), he dropped a freestyle over the beat of Beyonce 's "Me, Myself, and I." Check it out: Big Sean, 'Dark Sky Paradise':…

  3. The Orwells, A-Trak Top Billboard & Clio Music's Top Commercials, Powered by Shazam

    February 20, 2015 5:01 PM EST Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales and streaming information tracked by Nielsen Music, Billboard partners with Clio Music each month to present a chart ranking the top songs in commercials. This month's chart covers all of January 2015 as well as Super Bowl Sunday (February…

  4. Fleetwood Mac Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    February 20, 2015 2:59 PM EST Fleetwood Mac leads the slate of touring artists in the weekly tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on box office revenue from its On With the Show tour that launched in September, 2014. During the latest tracking period, three arenas reported $3.8 million in ticket sales from the…

  5. Rita Ora Dishes on Her 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Role ('Don't Blink or You'll Miss Me') and Who She Dreams of Playing (You'll Never Guess)

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Freshman Rita Ora 's acting debut may just be four lines long but it's quite a launch pad: As Christian Grey's sister in Fifty Shades of Grey , the 24-year-old's cameo was seen by millions (generating $94.4 million in first-weekend box office, according to Box Office…

  6. Kim Gordon Slams Lana Del Rey in Memoir: 'She Doesn't Even Know What Feminism Is'

    February 19, 2015 10:07 PM EST A section in Kim Gordon 's new memoir, Girl in a Band , is getting some attention, where the Sonic Youth founder makes an example out of Lana Del Rey , saying she doesn't know a thing about feminism.  Kim Gordon's 'Girl in a Band' Memoir Has 2015 Street Date Gordon…

  7. Eric Church Welcomes Newborn Son, Tennessee Hawkins

    February 19, 2015 8:14 PM EST Eric Church and his wife Katherine welcomed a new baby son into the world last weekend, naming him Tennessee Hawkins Church.   Grammys 2015: Eric Church Performs 'Give Me Back My Hometown' The littlest Church was born Sunday and weighed 6 lbs. and 12 ounces, the country star…

  8. Iggy Azalea Quits Social Media: 5 of Her Most Memorable Twitter Flare-Ups

    February 19, 2015 3:48 PM EST Iggy Azalea has officially logged off: On Wednesday night, the rap superstar let her 4.3 million Twitter followers know that she was "taking some time away from social media" after she returned from a vacation to find unflattering paparazzi photos of herself online,…

  9. Exclusive: Listen to 'Someone' by July Talk, Releasing Self-Titled Debut on Island Records

    February 18, 2015 10:00 AM EST Listening to Toronto-based five-piece July Talk is like doing CrossFit, or plunging into an outdoor hot tub in the middle of winter, or twirling around while wearing a blindfold. It's an extreme contrast of feelings and textures and sounds and temperatures. Peter Dreimanis' low,…

  10. Super Bowl Commercials Pay Off on Emerging Artists Chart

    February 17, 2015 6:18 PM EST As expected, the Feb. 1 Super Bowl sparked major gains for Katy Perry and Missy Elliott , who turned exposure from the halftime show into song purchases. But they (and the New England Patriots) weren't the night's only big winners. Three acts -- Sleeping at Last , Marc Scibilia…

  11. Kid Rock on His Upcoming $20 Concert Tour: 'I Feel Like I'll Be Able to Ride This Into the Sunset'

    February 17, 2015 2:53 PM EST Kid Rock is holding to the low-dough ticket scheme he launched with 2013's $20 Best Night Ever Tour as he prepares to hit the road in support of his upcoming album,  First Kiss . Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band open up June 24 in Hartford, Conn., with a 36-date U.S. tour that…

  12. Visage Singer Steve Strange Dies at 55

    February 12, 2015 5:00 PM EST Steve Strange, the Welsh lead singer of '80s outfit Visage, has died of a heart attack at 55, according to the BBC. He passed away in his sleep at a hospital in Egypt.  "His family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death," a rep…

  13. Foo Fighters Rule Newest Hot Tours Recap

    February 12, 2015 3:29 PM EST Earning the top slot on the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list below) are the Foo Fighters , with tickets sales reported from the band's 16-day trek through South America in January. Touring in support of the album Sonic Highways , the rockers began the tour with a pair of stadium…

  14. Exclusive: Def Leppard Announces Summer Concert Tour With Styx and Tesla

    February 12, 2015 8:00 AM EST After spending last year on the road as special guests for Kiss , Def Leppard will be back atop the bill this summer and taking Styx and Tesla along for the ride, Billboard is exclusively announcing. The 48-date tour kicks off June 23 in Tampa, Fla., running through Oct. 4 in Bismarck, N.D.…

  15. Ex-Silverchair Singer Daniel Johns Drops NSFW Video for 'Aerial Love': Watch

    February 10, 2015 6:21 AM EST Daniel Johns has shared the "intense"-- and just a bit NSFW -- video for his first-ever solo track, "Aerial Love".   Directed by Lorin Askill (who has worked on clips for Flume and  Chet Faker , Phoenix and edited Sia's "Chandelier") and filmed on the…

  16. Grammys 2015: Rock Radio Rallies Around Beck After Album of the Year Win

    February 09, 2015 8:08 PM EST Better late than never? Stations coast-to-coast are getting behind 'Morning Phase.' Beck may be attracting negative attention from Kanye West , but the double Grammy winner has his supporters at radio, who all agree that recognition for his work is overdue. "It's wonderful…

  17. Joseph Grado, Founder of Brooklyn-Based Headphone Shop Grado Labs, Dies Aged 90

    February 09, 2015 11:34 AM EST Joseph Grado , the Brooklyn-based watchmaker-turned-audio engineer who founded the well-respected headphone manufacturer Grado Laboratories in 1953 in the space previously occupied by the Grade Fruit Shop, died in his sleep this past Friday (Feb. 6) in South Carolina, aged 90. Grado began his…

  18. Read Bob Dylan's Full MusiCares Gala Speech

    February 07, 2015 7:15 PM EST When Bob Dylan took the stage on Friday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where he was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year at its annual dinner, the iconic singer/songwriter's "thank you" speech was a lengthy 40 minute-long message, during which he opened…

  19. Papa Roach Debuts on Billboard 200, Top Rock Albums

    February 05, 2015 5:19 PM EST Papa Roach 's eighth studio album, F.E.A.R. , debuts at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with 24,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. It's the hard rock band's highest rank since 2009's Metamorphosis started at No. 3 with 44,000 sold. The new set also marks…

  20. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 5: 'Dangerous Bonds'

    February 05, 2015 5:00 PM EST Another week, another episode of Empire . Drama has escalated and for the first time, we finally see Lucious (played by Terrence Howard) and Cookie (played by Taraji P. Henson) rule over their sides of the kingdom in interesting ways. Most of this week's questions come from Lucious'…

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