1. Folk Duo the Well Pennies on Covering the Beatles & Thriving as an Independent Act

    January 22, 2015 11:05 AM EST The husband-and-wife team offers a DIY model to follow as it releases new album 'Endlings.' Harmonizing husband-and-wife duo the Well Pennies broke through with a highly-praised Beatles cover. Now, as it preps its new album Endlings , due Tuesday (Jan. 27), the pair is finding…

  2. Why Katy Perry's 'Prism' Era Is More Impressive Than You Think

    January 20, 2015 5:05 PM EST Are we appreciating Katy Perry enough? That's a strange question to ask in January 2015, when Katy Perry is a massive pop star, one who's once again Grammy-nominated and selling out arenas. She's about to headline the Super Bowl halftime show, the biggest musical…

  3. Looking at Top 40 Radio's Decade of Change, Through the Lens of Kelly Clarkson's Career

    January 20, 2015 10:51 AM EST It was Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004. Mainstream top 40 radio was a mix of hip-hop, "extreme" alternative crossovers and, for pop balance, teen punk. WHTZ (Z100) New York, which had just launched an urban sister station, WWPR (Power 105), was trying to make its way back to the mainstream…

  4. Code Picks of the Week: Lana Del Rey, Amtrac, Royksopp & More

    January 17, 2015 10:00 AM EST Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the best new tunes in dance/electronic music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your holiday weekend. Lana Del Rey -- "Brooklyn Baby" (Yuksek Remix) The talented French producer reinvents the wistful original through an upbeat…

  5. 'Girls': The Top 10 Awkward, Amazing Musical Moments

    January 11, 2015 4:50 PM EST Lena Dunham's often controversial, always intriguing Girls returns for its fourth season tonight (Jan. 11) on HBO. From the get-go, music has been paramount to the show's appeal, from its era-hopping, carefully curated soundtrack to its cringe-worthy moments of millennial…

  6. Is This a New Rihanna Song?

    January 03, 2015 8:14 PM EST While Rihanna was busy getting her vacation on to ring in 2015, an alleged demo began to make the rounds. The rumored leaked track, titled "World Peace," began to pick up steam on Jan. 3, with outlets like E! News , Elle  and Cosmopolitan reporting that the voice on the uptempo,…

  7. Led Zeppelin Kicked Off First U.S. Tour 46 Years Ago Today

    December 26, 2014 2:50 PM EST On this day (Dec. 26) in 1968, Led Zeppelin (not to be confused with " Len Zefflin ") kicked off their first North American tour opening for psychedelic hard rock band Vanilla Fudge at Denver Auditorium in Colorado. A ticket to see them play would only set you back $5 and the…

  8. Code Picks of the Week: Nicole Moudaber, Jack U & More

    December 19, 2014 5:47 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Jack Ü - Take Ü There ft. Kiesza (Tchami Remix) The French producer lends his signature future house sound to the latest single from…

  9. Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin & More Sing Each Other's Praises at Billboard's Women in Music Event

    December 12, 2014 3:15 PM EST Ariana Grande, Hayley Williams, Jessie J, Idina Menzel & more are also feted. "It's really cool to be at a music event where over half the people in the room have vaginas," quipped an outspoken Charli XCX , who was Billboard 's Hitmaker honoree at the magazine&…

  10. Robbie Williams Drops Album Surprise, Tipped to Reunite with Take That

    December 01, 2014 5:27 AM EST Robbie Williams has “done a Beyonce.” The British pop singer has released a new album, with zero fanfare, and he’s done it on the day his former band Take That  claimed the U.K. chart crown. The British pop singer has released Under the Radar Vol. 1 , an album of previously-unreleased…

  11. See Singer-Turned-Photographer Bryan Adams' Stark Portraits of Wounded British Soldiers: 'War Is Disgusting'

    November 21, 2014 5:13 PM EST Rock Icon Bryan Adams ' lifelong interest in photography turned into a vocation when he began shooting for fashion magazines and advertisers more than a decade ago. But it's not all models and celebrities: He most recently turned his lens on 40 British soldiers returning from Iraq…

  12. Jon Hopkins Talks Career Renaissance & Collaborating With Coldplay

    November 11, 2014 3:25 PM EST It's midafternoon in Berlin, and Jon Hopkins is already sound-checking. Surfacing for air from his self-described "weird maze of stuff" onstage, the lanky British producer greets me with a sheepish grin and a cordial handshake. "I hope people know where the show is,"…

  13. Exclusive Premiere: High Highs Take the Scenic Route on 'Ocean to City'

    November 06, 2014 10:00 AM EST Brooklyn-via-Australia transplants High Highs , the dream-pop duo of singer/guitarist Jack Milas and keyboardist Oli Chang, started playing together in their hometown of Sydney before Milas took a job in New York and Chang followed him there. But the easy warmth of their home country…

  14. Pandora Revenue Up 40 Percent, Listening Growth Softens

    October 23, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Pandora, the world's biggest Internet radio company, achieved big revenue gains in the third quarter in spite of a softening in its listener metrics. The company posted a $2 million net loss, an improvement from the $4.1 million loss a year earlier, on record revenue of $239.6 million,…

  15. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends': Track-By-Track Review

    October 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The Lips tap Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara and more for a loving deconstruction of the Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Given it's a frequent contender for the 'Greatest Album Ever Made' title, it almost seems like there…

  16. Exclusive: Sixx:A.M.'s 'Give Me a Love' Lyric Video Premieres, Nikki Sixx Talks Band's New Album

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT After more than 30 years in the music business, Nikki Sixx still gets a kick out of shocking people. He isn’t resorting to the extremes that horrified parents and defined his band Motley Crue in the ’80s and ’90s, but his methods are still effective. Just look at how Motley Crue signing a…

  17. Gorgon City & LIV Cover Drake's 'Doing It Wrong': Exclusive Premiere

    October 06, 2014 7:20 PM EDT With their debut album Sirens set to drop this week, U.K. house duo Gorgon City decided to lend their talents to one of Drake 's more underappreciated tunes. Reinterpreted through Gorgon City's smooth and soulful studio lens, "Doing It Wrong" takes on new life with a…

  18. Mary Lambert: ‘I Want to Be a Catalyst for Someone’s Healing’

    September 30, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Mary Lambert , 25, is best known for providing vocals on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ' "Same Love." The Seattle native is now ready to step out on her own, following up two EPs with her debut album Heart on My Sleeve , due Oct. 14 on Capitol Records. Her single "Secrets…

  19. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a discussion on music and branding, Lars Ulrich will…

  20. Director Karen Whitehead Talks Eddie Vedder-Produced Doc About Rock Photographer Jini Dellaccio

    September 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Just as rock's most enduring moments occur when the music veers into the unexpected, the legacy of improbable rock photographer Jini Dellaccio is indelibly woven into the arts culture of the Pacific Northwest. A Jini Dellaccio  self-portrait taken in 1960. Jini Dellaccio Collection…

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