1. Aretha Franklin Retains Lawyer to Pursue Case Against Satirical News Site

    April 18, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Earlier reports of a $10 million case against the site appear to be false A rumored case between Aretha Franklin and the satirical news site Thenewsnerd.com is being seriously considered, according to a statement from the lawyer she's retained to investigate its viability, Arnold Reed of…

  2. Coachella’s Promoter on Producing the Festival, a Third Weekend, Permanent Toilets

    April 11, 2014 6:52 PM EDT As organizers of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., tee up the event's 2014 run, Paul Tollett, president/CEO of producer Goldenvoice, has some hot news to reveal.   “We’ve built permanent toilets,” Tollett tells Billboard. “We built 96 of ‘em, for women, and we’re…

  3. Paul Weller Talks New Menswear Line Real Stars Are Rare

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT "I thought music was complicated, but it's a f-ing breeze compared to this," says a laughing Paul Weller as he surveys the surrounding clothes rails on which hangs the debut collection of his first stand-alone menswear label, Real Stars Are Rare. It's a line heavily…

  4. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  5. Pharrell Williams Signs with Adidas, Line Expected this Summer

    March 27, 2014 6:29 PM EDT With one lift of his quirky Vivienne Westwood hat from a lavish marble coffee table, Pharrell Williams confirmed that he’s officially the newest member of the Adidas team. After a few months of a rumored affiliation with the brand known for their three stripes logo and appearances wearing the…

  6. Calvin Klein Designer Italo Zucchelli: Behind The Seams

    March 17, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Calvin Klein has always been synonymous with sex and minimalism. Italo Zucchelli transformed menswear at the label, ushering it into the 21st century by creating futuristic designs and maintaining that eye-grabbing sex appeal of the brand. Drake's Tour Style Inspired By Marky Mark &…

  7. L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger's Girlfriend & Fashion Designer, Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

    March 17, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Rolling Stones frontman is "completely shocked and devastated by the news" L'Wren Scott, a fashion designer and the longtime girlfriend of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment, police said, according to…

  8. Rolling Stones Panel at SXSW Clicks Into Musical Tribute

    March 14, 2014 4:07 AM EDT The Grammy Museum extended its 50 Years of the Rolling Stones panel at SXSW to a tribute concert Thursday at the Red Eyed Fly that featured a baker's dozen acts interpreting the music of the Rolling Stones. Acts alternated between the faithful and the fully re-imagined, the sturdiest…

  9. Controversial Mini-Series Puts INXS Back on Top in Australia

    February 17, 2014 1:42 AM EST INXS are the hottest thing in Australia, again.  The homegrown hitmakers opened at No. 1 on the latest ARIA albums chart and have three in the top 20 and a swag of re-entries to the singles chart, thanks largely to the power of the small screen. INXS' “The Very Best” compilation opened…

  10. 10 Designer Fashion Week Looks for Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Rihanna & More

    February 15, 2014 10:00 AM EST With Fall 2014 New York Fashion Week wrapped up, The Hook explores the best fashions of the season and compiled a list of the 10 hottest styles from the NYFW runways and who we think should rock them. Miley Cyrus in DEGEN Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show knitwear designer Lindsay Degen knows…

  11. CODE First Play: Freeform Five featuring Roisin Murphy, 'Leviathan'

    February 04, 2014 1:30 PM EST In the world of dance music, there are two kinds of people: those who understand the gravitational force of singer and DJ Róisín Murphy, and those who have yet to find out. Freeform Five’s Anu Pillai falls in the former category and thus is releasing his collaboration with the former Moloko…

  12. GRAMMYs' 10 Most Shocking Moments

    January 25, 2014 3:05 PM EST They crashed the stage to ramble about children and do interpretive dances. They challenged the laws of decency, traveled in giant eggs, and got busted for faking the funk. From a famous fight and a ballsy boycott to one untimely passing, these are the 10 weirdest, wildest and most…

  13. Vince Gill, Jackson Browne Honor Gregg Allman at Tribute Concert

    January 11, 2014 3:19 PM EST Zac Brown, Taj Mahal, more also joined festivities at Atlanta's Fox Theatre An all-star lineup of musicians feted Gregg Allman Friday night at a tribute concert heralding the southern rock luminary and the blues rock that influenced many artists to follow his band's early 1970s…

  14. Gwen Stefani's Back In Fashion With DWP Line

    January 07, 2014 1:35 AM EST The verdict is in from Gwen Stefani: Denim is out; DWP is in. The No Doubt singer, who successfully launched L.A.M.B., Harajuku Lovers and multiple licensing deals in the fashion industry, evokes her effortlessly chic vibe in a new laid-back line of lightweight basics called DWP, or Design…

  15. Jason Bentley Talks About His 5 Years as KCRW Music Director

    December 04, 2013 12:13 PM EST On Monday (Dec. 2), Jason Bentley quietly passed his five-year anniversary as music director of Santa Monica, CA radio station KCRW and host of its flagship show, “Morning Becomes Eclectic” without fanfare or celebration. “I keep my head down, keep working,” says Bentley, at once amused and…

  16. Lady Gaga Toys With Lifesize Gagadoll

    December 02, 2013 6:19 AM EST One-of-a-kind Lady Gaga has been replicated. The pop star unveiled life-size dolls in her likeness, dressed in her flamboyant costumes, at a Tokyo event Sunday. A person leaning against the silicon doll's chest can hear Lady Gaga music and messages. Gaga said she was honored to have…

  17. OneRepublic's 'Star' Map: Inside The Group's Latest Top 10 Single

    November 05, 2013 12:23 PM EST Four months after its release, the band's "Counting Stars" single has ridden a wave of synchs to become its biggest global hit. When Interscope president John Janick spoke with Billboard in mid-October about the ­label's fourth quarter, he was just as hopeful about an…

  18. Drake's Tour Style Inspired By Marky Mark & Clouds, Says Calvin Klein's Italo Zucchelli

    October 30, 2013 4:22 PM EDT Rocking customized Calvin Klein Collection looks inspired by Italo Zucchelli’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Drake hit the stage for his Would You Like a Tour show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on October 28. The Toronto artist's sold-out show featured guests like Busta…

  19. Gypsies, Amps and Beats: Crystal Fighters Get Remixed

    October 25, 2013 2:32 PM EDT A new remix EP takes the UK buzz band to the club for their track “Wave" At its roots, the English-by-way-of-Spain’s Basque Country band Crystal Fighters is a dance-rock band. Fusing elements of Basque rhythms with electronic folkadellic traditions, their shows are a foot-stomping,…

  20. Arcade Fire Tricks and Treats Brooklyn to Intimate 'Reflektor' Show

    October 19, 2013 11:08 AM EDT At a full moon masquerade last night in Brooklyn (October 18), Arcade Fire arrived like a phantom of its own opera, materializing when fans least expected it from behind a largely overlooked black curtain set up against the far west wall of a cavernous venue. It was just one of many times…

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