1. Bob Dylan Inducted Into American Academy of Arts and Letters

    May 16, 2013 8:32 PM EDT Michael Chabon had long been mystified by that Bob Dylan lyric about "midnight's broken toe." The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, the keynote speaker Wednesday at the annual induction ceremony of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, was explaining his undiminished…

  2. Drake Leads 2013 BET Awards With 12 Nominations

    May 14, 2013 3:22 PM EDT Chris Brown announces an upcoming Aaliyah-assisted single. He started from the bottom, but now he's on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations. The BET nominees were announced today (Tuesday, May 14) at a press conference on the rooftop of L.A.'s Icon Ultra Lounge, just up…

  3. Classixx Releases 'Hanging Gardens' Album, Dudes and Dudettes

    May 14, 2013 12:49 PM EDT The Cali duo’s irresistible debut is infused with their beachy hometown. Michael David, one half of Los Angeles DJ and production duo Classixx, is enduring one of the great injustices of living in the City of Angels: he is getting a rental car because his own vehicle is being repaired…

  4. Dailey & Vincent Return to Pure Bluegrass on 'Brothers Of The Highway'

    May 04, 2013 11:30 PM EDT It's one of the most distinctive sounds in bluegrass music – Darrin Vincent's laugh. His partner in Dailey & Vincent – Jamie Dailey talked about that infectious and unique sound. "He gets tickled all over himself sometimes, and we have to take him back to the bus and lock…

  5. Jamie Drastik, 'Chasing Shadows' Feat. Pitbull & Havana Brown: Single Premiere

    April 23, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Pitbull protege Jamie Drastik has recruited his mentor as well as "We Run The Night" star Havana Brown for his shiny new single "Chasing Shadows," premiering exclusively on Billboard.com: The Poughkeepsie, N.Y. native has been obsessed with hip-hop since he was 8,…

  6. Inside Boiler Room, Dance Music’s Internet Streaming Party

    April 11, 2013 2:01 PM EDT An exclusive peek into the world behind the camera. Barely 24 hours after playing a sold-out show at New York’s colossal Terminal 5 last October, Flying Lotus stood hunched over the DJ controls in a cramped warehouse tucked deep in the Lower East Side. The air was thick with smoke, and a…

  7. Wavefront Festival Reveals Lineup With Diplo, Jus†ice and Others

    April 02, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Chicago music festival also announces a partnership with Citibank Private Pass Wavefront Music Festival, a three-day electronic music event on Chicago's Montrose Beach July 5-7, will feature diverse headliners like Jus†ice, Diplo, and Nicolas Jaar, Billboard has learned. The music…

  8. Taylor Swift To Guest Star On 'New Girl' Season Finale

    March 28, 2013 3:40 PM EDT She'll appear in the second-year Fox comedy's season finale airing in May. Fox's "New Girl" is continuing its impressive track record of nabbing stellar guest stars. Just days after "Justified" Emmy winner Margo Martindale guest starred as Nick's…

  9. Lil Wayne, 'I Am Not A Human Being II': Track-By-Track Review

    March 22, 2013 12:56 PM EDT Lil Wayne's nearly two-decade tenure in rap has been punctuated with moments of audacity that not even the grimiest rappers dare touch. Wayne's led a double life in the game, where one moment he is yearning to penetrate pop territory and the next he's firing back as the …

  10. Ultra Music Festival Weekend 1, Day 1: 10 Things Seen and Heard

    March 16, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Afrojack loses power, Swedish House Mafia heads toward its finale, AraabMUZIK and BoysNoize draw crowds As South by Southwest wraps up in Austin, Miami Music Week is just getting underway. Kicking off the festivities is Ultra Music Festival, now in its 15 th year but celebrating its first…

  11. Spotify Live at SXSW: Kendrick Lamar, Youngblood Hawke, Cazzette Head to Austin

    March 04, 2013 12:00 PM EST Billboard to be an official media partner for Spotify Live show at South By Southwest Billboard is teaming with Spotify for Spotify Live, a free, ticketed show at South By Southwest on March 13 at 1100 East Fifth Street, featuring performances from Kendrick Lamar, Youngblood Hawke and…

  12. 20 Hit Songs Meant For Other Singers

    February 28, 2013 3:06 PM EST 0 Last week, Nicole Scherzinger revealed in an interview that she had the opportunity to record "We Found Love," the Calvin Harris-produced dance smash that became the biggest hit of Rihanna's thriving career, but let the chance slip through her fingers. "I…

  13. What's The Most Common Hot 100 Song Title?

    February 26, 2013 11:05 AM EST Alabama Shakes debuts on the Hot 100 with the latest entry titled 'Hold On.' Is that the most common song title in the chart's more than five-decade history? Hold on a second. Or third. Or fourth ... On the latest Billboard Hot 100, Alabama Shakes debuts with "Hold On…

  14. Jamie Lidell Talks New Album, Befriending The Black Keys in Nashville

    February 19, 2013 7:00 PM EST "Jamie Lidell," the just-released album from the U.K. soul-pop provocateur of the same name, was recorded through a vastly different creative process than what the Cambridge native has ever been used to. For his last album, 2010's "Compass," Lidell collaborated…

  15. Hot Chelle Rae Talks 'Throwback' New Album, Reveals John Oates Collaboration

    February 13, 2013 1:05 PM EST Pop-rock group re-recorded the Hall & Oates classic "You Make My Dreams." After their 2011 sophomore album "Whatever" spawned the hit singles "Tonight Tonight" and "I Like It Like That," Nashville pop-rock group Hot Chelle Rae is putting the…

  16. Electric Daisy Carnival NYC to Shake Citi Field

    January 30, 2013 11:00 AM EST The Electric Daisy Carnival is returning to the New York area on May 17 and 18 for a second year, this time with a new venue. The massive electronic dance music festival is moving from a parking lot in New Jersey to the comfy confines of Citi Field in Queens, the home of the Mets. Tickets…

  17. Jennifer Hudson Grooves, Alicia Keys Sings 'Obama's On Fire' at Inaugural Balls

    January 22, 2013 12:15 PM EST INAUGURATION 2013 • PHOTOS: Beyonce, Kelly, Katy + More • VIDEOS: Watch Inaugural Music Highlights • NEWS: Katy, Usher Rock Kids Concert • NEWS: Gaga to Perform for Obama Staff • LISTS: Obama Songs | Musical Presidents Beyonce drew a loud cheer at the inauguration Monday even before her…

  18. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 19, 2013 10:00 AM EST From Beyonce and John Legend to the Goo Goo Dolls and Soundgarden, all the music stars heading to Washington, D.C. Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin , the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans…

  19. Beyonce, Katy Perry & Kelly Clarkson Star at Packed Inauguration

    January 18, 2013 5:00 PM EST Kelly Clarkson is a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards, but what she's really excited about is another event where she'll be joined by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher and Brad Paisley. Oh, and the president. President Barack Obama's…

  20. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

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