1. Kanye West Retracts Negative Comments on Photographer Annie Leibovitz

    June 20, 2014 3:50 AM EDT Kanye West is back at it again, this time backtracking on recent comments he made about photographer Annie Leibovitz while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, claiming his remarks "have been taken out of context and sensationalized." He told the…

  2. How the F--- Do You Market a Band Called F---ed Up?

    May 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT This is an extended version of an article first published in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparked their nomenclatorial creativity. Yet the…

  3. Midtown Reunites for Surprise Brooklyn Show: Live Review

    May 15, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Midtown made it to Brooklyn for their first show in almost a decade on Wednesday night (May 14), powering through a 19-song set at the Knitting Factory. The influential New Jersey pop-punk band (playing under the pseudonym of Merman) had originally planned to reunite for this weekend’s Skate…

  4. Sharon Jones On the Dap-Kings: There's 'Enough Material To Work On Another Album'

    April 18, 2014 8:00 AM EDT You can't keep a good woman and her band down -- which is why Sharon Jones promises there's more where "Give the People What they Want," her fifth album with the Dap-Kings, came from. Jones tells Billboard that the group "did like 22, 23 songs" for the album,…

  5. Musicians Embrace Magnises, a Black Card for the Younger Set

    March 18, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland launches a high-end, low-cost version of the AmEx status symbol. Wale & French Montana are among the card-holders. Getting better access doesn’t always mean having bigger bucks. Just ask Billy McFarland, the 21-year-old college dropout who launched…

  6. 5 Reasons to Love the ‘90s: Duke Dumont, Bastille and More Dance Producers Lead the Revival

    February 13, 2014 2:05 PM EST Remember the ‘90s, an era of multi-million dollar music videos, Bill Clinton and a pre-social media internet. It’s also the decade that some of today’s hottest stars of dance music were born (the boys of Disclosure, Martin Garrix, and Krewella’s Yasmine Yousaf are all ‘90s babies).…

  7. Lorde's 'Royals' Scores Global Samsung Commercial: Watch

    October 09, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Lorde has yet to sign a publishing deal, but she's already landed her first global synch license. "Royals" is featured heavily in a new global commercial for Samsung, promoting the consumer tech company's Gear product and featuring the song's lyrics sung performed…

  8. Gordon Mote Gets Love From Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker and More on Latest Album

    October 03, 2013 4:50 PM EDT Gordon Mote -- one of Nashville’s most in-demand session players -- is also one of Gospel music’s most talented artists, which he shows on his new album, "All Things New." The disc gives him a chance to show off his talented family, especially on the emotional "For You,"…

  9. Bubbling Under: Avila Shakes Up Elvis Presley Classic

    June 28, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Avila, Kopecky Family Band, Gwen Sebastian and Rittz AVILA A dreamy new rendition of "All Shook Up" is gaining…

  10. Hashtag Music: Do Twitter-Friendly Song Titles Make a #Difference?

    May 22, 2013 1:25 PM EDT Mariah and Will.i.am have infused their artistic works with hashtags -- but they weren't the first ones to do so. A look at the history, and legitimacy, of hashtag titles. Hashtag songs are here. Just in the past month, we've seen three major artists -- Busta Rhymes, Mariah…

  11. Belinda Carlisle Ranks Her Top Hits (Q&A)

    May 07, 2013 9:05 AM EDT The lead singer of the Go-Go's is back with her first solo single since 1997. She discusses the difference between her group and solo music, previews the future of the band and, in a Chart Beat exclusive, counts down her top 10 favorite hits. Belinda's back. With "Sun,…

  12. SXSW Shorts: Charli XCX, Shoes, Nik Bartsch, White Lung and K-Pop's f(x)

    March 14, 2013 6:30 PM EDT So many bands. So little time. Billboard is roaming Austin this week, checking out as many acts at SXSW as possible -- and each day we'll highlight a selection of our favorites. On Wednesday we caught Charli XCX, The Sights, a pair of Lung acts (White Lung, Wet Lungs), along with…

  13. 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week: 4 Things We Learned on Day 2

    February 09, 2013 3:49 PM EST The Hook's editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. was out on the town in NYC yesterday (Feb. 8), scoping out the latest NYFW fall runway looks and taking celeb notes along the way. Gabe Saporta & Marky Ramone are Tommy Boys Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta, known for his sleek style…

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Forgotten Lyrics, Clashing Groups at Hollywood Week

    February 07, 2013 10:00 AM EST "American Idol" group rounds. Long a source of surefire drama during Hollywood week, the round promises that big voices will shine above the rest, and that someone's going to forget their words. I've never much liked the part of the competition, but this season has left…

  15. Eve Forms Label to Release 'Lip Lock,' Her First Album in 11 Years

    January 24, 2013 11:45 AM EST Rapper's followup to "Eve-Olution" out May 14 on FTR Music: "I miss my music," she tells us. "My hunger is different than the first time around" Following an eleven-year recording hiatus, rapper-actress Eve has announced that her fourth studio album will…

  16. Jac Vanek Q&A: Miley Cyrus, All Time Low Designer Launches Grunge Line

    December 20, 2012 2:10 PM EST Designer Jac Vanek began working in the music industry as a teenager, and now designs bracelets for pop punk bands like All Time Low and Cobra Starship . From the age of 15, Vanek fell in love with music and abandoned everything in her life -- including a spot on her school's…

  17. First Listen: Rihanna Previews 'Unapologetic' Album in NYC

    November 10, 2012 12:50 PM EST With her seventh album in seven years, "Unapologetic," Rihanna is finally growing up. Over the past few years, the Bajan crooner's albums were dotted with kitschy double entendres about private parts ("Cockiness (Love It)") and hat-tip anthems to knocking back shots (…

  18. Music's 15 Worst TV Cameos Ever

    October 03, 2012 6:55 PM EDT With Adam Levine joining "American Horror Story," Miley Cyrus appearing on "Two and a Half Men," and Justin Bieber swinging by for a cameo on "The Simpsons," this fall TV season is going to be overwhelmed with musicians. Even Adam Lambert is returning to…

  19. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross ' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? "Is Rick Ross signing Ma$e ? Will an album, or two, or three,…

  20. Behind the Scenes of Cobra Starship's 'Middle Finger' Video: Watch

    January 20, 2012 4:43 PM EST Cobra Starship 's new video is killing haters with kindness. "The song is kind of like, fun, cheeky, screw-you-haters vibe," singer Gabe Saporta told Billboard.com on the set of "Middle Finger." But the video finds the band doing good deeds -- helping old folks across…

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