1. Shy Girls Covers Brandy's 'Sittin' Up In My Room': Exclusive

    February 25, 2014 1:25 PM EST The singer-songwriter/producer shares details on new music. It's inevitable to be drawn to Shy Girls, with his hushed voice and the delicate R&B/jazz layers woven in his work. Dan Vidmar, whose stage name comes from his music inhibiting a "shy and feminism quality," grew up…

  2. Shakira Releases 'Empire' Track From New Album: Listen

    February 25, 2014 12:45 PM EST Shakira's duet with Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You," is in just its fifth week on the Hot 100 chart, but the Colombian superstar is already serving up more goodies from her forthcoming self-titled album. "Empire," a downtempo, downright emo album track…

  3. Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds On Breaking Records, New Music & Life on the Road

    February 24, 2014 11:20 PM EST Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds has been enjoying rock stardom from a relevantly sane place. Despite recently winning a Grammy, reaching double platinum status with its debut album and having three international hits, some folks still wonder who - or what - the band is. "People are…

  4. The Underdogs Talk Producing New Girls' Generation Single 'Mr.Mr.,' Working in K-Pop: Exclusive

    February 20, 2014 8:45 PM EST The production duo has helmed hits for Justin Timberlake and Beyonce -- plus Korean boy bands TVXQ! & SHINee With production credits on Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Beyonce records, the Underdogs have been a familiar production team to Western audiences for more than a…

  5. Trent Reznor Still Fuming From GRAMMYS: ‘It Was An Utter Waste of Time’

    February 19, 2014 3:50 AM EST Trent Reznor won’t play the Grammys again. That’s the line from the Nine Inch Nails leader, who’s still fuming that his closing performance on the night was cut short.  It was “an utter waste of time,” he tells New Zealand’s 3 News . Reznor had tweeted "f--k you" to the show’s…

  6. My Chemical Romance Debuts Final Song, 'Fake Your Death': Listen

    February 17, 2014 7:34 PM EST The band's greatest hits compilation, "May Death Never Stop You," arrives March 25 My Chemical Romance disbanded nearly a year ago, announcing last March that it was simply "time for it to end" after 12 years and four albums together. To commemorate the release of its…

  7. New York Dolls Manager Marty Thau Dies

    February 17, 2014 4:30 PM EST Marty Thau, who discovered and managed the careers of the New York Dolls and Suicide, among many others, passed away in Petersburg, VA, at the age of 75 last Thursday, after complications from renal failure. New York City native Thau, the self-declared "chairman" of the…

  8. Benmont Tench Releases Solo Debut, Talks Next Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Album

    February 17, 2014 2:06 PM EST The keyboardist enlists some famous friends -- including Petty, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams -- for his first solo effort After 40 years of recording, first with Mudcrutch and then -- and for much longer -- with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, keyboardist Benmont Tench finally got around to…

  9. Beck's 'Morning Phase': The Billboard Cover Story

    February 14, 2014 12:25 PM EST Beck explains his first album in five years: "I'm not controlling where [the car] is going... just making sure it doesn't crash." Turns out Beck can make heartbreaking music , even when he actually is doing fine. Dressed in all black except for the tiny white polka…

  10. Wet: Why You Need To Know This Brooklyn Trio

    February 13, 2014 12:55 PM EST A killer debut EP, tour dates with CHVRCHES and a label bidding war have all made the indie R&B group the toast of the tastemakers. Last week, during a performance at the Westway in New York, Wet singer Kelly Zutrau swayed harmlessly in the center of a tiny stage, in front of several…

  11. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  12. Ruben Studdard Talks New Album, Big Weight Loss: 'This Time It's for Me'

    February 11, 2014 10:44 AM EST Ruben Studdard, aka the Velvet Teddy Bear, formally returned to the music scene this month with a new album, new single and new label.  Released Feb. 4 by Verve Records, "Unconditional Love" marks Studdard's sixth album since claiming the "American Idol" crown in 2003…

  13. Cady Groves' Waiting Game: How A Promising Artist Ended Up Back At The Beginning

    February 10, 2014 2:15 PM EST The 24-year-old's dream came true when she found a major label home. Somehow, everything went wrong. Inside a songwriter's lost period, and why she's still someone to watch. Three months ago, Cady Groves was on Rock Road in Wichita, driving down the main drag in a crappy…

  14. Katy Perry Ties Rihanna For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

    February 10, 2014 2:05 PM EST With a 3-1 gallop for 'Dark Horse,' Perry matches Rihanna's total of 11 No. 1s on the radio airplay chart Katy Perry matches Rihanna for the most No. 1s in the 21-year history of Billboard's top 40-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as "Dark Horse,"…

  15. Def Leppard Revisits Overlooked Album: 'It Went Against the Grain'

    February 10, 2014 11:02 AM EST "Slang" (1996) gets an expanded edition... "We could've put out 'Sgt. Pepper's' and I think it would have been the same because it was Def Leppard and we had gotten lumped in with all the crap metal bands of the 80s" Nearly 18 years later, the members…

  16. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  17. Beyonce Earns 7th No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 with 'Drunk In Love'

    February 06, 2014 6:50 PM EST Beyonce’s roll continues as “Drunk in Love” jumps 4-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs to mark her seventh chart-topper as a solo artist. (She also led the list four times as a member of Destiny’s Child.) Bey’s last leader on the chart was 2011’s “Love on Top” which ruled for seven weeks in 2012.…

  18. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  19. Sara Evans Goes Behind The Music, Artwork of Her New Album

    February 04, 2014 9:30 PM EST For the past few months, Billboard has traced the progress of country superstar Sara Evans' upcoming album, "Slow Me Down." With the March 11 release date just a few weeks away, the singer says she can't wait for fans to hear the music. But, there's a lot of pieces of…

  20. Kylie Minogue Offers Ultra-Stylish 'Into The Blue' Music Video: Watch

    February 03, 2014 11:11 AM EST Just one week after unveiling the official audio and lyric video of her great new single "Into The Blue," Kylie Minogue has already released its dreamy music video, co-starring dashing French actor Clement Sibony. Watch the clip, which was released on Monday (Feb. 3), below: Minogue…

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