1. David Lynch Talks Second Album: 'The Big Dream'

    June 03, 2013 11:30 AM EDT "Sometimes the lyrics come first but mostly the music is talking to you about how it wants to be, and then the lyrics are born out of that. It's a strange phenomenon, but I love doing it," he says David Lynch says he felt "more confident" making his second…

  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. Sixto Rodriguez, Star of Oscar-Winner ‘Sugar Man,’ Receives Honorary Degree

    May 10, 2013 12:47 AM EDT Wayne State University had no idea that a folk hero was in its midst when the Detroit school awarded Sixto Rodriguez a philosophy degree in 1981. Then again, Rodriguez had no idea about his fame, either. The Motor City musician received a Doctor of Humane Letters on Thursday during the…

  4. Catholic League Mocks David Bowie's New Video, Calls Him a 'Switch-Hitting Senior Citizen'

    May 08, 2013 8:10 PM EDT David Bowie is getting a lashing from a leading Catholic advocacy group over his "mess" of a video for "The Next Day," released late last night with Vatican stereotypes like corrupt cardinals, philandering priests and a Christ-like crooner played by the artist himself.…

  5. Patty Griffin Puts Robert Plant Rumors to Rest, Talks Raw 'American' Album

    May 06, 2013 11:45 AM EDT "We both have similar places that we come from as singers," she says of Plant. "He inspires me. He goes far and deep" Just how intimate can this sound? That's the question Patty Griffin set forth to answer when recording her seventh solo album, "American Kid,…

  6. Billboard Latin Music Awards: Jenni Rivera's Emotional Tribute, Romeo Santos' Dream Project + More Backstage Highlights

    April 26, 2013 1:55 AM EDT Tributes flowed for the late Jenni Rivera as the likes of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ana Barbara and Romeo Santos took turns in the spotlight. Here's a taste of what happened behind the scenes at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. FULL WINNERS LIST SH*T HAPPENS: Rap duo Akwid…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Carrie Zaruba Is a 'Woman on a Mission'

    April 24, 2013 6:15 PM EDT The debut single from Carrie Zaruba is called "Woman On A Mission," and she says when it comes to music, it's one she has been on for quite a long time. "I grew up in a musical family and was exposed to very eclectic sounds early on," she tells Billboard. "I…

  8. Jenni Rivera's 'Filly Brown' Opens in Theaters, Lou Diamond Phillips and Cast Pay Tribute

    April 19, 2013 7:12 PM EDT "Fillly Brown," the film starring the late singer Jenni Rivera, opens in nearly 200 theaters today across the country. The movie, about a struggling Latina rapper played by Gina Rodriguez, features the Long Beach-born Rivera portraying the drug-addicted mother of the central…

  9. Katy Perry Is Halfway There on Third Album, Talks New Songs Like 'Double Rainbow'

    April 18, 2013 8:34 PM EDT The pop star is working with collaborators such as Sia, Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Bonnie McKee and others Katy Perry is halfway through her third album, the follow-up to “Teenage Dream,” which spawned five Hot 100 No. 1 singles. She has yet to feel any pressure. “When I put myself on a…

  10. Coachella 2013: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wu-Tang Clan Wow Dusty Crowd on Sunday

    April 15, 2013 8:30 AM EDT Plus James Blake, Rodriguez, Grimes and more onstage and backstage highlights from day 3 of Coachella's first weekend COACHELLA 2013 • COACHELLA PHOTOS • Day 1: The Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Light Up the Desert • Day 2: Phoenix's R. Kelly Surprise, Postal Service's…

  11. Jurassic 5 Talks Reunion, Doc Plans Backstage At Coachella

    April 13, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Six years after Jurassic 5 broke up in 2007, what once seemed impossible has now happened: the hip-hop group is back in action. Last night (April 12), a sea of thousands at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. watched as the group took the stage for their first…

  12. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Daylight' Dawns Atop Pop Songs

    March 25, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The group manages a feat that hadn't been achieved on the chart since 1994. Plus, new No. 1s for Afrojack and Drake and Thirty Seconds to Mars returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  13. Dawes Keep Rolling With New Album, Rising Single and Dylan Tour

    March 25, 2013 12:00 PM EDT "Competing for most modern sound, Dawes will get beat a million times over," says Taylor Goldsmith. "We didn't hang up our guitars for washed-out keyboard sounds" When it comes to compliments, Taylor Goldsmith is impressively modest. The lead singer and songwriter…

  14. 'Sunday Kind of Love' Singer Fran Warren Dies at 87

    March 20, 2013 2:36 AM EDT Fran Warren, the singer and actress whose 1947 recording of "A Sunday Kind of Love" is remembered as a classic of the Big Band era, has passed away at the age of 87. According to a statement from a representative, Warren died of natural causes on March 4 -- her birthday. Warren…

  15. Chart Highlights: Blake Shelton's 'Cool' Crowns Country Airplay

    March 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Plus, Little Mix's "Wings" flies onto Pop Songs, Miguel enters R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Tamela Mann leads Gospel Songs for a 20th week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  16. Patty Griffin Debuts 'American Kid' Album at Former Church

    March 17, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Patty Griffin chose a rustic former church, now a private home called The Caste in Austin, to debut her upcoming new album "American Kid" for an invitation-only audience on Friday afternoon at South By Southwest. The album, due out May 7 is her debut for New West Records, whose…

  17. Quincy Jones Video Q&A: The Legend At 80

    March 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT The maestro looks forward (and back). Q reflects on working with Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and more, embracing a milestone birthday while his creativity continues apace. Stop. It’s the one concept Quincy Jones steers clear of while reflecting on his storied career on the eve of his…

  18. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on Bosnian Rainbows, Lessons from At The Drive-In, Mars Volta

    February 26, 2013 8:12 PM EST "I'm open to anything as long as there's positivity involved," Omar Rodriguez-Lopez tells Billboard. Even as he gets his latest band, Bosnian Rainbows, up and running, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez says he's not closing the door on any of his other endeavors -- including the…

  19. 'Skyfall' Wins Best Song Oscar for Adele, Paul Epworth

    February 25, 2013 12:08 AM EST Composer Mychael Danna takes Best Original Score award for 'Life of Pi' Three first-timers won Oscars in the two music categories, Adele and Paul Epworth for best original song and Mychael Danna for original score. Adele's song was the title track to the James Bond film …

  20. 'Searching for Sugar Man' Wins Oscar, and More Praise for Rodriguez

    February 24, 2013 11:36 PM EST "Searching for Sugar Man," honored with more than 30 awards in the last year, won the big one Sunday when it was named best documentary at the 85th annual Academy Awards. Director Malik Bendjelloul's film about the forgotten musician Rodriguez capped its journey that began at…

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