1. Mexican Singer Alfredo Olivas Shot During Concert in Mexico

    February 28, 2015 9:07 PM EST Yet another regional Mexican singer has been the victim of attempted murder in Mexico, but in the most brazen fashion. Alfredo Olivas was in the middle of a performance in Chihuahua, Mexico on Friday night (Feb. 27) when someone reportedly shot at him as he played his accordion and sang…

  2. Kanye West In Talks To Work with New Series 'Underground': Report

    February 28, 2015 5:37 PM EST Kanye West might have a new job to add to his roster in the near future. According to a report, he might be working with the upcoming WGN America series Underground . Deadline reports that the rapper is in talks to work on the music side of the project, which will focus on the Underground…

  3. Kid Rock Talks Hanging Out With Eminem & Bob Seger: 'They're Both a Little Kooky'

    February 26, 2015 8:04 PM EST Kid Rock's got an eclectic group of friends these days, spanning from his Alabama neighbor Hank Williams Jr. to Axl Rose to Mitt Romney to Eminem to Lionel Richie .  In a new cover story for Rolling Stone , the rocker talks about how he gets along with some of his more celebrity…

  4. 'Empire' Recap, Episode 8: 'The Lyon's Roar'

    February 26, 2015 2:38 PM EST There couldn't have been a more fitting title for the eighth episode of Empire than "The Lyon's Roar." The latest episode of the Fox show revealed a lot about each character and gave most a fresh start. If viewers were wondering whether to stick through the first season,…

  5. Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew & The Archies' Andy Kim Explain Their Unlikely Friendship & New Album 'It's Decided'

    February 24, 2015 12:05 PM EST Andy Kim and Kevin Drew might not be household names (at least, not yet), but doubtless you've heard each artist's music before. Industry vet Kim co-wrote the Archies' -- yes, the '60s cartoon band fronted by comic book character Archie -- 1969 No. 1 hit "Sugar Sugar,…

  6. Ask Billboard: It's 2015 … and Madonna & Paul McCartney Are in the Top 40

    February 24, 2015 11:35 AM EST The icons continue to add new chapters to their incomparable careers. Plus, more albums that have produced bigger hits with each subsequent single. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  7. Meet Haley Georgia, the Former 'American Idol' Hopeful Bringing Country in the Key of Kesha to Nashville

    February 23, 2015 6:16 PM EST Haley Georgia is well aware that an artist's debut single is her first chance to establish an identifiable brand. It's her prerogative if she'd rather use that opportunity to stir up questions. Questions like, "Did she really just say that?" In the first few lines of …

  8. Album Review: Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood's 'Sour Soul' Sounds Sweet

    February 23, 2015 4:23 PM EST Ghostface Killah 's full-length collaborative album with jazz troupe BadBadNotGood isn't your standard wine-and-cheese affair. On the impressive Sour Soul , the Canadian trio that built its profile through Odd Future and Gucci Mane covers bangs out rich blaxploitation-invoking live…

  9. Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea, Gwen Stefani and More Share Their Favorite Emojis

    February 23, 2015 4:18 PM EST Music A-listers text with help from hearts, guns and yes, eggplants. " alt="" width="510"> " alt="" width="510"> Gwen Stefani Q&A: On Returning to the Stage Solo & Finishing Her Third Album " alt="" width="…

  10. Album Review: Kid Rock Grows Up and Gives Thanks on 'First Kiss'

    February 23, 2015 11:59 AM EST On his 10th studio effort Kid Rock is, to borrow the title of his annual sea cruise, chillin' the most. His first album since departing longtime label Atlantic for Warner Bros., First Kiss is hardly his most ­adventurous project, but it is perhaps his most easygoing, tuneful one. The…

  11. Rolf Harris Stripped of Australian Honors

    February 23, 2015 1:20 AM EST Disgraced entertainer and musician Rolf Harris has been stripped of his two most prestigious honors from his homeland. Australia's Governor-General Peter Cosgrove has "terminated" Harris' appointments of Officer and Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division,…

  12. Kimberly Dunn on Kickstarting Her Debut Album & Showing Off Her 'Trashy Side'

    February 18, 2015 3:51 PM EST Kimberly Dunn's debut full-length album, Forever on the Run , was truly a group effort. Without her generous fans, it might never have happened. "It's been a long time coming. It's taken me about three years to totally finish it," she told Billboard . "It was 100…

  13. Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber, Tom Hanks Team Up for 'I Really Like You' Video Shoot

    February 17, 2015 12:32 PM EST The "Call Me Maybe" singer's next single is coming next month. Carly Rae Jepsen is busting out the big guns for her new single, "I Really Like You," which will be released next month. On a frigid day in New York City on Monday (Feb. 16), the pop singer filmed part of…

  14. Bayside Takes On 'Bullsh-t' Warped Tour Bands in 'Dancing Like An Idiot' Lyric Video Premiere

    February 17, 2015 11:20 AM EST The brand new song from 'Cult White Edition' laments, "You're basically One Direction if they all had throat tattoos." Bayside is about to embark on a tour to celebrate its 15th anniversary. Frontman Anthony Raneri has played plenty of Warped Tours in his time, and…

  15. Pandora vs. BMI's Court Battle Reveals Long-Term Strategies, Licensing Aims

    February 17, 2015 10:20 AM EST A tale, told in the Manhattan court where BMI and Pandora are arguing their cases, illustrates perfectly the angles and lengths that these organizations are willing to go to prove a point. It also shows why the hot issue of whether publishers can withdraw their digital rights from the…

  16. Exclusive: Read Bobby Shmurda's Full Jailhouse Interview Transcript

    February 13, 2015 4:40 PM EST On the morning of Saturday, Feb. 7, viral rap star Bobby Shmurda called Billboard from Manhattan Detention Complex, where he's been held since Dec. 17, after the NYPD raided Quad Recording studios in Times Square and arrested the 20-year-old along with about a dozen others. Prosecutors…

  17. Bobby Shmurda Speaks Out About His Gang-Related Charges: 'That Shit Is Bullshit'

    February 13, 2015 11:39 AM EST When Bobby Shmurda , the charismatic star of the surprise 2014 hit "Hot N---a," emerged from the back of a New York County Supreme Court room in January, the 20-year-old looked sad and serious. Shmurda sat very still at the defense table, showing none of the viral persona that…

  18. New York Times' David Carr Mourned By Music World

    February 13, 2015 11:30 AM EST On Thursday, Feb. 12, New York Times columnist David Carr was pronounced dead after collapsing at the office. He was a reporter known for many things -- his Night of the Gun memoir, engaging Twitter feed , advocacy for old-school journalism as print publications crumbled around him --…

  19. 'New York Times' Columnist David Carr Dies at 58

    February 12, 2015 10:56 PM EST New York Times columnist David Carr died Thursday, The Times announced. He was 58. Earlier in the day Thursday, he moderated a panel with Citizenfour subject Edward Snowden and director Laura Poitras . Carr began working at The Times in 2002, and wrote the Media Equation column. His work…

  20. Sam Hunt Scores Second No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Heartland Returns

    February 12, 2015 4:13 PM EST Hunt is the first artist to arrive with back-to-back No. 1s since 2012; plus, Heartland's 2006 hit 'I Loved Her First' is back thanks to viral video clicks. Sam Hunt nabs his second straight leader on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart with "Take Your Time" (5…

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