1. CODER Picks of the Week: Diplo, RL Grime, Robin Thicke, and More

    July 19, 2013 1:41 PM EDT Each Friday the CODE crew reviews their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Zel, Lauren, Elissa, Tshepo and Eric have to say. Diplo: "Crown" (feat. Mike Posner, Boaz van de Beatz and Riff Raff) [Mad Decent] Diplo is feeling like a million…

  2. Essence Festival 2013: Trey Songz, Charlie Wilson, New Edition Liven Up The Superdome

    July 07, 2013 12:57 PM EDT Essence was in full swing Saturday (July 6), as attendance thickened and Friday’s rain took a day off to allow a full day of non-stop singing and dancing. Daytime highlights included McDonald’s Black 365 Awards, which were filmed for their first TV airing on BET later this month. The show…

  3. Thundercat Q&A: Coping With Loss, Surprising Snoop, and the Jazz Roots of Mac Miller

    June 11, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Stephen Bruner, a.k.a. Thundercat, isn’t the man he used to be. Once a renowned bass player with acts ranging from Suicidal Tendencies and Snoop Dogg to Sa-Ra and Erykah Badu, Bruner has slowly but surely stepped into the role of a frontman on his first two solo albums -- “The Golden Age of…

  4. Tom Petty Disputes Fire Marshall in Shutdown of Hollywood Show

    June 10, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Twenty-four hours after the fire marshal brought an abrupt end to Tom Petty's fourth concert at the Henry Fonda Theater, the rocker was already considering remedying the situation himself. "We had to quit a little early last night," Petty said early in Sunday's set…

  5. Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Has Cancer

    June 10, 2013 10:45 AM EDT Def Leppard rocker Vivian Campbell says a "cough that wouldn't quit" has turned out to be cancer. The guitarist had a surgical biopsy on March 11 following several months of coughing that revealed he has Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he said through a spokesperson on Monday.…

  6. CMT Music Awards: 10 Things You Didn’t See on TV

    June 06, 2013 2:08 AM EDT The Color Purple: The red carpet is clearly passé. The Academy of Country Music used to have an orange rug, the Country Music Assn. favors black, and the CMTs – you’re lookin’ at purple. What shade of purple? That was up for debate. Kip Moore said it was “dark purple,” Katie Armiger…

  7. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Go for Artistry Over Obvious at Henry Fonda Theater

    June 04, 2013 4:30 PM EDT The story may change as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers continue with their six-concert stand at the 1,400-capacity Henry Fonda Theater, but on opening night the star attraction in this vault-mining experiment was guitarist Mike Campbell. Petty's right-hand man since their start in…

  8. Chart Highlights: Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift Take 'Highway' To No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 03, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Seven years after Swift arrived with "Tim McGraw" - the song - the pair rules Country Airplay. Plus, Capital Cities take over atop Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  9. Mary Mary: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    May 31, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The sister duo takes a break from dominating Billboard's gospel charts for one of the Marys to score a solo hit "Mary Mary is not putting out new music, but Erica Campbell is," Campbell said, pointing to herself, at a recent visit to Billboard's New York offices. …

  10. Janet Jackson, 'janet.': Classic Track-By-Track Review

    May 18, 2013 9:12 AM EDT Which of 'janet.''s 28 tracks (there's a lot of interludes) has endured the most? Read on for our classic track-by-track review. "Control" may have been her breakout, and "Rhythm Nation 1814" her breakthrough with a whopping seven singles reaching the…

  11. Shovels and Rope, Emmylou Harris Lead Americana Awards Nominees

    May 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, S.C., duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, received four nominations from the Americana Music Association at a Grammy Museum ceremony Tuesday that included performances from Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, T Bone Burnett with Lisa Marie Presley,…

  12. Chart Highlights: Mariah Carey, Miguel Blast Onto Radio Rankings With '#Beautiful'

    May 13, 2013 5:10 PM EDT The song soars onto a host of airplay tallies, while Emeli Sande and Intocable net new No. 1s. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  13. Craig Campbell Is Back With 'Never Regret'

    May 09, 2013 5:27 PM EDT There's a song on the new Craig Campbell album "Never Regret" that brings back the memories for the singer. Titled "That's Why God Made The Front Porch," he says that it was inspired by his growing up years in Lyons, Georgia. "It's very calm, very…

  14. 'Mad Men' Character Playlist: 10 Songs For Season 6

    April 05, 2013 4:50 PM EDT From Britney Spears to Gucci Mane, check out the songs that capture the 10 major characters on the AMC drama. On Sunday night (Apr. 7), AMC's "Mad Men" kicks off its long-awaited sixth season, which will feature… who knows? Show creator Matthew Weiner is notorious for…

  15. Stevie Nicks Discusses 'In Your Dreams' Documentary: Watch Exclusive Clip

    March 29, 2013 12:19 PM EDT "It's a magical little film," Nicks tells Billboard about the making of her 2011 solo album. Stevie Nicks says that making her latest solo album, 2011's "In Your Dreams," was "the best year of my life." And she's even happier to have it…

  16. Keith Urban Announces More Light the Fuse Tour Dates, at Work on New Album

    March 25, 2013 10:34 PM EDT The first-year "Idol" judge will be on the road until December. When "American Idol" wraps its season May 15-16, first-year judge Keith Urban will hit the road in an effort to reach some of the viewers of the Fox TV show in person. Urban announced 20 more dates March 25…

  17. Sid Sriram Covers Kendrick Lamar's 'Sing About Me (I'm Dying of Thirst)': Exclusive Video

    March 21, 2013 1:59 PM EDT If you haven't listened to the soulful sounds of Sid Sririam, now would be the time. The singer-songwriter from Fremont, Calif. is prepping to release the first half of his two-part "West Coast Nightfall" project, titled "Before Dusk" on April 17. In anticipation…

  18. David Bowie, 'The Next Day': Track-By-Track Review

    February 27, 2013 12:45 AM EST The first single released from David Bowie's first album in 10 years, "Where Are We Now?", is an anomaly. It is gentler, slower and lighter than the other 13 songs on "The Next Day," this musical chameleon's return to rock 'n' roll. Bowie and…

  19. Def Leppard Fantasy Camp Coming to Vegas

    February 15, 2013 8:55 AM EST Group will serve as instructors at their own edition of the popular Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp Def Leppard will be doing more than playing -- and causing a little -- "Hysteria" during its upcoming residency in Las Vegas. The quintet has signed on for a special edition…

  20. Grammy Album of the Year: How Much Does Being a Billboard No. 1 Help?

    February 11, 2013 2:39 AM EST Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' is the 37th Billboard chart-topper to win Grammys' top prize The Grammys are based on quality, not quantity. So artistic merit trumps sales and fan popularity. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, but is it possible to make an informed…

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