1. Bobby McFerrin Dedicates 'Spirit' of Father in New Album

    July 04, 2013 12:32 AM EDT For Bobby McFerrin, breaking new ground has always been synonymous with his music. His concerts are a mixed bag of musical styles drawing from jazz, classical, blues, and numerous other styles. He's performed unaccompanied, scatting and riffing with his four-octave range, and at times,…

  2. Jennifer Lopez Regrets Birthday Song for Turkmenistan Leader

    July 01, 2013 9:25 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez sang "Happy Birthday" to the leader of Turkmenistan during a show, but her representative said she wouldn't have performed there at all if she had known there were human rights issues in the country.  The singer and actress performed in the former Soviet bloc…

  3. Nina Simone Doc Enters Pre-Production, Dr. Dre Asked to Score Separate Simone Biopic

    June 06, 2013 3:33 AM EDT Nina Simone news is arriving in waves, with producers of a biopic courting Dr. Dre for musical assistance, Issa Rae being cast as the songstress in a Lorraine Hansberry film and the Simone estate putting a documentary into production. The documentary will be developed and produced by …

  4. Lee Hyori Rules With 'Bad Girls' on K-Pop Chart

    June 01, 2013 2:00 PM EDT This week's biggest K-pop chart and industry news. With a decade in the industry under her belt, Lee Hyori nabs her first K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1 with “Bad Girls,” the lead single off fifth album “Monochrome.” The K-diva hasn’t released a single in three years since her 2010 “H-Logic”…

  5. T-ara N4 Opening for Chris Brown & Wiz Khalifa Concerts, In Talks to Collaborate

    May 24, 2013 6:10 PM EDT Amid reports the K-pop group linked up with hip hop all-stars for a U.S. debut, it's not happening--yet. Billboard got the full story from their label. The K-pop world was taken aback when it appeared new girl group T-ara N4 (a splinter group of seven-member, two-time K-Pop Hot 100…

  6. Zebra Katz Talks Busta Rhymes, Covering Tiffany's 'I Think We’re Alone Now' & 'DRKLNG' Mixtape

    May 24, 2013 3:43 PM EDT Since releasing his eagerly anticipated "DRKLNG" mixtape last week, Ojay Morgan hasn’t done much talking. The 25-year old, Brooklyn-based darkwave rapper and multimedia artist, the force behind mischievous alter ego Zebra Katz, opted to lay low while fans and critics dissected his…

  7. New HBO Liberace Biopic A ‘Great Love Story,’ says Michael Douglas

    May 23, 2013 3:12 AM EDT The idea of Michael Douglas playing Liberace might seem nearly as outrageous as Liberace himself. Liberace, forever hailed as Mr. Showmanship, was the excess-to-the-max pianist-personality whose onstage and offstage extravagance were legendary and who wowed audiences in Las Vegas and…

  8. Martin Garrix, 'Animals': Exclusive

    May 20, 2013 2:47 PM EDT Revealed here for the first time, the anonymous festival banger burning up the Internet belongs to the young Dutch producer. The blogs have speculated. The fans have doubted. Now CODE is pleased to reveal that, yes, the hard-hitting track called “Animals” currently making its way around the…

  9. Akon to 'Play Hard' With Friends at Billboard Music Awards: Rehearsal Q&A

    May 19, 2013 12:53 PM EDT David Guetta, Akon and Ne-Yo will be hitting the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage in Las Vegas tonight at the Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC, to perform their thumping new track "Play Hard." CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • BBMA Performance Cheatsheet • Madonna…

  10. Candice Glover Wins 'American Idol' Season 12

    May 16, 2013 10:29 PM EDT Third time's a charm for Candice Glover. The South Carolina native, on her third "American Idol" after auditioning in seasons 9 and 11, became the first female winner of the show since season 6's Jordin Sparks, scoring the largest number of votes to defeat runner-up…

  11. Miguel Talks Kendrick Lamar, Whitney Houston, & Las Vegas in Billboard Music Awards Q&A

    May 15, 2013 1:42 PM EDT With the 2013 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Miguel to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught his ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Madonna To Be…

  12. 'American Idol' Finalists Candice and Kree Talk Nerves, Style Regrets and Winner Songs

    May 15, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Today's the big day. Millions of Americans will huddle around their television screens to watch Kree Harrison and Candice Glover battle it out for the title of Season 12's "American Idol" winner. While fans prep for the show's biggest night of the year, the ladies…

  13. 'The Voice' Top 10 Revealed: Blake and Adam Top the Rookies

    May 15, 2013 10:37 AM EDT After a night of heated performances and risky choices on "The Voice," two singers were sent home on Tuesday night, leaving 10 singers to vie for the winning title. Robin Thicke kicked off the live results show by performing his new single "Blurred Lines" with T.I. and…

  14. Rod Stewart: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 26, 2013 5:25 PM EDT This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. Rod Stewart does not disappoint-even his driveway befits a rock star. Actually, it's a gated road, and it sprawls uphill toward a chateau-like Beverly Hills manse, its considerable expanse lined…

  15. Andrew Stockdale Kills Off Wolfmother Name, New Solo Album Out Soon: Exclusive

    April 25, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Wolfmother is to be put-down. The Australian rock band’s frontman Andrew Stockdale has decided to kill off the Wolfmother moniker and go forward in his music career using the name he was born with. The Australian rocker is now prepping the June release of a self-produced album “Keep Moving,…

  16. Carly Rae Jepsen Wins Big at Juno Awards

    April 22, 2013 12:23 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen added two more Junos on Sunday night, one of seven trophies given out at Canada’s 42nd annual Juno Awards, which was televised live on CTV from Brandt Centre in Regina. The pop singer had already won an award at the previous day's private gala dinner , where 35…

  17. Juno Awards 2013: Carly Rae Jepsen, Leonard Cohen Are Early Winners

    April 21, 2013 3:09 PM EDT The "Call Me Maybe" singer won her first trophy at Canada's music awards, which hands out its top prizes Sunday night. Rush, Leonard Cohen, Carly Rae Jepsen, Metric and The Weeknd were among the winners at the 2013 Juno Gala Dinner & Awards in Regina, Sask., last night …

  18. Record Store Day: Garbage, Postal Service and Other Vinyl Devotees Serve It Up

    April 19, 2013 3:20 PM EDT When Garbage met Screaming Females, it was love at first sound check. Generations in rock separate them-Garbage embarked on a seven-year hiatus the year before Screaming Females even picked out a name for themselves in 2005-but their penchant for hard noise, a kindred fondness for Patti…

  19. Nas' Australasian Hip Hop Movement Fest Is Canceled

    April 18, 2013 5:49 AM EDT The inaugural Movement Festival, a multi-date Australasian hip hop event spearheaded by veteran rapper Nas, has been canceled just a week out from showtime. Organizers Live Nation and Niche Productions pulled the plug today on the trek, which billed Nas as a headliner and rounded out its…

  20. Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' Comic Book Series Goes Digital

    April 17, 2013 2:19 AM EDT Coldplay announced on Tuesday the digital release of its "Mylo Xyloto" comic book series, based on the 2011 album of the same name. Written by filmmaker Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) with help from the British band, the six-part saga depicts an…

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