1. Pharrell Talks eBay Collab, Beyonce's Album, Scoring the 'Spider-Man' Sequel and More

    October 24, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Pharrell Williams likes to spread the wealth and the credit. As a music producer and all-around tastemaker, he’s played key roles on two of the year’s biggest songs (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” duh). BBC Black, his collaborative clothing line with renowned…

  2. The Swellers, 'The Light Under Closed Doors': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 24, 2013 11:50 AM EDT Hard-working Michigan punks The Swellers are back with a new studio album -- "The Light Under Closed Doors" -- and Billboard has an exclusive first listen at their latest bunch of driving anthems. The Swellers have been around since 2002, when they got their start playing and…

  3. The Best and Worst Dressed Artist of The Week: Jennifer Hudson and Ellie Goulding

    October 18, 2013 2:33 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Jennifer Hudson " alt="" align="right"> Move over J-Lo, Jennifer Hudson showed off her sexy curves at the premiere of her latest movie ‘The…

  4. Kelly Clarkson Sees 'Red': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 18, 2013 11:30 AM EDT For Clarkson, making a Christmas album was a chance to defy genre limitations and just be herself This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. Cradling a cherry red guitar and decked in a tartan plaid dress, poinsettia jacket and matching studded,…

  5. 'Glee' Cast, Taylor Swift Add Hot 100 Milestones

    October 17, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The TV troupe pads its lead for the most visits in the chart's history. Meanwhile, Swift passes three legendary acts for sole possession of the 10th-most top 40 hits Two acts that didn't appear on the Billboard Hot 100 until the last decade further solidify their noteworthy…

  6. Katy Perry's 'PRISM' Collaborators: 10 People You Need To Know

    October 16, 2013 5:24 PM EDT Want to embrace the full ROAR of Katy's latest? Get to know these key behind-the-scenes players. On "PRISM," Katy Perry's third studio album, the pop artist has re-upped with a handful of the producers and songwriters that made her a mega-selling star over the past…

  7. Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 16, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Panic! at the Disco and Pusha T also score Top 5 debuts on this week's albums chart. As forecast last week, Miley Cyrus debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new release "Bangerz," selling 270,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  8. Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson Lead Soul Train Awards Lineup

    October 10, 2013 10:09 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are among the marquee names announced today as performers for the 2013 Soul Train Awards. The fifth annual show is being taped on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. It will premiere on Centric and BET on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET. Rounding…

  9. Future Previews 'Honest' Album; Talks Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj Collabos

    October 04, 2013 10:45 AM EDT If you've ever been around Future, you know that it takes him a minute to open up. At first it comes off a bit egotistical as he sits there in dark shades and a draping hoodie -- but it's just that the Atlanta rapper finds comfort in the walls of his cerebrum. There, he curates…

  10. 'Glee' Recap: Beatlemania and Demi Lovato Shine as Story Shifts to New York

    October 04, 2013 9:40 AM EDT The Beatles onslaught continues on “Glee,” this time focusing on the more experimental later years of the group. This parallels into our players maturing and gaining confidence, with varying degrees of success. Or, well, pretty clear-cut lines of success. The young adults in New York are…

  11. 'Voice' Coach Debra Byrd Named Vocal Chair at Musicians Institute

    October 04, 2013 2:28 AM EDT For singers with vocal problems, a surefire solution is hiring one woman: Debra Byrd. "I could be performing in a show, and they’d say, go to Byrd, she'll fix it," explained the former "American Idol" coach and current vocal coach of the NBC show "The Voice …

  12. Jennifer Hudson Returns with 'I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)': Listen

    September 24, 2013 8:19 PM EDT The singer teams with Pharrell and T.I. for the new track, which advances her winter-due third album. How's Jennifer Hudson feeling on her new single? "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" is the latest from the Oscar-winning singer, who doesn't wait long to explain…

  13. Drake, 'Nothing Was The Same': Track-By-Track Review

    September 24, 2013 2:13 PM EDT "I get to wake up every day and be myself." This is a thing Drake said during his CRWN interview on Sunday (September 22). Drake is confident. Three studio albums in, he has embraced and capitalized on what's made him a likable rapper and stand out from the rest: emotion.…

  14. Farm Aid 2013: Pete Seeger Sings Out, Neil Young Speaks Up and Jack Johnson Cows Around

    September 23, 2013 11:16 PM EDT "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013, the annual benefit for America's family farmers, staged Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Saratoga Springs, New York. "That song,"…

  15. Jane Lynch Pays Tribute to Cory Monteith and 'All He Could Have Been' at Emmys

    September 23, 2013 12:06 AM EDT There was nothing funny about Jane Lynch's moving tribute to Cory Monteith during the Emmy Awards on Sunday, with the actress calling the "Glee" actor's death a "tragic reminder of the rapacious, senseless destruction that is brought on by addiction." Lynch,…

  16. Sky Ferreira, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith Arrested for Drug Possession: Report

    September 16, 2013 10:18 AM EDT Indie rock couple reportedly had heroin and ecstasy in their car. Here's a bummer to start your week: indie-pop starlet Sky Ferreira and DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith were reportedly arrested early Saturday morning (Sept. 14) in New York for misdemeanor charges stemming from…

  17. Robin Thicke Will Tour in 2014: See Dates

    September 13, 2013 10:32 AM EDT Robin Thicke announced on Friday he'll hit the road next year for a 15-city tour in support of his chart-topping "Blurred Lines" album. The soul-pop crooner will kick things off Feb. 21 in Atlanta and weave through the U.S. and Canada, ending in San Francisco on March 29. For…

  18. Cher, Ed Sheeran Join 'The Voice' as Mentors

    September 09, 2013 4:30 PM EDT Weeks ahead of the return of "The Voice," NBC has named the new advisers for the fifth cycle. Cher, Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder and Miguel have been tapped to help "The Voice" coaches guide their respective teams during the season. Cher will serve as an adviser to Blake…

  19. The Seed: Rick Ross, Rich Homie Quan, Jennifer Hudson & More New Music

    September 06, 2013 4:15 PM EDT Rich Homie Quan sent waves through the hip-hop world this week with the release of “Another Me.” After his debut single “Type of Way” took off this summer – it breaks into the top 10 of R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (12-9) this week – comparisons between him and fellow Atlanta rapper Future…

  20. MTV VMAs Ratings Skyrocket 66 Percent

    August 26, 2013 4:42 PM EDT With a star-studded lineup, an anticipated reunion and excessive promotion, the MTV Video Music Awards proved to be king in the ratings. The two-and-a-half hour telecast, back in primetime on Sunday night, averaged 10.1 total million viewers -- a huge 66 percent boost from last year's…

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