1. BOY/FRIEND, 'I Do That': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 10, 2014 12:30 PM EDT BOY/FRIEND has garnered attention for his seductive songwriting and soundscapes. With two projects under his belt – "Leather Weather" and "Leather Weather Worldwide: The Remixes" – the unsigned R&B artist is prepping his sophomore EP, "Low Key." BOY/FRIEND is…

  2. Erykah Badu Reunites with Dave Chappelle at Radio City: Live Review

    June 28, 2014 5:21 PM EDT How many nights could Dave Chappelle have sold out Radio City Music Hall? In his first big-theater New York gig since his much-analyzed exit from The Chappelle Show in 2005, tickets for the first five nights went so quickly he added four more, this time with a different musical star sharing…

  3. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 11:38 AM EDT The hip-hop mogul looks to "reintegrate Hollywood" Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is…

  4. Spice Girl Mel B Joining 'X Factor' U.K.

    June 11, 2014 9:04 AM EDT Former Spice Girl Mel B has been named as the fourth judge for the 11th season of the "X Factor" U.K. Mel B told the U.K. press she is "so excited" to be joining the show. She reportedly signed a deal worth $1.67  million (£1 million). The 39-year-old signer served as a…

  5. Austin Mahone Rejects Crazy Managers in 'Funny Or Die' Video: Watch

    May 20, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Ever wonder how a artist management deal goes down in fancy record label office?  Probably not like this -- in a brand new "Funny or Die" sketch, Austin Mahone listens to the pitch of two prospective managers (Paul Scheer and Mel Cowan) who pledge to get Mahone neck tattoos and brag…

  6. Fantasy Girl Group Draft 2014: Vote For The Best Dream Lineup

    April 30, 2014 5:39 PM EDT The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of girl group members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team! After the Billboard.com team conducted the first-ever Fantasy Boy Band Draft last summer in an effort to piece together the best five-person group of…

  7. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  8. Madonna to Direct New Film, 'Ade: A Love Story'

    March 25, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Madonna is getting back into the director’s chair. The performer, who last directed 2011’s stylish period romance "W.E.," is attached to direct "Ade: A Love Story," an adaptation of the debut novel by Rebecca Walker. Bruce Cohen is producing the indie adaptation via his…

  9. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  10. Tracy Lawrence Talks Running a Label, Films Steamy Video for 'Lie' Single

    March 13, 2014 4:20 PM EDT At the recent Country Radio Seminar, a couple of weeks back, you could find country performers ranging from Hall of Famer Mel Tillis to newcomer Danielle Bradbery making the rounds, visiting with the taste makers at radio. One such artist who was visiting with old friends during the week was…

  11. 615 Spotlight: Mark Box Talks 'Fields of Home' EP

    March 12, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Country newcomer Mark Box knows there is at least one person who is not a huge fan of at least one of the songs on his new release: his mother. "My mom doesn't like the song 'The Man My Mama Tried To Raise' too much," he says with a laugh. "She said 'For one…

  12. Kanye West Names Those Behind 'Coinye West' Cryptocurrency

    March 11, 2014 8:06 PM EDT This week, the digerati went nuts over Newsweek's controversial claims to have identified and located the creator of Bitcoin, Dorian Nakamoto. Meanwhile, Kanye West has been doing his own hunting. In January, the hip-hop superstar sued those allegedly responsible for the cryptocurrency …

  13. Mel Tillis Recovering from Heart Surgery

    March 10, 2014 11:51 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend. According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a "routine heart procedure," but is expected to make a full recovery. "In…

  14. Chris Brown Sets New 'X' Release Date: May

    February 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST Chris Brown has set a new date for his next album, "X": May 5, 2014. Breezy tweeted the new release date today (Feb. 22), calling "X," "by far my best album yet." "X" is by far my best album yet.... Setting the date for MAY 5 pic.twitter.com/cFrfpgsBcD …

  15. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter V' Receives May Release Date

    February 15, 2014 5:33 PM EST The rapper was present at a Drake concert Friday night to deliver the news Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V" may have an official release date. At a concert at the House of Blues in New Orleans last night (Feb. 14), Drake brought out the rapper and announced that his hotly-anticipated…

  16. Chart Highlights: Florida Georgia Line Lands Fourth Country Airplay No. 1

    December 23, 2013 5:15 PM EST The duo ties the record for the most career-opening leaders in the chart's history. Plus, U2 likewise makes an historic move and new No. 1s for Katy Perry and Toby Love Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  17. Richard Marx, Heart In Holiday Spirit On AC Chart

    December 23, 2013 10:05 AM EST Their new collaboration scales the tally, granting Marx a second straight year of charting with holiday fare After not appearing on Billboard charts with holiday music for almost 25 years, Richard Marx is now making the practice an annual tradition as predictable as Santa's Christmas…

  18. Rihanna Fronts Balmain Spring 2014 Campaign

    December 17, 2013 6:10 PM EST Although winter just started, musicians fronting spring/summer 2014 fashion campaigns are pouring in. First, we saw Mother Monster, Lady Gaga pose for Versace and now, Rihanna’s been named the new face of Balmain. The singer is a major fan of the label and was described as an “icon”…

  19. Trace Adkins Brings His Christmas Show to Chicago: Live Review

    December 06, 2013 12:20 PM EST For close to two decades, Trace Adkins has been one of country music's most entertaining artists – both from a recording and a live standpoint. However, we at The 615 have always felt Adkins to be much more than just the man behind such high octane radio hits as "Honky Tonk…

  20. Will.i.am, Kylie Minogue Appointed Coaches for ‘The Voice’ Australia

    November 26, 2013 4:39 AM EST "The Voice Australia" is changing things up for its third season as the show's original coaches, Seal and Delta Goodrem, won't be returning in 2014, announced the Nine Network Nine Network on Tuesday.  Instead "The Voice U.K." coaches, Will.i.am and Kylie Minogue…

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