1. Must-Hear Music Holiday Podcast: Pentatonix, Idina Menzel, Ariana Grande & More

    December 23, 2014 1:30 PM EST Last week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers shared their personal favorite albums of the year, from D'Angelo 's Black Messiah to Nicki Minaj 's The Pinkprint to Mapei 's Hey Hey . This week, it's all about that Xmas. And (sort of) like Dickens…

  2. Hot Creator: The Dance World According to Jamie Jones

    December 17, 2014 4:20 PM EST The Welsh pioneer discusses the shifting sands of Ibiza, Burning Man and dance music at large in rare interview. No wonder Jamie Jones seldom does interviews. When we tried at TomorrowWorld, it cost him his phone. "I literally must have lost it between finishing the interview with…

  3. Exclusive Premiere: Katherine Jenkins Wanted to Hear More Hanukkah Songs, So She Wrote One

    December 16, 2014 2:48 PM EST Americans might know Katherine Jenkins as the runner-up on the 2014 season of Dancing With the Stars , but the Welsh mezzo-soprano is also a unique singing talent. Although classical albums don't tend to be huge sellers, Jenkins' releases have sold millions of copies, and she'…

  4. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  5. 5 Seconds of Summer Play Without Guitarist After He Loses Passport

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST Michael Clifford of 5 Seconds of Summer couldn't find his passport, so his band was forced to play without one of their guitarists at last night's Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball. So Mikey lost his passport :( That means he cant fly to the UK & has to stay in the US, so were…

  6. David Guetta Dances to No. 1 Again

    December 05, 2014 5:51 PM EST David Guetta grabs his second No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as Listen launches with 25,000 sold in the week ending Nov. 30, according to Nielsen Music. It's the best sales week for the French DJ since the No. 1 debut of his last original studio album, Nothing…

  7. Culture Club Cancels North American and U.K. Reunion Tour Dates

    November 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Back in August, Culture Club announced they’d be reforming their classic lineup for a few 2014 tour dates and a new album. Now, only half of that is true. “It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK…

  8. Director Russell Mulcahy and Duran Duran's John Taylor Look Back on Their Classic Music Videos

    November 03, 2014 6:24 PM EST Chances are, if you turned on MTV in the early 1980s, you watched dozens of videos directed by Russell Mulcahy . He's the Australian visionary that brought the world more than 80 videos in all, including most of Duran Duran 's classic early clips, plus memorable shorts for the…

  9. Who Were 1984’s One-Hit Wonders?

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT So, what was the "Macarena" of 1984? The better question is -- what wasn't? Sexy talk and German anti-war protest songs ruled in the fight to be forgotten. Below, you can hear tracks from lesser-known Jackson siblings and listen to Clint Eastwood in a country song. A Look…

  10. Tomorrow's Hits: Lily & Madeleine, Sheppard, Catfish & the Bottlemen

    October 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success Lily & Madeleine Sisters Lily, 17, and Madeleine, 19, Jurkiewicz, aka, Lily & Madeleine, return on Oct. 28 with their second album, Fumes ,…

  11. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  12. Tomorrow's Hits: Elle King, Islander & Odessa

    October 03, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Elle King Mix Duffy 's vocals, the Black Keys ' urgent rhythms and a hook and tempo that recalls P!nk 's "So What," and…

  13. Steve Aoki Throws Tantrum (Not Cake) Over EDM Parody Site Wunderground

    October 01, 2014 12:47 PM EDT On Sept. 30, an unusual post appeared on EDM parody site  Wunderground , coincidentally the same day Steve Aoki's new album  Neon Future was released. "Please note," read the disclaimer, "all of the written articles on Wunderground are satirical and fictitious, as all…

  14. U.K. Parody Laws Set to Come Into Effect

    September 30, 2014 1:10 PM EDT A small but significant change to U.K. legislation comes into effect Wednesday (Oct. 1) that will enable people to freely parody copyright protected video, film and TV works without fear of reprisal or legal challenge. The new laws ­-- actually an amendment to the Copyright, Designs and…

  15. Katherine Jenkins Marries American Artist Andrew Levitas

    September 29, 2014 4:04 AM EDT Singer Katherine Jenkins has married Andrew Levitas , the American film director and artist, during a hush-hush ceremony at London's Hampton Court Palace. The Welsh mezzo-soprano had kept the big occasion a secret, until she tweeted her 294,000 fans on Saturday with a message about her…

  16. Lorde Dazzles at New York City's Pier 97, Covers Kanye West & Bon Iver

    September 15, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Lorde is at a crossroads. A lot of kids her age are drifting between high school and college; Ella Yelich-O'Connor likely fancies herself sort of like Kanye West between College Dropout and Late Registration . On tour with Majical Cloudz, she’s in a space where she can still bask in the…

  17. Robert Plant On New Album 'Ceaseless Roar': It's 'a Triumph'

    September 15, 2014 12:13 AM EDT Robert Plant has been a lifelong rambler with almost no interest in returning home to Great Britain. These days, though, he's as snug as a hobbit in his hole in his native country after returning to record his latest album, and he doesn't plan on changing his home base soon. "I…

  18. Chuck Berry, Peter Sellars Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    August 27, 2014 3:19 AM EDT Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer  Chuck Berry  and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony Tuesday in Stockholm.  The organizing committee praised the 88-year-old Berry for his contribution to rock, noting “every riff and solo played by rock…

  19. Culture Club Return For New Album & Reunion Tour

    August 12, 2014 5:44 PM EDT The new wave act's classic lineup reunites for the first time in 14 years Good news for Culture Club fans: The highly popular British new wave band has a new album in the works to go with 2014 tour dates in both the United States and the United Kingdom. And unlike previous reunions,…

  20. Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 08, 2014 12:40 PM EDT There comes a time in every young man’s life when he must put on a snug tuxedo and gleaming white socks and go his own way. For Michael Jackson , that time was 35 years ago, on August 10, 1979. It was then, weeks shy of his 21st birthday, that Jackson released Off the Wall , the album that…

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