1. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  2. Casey Kasem’s Death: Musicians and Celebrities React on Twitter

    June 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT With the sad news that legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem died on Sunday (June 15) at the age of 82, musicians and celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the American Top 40 radio who brought them great music for nearly four decades. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82…

  3. 13 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Skrillex Lifts Off, Jack White Reigns, The Strokes Rock Day 2

    June 08, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Watch video of key Governors Ball moments. Governors Ball 2014 rolled on Saturday (June 7) with another beautiful day on Randall's Island as Jack White brought the rock (and the singsongs), The Strokes brought out crowd favorites, Skrillex fired up the mothership, Childish Gambino and…

  4. Maya Angelou Dead: Beyonce, Rihanna, Common Pay Tribute to Iconic Poet

    May 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT As news broke that author Maya Angelou -- who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page -- died on Wednesday morning at 86 , the music world paid tribute via social media. Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Common and Ryan Seacrest took…

  5. Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Take America: Inside Their TV Special, Tour (Cover Story)

    May 27, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Katy Perry is practically naked. Dress rehearsal for "Crossroads," the June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, is an hour away, but all Perry can think about is getting undressed. Recently arrived at her trailer on-site at Sony'…

  6. Former Members of Heart Suing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    May 20, 2014 10:36 PM EDT Two former members of Heart are suing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for using their likenesses in promoting the 2013 induction ceremony even though they were not inducted.  Bassist Mark Andes and drummer Dennis Carmassi and were members of Heart from 1982-1993, during which the band staged a…

  7. How to Do the Montauk Music Scene, Where Willie Nelson, Courtney Love and More Rock

    May 20, 2014 3:05 PM EDT From Sky Ferriera to 'SNL'-style karaoke, what's new and noteworthy on the laid-back tip of Long Island. From local concerts at Gosman's Dock to big-name headliners at the Surf Lodge, the scene in Montauk has made the formerly sleepy fishing village practically synonymous…

  8. Family Matters: Ben Harper and His Mother Ellen Debut on Billboard 200

    May 17, 2014 10:14 AM EDT The son/mother team of Ben & Ellen Harper debut on the Billboard 200 at No. 43 with "Childhood Home," the pair's first collaborative album. Music runs in the Harper family. In 1958, Ellen's parents, Charles and Dorothy Chase, opened the Folk Music Center in Claremont,…

  9. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Sizzles On Dance Charts

    May 09, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Calvin Harris catapults to No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Summer," the chart's top Airplay and Digital Gainer (4-2). It reaches new heights on the Billboard Hot 100 (26-18), Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (3-2; 63,000 downloads sold for the…

  10. 'Orange is the New Black' Receiving Official Soundtrack

    April 01, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The female inmates are still stuck in prison, but the sounds of "Orange Is the New Black" are being readied for release. "Music From the Original Series Orange Is the New Black" will be available on May 13, Universal Music Enterprises announced on Tuesday. The full track…

  11. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  12. Lorde Urges Fans to Kiss Westboro Protesters

    March 18, 2014 5:41 PM EDT You gotta love the priorities of the Westboro Baptist Church, whose founder is reportedly near death and -- wait, what? -- excommunicated. The controversial group announced in a babbling blog post that they no longer have faith in Lorde, and will protest the "Royals" singer's…

  13. Jimmy Kimmel Makes Up Fake Bands, Asks SXSW Hipsters About Them: Watch

    March 14, 2014 9:32 PM EDT We all know that guy or girl, the one who always knows -- or purports to know -- every band or musician you mention, no matter how obscure the artist. Jimmy Kimmel's penchant for exposing many of those folks as frauds took him to Coachella last year , where he and his crew made up fake…

  14. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  15. U2, Will Smith Rock Jimmy Fallon's First 'Tonight Show': Minute-By-Minute Live Taping Review

    February 18, 2014 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga also make cameos, as Billboard offers an inside look at Fallon's first night hosting the NBC late-night institution A new era of late-night TV began just after midnight tonight (Feb. 18), when NBC aired the first "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.…

  16. 20 Best Love Songs By Real-Life Couples

    February 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Whether it’s a chart-topping pop pair, an R&B/hip-hop power couple or a country king and queen, it’s the natural inclination for a musically inclined romantic couple to collaborate – or for a platonic pair of singer to find love during heated recording sessions. In honor of Valentine’s…

  17. Olympic Hits: Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 07, 2014 10:05 AM EST Just as Olympic athletes have won over the years, so, too, have musical acts on Billboard charts thanks to the Games As the Olympics reclaim the world's sports spotlight in Sochi, Russia, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (Sticking only to…

  18. Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw Lead ACM Awards Nominations

    January 29, 2014 10:46 AM EST The nominations were announced for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday morning (Jan. 29), and two of the format's veteran performers found at the top of the nominations list. ACM AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE 2014 ACM Awards! Billboard's ACM Awards Live Blog! ACM…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Tyler Barham Eyes Big 2014

    January 22, 2014 4:41 PM EST Just a few weeks ago, The 615 selected Tyler Barham as one of ten artists poised to make an impact upon the country music scene in 2014. The Montana native definitely has numbers on his side.  In the past seven years, the singer has amassed over 8.5 million views of his videos on YouTube, and…

  20. Skylar Grey Pairs with David Guetta for 'Bang Bang' Cover, Talks Awkward Meeting

    January 20, 2014 7:10 PM EST How Skylar Grey and David Guetta got together is probably a lot different from how Sonny and Cher did. “We met at a sushi restaurant in LA,” Grey told Billboard this past weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The singer, who recently became a Utah resident, was in Park City, among…

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