1. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  2. Mika El-Baz to Lead RCA's West Coast Office

    August 05, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Mika El-Baz is on the move at RCA Records. The record label announced on Tuesday that El-Baz will be relocating from New York City to Los Angeles to head up its west coast office. She'll take on the new role -- executive vp of west coast -- while keeping her duties as executive vp of…

  3. Disclosure Doubles Up Atop Dance Charts

    July 25, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The duo reaches new No. 1 on the genre's two main charts after long waits. Plus, action for Daft Punk, Mr. Probz, Flume and Niki Haris After almost a year on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (47 weeks), Disclosure reaches the pinnacle at last, as "Latch," featuring Sam Smith, jumps 2…

  4. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Tinashe Tally First Airplay No. 1s

    July 21, 2014 6:15 PM EDT The acts reign with 'Rude' and '2 On,' respectively. Plus, new No. 1s for Daft Punk, Prince Royce and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  5. Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

    July 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles as a live act, tracing their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England, and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse…

  6. Madonna Producer Patrick Leonard Talks 'Like A Prayer' at 25

    March 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna's classic hit singles like "Live to Tell," "Open Your Heart," "Frozen" and "…

  7. Skrillex Surprises With 'Recess' Album Release

    March 11, 2014 6:06 AM EDT Skrillex now has more in common with Beyoncé than a pile of Grammys. They both like to release surprise albums. Starting on the evening of March 10, the dubstep prince unlocked access to one song after another until all 11 tracks of his forthcoming debut album, “Recess.” had been…

  8. Kate Boy Preps Debut Album Ahead of First-Ever Live Shows

    March 11, 2013 5:15 PM EDT The group's aggressively catchy electro-pop will be performed live for the first time in May. Stockholm-based quartet Kate Boy's ascent to swoon-worthy blog curiosity has been strikingly sudden, but than again, the group recorded their single "Northern Lights" within…

  9. Gimme Five: Icona Pop's Playlist Essentials

    March 04, 2013 6:20 PM EST Check out the five songs that the "I Love It" stars are obsessed with. Swedish duo Icona Pop has enjoyed a pretty great start to 2013: days after their breakout single "I Love It," featuring Charli XCX, was featured in a January episode of HBO's hit series "…

  10. Fashion Week NYC: Alicia Keys Wore White to Edun, A$AP Rocky Watched Alexander Wang

    September 09, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Despite the tornado warning, Saturday (Sept. 8) at New York Fashion Week saw some of the hottest collections and front row dwellers yet. Keep your eyes on The Hook to find out which trends and b eats took over the runway each day and see where stars like Alicia Keys, Natasha Bedingfield, Lil&…

  11. Madonna's 5 Best TV Performances

    January 30, 2012 1:35 PM EST Whenever 2. "Sooner or Later," The 63rd Academy Awards (1991) Perhaps a surprising entry on this list is Madonna's performance of the Oscar-winning song "Sooner or Later" on the 1991 Academy Awards. The tune is from her 1990 film "Dick Tracy," which won…

  12. Jessica Simpson to Design a Maternity Line

    December 02, 2011 3:05 PM EST Jessica Simpson knows a thing or two about fashion, as she proves with her mega-profitable clothing line, The Jessica Simpson Collection. The pop-country sweetheart has taken her fashion knowledge, teaming up with sister, Ashlee , and has designed a new line for young ladies ages 1-7. "…

  13. Billboard Music Awards 2011 Main

    May 23, 2011 12:05 AM EDT HOME NEWS WINNERS PHOTOS VIDEO BATTLE OF THE BANDS Landing Page _ _ Watch Highlights From the Show See video highlights and photos of the night's most awesome moments: Rihanna and Britney had a pillow fight; Bieber and Taylor won big, Beyonce sang the house down, and much more. The BBMAs…

  14. 2011 Billboard Music Awards' 10 Best Dressed

    May 22, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Chart Article The Billboard Music Awards' 10 Best Dressed Fashion expert Niki Schwan, the celebrity stylist who brought the world some of Chart Article The Billboard Music Awards' 10 Best Dressed Taylor Swift NIKI SCHWAN: "Speaking of a young starlet and the VaVaVoom factor, I…

  15. Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood Offer Support at CMT Disaster Benefit

    May 13, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Help is on the way. That's the message celebrities and music stars sent to storm victims across the South on Thursday night during a star-studded benefit concert on CMT. Hank Williams Jr. kicked off "Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert" at the Grand Ole Opry House in…

  16. 'The Voice': Hopefuls Duke It Out for the Judges' Affections

    May 11, 2011 4:17 PM EDT "The Voice's" first mano-a-mano round Tuesday (May 10) saw the show's four coaches taking on the role of promoters and pairing their singers to duke it out in the show's boxing ring. Intriguingly, the four took different approaches in cutting one member from each team…

  17. Grammy Fashions 2011: Best and Worst Dressed

    February 14, 2011 3:00 PM EST Niki Schwan, Vibe Magazine's Fashion Director and the celebrity stylist who brought the world some of WORST-DRESSED PICK: Nicki Minaj NIKI SCHWAN: "I love that BEST-DRESSED PICK: Bruno Mars, B.o.B & Janelle Monae NIKI SCHWAN: "With everyone trying to outdo one another at…

  18. Music's 15 Best & Worst Fashions Of 2010

    December 22, 2010 1:00 PM EST Niki Schwan, the stylist who brought the world some of | Drake At Lil Wayne's Post-Jail Party NIKI SCHWAN: "I worked with The 'Glee' Cast's School-Days Look NIKI SCHWAN: "I think Leighton Meester's "Somebody To Love" Video NIKI SCHWAN: "I don&…

  19. Chart Beat: Jonas Brothers, Drake, Mariah Carey

    June 25, 2009 3:45 PM EDT FAMILY AFFAIR, PART 1: Jonas Brothers burst onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Lines, Vines and Trying Times." The album, featuring first single "Paranoid" and "Before the Storm," a duet with Miley Cyrus, is the siblings' second to lead the chart. Having…

  20. Happenstance Leads Hargo To Phil Spector

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT He didn't know it at the time, but when 22-year-old songwriter Hargo sent his music to fellow admirer of John Lennon's catalog, it set off a string of events that earned him production contributions f He didn't know it at the time, but when 22-year-old songwriter Hargo sent his…

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