1. Kelly Clarkson's 'Piece by Piece': What the Critics Are Saying

    March 03, 2015 5:20 PM EST On Tuesday (March 3), Kelly Clarkson released Piece by Piece , her brand-new studio album, featuring the hit single "Heartbeat Song." We already gave it three-and-a-half stars out of five , but what is the rest of the critical world saying about it? So far, the aggregator Metacritic…

  2. Listen to Speedy Ortiz's Grungy 'The Graduates,' From New 'Foil Deer' Album

    March 03, 2015 3:15 PM EST Sadie Dupuis, singer and guitarist for Northampton, Mass., slacker-punks Speedy Ortiz , takes things down a notch on "The Graduates," the second single from the band's forthcoming sophomore album  Foil Deer  (out April 21 via Carpark Records). After proclaiming "I'm…

  3. James Bay Covers 'FourFiveSeconds': Hear His Acoustic Take on Rihanna/Kanye/McCartney

    March 03, 2015 2:40 PM EST Following in the footsteps of past critics' choice winners at the Brit Awards ( Adele , Sam Smith ), James Bay looks poised for big things after winning this year's critics' choice honor.  2015 Brit Awards: And the Winners Are... In case you doubt his crossover abilities, here&…

  4. The Pop Group Debuts New Songs Live in Tokyo

    March 03, 2015 2:39 PM EST Groundbreaking late '70s/early '80s British post-punk outfit The Pop Group debuted live performances of its first new songs in 35 years at Liquid Room in Tokyo's Ebisu district. The tracks come from the band's new album, Citizen Zombie , released February 23rd on Freaks R…

  5. Girl Group Tragedy: Inside G.R.L.'s Slow Healing Process

    March 03, 2015 2:00 PM EST The death of a member forced a promising pop group to hit the pause button. The future is uncertain for G.R.L., but its message remains positive. It's the morning of January 15 , and the members of G.R.L. have woken up to a slew of encouraging social media comments. The music video for…

  6. Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs

    March 03, 2015 12:40 PM EST From Girls Aloud to SWV to Electrik Red, check out Billboard's editorial countdown of underappreciated girl group tracks. Most casual pop fans can rattle off a few of the biggest girl group hits of all time -- the classic cuts by the Supremes , TLC , Destiny's Child and more --…

  7. Guest Post: Without Transparency in Music, Artists, Fans and Services Will Lose

    March 03, 2015 11:55 AM EST Imagine you went to your ATM and tried to take out $60 dollars. The machine makes you wait for a half hour then spits out 40 dollars and no receipt. You don't know where the extra money went, why it took so long or what's left in your account. For most people, this would be…

  8. Madonna Covered Don McLean's 'American Pie' 15 Years Ago Today

    March 03, 2015 11:20 AM EST On this day (Mar. 3) in 2000, Madonna released her version of "the day the music died" by covering singer-songwriter Don McLean 's 1971 hit "American Pie" (which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in 1972) for the soundtrack of her film The Next Best…

  9. Ask Billboard: Will 'Uptown Funk!' Be the Hot 100's No. 1 Song of 2015?

    March 03, 2015 11:05 AM EST With an array of honors - including global - for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' smash, has the race for the year's top hit already been won? As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  10. Cher & Piers Morgan Battle Over Fishnets on Twitter

    March 03, 2015 10:15 AM EST First things first: If you're engaging with Piers Morgan on Twitter, you've already lost. But sometimes his asinine comments about women's appearances demand response. Morgan was doing Morgan Monday night on the social networking site, sharing that yes, he still doesn't…

  11. Kelly Clarkson Shares Dates for 2015 Piece By Piece Tour

    March 03, 2015 10:00 AM EST Tour features Pentatonix and Eric Hutchinson as special guests. On the release date of her sixth studio album Piece By Piece , Kelly Clarkson is sharing the dates for her extensive tour of North America in 2015. The Piece By Piece tour boasts 36 dates and features special guests Pentatonix…

  12. Is Wiz Khalifa Referencing Amber Rose on New Track?

    March 03, 2015 8:12 AM EST Wiz Khalifa appears on Juicy J 's "For Everybody," along with Rock City, but it's Wiz's verse that's getting the most attention. On the track, Khalifa appears to make several lyrical references that seem to point to his ex, Amber Rose . "I fell in love with…

  13. Exclusive: BET Experience Adds Rae Sremmurd, Erykah Badu & More to Lineup

    March 03, 2015 8:00 AM EST ScHoolboy Q & Ne-Yo also joining Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar & other previously announced headliners. Erykah Badu , Ne-Yo , ScHoolboy Q and Rae Sremmurd round out the roster of hitmakers performing at Staples Center and Club Nokia during the third annual BET Experience at…

  14. Watch Bob Dylan's Film Noir Video for 'The Night We Called it a Day'

    March 03, 2015 4:55 AM EST Bob Dylan has gone back to black & white for "The Night We Called it a Day." Nash Edgerton shot the film noir-styled clip, which is loaded with the genre's conventions: dirty double-crossing, snubnosed revolvers, smoky nightclubs and femme fatales. Dylan performs opposite…

  15. Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, One Direction Among Nominees for Radio Disney Music Awards 2015

    March 02, 2015 11:30 PM EST Taylor Swift , Nick Jonas , Ariana Grande , Ed Sheeran , Pharrell Williams and One Direction are among this year's nominees for the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards. The announcement was made Monday during the Disney Channel Presents the 2015 RDMA Nomination Special. Nick Jonas, Jessie J…

  16. 'The Voice' Recap: The Coaches Fight for Their Favorites

    March 02, 2015 10:51 PM EST Heading into tonight's Blind Auditions on The Voice , Pharrell Williams led the coaches with five artists, followed by Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton with four each, and Adam Levine trailing behind with only three singers on his team so far. Kelsie May gets part three of the Blind…

  17. Singer-Songwriter Steve Earle Talks Divorce (for the Seventh Time), Fatherhood & Taylor Swift's Talent

    March 02, 2015 7:23 PM EST The title of Steve Earle 's 16th studio album  Terraplane  is a nod to Delta blues legend Robert Johnson 's "Terraplane Blues," but the similarities end there. Recorded with his crack band the Dukes, the album -- which debuted at No. 39 on the March 7 Billboard 200 --…

  18. Meet Lizzo, the Body-Positive Rapper Opening for Sleater-Kinney

    March 02, 2015 5:49 PM EST She's worked with Prince, gotten props from André 3000, and proudly calls herself a big girl in a small world. "I always say that there's this magnet for weird people." That's how 26-year-old rapper Lizzo describes Minneapolis, the adopted city that helped propel her…

  19. Chart Highlights: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Adult Pop Songs, Nate Ruess Debuts Solo

    March 02, 2015 5:25 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' takes over atop another tally, while Ruess arrives on his own with 'Nothing Without Your Love.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs,…

  20. Album Review: Kelly Clarkson's 'Piece by Piece' Doubles Down on Songs That Put Her Voice First

    March 02, 2015 5:09 PM EST Kelly Clarkson  has never achieved  the cultural relevance of would-be peers like  Beyoncé  or  Katy Perry , but the 32-year-old American Idol alum was an indisputably dominant force at her mid-2000s commercial peak. With her sixth studio album,  Piece by Piece , Clarkson looks to recapture…

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