1. Big Sean, 'Dark Sky Paradise': Track-by-Track Review

    February 23, 2015 3:00 PM EST Close to a year ago, things weren't looking so good for Big Sean . The G.O.O.D. Music rapper was in the midst of a breakup with former fiance and Glee star Naya Rivera ; it seemed to be on the verge of getting very public and very ugly. Kendrick Lamar 's verse off "Control…

  2. Valentine's Day Country Music Playlist: The Best Love Songs From Past 20 Years

    February 14, 2015 3:19 PM EST Saturday (Feb. 14) marks Valentine's Day, where people celebrate the connections they make with our significant others. With that in mind, we thought we'd go back in the 615 Archives and pick out a few love songs that have stood the test of time. In making the selections for this…

  3. Valentine's Playlist: Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea and More Share Their Favorite Love Songs

    February 09, 2015 4:46 PM EST Billboard talked with musicians, actors, directors, and comedians about their ultimate love songs.  Katy Perry "I invite all! If I could do a call and response to that, it's like, 'I ain't got no type, I just want someone on the level that I like.' Did I really just…

  4. Statler Brothers Celebrate 50 Years in the Business -- And Retirement

    January 16, 2015 6:35 PM EST For Country Music Hall of Fame members the Statler Brothers , 2015 is a year of celebration: It marks five decades since the Virginia-based quartet first released Tom T. Hall 's "The Ballad of Billy Christian." Wait. You haven't heard of it? Well, unless you have their…

  5. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  6. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  7. Kenny Rogers Brings The Merriment on Christmas and Hits Through The Years Tour

    December 08, 2014 7:57 PM EST In the fall of 1981, Kenny Rogers released his very first seasonal album, appropriately titled Christmas . Since then, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released successful holiday follow-ups in 1984 ( Once Upon A Christmas , with Dolly Parton ), 1989 ( Christmas In America ) and…

  8. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  9. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  10. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  11. Audra McDonald 'Learned So Much' From Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 7:04 PM EST The Broadway superstar worked with the late director on 'Wit.' By the time Audra McDonald got to work with Mike Nichols , she was 31 and had already won three Tony awards but had done limited work in television  or movies. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson…

  12. Billboard Legend of Live Honoree Lionel Richie Remembers His Time With The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson (and His Snake)

    November 14, 2014 3:54 PM EST Lionel Richie splays his body over an armchair in his palatial Beverly Hills mansion, with a scarf wrapped around his neck and The Police playing on the sound system. "I don't need five or six homes," he says. "I just need one good one." In fact, Richie, 65, owns…

  13. 15 Musician Sex-Tape Scandals, From Tommy Lee to Usher

    November 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST News got out Wednesday that a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond was stolen and being shopped around, and the  singer's legal team is hot on the case .  Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape Like the rumors of an Iggy Azalea sex tape that surfaced in September , this…

  14. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  15. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  16. Classic Rock Honours Ceremony Comes to America

    November 05, 2014 2:22 PM EST To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their annual awards show, influential U.K. magazine Classic Rock brought the ceremony, Classic Rock Honours, to Los Angeles. Mixing the elite of both Los Angeles -- Henry Rollins presented the inspiration award to the Doors -- and the U.K. -- Def Leppard…

  17. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The…

  18. Glen Campbell Doc Director on the Alzheimer-Stricken Country Star: 'I Want Taylor Swift Fans to Know How Important He Was'

    October 20, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Having produced the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line , James Keach was cautious when meeting with Glen Campbell and his producer Julian Raymond, not wanting to be typecast as a guy who makes films about country singers. But their sit-down, when Campbell was in the early stages of…

  19. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  20. 'The Endless River' Will Be Pink Floyd's Final Album

    October 09, 2014 7:59 AM EDT We've known about Pink Floyd's The Endless River -- the band's first record since 1994's The Division Bell -- since summertime . The 18-song double-album is assembled from the Division Bell sessions and will land on Nov. 10 . What's new, though, is the concrete…

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