1. Rodriguez's 'Shock' at Death of 'Sugar Man' Director: 'He Was a Very Talented Man'

    May 14, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Rodriguez paid the best possible, and unspoken, tribute he could to the late "Searching For Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul on Tuesday night: He played a show. The singer-songwriter who became an international icon thanks to Bendjelloul's Academy Award-winning…

  2. Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Univision Team Up to Find Ultimate Latino Boy Band

    May 13, 2014 10:11 PM EDT Univision and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment have announced the creation of a new TV show called “La Banda” (The Band), in which contestants across North and South America compete to join the ultimate Latino boy band.  The show will search for contestants representing the Untied…

  3. Down, 'We Knew Him Well': Exclusive Video Premiere

    May 13, 2014 12:06 PM EDT As Phil Anselmo & co. prep the May 13 release of "Down IV - Part Two," Billboard exclusively premieres the video for the song, "We Knew Him Well." On the eve releasing "Down IV -- Part Two," the latest EP by the all-star metal group Down, frontman Phil…

  4. Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee Featured on Soccer-Themed Visual Album

    May 12, 2014 10:12 AM EDT "Beats of the Beautiful Game," curated by Pepsi, will be released June 10 ahead of the World Cup Pepsi is pairing singers and filmmakers to release a visual album that celebrates soccer during the World Cup. Spike Lee, Timbaland, Idris Elba and Kelly Rowland are some of the artists…

  5. Katy Perry, Nick Cave, Tyler the Creator Eerily Cover "Daisy Bell" for Mark Ryden: Watch

    May 11, 2014 9:05 PM EDT Last week it was announced pop art painter Mark Ryden was working with Katy Perry, Nick Cave, Tyler, the Creator and others on a limited edition record where each artist would do a rendition of the same popular 1890s song, “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)” . Now, Ryden has shared those…

  6. Simon Cowell Wants His Own Version Of 'Frozen'

    May 09, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The star maker teams with the driving force behind "The Lego Movie," betting that animated features will be driving chart smashes for years to come: "This is something we dreamt of doing" Simon Cowell is betting that "Frozen" and "Despicable Me 2" are…

  7. Jimmy Page To Re-Release 'Photographic Autobiography'

    May 09, 2014 5:26 AM EDT Jimmy Page will see his official autography, Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time, hit major bookstores in October after being published as a limited edition in 2010. It will retail at $60, but is currently available via pre…

  8. Paul Simon Performs, Makes First Public Appearance Since Arrest

    May 08, 2014 12:35 AM EDT Paul Simon performed a rousing set and accepted an award from New York University in his first public appearance since he and wife Edie Brickell were arrested on disorderly conduct charges. The 72-year-old performed more than a dozen songs Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York,…

  9. Gimme Five: Passenger's Biggest Influences on New 'Whispers' Album

    May 07, 2014 5:11 PM EDT The "Let Her Go" star discusses which artists inspired his next full-length. After scoring a surprise Top 5 hit with his single "Let Her Go," British singer-songwriter Passenger is readying a new batch of material, "Whispers," for a June 10 release date. The…

  10. Rita Ora and Jason Rembert Explain Why They're a Match Made in Fashion Heaven: Watch

    May 06, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "I love working with musicians -- they’ll take risks,” says stylist Jason Rembert, elbows-deep in racks of the latest Emilio Pucci, Simone Rocha and Marni collections. “With an actress, you’re just doing pretty dresses.” It is a gusty spring afternoon, and Rembert, 26, is at the Karla…

  11. Katy Perry, Nick Cave, Tyler the Creator Feature on Mark Ryden's $100 'Gay Nineties' Album

    May 05, 2014 12:51 AM EDT Pop art painter Mark Ryden's new show, The Gay 90s, opening Saturday, May 3, at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, features plenty of weird cameos from Abraham Lincoln, strange phantasmagoric scenes with raw meat, and his signature oval-eyed little girls. One of the little girls, a smaller…

  12. Lorde Blasts 'Stalking' Photographer on Twitter

    May 04, 2014 11:13 PM EDT Lorde took to Twitter on Saturday, May 3 to accuse New Zealand photographer Simon Runting of stalking her, reports New York Daily News .  Chart Highlights: Lorde's 'Tennis Court' Nets Adult Pop Songs Debut "This man has been stalking me, photographing me, and refusing me…

  13. Paul Simon Made 911 Call After 'Breaking' Edie Brickell's Heart

    May 01, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Paul Simon made the 911 call that led to the  arrests last week of him and his wife , singer Edie Brickell, on disorderly conduct charges, according to a police report. The police report indicates that Brickell, 48, and Simon, 72, became physical with each other Saturday during an argument…

  14. Paul Simon, Edie Brickell Release Tender Duet 'Like To Get To Know You': Listen

    April 30, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell released a new song Wednesday, two days after appearing in court to defend disorderly conduct charges.  The two were arrested over the weekend by officers investigating a family at the couple’s home in New Canaan, CT. But appearing in court, the couple of…

  15. Conor Oberst: The Ex Boy Wonder of Indie Rock Moves to a Major Label

    April 28, 2014 6:23 PM EDT At 34, Conor Oberst would still prefer to never grow up. But a major label is okay Conor Oberst lives with ghosts. They lurk in the jukebox at the bar near his East Village apartment, and howl on the radio at home in Omaha, Neb. At just 34, the shape-shifting singer-songwriter has been…

  16. Paul Simon, Edie Brickell Hold Hands in Court Following Arrest for Family Dispute

    April 28, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, were arrested on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute, but the couple held hands in court Monday and said they did not feel threatened by the other. Simon told a Norwalk Superior Court judge that he had a rare argument…

  17. 'X Factor' Parody Musical 'I Can't Sing' To Close in London

    April 28, 2014 1:49 AM EDT There's more bad news for Simon Cowell and "X Factor." Less than three months after Fox canceled the U.S. edition of Cowell's singing competition comes word that I Can't Sing, the Cowell-backed musical parody of the show, will end its run in London's West End…

  18. From Blur to 'Bots: Damon Albarn's 15 Defining Music Moments

    April 25, 2014 5:54 PM EDT As Damon Albarn gets set to release his first proper solo album, "Everyday Robots," it's easy to forget how versatile and eclectic he's been over the course of his career. Sure he's been at the forefront of Britpop and found crossover success in the U.S. with Blur,…

  19. Akdong Musician Rules K-Pop Hot 100 With Debut Album 'Play'

    April 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Billboard chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring HIGH4, IU, Apink, Jay Park, BTS, 4Minute, PSY and more Like America has seen so many times via "American Idol," winning a TV singing competition can lead into a massively successful debut album. Brother-sister…

  20. Adidas' Music Gamble: Why They're Betting on Pharrell Williams and Kanye West

    April 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT More than just a marketing coup, Kanye West's defection from Nike -- where he helped design the coveted Air Yeezy sneaker -- to Adidas in December signaled a redoubling of the 64-year-old publicly traded German brand's fashion-focused strategy for sneaker dominance. Although…

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