1. Avril Lavigne 'Hello Kitty' Video Is An Embarrassment In Any Language

    April 22, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Why, Avril? Why? "Hello Kitty" is the weakest song on Avril Lavigne's fifth studio album, a grating earworm that squeezes Gwen Stefani's Japan fetishization into an even more unseemly package. But in a lot of ways, its music video, which wormed its way onto YouTube…

  2. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  3. Michael Cera Readies Broadway Debut In 'This Is Our Youth'

    April 10, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, which has been a magnet for top talent since it was first produced in 1996, is headed for Broadway, with Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and fashion media darling Tavi Gevinson set to play the three adrift characters in the caustic but compassionate…

  4. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  5. Ed Sheeran To Debut 'Sing' Single On Monday

    April 04, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Anxious to sing along to a new Ed Sheeran tune? The U.K. superstar is finally granting that wish, as his new single, "Sing," will be released on Monday (Apr. 8). The "A Team" star posted the news on Instagram, adding that the song will premiere on Zane Lowe's show on…

  6. David Letterman's 5 Best Late Night Music Moments

    April 03, 2014 10:01 PM EDT "What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married." There goes David Letterman, cracking wise about his longtime musical counterpart Paul Shaffer during a monologue Thursday announcing he'll retire next year. The longtime host, who launched NBC's "Late Night…

  7. Inside the Topanga Canyon Studio of Jacknife Lee, Producer for U2, Taylor Swift & 'Divergent'

    March 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The words "Abandon Taste" glow on a neon sign in the main room of Jacknife Lee's Topanga Canyon recording studio, part of a three-structure compound that also includes his home -- and a yurt. It's an ironic statement, considering Lee, real name Garret Lee, is the acclaimed…

  8. Fantasia Returning to Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    March 20, 2014 8:25 PM EDT After helping to fuel rave reviews when the show opened last November, Fantasia Barrino will be back on Broadway for a second stint as guest star of "After Midnight," the sultry song-and-dance tribute to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and '30s. Evoking the wild nights of…

  9. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  10. Ryan Tedder Can't Stop: Working With U2, Elton John (and Everyone Else) While OneRepublic Enjoys Career Highs: Cover Story

    March 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer Ryan Tedder is well over an hour into a high-voltage…

  11. This Week In Billboard Chart History: 'Penny Lane' Marks Beatles' Route To No. 1

    March 17, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1967, the Fab Four beat a path to the top of the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Wilson Phillips, Joan Jett and Diddy Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March 17, 1990 Wilson Phillips made…

  12. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

  13. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

  14. Diane Warren, David Foster, Sia Among Collaborator’s for Baz Luhrmann’s 'Strictly Ballroom' Musical

    February 28, 2014 4:03 AM EST Director Baz Luhrmann and co-writer Craig Pearce have announced the team of composers contributing songs to their upcoming stage venture, Strictly Ballroom: The Musical. Grammy-winning Songwriters Hall of Famers and multiple Oscar nominees Diane Warren and David Foster have penned tunes for…

  15. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time

    February 27, 2014 4:45 PM EST In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a side-splitting comedy, the…

  16. HAIM Turns Back the Clock for 'If I Could Change Your Mind' Video: Watch

    February 24, 2014 8:21 PM EST HAIM oozes a retro feel -- that much has been known since the four-piece pop rock (mostly) girl group burst onto the scene last year. It's for the girls' new music video for "If I Could Change Your Mind," the James Ford-produced fourth track of the band's debut LP,…

  17. Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Debut 'History of Rap Vol. 5': Video

    February 22, 2014 6:45 AM EST The television best friends tackled Jay Z, Drake, "Fresh Prince," Kriss Kross and much more in the latest in their medley series. The fifth time's the charm for Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. The television BFFs finished of Fallon's inaugural week on the Tonight…

  18. Vanessa Williams To Join Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    February 19, 2014 11:41 PM EST Vanessa Williams wants to stay up after midnight. The actress, singer and former Miss America watched the matinee performance of "After Midnight" on Wednesday and then broke it to the cast backstage that she has signed up for a stint in the Broadway show celebrating Duke Ellington&…

  19. Chief Keef Talks Rehab, 'Bang 3' Album & Learning How to Surf

    February 14, 2014 2:10 PM EST Keef's new single, the aptly titled "Fuck Rehab,' is expected soon. It's the end of January, but the Orange County air is balmy — the kind of weather Southern California is enviously famous for. Surfers dot the beach, basking in the remaining moments of sunlight as dusk…

  20. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

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