1. Pharrell's 'Happy' Is Highest Charting Oscar-Nominated Song in More Than a Decade

    February 12, 2014 4:39 PM EST This week, Pharrell's "Happy" becomes the highest-charting Oscar-nominated song in more than a decade. The tune, which is nominated for best original song at this year's Academy Awards, jumps from No. 8 to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week . It was written by…

  2. Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler ‘Rockin’ the Big Day Out: Watch

    February 05, 2014 12:31 AM EST Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler have come together to bring the house down on Australia’s 2014 Big Day Out tour with a performance of “Rockin’ in the Free World”. Vedder, Butler and co. on Sunday gave a fitting rendition of Neil Young’s rock standard for what is likely to be the last…

  3. Top 10 Biggest GRAMMY Upsets Of The Past 10 Years

    January 21, 2014 1:40 PM EST Esperanza Spalding, Bon Iver, Herbie Hancock and more artists who shocked the world with GRAMMY wins in the past decade. One of the more enjoyable reasons to watch the GRAMMY Awards each year is because of the shocking upset victories -- the artists, songs and albums in the running that…

  4. Pharrell, U2, Karen O Score Oscar Nominations

    January 16, 2014 9:35 AM EST "Frozen" highlight "Let It Go" also scores an Academy Award nod. U2, Pharrell Williams and the bassist of Arcade Fire are all contending for trophies at the 86th annual Academy Awards -- as is a film about the singers who sang the oohs, ahs and la-la-las on thousands of…

  5. 15 Best Albums of 2013: Critics' Picks

    December 19, 2013 1:41 PM EST From ultra-ambitious musical comebacks to hype-surviving debuts to a certain unexpected album released right before the end-of-year buzzer sounded, 2013 contained a beautifully diverse array of full-length statements. After many, many repeated listens, the Billboard staff voted…

  6. Jon Pardi Keeps Country's Good Times Rolling With 'Up All Night'

    December 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST Earlier this year, after his first single, "Missin' You Crazy," fizzled out at No. 25 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, developing Capitol Nashville singer/songwriter Jon Pardi went to Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) chairman/CEO Mike Dungan with a big question.…

  7. YouTube Music Awards: 6 Odd Things That Couldn't Go Unnoticed

    November 04, 2013 11:53 AM EST Last night in New York City, YouTube held its inaugural YouTube Music Awards. Directed by Spike Jonze, the overall idea around performances from the likes of Lady Gaga and Eminem was that they wouldn’t simply be the standard, but live music videos. Along with that, came off-the-cuff hosting…

  8. YouTube Music Awards: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga Highlight Gleefully Messy Show

    November 03, 2013 8:28 PM EST Lindsey Stirling, Avicii, and Earl Sweatshirt also rocked the off-kilter production. Sometime between Macklemore asking if he could keep a stranger's infant and an award winner's name being hidden in the middle of a cake -- or, wait, maybe in between Lindsey Stirling flying…

  9. Arcade Fire, 'Reflektor': Track-By-Track Review

    October 28, 2013 10:33 AM EDT Arcade Fire has been touted as Generation Y's answer to U2, and ever since their 2004 debut "Funeral" tipped off indie rock to strings, sweeping musical arrangements and wholly relatable anthems, it seems they've been aspiring to make a statement like "Reflektor.…

  10. Arcade Fire Pays Tribute to Haiti on 'Reflektor'

    October 25, 2013 4:48 AM EDT A traditional Haitian rara band loudly snaked through the crowd, its insistent drums and horns drawing the members of Arcade Fire to a small outdoor stage. The Canadian musicians thanked the members of Rara Lakay in a smattering of Haitian Creole, and building on their beats launched into…

  11. Arcade Fire Tricks and Treats Brooklyn to Intimate 'Reflektor' Show

    October 19, 2013 11:08 AM EDT At a full moon masquerade last night in Brooklyn (October 18), Arcade Fire arrived like a phantom of its own opera, materializing when fans least expected it from behind a largely overlooked black curtain set up against the far west wall of a cavernous venue. It was just one of many times…

  12. Coldplay to be Honored for 'Hunger Games' Song at Hollywood Film Awards

    October 16, 2013 1:42 AM EDT For their hit song "Atlas" on the soundtrack to the film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the multi-platinum and multiple Grammy-winning band Coldplay -- composed of Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Will Champion and Jonny Buckland -- will receive this year's Hollywood…

  13. Arcade Fire Debuts New Music, Recruits Celebrity Friends for 'SNL,' Concert Special

    September 29, 2013 2:04 AM EDT Arcade Fire owned NBC's Saturday night. The rock band took to the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" for the live debut (outside secret shows) of its newest single, "Reflektor," as well as the full debut of "Afterlife" -- both songs from the group&…

  14. 'One Direction: This Is Us' Extended Cut Coming Soon

    September 10, 2013 3:28 AM EDT Can't get enough of One Direction? You're in luck. Banking on young fans' insatiable appetite for anything related to the British pop band, Sony is releasing an extended version of the concert doc "One Direction: This Is Us." The film will hit theaters on Friday,…

  15. 'The Butler' Beats One Direction’s ‘This is Us’ At Labor Day Box Office

    September 03, 2013 12:44 AM EDT Lee Daniels' "The Butler" engineered a surprise victory over Morgan Spurlock's 3D concert documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" at the Labor Day box office, becoming the first movie of 2013 to top the North American chart three weekends in a row. Overall,…

  16. Marilyn King, Last of the King Sisters, Dead at 82

    August 08, 2013 2:54 PM EDT Marilyn King, the last surviving member of popular singing family The King Sisters, who released dozens of records throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s and influenced generations of jazz-vocal groups, died on Wednesday following a battle with cancer. She was 82. King was surrounded by her…

  17. Arcade Fire Sets October Release Date For New Album

    July 12, 2013 3:12 PM EDT Follow-up to Grammy-winning "The Suburbs" will feature production from James Murphy. The Arcade Fire's fourth studio album will be released on Oct. 29, the band has revealed in a post on Twitter on Friday (July 12). A report from Revolt TV surfaced on Friday claiming that the…

  18. Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Regine Chassagne Welcome Baby Boy

    April 26, 2013 5:15 PM EDT Here's some good news from one of indie rock's most prominent couples -- Arcade Fire's husband-wife duo Win Butler and Régine Chassagne have welcomed a seven-pound baby boy into the world. The baby (whose name is not yet known) was born Sunday, April 21. The news was broken…

  19. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Crooner, Dies

    September 26, 2012 10:05 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there," the singer once…

  20. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

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