1. Common, Aloe Blacc & Erykah Badu Celebrate Nina Simone at Sundance Concert

    January 26, 2015 12:20 PM EST The Sundance Institute pulled off the near-impossible at its annual Celebration of Music in Film concert Jan. 25 at the Park City venue the Shop. The artists assembled -- Common , Erykah Badu , Aloe Blacc and more -- evoked the soul and power of the iconoclastic Nina Simone , working her…

  2. Exclusive: Imagine Dragons, Southwest Prep In-Flight Concert & Intimate Club Tour

    January 26, 2015 9:00 AM EST Imagine Dragons' second album may be titled Smoke + Mirrors (due Feb. 17 via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), but an intimate new mini-tour sponsored by Southwest Airlines should help minimize the band's mystique. Beginning Feb. 3, fans can enter a Southwest sweepstakes where one winner…

  3. Watch Aloe Blacc Discuss 'Wake Me Up' Success, His Thoughts on Social Media & More at Sundance

    January 25, 2015 12:34 PM EST Still riding high off the success of his vocal feature on Avicii 's "Wake Me Up," singer Aloe Blacc chatted with Billboard at Sundance 2015 about what's coming up next, performing with Lady Antebellum , and his thoughts on social media and music streaming. Click Here for…

  4. Sundance Film Festival: Kurt Cobain Doc, Iggy Azalea & Scott Weiland Top Music Events

    January 22, 2015 10:00 AM EST This year's Sundance Film Festival is short on musical film premieres compared to recent editions, but there are still a good number of significant musical events in Park City, Utah. Here are seven highlights during the festival's run, starting Thursday (Jan. 22) and going through…

  5. Artist on the Verge Kwabs Goes From YouTube Fame to Next Big Thing

    January 21, 2015 4:00 PM EST Billboard caught up with Kwabs , a next-generation English soul singer, before the release of his debut full-length. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A) From: London Age: 24 Soundalikes: Kwabs' windowpane-rattling baritone has drawn comparisons to Seal…

  6. 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith and More Pick Their Favorite Singles and Albums of 2014

    December 23, 2014 1:08 PM EST In December, all the critics are quick to tell you their favorite albums and songs of the year, but what about the musicians? Does anybody ask them about the year in music? Billboard checked in with a wide-ranging group of artists -- including Charli XCX , the rapper YG , and 5 Seconds of…

  7. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: See Who Wins our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs…

  8. Rita Ora, Darius Rucker Perform at President Obama's 'Christmas in Washington' Concert

    December 14, 2014 10:26 PM EST The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker . President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual "Christmas in Washington" concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for…

  9. Smokey Robinson Settling With Ex-Wife Over Terminated Song Rights

    December 14, 2014 1:46 PM EST Divorces don't get more complicated than this one. A closely-watched dispute between Smokey Robinson and his ex-wife Claudette Robinson over song rights is about to be resolved. On Thursday (Dec. 11), the parties told a judge that they had reached a settlement in principle. Smokey…

  10. BSBB Round 3: Aloe Blacc, "The Man" vs. Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules The Man Aloe Blacc Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J DENISE WARNER: Aloe Blacc may be “The Man,” but is he able to get a baby to stop crying with just the first notes of his song? If Perry can inspire this kind of…

  11. BSBB Round 2: OneRepublic, "Counting Stars" vs. Aloe Blacc, "The Man"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Counting Stars OneRepublic The Man Aloe Blacc MEGAN BUERGER: So, I know Ryan Tedder is supposedly the best songwriter of the past decade, but "Counting Stars" is a real puzzler. "Everything that kills me makes me…

  12. BSBB Round 1: Nico & Vinz, "Am I Wrong" vs. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz Shake It Off Taylor Swift CHRIS PAYNE: My love of “Am I Wrong” perplexed me throughout 2014. Why was I so entranced by a song that seems like some Sting-influenced post-Maroon 5 radio schlock,…

  13. BSBB Round 1: Pitbull feat. Kesha, "Timber" vs. Aloe Blacc, "The Man"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Timber Pitbull feat. Kesha The Man Aloe Blacc KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: I guess that Aloe Blacc song is perfectly fine, but no matter how many times I listen to it, I still have no idea how the song goes. It’s perfectly forgettable.…

  14. Avicii Has the Most Shazamed Song of All Time

    December 10, 2014 11:33 AM EST Avicii  has the most Shazamed song of all time. The DJ's hit "Wake Me Up" with Aloe Blacc  has collected more than 19 million queries on Shazam to date. Close behind is Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines" with T.I. and Pharrell Williams with more than 18 million…

  15. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  16. Exclusive: Watch Linkin Park Rock Out 'Final Masquerade' For 'Guitar Center Sessions'

    December 03, 2014 10:22 AM EST Billboard is excited to premiere a sparkling Linkin Park live video, straight from one of the band's most up-close and personal shows in years, courtesy of Guitar Center Sessions . Check out the video below to watch singer Chester Bennington guide the veteran band through the…

  17. The Biz of Fizz: Why Soda Brands Are Spending Millions To Promote Taylor Swift, Tiesto in 2014

    November 17, 2014 1:02 PM EST The second half of 2014 sees Big Gulp-sized soda partnerships with artists. Michael Tran/FilmMagic In 2014, 7UP doubled down on its lucky number by linking with Tiesto , Ultra, Insomniac and others for its 7x7Up initiative: seven top festivals, seven rising DJs ( Danny Avila , Disco…

  18. Exclusive: Watch Billy Idol Perform 'Can't Break Me Down' for 'Guitar Center Sessions'

    November 14, 2014 11:30 AM EST Guitar Center Sessions, which airs on DirectTV Audience, has lined up a pretty impressive roster for season 9, including Linkin Park , Aloe Blacc, Ziggy Marley , Neon Trees , Big & Rich and more. Perhaps most excitingly, Billy Idol will also make an appearance. "What really sets…

  19. Ella Henderson Video Exclusive: Watch An Acoustic Performance of ‘Glow’ for Culinary Beats

    November 03, 2014 10:56 AM EST Rising U.K. pop star Ella Henderson is the latest artist to take part in Culinary Beats , CITI’s ongoing web series that pairs popular musicians with all-star chefs and allows them to discuss their respective creative inspirations. The “Ghost” singer performed her song “Glow” during her…

  20. 2015 Grammys Best New Artist Contenders: Whose Stock Is Rising?

    October 28, 2014 6:21 PM EDT 0 Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith look like safe bets, while artists like Vance Joy and Tove Lo are making late pushes. Don’t look now, but Grammy season is fast approaching. The nominees will be revealed in a mere 38 days, when the Grammy Nominations Concert touches down on Dec. 5 to…

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