1. Beastie Boy, GoldieBlox Settle Lawsuit Over ‘Girls’ Ad

    March 18, 2014 12:39 AM EDT A contentious legal battle over the use of the Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" has come to a close with a settlement.  Toy company GoldieBlox, in a preemptive attempt to declare "fair use" of the track in a viral video, took the Beasties to court in Nov. 2013 to which…

  2. 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…

  3. Soundgarden's Chris Cornell 'Really Open' To Collaborating With Nine Inch Nails on Tour

    March 17, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The band discusses its admiration for Trent Reznor, its forthcoming music & why drummer Matt Cameron won't be on the co-headlining tour. With its just-announced summer tour with Nine Inch Nails and Death Grips, Soundgarden will be significantly busier than it planned to be this year.…

  4. 'Let It Go' Helps Idina Menzel Make Hot 100 History

    March 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Idina Menzel has made history on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The singer's rise into the top 10 with "Let It Go" makes her the first person with both a top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Menzel's Oscar-winning "Let It Go" (from the film "Frozen"…

  5. Big Albums, But No Big Hot 100 Hits

    March 14, 2014 8:11 PM EDT New Billboard 200 leader Rick Ross is among artists who repeatedly dominate the chart despite having not landed a top 10 Hot 100 hit With the arrival of "Mastermind" atop the Billboard 200 chart , Rick Ross continues his streak of earning No. 1 albums without ever having tallied a…

  6. Lady Gaga at SXSW: Talks Katy Perry, Music Industry 'Prison' and Being 'Held to an Insane Standard' in Keynote Speech

    March 14, 2014 3:59 PM EDT She wasn't carried in on a barbecue spit and she didn't do any theatrical vomiting -- as she did on Thursday night during her performance at Doritos' Bold Stage -- but Lady Gaga came to her South By Southwest keynote session Friday morning sporting plenty of extra hair and a…

  7. Ryan Tedder's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the Undercover King of Pop

    March 14, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic seems to be pondering something on the cover of the March 22 issue of Billboard ( buy it ). Is he thinking about his next big hit for a major star, or perhaps his own band? One thing's for certain: the pop tunesmith behind hits for artists like Adele,…

  8. Johnny Winter Sets New 'Roots' Album With Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Ben Harper

    March 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Mark Knopfler, Joe Perry and Dr. John are among the guests on the second edition of classic blues covers coming from legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. The follow-up to his 2011 album "Roots," Winter's manager…

  9. SXSW: Lady Gaga Plays Offbeat Set, Tells Fans 'You Don't Need A F--king Record Label'

    March 14, 2014 4:33 AM EDT “I paid [her] $2.5 million, I better hear ‘Alejandro,’” said one dissapointed Doritos executive, whose request went unfulfilled The humor of playing Austin’s most prominent barbeque joint was not lost on Lady Gaga. For her headlining performance at Doritos’ Bold Stage, temporarily held at…

  10. Ice Cube Raps On Making Movies, the Grammys and N.W.A.'s Hall of Fame Snub

    March 14, 2014 12:31 AM EDT In the 20-plus years since Ice Cube decided to focus on movies, he's taken on key roles in filmmaking - acting, writing, even directing. But it's his work as a producer, with his own production company Cube Vision, that's given him the most satisfaction - and perhaps the most…

  11. Avicii, Kaskade, More to Appear on Disney EDM Remix Album

    March 12, 2014 7:55 PM EDT "Dconstructed" is out April 22 Perfect Disney pairings: Aladdin and Jasmine, Simba and Nala. How about Armin van Buuren and "Frozen"'s Elsa? Or maybe Kaskade and Dumbo? Walt Disney Records announced Tuesday that an upcoming album will give a new spin to 14 of their…

  12. One Direction, Ariana Grande & More 'Talk Dirty' To Jason Derulo Hit: Watch

    March 12, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty" single has gotten a whole mess of celebrities dancing on its way to selling 2 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Derulo has been teasing a "Celebrities Talkin' Dity" lip-synch extravaganza for over a month, and on…

  13. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at SXSW: 'I Cried and I Laughed'

    March 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Director Martin Shore's new documentary "Take Me to the River" had its world premiere in Austin, Texas, Tuesday night. A musical celebration and Memphis history lesson filled with legendary artists new and old, it makes an ideal programming pick for the synergistic South by…

  14. Def Jam Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 2 Chainz and Pusha T Rocking, Kanye West Watching

    March 12, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a star-studded showcase, which included performances by 2 Chainz, Pusha T, YG, and a host of top picks from the Def Jam Roster. 
 The event, which took place at Stubbs BBQ, was sponsored by web hosting companyMedia Temple and…

  15. MC5 Guitarist Goes for Cool Factor in Crafting SXSW Jimi Hendrix Stamp Concert

    March 11, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Wayne Kramer is proudly "a guy that comes from an era of being highly critical of the government -- and is still fairly critical of much of what our government does." But when it comes to putting rock stars on U.S. postage stamps, the MC5 alumnus is all for it. Kramer is curating an…

  16. The Fray Plays 'How Well Do You Know Your Band Mates?': Video

    March 11, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Last week, the Fray scored another Top 10 album debut when its fourth studio set, "Helios," debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. The new full-length features the Ryan Tedder-produced single "Love Don't Die," which has followed smashes like "Over My Head …

  17. Skrillex's 'Recess' & 10 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    March 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  18. Chart Highlights: One Direction, Katy Perry, U2 Score New No. 1s

    March 10, 2014 4:15 PM EDT D dominates an airplay chart for the first time, Perry's 'Dark Horse' rules Rhythmic Songs and U2 nets a record-setting No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  19. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  20. Inside the Hendrix Film's Beatles Coup and Why They 'Bet the House' on Andre Benjamin

    March 09, 2014 4:46 PM EDT The Beatles, Cream, the Animals, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones play roles in the development of Jimi Hendrix in 1966 and 1967, a 12-month period that saw the guitarist emerge from Curtis Knight's rhythm section to form the Experience and take a starring role in the Monterey Pop…

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