1. The Decemberists Starting to Work on New Material

    May 22, 2013 4:16 PM EDT The Decemberists are in the very early stages of crafting the follow-up to 2011's "The King Is Dead," according to drummer John Moen. "We’re starting very, very, very quietly and timidly starting recording," Moen said. "By the end of the year we'll have…

  2. Columbia to Release 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Soundtrack on June 18

    May 22, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Columbia Records will release the soundtrack for the documentary "Twenty Feet from Stardom" on June 18, four days after the film opens theatrically. The movie chronicles the lives of background singers, starting with Darlene Love, moving through Merry Clayton and Claudia Linnear,…

  3. French Montana Talks 'Excuse My French' Album & Success

    May 21, 2013 11:13 AM EDT Even among rappers, French Montana's love of money runs deep. Here's a short list of things that come before his bank balance: his family (both parents, now separated, and two younger brothers) and his friend the rapper Max B, who was incarcerated in 2009 for conspiracy to commit…

  4. Chart Highlights: Christina Aguilera's 'Love' Lifts To No. 1 On Dance/Club Play Songs

    May 20, 2013 5:55 PM EDT 0 Plus, Wale, the Neighbourhood and Marc Anthony log new leaders Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com…

  5. The 10 Most GIF-Worthy Moments: Billboard Music Awards 2013

    May 20, 2013 3:53 AM EDT Still shots are nice, but the 2013 Billboard Music Awards was all about motion. Everyone from host Tracy Morgan to performers like Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars showed their stuff on stage--shimmering, shaking and singing. So what better way to recap some of the best times from the show…

  6. Kanye West Unveils New Song With Worldwide Building Projections: Watch

    May 17, 2013 9:58 PM EDT In a typically innovative move, Kanye West has launched his highly anticipated sixth studio album by unveiling a new song and visual from the full-length via images being projected on 66 buildings scattered around the globe. "NEW SONG AND VISUAL FROM MY NEW ALBUM BEING PROJECTED…

  7. Kanye West: Everything We Know About His Upcoming Album (Infographic)

    May 17, 2013 6:40 PM EDT Kanye West has been gradually teasing his sixth studio album: the rapper tweeted what is rumored to be the tentative release date (" June Eighteen ") and performed new songs at the Met Gala and Adult Swim upfront event, including the Auto-Tune love song, presumably titled "…

  8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Billboard Cover Story

    May 17, 2013 2:00 PM EDT They aren't just making records, they're setting them: biggest-selling download of 2013, the first duo to send their first two singles to No. 1 on the Hot 100. And they've done it all their way This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey Adds To Hot 100 Legacy

    May 16, 2013 6:35 PM EDT With the debut of "#Beautiful," Carey pads her historic Hot 100 discography. Plus, Michael Jackson's music is reaching new generations and Rod Stewart returns As "#Beautiful" bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 24, Mariah Carey continues as one of the chart&…

  10. 'American Idol': Top 12 Moments of Season 12

    May 16, 2013 6:10 PM EDT It's between Kree Harrison and Candice Glover for the "American Idol" season 12 crown. But remember, two came out of thousands who auditioned to begin with, giving viewers plenty of performances and moments throughout the year that made this season of "Idol"…

  11. Memorial for Slayer's Hanneman Planned for May 23

    May 15, 2013 7:41 PM EDT A memorial for Slayer's Jeff Hanneman, who died earlier this month at age 49, is set for May 23 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium. The memorial, which will be open to the public, is set to last four hours, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Attendance of the event, which is all ages, will be…

  12. George Strait Scores 86th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    May 15, 2013 7:15 PM EDT The King of Country pushes closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s all-time George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s in the 69-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Give It All We Got Tonight" rises 12…

  13. Nine Inch Nails' Eric Avery Quits Band

    May 15, 2013 5:56 PM EDT "It's been a tough call and I don't know if it's the right one," bassist writes. Trent Reznor's rebooted Nine Inch Nails is in need of a new bassist: Eric Avery, who was announced to be joining the reformed industrial rockers on their 2013-14 world tour earlier…

  14. Club 8's Johan Angergård Talks 'Above The City': Stream The New Album

    May 15, 2013 12:00 PM EDT "We're probably one of the slowest bands in the world. It takes us such a long time to do everything."   That's Johan Angergård's defense of Club 8, the Swedish indie-pop duo that nevertheless has managed to release eight albums since 1996 -- six of which have…

  15. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  16. Daft Punk, 'Random Access Memories': Track-By-Track Review

    May 13, 2013 6:43 PM EDT There's a point on "Doin' It Right," the penultimate track on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," where the album's utter lack of post-modern ambitions smacks the listener in the face. "Everybody will be dancing and be feeling all right!…

  17. Chart Highlights: Mariah Carey, Miguel Blast Onto Radio Rankings With '#Beautiful'

    May 13, 2013 5:10 PM EDT The song soars onto a host of airplay tallies, while Emeli Sande and Intocable net new No. 1s. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  18. Willie Nelson Receives Honorary Doctorate

    May 12, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Boston's Berklee College of Music also gave degrees to Carole King and Annie Lennox. Willie Nelson is a doctor – at least an honorary one. The music legend received an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee College of Music during the Boston school’s commencement ceremony…

  19. Slayer's Jeff Hanneman Death Due To Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis

    May 09, 2013 6:57 PM EDT One week after Slayer's Jeff Hanneman died at the age of 49, the guitarist/songwriter's official cause of death has been revealed to be alcohol-related cirrhosis, or an irreversible scarring of the liver. In a message posted to Slayer's official web site on Thursday (May 9),…

  20. The-Dream Releases Jay-Z-Assisted, 'High Art': Listen

    May 09, 2013 5:05 PM EDT Close to two weeks before the release of his upcoming album, "IV Play" (May 28), The-Dream releases his Jay-Z-assisted, "High Art."   High Art Just a Fuckin Real Fun Energetic Summer Song!!!!!!!!!!! #iVPLAY #HIGHART — THE-DREAM (@TheKingDream) May 9, 2013   The-Dream…

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