1. Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    September 09, 2013 11:37 AM EDT The alternative radio format is built upon the promise of what's coming next, so it's no surprise that the music played by alternative stations has experienced multiple changes during the last 25 years. The wide-ranging format of 1988 (when the chart debuted  with the name, …

  2. Diplo Q&A: Talking Travel, Twerking and Burning Man With the DJ/Producer

    September 05, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Diplo and travel partner Shane McCauley open an interactive art exhibit in Los Angeles Black and white photographs shot in Jamaica, South Africa, Brazil and New York are beamed onto the two side walls of the Sonos Studio in Los Angeles while music from blogs dedicated to upbeat music from…

  3. Keith Urban Lights a Creative Fire With 'Fuse'

    September 05, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Urban takes creative risks on first album since vocal scare. "I really enjoyed just not having a clue. What did George Harrison say? 'If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.' It was very much that kind of liberation for me" If a…

  4. G-Dragon, 'COUP D'ETAT': First Listen

    September 04, 2013 7:49 PM EDT The BIGBANG wunderkind rapper/singer enlists Diplo, Baauer, Missy Elliott, Sky Ferreira and more for an eclectic set. Despite officially debuting as leader of boy band BIGBANG in 2006, 25-year-old G-Dragon has lived over half his life in the K-pop industry. And as the title to…

  5. Keith Urban, 'Fuse': Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 03, 2013 7:21 AM EDT Release Date: Sept. 10 Label: Capitol Nashville Keith Urban typically folds in eclectic influences in his version of country, but he deliberately pushed the envelope even further with "Fuse," which pulls together 16 tracks with eight different co-producers. It marks his first…

  6. Spotlight On Serena Ryder

    August 27, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Serena Ryder is back, and bigger, than ever. And she's certainly feeling better -- about everything. After four well-received albums, the Canadian singer-songwriter releases her latest set, "Harmony," on Tuesday (Aug. 27), nine months to the day after it came out in the Great…

  7. Tracy Lawrence Pushes the Envelope on 'Headlights, Taillights and Radios'

    August 23, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Fans of Tracy Lawrence who get his new release "Headlights, Taillights and Radios," which hits stores this week -- might find a few different sounds than they are accustomed to. If so, the singer tells Billboard that was intentional. "It was real important for me on this…

  8. Goldfrapp Tells New 'Tales' After Feeling Rushed on Previous Album

    August 15, 2013 5:41 PM EDT Alison Goldfrapp will be the first to say 2010's "Head First" wasn't her band's best work. A product of pressure from her label Mute's then-parent EMI, the nine-track collection was a synth-coated ode to Olivia Newton-John-esque '80s pop that failed to…

  9. Kid's Author Sandra Boynton Goes Country, Enlists Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Ryan Adams and Others for New Album

    August 13, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Famed children's author Sandra Boynton is set for a career first come Sept. 3. The famous scribe – who mixes her words with music – will be releasing "Frog Trouble and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs" via Warner Brothers. It's her first collaboration with country music…

  10. Pitchfork Music Festival 2013: A Father-Son Dialogue

    July 22, 2013 1:30 PM EDT My dad had no idea that A$AP Rocky was coming. But he was ready for Lil B. Last summer, I brought my father to the Pitchfork Music Festival, that annual indie-rock utopia in Chicago's Union Park, and the first artist he watched in full was Lord Flacko and the rest of the A$AP Mob, back…

  11. Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP': Top 10 Dream Collaborations

    July 18, 2013 2:30 PM EDT From Bowie to Britney to the Weeknd, here are 10 collaborators we'd like to see in the liner notes to Gaga's next album. Last week's announcement that Lady Gaga's "ARTPOP" album was finally arriving in November was coupled with the news that the long…

  12. Jay-Z's Impromptu Twitter Q&A: 10 Things We Learned

    July 08, 2013 7:10 PM EDT Jay-Z's highly anticipated "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album officially hits shelves tomorrow (July 9). As we've reported, it's rollout and release has been a bit unconventional , with Jay creating "new rules." This afternoon he surprised his nearly 2.7…

  13. Jay-Z's New Blueprint: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 21, 2013 1:40 PM EDT Samsung made Jay-Z's new album profitable before it was even released. What does it mean for the music industry? And which brands and artists can follow next? Not only did Samsung score exclusive access to Jay-Z's first solo album in four years, the consumer electronics behemoth…

  14. Skillet Just Keeps Getting Hotter With 'Rise': Exclusive Album Preview Video

    June 21, 2013 12:28 PM EDT It's a warm, breezy afternoon, and platinum Christian rock band Skillet is settled on the patio at Warner Music's Nashville headquarters, anxious to talk about its new album, "Rise," due June 25 on Word/Atlantic.  "It's a story about your typical American…

  15. Letter From The Editor: What Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Means For The Billboard 200 Chart

    June 21, 2013 8:55 AM EDT A discussion of why the Samsung promotion isn't counting on our albums chart -- and what it means for the music business "I don't follow any guidelines," Jay-Z says in "22 Twos," one of the standout tracks on his 1996 debut, "Reasonable Doubt."…

  16. House Music: Your Living Room Might Be Your Next Concert Venue

    June 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT House concerts are providing DIY-inclined singer/songwriters, like Callaghan, a way to earn a living at their craft … and bringing music to fans in the purest, most intimate way At 5:58 on a warm and sunny spring evening in North Quincy, Mass., Frank Sullivan is stirring a pot of…

  17. Bonnaroo 2013: HAIM, Purity Ring and a Feisty Killer Mike Rev Up Thursday

    June 14, 2013 3:10 AM EDT HAIM's kiddie kiss, Killer Mike's Reagan rant, missing Mumfords, & more from Bonnaroo Day 1. As music fans, arts-and-crafts enthusiasts and general hippies poured into Manchester, Tenn. for Day 1 of the 2013 Bonnaroo festival on Thursday (June 13), the names "McCartney,…

  18. DJ Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe's ‘Summer of '93' Cory Enemy Remix: First Listen

    June 11, 2013 4:49 PM EDT What do you get when you mix an internationally renowned DJ and a classically trained violinist? An ultra glamorous mash-up perfect for any dance party. DJ Mia Moretti, mixer for fashion houses like Rebecca Minkoff, and violinist Caitlin Moe have expanded their creative collaboration,…

  19. Nina Simone Doc Enters Pre-Production, Dr. Dre Asked to Score Separate Simone Biopic

    June 06, 2013 3:33 AM EDT Nina Simone news is arriving in waves, with producers of a biopic courting Dr. Dre for musical assistance, Issa Rae being cast as the songstress in a Lorraine Hansberry film and the Simone estate putting a documentary into production. The documentary will be developed and produced by …

  20. Atoms For Peace Announce International Tour

    June 01, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Thom Yorke says the band will be playing cuts from 'Amok,' 'The Eraser' songs and some B-sides on tour. Southern California has been good for Thom Yorke. It's the home base for his 4-year-old band Atoms For Peace, meaning he's making occasional tough cross…

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