1. Sony to Launch Virtual-Reality Headset in 2016

    March 04, 2015 8:36 AM EST Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year. The gaming and electronics company announced Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference that its VR system nicknamed Project Morpheus will debut in the first half of 2016. Sony Corp. originally unveiled a…

  2. Meet Lizzo, the Body-Positive Rapper Opening for Sleater-Kinney

    March 02, 2015 5:49 PM EST She's worked with Prince, gotten props from André 3000, and proudly calls herself a big girl in a small world. "I always say that there's this magnet for weird people." That's how 26-year-old rapper Lizzo describes Minneapolis, the adopted city that helped propel her…

  3. Brantley Gilbert on Touring Overseas & 'Moving' Reaction to 'One Hell of an Amen'

    March 02, 2015 3:17 PM EST Brantley Gilbert is definitely used to throwing a "Small Town Throwdown," but now he's taking his party overseas. Gilbert opened up a brief international leg of his tour this past Saturday in Oslo, Norway, as part of the Country 2 Country festival, and he'll play Stockholm…

  4. Kim Kardashian's Forgotten 'Jam': Revisiting The Bid (Or Was It?) For Music Stardom

    February 24, 2015 5:20 PM EST The-Dream on Kim's 2011 solo single: "Thirty years from now, I can be like, 'Yeah, I did it for the Marilyn Monroe of that time.'" "Just finished my piano lesson in time to watch the Oscar's red carpet!!!" Kim Kardashian West posted to Twitter…

  5. Listen to Nick Jonas Covering Kanye West's Ballad, 'Only One'

    February 23, 2015 6:48 PM EST Kanye West 's new Paul McCartney -featuring sentimental ballad, "Only One," has been making an impact on the charts as well as on a number of live performances the hip-hop superstar has been making lately. Watch Kanye West Confess He Hasn't Listened to Beck's…

  6. Oscars 2015: Adam Levine Tops Rita Ora, John Legend for Most Shazamed Performance

    February 23, 2015 11:18 AM EST The 87th Academy Awards had a little bit of everything: stunning fashion , rousing speeches , the host's package , not- Joan Rivers and of course, awkward John Travolta . It also benefited greatly, as all award shows tend to these days, to big-and-bold musical performances throughout the…

  7. The Foo Fighters to Headline Glastonbury Festival

    February 19, 2015 12:33 AM EST The Foo Fighters will headline the granddaddy of Britain's outdoor summer music events, Glastonbury Festival.  Frontman Dave Grohl shared the news at Wednesday night's NME Awards in London during his taped acceptance speech for the Foos' win in the best international band…

  8. Taking Back Sunday Frontman Adam Lazzara Arrested for Driving While Impaired

    February 18, 2015 9:06 PM EST On Sunday, Taking Back Sunday frontman Adam Lazzara was reportedly arrested for driving while impaired in the Charlotte, N.C., area.  According to Alternative Press , via Lambgoat , the singer was pulled over for running a red light and then was charged with a DWI. He is now out on a $2,500…

  9. Drake's Surprise Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    February 18, 2015 12:00 PM EST Drake 's surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as expected , easily scoring the hip-hop star his fourth chart-topper. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric…

  10. Ask Billboard: Jonas Brothers Want to Know Their Album & Song Sales

    February 17, 2015 11:05 AM EST and they're not shy about asking. Plus, thoughts about Ed Sheeran and more. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside…

  11. U.K. Fest Bestival Coming to Canada

    February 17, 2015 12:32 AM EST British festival brand Bestival is expanding into North America. Organizers will stage a two-day fest this June at Hanlan's Point Beach in Toronto, Canada for what will be the event's first expansion outside the U.K.  "We have waited 12 years to decide to launch another…

  12. Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' Returns to No. 1 in U.K.

    February 16, 2015 3:58 AM EST Coverage of Sam Smith's triumphant night at the Grammy Awards helped his debut album In The Lonely Hour  (Capitol/Universal) return to the U.K. chart summit Sunday (Feb. 15). Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" (Polydor/Universal), from the "Fifty Shades Of Grey…

  13. Jonathan Groff Q&A: On 'Looking' Season 2, 'Frozen' Musical & His Britney/Broadway Mash-Up

    February 14, 2015 1:31 AM EST What exactly is it that Jonathan Groff can't do? The Tony Award-nominated actor/singer is currently the star of HBO's critically acclaimed series Looking and played the voice of Kristoff in Walt Disney Pictures' smash hit film Frozen . Indeed, that's him singing "…

  14. Sturgill Simpson Plays Dynamic Set at Music Hall of Williamsburg: Live Review

    February 13, 2015 4:33 PM EST On Thursday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, country singer Sturgill Simpson played his second sold-out New York City show in as many days. A country singer selling out a New York venue? That's right: Simpson played to a room packed full of people who know every word to songs…

  15. The Seminal Sparks on Brother Feuds, Being Bowie Contemporaries and Morrissey's Favorite Band

    February 13, 2015 2:47 PM EST In the early 1970s , it was hard to know how to pigeonhole Sparks . Was Kimono My House glam-rock, or Gilbert & Sullivan -pop? Four-plus decades later, brothers Ron and Russell Mael are still as impossible to peg as ever, aside from possibly holding a place as the most consistently witty…

  16. Exclusive Album Premiere: Aaron Watson's 'The Underdog'

    February 10, 2015 5:30 PM EST One week from today, country traditionalist Aaron Watson will release of his 12th album, The Underdog. In an exclusive interview with Billboard , the singer said that much of the album has autobiographical tones, particularly "Fence Post." "That song is kind of like a…

  17. Grammys 2015: Beck's Win Is a Win for Adult Alternative Radio, Too

    February 10, 2015 9:05 AM EST While the mainstream catches up on 'Morning Phase,' the niche radio format championed the Grammy-winning set early on, marking the latest example of its importance as a tastemaker. Who is Beck? A fair portion of music fans might be searching for the answer to the part-meme…

  18. Op-Ed: Why Beck Was the Wrong Target for Kanye West's Grammy Rant

    February 09, 2015 4:00 PM EST For about an hour Sunday night, Kanye West seemed to have won his way back into America's good graces, thanks to the mistaken belief that he'd developed the ability to take the piss out of himself. When viewers saw him jump on stage at the Grammys as if to interrupt Beck 's…

  19. Grammys 2015: Here's What Happened at the Parties

    February 09, 2015 3:30 PM EST Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter is on the scene as high-profile musicians and top execs celebrate the 2015 Grammy Awards at L.A.'s most exclusive parties. Sam Smith was the big winner at the 2015 Grammy Awards. But the action didn't stop there. Stay tuned to this page for all…

  20. Grammys 2015: Most Shazamed Moments Belong to ELO, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran

    February 09, 2015 9:53 AM EST More than a decade after Electric Light Orchestra 's "Mr. Blue Sky" found new earholes to delight in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , the epic song is back again after ELO's Jeff Lynne and Ed Sheeran performed it during the Grammy Awards. According to data…

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