1. NASA on Beyonce's Challenger Sample: Tragedy 'Should Never Be Trivialized'

    January 02, 2014 8:58 PM EST NASA has officially responded to Beyonce's use of audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion in her new song "XO," saying that the tragedy "should never be trivialized." "The Challenger accident is an important part of our history, a tragic reminder that…

  2. Beyonce's Use of Challenger Disaster Audio Angers NASA Astronauts

    December 30, 2013 2:00 PM EST Former NASA astronauts and their family members are calling Beyonce "insensitive" for using audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion in her new song, "XO," off her surprise, self-titled album. "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation.…

  3. Richard Marx, Heart In Holiday Spirit On AC Chart

    December 23, 2013 10:05 AM EST Their new collaboration scales the tally, granting Marx a second straight year of charting with holiday fare After not appearing on Billboard charts with holiday music for almost 25 years, Richard Marx is now making the practice an annual tradition as predictable as Santa's Christmas…

  4. Oscars Name 75 Songs in Contention for Original Song Award

    December 16, 2013 7:30 PM EST Five songs from “The Great Gatsby,” four of the five Golden Globe nominees and another 66 recordings have been deemed eligible for the Original Song category for the 86th Academy Awards. “Great Gatsby,” the best-seller of any soundtrack released in 2013, has Jay Z’s "100$ Bill,"…

  5. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  6. Accounts of Morrissey's Homosexual Relationship Edited Out of U.S. Autobiography Release

    December 04, 2013 9:50 PM EST Morrissey's aptly-named "Autobiography" makes its debut stateside this week, albeit with one hitch: deemphasizing his reported relationship with photographer Jake Owens Walters. The book, published in the U.S. by G.T. Putnam's Sons, removes a photograph of Walters from the…

  7. Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' Swings Back To No. 1 On Hot 100

    December 04, 2013 2:33 PM EST Due to renewed viral activity, the ballad dethrones Lorde's "Royals" after a nine-week reign. Plus, new No. 1s for Pitbull and Avicii, while A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera reach the Hot 100's top 10 Thanks to the viral explosion of a new parody video…

  8. Miley Cyrus & Kanye West Among Barbara Walters’ ‘Most Fascinating People of the Year’

    December 04, 2013 2:46 AM EST Barbara Walters is ready to honor another batch of "Most Fascinating People of the Year," with 2013's list including a pop star who added "twerk" to the public lexicon and a set of reality TV breakouts who made duck hunting cool. Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence and the…

  9. The Walkmen Announce Indefinite Hiatus

    November 29, 2013 8:15 PM EST After nearly 14 years as a band, The Walkmen are taking a step back from recording as a group. The indie rockers revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that, after shows in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, the band has "no future plans whatsoever." According to bassist…

  10. Bruce Springsteen to Release 'High Hopes' Studio Album in January

    November 25, 2013 8:17 AM EST Columbia Records announced Monday that Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album, "High Hopes," will be released on Jan. 14, 2014. The record is an eclectic combination of cover songs, new songs, and songs previously performed by Springsteen in some format. The album was…

  11. Bob Dylan's 'Rolling Stone' Video a Clever Novelty, But Can It Sell a 47-CD Box Set?

    November 20, 2013 11:30 AM EST Jugglers and clowns or innocent lip-synchers? The first-ever video for Bob Dylan’s "Like a Rolling Stone"  is a user-driven novelty item, a chance to listen to one of rock 'n' roll's greatest monuments while channel surfing. It's ultimate message is as fuzzy as…

  12. Rogers Waters Returns to Benefit for Wounded

    November 06, 2013 1:46 AM EST Their faces are young and strong, but their bodies sit in wheelchairs or stand on artificial limbs. They laugh and smile as Roger Waters holds court in a rehearsal hall. The wounded servicemen are waiting to rehearse their set with the former Pink Floyd frontman ahead of Wednesday's …

  13. Morrissey's 'Autobiography': 10 Things We Learned About Moz

    October 24, 2013 1:28 PM EDT key takeaways from Moz's tell-all, from his feelings about the Smiths and his first serious relationship to that time he was almost on "Friends." Published in the United Kingdom late last week, "Autobiography" is Morrissey's long-awaited life story,…

  14. Eminem's 30 Biggest Songs

    October 17, 2013 2:16 PM EDT Eminem's birthday is today (Oct. 17), and to celebrate the midwestern rapper who rose to the national stage a decade and a half ago, we're taking a look at Em's 30 biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100. He may go by a handful of names -- Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady …

  15. Morrissey Opens Up About His Personal Life in Autobiography

    October 17, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Released only in the UK and Europe, Morrissey's tell-all contains no chapters and starts with a paragraph that lasts four-and-a-half pages Former Smiths frontman Morrissey opens up about his personal life in his new autobiography, revealing that he had a serious relationship with a man…

  16. Tommy Roe Has Come a Long Way Since 'Sheila'

    October 04, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Tommy Roe -- the artist behind such hits as "Sheila" and "Dizzy," is back with new music. The Georgia native has been busy promoting his current single, "Memphis Me." He tells Billboard that he's enjoying having new music to talk about, because he admits…

  17. Jenni Rivera's Second Life: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 04, 2013 2:05 PM EDT This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. Last year, Jenni Rivera made a vow to herself: 2013 was going to be her breakthrough moment. She was 43 and already a multimillionaire. As the biggest female artist in regional Mexican, she'd…

  18. Badfinger Song Sends 'Breaking Bad' Off in Style

    September 30, 2013 9:15 AM EDT WARNING: Spoilers ahead for the series finale if "Breaking Bad" "Breaking Bad" has ended -- but not before giving fans one final song to rock out to. As we saw Walter White (Bryan Cranston) – bleeding and near death – back in a lab one last time, he had just the song…

  19. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  20. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

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