1. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  2. Breathe Carolina, 'Chasing Hearts': Exclusive Video Premiere

    April 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT The genre-blending act's new studio album "Savages" drops today on Fearless Records Breathe Carolina's genre-blending, party-starting fourth album "Savages" drops today and Billboard has an exclusive premiere of the music video for one of its focal tracks. The…

  3. Inside the Topanga Canyon Studio of Jacknife Lee, Producer for U2, Taylor Swift & 'Divergent'

    March 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The words "Abandon Taste" glow on a neon sign in the main room of Jacknife Lee's Topanga Canyon recording studio, part of a three-structure compound that also includes his home -- and a yurt. It's an ironic statement, considering Lee, real name Garret Lee, is the acclaimed…

  4. New Clue Hints At Origins of Kurt Cobain's 'Come As You Are' Lyric

    March 27, 2014 4:30 AM EDT Charles R. Cross, author of the new book "Here We Are Now: The Legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana," made an eye-opening discovery at his March 20 reading in Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Wash.: the possible origin of a famous Cobain tune. A local resident brought to the reading…

  5. Black Keys Catch a 'Fever' on New Single: Listen

    March 24, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The return of the Black Keys is officially upon us: Akron's most popular rock duo is back with a new single, "Fever," that previews their (ahem) feverishly anticipated eighth studio album, "Turn Blue." While "Fever" opens at a more measured pace and with…

  6. Idina Menzel's Fairy Tale Journey: From Broadway to 'Frozen' and a 'Gorgeous' Note From John Travolta (Cover Story)

    March 24, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The "Frozen" star has a top 10 hit, 'Fanzels' who follow her every move, a new Broadway smash and a name (even when mangled) that has gone household "Hey, it's me." The whistles and screams that greet this bit of dialogue are more Madison Square…

  7. Lady Gaga Seeks Sweet Revenge in 'G.U.Y.' Video: Watch

    March 22, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Lady Gaga has no problem attaching art to music -- she named her last album "ARTPOP" and had a performance artist vomit on her at South By Southwest , after all -- and she's not showing signs of stopping anytime soon with her new music video, which nearly hits a 12…

  8. Ellie Goulding Aches For Downtime: 'I Need To Sort My Life Out'

    March 21, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The electro-dance heroine (and closet bookworm) talks about being "pulled home" as she continues playing shows and collecting hits. "I need to sort my life out," says Ellie Goulding with a sigh, fiddling with her bright blonde hair as she talks. "And if I don'…

  9. The Hold Steady Discuss New LP 'Teeth Dreams,' A Decade in Rock

    March 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT "I just want to keep playing shows and making records… As long as people are showing up and having a good time, I want to keep doing it." The Hold Steady's Craig Finn is a 42-year old native Minnesotan who grew up on the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, so he's been privy to…

  10. Ricardo Arjona Delivers New Single 'Apnea'

    March 05, 2014 6:05 PM EST One of the most successful Latin singer-songwriters presents his new single “Apnea,” a powerful ballad from upcoming studio album “Viaje.”   Ricardo Arjona debuted new single “Apnea” on March 4 after revealing it in pieces throughout the past week by posting clues surrounding the track to his…

  11. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  12. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O & 'Frozen' Fight for Academy Awards Gold

    February 21, 2014 2:00 PM EST Pharrell has a No. 2 hit, the "Frozen" soundtrack reached No. 1, Karen O is the indie ‘It’ girl and U2 is... just cool. The Academy’s sleepy little Best Original Song category turns shockingly competitive and surprisingly commercial as the nominees open up about what they…

  13. Natalia Kills' New York Fashion Week Diary: The Singer Recaps the HONOR Show and More

    February 14, 2014 2:55 PM EST Natalia Kills is one fiery dresser. The British dark-pop songstress makes wearing Versus Versace and Jeremy Scott a casual affair. So we tapped the edgy singer to be the latest fashion week correspondent for The Hook. From sitting front row at the Honor show to DJing the We the Urban party,…

  14. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  15. Top 10 Latin 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 13, 2014 10:50 PM EST Billboard Hot Latin Songs' biggest ever canciones de "amor" "Amor" is a word that needs no translation, and it's one that Spanish-language songwriters have always used with abandon to create the romantic songs that are cornerstones of Latin music. We salute all…

  16. Hurray for the Riff Raff's Political Americana Brings Genre Back to Its Roots

    February 12, 2014 12:30 PM EST Led by a Bronx-raised, Puerto Rican ex-punk rocker, Hurray for the Riff Raff is bringing folk back home Just a few years ago, Alynda Lee Segarra, the engaging frontwoman for New Orleans folk outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff, was hitching freight trains, playing washboard in a French Quarter…

  17. Porter Robinson Announces New Album Title, 'Worlds,' in 10-Hour Video

    February 10, 2014 1:37 PM EST Porter Robinson’s highly anticipated debut album will be called “Worlds.” This is the takeaway from a 10-hour long video posted on his website today, in which after a 30-second intro a loop begins with the album’s name flashed on screen and spoken by a robotic-sounding voice. Watch the…

  18. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  19. Happy New Zealand Day! 10 NZ Artists Who Could Make A Lorde-Like Leap

    February 06, 2014 2:07 PM EST From pop-rock to indie to EDM to a boy band, we salute the country's most promising contemporary music. Today is February 6, which means that it's Waitangi Day, better understood to Yanks as New Zealand Day, celebrating the 174th anniversary of the signing of the country&…

  20. Bobby Newberry, 'Sweat': Exclusive Video Premiere

    February 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Bobby Newberry is best known for his choreography credits, but he's looking to change that by tackling a new medium: music. The Los Angeles-based Newberry will release a new EP Feb. 18, and to precede it, he's releasing a music video for the single "Sweat" -- and…

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