1. Kimberly Dunn on Kickstarting Her Debut Album & Showing Off Her 'Trashy Side'

    February 18, 2015 3:51 PM EST Kimberly Dunn's debut full-length album, Forever on the Run , was truly a group effort. Without her generous fans, it might never have happened. "It's been a long time coming. It's taken me about three years to totally finish it," she told Billboard . "It was 100…

  2. Billboard Cover: Mark Ronson on His Surprise No. 1 Hit, Amy Winehouse and His Neurotic Ways

    January 16, 2015 10:00 AM EST Four hours from now, Mark Ronson will learn, via text, that his song "Uptown Funk" has dislodged Taylor Swift from her perch atop the U.S. singles chart, giving him his first No. 1 hit as an artist. For now, he's in his recording studio in an industrial area of North London…

  3. Sleater-Kinney on Their New Album and Upcoming Tour: 'It's Not a Reunion -- It's a Continuation'

    January 15, 2015 3:48 PM EST "We were a moving train -- we just pressed 'pause,'" says Sleater-Kinney singer-guitarist Carrie Brownstein, explaining why the beloved alt-rock trio broke up at the peak of its success and why it has reunited for its first album in 10 years, the excellent No Cities…

  4. Year in Music 2014: The 10 Best Rock & Alternative Singles

    December 11, 2014 1:15 PM EST From rock, punk, folk, metal, and whatever Grimes is, here are our 10 favorite tracks from 2014. 10. Fireworks, “Bed Sores” These days, it seems pop-punk is so far from being cool that it might be on the verge of being really freaking cool. In other words, the mainstream’s been ignoring…

  5. Song Suffragettes Provides Boost for Young Female Country Artists in Nashville

    December 04, 2014 12:06 PM EST Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young women in country music, Nashville-based production company Todd Cassetty Welding Service set out to do something about it. Early this year, the company began auditioning female singer-songwriters and in March launched a weekly live show,…

  6. Lady Gaga Talent Scout Feels 'Validated' After Winning $7.3 Million in Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 2:40 PM EST A jury sided with Wendy Starland in her lawsuit against former Gaga producer Rob Fusari. Nearly 10 years after joining forces with Rob Fusari to find "the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes ," Wendy Starland has been awarded more than $7.3 million by a…

  7. Steve Aoki Spoofs 'Breaking Bad' in 'Free the Madness' Music Video (Watch)

    June 25, 2014 2:31 AM EDT If there were ever an EDM theme song for Breaking Bad, it would be "Free the Madness." The video for Steve Aoki's track with Machine Gun Kelly, off his forthcoming album Neon Future I, sees the two performers emulating the AMC show's meth-making duo, played by Bryan…

  8. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. We reflect on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT understanding, acceptance and…

  9. Wet: Why You Need To Know This Brooklyn Trio

    February 13, 2014 12:55 PM EST A killer debut EP, tour dates with CHVRCHES and a label bidding war have all made the indie R&B group the toast of the tastemakers. Last week, during a performance at the Westway in New York, Wet singer Kelly Zutrau swayed harmlessly in the center of a tiny stage, in front of several…

  10. 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…

  11. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  12. Green Day's 'Dookie' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    February 01, 2014 2:20 PM EST Quick histories of punk rock often highlight the immortal class of 1977 (Pistols, Clash, Ramones) and then jump to the crossover success of Nirvana and Green Day in the 90s. That's entirely misleading, overlooking an multitude of amazing punk and post-punk albums in between, but…

  13. 'Chasing Nashville' TV Series to Follow Aspiring Stars From Appalachia

    September 18, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Each day, there's at least a handful of aspiring artists that cross the Davidson County border in search of fame and stardom. Some of those stories will soon be documented in a brand new Lifetime weekly series that will show the highs, lows, and heartbreak that comes with the search…

  14. Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' Retains No. 1 Slot in U.K., Moves Past 1 Million Sales

    August 05, 2013 4:51 AM EDT Swedish DJ Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” (Positiva/PRMD) broke through the half-million sales barrier to secure a third week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday. The latest TV-generated No. 1 on the artist album chart are “Britain’s Got Talent” graduates Richard & Adam, whose “The Impossible…

  15. Chillwave Hero Washed Out Masters the Not-Quite Concept Album With 'Paracosm'

    July 25, 2013 3:00 PM EDT After years of careful rebellion against his origins, Ernest Greene's inner country boy is starting to come out. The synth-pop singer/keyboardist, aka Washed Out, was raised in the sun-kissed climes of Macon, Ga., on an actual peach orchard, where his parents and their friends baptized…

  16. Beyonce, Kings of Leon To Headline U.K.'s V Festival

    February 25, 2013 6:28 PM EST Dual city fest set for Aug. 17 and 18 at Chelmsford and Staffordshire V Festival, the U.K. music extravaganza sponsored by Virgin Media, got a major dose of diva power when it announced its headliner would be the star of the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show -- Beyonce. The festival's other…

  17. Bruno Mars, 'Unorthodox Jukebox': Track-By-Track Review

    December 11, 2012 1:50 PM EST Bruno Mars is extremely talented -- we've known this since he popped up without warning singing the hook on B.o.B 's "Nothin' On You," and fully understood his versatility on his 2010 debut "Doo-Wops & Hooligans." We also know some of the things Bruno…

  18. Ne-Yo and The Vaccines Top U.K. Charts

    September 10, 2012 10:40 AM EDT London rock quartet the Vaccines won their first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) with their sophomore set "Come Of Age," as R&B luminary Ne-Yo 's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" became his fourth chart-topping single in the territory ahead…

  19. Patent Pending Play Angry Birds, Send Sexy Texts in New Video

    June 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Billboard Battle of the Bands winners Patent Pending fully embrace the world of smartphones and internet memes in their new video for "I Already Know (She Don't Give a S*** About Me)." Patent Pending Wins 2012 Battle of the Bands From superimposing the band's faces on a…

  20. Skrillex, Diplo & A-Trak: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 03, 2012 12:15 PM EST The three guys stand shoulder to shoulder, backs to the wall, attempting to balance their varying heights with staggered stances. Diplo is the tallest and most camera-trained, tilting his head and adjusting his hot-professor glasses. He has, after all, modeled for a GQ magazine spread, making…

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