1. CODE First Play: DVBBS and VINAI, 'Raveology'

    January 07, 2014 2:03 PM EST Last year, Canadian duo DVBBS (pronounced “dubs”) burst onto the global EDM scene with their breakout track, “Tsunami,” a collaboration with American producer Borgeous. Describing themselves as “two brothers that like to make people go absolutely insane with our music and our live…

  2. Rap Genius Gets Squashed by Google for Backlink Scheme

    December 27, 2013 2:23 PM EST Google has removed Rap Genius' site from its search results following disclosures that the New York lyrics site has tried to game the search engine with a backlink scheme.  The scheme, detailed in a blog post earlier this week by John Marbach , involved getting bloggers to insert…

  3. Chemical Bros, Justice and Chromeo Remix Boys Noize: Watch Teaser Clip Here

    December 23, 2013 3:20 PM EST Here’s a gift you can only peak at for now. Boys Noize (aka Alex Ridha) will unwrap a remix album of his “Out Of The Black” album this coming February. Showcasing the work of Chemical Brothers, Justice, Oliver, Chromeo and even Ridha’s own re-rubs of his original tracks, the album revisits…

  4. Alex & Sierra Win 'X Factor' Season Three

    December 20, 2013 7:56 AM EST "X Factor" crowned its season three winner on Thursday night, ending a months-long competition that saw three finalists emerge: couple and duo Alex & Sierra, rocker Jeff Gutt and Latino crooner Carlito Olivero.  So who took home the top prize? It came as little surprise to fans…

  5. Pop Shop Podcast: Beyonce & Our Year-End Spectacular!

    December 19, 2013 11:35 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the special year-end episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical…

  6. As 'X Factor' Finale Approaches, Simon Cowell Considers Some Major Changes

    December 18, 2013 2:50 AM EST Fox and Simon Cowell have brought numerous changes to “X Factor” over its three seasons and as it heads into its finale this week it is still looking for a ratings boost to make a fourth season viable. Cowell tells Billboard that conversations for next year are ongoing with Fox and they are…

  7. Simon Cowell Talks 'X Factor' Future, Format Shake-Ups

    December 17, 2013 12:20 AM EST The "X Factor" U.S. wraps its third season this week. The final three standing: duo Alex & Sierra, mentored by show creator and head judge Simon Cowell, Jeff Gutt, the last member of Kelly Rowland's team, and Carlito Olivero, coached by Paulina Rubio. But no matter who…

  8. Alex and Sierra Q&A: 'X Factor' Duo on Scoring Hits, Songwriting and What's Next

    December 16, 2013 8:15 PM EST Heading into the "X Factor's" finale on Wednesday and Thursday, the iTunes singles chart is making the duo of Alex and Sierra look like significant front-runners. A day after the Dec. 11 show they had five songs bouncing around iTunes' top 50; five days after their…

  9. The Sounds, 'Hurt The Ones I Love': Video Premiere

    December 12, 2013 12:11 PM EST Sweden's The Sounds tackle pain and loss with a neat trick -- crisp indie rock. On "Hurt the Ones I Love," the group explore the darker emotions in life. They don’t paint their textures in black, but don’t expect a happy-clappy singalong either. The video, lifted from their…

  10. Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake's 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Score Golden Globes Nominations

    December 12, 2013 11:23 AM EST Justin Timberlake's song from "Inside Llewyn Davis," Taylor Swift's track from "One Chance" and Coldplay's closing credits tune from "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" received nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes on Thursday. Timberlake&…

  11. Jane Lynch, Adam Lambert Celebrate LGBTQ Youth at TrevorLIVE Event

    December 11, 2013 2:09 AM EST The Hollywood Palladium was bustling with stars on Sunday, Dec. 8. The occassion: TrevorLIVE, an all-star show to raise funds for the Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and…

  12. 'X Factor''s Alex & Sierra Talk Success of 'Say Something' Cover, Potential Future Collaborations

    December 09, 2013 10:02 PM EST For "X Factor" contestants Alex & Sierra, appearing on the Billboard charts has been a longtime dream. Now, that dream could finally come true. The duo, currently appearing on the U.S. singing competition's third season as finalists, is riding the high of their cover of A…

  13. Selena Gomez Film, Fela Doc to Play Sundance

    December 09, 2013 5:30 PM EST William H. Macy's film about a father grieving the death of his musician son who forms a rock band will be the closing night film at the Sundance Film Festival in January. "Rudderless," which Macy directed co-stars in, also features Selena Gomez, Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin,…

  14. Will.i.am Warms-Up For World Tour With TV Special

    December 06, 2013 2:12 AM EST Will.i.am, the Black Eyed Peas member-turned-solo-star and a judge on the U.K. version of singing talent show "The Voice," will be the subject of a behind-the-scenes TV documentary special about his upcoming debut solo world tour. Shine International, part of Elisabeth Murdoch'…

  15. How Rap Genius Won The SEO Game

    December 03, 2013 11:24 AM EST Inside the company's triumphs over legal traps, PR disasters... and cancer. It's an early-October afternoon in the penthouse offices of Rap Genius. The floor taken up by the 4-year-old startup -- in a modern glass building on the waterfront in Brooklyn's Williamsburg…

  16. Tame Impala, Flume Clean Up At The ARIAs

    December 01, 2013 11:49 PM EST Tame Impala and Flume were the big winners at the 27th ARIA Awards, taking out the bulk of the night’s biggest categories between them. Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala was named best group, and its critically-lauded “Lonerism” (Modular Recordings) won for best album and best rock album. The…

  17. Blur Cancel Big Day Out Appearance, Blame ‘Shifting Goalposts’

    November 25, 2013 2:01 AM EST Blur has pulled out of their headlining slot at the Big Day Out just two months before the travelling festival is due to roll around Australia and New Zealand. The Britpop veterans announced the cancelation via their Facebook page, with a message that alludes to behind-the-scenes problems -…

  18. Carlos Vives, Marc Anthony and Draco Rosa Win Big at Latin Grammys

    November 22, 2013 12:40 AM EST The green carpet never happened as rain fell over Las Vegas, but there were no dampened spirits during the 14th edition of Latin Grammys which celebrated the well-known faces of music and some of the newer voices. More Latin Grammys Latin Grammys: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV Red…

  19. La Vida Bohème, Bajofondo Early Winners at Latin Grammys

    November 21, 2013 9:15 PM EST Despite rain and the cancellation of the famous green carpet, the 2013 Latin Grammy pre-telecast opened with a highly spirited performance by Venezuelan band La Vida Bohème, who later took the prize for best rock album. Sergio George was crowned producer of the year. The high-energy early…

  20. Miguel Bosé Accepts Latin Grammy Person of the Year at Star-Studded Gala

    November 21, 2013 1:12 PM EST The Latin Grammy Person of the Year gala -- like all events honoring any artist -- are complex affairs that require lots of juggling, maneuvering to accommodate everybody's needs and, to cap it all, the ability to reinvent a familiar repertoire in a way that surprises and captivates a…

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