1. Toronto Rapper Arrested for Human Trafficking

    December 16, 2014 7:12 PM EST Toronto rapper Derek Bissue, known as Derek Wise, was arrested last week on charges of human trafficking.  The 22-year-old Mississauga native was taken into police custody following allegations from a 21-year-old woman that she was assaulted, forced into the sex trade, taken to various…

  2. Meghan Trainor, Idina Menzel & More Set for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    November 03, 2014 3:42 PM EST Sting , Idina Menzel and the cast of Sesame Street will be among the stars celebrating at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Macy's announced Monday (Nov. 3) that Kiss , Meghan Trainor , Quvenzhane Wallis and Renee Fleming also will be part of the lineup on Nov. 27. Joan Jett Removed…

  3. Neil Young Is Back on the 'Human Highway' With Recut Film

    September 11, 2014 8:08 PM EDT The rocker addressed a Toronto Film Festival audience at 'Director's Cut' premiere. "Boy, did I go for a big trip," says Neil Young 's character at one point in the film Human Highway , a line that just about sums up the viewing experience of the singer's…

  4. Leona Lewis Signs with Island Records

    June 03, 2014 7:05 PM EDT The former 'X Factor' U.K. winner segues to new label after seven years with Simon Cowell's Syco at Sony. Leona Lewis, winner of the third season of the U.K.'s "X Factor," who turned into a global, multi-platinum superstar, has signed a worldwide recording deal…

  5. Reggae Sound Systems on Display at Sonos Space (Exclusive Video)

    April 01, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Sound systems belonging to dub reggae pioneers such as King Tubby are part of the Hometown HiFi Exhibition at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles, an installation designed to pay homage to communal listening. "The sound system is the great invention to come out of reggae," says exhibit…

  6. Daft Punk's Visual Evolution: Why 'Random Access Memories' May Not Require Music Videos

    May 21, 2013 12:49 PM EDT From iconic "Homework" clips to dialogue-free abstract films, check out this breakdown of Daft Punk's visual history. Not since pre-unveiled glory days of KISS back in the '70s has there been an artist in popular music that puts as much of an emphasis on visuals -- while…

  7. Swedish House Mafia: Billboard Cover Story

    March 08, 2013 2:00 PM EST Checking in with the reigning dons of the dance scene as they prepare to go their separate ways This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. There is no alcohol in the green room. There is Cozy Chamomile herbal tea, a fruit bowl, a plate of red…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Amos Lee, Far*East Movement, Kelly Clarkson

    February 03, 2011 4:15 PM EST 'MISSION' ACCOMPLISHMENT: A week after the Decemberists became just the 16th act to rule the Billboard 200 album chart without a Billboard Hot 100 song on their chart resume, singer/songwriter Amos Lee repeats the feat, as "Mission Bell" begins atop the former listing. …

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Enrique Iglesias, Bruno Mars, Decemberists

    January 27, 2011 5:55 PM EST HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER: Enrique Iglesias passes a King (of Pop) and a Prince for most No. 1s among solo males in the 34-year history of Dance/Club Play Songs . "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E, rises 2-1 to become Iglesias' eighth…

  10. Radiohead's Philip Selway Gets 'Familial' on Solo Album

    August 08, 2010 12:27 PM EDT Following in the footsteps of Ringo Starr , Dave Grohl and Phil Collins , Radiohead's Philip Selway is the latest big-name drummer to step out from behind his kit and make a solo record, trading in his drums for a guitar and a mic. His debut album, "Familial" -- set for release…

  11. Salif Keita, "La Difference"

    July 02, 2010 11:42 AM EDT One of the most alluring aspects of Afro-pop singer Salif Keita's sublime new album, "La Difference," is its intimate feel. The arrangements--at once richly textured and gracefully understated--truly give the listener a sense of Keita as a singer/songwriter. Add to this the…

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: Vampire Weekend, Train, Shakira

    January 21, 2010 5:55 PM EST VAMPIRE STATE OF MIND: New York indie rock band Vampire Weekend enjoys its first taste of the Billboard 200 summit, as "Contra" debuts at No. 1. The group's self-titled first set debuted and peaked at No. 17 on the chart dated Feb. 16, 2008. This week, it rebounds to No. 123…

  13. Great White Offers $1 Mil To Settle Fire Suits

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Members of Great White, whose pyrotechnics sparked a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people, have agreed to pay $1 million to survivors and victims' relatives, according to court papers fi Members of Great White, whose pyrotechnics sparked a Rhode Island nightclub fire that…

  14. Dynamic Duo

    August 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Reuniting for their first album since 1981's "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts," David Byrne and Brian Eno this week are self-releasing "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today" in digital form via eve Reuniting for their first album since 1981's "My Life in…

  15. Update: Brian Eno Not On David Byrne Tour

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Updating a story posted yesterday (July 16), Brian Eno will not appear with David Byrne on the latter's fall tour. Updating a story posted yesterday (July 16), Brian Eno will not appear with David Byrne on the latter's fall tour. Although one of the three announced shows still touts…

  16. Princess Adana

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Princess Adana has already made a name for herself in her native Trinidad and Tobago, but now she's attempting stateside success. Princess Adana has already made a name for herself in her native Trinidad and Tobago, but now she's attempting stateside success. Her arresting blend of…

  17. Arctics, Winehouse Make Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The shortlist for the Nationwide Mercury Prize has been unveiled in London, featuring a typically broad range of musical tastes dominated this year by new, alternative artists. Arctic Monkeys and Amy The shortlist for the Nationwide Mercury Prize has been unveiled in London, featuring a…

  18. Trans Am

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT We are threatened with a ten hour van search. I say that we don'thave any drugs, which I thought was true the first time. So they settle for taking us all in a room and emptying our pockets and socks. Tuesday 4-24-07, Vancouver, British Columbia Yeah, the border. So we get up early-ish,…

  19. Trans Am

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT This is our one day "off" on the tour, although driving in Texas isn't exactly relaxing; East Texas is officially the worst driving region in the US – even more horrible than the aggressively clogge Tuesday 4-17-07 Drive day to Ft. Stockton, TX This is our one day "off…

  20. Trans Am

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT We end up on a dirt road behind a bunch of other detoured cars and trucks. We can see shacks and houses out the side but there is so much dust being kicked up by other cars that we can't see anything Nathan Means, Tuesday 4-10-07 Washington, DC Our first show! There are three of us in…

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