1. Rap’s Bottle-Service Timeline: How Hip-Hop Has Bigged Up Booze Through the Years

    November 25, 2014 6:24 PM EST Jay Z has once again done what no other rapper has: buying outright an existing liquor brand, Armand de Brignac Champagne, in a deal announced this month. But this isn’t the first time hip-hop has bigged up booze, whether through song, collabs or in an ad. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne…

  2. Watch a Relationship Fall Apart In TCVVX's 'Love You' Video: Exclusive Premiere

    November 25, 2014 1:55 PM EST TCVVX (pronounced TC) is a new alt-R&B artist to watch. One of his stand out tracks is "Love You," which is about "a couple that is learning when it's time to say, 'enough is enough.'" Watch the official music video for "Love You" below,…

  3. Charli XCX Brings Prom, 'Boom Clap' & 'Break the Rules' to 2014 AMAs

    November 23, 2014 8:25 PM EST Taylor Swift doing "Blank Space" is a hard act to follow, but she might've gotten one-upped at this year's AMAs. Wearing a bright red pair of Lolita sunglasses,  Charli XCX hit the stage to perform a medley of songs from her upcoming second album Sucker , "Boom Clap…

  4. Banks Wants to Perform for Aliens and Other Inside Scoop

    November 21, 2014 5:35 PM EST Banks Opens Up Corpse Bride  director  Tim Burton  might want to take a meeting with  Banks . The Goddess singer-songwriter (born  Jillian Banks ), 26, tells Overheard that she and her best friend have written a number of short stories based upon a character they call “Inside-Out Girl”…

  5. Catching Up with Sky Ferreira: On Recording with Primal Scream, Splitting From Troy Carter & Regaining Control of Her Career

    November 21, 2014 11:46 AM EST “I feel like I’ve been sitting at the DMV for 10 years. I did all my paperwork, I passed my test, but they still haven’t called my number." On Thursday night at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Sky Ferreira kicked off a run of five West Coast performances that will effectively put…

  6. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  7. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Mary J. Blige Reveals 5 Important Life Lessons

    November 20, 2014 6:52 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Mary J. Blige has plenty of reasons to celebrate. She's marking two years of sobriety and set to release her crazily anticipated new album The London Sessions, a thrilling new LP featuring contributions from soul newcomer Sam Smith and…

  8. Latin Grammys 2014 Preview: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

    November 19, 2014 5:06 PM EST The 15th Latin Grammy Awards are a little more than 24 hours away, with artists vying for awards in 48 categories. Here are our picks on who will nab awards this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. " alt="" width="510"> Enrique Iglesias (Getty…

  9. Lucinda Williams Covers Lou Reed, Announces New Album at NYC Concert

    November 18, 2014 3:41 PM EST Her cover of the Velvet Underground's 'Pale Blues Eyes' will be on the album. When Lucinda Williams hit the stage at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre on Monday night, it felt like the perfect NYC venue choice for her. Much like the movie palace-turned-concert venue, the alt…

  10. Album Review: Lorde-Curated ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’ Soundtrack Is a Stellar Sonic Balancing Act

    November 18, 2014 12:22 PM EST The brain trust behind The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (in theaters Nov. 21 through Lionsgate) knew exactly what they were doing when they recruited New Zealand pop whiz Lorde to oversee the film's soundtrack: She's the closest musical analogue to protagonist Katniss Everdeen,…

  11. Listen to Smashing Pumpkins' Epic New Song, 'Tiberius'

    November 17, 2014 9:59 PM EST Leading up to next month's release of the  Smashing Pumpkins ' new and 10th studio album, Monuments to an Elegy , Billy Corgan and Co. have shared the epic new "Tiberius." Courtney Love: Many Smashing Pumpkins Songs Are About Me In it, heavy guitar and keys lead the song…

  12. Vagrant Records Bought by BMG Chrysalis

    November 17, 2014 11:58 AM EST In yet another move aimed at growing its catalog of recorded masters, BMG Chrysalis US has acquired indie rock label Vagrant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Vagrant co-founder Jon Cohen will become evp of recorded music and oversee records released through BMG&…

  13. Lollapalooza South America Announces 2015 Festival Lineups For Chile, Brazil & Argentina

    November 16, 2014 8:39 PM EST Lollapalooza South America has revealed the artist lineups for the upcoming festivals in Chile, Brazil and Argentina. The three fests are scheduled to take place in March 2015. Lollapalooza Heading to Berlin in 2015 Jack White , Kings of Leon , Calvin Harris , Skrillex , Robert…

  14. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Wu-Tang Clan to Shawn Mendes

    November 14, 2014 6:13 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Shawn Mendes "Something Big" Island The Ed Sheeran -esque folk-pop of Shawn Mendes' "Something Big" is an awkward fit for the Vine phenomenon. Unlike the slow contemplation of debut hit "Life Of The Party,"…

  15. Tomorrow's Hits: MisterWives, Raskins & Kyle Dion

    November 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. MisterWives New York-based MisterWives cruise onto Alternative Songs with their first airplay chart hit, "Reflections." The quirky alt…

  16. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Kenny Chesney Takes Aim at Sexism in Country Music, Plus 4 More Blunt Quotes

    November 13, 2014 7:16 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Twenty years after releasing his debut album, Kenny Chesney returned with his 16th studio album, The Big Revival, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. There's no doubt Chesney is still on top of his game, but in…

  17. The Jazz June Talks Comeback Album 'After the Earthquake' and the Emo Revival

    November 12, 2014 12:28 PM EST Jazz June frontman Andrew Low is the first to use the phrase “emo revival” in speaking with Billboard, so he’s clearly been paying attention to his band’s career arc -- whether he admits it or not. Truthfully though, Low comes off as accomplished and well-adjusted as his band’s excellent…

  18. Music Legend Glyn Johns Recounts Mick Jagger's Close Call With Cops in His New Memoir

    November 11, 2014 2:16 PM EST By now it was quite normal to have sessions go all night, a habit started by The Rolling Stones in 1966 while we were making Between the Buttons , with almost every session starting at 8 p.m. and going till 7:30 or 8 the following morning. On a Sunday afternoon in studio one at Olympic …

  19. Six-Year-Olds Are Partying at Kiddie Raves in New York City

    November 10, 2014 5:16 PM EST With glow sticks, pacifiers, strobe lights and face paint, the monthly parties hosted by CirKiz look a lot like raves, but with a few key differences: They’re totally legal, they’re during the day, and the average attendee is about 8 years old.  CirKiz was founded by husband and wife…

  20. Cranberries Singer Arrested for Violent Airplane Attack

    November 10, 2014 3:12 PM EST Cranberries vocalist Dolores O'Riordan was arrested early Monday morning (Nov. 10) after attacking a stewardess and a police officer on a flight from New York City to Ireland. The 43-year-old alt-rock frontwoman allegedly first attacked a stewardess on board -- fracturing one of her…

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