1. Strange Talk, 'Climbing Walls': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 09, 2013 12:20 PM EST Strange Talk, an alt-pop quartet from Australia with big U.S. aspirations next year, has made a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to stateside listeners with the single "Climbing Walls," which has sold 10,000 downloads to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Climbing Walls…

  2. The Hives Apologize for Dedicating 'Tick Tick Boom' to Boston

    December 06, 2013 8:19 PM EST Alt-rockers The Hives are in hot water after comments made during the band's show in Boston Thursday night that many deemed insensitive to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year. While opening for Pink at Boston's TD Garden Dec. 5, Hives frontman Pelle Almqvist…

  3. Beck Reveals 'Morning Phase' Tracklist

    December 02, 2013 8:34 PM EST A little over a month after announcing a new album and his signing to Capitol Records, Beck has revealed the tracklist to that new album, titled "Morning Phase." Revolt TV shared the tracklist , revealing the 12 songs that will be on the alt-rocker's first album of new material…

  4. American Authors Crack Hot 100 With Help of Lowe's Ad, 'Delivery Man' Trailer

    December 02, 2013 1:00 PM EST The title of American Authors' new hit, "The Best Day of My Life," is becoming increasingly prophetic. Last week's seven days, when the group made its Billboard Hot 100 debut at No. 93 with the song, certainly must've been up there for the Brooklyn-based quartet of…

  5. R. Kelly Talks 'Black Panties,' Possible Cruise & Best '12 Play' Memory

    December 02, 2013 12:18 PM EST The singer-songwriter/producer will film 10 more installments of 'Trapped in the Closet' in 2014. It's as if R. Kelly has stepped out of a time machine. He was previewing his upcoming 12th studio album, "Black Panties," out Dec. 10 on RCA Records, at New York's…

  6. Bubbling Under: AMAs Help Introduce The Ceremonies

    November 29, 2013 3:24 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Ceremonies, Lily Kershaw, Lindsay Ell and SoMo. The Ceremonies The Ceremonies got a big introduction at the Nov. 24 American Music Awards…

  7. Iconic Mexican Band Storms Social 50 Chart

    November 21, 2013 5:30 PM EST La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho, an iconic regional Mexican band, debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week at No. 20 due to a spike in online activity centered around three high-profile concert dates. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo,…

  8. Christina Perri Makes Vulnerable Return with 'Human' Single: Listen

    November 18, 2013 1:27 PM EST "Lovestrong" follow-up due out in spring 2014. Christina Perri has checked back in with another delicate alt-pop ballad that should delight supporters of her breakthrough single "Jar of Hearts." "Human" was released to digital retailers on Monday (Nov. 18) as…

  9. Story of the Year's Dan Marsala Talks 'Page Avenue Anniversary, New Music

    November 16, 2013 3:52 PM EST Story of the Year frontman Dan Marsala says he never worried that the group's two-year hiatus might stretch into something longer -- or permanent. But he's happy the St. Louis alt rockers reconvened to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the band's debut album, "Page…

  10. Is Broods New Zealand's Next Pop Wonder? Duo Taps Lorde's Producer For Stunning First Single

    November 13, 2013 6:15 PM EST "We have to build our own identity outside of 'Lorde and the rest of New Zealand music,'" says the group's Georgia Nott. "Bridges," the debut single by the brother-sister duo Broods, freezes the listener in his or her tracks from the opening second.…

  11. Pop Art: 13 Awesome Artist-Musician Collaborations

    November 11, 2013 5:35 PM EST Over the past few months, the realms of music and high art have collided in far-out, headline-grabbing ways. On Sunday night (Nov. 10), Lady Gaga hosted her artRave record-release party in New York and unveiled a lifelike sculpture by renowned modern artist Jeff Koons, a piece similar to…

  12. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Tinie Tempah & Lady Gaga

    November 08, 2013 5:44 PM EST Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. " alt="" align="right"> Best: Tinie Tempah Tinie Tempah, who just celebrated his 25th birthday, looked slick as he attended the Beats by Dre party, which…

  13. 'Glee' Recap: Katy Perry & Lady Gaga Episode Spells a Return to Fun

    November 08, 2013 1:22 AM EST Plus, Adam Lambert shows up to "Marry the Night" Even with weeks of buffer from the Cory Monteith memorial episode, the latest show has you dreading the elephant in the room right from the opening line, “and that’s what you missed on Glee.” Healing takes time, but this episode…

  14. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Celine Dion & Mariah Carey

    November 01, 2013 5:42 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. " alt="" align="right"> Best: Celine Dion Celine Dion looked positively ageless as she showed off her legs on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on Monday …

  15. Bubbling Under: 'Nashville' Star Chris Carmack Segues To Radio

    November 01, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Chris Carmack, K Camp, Parade of Lights and Lobo     CHRIS CARMACK Actor/musician Chris Carmack, who plays singer Will…

  16. James Blake's 'Overgrown' Wins 2013 Mercury Prize

    October 30, 2013 6:19 PM EDT James Blake's sophomore album "Overgrown" has earned the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the annual trophy awarded to the best album by an artist from the United Kingdom over the past year. Blake's follow-up to his 2011 self-titled debut emerged victorious from a…

  17. Drake's Tour Style Inspired By Marky Mark & Clouds, Says Calvin Klein's Italo Zucchelli

    October 30, 2013 4:22 PM EDT Rocking customized Calvin Klein Collection looks inspired by Italo Zucchelli’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Drake hit the stage for his Would You Like a Tour show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on October 28. The Toronto artist's sold-out show featured guests like Busta…

  18. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Jared Leto & Kanye West

    October 25, 2013 1:16 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Jared Leto " alt="" align="right"> Jared Leto caught our eye as he hit the red caret at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton…

  19. Pharrell Talks eBay Collab, Beyonce's Album, Scoring the 'Spider-Man' Sequel and More

    October 24, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Pharrell Williams likes to spread the wealth and the credit. As a music producer and all-around tastemaker, he’s played key roles on two of the year’s biggest songs (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” duh). BBC Black, his collaborative clothing line with renowned…

  20. Former Bandmates Suing Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath

    October 22, 2013 8:41 PM EDT Two former members of Sugar Ray are suing Mark McGrath, accusing the band's frontman of a "series of self-serving and vindictive actions." Murphy Karges and Stan Frazier, former bassist and drummer, respectively, for the alt-rock band, sued McGrath and Sugar Ray guitarist…

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