1. FKA Twigs Dazzles New York on First U.S. Tour

    April 18, 2014 1:37 PM EDT The tastemakers' darling announced she'll be working on her debut record following her return to England. FKA twigs is finally ready for the stage. Last night the R&B experimentalist emerged from her lair of mystery to mesmerize a small audience at a converted West Village strip…

  2. Pepe Aguilar to Rock Genre-Bending MTV Unplugged Set (Exclusive)

    April 11, 2014 7:00 AM EDT TR3s (formerly known as MTV TR3s), usually turns to Latin rock or alternative acts for its MTV Unplugged series. But after a successful foray into regional Mexican territory with Los Tigres del Norte in 2011, the network is once again thinking outside the box with its next Unplugged, which…

  3. When Kurt Cobain Died: Former Billboard Editor Recalls Being On the Scene When It All Happened

    April 04, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Every generation has that one unforgettable death that bears the question, "Where were you when ____ died?" For baby boomers, it was JFK. For the cool music-minded baby boomers, it was John Lennon. And, for Generation Xers, like myself, it was Kurt Cobain. Like generations past,…

  4. Johnnyswim, 'Home': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT The husband-wife folk duo talks about their full-length debut, "Diamonds" After three EPs, including 2013's particularly well-received "Heart Beats," the husband-wife duo Johnnyswim is more than chomping at the bit to release its full-length debut, "Diamonds,…

  5. Michael McDonald Talks Doobie Brothers' Country Album: 'It's Like Old Times'

    March 25, 2014 10:34 AM EDT Country A-listers lead busy lives, and when the Doobie Brothers decamped to Nashville to cut a star-studded album featuring twanged-up versions of their classic hits, they found themselves playing "musical chairs" with their high-profile collaborators. That's according to…

  6. Musicians Embrace Magnises, a Black Card for the Younger Set

    March 18, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland launches a high-end, low-cost version of the AmEx status symbol. Wale & French Montana are among the card-holders. Getting better access doesn’t always mean having bigger bucks. Just ask Billy McFarland, the 21-year-old college dropout who launched…

  7. Madonna Announces Avicii Collaboration, Pair Hit The Studio Together

    March 08, 2014 11:12 AM EST Madonna is making music with EDM star Avicii, she told the world via Instagram on Friday night (March 7). "On my way to the studio to work with Avicii!," was part of the Queen of Pop's caption for her Instagram photo of herself in black fishnets posted late yesterday. Avicii,…

  8. LED Goes Big in California with New Business Model for Raves

    March 04, 2014 4:52 PM EST Running three sold-out events in three markets on the same day with many of the same artists jetting from city to city to play more than one party is a rare achievement. San Diego-based LED Events hopes to make it an annual tradition. Last month during the typically low-key President’s Day…

  9. Oscars 2014: 'Frozen' Ballad Wins Best Song, Giving Robert Lopez the EGOT

    March 02, 2014 11:45 PM EST Robert Lopez became the latest member of the EGOT family, adding an Oscar to his three Tonys, two Emmys and a Grammy. Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won the Best Song Oscar Sunday for "Let it Go," the hit single from Disney's animated feature "Frozen."…

  10. Pink Martini & The von Trapps, 'Dream a Little Dream': Exclusive Album Premiere

    February 25, 2014 12:00 PM EST Over the weekend, Maria von Trapp, the Austrian singer whose family's escape from Nazis provided the basis for "The Sound of Music," passed away at age 99. However, the famous singing family has new blood in the music industry carrying on its tradition on a new album --…

  11. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 9:30 PM EST Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean and a Superjam with Skrillex will also be showcased at the Tennessee fest. Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted…

  12. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History On Alternative Songs With 'Invisible'

    February 10, 2014 6:05 PM EST The band rewrites the mark for the most entries in the chart's 25-year archives. Plus, new No. 1s for Katy Perry and Yandel, and Miranda Lambert returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  13. 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…

  14. Hit-Boy: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 24, 2014 5:30 PM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. Hit-Boy was a producer of 2011's "N****s In Paris" by Jay Z and Kanye West, which won a GRAMMYs for best rap song. HIT-BOY : “I didn’t expect to win. I…

  15. Lou Pearlman Clings to His Boy-Band Dreams: The First Prison Interview

    January 24, 2014 3:28 PM EST The 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys impresario insists he'll find the next Justin Timberlake when he's released in 2029. Here, he speaks for the first time from prison where he's serving 25 years for a Ponzi scheme This article first appeared in the new issues of The…

  16. Dream Theater Planting Seeds for Album No. 13

    January 06, 2014 10:47 AM EST Dream Theater is getting ready to hit the road to support its self-titled 12th studio album, but the group's John Petrucci says lucky No. 13 is already in the prog-metal quintet's ambitious crosshairs. "Some initial conversations have already started," the guitarist…

  17. Beyonce, Beyonce: Track-By-Track Review

    December 13, 2013 3:53 PM EST "I see music," Beyoncé said in a video on her Facebook page, dubbed "Self-Titled, Part 1," just minutes after her surprise announcement of "Beyoncé," her fifth album. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a…

  18. T.I. Gets Animated in VH1 Holiday Special: Watch

    December 09, 2013 1:54 PM EST T.I. is getting the animation treatment. VH1 is airing the special holiday episode, "T.I. & Tiny: Holiday Hustle Special," on Monday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and it is the first time the rapper T.I. has been in cartoon form or has lent his voice for an animated character. The…

  19. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  20. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

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