1. Jason Isbell Sweeps, Sturgill Simpson Wins Big at Americana Awards

    September 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell swept the major awards Wednesday night at the Americana Honors & Awards, creating another special moment with his wife, Amanda Shires . Isbell won artist, album and song of the year during the 13th annual awards show Wednesday night at Ryman Auditorium in…

  2. Ryan Adams on His New Album: It Has 'Sexuality, Trouble and a Little Bit of Danger’

    September 08, 2014 3:51 PM EDT Cynically speaking, the best Tom Petty album to come out this year may be the one by prolific singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer Ryan Adams . Full of crunchy chords, undeniable melodies and high-flying harmonies, the self-titled effort (out Sept. 9 on his own Pax Am label through Capitol’s…

  3. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  4. Watch 'Big Brother' Contestant Frankie Finally Reveal Ariana Grande Is His Sister

    August 14, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Frankie Grande has one less problem without you his big Ariana Grande secret. Ariana Grande's big brother, Frankie Grande, has been keeping a big secret from his fellow Big Brother contestants this summer: He's related to the Queen of Summer 2014. And they had no idea until…

  5. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  6. Exclusive: Drake, Lil Wayne Debut 'Street Fighter'-Inspired Tour App DvsLW

    August 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Just before the Drake Vs Lil Wayne tour kicks off Friday night at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, an interactive app designed for the tour is debuting on Google Android and Apple iOS. DvsLW, a collaboration with tour sponsor Capcom (the video-game publisher behind Street Fighter and…

  7. 'Portlandia' Star Carrie Brownstein to Complete Unfinished Nora Ephron Script

    August 05, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Portlandia 's Carrie Brownstein -- taking on her first feature writing project -- will complete the late Nora Ephron 's unfinished adapted script of U.K. television miniseries Lost in Austen for Columbia Pictures. Good Universe has come aboard to produce the movie with Columbia and…

  8. Missy Higgins Announces New Album, Book…and a Baby

    August 04, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Missy Higgins has a massive year ahead. The Australian singer-songwriter has just announced plans to release a new album and her first novel, and she’s expecting her first child. Higgins used her Facebook page to spread the good news of her pending motherhood. “Hi friends, this is about to…

  9. Ben Folds to Vacate RCA Studio A on Music Row

    August 01, 2014 9:33 PM EDT He put up a good fight, but singer-songwriter Ben Folds announced on Friday he'll be leaving his recording space at the historic Studio A in Nashville's old RCA building after the property's brand-new owner raised the rent 124 percent. "Haha," Folds says in a  message…

  10. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  11. James Murphy & Noah Baumbach Team For New Movie Soundtrack

    July 23, 2014 6:17 AM EDT James Murphy and Noah Baumbach are joining forces for another movie score.  Former LCD Soundsystem leader Murphy will soundtrack Baumbach’s next film project “While We’re Young,” which is tipped to star the likes of Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Drive and Beastie Boy Adam…

  12. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Vents Frustrations, Channels Pixies in ‘First World Problems’ Music Video

    July 19, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Wi-Fi troubles, itchy cotton sheets, Amazon shipping fees, forgetting the gardener’s name — these are just a few of life’s small annoyances that "Weird Al" Yankovic addresses over Pixies-inspired music in his latest video “First World Problems.” 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming…

  13. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  14. Naked Ambition: 20 Bare-It-All Music Videos (NSFW)

    June 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's no secret that pop stars like to bare their bodies, whether it's on stage, on the red carpet, or in a music video. Big pop names like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Gotye left little to the imagination in their video hits, and we've also seen nudity (and controversy) pop…

  15. Prince Royce Launches D'León Records and Signs Mexican Pop Singer Sofia Reyes

    June 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bachata crooner Prince Royce, who begins a major North American tour in July, is launching his own record label in partnership with Warner Latin Music.  The New York-born singer/songwriter, who in April took home four trophies at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, has personally asked…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Steven Padilla Releases Debut 'Good At Goodbye'

    June 12, 2014 7:08 PM EDT The debut album from newcomer Steven Padilla, "Good At Goodbye," has been released, and the talented newcomer tells The 615 that he is glad to finally have it out for his fans. That being said, the singer admitted to Billboard that one person who definitely isn’t listening to the…

  17. Anatomy Of A Hit: John Legend's 'All Of Me'

    June 10, 2014 1:05 PM EDT How the singer, songwriter and producer has taken the song to the top of five format airplay charts, and claimed the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 for the first time How has John Legend's piano ballad (also remixed by Tiesto) "All Of Me" dominated five singular-format Billboard…

  18. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  19. Jay Z & Solange's Elevator Fight: Twitter Reacts With Hashtags & Punchlines

    May 12, 2014 3:02 PM EDT On Monday, TMZ released some post-Met Gala footage featuring what appears to be Beyonce's younger sister, Solange, wailing on Jay Z in a hotel elevator . Then the Internet EXPLODED, with hashtag # WhatJayZSaidToSolange trending on Twitter. So while this story develops, we went ahead…

  20. Michael Alig's Next Move? 'Club Kid Killer' Seeks Post-Prison Job

    May 09, 2014 5:57 PM EDT Even before Michael Alig, 48, was released from prison on May 5, after serving 17 years for first-degree manslaughter, speculation had turned to what the most notorious club kid of the 1990s would do for his next act. Based on interviews with friends, Alig, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to…

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