1. Exclusive Premiere: Watch Singer-Songwriter's Halsey's Gritty 'Hurricane' Video From Her Visual 'Room 93' EP

    October 16, 2014 1:27 PM EDT The singer Halsey's life changed suddenly earlier this year. She had been playing acoustic shows as a matter of necessity, to pay her bills, and she ended up in the studio one day with a friend of a friend to record one song, "Ghost." That track has been streamed more than…

  2. 'South Park' Releases Full Lorde Parody Song (Probably Sung by Sia)

    October 16, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Lorde got us excited with her new Hunger Games anthem “Yellow Flicker Beat,” but alas, there’s still no release date for her highly anticipated sophomore album. But we’re in luck! There’s new “Lorde” music, thanks to South Park and Sia . Watch Lorde Return to 'South Park' &…

  3. Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beats' Soundtracks New 'Hunger Games' Trailer: Watch

    October 16, 2014 12:15 AM EDT Lorde’s  “Yellow Flicker Beats” is put to some dark images in the new trailer for  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The new clip follows the cinematic heroine Katniss Everdeen  (played by Jennifer Lawrence ) as she makes her return to the now-wasteland that is her homeland, District…

  4. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  5. John Cena & Wiz Khalifa Team Up on 'WWE 2K15' Video Game Soundtrack

    October 13, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The wrestler and the rapper have two songs together: "All Day" and "Breaks." Superstar wrestler John Cena  has collaborated with Wiz Khalifa on two tracks for the soundtrack to the latest WWE video game -- and he also selected the music for game's companion…

  6. Happy National Coming Out Day! Artists Celebrate on Social Media

    October 11, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Numerous artists took to social media on Saturday (Oct. 11) to recognize National Coming Out Day, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music National Coming Out Day annually celebrates individuals who publicly come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

  7. Watch LL Cool J Share a Story About Getting Arrested for Couch Humping

    October 10, 2014 12:10 PM EDT “It sounds wild… like I might start sweatin’ when I drive by a furniture store.” Back in 1987, LL Cool J showed rappers could get sensitive and lonely with the hit single “I Need Love.” Visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, J shared the story of a sensual performance of the song he…

  8. Watch Lorde Return to 'South Park' & See Her Reaction

    October 09, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Also, 'South Park' has a little fun at Spin's expense. On Oct. 1, " Lorde " made a cameo on South Park via an unconvincingly costumed Randy Marsh. On the latest episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone dove even deeper into the concept, thanks to the way one music…

  9. Violent Soho, Courtney Barnett & Sheppard Among Winners at Australia’s Independent Music Awards

    October 08, 2014 11:49 PM EDT Violent Soho , Courtney Barnett , Sheppard and Remi were among the big winners Wednesday night (Oct. 8) when the trophies were handed out at Australia’s Independent Music Awards. There was no glory for either Sia or Chet Faker, however, who each had three nominations but failed to win a…

  10. Meghan Trainor Leads Hot 100's Record-Setting All-Female Top Five

    October 08, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Headed up by Trainor's 'All About That Bass,' women monopolize the top five for a record-breaking fifth consecutive week. Plus, Maroon 5's 'Animals' roars into the top 10 and One Direction debuts at No. 13. It's all about girl power high atop the Billboard…

  11. Sam Smith, Bleachers, Tove Lo Set for VH1 'You Oughta Know Live In Concert' Event

    October 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT VH1 will bring its entire 2014 class of You Oughta Know artists together for a single live event Nov. 13 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The second annual You Oughta Know Live in Concert will feature A Great Big World , Aloe Blacc , American Authors , Bleachers , CHVRCHES ,…

  12. Chet Faker, Sia, 5SOS, Iggy Azalea Nominated for ARIA Awards

    October 07, 2014 4:23 AM EDT With a total of nine nominations, electronic-beat singer-songwriter  Chet Faker  is the frontrunner heading into the 2014 ARIA Awards. Though the likes of Sheppard , Sia , Dan Sultan , 5 Seconds Of Summer , Iggy Azalea   and Violent Soho aren’t far behind. Over the past two years, it would…

  13. Rising Australian Singer Josef Salvat: From Studying Law to Studying Sia

    October 03, 2014 7:16 PM EDT The 25-year-old is signed to Columbia and prepping an album for next year, but his new EP, 'In Your Prime,' is already gaining steam. Josef Salvat is an Australian singer-songwriter based in London who deals in soulful, and sometimes sorrowful, electro-pop. His debut EP Hustler…

  14. 2015 Grammys Predictions: Who Are The Early Favorites?

    September 30, 2014 5:05 PM EDT 0 Beyonce, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and more are among our (very early) guesses for next year's ceremony. Who’s ready for the Grammy Awards… in four months?! Okay, so the 2015 Grammys are still a little while away, but Tuesday (Sept. 30) is the final day of eligibility for the…

  15. Exclusive: The Harvard Business School Report on Beyonce

    September 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Billboard reported that the Harvard Business School had taken a close look at the release of Beyonc e 's surprise, self-titled album, dropped upon an unprepared world last December. At the time of Beyonce's midnight release, Billboard covered the event in depth,…

  16. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  17. Lorde Unleashes 'Yellow Flicker Beat' from 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Soundtrack

    September 29, 2014 11:51 AM EDT What a difference a year makes: on this week in 2013, Lorde leapt to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart with her debut single “Royals,” and the New Zealand teenager has never looked back. Tapped as the curator of the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 , Lorde has shared the lead…

  18. Watch Denzel Washington Impersonate Jay Z on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’

    September 27, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Oscar winner Denzel Washington does a pretty mean impression of Jay Z . Eminem & Sia Spell It Out in 'Guts Over Fear' Lyric Video During a recent appearance on the The Queen Latifah Show to promote his new film The Equalizer , Washington recalled visiting a recording studio…

  19. Are Brands Music’s New Bank? Lars Ulrich and Top Execs on the $1.3 Billion Up for Grabs

    September 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Six visionaries talk about what's working, what's not, why a Coke Zero concert in Antarctica makes sense and how the industry can catch up to sports' $12 billion gold mine. The day after he joins Billboard in New York for a discussion on music and branding, Lars Ulrich will…

  20. ARIA Awards Announce Date, Venue

    September 25, 2014 3:00 AM EDT The Australian recorded music industry’s flagship ARIA Awards will be held Nov. 26 in Sydney, organizers announced Thursday. Free-to-air broadcaster TEN will telecast the ceremony from the Event Centre at The Star, the setting for last year’s show.  This year’s 28th annual ceremony will cap…

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