1. 'America's Got Talent' Earth Harpist William Close Signs to Nettwerk Music Group

    July 22, 2014 8:56 PM EDT You’ve seen him on "America’s Got Talent," where he finished third, but now William Close will bring his unique instrumental inventions to the recording studio after signing a deal with the Nettwerk Music Group. The experimental musician and innovator has developed over 100 new…

  2. Four Year Strong Prepare to 'Go Down in History' With New EP Premiere: Listen

    July 21, 2014 9:55 AM EDT After a label change, lineup switch and three-year break, breakdown-happy punks Four Year Strong are back with a new EP that Billboard is excited to stream a day ahead of its release date. "These are definitely some of the most riffy songs we've ever written," guitarist…

  3. Sinead O'Connor Announces 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss' Album

    June 03, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Irish singer-songwriter is inspired by 'Ban Bossy' campaign and changes album title. Sinead O'Connor is back with a new album title that was inspired by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Ban Bossy campaign. "I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss," the singer…

  4. Sinéad O'Connor Signs With Nettwerk, New Album Coming

    May 12, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Sinéad O'Connor has signed a worldwide recording deal with Nettwerk Music Group ahead of the release later this year of her new studio set, “The Vishnu Room.” The Irish singer’s upcoming album, her tenth, is “indicative of where Sinéad is in life,” according to a statement issued by…

  5. How Kurt Cobain's Friends, Family & Fellow Musicians Reacted to His Death: 20 Quotes

    April 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Twenty years later, the April 5, 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain still resonates as one of the most unforgettably scarring days for multiple generations. In the wake of his death, his mother, wife, bandmates, friends, and peers spoke out about the tragedy, expressing the raw emotions of people…

  6. Top 10 Irish Musicians of All Time

    March 17, 2014 10:40 AM EDT As St. Patrick's Day celebrations bloom all over the land and thoughts turn to all things Irish, now is the perfect time to fete the musicians from the Emerald Isle who have made the biggest impact on the Billboard Hot 100 chart over the decades. This special list of the top 10 Irish…

  7. Miley Cyrus Lashes Out At Katy Perry on Twitter

    March 06, 2014 4:02 PM EST Months after lashing out at Sinead O'Connor on Twitter, Miley Cyrus has now sunk her teeth into another female musical artist -- this time, pop superstar Katy Perry. It all started on Feb. 22, at Cyrus' Bangerz tour show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles , where the "…

  8. Heartbreak Hits: Top 30 Breakup Songs

    February 14, 2014 9:05 AM EST Not everyone equates Valentine's Day with red hearts and roses. For those that have not found cupid to be so kind, February 14 can be a reminder that sometimes, love really can suck. This fact has not been lost on pop musicians; for every whimsical song about love's dizzying…

  9. GRAMMYs' 10 Most Shocking Moments

    January 25, 2014 3:05 PM EST They crashed the stage to ramble about children and do interpretive dances. They challenged the laws of decency, traveled in giant eggs, and got busted for faking the funk. From a famous fight and a ballsy boycott to one untimely passing, these are the 10 weirdest, wildest and most…

  10. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  11. Lady Gaga Rules Billboard.com's Readers Poll 2013

    December 19, 2013 4:45 PM EST Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande also scored major wins, but Gaga was the Billboard.com readers' MVP. Put your hands up, make 'em touch: Lady Gaga is the ruler of Billboard.com's 2013 Readers' Poll, which allowed pop music fans far and wide to vote for their…

  12. Ask Billboard: They Are Women, Hear Them 'Roar'

    November 10, 2013 9:05 AM EST A look at eras in which female vocals have dominated the Hot 100, plus Drake's latest achievement and Kelly Clarkson's career sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and…

  13. Obamacare and Miley Cyrus Tweaked at CMAs

    November 07, 2013 2:10 PM EST The CMA Awards addressed a recent outbreak of feuding in Nashville and tweaked Miley Cyrus' twerking, Julianne Hough's blackface scandal and Obamacare's registration woes during a playful opening skit featuring hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Wednesday night. CMA…

  14. George Strait, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 06, 2013 11:41 PM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the future of the format was served, the big…

  15. Miley Cyrus To Perform at MTV Europe Music Awards

    October 17, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Parents be warned. Miley Cyrus is returning to the MTV stage – this time in Amsterdam. The pop star will perform at the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards in the Dutch capital, the broadcaster said today. She’ll join the likes of previously announced performers Katy Perry and The Killers. Miley…

  16. Charlotte Church Slams the ‘Culture of Demeaning Women in Pop Music’

    October 15, 2013 6:06 AM EDT U.K. singer Charlotte Church late Monday criticized the hypersexualization of young female music stars, lashing out at the likes of Miley Cyrus and Rihanna for their raunchy performances. The 27-year-old Welsh musician, who was one of the British celebrities who sued Rupert Murdoch's…

  17. Sinead O'Connor Says Miley Cyrus Supporters Are Urging Her to Commit Suicide

    October 08, 2013 10:10 PM EDT It's round four of a week-long exchange between Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus, with the former penning a new and lengthy letter claiming that the pop singer's actions have led cyber-bullies to urge her to commit suicide. O'Connor spends a great deal of the 1,770-word…

  18. Miley Cyrus Deflects Criticism on 'Today': 'This Is Just Who I Am'

    October 07, 2013 2:48 PM EDT Not long after her "Saturday Night Live" gig this past weekend, Miley Cyrus took to "Today" Monday morning (Oct. 7) to debrief following "SNL," the VMAs and her spat late last week with Sinead O'Connor, one day before the release of her newest album, …

  19. Miley Cyrus Parodies Government Shutdown, Performs the Hits on 'SNL'

    October 06, 2013 2:10 AM EDT Saturday night with Miley was neither the trainwreck nor the twerk-filled spectacle many expected it to become. Instead, the second episode of the new season of "Saturday Night Live" was just the right amount of audacious and, at best and worst, your usual episode of the NBC…

  20. Sinead O'Connor Threatens Legal Action If Miley Cyrus Doesn't Apologize

    October 04, 2013 11:37 AM EDT Sinead O'Connor has reacted forcefully to online taunting by Miley Cyrus in the wake of her impassioned letter to the singer, demanding an apology and threatening legal action for potentially damaging her career. Following O'Connor's much-discussed open letter, in which…

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