1. Kanye West Recruits Miley Cyrus For 'Black Skinhead' Remix: Report

    August 28, 2013 9:50 AM EDT The rapper will also allegedly release a remix EP this year. After causing an uproar with her collaborative VMA performance with Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus reportedly headed into the studio with Kanye West to record a remix to "Yeezus" track, "Black Skinhead." Miley Cyrus…

  2. One Direction Tap 3D, Social Media to Get Close to Fans: At 'This Is Us' N.Y. Premiere

    August 28, 2013 2:58 AM EDT Despite waiting for hours to meet One Direction, the dedicated fans gathered alongside the black carpet at Monday night's New York premiere of the documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" didn't lose their enthusiasm. As they tried to keep from fainting, the group of…

  3. Jordin Sparks Engaged to Jason Derulo? Singer Plays Coy About a Huge Ring

    August 26, 2013 4:15 PM EDT On the eve of the release of boyfriend Jason Derulo's new single "Marry Me," Jordin Sparks was spotted covering up a giant, sparkling diamond on her left hand -- you know, the engagement finger. "No I don't, I don't have anything on my hand," Sparks said…

  4. Depeche Mode's 'Delta Machine' Touches Down in North America With Raw Detroit Show

    August 23, 2013 11:30 AM EDT "I just think there's a much rawer sound to our live shows than on our records, which is a good thing," Martin Gore tells us As Depeche Mode's Delta Machine Tour arrived in North America -- with a 21-song opening salvo on Thursday night at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in…

  5. Jurors Get Glimpse Behind the Curtain of Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' Sessions

    August 12, 2013 12:39 AM EDT Nearly four years ago, audiences got their last look at Michael Jackson in the top-grossing concert film of all time, "This Is It." Tens of millions worldwide saw a seemingly healthy and confident performer sing and glide across a rehearsal stage as he prepared for his ill-fated…

  6. Mike Will Made It: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 09, 2013 12:10 PM EDT How the man behind Kanye West's "Mercy" and Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" became the hottest producer in the Game PatchWerk Recording Studios is housed in a light gray concrete bunker tucked behind a busy McDonald's on a tight corner on Atlanta'…

  7. Death Grips Fans Turn Violent After Band Skips Lollapalooza After Party Appearance

    August 03, 2013 2:40 PM EDT Fans of experimental hip-hip duo Death Grips got shafted when the band “chose not to appear at Lollapalooza 2013,” according to the festival's Facebook page ). That message wasn’t relayed to the hundreds who turned up to the band’s sold-out aftershow performance at the Bottom Lounge…

  8. Jordin Sparks Returns With 'Skipping a Beat' Single: Listen

    August 01, 2013 4:25 PM EDT Four years removed from her last album, pop star and former "American Idol" champ Jordin Sparks unveiled a new single, "Skipping a Beat," on Thursday (Aug. 1) after teasing the track all week on Instagram and Twitter. The love song previews the long-awaited follow-up to…

  9. Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan to Direct 'Officer Downe' Movie

    July 16, 2013 4:08 AM EDT "Officer Downe," the graphic novel created by Joe Casey and artist Chris Burnham, is making its way onto the big screen. Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan will direct the project, which is based on a script by Casey. "Officer Downe" follows a Los Angeles…

  10. Celine Dion Prepares Path To Vegas for Protégé Veronic DiCaire

    July 09, 2013 4:49 AM EDT Perched atop the performer hierarchy in Las Vegas, where she holds court in the Caesars Palace Colosseum, five-time Grammy winner Celine Dion could quite easily sit on her laurels. But the 45-year-old mother of three is using her influence on new projects, working on a new album due out in…

  11. Chicago's Wavefront Music Festival Offers an EDM Alternative

    July 08, 2013 4:47 PM EDT Despite some missteps, the beach fest counters other festivals with credible headliners and local talent. Wavefront Music Festival, which wrapped its second year last night (July 7) at Chicago’s Montrose Beach, is not Electric Daisy Carnival. The accouterment for its Main Stage, dubbed…

  12. Bubbling Under: Avila Shakes Up Elvis Presley Classic

    June 28, 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: Avila, Kopecky Family Band, Gwen Sebastian and Rittz AVILA A dreamy new rendition of "All Shook Up" is gaining…

  13. Bonnaroo 2013: Paul McCartney, Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men Highlight Friday

    June 15, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Charli XCX's boy band analysis, Solange's Fugees cover, late-night show surfing, and more from Bonnaroo Day 2. Friday (June 14) at the 2013 Bonnaroo festival began and ended with headliner chatter: in the morning, it was confirmed that Jack Johnson would be taking over for Mumford…

  14. Chart Juice: Robin Thicke Scores Third No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    June 13, 2013 8:49 PM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell jumps to No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, dislodging Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton, from the penthouse after a seven week stay. ("Blurred" is up one slot, while "Can&…

  15. Def Leppard Guitarist Vivian Campbell Has Cancer

    June 10, 2013 10:45 AM EDT Def Leppard rocker Vivian Campbell says a "cough that wouldn't quit" has turned out to be cancer. The guitarist had a surgical biopsy on March 11 following several months of coughing that revealed he has Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he said through a spokesperson on Monday.…

  16. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Leaps Into Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 23, 2013 7:22 PM EDT Robin Thicke breaks into the top 10 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. and Pharrell, leaps 16-3 in its eighth week on the list. The song’s impressive rise is aided by performances by Thicke on the May 14 episode of NBC’s “The Voice” and “The Ellen DeGeneres…

  17. SZA Talks Quitting Her Day Job, Working With Holy Other & Emile Haynie

    May 23, 2013 12:03 PM EDT SZA, a gifted St. Louis bred R&B/pop singer, can hold a tune a lot better than she can a job. Since graduating a year ago, the 23-year old has been let go from one customer service gig after another— the cost of pursuing a full-time career in music. So far, the investment seems to…

  18. LL Cool J Scores 13th Top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    May 09, 2013 11:04 PM EDT The rapper's "Authentic" is his first independently distributed album after a long run with Def Jam. LL Cool J’s 14th full-length release, “Authentic,” opens at No. 7 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 14,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Queens rapper has…

  19. Chart Juice: Ciara Soars Into Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    May 03, 2013 4:17 PM EDT Ciara's "Body Party" skyrockets into the top 10 (41-8) of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, fueled in part by the release of the song's Director X-helmed video. The clip, which premiered on the first day of the chart's streaming tracking week (April…

  20. Lou Gramm's New Book Explores All Sides of Foreigner

    May 02, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Lou Gramm says he got through the writing of his new autobiography "Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'N' Roll" by digging into events out of chronological order with co-writer Scott Pitoniak. "We did skip around and jumped from one decade to another and one…

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