1. Madonna's 10 Most Surprising Collaborations

    January 23, 2015 6:42 PM EST Vanilla Ice, Björk, Deepak Chopra and Sofia Coppola have all entered Madonna's art over the course of her sprawling career. Madonna and Mike Tyson, on a song together? It's true: the pop legend and boxing icon have linked up for "Iconic," a track on her forthcoming album…

  2. Andraé Crouch Funeral Details Announced: Two Days of All-Star Celebrations

    January 16, 2015 7:16 PM EST Funeral services for  Andraé Crouch  will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20, and Wednesday, Jan. 21, and will include appearances and performances by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Yolanda Adams , Shirley Caesar , and many others, a rep for the late singer announced Friday.  R.I.P. Andrae Crouch: Remembering…

  3. Bob Dylan's Music Video Casting Call Is Peak Dylan

    January 09, 2015 5:42 PM EST With Bob Dylan 's 10 millionth studio album -- Shadows in the Night , an all Frank Sinatra covers LP -- set for release on Feb. 3, it's high time to break out the 8mm camera and get a new Dylan music video in the can. Jimmy Carter to Present Bob Dylan With MusiCares Honor And lo,…

  4. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight…

  5. BSBB Round 2: Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda MEAGHAN GARVEY: I’m going to come clean: I had never heard “Rather Be” before this bracket (it hasn’t seemed to make significant waves on NYC radio, and certainly not…

  6. BSBB Round 2: Lorde, "Team" vs. Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Team Lorde Happy Pharrell Williams MEGAN BUERGER: Aside from the fact that "Happy" made the world dance like Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, its benchmark 24-hour music video brought the art form to a new level…

  7. The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST K-pop fans may remember 2014 as a dramatic, and at times heartbreaking, year. Members left groups fans envisioned them in for years, tragedy struck the live scene and the dark sides of the industry were brought to light in the wake of mourning one of the scene's most promising acts…

  8. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  9. Latin Grammys 2014: Meet the Best New Artist Nominees

    November 17, 2014 2:57 PM EST This year's Best New Artist nominees at the Latin Grammys -- all 10 of them -- have roots in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela. Below, we highlight their work and music and what's going on in the musical minds of these artists who'll be sharing an international…

  10. Ronnie Milsap on New 21-Disc RCA Collection: 'It's My History'

    October 24, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Ronnie Milsap would be lying if he said that the possibility of being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame hadn't entered his mind -- but, when he got the news, he tells Billboard  it still took him by surprise. "I was here at the house," he recalls, "and some…

  11. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The…

  12. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  13. 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…

  14. Former Bullying Victim Tinashe Gets Her Shot at R&B Stardom

    October 06, 2014 1:51 PM EDT On paper, Tinashe may come off like a former teen rebel: skipping prom and getting kicked out of her high school musical. And her slinky hit "2 On," a paean to the almighty "turn-up," teases out that narrative. But in reality, the R&B upstart -- who's releasing…

  15. Kings of Leon Joined by Chris Martin at Hollywood Bowl: Concert Review

    October 04, 2014 4:34 AM EDT Coldplay frontman hits the stage for two songs in L.A. Kings of Leon have been riding the Mechanical Bull tour since February, and when they made their second-to-last U.S. stop Friday (Oct. 3) at the Hollywood Bowl, they couldn't settle for the same-old. Kings of Leon Talk Writing…

  16. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  17. Is Simon Cowell’s ‘X Factor’ U.K. Protege Ella Henderson the Next Adele?

    September 23, 2014 12:07 PM EDT From: Tetney, England Age: 18 First step: Henderson finished sixth on the U.K. X Factor in 2012. With a smoky, soulful voice, she was often described as a budding Adele . Can Simon Cowell Revive 'X Factor' U.K.? Reboot: After The X Factor , she signed with Simon Cowell's Syco…

  18. Exclusive: The Moth & the Flame Signs to Elektra Records, Shares 'Sorry' Live Video

    September 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Alternative rockers the Moth & the Flame are the newest act to hit the Elektra Records roster. The Los Angeles-based band announced its new deal with the label exclusively via Billboard, and plans to release its major label debut in 2015. Most recently, the California-by-way-of-Utah act…

  19. Pharrell Is Eco-Friendly at New York Fashion Week

    September 06, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Designers usually wait to show their faces after the models hit the runway. Not Pharrell . Check Out Pret-a-Reporter’s Fashion Week Coverage Here The pop star led a dozen models Friday (Sept. 5) during New York Fashion Week for his RAW for the Oceans spring-summer collection. The Man Who…

  20. 'Duran Duran: Unstaged': Film Review

    September 05, 2014 1:25 AM EDT David Lynch has had some strange musical bedfellows over the years, but few of his partners seem more unlikely than Duran Duran , whose glamorous synth-rock falls nowhere on the spectrum between the ethereal dreaminess of his Twin Peaks mode or the industrial creepzone he has explored more…

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