1. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  2. Coachella 2014 Lineup Announced: Outkast, Arcade Fire, Muse Headlining

    January 08, 2014 11:04 PM EST With a tweet suggesting fans "share it like a polaroid picture," the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival sent out this year's highly anticipated lineup late on Wednesday. As previously reported , long-dormant rap duo Outkast will reunite at the Goldenvoice-organized…

  3. Emeli Sandé Being Honored at Essence Black Women in Music Event

    December 18, 2013 11:22 AM EST Singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé will be the honoree at Essence magazine's fifth annual Black Women in Music celebration. The invitation-only, Grammy Awards week reception will take place on January 22, featuring an exclusive performance by Sandé with special guests and music by DJ Kiss.…

  4. Beyonce, Beyonce: Track-By-Track Review

    December 13, 2013 3:53 PM EST "I see music," Beyoncé said in a video on her Facebook page, dubbed "Self-Titled, Part 1," just minutes after her surprise announcement of "Beyoncé," her fifth album. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a…

  5. Beyonce's Surprise Album: 20 Tweets From Mind-Blown Musicians

    December 13, 2013 2:05 PM EST Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Diplo & Bey's baby sis Solange all expressed their shock after the release of "Beyonce." Beyonce's fifth album release took everyone by surprise, including the unsuspecting Twittersphere at large. When "Beyonce" arrived fully…

  6. Grammy Nominations 2014: 10 Big Surprises

    December 06, 2013 11:31 PM EST From Sara Bareilles to Ariel Rechtshaid, see which artists offered the biggest shocks. This year's Grammy nominations -- unveiled live Friday night (Dec. 6) during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown To Music's Biggest night" show in Los Angeles --…

  7. Janelle Monáe: The Billboard Women In Music 'Rising Star' Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:01 AM EST Billboard Rising Star honoree Janelle Monáe celebrates ‘unconventional, universal stories’ This is an excerpt. For the full story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. When Janelle Monáe graced the cover of Billboard in June, her second album, "The Electric Lady," existed mostly…

  8. Solange Talks 'Saint Heron,' Becoming A Label Owner

    November 22, 2013 3:35 PM EST It's been a busy year for Solange. On Wednesday (Nov. 20), she announced a partnership with Puma as the sneaker brand's new art director, updating the company's classic Puma Disc sneaker with a new Brazil-inspired line for women called Girls of Blaze. Solange is about to escape…

  9. Solange Announces Girls of Blaze Puma Sneakers

    November 20, 2013 5:44 PM EST Whether she’s shooting videos in South Africa , at a mall in her Houston hometown or dressed to kill in that downtown soul child look she’s patented, Solange Knowles has a keen stylistic eye. And today she’s announced that she’s pairing with Puma, becoming an art director for the elite…

  10. Kelela Talks Saint Heron, R&B's Racial Politics & Working with Arca, Hudson Mohawke

    November 19, 2013 1:45 PM EST Less than a year ago, Kelela Mizanekristos — the Los Angeles-based, Ethiopia-descended R&B and electro pop singer — was working as a telemarketer, trying to make ends meet as an artist in a city inundated with them. She finally quit her day job last December after Solange, a fan,…

  11. Jhené Aiko Talks 'Sail Out' EP & New Wave of R&B

    November 11, 2013 10:47 AM EST Jhené Aiko, the first signee to No I.D.'s Artium imprint, makes formal debut with the new EP. From vegan cafe waitress to breakthrough artist. That's the short take on Jhené Aiko. But like most seemingly overnight sensations, there's a lot more to her story. Like the fact…

  12. Cable's Dev Hynes-Produced 'Roxanne': Exclusive Video Premiere

    November 07, 2013 1:10 PM EST Watch the debut of NYC noise-rock duo Cable and their mesmerizing video for first single "Roxanne," only at Billboard. Tracy Antonopoulos and Ben Morsberger, better known as Cable, are stepping out with a captivating music video for their debut single "Roxanne."…

  13. Jade de LaFleur, 'Blue Notes and Green Trees': Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 28, 2013 1:57 PM EDT Jade de LaFleur, formally of R&B trio Sophia Fresh, has been garnering buzz with sneak peeks of her upcoming EP, "Jaded."  The emerging singer's soulful voice caught the attention of Solange Knowles, and toured with her for three years as her back-up singer. Jade is one…

  14. Janelle Monae Rocks 'SNL' With 'Electric Lady' Cuts: Watch

    October 27, 2013 11:11 AM EDT Just days after being named Billboard's Rising Star , Janelle Monae took to the "Saturday Night Live" stage to showcase just why she's regarded as one of music's next big talents with a rollicking two-song set from her second LP, "The Electric Lady." It…

  15. Kwes Q&A: Singer-Producer Talks New Album, Working With Solange

    October 25, 2013 4:30 PM EDT “She’s brilliant,” Kwes says of the younger Knowles sister. “The fact that she called me to come out… it’s mad” London producer/singer Kwes has a voice to soothe the restless and the pensive disposition of a painter or philosopher, which is fitting for someone who studied Schopenhauer in…

  16. Pharrell Talks eBay Collab, Beyonce's Album, Scoring the 'Spider-Man' Sequel and More

    October 24, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Pharrell Williams likes to spread the wealth and the credit. As a music producer and all-around tastemaker, he’s played key roles on two of the year’s biggest songs (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” duh). BBC Black, his collaborative clothing line with renowned…

  17. Janelle Monáe Named Billboard's Rising Star

    October 24, 2013 8:54 AM EDT Janelle Monáe's glowing-hot young career will be recognized with Billboard’s Rising Star Award. The artist will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, to be held in New York City on Dec. 10. Monáe will be joined on the night with P!nk, who will be feted with…

  18. Sky Ferreira Talks Drug Arrest, Perils of Pop Stardom: 'I Know I'm Not a Drug Addict'

    September 30, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Two weeks after she and her boyfriend were arrested in possession of ecstasy and heroin, Sky Ferreira opens up about being labeled a drug addict, finally being proud of her music and the price of fame. Sky Ferreira wants you to see her flaws. The 21-year-old ascendant pop star has spent…

  19. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  20. Janelle Monae, Arctic Monkeys and Sheryl Crow Heading for Billboard 200 Top 10

    September 13, 2013 9:44 PM EDT Keith Urban's "Fuse" looks to top the chart, with the Weeknd's "Kiss Land" close behind. On next week's Billboard 200 albums chart: Janelle Monae is set for her first top 10, Arctic Monkeys are making a strong return, and Sheryl Crow's aiming for her…

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