1. Alt In Our Stars Podcast 2/27: Andrew McMahon Talks 'In the Wilderness,' Jack's Mannequin, and Something Corporate

    February 27, 2015 12:58 PM EST For over a decade, Andrew McMahon has been one of rock and pop's most talented, all-round good guys. In late 2014, he left the major label game and his Jack's Mannequin moniker to release his self-titled debut as Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness , a sparkling, breath-of-fresh-air…

  2. Album Review: Kid Rock Grows Up and Gives Thanks on 'First Kiss'

    February 23, 2015 11:59 AM EST On his 10th studio effort Kid Rock is, to borrow the title of his annual sea cruise, chillin' the most. His first album since departing longtime label Atlantic for Warner Bros., First Kiss is hardly his most ­adventurous project, but it is perhaps his most easygoing, tuneful one. The…

  3. Kanye West Headlines Roc City Classic with Travi$ Scott, Fetty Wap & More

    February 13, 2015 12:30 AM EST The first annual Roc City Classic, produced by Jay Z 's Roc Nation, saw Manhattan's Flatiron district (and those streaming via Life + Times) bow down to Kanye West , headliner for the event held in Madison Square Park. The "free" show wasn't exactly easy to attend –…

  4. Exclusive: Def Leppard Announces Summer Concert Tour With Styx and Tesla

    February 12, 2015 8:00 AM EST After spending last year on the road as special guests for Kiss , Def Leppard will be back atop the bill this summer and taking Styx and Tesla along for the ride, Billboard is exclusively announcing. The 48-date tour kicks off June 23 in Tampa, Fla., running through Oct. 4 in Bismarck, N.D.…

  5. Grammys 2015: Pharrell Performs 'Happy,' Does 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Gesture

    February 08, 2015 10:07 PM EST Pharrell Williams put on one of the night's most memorable performances. After winning three Grammys early Sunday night, Feb. 8 -- for best urban contemporary album, best music video and best pop performance -- the artist took the stage to perform his Grammy-winning song, "…

  6. Mary Healy, Actress & Singer, Dies at 96

    February 05, 2015 4:14 PM EST Mary Healy, an actress and singer who teamed with Peter Lind Hayes for a husband-and-wife comedy act that sparkled on the radio and television, in films and on the stage for more than 50 years, has died. She was 96. Healy died Tuesday of natural causes in Calabasas, Calif., publicist Wendy…

  7. From Aretha Franklin to Puff Daddy, Industry Heavyweights Share Inside Stories From Clive Davis' Legendary Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 02, 2015 2:25 PM EST When Clive Davis formed Arista Records in 1973, the label lacked the renown of its competitors. To level the playing field and heighten Arista's profile during Grammy season, Davis used not just his business acumen, but his love of showbiz -- and the spotlight -- to promote his new…

  8. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Rihanna, Kanye & Paul McCartney to Zac Brown Band

    January 30, 2015 5:50 PM EST Giorgio Moroder Featuring Kylie Minogue "Right Here, Right Now" RCA At 74, Moroder is still crafting opulent dance productions. His collaboration with Minogue lacks the heart-stopping hooks of his greatest disco achievements, but still sparks movement with robotic synths that…

  9. Bleachers, Kevin Ross Climb Billboard & Clio Music's Top Commercials, Powered by Shazam

    January 26, 2015 3:14 PM EST "What's the name of the song playing in that commercial?" It's a common question with an easy answer, thanks to Shazam's song-recognition technology. Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales and streaming tracked by Nielsen Music, Billboard has partnered…

  10. And the Next Musician Hologram is... Liberace!

    January 19, 2015 9:33 PM EST Liberace will be returning to the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas sometime this year, more than 25 years after his death.  The famed singer's homecoming to the city where he originally made a name for himself will come in the form of a cutting edge "hologram" developed by…

  11. Lifetime's 'Whitney': TV Review

    January 18, 2015 11:33 AM EST A luminous Yaya DaCosta embodies Whitney Houston's talent and tragedy The biggest decision facing any biographical film is how much of the subject's life to include. Will childhood be broached, or will there be flashbacks? Will it sweep across time, lingering only on late tragedy?…

  12. Whitney Houston's Death 'Too Recent' to Show in Biopic, Actress Says

    January 16, 2015 6:57 PM EST Playing Whitney Houston is "daunting." That was the word Yaya DeCosta ( Lee Daniels' The Butler ) chose to describe her latest part, playing the seven-time Grammy winner in the eponymous Lifetime biopic, directed by Angela Bassett. Whitney Houston Biopic Premiere Not a Family…

  13. Best & Worst Singles of the Week -- From Kelly Clarkson to Ellie Goulding

    January 16, 2015 3:22 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> James Bay "Scars" Republic James Bay takes a nostalgic approach to road-weary rock ballads, and "Scars" is no exception. The track features dusty organs and outdated tech references: "In the dark, you try to make a…

  14. Album Review: Panda Bear's 'Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper' Makes an Emotional Statement

    January 13, 2015 12:09 PM EST The music Noah Lennox makes as Panda Bear exists in a trippy universe unto itself, one that's parallel to his work as part of pioneering alternative band Animal Collective but without its fraternal, organic mysticism. Using samplers and extensively processed instrumentation, the 36…

  15. Exclusive: Famed Astrologer Susan Miller Gives Her 2015 Predictions for Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and More

    January 09, 2015 11:58 AM EST Celebrity astrologist Susan Miller's name has become synonymous with the fashion set but the go-to woman for the study of celestial bodies is also popular among musicians such as Katy Perry . "She met my daughter, Chrissy, and said she would love to have her chart done,"…

  16. 15 Spot-On Hipster Parodies From 'Portlandia'

    January 08, 2015 3:50 PM EST Season five of Portlandia debuts tonight on IFC. In anticipation of the pitch-perfect Portland parody program's return, we've rounded up the show's 15 best sketches that skewer hipster life in all its glorious facets. Some feature indie all-stars, some feature obscure music…

  17. Iggy Azalea Reveals TMJ Diagnosis on Twitter

    December 31, 2014 6:38 PM EST What started out as a standard "Happy New Year's" message to her fans on Twitter turned serious when Iggy Azalea revealed that she had been diagnosed with TMJ. New Year's Eve 2014: A Musical Guide TMJ (short for temporomandibular joint dysfunction) is the medical term…

  18. 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…

  19. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' and Why Waiting 14 Years For Music Isn't a Bad Thing

    December 16, 2014 4:55 PM EST Imagine going to a steakhouse, ordering the best steak in the restaurant after being told the best steak will take an hour to properly cook, waiting impatiently as everyone around you gets their food before you, angrily wondering why YOUR steak has to take so damn long... and then…

  20. 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…

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