1. 'Source Energy and Universal Truths': Exploring The New Music of Jaden & Willow Smith

    November 26, 2014 3:55 PM EST The world focused on an outlandish interview, but what about the music the interview was promoting? It's been a little over a week, and yet, I still can’t get over this . Jaden and Willow Smith 's joint exclusive with the New York Times ' T Magazine is difficult to wrap one&…

  2. Lecrae on Ferguson: 'The System We Have in Place Has Biases'

    November 26, 2014 2:45 PM EST Two dominant views pervade public opinion regarding Ferguson. The first view, held by many people, sees the incident in Ferguson and the decision that followed as an isolated issue. They believe that the grand jury made a decision based on the evidence, and the justice system worked as well…

  3. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  4. Garth Brooks Cancels Talk-Show Appearances After Ferguson Decision

    November 25, 2014 4:16 PM EST 'To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me,' he writes on Facebook. Garth Brooks is postponing TV appearances in the midst of protests after a Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting…

  5. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of …

  6. Killer Mike on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: 'I Got Kicked on My Ass'

    November 25, 2014 10:40 AM EST Since the unarmed teenager Michael Brown was gunned down on Aug. 9 in Ferguson Miss., Killer Mike has been one of the few artists willing to talk about the situation from the beginning. Monday night, after a grand jury announced that they were not going indict police officer Darren Wilson…

  7. Austin Mahone & Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony Split Up, 'Camaustin' is Over

    November 24, 2014 8:36 PM EST Bad news -- or maybe it's good news -- for all the Mohomies and Harmonizers out there: Camaustin is over.  That's the nickname given to the romantic pairing of Austin Mahone and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony , which Cabello told Pittsburgh's KISS 96.1 Monday has ended.…

  8. Aretha Franklin Blasts Unauthorized Bio, Calls It a 'Very Trashy Book'

    November 24, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money -- or soul -- on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz 's Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin , a "trashy book." Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering '…

  9. How Did 'Serial' Find Its Music? Thank Nick Thorburn

    November 24, 2014 3:42 PM EST As fans of the runaway hit podcast  Serial  know ,  the notes of the now all-too-familiar jingle that opens each episode can provoke a Pavlovian response from listeners eager to get their latest hit of the addictive story. For the uninitiated:  Serial , a  This American Life  spin-off that…

  10. Joris Voorn Talks Working With Kid A & His Father on New Album 'Nobody Knows'

    November 24, 2014 1:35 PM EST The Dutch institution departs his club comfort zone on third LP. Between marathon sets and sessions, Joris Voorn is a rare breed -- equally at home in the club and studio. The esteemed Trouw, Amsterdam resident's versatility is fully evident on his third full-length album Nobody Knows,…

  11. Amy Grant Overwhelmed With Emotion on 2014 Santa Train Ride: 'It Was Just Beautiful'

    November 23, 2014 1:24 PM EST "We sang a little bit -- it was just beautiful,” Amy Grant says. It’s a tradition that has been going strong in the heart of rural Appalachia since 1943 -- The Santa Train. Engineered by the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CSX, Food City, and Dignity U Wear, the…

  12. Zendaya Scales To New Heights For 'K.C. Undercover' Poster

    November 22, 2014 5:48 PM EST Zendaya is readying her return to the small screen in a big way. The 18-year-old posted a first look at her upcoming series, K.C. Undercover , by debuting the official poster on social media. "The poster for #KCUndercover is finally here we like??," she wrote on Instagram on…

  13. Flashback Friday: Olivia Newton-John Gets 'Physical' in 1981

    November 21, 2014 4:19 PM EST "Let me hear your body talk." Olivia Newton-John 's "Physical" video came out in 1981, the same year MTV aired its very first music video, the Buggles ' "Video Killed the Radio Star." It's also the year Newton-John began a 10-week run at No. 1 on…

  14. Exclusive: Elijah Wood's All-Vinyl DJ Outfit Wooden Wisdom Will Hit the Road in 2015

    November 21, 2014 12:00 PM EST Wood and DJ partner Zach Cowie will bring their retro "paradise garage" sound to five North American cities in January. Wooden Wisdom is a DJ supergroup made up of Elijah Wood ( Lord of the Rings ,  The Hobbit ) and Zach Cowie , a music business jack-of-all-trades who has managed…

  15. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  16. Throwback Thursday: Watch Teenage Britney Spears Perform at Tree Lighting Ceremony

    November 20, 2014 10:00 AM EST Allow old-school  Britney Spears   to get back on your radar. The holiday kickoff is just a week away (we see you, Thanksgiving), so for this week's Throwback Thursday we're getting into the spirit and throwing things back 15 years, to the 1999 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting…

  17. Nickelback's Chad Kroeger Says Song 'Edge of a Revolution' Was Inspired by Ferguson

    November 19, 2014 8:37 PM EST Nickelback frontman says Chad Kroeger says the band's No Fixed Address lead single, "Edge of a Revolution," was inspired by the protests in Ferguson, Mo. following a police killing of an the unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.  Chad Kroeger Laughs Off Anti-Nickelback…

  18. Sinéad O'Connor Says U2's iTunes Release Was 'Almost Terrorist'

    November 17, 2014 8:03 PM EST Sinéad O'Connor is the latest to in a growing list of musicians to criticize the release of U2 's latest album, Songs of Innocence , calling the decision to automatically upload it to people's iTunes account without option a "badly judged move."  The Irish singer…

  19. Shawn Mendes Exclusive: Watch Episode III of His ‘Life On The Road’ Series

    November 17, 2014 5:00 PM EST The teen star shares his feelings from the road and gets a special surprise on the tour’s last stop. Shawn Mendes ’ video tour diary keeps rolling with episode three of Life On The Road , in which the 16-year-old shares more behind-the-scenes action from his first major tour and receives a…

  20. 5 Seconds of Summer's Derp Con: Navigating A Pop-Punk Boy Band Fan Convention

    November 17, 2014 1:45 PM EST Screaming teens, candy-coated pizza, mariachi bands and grateful moms: inside 5SOS's weekend fan meetup. Upon entering 5 Seconds of Summer 's world, one must come prepared. You need the uniform of knee-high socks and punk rock t-shirts, the earplugs to muffle teen girls’…

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