1. Billboard + Twitter Realtime Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    July 03, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Spoon, Smallpools and more artists popping up on the Emerging Artists Chart. This week, we have chosen three artists whose music will have listeners celebrating in time for the fourth of July weekend. The artists, who spurred fan engagement as a result of the release of their recent music…

  2. Spoon Perform 'Rent I Pay' and 'Rainy Taxi' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' (Watch)

    June 27, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Last night (June 26), Spoon performed two songs off their upcoming album, “They Want My Soul,” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” After a brief introduction, the band launched into their new single, the Rolling Stones-esque “Rent I Pay” and finished with a web-exclusive performance of “Rainy Taxi.” …

  3. She & Him Signs With Columbia Records

    June 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A new album by the indie duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel is expected in the fall, a rep for the Sony label confirms. She & Him, the indie duo comprised of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have just joined the majors. Columbia Records, the Sony Music subsidiary run by chairman Rob…

  4. Sting Says His Kids Won't Inherit His $306 Million

    June 22, 2014 10:11 PM EDT Pop icon Sting says his children won't be getting trust funds from his vast fortune, assuming there's any money left in it. Tonys: Neil Patrick Harris Gives Sting a Lap Dance During 'Hedwig' Performance The 16-time Grammy Award winner and former frontman of The Police,…

  5. Bonnaroo 2014: Australia's The Preatures on Straddling Two Countries, Recording Debut Album (Video)

    June 14, 2014 5:44 PM EDT It's a wonder that the Preatures are standing up straight. The Sydney quintet has been hopping back and forth between Australia and the U.S. constantly of late, promoting their 2013 EP "Is This How You Feel?", which will get an American release August 9 via Universal Australia,…

  6. Governors Ball 2014: Sleigh Bells Rules Sunset With Relentless Set

    June 09, 2014 4:05 AM EDT As helicopters circled above the green at Governors Ball on Saturday (June 7), a flock of fans migrated from the Strokes on the main stage to the small Gotham stage ready in dark blues. As many walked through to catch Spoon on the Honda stage, those that stayed were rewarded with an ominous…

  7. Governors Ball 2014: Spoon Plays Old Favorites, New Song

    June 08, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Spoon are one of the most consistently awesome bands in indie rock, so it wasn’t too surprising that their just-after-dark set was a squeaky-clean collection of jams from their numerous standout records. Britt Daniel and company announced a new album (“They Want My Soul,” due Aug. 5) during…

  8. 13 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Skrillex Lifts Off, Jack White Reigns, The Strokes Rock Day 2

    June 08, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Watch video of key Governors Ball moments. Governors Ball 2014 rolled on Saturday (June 7) with another beautiful day on Randall's Island as Jack White brought the rock (and the singsongs), The Strokes brought out crowd favorites, Skrillex fired up the mothership, Childish Gambino and…

  9. Calvin Harris Heats Up Hot 100 With Latest 'Summer' Hit

    June 07, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The EDM star's new hit is the 23rd Hot 100 top 10 with the word 'summer' in its title Calvin Harris heats up the Billboard Hot 100, where his latest hit "Summer" sizzles 12-9 . The EDM star adds to the list of top 10s with the word "summer" in their titles…

  10. Spoon Announces New Album 'They Want My Soul' & Shares New Music

    June 05, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The band's first album since 2010 drops August 5 via Loma Vista. One of indie rock's most reliable, critically acclaimed bands is back for another go. Following an uncharacteristic four-year break between full-lengths, Spoon will release a new studio album titled "They Want My…

  11. Governors Ball Emerges From the Mud: Fest's Booker Talks 'Cracking' NYC, Weather Prep

    June 05, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Prior to the successful launch of Governors Ball in 2011, some in the music industry had lost hope that New York could have a large-scale music festival to call its own. “Our business had grown accustomed to saying that a music festival could not succeed in New York City,” Tom Windish,…

  12. Spoon Signs to Loma Vista; Album Expected Soon

    May 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Austin-based indie rock band Spoon has signed to Loma Vista, the label started by former Warner Bros. Records' chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Loma Vista declined to comment on the signing but two sources verified the deal though exact terms were not disclosed. Since 2000 the band has been…

  13. Top 30 Summer Songs

    May 22, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Chart Article The sun is shining, and the beaches will soon be crowded, which can only mean one thing: Summer is underway. To celebrate the return of our favorite season, we've scoured the Billboard chart archives and updated this definitive list of the most popular songs about…

  14. Made In America: Kanye West, Kings of Leon Headliners In Philadelphia

    May 22, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Budweiser has announced the lineup for its third Made In America Festival in Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend, with headliners Kings of Leon and Kanye West. Performers for the first Los Angeles edition, also set for Labor Day, will be announced around 3 p.m. ET. Made In America is the…

  15. Tennis Plays For Little Kids While Prepping Third Album

    May 13, 2014 2:10 PM EDT The indie-pop duo has been working with producers like the Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Spoon's Jim Eno on the fall LP. This past weekend in New York, Tennis entertained students of the pop blogosphere while opening for Haim at New York's Terminal 5 and headlining Music Hall…

  16. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  17. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes and all the sordid stuff going on just below…

  18. The National, Lorde, Nas x The Roots to Play Boston Calling Music Festival

    April 23, 2014 8:30 AM EDT The National, Lorde, Nas with The Roots, The Replacements and Neutral Milk Hotel will all perform at the three-day Boston Calling Music Festival September 5-7. The event will take place at the city’s historic City Hall Plaza.  Coachella 2014: Nas Celebrates 'Illmatic' 20th…

  19. Austin City Limits Lineup: Eminem, Pearl Jam, OutKast Among Headliners

    April 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Eminem, Pearl Jam, OutKast, Skrillex, Beck and Calvin Harris will headline the 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival, which will be held over two weekends this October. Organizers today announced a diverse line-up for the Texas fest, scheduled to take place at Zilker Park from Oct. 3-5 and…

  20. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Stay Busy, Celebrate Longevity

    April 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates and Kiss remain active veterans, making moves in the studio and on the road. Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will go without a familiar hallmark this year: a long-awaited reunion. That’s because most of the nominees --…

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