1. Rdio Expands Into 24 New Markets Across Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific

    January 22, 2015 10:09 AM EST Fresh off its big move into India , streaming music service Rdio has announced an expansion to 24 new markets across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. This rapid growth spurt, being done in close partnership with mobile network Digicel, means Rdio now has a footprint in 85…

  2. St. Vincent Drops Peppy New Song 'Bad Believer'

    January 20, 2015 11:28 AM EST Well, this is just about the most catchy and in-your-face we've ever heard Annie Clark . Today (Jan. 20), St. Vincent shared a a new song called "Bad Believer." "Bad Believer" is the first new song shared from the deluxe edition of 2014's St. Vincent , one of…

  3. Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform at Light of Day 2015 Benefit in New Jersey

    January 18, 2015 3:03 PM EST There was magic in the night for the 15th anniversary of the Light of Day 2015 Winterfest, as "surprise" guest Bruce Springsteen took the stage at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, N.J. "15 years," the 65-year old rocker said wistfully as he -- and 17 other musical…

  4. Exclusive: 'Girls' to Premiere New Tracks by St. Vincent, Grimes and Family of the Year

    January 16, 2015 12:51 PM EST What's in store for season four of HBO's Girls ? "Big changes for the characters," says music supervisor Manish Raval (the show premiered Jan. 11). In addition to Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath leaving New York for grad school, "New relationships are starting…

  5. Brit Music Awards Nominations: Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran & More

    January 15, 2015 4:27 PM EST Man of the moment Sam Smith leads the nominations for Britain's most prestigious music awards, the Brits. The soulful 22-year-old "Stay With Me" singer was nominated for five awards Thursday (Jan. 15), including best album and best male artist. Ed Sheeran Previews New Song in…

  6. Sleater-Kinney on Their New Album and Upcoming Tour: 'It's Not a Reunion -- It's a Continuation'

    January 15, 2015 3:48 PM EST "We were a moving train -- we just pressed 'pause,'" says Sleater-Kinney singer-guitarist Carrie Brownstein, explaining why the beloved alt-rock trio broke up at the peak of its success and why it has reunited for its first album in 10 years, the excellent No Cities…

  7. Beck, the Pixies, My Morning Jacket to Headline Boston Calling

    January 14, 2015 8:14 AM EST The eventual arrival of summer is small comfort during the coldest winter months, but the rapid-fire announcement of festival lineups makes it seem a little more real. Following reveals of the artists playing Coachella , Governors Ball , and on Tuesday (Jan. 13) Bonnaroo , Boston Calling…

  8. Watch Lil Jon Clown on Coachella Lineup -- Especially Ryan Adams & Panda Bear

    January 07, 2015 6:21 PM EST What do you think about the 2015 Coachella lineup ? Is it kinda weird that AC/DC is headlining? Great that Drake is? Not enough female musicians? Squinting too hard to read the small-print band names? Well, Lil Jon has his own opinions, and he put them to film while drinking his morning…

  9. Drake, Black Keys & Deadmau5 Lead Governors Ball Line-up

    January 07, 2015 7:00 AM EST Drake, The Black Keys, Deadmau5 and Lana Del Rey are among the big names confirmed to play the Fifth Annual Governors Ball Music Festival. Organizers today announced a massive line-up that also includes acts from across the edgier end of the music spectrum, and from around the world. …

  10. Coachella Lineup Takeaways: Drake Gets His Shot, AC/DC's Back (In Black) & The Troubling Lack of Females

    January 06, 2015 3:34 PM EST On Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 6), the Coachella 2015 lineup was unveiled in full , as the annual Indio, Calif. music extravaganza is set to touch down from Apr. 10-12 and Apr. 17-19 this year. With AC/DC , Jack White and Drake confirmed as headliners, "Coachella" immediately started…

  11. Coachella 2015 Lineup Revealed: AC/DC, Drake & Jack White Headlining

    January 06, 2015 1:21 PM EST With Coachella 2015 just four months away, the producers of the annual desert fest have finally unveiled who's headlining the two-weekend music festival this year (not to brag, but we totally called a lot of these already). Rock gods AC/DC will blast festival-goers in Indio, CA, on…

  12. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 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 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  13. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rock Album, Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Metal Performance Nominees

    December 30, 2014 5:40 PM EST BEST ROCK ALBUM NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN Ryan Adams Ryan Adams Producers: Ryan Adams, Mike Viola, Charlie Stavish Engineers/Mixers: David Labrel, Charlie Stavish Label: Blue Note Records Ryan Adams' 14th album -- in a nearly 20-year career -- brings the prolific songwriter his fourth…

  14. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Best Albums of the Year Edition

    December 19, 2014 12:10 PM EST is almost over, and that means one thing for the Billboard staff -- it's time to obsess over our favorite albums of the year. This week, the original Must-Hear Music podcast team -- Jason Lipshutz , Joe Lynch  and Erika Ramirez -- sit down to share and argue over their favorite…

  15. Music Supervisors for 'Glee,' 'Book of Life,' 'Begin Again' Lead Guild Nominations

    December 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Guild of Music Supervisors will hand out its fifth annual awards Jan. 21 at Mack Sennett Studios in Hollywood, honoring music supervisors for their work in motion pictures, television, games, trailers and advertising. Glee supervisor PJ Bloom received three nominations while recently…

  16. Watch St. Vincent's New 'Birth in Reverse' Video

    December 16, 2014 9:52 PM EST St. Vincent has released a music video for her track "Birth in Reverse", off self-titled album released earlier this year.  Must-Hear Music Podcast: Frank Ocean, Gwen, St. Vincent, Tinashe, A$AP Ferg & More The  Willo Perron -directed clip, features silver-haired singer Annie…

  17. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Needs to Venture Outside of Mainstream to Stay Relevant

    December 16, 2014 2:35 PM EST It's fitting that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed its Class of 2015 at midnight last night, because the list of new inductees is very sleepy. Next year, Green Day , Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues Band , Joan Jett and the…

  18. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  19. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  20. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

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