1. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 'You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 07, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Ahead of the release of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Goin' Home," Billboard today exclusively premieres the track, "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover." As its title suggests, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new album "Goin' Home" brings the guitar…

  2. Lykke Li Dives Into Heartbreak on 'I Never Learn': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Lykke Li has described her third album, "I Never Learn," as the final installment in a trilogy, but the lonely woman at the center of the new set is almost unrecognizable compared with the honeydew-voiced pixie who arrived with 2008's "Youth Novels." Back then, the…

  3. Chart Highlights: Beyonce Scores 20th Dance Club Songs No. 1 With 'Partition'

    May 05, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Queen Bey tallies her latest landmark leader. Plus, new No. 1s for John Legend, Jhene Aiko, Linkin Park, Eric Church and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  4. 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,"…

  5. Robert Plant Signs With Nonesuch for New Album

    May 02, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Rock legend Robert Plant has signed a deal with Nonesuch Records ahead of the release of a new album. The label announced that the Led Zeppelin alum's upcoming release, his tenth solo effort, will feature his roots and psychedelic-inspired backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters. …

  6. Hans Zimmer on Creating the Music of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' With Pharrell, Johnny Marr

    April 30, 2014 4:54 PM EDT "The first day [in the studio] was hard," Zimmer says. "It was chaos because I had too many people in the room" One of the first requests Hans Zimmer received from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb was for a fanfare. Zimmer's initial response? …

  7. Prince: A Guide to His Complex Web of Label, Internet and Distribution Deals

    April 29, 2014 4:56 PM EDT This is an expanded version of an article originally published as a companion piece to an  article  on Prince getting ownership of his original Warner Brothers' masters which ran in the  May 3rd issue of Billboard  . Since Prince left Warner Bros. Records in 1996 -- after an 18-year run…

  8. 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…

  9. DJ E-Z Rock, Hip Hop Pioneer Who Recorded 'It Takes Two,' Dies At 46

    April 28, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Rodney “Skip” Bryce, the hip hop artist who as DJ E-Z Rock enjoyed a breakout in the late ‘80s with “It Takes Two”, has died at 46. At time of writing, there was no verifiable information on the cause of his death. DJ E-Z Rock had the biggest hit of his career alongside fellow Harlem artist…

  10. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  11. Billboard Latin Music Awards 2014 Preview: Latin's Best Shine On

    April 24, 2014 4:36 PM EDT Romeo Santos, Prince Royce and Marc Anthony lead the pack at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which air live tonight (April 24). BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE Finalists | Live Stream | Video The Billboard Latin Music Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards…

  12. Kevin Sharp Remembered By Fellow Country Artists Wayne Warner, Jimmy Fortune

    April 24, 2014 3:40 PM EDT "He was such a gentle soul, and had such a giving heart," says Wayne Warner, who worked with Sharp on two albums. The recent passing of country musician Kevin Sharp has not only impacted his devoted fanbase, but also his fellow artists, many of whom called Sharp a friend. Country…

  13. OutKast Headlines Australia's Splendour in the Grass Fest

    April 22, 2014 11:56 PM EDT OutKast’s comeback trail will extend as far as Australia. The Atlanta hip hop duo were today confirmed to the bill for this July’s Splendour in the Grass festival, where they’ll deliver their only performance on Aussie turf this season. OutKast leads a line-up that includes Two Door Cinema…

  14. Prince's Paisley Archives: 10 Items From the Warner's Vault We'd Love to See Released

    April 18, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Warner Bros. archive represents the most significant catalog of unreleased material of the past 40 years At 9 a.m. ET on Good Friday morning, a press release sallied forth announcing a new partnership between Prince and Warner Bros. – a newsflash that actually almost lives up to the drama…

  15. Pharrell Williams’ 'i am OTHER' UNIQLO Line on Sale Now

    April 15, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Pharrell Williams recently cried tears of joy on OWN’s “Oprah Prime” while watching fan-made "Happy" videos . Aside from that infectious beat that seems to make the world a better place, the singer has an equally contagious sense of style. Coachella 2014: Pharrell Williams Rules…

  16. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Donny Osmond Guest Judges Disney Night

    April 15, 2014 2:23 AM EDT Welcome, dear gem hunters and DANCMSTR refugees!  Tonight’s theme was both appropriate and preposterous — much like the bedazzled series itself — as we all know that in many ways, EVERY night is Disney Night on "Dancing With the Stars." How many times has Bruno screamed “Youuuu…

  17. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Black Eyed Peas Begin Record Six-Month Hot 100 Reign

    April 14, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Five years ago this week, the group began its unprecedented 26-week Billboard Hot 100 rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Montell Jordan, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  18. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    April 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, with Kiss and Nirvana bristling over the…

  19. Outside Lands 2014: Kanye West, Tom Petty, The Killers Top Lineup

    April 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto and Death Cab For Cutie are also going to San Francisco, Aug. 8-10 Hip-hop superstar Kanye West, who rented out San Fancisco's ballpark last fall so he could propose to Kim Kardashian, will return to "The City By the Bay"…

  20. Lollapalooza Brazil 2014: Phoenix, Arcade Fire, Lorde Rock São Paulo

    April 08, 2014 2:00 AM EDT The third edition of Lollapalooza Brazil took place for the first time at the Interlagos racecourse in São Paulo on Saturday and Sunday (April 5-6). The two-day festival brought fans from all over the country who fought the heat during the weekend to see their favorite bands including Muse,…

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