1. Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Win Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 23, 2014 2:40 AM EDT Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism  (Six Shooter Records) was named Canadian album of the year at the Polaris Music Awards Monday night (Sept. 22) in Toronto, beating out albums by Arcade Fire , Drake , Owen Pallett and six others. She collected the top honor having just…

  2. 'I Feel a Little Weird About It': What 2014's Polaris Prize Short-Listers Think About the Voting Process

    September 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT “They can just listen to the same thing we’ve listened to a bunch of times and they’ll probably hate it just as much.” Billboard told each artist about Polaris’ grand jury duty -- then asked: How does it make you feel knowing that, behind closed doors, while the gala is happening, that the…

  3. Drake vs. Mac DeMarco? An Inside Look at How the Winner of the Polaris Prize Is Named

    September 22, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Behind the unique, alcohol-fueled (and potentially violent) debate that determines the annual prize for Canada's top album. The Polaris Prize will be announced this evening, with our sister to the north's top album being named after what is, apparently, a unique system for…

  4. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry Explains His Heartbeat-Driven Classical Album

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry gets to the heart of the matter — literally — on his new classical album, "Music for Heart and Breath." While recording the 12 compositions for the set, Parry and co-producer Bryce Dessner of The National outfitted the musicians, from duos to a…

  5. Polaris Prize 2014: Drake, Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre Make Short List

    July 15, 2014 11:19 AM EDT The short list for the 2014 Polaris Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with a mix of commercial hits via Arcade Fire and Drake, as well as indie favorites by Timber Timbre ("Hot Dreams") and Mac DeMarco ("Salad Days") among the ten acts in the running for Canada&…

  6. Rolling Stones Panel at SXSW Clicks Into Musical Tribute

    March 14, 2014 4:07 AM EDT The Grammy Museum extended its 50 Years of the Rolling Stones panel at SXSW to a tribute concert Thursday at the Red Eyed Fly that featured a baker's dozen acts interpreting the music of the Rolling Stones. Acts alternated between the faithful and the fully re-imagined, the sturdiest…

  7. Selena Gomez Sports The Blonds Corset on 'Come & Get It' Single Art

    March 27, 2013 5:57 PM EDT The designer duo talks about how Gomez's style is a perfect match for their collection. Selena Gomez gets sultry in a fierce red corset by The Blonds on the cover of her latest single. For the cover of her newest single "Come & Get It," the songstress rocks a sweltering…

  8. Eagles, Muse, Phish Top Austin City Limits 2010 Lineup

    May 18, 2010 1:00 AM EDT T he Eagles , Muse , Phish , the Strokes and M.I.A. will lead the bill at the 9th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, to be held Oct. 8-9 at Zilker Park in Austin. The Flaming Lips, LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, Norah Jones, Band of Horses, Monster of Folk, Deadmau5, Sonic…

  9. Ask Billboard: Energizer-Bunny Albums

    February 12, 2010 4:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. HANGIN' TOUGH Hi Gary, I've noticed that over the past year-plus,…

  10. Ask Billboard: Basia, Bon Jovi and The Boss

    March 27, 2009 1:46 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BASIA'S BACK Hi Gary, I can't believe that Basia has returned to…

  11. Matt's Mood

    March 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST It has been 21 years since the founders of Matt Bianco recorded an album together ("Whose Side Are You On?"). But original members Mark Reilly (vocals), Danny White (keyboards) and Basia Trzetrzelewsk It has been 21 years since the founders of Matt Bianco recorded an album together …

  12. Billboard Bits: Cher, Lyrics Born, Midón, Matt Bianco

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Cher, Lyrics Born, Midón, Matt Bianco Cher will perform the final live show of her storied career April 30 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, concluding the seemingly endless Farewell tour that began well over three years and 300 shows ago. The artist has reported close to $200…

  13. Russian Songwriter—A Collection From Boris Grebenshikov

    March 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST While legendary Soviet-era rocker Boris Grebenshikov remains a vital post-perestroika singer/songwriter internationally, this survey of Russian song specifically explores his most deep-rooted Russian While legendary Soviet-era rocker Boris Grebenshikov remains a vital post-perestroika singer…

  14. I'll Be Fine

    April 28, 2001 12:00 AM EDT For her fifth album (her first in the U.S.), Finnish singer/songwriter Janita has created a sensuous, rhythmic musical mosaic that, at times, recalls the recordings of Basia, Brand New Heavies, Jamiro For her fifth album (her first in the U.S.), Finnish singer/songwriter Janita has created a…