1. Shakira's Baby Shower Stirs Top 10 Return on Social 50

    January 30, 2015 1:00 PM EST Once again, baby-related news shared across social media sparks a chart gain for  Shakira , who just gave birth to second child with Gerard Pique.  On Jan. 19, the Latin pop star took to Facebook to share about the couple's involvement with UNICEF's World Baby Shower charity…

  2. The Bellowing, British Blues of 'Budapest' Singer George Ezra

    January 27, 2015 12:35 PM EST When it comes to what aspects of musical Britannia have worked best on American soil in recent years, blue-eyed R&B has traveled well ( Adele , Amy Winehouse ), and so have acoustic-strumming lads ( Ed Sheeran ). But what would happen if you somehow combined the soul-man stirrings of…

  3. 5 Things We Want to See Blake Shelton Do on 'SNL'

    January 24, 2015 10:15 AM EST Blake Shelton is doing double-duty tonight (Jan. 24) on  Saturday Night Live -- making his SNL debut as both host and musical guest. Country singers rarely appear on the show: aside from Taylor Swift , a country artist hasn't played SNL since Lady Antebellum in 2011. Shelton is one of…

  4. Sundance Review: 'What Happened, Miss Simone' Details Nina Simone's Troubled Life & Legacy

    January 23, 2015 10:30 AM EST John Legend is currently enjoying award recognition for "Glory," his emotional song for the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma . But 50 years ago, jazz pianist and iconic vocalist Nina Simone paved the way for generations of musicians to come and put her promising career at risk…

  5. Billboard Exclusive Premiere: Tor Miller's Stirring Ballad 'Midnight'

    January 21, 2015 3:07 PM EST Some artists develop a better grasp of song dynamics as they grow older and gain more experience; others seem to be born with an understanding of the build-and-release that makes pop so satisfying. Twenty-year-old Tor Miller belongs to the second camp. Billboard is exclusively premiering …

  6. Sia Releases Behind-the-Scenes Footage From Controversial 'Elastic Heart' Video

    January 21, 2015 12:25 PM EST Here's an in-depth look at the Maddie Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf-starring video. When Sia released the video for "Elastic Heart" on Jan. 7, the strange clip -- which some found disturbing, arguing it verged on pedophilia -- sent Sia's track straight to No. 2 on Billboard…

  7. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Announces Epic International Tour

    January 20, 2015 4:44 AM EST The story of "Weird Al" Yankovic's stunning career resurgence now has another chapter. The comedian-singer has unveiled an epic international tour. "Weird Al's" 2015 Mandatory World Tour  starts May 12 for a five-night stand at Planet Hollywood, and…

  8. Macklemore's Baby News Spurs Return to Social 50 Chart

    January 15, 2015 6:07 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return to the Social 50 chart at No. 18, the duo's highest rank since the June 8, 2013-dated chart (No. 15). The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's…

  9. Late Bassist Charlie Haden Honored by Pat Metheny, Richard Lewis, More at New York Memorial

    January 14, 2015 10:12 PM EST The influential jazz player died in July at the age of 76. A large and loving gathering of friends and family honored late bassist Charlie Haden with a memorial on Tuesday night (Jan. 13), bringing together a bevy of heartfelt remembrances, music and song at New York's Town Hall. The…

  10. Lupe Fiasco Quits Twitter, 'Never Really Liked Dealing With the Public'

    January 13, 2015 9:58 PM EST Following the release of Lupe Fiasco 's highly anticipated Tetsuo & Youth next week, the Chicago rapper says he'll be removing himself from the public eye.  Fiasco made the announcement he would "go back into the shadows" Tuesday on Twitter, saying "These are my…

  11. Is Beyonce Pregnant With a Second Child? See Her Mysterious New Instagram Photo

    January 11, 2015 2:07 PM EST Rumors of Beyonce being pregnant with a second child have been swirling off and on over the past year. Beyonce Shares a Pic of Blue Ivy & Her Rainbow Birthday Cake Queen Bey added more fuel to the fire on Sunday (Jan. 11) by posting an Instagram photo of herself buried in the…

  12. Kid Cudi & Lupe Fiasco Argue on Twitter Over Kendrick Lamar's Michael Brown Comments

    January 11, 2015 1:34 PM EST Kendrick Lamar 's comments about the outcome of the Michael Brown case in Billboard's recent cover story are causing quite the stir in the hip-hop community. Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone & Why We're in the Last Days First, Azealia Banks…

  13. Ultra Music Festival 2015 Lineup: Phase 1 Includes Skrillex, Avicii & More

    January 07, 2015 3:00 PM EST Following the leak of its flyer last week, Ultra Music Festival officially announced its Phase 1 lineup on Wednesday (Jan. 7). The official lineup posted to Ultra's socials matches a photographed flyer that caused a stir when it was leaked on the blogosphere last week. Coachella 2015…

  14. 'High-Definition' Music Explained: Can You Really Tell the Difference?

    January 07, 2015 11:47 AM EST Delusion? Bliss? Waste of money? Sound investment? A look at what exactly high-definition audio is, and whether it matters. In the past 48 hours, a story has trickled out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that has many internet pundits asking: "what is Sony thinking?"…

  15. Nick Cannon: 'I Will Never Say Anything Negative About Mariah'

    December 29, 2014 7:30 PM EST Following rumors that Nick Cannon 's new album next year would stir "controversy" with lyrics about his divorce with Mariah Carey , Cannon took to Twitter saying it's untrue.  "I will never say anything negative about @MariahCarey We are forever a family…

  16. BSBB Round 2: Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shake It Off Taylor Swift Break Free Ariana Grande feat. Zedd DENISE WARNER: Let’s make this a grammar competition. Sure, Taylor is a bit repetitive, but Ariana actually sings the words “Now that I’ve become who I really are.…

  17. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  18. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST If 2013 marked a comeback year for the dance album, 2014 saw its momentum multiply. From top-earning DJs to underground mainstays, many rising artists made much-anticipated debuts on the LP format, while some veterans returned after significant hiatuses. Read on for our picks for the…

  19. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  20. James Bond Wish List: 5 Artists Who Should Sing 'Spectre' Title Song

    December 04, 2014 10:20 AM EST Like diamonds, James Bond may as well be forever. Skyfall director Sam Mendes revealed the title of the 24th canonical installment in the Bond franchise is titled Spectre and will come out in fall 2015. For the fourth time, Daniel Craig -- the sixth actor to portray Bond on the big screen …

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