1. American Country Countdown Awards: You're Invited to 'Country Music's Christmas Office Party'

    December 11, 2014 3:03 PM EST The inaugural ACCAs will air live Monday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards will take place Monday night live from Nashville's Music City Center on Fox. In a crowded landscape of country music awards shows, what will set this one apart? "We view…

  2. 'Did You Know' Pentatonix Have a New Christmas Video?

    November 11, 2014 3:39 PM EST Another music video from the  Pentatonix Christmas album is here! Following "White Winter Hymnal" and "Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy" featuring Tori Kelly , Pentatonix have released a gorgeous video for "Mary, Did You Know?" from That's…

  3. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  4. Why 1999 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade --  1998  and  1999 . POP SHOP…

  5. British Hitmaker Alex Da Kid Tackles the ‘20s With His Soundtrack Debut

    September 23, 2014 2:29 PM EDT The 2013 hit movie The Great Gatsby has spawned another 1920s-themed musical with a modern twist: the film Ziggy starring Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara as star-crossed lovers in the time of Prohibition -- he playing a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York and falls in love with the…

  6. RCA Promotes Publicity Veterans Borden, Weinstein Dennison, Abzug

    August 07, 2014 9:36 AM EDT It's promotion week at RCA Records. On the heels of longtime publicity head Mika El-Baz 's elevation to executive vp of west coast , the label has announced that three members of her staff have also been bumped up. Theola Borden and Sarah Weinstein Dennison have been promoted from…

  7. Mika El-Baz to Lead RCA's West Coast Office

    August 05, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Mika El-Baz is on the move at RCA Records. The record label announced on Tuesday that El-Baz will be relocating from New York City to Los Angeles to head up its west coast office. She'll take on the new role -- executive vp of west coast -- while keeping her duties as executive vp of…

  8. NBC's Beatles Series Tripped Up Over Music Rights, Competing Project

    June 20, 2014 12:23 PM EDT News leaked June 13 that NBC has a team developing an eight-part mini-series on The Beatles . At the outset, it has two big challenges: no music rights and a competing project at Sony Pictures Television. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, publisher of all but six of…

  9. Britney Spears Close to Extending Las Vegas Residency at Planet Hollywood (Report)

    May 11, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Britney Spears is close to extending her Las Vegas residency show, titled “Britney Spears: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Axis theater, according to published reports. Spears has been offered $12 million to extend her two-year residency at Axis, according to New York…

  10. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  11. David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' Reopens Off-Broadway, Bringing Fatboy Slim Show to London

    May 03, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The disco beat of David Byrne goes on and on at New York’s Public Theater, where "Here Lies Love" -- the musical based on Byrne’s and Fatboy Slim’s 2010 concept album of the same name about the life of Filipino leader Imelda Marcos -- kicked off its commercial run on Thursday…

  12. Mick Jagger Sings Bob Dylan's 'Just Like a Woman' at L'Wren Scott Memorial (Updated)

    May 02, 2014 7:01 PM EDT Poems were also shared by Scott's niece, Hannah Bambrough, and Jagger's son, James Jagger. Mick Jagger sang Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" at a celebrity-filled memorial service Friday for his longtime companion, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who committed…

  13. Diane Warren, David Foster, Sia Among Collaborator’s for Baz Luhrmann’s 'Strictly Ballroom' Musical

    February 28, 2014 4:03 AM EST Director Baz Luhrmann and co-writer Craig Pearce have announced the team of composers contributing songs to their upcoming stage venture, Strictly Ballroom: The Musical. Grammy-winning Songwriters Hall of Famers and multiple Oscar nominees Diane Warren and David Foster have penned tunes for…

  14. Pharrell, U2, Karen O Score Oscar Nominations

    January 16, 2014 9:35 AM EST "Frozen" highlight "Let It Go" also scores an Academy Award nod. U2, Pharrell Williams and the bassist of Arcade Fire are all contending for trophies at the 86th annual Academy Awards -- as is a film about the singers who sang the oohs, ahs and la-la-las on thousands of…

  15. Lana Del Rey's Best Song Oscar Bid Being Sabotaged: Report

    December 18, 2013 2:22 PM EST A few guns are always loaded during awards season in Hollywood to try to takedown the competition. The most common tactic is to take aim at the veracity of movies based on true stories, smear campaigns basically, against a filmmaker's interpretation of real events. This year, the…

  16. Britney Spears' ‘Piece of Me’ Director Baz Halpin Reveals Production/Visual Details of Las Vegas Residency (Exclusive)

    September 30, 2013 6:42 PM EDT "It's pieces of her imagination," Halpin says of Spears' ambitious Las Vegas residency. Over the past four months, award-winning touring director Baz Halpin has been working tirelessly on designing the production, visuals and lighting for Britney Spears’ upcoming…

  17. Britney Spears Shares 'Work Bitch' Video Still: Exclusive

    September 28, 2013 3:48 PM EDT Twenty-four hours after Britney Spears announced that the music video for "Work Bitch" will debut Oct. 1 on the CW television network, Billboard has exclusively obtained a never-before-seen still shot from the Ben Mor-directed clip. 10 Reasons Why 'Work Bitch'…

  18. Britney Spears' Manager Larry Rudolph on Vegas Residency Ticket Sales, Lip-Syncing and New Album (Exclusive)

    September 26, 2013 9:07 AM EDT "It's a new chapter in the Britney Spears saga," says her manager Larry Rudolph, who's standing outside of a rehearsal studio at CenterStaging in Burbank, Calif.  It's a typically sunny Los Angeles morning and dozens of scantily clad dancers have flocked to…

  19. Britney Spears in Las Vegas: Exclusive Details on Her Two-Year Residency

    September 19, 2013 8:00 PM EDT   Beginning in December, Las Vegas will be the only place on earth where you’ll be able to see Britney Spears perform over the next two years.  After months of speculation, the pop superstar announced her two-year Las Vegas residency show, titled “Britney Spears: Piece of Me,” at Planet…

  20. Go Behind Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime' Surge

    September 15, 2013 4:00 PM EDT A surprise success story even in a summer filled with them ("Blurred Lines," "The Fox"), Lana Del Rey is celebrating the first crossover hit of her career and a recent re-entry into the top 20 of the Billboard 200 thanks to a dark-horse dance remix of a song released…

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