1. She & Him Signs With Columbia Records

    June 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A new album by the indie duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel is expected in the fall, a rep for the Sony label confirms. She & Him, the indie duo comprised of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have just joined the majors. Columbia Records, the Sony Music subsidiary run by chairman Rob…

  2. Linkin Park Gets 'Party' Started At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    June 26, 2014 5:34 PM EDT The band scores its fourth leader on the list, while OK Go and Arctic Monkeys ride new videos to chart advances Linkin Park's "The Hunting Party" starts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with 110,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  3. Dave Chappelle Brings Out Janelle Monae, Busta Rhymes at Radio City Music Hall

    June 26, 2014 4:52 PM EDT DJ Premier also performed -- with a 45-piece orchestra! -- at Chappelle's latest show. On Wednesday night (June 25), Dave Chappelle continued his tour de force music/comedy residency at New York's Radio City Music Hall by bringing out Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, DJ Premier and a…

  4. Man vs. Machine: Richie Hawtin on the Return of Plastikman

    June 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT No pomp or ceremony can be seen on the bustling streets of Barcelona. But within the half-shaved head of one of our times’ foremost electronic musicians, a changing of the guard is underway. Reclining on a leather sofa every bit as black as his clothing, Richie Hawtin may not look like a man…

  5. Bleachers Bring 'I Wanna Get Better' & 'Shadow' to 'Kimmel' (Video)

    June 26, 2014 10:26 AM EDT With the release of their debut album fast-approaching, Bleachers brought their peppy electro-pop to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night for a two-song performance. The quintet led by frontman Jack Antonoff played a pair of songs from the forthcoming debut album "Strange Desire,…

  6. The Wild Night When Bon Jovi Met Michael Jackson

    June 25, 2014 7:10 PM EDT On the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, author Zack O'Malley Greenburg demonstrates the late superstar's work ethic with an anecdote from his new book, in which the Jersey rockers get a visit from Bubbles the Chimp. An unlikely encounter between the King of…

  7. Crosby, Stills, & Nash To Resume Covers Project This Fall

    June 25, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Crosby, Stills & Nash will revive their “covers project” album soon after they finish third leg of their 36-date concert tour, which concludes Oct. 4 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. The project, begun in 2010 with producer Rick Rubin, came to an abrupt halt in the summer of 2012…

  8. Imagine Dragons Discuss 'Battle Cry,' Breaking Records & Making New Music (Q&A)

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT “I remember two years ago we played this same festival and we were thrilled to get a 12:30pm slot,” says Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon, reminiscing about the band’s 2012 appearance at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival . “When we play tonight, we’re going on before Outkast.…

  9. Katy Perry Takes A Selfie With Vice President Joe Biden

    June 25, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Is Katy Perry’s next stop the White House? Probs not, but the pop star has been making some friends in the political arena. Just last week, the California girl posted a pic with Hillary Clinton and offered to write a campaign theme song for her; but it was yesterday’s #selfie that was next…

  10. Michael Jackson's Most Iconic Moment Poll: Vote!

    June 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT What moment defines the King of Pop's legacy? Sound off in the poll below. What's your lasting image of Michael Jackson? As an artist who provided music fans with a lifetime of unforgettable moments, Jackson meant something special to his onlookers for a wide variety of reasons.…

  11. Bad Suns Talk Fast Rise of 'Cardiac Arrest,' Silencing the Doubters

    June 25, 2014 10:58 AM EDT There's more to a buzz band than meets the eye. Bad Suns are a Californian quartet whose slick neo-new wave hooks earned them a deal with Vagrant Records, an opening slot for the 1975 and -- if you'll forgive the plug -- an appearance in Billboard's ever-prestigious charts…

  12. Justin Bieber Involved in Beverly Hills Car Crash (Report)

    June 24, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Justin Bieber has been involved in yet another driving incident, but this time he wasn't behind the wheel.  The 20-year-old singer was in the back seat of a black Escalade on Tuesday when it was reportedly hit by a BMW as it pulled out of a parking lot near Bouchon restaurant in Beverly…

  13. Mocking Mick Jagger's Losing World Cup Picks, A New Brazilian Tradition

    June 24, 2014 8:55 PM EDT The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger can't get no soccer satisfaction. In what's becoming something of a modern World Cup tradition, Brazilians are closely following every team the 70-year-old rock star supports with an eye at mocking him for apparently casting bad spells on his…

  14. Frank Sinatra's First New Jersey Driver's License Up For Auction

    June 24, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Frank Sinatra's first New Jersey driver's license is on the auction block. The Star-Ledger reports that the yellowed, text-only 1934 license was issued, typo and all, to Francis Sintra, 841 Garden St., Hoboken, New Jersey. Scorsese To Direct Frank Sinatra Biopic The license is…

  15. Clean Bandit Puts Classical Music In The House With 'Rather Be'

    June 24, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British quartet hits the Hot 100 with its former four week U.K. No. 1, an unlikely mix of live strings and dance beats "We try not to see boundaries between genres. We believe you can just do whatever you want," says Jack Patterson, multi-instrumentalist of Clean Bandit. For the…

  16. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  17. Kanye West's Entire Cannes Interview: On Jay Z, Beats By Dre & Twitter

    June 24, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Kanye West's candid interview during last week's "Technology, Culture and Consumer Adoption: Learning To Read The Cultural Landscape" seminar at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has finally arrived online in full. Watch Yeezus discuss the Beats-Apple…

  18. Prince Has New Songs with Rita Ora, Inspired By #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin Meme

    June 23, 2014 9:58 PM EDT A new Prince album may soon be upon us, including a rap track with Rita Ora and a ballad inspired by the #ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin Internet meme.  Prince: A Guide to His Complex Web of Label, Internet and Distribution Deals Speaking with the Minnesota Star Tribune , Prince didn't give…

  19. Ed Sheeran, 'x': Track-By-Track Review

    June 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT From the start, Ed Sheeran has demonstrated a skill for shrugging off the conventions of mainstream pop while still managing to enjoy its successes: His breakthrough radio single focused on a crack-addled prostitute. "The A Team," from Sheeran's debut album, "+" …

  20. Episode Feat. Stefan Weiner Song Premiere: Listen To 'Hold On'

    June 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Episode, an alt-pop group based in New York, has crafted one of the most beguiling bangers of the year with "Hold On," featuring vocalist Stefan Weiner. Check out the euphoric track, which precedes the unsigned group's debut EP, exclusively on Billboard.com: Episode first…

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