1. Billboard Cover: Charli XCX on the Pop-Music ‘Machine,’ Girl Power and Her ‘Raw’ New Album

    October 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "Have you seen when they put the man in the box?" Charli XCX , 22, is poolside at West Hollywood's Standard Hotel, taking a drag from a Marlboro Light. The fast-rising British pop star and seasoned songwriter is in town on this Friday, Aug. 22, ahead of Sunday's…

  2. Bassnectar Has 'No Interest' in EDM, Vows to 'Bring the Ruckus' to Madison Square Garden

    October 03, 2014 5:21 AM EDT Disenchanted by "mainstream douches" in the Las Vegas club circuit, the bass music icon plots a freakfest for the iconic New York City stadium. For Bassnectar , the Bay Area DJ whose punishing basslines have generated a cult-like following similar to bands like Phish or The Disco…

  3. Blondie, Pharrell Williams Honored at Sarcastic, Self-Aware Clio Awards

    October 02, 2014 11:21 PM EDT We're here to celebrate you -- you should be a little more f---ing excited!" said Whoopi Goldberg to a less-than-enthused crowd while kicking off the 55th annual Clio Awards, held at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday night.  "It's kind of like being…

  4. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Real Charli XCX

    October 02, 2014 6:37 PM EDT After serving as a behind-the-scenes pop maestro for some time -- she co-wrote Icona Pop 's "I Love It" and sings the hook on Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy" -- British pop sensation Charli XCX is stepping into the proper limelight for her upcoming second album,…

  5. Watch Lorde on 'South Park'… With a Mustache

    October 02, 2014 4:03 PM EDT " Lorde " made an appearance on Wednesday night's episode of South Park , "Gluten Free Ebola." We say "Lorde" in quotation marks because Trey Parker and Matt Stone didn't quite go through the trouble of doing a convincing impression of the New…

  6. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

  7. Tom Morello Honored for Activism: ‘Feed the Poor, Fight the Power, Rock the F—k Out’

    October 02, 2014 3:21 AM EDT Tom Morello has earned Grammys with Rage Against the Machine , but it's his work "that kicks ass and sticks it to the man" that got him honored Wednesday. Morello received The Spirit of Courage Award, which the Courage Campaign presents to someone for fighting for a more fair…

  8. John Mellencamp Talks Inspiration, Smoking & Acting Your Age

    October 01, 2014 11:46 PM EDT John Mellencamp feels he has some impressive co-writers for his latest songs, like playwright Tennessee Williams and folk legend Pete Seeger . That they're both dead doesn't really matter. Mellencamp believes in channeling, that other voices speak through him when he's…

  9. Bush Figures Out How to Pay for Just Half a Video With 'The Only Way Out'

    October 01, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Bush is back with a new album, Man on the Run , due Oct. 21. And as Gavin Rossdale  and Co. gear up for their rockin' return following 2011 comeback album  The Sea of Memories  after a decade of dormancy, the band delivers a new video for "The Only Way Out" that'll have…

  10. Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White Talk New Album 'Hearts Like Ours'

    October 01, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Fans of Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White have been asking about a possible duets record about as soon as the couple were married in 1981. Both of their stars were on the rise at the time -- he as a solo act, and Sharon as a member of The Whites with sister Cheryl and father Buck. 1987's…

  11. Krewella Responds to Kris 'Rain Man' Trindl Lawsuit

    October 01, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf assert they did not boot Trindl from the band & urge fans not to pick sides. On Tuesday, news broke about a lawsuit filed by former Krewella producer/DJ Kris Trindl against his ex-bandmates, sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf . Trindl seeks at least $5 million in…

  12. Burning Man App Becomes Tool for Hong Kong Protestors

    October 01, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Now into a fifth day of pro-democracy protests that has seen downtown Hong Kong, one of the busiest districts in the world, come to a virtual stand still, demonstrators have been notable for their preparedness. Goggles, face-masks, plastic ponchos and umbrellas have been standard items…

  13. U2's 'The Unforgettable Fire' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT By its third album, 1983’s War , U2 had mined its influences and forged the building blocks of its unique sound. These included Bono’s obliquely heroic lyrics, the Edge’s polished-shrapnel guitar riffs, and the charging rhythms of bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. On their…

  14. The Massive Highs and Lows of Prince's Paisley Park Live Stream Celebration

    October 01, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Prince celebrated his release of two albums Tuesday -- Art Official Age  and  PlectrumElectrum  with 3rdEyeGirl -- with a live-streaming event that night, taking viewers inside his Paisley Park estate for a tour and much anticipated concert. The one-and-a-half hour program streamed on…

  15. Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose's Separation: A Timeline

    September 30, 2014 8:40 PM EDT It's been a whirlwind week for Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose 's degrading love. After the two were married last year now they're headed towards divorce.  Since the two started dating in 2011, they were ready to flaunt their relationship. But now they might prefer stepping out…

  16. Album Review: Former My Chemical Frontman Gerard Way Graduates to Glossy Britpop on ‘Hesitant Alien’

    September 30, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Those looking for a "Helena," or a return to the opera-rock of My Chemical Romance 's 2006 winner The Black Parade , on former MCR lead singer Gerard Way 's solo debut, Hesitant Alien , should keep the receipt. On the LP, which comes in the wake of My Chemical Romance&…

  17. Blake Shelton, 'Bringing Back The Sunshine': Track-by-Track Review

    September 30, 2014 4:40 PM EDT On Bringing Back The Sunshine , the eighth studio disc from Blake Shelton , there are plenty of songs that will go hand in hand with weekend parties and celebrations, but if you look a little deeper into the album, you will see another side of the four-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year.…

  18. Krewella Mired in Legal Mess Involving DJ's Newfound Sobriety

    September 30, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Yousaf sisters conspired to remove Kris Trindl from the group, says a new lawsuit. The story of Krewella starts out like an American fable: Two sisters and one former boyfriend from a Chicago suburb form a music group and, using some social-media savvy, rocket to fame as headliners of…

  19. RZA Talks New Wu-Tang Album, Exclusive Content Delivery System

    September 30, 2014 3:14 PM EDT When it comes to hip-hop producers, Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA has always been among the most visionary and entrepreneurial of the bunch. Feeling the need to restore value to the artistry of music-makers in today's era of disposable content and detached listeners, he released an album…

  20. Deke Dickerson and Los Straitjackets Collaborate on 'The First Album of Its Kind'

    September 30, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Have you ever heard an instrumental track and thought, "man, it would be cool if that had lyrics?" Deke Dickerson and Los Straitjackets set out to right this wrong. The resulting album, Deke Dickerson Sings the Great Instrumental Hits , is premiering on Billboard today. Dickerson…

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