1. La Roux Returns After 'Burnout' and Vocal Problems: 'I Wasn't As Hardcore As I Thought'

    May 19, 2014 2:32 PM EDT The U.K. singer returns with a bold new look and a thrilling new sound on "Trouble in Paradise." As she glides into an East London photo studio, the first thing you notice about Elly Jackson, better-known as British electro-pop artist La Roux, is invariably her radiant auburn…

  2. Family Matters: Ben Harper and His Mother Ellen Debut on Billboard 200

    May 17, 2014 10:14 AM EDT The son/mother team of Ben & Ellen Harper debut on the Billboard 200 at No. 43 with "Childhood Home," the pair's first collaborative album. Music runs in the Harper family. In 1958, Ellen's parents, Charles and Dorothy Chase, opened the Folk Music Center in Claremont,…

  3. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  4. One Direction Not Filming 'This Is Us' Sequel: Update

    May 14, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Morgan Spurlock's quotes about the follow-up were apparently "false." A rep for Columbia Records, One Direction's U.S. label, has denied a report from the U.K.'s Mirror that the boy band is working on a sequel to their 2013 3D concert "One Direction: This Is…

  5. Led Zeppelin Reissues Get A Whole Lotta Love At Private Listening Session

    May 14, 2014 1:07 AM EDT During a private listening session of selections from the Led Zeppelin catalog that will be reissued this summer, veteran guitarist Jimmy Page described the archival material as “an opportunity to have a look and listen to everyone in the band.” Page says the music captures how he, singer…

  6. Jack White’s 'Lazaretto' Vinyl: Dual Grooves, Hidden Tracks & More: Watch

    May 06, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Check out the long list of unique features for White's new solo LP release Jack White’s Nashvile-based Third Man Records has been consistently innovative over the past five years in its analog releases, bringing to life many ideas that were new to the century-old vinyl format. Still, it…

  7. Ray LaMontagne Goes 'Supernova': The Folk Singer Talks New Album

    May 02, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The blues of "Trouble" hinted at a sad existence for LaMontagne. A decade on, the joyous, just-released 'Supernova,' flips the script. It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after…

  8. The Cure's 'Disintegration' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 01, 2014 2:44 PM EDT No need to check the almanac to see what the weather was like on May 2, 1989, the day the Cure released its eighth studio album. Once copies of "Disintegration" started hitting CD trays and turntables, the skies turned grey and the rain began to fall, and sad boys and girls…

  9. Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt Discusses Writing Novels, Finding His (Singing) Voice, & Calling Time On DJing

    April 30, 2014 2:52 AM EDT Best known as the male half of Everything But The Girl, the duo he formed in 1981 with Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt has many talents beyond providing the harmony to Thorn’s lead vocal. Since 1998, he has been an established presence on London’s deep house circuit, as a DJ, re-mixer, producer and…

  10. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  11. CODE Picks of the Week: Flume, Lorde, Coldplay and More

    April 25, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a selection of the hottest new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Lorde, "Tennis Court" (Flume Remix) The track at the tip of everyone’s tongue this week made its debut in the Coachella limelight, but its ponderous…

  12. Mr. Scruff Talks New 'Friendly Bacteria' Album and Staying Out of the Box

    April 24, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Seated against a cozy backdrop of more vinyl records than he can count, Mr. Scruff looks right at home surrounded by his sounds. The veteran Manchester disc jockey – born Andy Carthy – has earned the smile that sits well framed by his namesake beard. His freewheeling “Keep It Unreal” DJ…

  13. Ben Harper & His Mom Perform 'Childhood Home' LP at Tiny NYC Club Concert

    April 22, 2014 5:37 PM EDT A few hundred fans packed into NYC's tiny Rockwood Music Hall to see Ben Harper and his mother Ellen sing all of the songs on their forthcoming joint album, "Childhood Home," on Monday (April 21). Ben, in an off-white hat that shaded his expressive face as he sang, and Ellen,…

  14. CODE Guest Playlist: Kygo's Feeling Avicii, Chromeo and More

    April 18, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Billboard CODE caught up with Kygo this week to discuss the 22-year-old artist’s emergence , as well as provide a peek into the music he’s currently listening to. Here’s the melody-laden playlist that the young producer assembled. Give it a listen below. Kygo Talks Mixing for Diplo, Coldplay…

  15. One Direction's 'You & I' Video: Shape-Shifting, Face-Swapping Fun

    April 18, 2014 2:06 PM EDT One gray sweater to rule them all. After One Direction supported its "Midnight Memories" album with expansive videos for "Best Song Ever," "Story of My Life" and the title track, the quintet decided to keep things simple for fourth single "You & I,…

  16. Black Stone Cherry, 'Me And Mary Jane': Exclusive Video Premiere

    April 16, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Black Stone Cherry is giving their fans a bite out of the Southern rock band's new album with the release of lead single "Me and Mary Jane." The new track, which Billboard exclusively premieres below, is lifted from Black Stone Cherry's fourth studio album "Magic…

  17. Paul Weller Talks New Menswear Line Real Stars Are Rare

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT "I thought music was complicated, but it's a f-ing breeze compared to this," says a laughing Paul Weller as he surveys the surrounding clothes rails on which hangs the debut collection of his first stand-alone menswear label, Real Stars Are Rare. It's a line heavily…

  18. One Direction Sets 'You and I' as Next Single

    April 11, 2014 1:50 PM EDT One Direction fans, rejoice: a new single is on the way. Today the quintet announced that "You and I" will be getting the special treatment, with a music video coming next Friday, April 18. "We are very excited to announce that our new single is 'You and I,'"…

  19. Thievery Corporation, Zedd Zoom On Dance Charts

    April 10, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Thievery Corporation debuts its first album in nearly three years, as "Saudade" enters Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 2 with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Featuring songs from five guest vocalists, the album's unique brand of…

  20. Daryl Hall's 'House' TV Show Gets Renewed

    April 09, 2014 5:33 PM EDT Daryl Hall has yet another reason to celebrate aside from the induction of Hall and Oates into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow night. His critically acclaimed, award-winning performance series "Live from Daryl’s House" has renewed its agreement with Viacom Media Networks’…

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