1. Yuna Talks Career Start, Pharrell Williams & More

    April 23, 2012 3:00 PM EDT All over the world, speaking English is considered a useful skill. But not for Yuna , a Malaysian singer who found her English-language skills were virtually useless as she became a top artist in her home country. Born Yunalis Zarai in Alor Setar, Malaysia, the singer/songwriter wrote her…

  2. Watch: Unofficial Video of Kanye West's 'Way Too Cold'

    April 20, 2012 12:25 AM EDT What's better than Kanye West spitting, "Can't a young ni**a get money anymore?" A baby 'Ye spitting, "Can't a young ni**a get anymore?" (By baby, I mean young.) Ashley " Ash Innovator " Smith, took to the streets of New York, to shoot a fan…

  3. Soundgarden's 'Avengers' Single Offered as Free Download

    April 17, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Soundgarden 's first new song in 15 years, "Live to Rise," will be available as a free download on iTunes beginning April 17 as part of the promotion of Disney's film "Marvel's The Avengers." The iTunes promotion, which runs through April 24, includes an…

  4. K-Pop Hot 100: Indie Band Busker Busker Bows at No. 1

    April 11, 2012 12:20 AM EDT Busker Busker, the final contestant on the popular audition program "Superstar K3," is bringing something new to the Korean music industry. The band - comprised of Beom-June Jang (lead vocals/guitar), Hyung-Tae Kim (bass), and Brad Moore (drums) - made their official debut on March…

  5. Alabama Shakes Arrive With 'Boys & Girls'

    April 10, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Last July, Justin Gage, founder of music blog Aquarium Drunkard, posted a track by a then-unknown Athens, Ala., band called Alabama Shakes . Within a few hours of the post, which featured a slow-growing and soul-baring number called "You Ain't Alone," the inbox of the band'…

  6. Prince Royce Enters 'Phase II' of Career

    April 09, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Prince Royce -- aka Geoffrey Royce Rojas -- is 22 going on 23, but his smooth baby face makes him look younger, giving him a naive appearance that belies the savvy with which he conducts himself. At Miami's Hit Factory recording studios, fresh from performing at the Vina del Mar festival…

  7. 'American Idol' Recap: Oh Yes It's '80s Night

    April 05, 2012 10:15 AM EDT It was '80s Night on Wednesday's "American Idol," and for the most part, the remaining eight finalists paid solid tribute to the decade of decadence, tapered jeans and big hair. Among the highlights: Jessica Sanchez covering Whitney Houston (again) on "How Will I Know…

  8. In The Studio: Amanda Palmer Readies New Album for September Release

    April 02, 2012 1:45 PM EDT "I've never been quite this excited about a record," Amanda Palmer , the New York singer-songwriter and former leader of cabaret rock group Dresden Dolls , tells Billboard.com from Melbourne, Australia. It's a city that she calls "incredibly fucking alive," and…

  9. Michael Kiwanuka Talks 'Home Again' Album, Tour & Adele

    March 31, 2012 10:00 AM EDT His voice has drawn comparisons to Otis Redding and Bill Withers , but hotly buzzed-about U.K. soul singer Michael Kiwanuka says that he's keen to establish himself as a performer in his own right. "The artists that I'm compared to are people that I love and think are amazing,…

  10. One Direction to Publish Biographical Book

    March 30, 2012 1:15 PM EDT HarperCollins' 'Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction' Goes on Sale May 22 U.K. boy band One Direction has inked a deal with HarperCollins to publish a biographical book with exclusive interviews, memories and behind-the-scenes details. ONE DIRECTION FAN? Cover Story / Buy The…

  11. Bob Dylan, Suede Confirmed for Hop Farm Festival

    March 27, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Britain's Hop Farm Festival has announced a partial lineup, including headliners Bob Dylan , Peter Gabriel , and Suede . Bands confirmed for the June 29-July 1 Kent festival include My Morning Jacket , Primal Scream , Damien Rice , Maximo Park , Billy Ocean , Ben Kweller , Frightened…

  12. Sia Explodes on Hot 100, While Stepping Back From Fame

    March 17, 2012 6:15 PM EDT When Crush Management's Jonathan Daniel first met Sia Furler in 2010, the Australian singer/songwriter was not in a good place. Recently diagnosed with Graves' disease (an autoimmune disorder stemming from a hyperactive thyroid that leads to anxiety and fatigue, among other symptoms…

  13. SXSW Video: Polica Performance & Q&A

    March 16, 2012 7:15 PM EDT "It's moving very fast," Polica frontwoman Channy Leaneagh said backstage at Billboard's SXSW showcase on Wednesday (March 14), shortly before the Minneapolis-based, R&B-influenced indie electro quartet took the stage opening for The-Dream and Lionel Richie. Lionel…

  14. Rolling Stones Honored at Carnegie Hall

    March 15, 2012 2:05 AM EDT Marianne Faithfull, Art Garfunkel, David Johansen and Peaches (Among Others) Spend the Night Together Glen Hansard of The Swell Season was more than halfway through his deconstructed version of the woman-suppressing "Under My Thumb" at the "Music of the Rolling Stones"…

  15. SXSW 2012: The Billboard Survival Guide

    March 14, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Forget Coachella and Bonnaroo -- SXSW might be the year's wildest music festival. With thousands of bands spread over hundreds of stages (and backyards, parking lots and Lance Armstrong's bike shop), planning a schedule is a Herculean feat. Fortunately, having a good time is much…

  16. Taylor Swift Wears Kanye West in Harper's Bazaar (Australia)

    March 06, 2012 1:00 PM EST Imma let you finish Harper's Bazaar, U.S. edition, but Australia has the best version of the magazine of all time. All time! Why is that? Because in the April issue , Taylor Swift wears a shirt designed by none other than Kanye West , who famously interrupted the country siren's…

  17. Spotlight: The DanBerrys Won't Be Pinned

    February 29, 2012 5:30 PM EST Since the name of this blog is the 615, this week we are shining the light on a duo that marches to somewhat of a different drum beat - the DanBerrys. Comprised of husband and wife Ben and Dorothy DeBerry, the two have been creating quite a buzz within Music City as of late. Their debut EP…

  18. Gomez Celebrates 15th Anniversary With 'Lost' Songs Compilation

    February 29, 2012 3:05 PM EST Gomez plans to celebrate its 15th anniversary as a band this year by digging into its vaults for a collection of "abandoned songs and lost children." MASHUP MONDAYS VIDEO: Gomez's Ben Ottewell Covers Rihanna The group's Ian Ball tells Billboard.com that the British rockers…

  19. Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dead at 66

    February 29, 2012 1:12 PM EST Micky Dolenz: "Can't believe it" ... Michael Nesmith: "I wish him safe travels" ... Peter Tork: "Adios to the Manchester Cowboy" The cute Monkee is gone. OK, they were all cute. But Davy Jones was the acknowledged first among equals, the crush of millions…

  20. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

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