1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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"…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Justin Bieber Announces New Book, 'Just Getting Started'

    February 21, 2012 6:30 PM EST He's only 17, but pop sensation Justin Bieber is back with his second book. HarperCollins announced Tuesday that it will publish "Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started." The book is described as "the second official photographic book" from the multiplatinum-selling…

  15. 'Glee' Recap: We Will Always 'Heart' This Episode

    February 15, 2012 10:05 AM EST Valentine's magic may have given us the "Glee" we've been waiting for this season -- a good set of plot points, a timely tribute to a fallen star and good music all in one episode! "Heart" doesn't pull any punches in the "Glee" arsenal, combining…

  16. Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced: Radiohead, Phish, Chili Peppers Headlining

    February 14, 2012 12:00 PM EST Radiohead , Phish , the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the reunited Beach Boys will head to Manchester, Tenn. this June for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The initial lineup for the annual festival, which takes place from June 7-10 this year, was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 14).…

  17. L.A. Reid, Toni Braxton & Jon Voight Talk Whitney at Clive Davis Party

    February 12, 2012 7:55 PM EST Ciara, India Arie, Ne-Yo, Jon Voight, Skrillex, Ben Vereen, Wiz Kalifa and Toni Braxton all have something in common this weekend: They've all been affected by the death of Whitney Houston. Just a couple hours after it was revealed the iconic singer had died, Billboard hit the red carpet…

  18. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  19. William Shatner Boldly Talks Broadway, Music & 'Tambourine' Debacle

    February 02, 2012 8:40 PM EST The incomparable William Shatner is coming to Broadway in mid-February with his one man show wonderfully titled "Shatner's World: We Just Live In It." The octogenarian (nearing 81) "Star Trek" captain and veteran TV actor talked to Billboard.com about the "…

  20. 'American Idol' Keeps Portland Weird at Auditions

    February 02, 2012 10:55 AM EST There's a popular phrase in Portland -- evidenced by a number of signs found across the city -- bearing the saying "Keep Portland Weird." Wednesday night's "Idol" auditions, for the most part, did that motto proud. It was certainly the season's most eclectic…

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