1. Meet Lizzo, the Body-Positive Rapper Opening for Sleater-Kinney

    March 02, 2015 5:49 PM EST She's worked with Prince, gotten props from André 3000, and proudly calls herself a big girl in a small world. "I always say that there's this magnet for weird people." That's how 26-year-old rapper Lizzo describes Minneapolis, the adopted city that helped propel her…

  2. Chart Highlights: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Adult Pop Songs, Nate Ruess Debuts Solo

    March 02, 2015 5:25 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' takes over atop another tally, while Ruess arrives on his own with 'Nothing Without Your Love.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs,…

  3. Kelly Clarkson Q&A: The Pop Superstar on 'Piece By Piece,' Recording While Pregnant & Bringing a Crib on Her Tour Bus

    March 02, 2015 1:06 PM EST "I was super hormonal and pregnant while making it, so it's very intense and with passionate vocals," says Clarkson of her first proper album in four years. "There's no drama to talk about with me," Kelly Clarkson admits to Billboard during a chat about her new…

  4. Why Must Country Singles Be 'Worked' By Labels to Be Played on Commercial Radio?

    March 02, 2015 11:02 AM EST A look at how deserving artists are frequently passed over in the country music genre (and everywhere else, too). When Brandy Clark teamed up with Dwight Yoakam on the Feb. 7 Grammy Awards to perform her album track "Hold My Hand," it was a revelatory moment for many in country…

  5. Florida Georgia Line Respond to Charlie Robison After His Message for Gary Overton

    March 02, 2015 6:55 AM EST After Sony Music Nashville chairman and CEO Gary Overton gave an interview to the The Tennessean where he shared, in part, that for country artists "If you're not on country radio, you don't exist," country artist Charlie Robison has responded to the record executive'…

  6. Kanye West Performs 'Only One,' Invited to 'Spoon' with Jonathan Ross: Watch

    March 02, 2015 2:50 AM EST Kanye West's media blitz shows no signs of slackening. The rapper has performed "Only One" for British TV audiences, just 24 hours after he made his first-ever appearance on Scandinavian TV. Though he didn't stick around long to chat, Kanye played his new song on the pre…

  7. 'Motown 25' Revisited: 10 Things to Know About the 1983 TV Special

    February 27, 2015 9:00 AM EST The special will re-air Saturday on PBS stations as part of a national pledge drive. The special that introduced TV viewers to Michael Jackson 's moonwalk and the Temptations and Four Tops ' vocal battle will air on 300 PBS stations on Saturday as part of a national pledge drive.…

  8. Kid Rock Talks Hanging Out With Eminem & Bob Seger: 'They're Both a Little Kooky'

    February 26, 2015 8:04 PM EST Kid Rock's got an eclectic group of friends these days, spanning from his Alabama neighbor Hank Williams Jr. to Axl Rose to Mitt Romney to Eminem to Lionel Richie .  In a new cover story for Rolling Stone , the rocker talks about how he gets along with some of his more celebrity…

  9. IFPI CEO Frances Moore Talks Global Release Day: 'People Have to Accept Change'

    February 26, 2015 4:04 PM EST "You're not going to please all the people all the time," says IFPI CEO Frances Moore on the subject of instilling a global release day for new music. "But we hope that eventually everybody will look back and realise that this was a good move and that the consumer is…

  10. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kim Gordon Talks About Her Memoir, NYC in 2015 & More

    February 26, 2015 2:45 PM EST After decades as one of rock's preeminent experimenters and badasses, Kim Gordon released her memoir, Girl In a Band , this week. We ( myself and Tye Comer ) were beyond honored that the rock icon sat down with us for an interview about her book on this week's Must-Hear Music (or in…

  11. 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Breaks Down Jamal's Coming Out

    February 26, 2015 12:00 PM EST [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the eighth episode of  Empire's  first season, "The Lyon's Roar."] Jamal Lyon ( Jussie Smollett ), the middle son of hip-hop mogul Lucious ( Terrence Howard ) on  Lee Daniels  and  Danny Strong 's  Empire,  is now an out and…

  12. Martin Mills and Brian Message Take On Major Labels, Billboard 200 in Launch of Plan to Save Music Retail

    February 26, 2015 7:57 AM EST Less than a week after umbrella trade body UK Music launched a five-point policy plan to develop the music business, Britain's Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has followed suit with its own manifesto for growth. Supported by Beggars Group founder and chairman Martin Mills and…

  13. Brit Awards 2015: Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith Win Big, But Madonna & Kanye West Steal the Show

    February 25, 2015 7:25 PM EST The Brit Awards may be the biggest night in the U.K. music industry calendar, but it was U.S. stars Madonna , Taylor Swift and Kanye West who provided the show's standout moments. All three artists performed at the 35th Brit Awards, held at London's O2 arena, with Madonna's…

  14. Steve Bug Talks Poker Flat's 15th Anniversary, Blasts Digital Era: 'A Lot of Good Music Gets Forgotten'

    February 25, 2015 6:22 PM EST Steve Bug has never been one to mince words. Pioneering and ever opinionated, the German artist founded Poker Flat Recordings in 1999 and steered it to become one of house music's most respected underground imprints. His edgy yet accessible hit "Loverboy" set the tone for the…

  15. Kelly Clarkson Shows Off Baby River Rose on 'People' Cover

    February 25, 2015 2:34 PM EST Well, this is just the cutest. Kelly Clarkson  is on the cover of People this week with her 8-month-old daughter River Rose. In the accompanying interview, Clarkson talks about being a mom. "My whole life took a big 180," the singer  told   People . "I never thought I was going…

  16. How the 33 1/3 Series, In Spite of Two Shrinking Industries, Continues to Thrive

    February 25, 2015 11:27 AM EST How 'Harry Potter' made the long-running series possible. You've heard it before: music criticism as we know it is dying , replaced with editorial positions at Apple or lifestyle reporters masquerading as music journalists. But in one tiny corner of the publishing industry, at…

  17. Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew & The Archies' Andy Kim Explain Their Unlikely Friendship & New Album 'It's Decided'

    February 24, 2015 12:05 PM EST Andy Kim and Kevin Drew might not be household names (at least, not yet), but doubtless you've heard each artist's music before. Industry vet Kim co-wrote the Archies' -- yes, the '60s cartoon band fronted by comic book character Archie -- 1969 No. 1 hit "Sugar Sugar,…

  18. Ask Billboard: It's 2015 … and Madonna & Paul McCartney Are in the Top 40

    February 24, 2015 11:35 AM EST The icons continue to add new chapters to their incomparable careers. Plus, more albums that have produced bigger hits with each subsequent single. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  19. RuPaul on 'Drag Race,' Brand-New Album & the 'Gayest' Show on TV

    February 24, 2015 10:00 AM EST As the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race nears, we caught up with host and executive producer RuPaul to talk about all things Drag Race . The new season -- which premieres March 2 on Logo -- is "so good, so good!" says RuPaul, and the diva promises fans "will not be…

  20. Watch Larry King Make Big Sean Squirm With Q&A On Marrying Ariana Grande & Making a 'Little Sean'

    February 24, 2015 1:54 AM EST Larry King sure knows how to make a guy feel awkward.  The talk show legend caught up with Big Sean to discuss the rapper's new album, Dark Sky Paradise . But then Sean got squirmy when the questions started probing his relationship with Ariana Grande . First, Larry asked how Sean…

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