1. Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige & Erykah Badu Added to Essence Festival Bill

    January 09, 2014 4:36 AM EST   Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu join the lineup for the Essence Festival, which will roll-out over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans. They trio of hitmakers join previously announced headliner Prince for the event’s 20th anniversary edition.  Prince to Headline Essence…

  2. 10 Best Country Albums of 2013: 615 Picks

    December 20, 2013 4:55 PM EST With best singles established, it's time for The 615 to shine a spotlight on 2013's best albums. This year featured a little bit of something for everyone, with some dazzling performances all around. At the end of the day -- or year -- we had a feeling it would come down to two…

  3. Kacey Musgraves Follows Her Arrow to a Breakthrough Year, Talks Writing With Katy Perry

    December 20, 2013 3:50 PM EST It seems impossible to imagine Kacey Musgraves' breakout debut album, "Same Trailer Different Park," without "Follow Your Arrow," a button-pushing song about having a good time in one's own skin. But the track barely made the album, stemming from a last-minute…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Emily Kopp Finds 'Serendipity'

    December 11, 2013 1:20 PM EST Emily Kopp is an artist who definitely learned about the music business from both sides of the stage. "I started out working at the arena on campus," she told Billboard, referring to The University of Central Florida. "After that, I worked for a talent buyer. I kind of got my…

  5. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  6. Prince to Headline Essence Festival 2014

    December 03, 2013 9:53 AM EST Prince has been tapped to headline the 20th anniversary Essence Festival , scheduled to rock New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend. Booking the "Purple Rain" icon for milestone events has become something of a tradition for Essence, which featured the artist at its 10th…

  7. Of Mice & Men Announce New Album: 'Restoring Force' Due Jan. 28

    November 27, 2013 1:01 PM EST The successful metalcore quintet Of Mice & Men are back with a new album. On Jan. 28, they'll follow 2011's "The Flood" with "Restoring Force." So far, no new music has been released, though a number of presale bundles have been announced on the band's…

  8. Solange Talks 'Saint Heron,' Becoming A Label Owner

    November 22, 2013 3:35 PM EST It's been a busy year for Solange. On Wednesday (Nov. 20), she announced a partnership with Puma as the sneaker brand's new art director, updating the company's classic Puma Disc sneaker with a new Brazil-inspired line for women called Girls of Blaze. Solange is about to escape…

  9. Lorde's 'Royals' Rules Hot 100 for Sixth Week

    November 06, 2013 1:10 PM EST The song holds off debuts from Eminem, who blasts in at No. 3 with "The Monster," and One Direction, which enters at No. 6 with "Story of My Life" Lorde's "Royals" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Eminem and One Direction soar…

  10. Lorde's 'Royals' Crowns Hot 100 For Fifth Week

    October 30, 2013 1:49 PM EDT The song leads an all-female top three again, while OneRepublic and Imagine Dragons enter the top 10. Plus, Lady Gaga bows just outside the top tier at No. 13 Lorde's "Royals" is the Billboard Hot 100's ruler for a fifth week, helping add to another week of solo…

  11. Ask Billboard: Is Katy Perry's 'Prism' Better Than 'Teenage Dream'?

    October 25, 2013 7:35 PM EDT A look at possible singles from - and the future success of - Perry's new album. Plus, women are ruling the Hot 100 at a nearly historic level As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  12. Willie Nelson Extends Record For Most Top 10 Country Albums

    October 24, 2013 12:23 PM EDT The legend's new 'To All the Girls …' marks his record-padding 46th top 10 on the Top Country Albums chart Willie Nelson extends his record for the most top 10s in the nearly 50-year history of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as the duets set "To All the…

  13. Brandy Clark Does Her Part to Keep Traditional Country Alive With '12 Stories'

    October 18, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Many people inside the country music business are buzzing about singer-songwriter Brandy Clark, and with good reason. Her new album, "12 Stories," will be released on Tuesday, and the reviews have been nothing but positive. Clark's mindful of the attention. "If I can…

  14. Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 16, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Panic! at the Disco and Pusha T also score Top 5 debuts on this week's albums chart. As forecast last week, Miley Cyrus debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new release "Bangerz," selling 270,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  15. Bubbling Under: Actor/Singer Mack Wilds Debuts At R&B/Hip-Hop

    October 11, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Mack Wilds, Echosmith, Brandy Clark and Ayah Marar   MACK WILDS Mack Wilds makes his first chart appearances this week, as…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Emily Hearn Makes 'Promises'

    October 09, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Listen to the somber "Cutting Ties," off Hearn's just-released EP It might be a little bit tough to label the music of Emily Hearn -- who released her new EP "Promises" yesterday. We just prefer to call it good, and maybe a little bit eclectic. That's music to…

  17. Gimme Five: Ariana Grande's Most Inspirational Female Singers

    October 09, 2013 1:59 PM EDT The "Yours Truly" singer shows love for Whitney Houston, Judy Garland & more. Last month, Ariana Grande's first studio album, "Yours Truly," scored a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart , making the 20-year-old Nickelodeon star just the 15th solo…

  18. Britney Spears' '…Baby One More Time' Anniversary: 15 Little-Known Facts

    September 30, 2013 2:13 PM EDT To commemorate Brit's debut single turning 15, here are a few things you might not know about the song's recording, music video and chart history. Monday (Sept. 30) marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Britney Spears' debut single, "…Baby One More Time,"…

  19. Kacey Musgraves Opens Same Trailer, Different Tour In NYC: Live Review

    September 20, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Fast-rising country music star feels right at home in the big city Get to know Kacey Musgraves. Her penchant for salty, "real talk" narratives has cast her as a sort of anti-Taylor Swift. The country world has embraced her, though she's still known as the favorite country…

  20. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

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