1. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after World War II by his father Harry, who named the…

  2. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  3. Watch: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver & The Strokes Members Form Supergroup for Charity

    September 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Members of Arcade Fire , Bon Iver and the Strokes joined forces on stage at the third annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game on Saturday (Sept. 20) at the  McGill Sports Complex in Montreal. 'Funeral' Turns 10: The Untold Story of Arcade Fire's Album Art & Brooklyn…

  4. GWAR Discusses Oderus Urungus and the Carnage to Come on the Eternal Tour

    September 13, 2014 5:40 PM EDT "We’ll kill everybody that gets in our way" The guys in GWAR put most method actors to shame. During our very twisted and funny conversation with the grotesquely masked metal band backstage at Chicago’s Riot Fest on Friday (Sept. 14), it was nearly impossible to get the members…

  5. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  6. Pharrell Williams Launches Sprint's HTC One (M8) Phone with High Tech, Sound Sessions Concert

    April 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT On Tuesday (April 29) night, Hot 100 leading man (for 10 straight weeks now) Pharrell Williams packed out New York City’s Webster Hall to headline the Sprint Sound Session, a concert event to launch the mobile service provider’s new HTC One (M8) phone. Songs that he’s produced either as…

  7. ZZ Ward Premiere: Watch 'Last Love Song' Music Video

    April 24, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Watch the official visual for Ward's latest single, to be used in a new promo for "Pretty Little Liars." "Last Love Song," a highlight from pop-rock singer-songwriter ZZ Ward's 2012 debut album "Til the Casket Drops," has been tapped to appear…

  8. Coachella Party Guide: The Festival's Most Exclusive Events

    April 08, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Parties by Adidas, H&M and Lacoste are among the most sought-after invitations for the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which kicks off this Friday (Apr. 11) in Indio, California. Before you head to Coachella, check out our round-up of the hottest parties,…

  9. Ryan Tedder Reveals the Stories Behind His Songs for Beyoncé, Adele, Ellie Goulding & More

    March 19, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Ryan Tedder is not only the frontman for OneRepublic -- he's a prolific songwriter and producer who has made more than $2.5 million penning hits for and with the likes of Beyonce and Adele as well as for his own band. When he sat down to chat with Billboard for his recent cover story ,…

  10. Shinedown's Smith & Myers Cover Adele's 'Someone Like You': Exclusive Premiere

    March 07, 2014 1:12 PM EST Shinedown's Brent Smith and Zach Myers are ready to drop another slate of classic covers -- this time including Adele's wrenching breakup classic "Someone Like You." The award-winning song is part of Smith & Myers' "Acoustic Sessions" project,…

  11. Pam Tillis Brings Craig Morgan and Lorrie Morgan Along for 'Hee Haw' Tribute

    March 03, 2014 6:00 PM EST Pam Tillis – the soaring voice behind hits like "Maybe It Was Memphis" and "Mi Vida Loca" is getting to showcase another side to her world-class talent. Tillis is helping to organize Tuesday night's "Pop! Goes Rochelle" benefit for Nashville's Rochelle…

  12. Shinedown's Smith & Myers Go 'Acoustic' on New EP; Exclusive Video Premiere

    January 21, 2014 1:00 PM EST The duo recorded acoustic versions of classic songs for an EP due out Jan. 28; Watch the premiere of The Clash's "London Calling" While Shinedown occupies itself making a new album and film, frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers will give fans something to tide them…

  13. Amiri Baraka, Poet and Activist, Dead at 79

    January 09, 2014 8:02 PM EST The writer authored several nonfiction music books in addition to recording his own music Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died.…

  14. Katy Perry Goes Full Geisha for 'Unconditionally' at AMAs: Watch

    November 24, 2013 8:40 PM EST Katy Perry took American Music Awards viewers on a trip to Japan during a sophisticated and oft-high flying opening performance of new single "Unconditionally" on Sunday. Draped in geisha-inspired clothing -- which she kept on, completely -- Perry and her cadre of background…

  15. Katy Perry Is Indestructible In 'Unconditionally' Video: Watch

    November 20, 2013 10:28 AM EST Katy Perry's music videos are often fun, brightly colored affairs, but for the clip for "Unconditionally," the pop star took a more basic approach, featuring glamorous shots and a metaphor-filled storyline. The video opens with Perry, dressed in white, snow falling around her.…

  16. Shinedown, 'Adrenaline': Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 28, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Shinedown has been riding high since the release of 2012 album "Amaryllis," topping the Mainstream Rock three times and headlining the 2013 Carnival of Madness tour. Now, the four-piece has a video for "Adrenaline," the fifth single from "Amaryllis," and…

  17. Chart Highlights: Lorde's 'Team' Wins Way In At Rock; Backstreet's Back On Adult Pop Songs

    October 07, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Lorde debuts her new single ahead of the Billboard 200 bow of her album 'Pure Heroine,' while Backstreet Boys post a career-best entrance. Plus, new No. 1s for Anna Kendrick, Krewella and Billy Currington Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  18. Steven Curtis Chapman, 'Something Beautiful': Exclusive Song Premiere

    September 24, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Christian music star talks about his 18th album, "The Glorious Unfolding," and the surprising support he's received from One Direction's drummer With an unprecedented 57 Dove Awards to his credit as well as five Grammys and dozens of No. 1 singles, Christian music…

  19. Ricky Gervais to Play Live Gigs As 'Office' Character David Brent

    September 18, 2013 2:50 PM EDT Get ready to hop on the "Free Love Freeway" Fans of the British (original) take on "The Office" will get to see one of the show's funniest moments come to life. Ricky Gervais, who played the socially inept, bumbling boss David Brent, announced via Twitter that he&…

  20. Katy Perry Returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    September 12, 2013 7:52 PM EDT Perry reaches the top spot after debuting the music video for "Prism" lead single "Roar." Billboard's Social 50 chart has a new No. 1 this week, as Katy Perry returns to the top for the first time in more than a year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on…

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