1. The Best Bluetooth Speakers From $400 to $100

    January 22, 2015 9:00 AM EST Wireless audio has come a long way in a very short time, with speakers getting more powerful, versatile, and compact at a rapid pace. Whether you're in the market for something to replace your receiver, blast out some jams on your desk, or bring to the beach, there are plenty of…

  2. Coachella 2015 Lineup Revealed: AC/DC, Drake & Jack White Headlining

    January 06, 2015 1:21 PM EST With Coachella 2015 just four months away, the producers of the annual desert fest have finally unveiled who's headlining the two-weekend music festival this year (not to brag, but we totally called a lot of these already). Rock gods AC/DC will blast festival-goers in Indio, CA, on…

  3. Grammys 2015: Meet The Lesser-Known Nominees

    December 05, 2014 2:28 PM EST Mali Music, Brandy Clark, Alt-J and other rising stars have earned key nominations. Look at the nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards (so far) , and you’ll see a whole bunch of familiar names in the major categories. Grammy darlings like Taylor Swift , U2 , Eminem and John Legend have…

  4. Lady Gaga Talks Manager Split, Tel Aviv Concert and Media Treatment of Celebrities

    September 20, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Lady Gaga also touched on being unhappy and her under-selling "ARTPOP" album. After hip surgery and parting ways with her longtime manager, Lady Gaga says things are looking up. "I've very centered now. I meditate a lot. I'm happy. I am more sober than I&…

  5. Ed Sheeran, 'x': Track-By-Track Review

    June 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT From the start, Ed Sheeran has demonstrated a skill for shrugging off the conventions of mainstream pop while still managing to enjoy its successes: His breakthrough radio single focused on a crack-addled prostitute. "The A Team," from Sheeran's debut album, "+" …

  6. Sam Smith, 'In the Lonely Hour': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Not even Disclosure's rise to fame as trendsetters for last year's U.K. garage revival could overshadow Sam Smith, who lent soulful vocals to the Lawrence brother's whiplashing hit "Latch." It was impossible not to notice Smith's heart-rending range, which seemed…

  7. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  8. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  9. Boston Calling 2014: Jack Johnson, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse To Headline

    January 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST Festival set for Memorial Day Weekend at Boston's City Hall Plaza. After a successful inaugural year, Boston Calling will return for a second go-around with headliners Jack Johnson, Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse. The festival is set for Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25) in Boston&…

  10. Kings of Leon, Flaming Lips & More to Perform At Rock for Oklahoma Benefit

    June 18, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Kings of Leon and the Flaming Lips have been confirmed to perform at the Rock for Oklahoma Benefit on July 23 in Oklahoma City, along with a full cast of big name rock performers. "We couldn't be more proud to lend a hand to home state," Jared Followill, bassist for Kings of…

  11. The National, 'Trouble Will Find Me': Track-By-Track Review

    May 16, 2013 10:55 AM EDT The National embody what a lot of people love in rock bands. It has to do with the concept of paying dues -- a rite of passage we love to see bands earn -- and the National are the definition of it. The Ohio indie rockers have been fighting the good fight since 1999 and didn't start…

  12. Kenny Chesney, 'Life On A Rock': Artist Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney's new album "Life On A Rock" is surely the most personal work he's ever done, and time will likely prove it to be among his best-loved by fans. While it does have its stadium-ready party songs in the title cut,  "Pirate Flag" and "When I…

  13. Sasquatch Festival 2013: Mumford & Sons, Postal Service Top Lineup

    February 05, 2013 12:05 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vampire Weekend, Azealia Banks also performing at Washington fest. The 2013 Sasquatch! Music Festival lineup was revealed on Tuesday (Feb. 5), with folk-rock stars Mumford & Sons, the reunited Postal Service and quick-rising rap act Macklemore & Ryan…

  14. Big Boi Talks Andre 3000, Possible Phantogram Collabo EP & 'Vicious Lies' Album

    August 24, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Two weeks ago (August 10), Big Boi hosted a listening session for his solo sophomore studio album, "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors," in Atlanta. It was one of the most anticipated events during the MixShow Live weekend as Sir Luscious opened OutKast 's personal space to…

  15. One Direction & The Wanted: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 27, 2012 12:05 PM EDT When Melissa Lonner, senior entertainment producer for NBC's "Today," booked Brit pop quintet One Direction in January, she scheduled the group for a routine in-studio performance. But once news broke that the boyish fivesome would be at 30 Rock, a deluge of fan emails flooded…

  16. Noise Pop: Flaming Lips, Bob Mould Salute Festival's 20th Anniversary

    February 21, 2012 5:20 PM EST San Francisco's Noise Pop music festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, a birthday a million squiggly guitar riffs in the making. "I don't think we ever thought that far ahead," producer Jordan Kurland told Billboard.com. "And then [when] we started…

  17. Beck, Santigold, Modest Mouse To Headline 2012 Governors Ball

    February 21, 2012 12:25 PM EST New York City's Governors Ball Music Festival has revealed the lineup for its 2012 edition, to be held June 23-24. The bill features -- as usual -- dance-friendly artists like Passion Pit , Duck Sauce , Santigold , Major Lazer , Chromeo and Special Disco Version ( LCD Soundsystem's…

  18. Flaming Lips, Bob Mould to Play Classic Albums at Noise Pop Festival

    January 12, 2012 5:41 PM EST The Flaming Lips and Bob Mould will bring a pair of classic albums to San Francisco's 20th annual Noise Pop festival, organizers announced. The Flaming Lips will perform the 1999 release "The Soft Bulletin," with Mould presenting 1992 LP "Copper Blue" (released by his…

  19. Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed? Readers Respond, Continued

    January 07, 2012 1:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Just like our…

  20. Cass McCombs Kicks Off 'Wit's End' Tour at Troubadour in L.A.

    May 05, 2011 4:17 PM EDT Having gently brushed against folk-rock's edges, Cass McCombs stepped away from the glimmer of light as he started his tour in support of his fifth album, "Wit's End," on Wednesday (May 4) at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. His 75-minute set was nearly all ballads, many of…

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