1. Four Year Strong Prepare to 'Go Down in History' With New EP Premiere: Listen

    July 21, 2014 9:55 AM EDT After a label change, lineup switch and three-year break, breakdown-happy punks Four Year Strong are back with a new EP that Billboard is excited to stream a day ahead of its release date. "These are definitely some of the most riffy songs we've ever written," guitarist…

  2. Glass Animals Covers Kanye West's 'Love Lockdown': Exclusive Stream

    July 15, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Glass Animals have been incorporating a cover of Kanye West's 2008 slow jam "Love Lockdown" into their live sets for a while now -- including this crisp, soulful rendition on Triple J's popular series "Like a Version" -- and now the U.K. foursome (discovered by…

  3. Girl's Day Mixes Sexy, Sweet & Swimsuits for 'Darling': Watch

    July 14, 2014 9:03 PM EDT The girl group work at a car wash, lick frosting off their lips and shake their bums for a sweet, summery single Girl's Day found a resurgence in popularity after uprooting its cute image for a sexy one  last year. But the girl group has found a way to reconcile their early, sunny…

  4. Becky G's 'Shower': 10 Things You Need To Know

    July 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT From music video cameos to the fan army name, here's what you need to know about Becky G's instantly appealing new hit. Becky G, a 17-year-old Mexican-American artist who has been trying to break into the mainstream over the past year, may have found her golden ticket in the…

  5. Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz Cap BET Experience Concert Series

    June 30, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Staples Center lineup also features Jennifer Hudson, Mack Wilds, Sevyn Streeter and TGT Mary J. Blige exuberantly and defiantly underscored why she still remains one of music’s top entertainers as she closed out BET Experience at L.A. Live’s (June 27-29) concert series at Los Angeles’ Staples…

  6. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Top Pop, Rhythmic Songs Charts With 'Problem'

    June 30, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Grande grabs her first No. 1 on each tally, while Azalea earns the honor of replacing herself at the top of each ranking Ariana Grande's "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea," rises 2-1 on both the Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs radio airplay charts,…

  7. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    June 27, 2014 5:41 PM EDT The Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart tracks some of the newest releases being shared on Twitter, in real time. An emerging artist on Twitter is defined as an artist who has less than 50,000 Twitter followers and who has not appeared in the top 50 on the Billboard 100. Below are our…

  8. Firefly 2014: Foo Fighters Cover Rolling Stones, Queen, Van Halen & More During Hit-Filled Set (Review)

    June 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT At the start of the Foo Fighters headlining show on the Firefly Music Festival’s main stage, Dave Grohl promised the crowd that the band would play “until they tell us to shut the fuck up,” — and he kept his promise. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the…

  9. Naked Ambition: 20 Bare-It-All Music Videos (NSFW)

    June 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's no secret that pop stars like to bare their bodies, whether it's on stage, on the red carpet, or in a music video. Big pop names like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Gotye left little to the imagination in their video hits, and we've also seen nudity (and controversy) pop…

  10. ‘After Midnight’ To Close on Broadway By End of June

    June 16, 2014 12:06 AM EDT The Broadway musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem is dancing into history: It will play its final show June 29. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number "After Midnight," a candy…

  11. Bonnaroo 2014: 15 Things You Need In A Festival RV

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Board games, boots and BSB: how the Billboard crew is surviving the 'Roo. Billboard has once again invaded Bonnaroo, and this year, we did it in style. A crew of fearless reporters (and a few of thier trusted friends) drove down from the New York area to Manchester, Tenn. in a 10…

  12. Lorde & MAC: What Makes the Perfect Partnership Between Brand & Musician?

    June 10, 2014 10:28 AM EDT When celebrities wax poetic about their first beauty obsessions, long-discontinued products from brands like Wet n Wild and Bonne Bell get mentions. For Ella Yelich-O'Connor, aka Lorde, the special product she saved up to buy growing up in New Zealand was MAC lipstick in Snob. Her…

  13. Bono, The Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors

    May 29, 2014 12:43 AM EDT Bono and the Edge have done their bit to shape popular music, and save lives with tunes. Now they’re helping guide the fortunes of Fender. The U2 founders have joined the board of directors for Fender Musical instruments Corporation, the company behind the legendary Fender guitar lines.…

  14. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Outfits: Roberto Cavalli, Jeremy Scott & More Talk Designing

    May 28, 2014 1:50 PM EDT When Katy Perry began plotting the Prismatic tour - her worldwide jaunt in support of her "Prism" album and the follow-up outing to 2011's candy-coated California Dreams tour - one thing was clear: "We went into this tour knowing the costumes had to be bigger and better…

  15. Candy Hearts' Mariel Loveland Talks New Album, Feminism & New Found Glory Tattoos

    May 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT About a decade ago, Mariel Loveland fell in love with a pop-punk band on the radio, although she wasn't sure which one it was. Internet research told her it was New Found Glory, and soon after, 2002's "Sticks and Stones" became the first album she ever purchased.  Fast…

  16. Rihanna Rocks Pink Hair

    May 16, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Rihanna’s like, "Pink hair, don’t care." Rihanna Insults Teenage Fan For Wearing Similar Outfit Rih-Rih loves to change hair colors. She tried out red for a while during her "Loud" period, a little grey action back in July and a few others between.  BFF Katy Perry went…

  17. Top 10 New School Pop-Punk Bands You Need To Know

    May 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Modern Baseball, Candy Hearts and more are setting new trends in power chords, mosh pits and angst. In case you haven't noticed, pop-punk isn't dead. But even if you weren't aware, it's completely understandable. The mainstream music scene -- major labels, Top 40 radio…

  18. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  19. Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' Video Gets 'Favorable' Reactions in Japan

    May 02, 2014 6:01 PM EDT No offense taken in Tokyo, where the controversial video has received positive reviews. While Avril Lavigne's "Hello Kitty" video has raised the hackles of plenty of Western pundits, thanks to imagery that many perceive as culturally insensitive -- robotic, creepy girls in a…

  20. Avril Lavigne 'Hello Kitty' Video Is An Embarrassment In Any Language

    April 22, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Why, Avril? Why? "Hello Kitty" is the weakest song on Avril Lavigne's fifth studio album, a grating earworm that squeezes Gwen Stefani's Japan fetishization into an even more unseemly package. But in a lot of ways, its music video, which wormed its way onto…

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