1. The Sun Sets On ‘Californication’: David Duchovny Discusses the Show’s Rock n’ Roll Connection (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT This Sunday night (June 29th at 9:30p ET/PT), after seven memorable seasons, Hank Moody and his very distinctive ‘Californication’ crew will say farewell. When the credits come up on that last episode of the popular Showtime series, it will also mark the end of one of the most authentically…

  2. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 4: Elton John Brings Out Ben Folds, Arctic Monkeys & Wiz Khalifa Shine

    June 16, 2014 4:13 AM EDT Even if it seemed like Kaskade’s late night Saturday set was barely over, Bonnaroo cruised into its final day (June 15) with the approaching Elton John finale giving everyone a little extra incentive to power on. But before the piano legend made his first-ever American festival appearance, an…

  3. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

  4. Miranda Lambert Scores Record Fifth Career-Opening No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart

    June 12, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The singer passes Carrie Underwood, who's begun with four No. 1s. Plus, moves for Florida Georgia Line and Little Big Town. As "Platinum" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with 180,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miranda Lambert becomes the…

  5. Governors Ball 2014: Ex-Swedish House Mafia Duo Axwell & Ingrosso Debut New Songs

    June 09, 2014 6:04 AM EDT The Pair played "This Time" with a surprise rap from Pusha T. Just days after announcing they’d be releasing an album together, former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell & Ingrosso closed out Governor’s Ball 2014 on Sunday (June 8) with a high-octane set, their first as a duo,…

  6. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Carissa Leigh Wants a 'Bad Boy'

    June 05, 2014 1:26 PM EDT It's a magical time for country newcomer Carissa Leigh: the Canada native has a new single, "Bad Boy," her first release in the U.S. "I'm one of those people that if I see an opportunity, I go for it," she tells Billboard. "Music has always been something I…

  8. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  9. 615 Spotlight: Jill & Julia Talk 'Wildfire' Single, Vegas Life

    May 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT No pun intended, but the Nevada-based sister duo known as Jill and Julia have caused a "Wildfire" with their latest single. OK, that just happens to be the title of their brand new single release. The duo's Jill told The 615 that they are happy with the attention the song has…

  10. 615 Spotlight: Kelsey Waldon Hits 'The Goldmine'

    May 21, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Kelsey Waldon says that while her style of country offers a more traditional slant, she can certainly identify with many of the lyrics on the radio these days. She just chooses to go a different route.  "I definitely know about those things," she admits. "I grew up on a dirt…

  11. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger, Funny or Die's VP of production and…

  12. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  13. 615 Spotlight: Scott Coner Enlists Tanya Tucker, T. Graham Brown on New EP

    May 14, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Music has always been very important to Indiana native Scott Coner. The singer grew up in John Mellencamp country – near Seymour, which is also down the road from a very popular country music showplace. "I lived close to a place called the Little Nashville Opry in Brown County, Indiana.…

  14. Future Islands Show New Dance Moves on 'Jimmy Kimmel': Watch

    May 06, 2014 11:40 AM EDT The band performs "Singles" cuts "Doves" and "Spirit." Back in March, Future Islands and their charismatic frontman Samuel T. Herring set the blogosphere ablaze with their spirited, dance-infused "Late Show with David Letterman" performance. After that…

  15. Taylor Swift Gets Schooled in Pool By Victoria's Secret Model Lily Aldridge

    April 25, 2014 5:46 PM EDT Taylor Swift and pal Lily Aldridge, a Victoria’s Secret Angel, racked ‘em up and got their billiards on. And, of course, the only way to perfectly capture an opening break shot is via the black and white filter on Instagram, duh. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard's 2014 Money Makers Turns out…

  16. MTV VMAs to Be Held at L.A.'s The Forum in 2014

    April 23, 2014 10:58 AM EDT The August spectacle will be the first major awards show at the newly-revamped venue. MTV announced on Wednesday that the 2014 Video Music Awards will be held at the Forum on Aug. 24. The move not only marks the moonman ceremony's return to the West Coast, but also makes it the first…

  17. Coachella 2014: 10 Best Performances

    April 14, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos: Backstage at Coachella • Justin Bieber Joins Chance The Rapper • Pharrell Enlists All-Stars • Arcade Fire Brings Out Debbie Harry • Is Gwen Stefani Cameo a Hint? • Lana del Rey Debuts Single • Jay-Z & Beyonce Invade • Lorde Makes…

  18. 20 Hot Coachella Moments: Jay Z & Beyoncé Cameos, Nirvana Covers & Pharrell's Stars Day 2

    April 13, 2014 1:28 PM EDT Coachella 2014 rolled on Saturday (April 13) with epic performances by Lorde , Muse , Skrillex and headliner Pharrell Williams and guests including Gwen Stefani and Diddy among the dozens of acts rocking the desert. Take a time-stamped look at the 20 hottest happenings on the festival's…

  19. Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies at Age 69

    April 12, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69. His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday. …

  20. Coachella's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    April 10, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Muse or Skrillex? Calvin Harris or Little Dragon? QOTSA or EOTS? Check out the 10 most difficult set time clashes at this year's festival. As exciting as it is when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival schedule is unveiled each year, as it was on Tuesday night (Apr. 8) , there…

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