1. What's The Best Girl-Power Anthem of the Summer?

    August 11, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Vote for the best new ladies' anthem in the poll below! While the biggest pop hits of last summer were all about guys blurring lines and getting lucky, the summer of 2014 has primarily belonged to the ladies: a slew of female artists have ruled the Hot 100 chart this summer,…

  2. Napalm Death's Barney Greenway Speaks to Being Loved by Indonesia's New President

    August 08, 2014 11:07 AM EDT The reformer likes his music brutal... not his government. Last week, Indonesia -- a country long embattled and embittered by corruption and violence -- elected Governor Joko Widodo of Jakarta as its new president. His favorite music? Metallica . Slayer . Napalm Death . Randy Blythe , singer…

  3. Tom Petty Isn't 'Playing Dumb' About Church Sex Abuse Scandal on New Song

    July 21, 2014 2:46 PM EDT In a new track — and a blunt conversation — Petty won't back down when asked about a religious scandal During his hard-fought, ascendant career, Tom Petty has often been labeled as intense. The artist wouldn't disagree — and a corrosive new track called "Playing Dumb" won&…

  4. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

  5. Jack White, 'Lazaretto': Track-By-Track Review

    June 03, 2014 1:15 PM EDT That rattle and clang can only mean one thing: Jack White 's comin' 'round the mountain, pushing his trusty rusty shopping cart of American musical artifacts and curiosities. This time, he's peddling his second solo album, "Lazaretto," the latest in a long line…

  6. 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…

  7. De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 03, 2014 10:20 AM EST Twenty-five years ago today (March 3), De La Soul's seminal debut LP, "3 Feet High and Rising," was released. Widely-regarded as one of the best records of its era, and now almost universally praised, it's among the finest projects spawned by the Native Tongue…

  8. GRAMMY Awards: Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk Earn Wins At Pop's Outer Edges

    January 27, 2014 2:15 AM EST The three artists that earned the four biggest wins of the 56th GRAMMY Awards -- Daft Punk, Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- are not, first and foremost, "pop" artists. Daft Punk, which won album of the year for "Random Access Memories" and record of the year…

  9. 15 Best Albums of 2013: Critics' Picks

    December 19, 2013 1:41 PM EST From ultra-ambitious musical comebacks to hype-surviving debuts to a certain unexpected album released right before the end-of-year buzzer sounded, 2013 contained a beautifully diverse array of full-length statements. After many, many repeated listens, the Billboard staff voted…

  10. Janelle Monáe: The Billboard Women In Music 'Rising Star' Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:01 AM EST Billboard Rising Star honoree Janelle Monáe celebrates ‘unconventional, universal stories’ This is an excerpt. For the full story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. When Janelle Monáe graced the cover of Billboard in June, her second album, "The Electric Lady," existed mostly…

  11. Kellie Pickler Returns With 'The Woman I Am'

    November 08, 2013 4:00 PM EST Kellie Pickler gets personal on her new album, "The Woman I Am," out Nov. 11. If you need proof of this, take one listen to "Selma Drye," a song about a person that Pickler knew very well -- her great grandmother. The singer wrote the song with Billy Montana and Phillip…

  12. Green Day, 'Broadway Idiot': Film Review

    October 11, 2013 3:20 PM EDT "Broadway Idiot" Director: Doug Hamilton Producer: Ira Pittelman Featuring: Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Mayer, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool Distributor: Film Buff Release date: Oct. 10 (CBGB Film Festival), Oct. 11 (New York, on-demand), Oct. 15 (eight one-nighters), Oct. 18 …

  13. John Frusciante Q&A: On His Electronic Evolution and Why He's Done With Rock Bands

    August 19, 2013 3:15 PM EDT In an exclusive interview, Frusciante talks about his new EP of abstract electronic music, why he left the Chili Peppers and the "funnest musical collaboration I've ever had with anybody in my life" Guitarist John Frusciante, absent from the stage since quitting Red Hot Chili…

  14. The Root of K-Pop: The Influences of Today's Biggest Acts

    August 06, 2013 9:00 AM EDT It might seem that PSY single-handedly started the K-pop phenomenon, but at its core are the "idol" acts who hit the scene in the '90s. It might seem to many that PSY single-handedly started the K-pop phenomenon that has swept the globe. With "Gangnam Style," his…

  15. Morrissey Apologizes for Scrapping South America Dates

    July 16, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Morrissey has apologized to fans in Peru and Chile for his latest tour cancellation. The iconic British singer’s tour of South America unravelled when he and his entourage came down with a nasty bout of food poisoning. The former Smiths frontman has issued an amusing statement on the fan…

  16. Kanye West Performs 'Black Skinhead,' 'New Slaves' on 'SNL': Watch

    May 19, 2013 10:00 AM EDT One day after revealing his new song "New Slaves" via images projected on buildings across the globe , Kanye West took the "Saturday Night Live" stage on Saturday night (May 18) to perform that track along with another equally venomous new number, "Black Skinhead…

  17. Coachella 2013: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wu-Tang Clan Wow Dusty Crowd on Sunday

    April 15, 2013 8:30 AM EDT Plus James Blake, Rodriguez, Grimes and more onstage and backstage highlights from day 3 of Coachella's first weekend COACHELLA 2013 • COACHELLA PHOTOS • Day 1: The Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Light Up the Desert • Day 2: Phoenix's R. Kelly Surprise, Postal Service's…

  18. Paramore, 'Paramore': Track-By-Track Review

    April 08, 2013 1:46 PM EDT Nearly four years after the release of their last album and with two fewer members in their lineup, Paramore at last returns with their fourth album, the self-titled "Paramore" (out April 9 via Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records). As usual, it's a punk-rock set focusing on…

  19. Green Day's Album Trilogy: What Happened with 'Uno!,' 'Dos!' and 'Tre!'?

    December 20, 2012 2:05 PM EST An analysis of the rock trio's three new albums and how they've been received so far. It would have been unimaginable as recently as a few months ago for Green Day to release a full-length featuring a dozen new songs and sell less than 100,000 copies of the album in its first week.…

  20. Down, 'The Purple EP': Exclusive First Listen

    September 14, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Hear an exclusive stream of the 6-song EP by Phil Anselmo's band Down here before it's release next week. The only downside of Down , the members of the all-star metal band led by Phil Anselmo , have long complained, is arranging time for the group amidst their other commitments.…

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