1. Avril Lavigne, 'Avril Lavigne': Track-By-Track Review

    November 04, 2013 4:33 PM EST "A first taste like honey, you were so yum/Can't wait for a second, cause it's so fun," is a line from the song "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," off Avril Lavigne's self-titled fifth studio album. It's a line that's cutesy and cloying,…

  2. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Tops Dance Club Songs, Young The Giant Returns, Lorde Adds Latin Airplay

    November 04, 2013 4:05 PM EST Rihanna notches her latest No. 1, Young the Giant returns to rock airwaves and Lorde's 'Royals' crosses to Latin radio. Plus, Donald Lawrence takes over atop Gospel Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the…

  3. Marvin Gaye's Family Sues EMI Over Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

    October 30, 2013 3:25 PM EDT Marvin Gaye's family is responding in a major way to Robin Thicke's lawsuit claiming that "Blurred Lines" wasn't stolen from Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." On Wednesday, the family went nuclear with counterclaims that allege that Thicke stole the…

  4. Colombian Reggaeton Star J Balvin Talks 'La Familia,' Picks His Favorite 5 Videos

    October 30, 2013 4:56 AM EDT “I want to try and make my own movement,” says J. Balvin, the rising reggaeton star, whose album “La Familia” was just released on Capitol Latin. “We are going to conquer the world.”   Maybe its not such a lofty goal for the Colombian artist, whose following extends from (logically) South…

  5. Lou Reed's Death: Stars React on Twitter and Facebook

    October 27, 2013 3:50 PM EDT With the sad news that rock icon Lou Reed died Sunday (October 27) at the age of 71, celebrities across genres and generations have taken to Twitter to share an outpouring of reactions expressing grief and celebrating Reed's life and long career both in the Velvet Underground and as…

  6. Colbie Caillat, Rascal Flatts to Perform National Anthem at World Series Games

    October 26, 2013 1:47 PM EDT Colbie Caillat will sing the national anthem at tonight's World Series game 3 in St. Louis. On Sunday, country veterans Rascal Flatts will do the same before game 4, Billboard has confirmed. Caillat will be making her first appearance as performer of "The Star-Spangled Banner…

  7. Mike Posner Gears Up to Finish 'Pages' Album, Hints at Big Guest Artists

    October 25, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Mike Posner says he's "very far along" in making his sophomore album, "Pages," with an EP titled "Page One" expected out during the fall. And, he reports, there's no shortage of material to choose from. "I've made maybe over 100 songs since…

  8. Drake Celebrates Birthday With Emotional Toronto Show: Live Review

    October 25, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Drake is not the type of person to say, "Birthdays? Nah, I don't like to celebrate my birthday."  Even non-diehard fans of the Toronto-born rapper know his birthday is in October — October 24, to be exact. His company brand is OVO, an acronym for October's Very Own,…

  9. Mary J. Blige, James Taylor to Sing National Anthem at World Series

    October 23, 2013 5:09 PM EDT Taylor looks to continue his winning ways -- he sang the anthem before a pair of other World Series game 2 victories for the Red Sox A lifelong Yankees fan and a folk-rock crooner will sing the national anthem before the first two games of the World Series, launching tonight at Fenway…

  10. Eddie Vedder Talks Cubs, the World Series and Giving His Boyhood Mitt to Ernie Banks

    October 23, 2013 1:00 PM EDT "I'm going to go to a Cubs World Series game -- and I'm taking care of my health in order to do so," the Pearl Jam frontman vows It's no secret that Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is a lifelong baseball fan, and when the singer recently spoke to Billboard for a…

  11. Metallica to Rock Antarctica?

    October 23, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Though nothing has been confirmed yet, signs are pointing to a landmark concert this December from metal legends Metallica. Recently, the Colombian website for Coca-Cola Zero launched a sweepstakes for fans in six Colombian cities whose grand prize is a trip to see a rock concert in…

  12. Angel Haze Opens Up About Her Sexuality On Macklemore's 'Same Love' Freestyle: Listen

    October 22, 2013 3:46 PM EDT Angel Haze takes on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' hit, "Same Love," to share her experiences with sexuality. "Hi mom, I'm really scared right now, but, I have to," the New York rapper begins. "At age 13 my mother knew I wasn't straight/ She didn't…

  13. Ohio State Marching Band Moonwalks in Michael Jackson Tribute: Watch

    October 21, 2013 9:56 PM EDT The Ohio State University's marching band has a storied reputation -- hence its nickname of The Best Damn Band in the Land -- and its newest show, performed last weekend, is anything but "bad." During halftime of Ohio State's game against the University of Iowa, the…

  14. CMJ 2013: 10 Can't Miss Acts And Panels

    October 14, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The CMJ Music Marathon can be great for discovering that hot new buzz act with the most preposterous name so you can joke about it with your friends. And yeah, there's a lot of great, you know, music , to be seen across New York City from Oct. 15 to 20. There's also an awful lot…

  15. Pearl Jam to Soundtrack the World Series (Exclusive)

    October 11, 2013 12:12 PM EDT Pearl Jam's epic, rain-delayed set at Chicago's Wrigley Field in July won't be the only time the band connects with baseball in 2013. A partnership with Fox Sports will include extensive use of 48 Pearl Jam songs across the promotional and music beds for this month's…

  16. Future Previews 'Honest' Album; Talks Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj Collabos

    October 04, 2013 10:45 AM EDT If you've ever been around Future, you know that it takes him a minute to open up. At first it comes off a bit egotistical as he sits there in dark shades and a draping hoodie -- but it's just that the Atlanta rapper finds comfort in the walls of his cerebrum. There, he curates…

  17. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  18. Drake Turns Killer in 'Hold On, We're Going Home' Video: Watch Here

    September 24, 2013 2:28 PM EDT Oddly enough, the most tender song on Drake’s new “Nothing Was the Same” album (out today), has gotten the gangster flick treatment. The Toronto artist released the video for his latest single, “How On, We’re Going Home,” recently and true to its synthy ‘80s sound, it’s set in 1985. Drake, …

  19. Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same': The 15 Most Searched Rap Genius Lyrics

    September 24, 2013 1:07 PM EDT Drake’s third album, "Nothing Was the Same," officially dropped today (Sept. 24), but the Internet has already been buzzing about the album for the past week after it leaked online Sunday, Sept. 15. 
 Drake’s often emotional, melody-driven songs have fueled a great deal of…

  20. Kings of Leon Talk 'Mechanical Bull' Track-By-Track

    September 23, 2013 4:14 PM EDT Kings Of Leon have put together a striking album in "Mechanical Bull," one that melds the most appealing aspects from a decade of evolution. The powerful, diverse record, which drops Sept. 24, showcases the elements KOL do best: turn-on-a-dime tempo changes, mysterious,…

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