1. Colton Dixon Banks on Christianity, Gets Ready to Drop 'Anchor'

    August 22, 2014 1:51 AM EDT Colton Dixon may be making a name for himself in the world of Christian music, but that doesn’t mean his name isn’t associated with at least one sinful indulgence: ice cream. The American Idol season 11 alum now has his very own flavor courtesy of Boston ice creamery Emack & Bolio, one…

  2. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  3. Eminem Welcomes Rihanna as Lollapalooza Surprise Guest

    August 01, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Six days before Eminem and Rihanna are set to combine for the first date on their co-headlining Monster duo, the superstar pair gave music fans a quick preview of the upcoming stadium shows when Em brought out Rihanna as a surprise guest during his Lollapalooza headlining set on…

  4. Arcade Fire Add Devo, Television & More to Reflektor Tour Lineup: See Dates

    July 21, 2014 12:40 PM EDT The indie rock forefathers will open on select North American dates, along with Dan Deacon, Spoon and others Seeing Arcade Fire's mystical live show as they tour behind 2013's "Reflektor" is good enough, but fans will be treated to a couple extra-special guests when the…

  5. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Beyonce Scores First Solo No. 1

    July 07, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2003, Beyonce landed her first of five solo Hot 100 leaders with 'Crazy in Love.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Prince, Starland Vocal Band and Duran Duran Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  6. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  7. Would You Take Robin Thicke Back?: 10 Female Music Critics Answer

    July 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT From begging during performances to recording and titling his new album after Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has been trying hard—publicly, at least—to get his estranged wife back. Will the public campaign, including his album, help repair their marriage of nine years? Only time will tell.…

  8. Scars on 45 Song Premiere: Listen To New Single 'Crazy For You'

    June 27, 2014 12:07 PM EDT This fall, British alt-pop collective Scars on 45 will release their sophomore album, "Safety In Numbers," through new label Nettwerk. Lead single "Crazy For You" is set to be released digitally on July 15, but you can hear the song in full now, exclusively on Billboard…

  9. Chiquis Rivera Debuting New Single on Univision’s ‘Premios Juventud’ Award Show

    June 25, 2014 6:52 PM EDT Chiquis Rivera, the daughter of the late regional Mexican star Jenni Rivera, will premiere a new single to her upcoming album on Univision’s “Premios Juventud" award show July 17.  “Premios Juventud" awards those in film, music, sports, fashion and pop culture. Rivera is nominated…

  10. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  11. Weightlifting Playlist: Arcade Fire, Doves & More!

    June 23, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Spotify and The Echo Nest searched through their 24 million users and over one-and-a half-billion playlists -- and here is what you are listening to while you lift. Hail brodin, your gains are belong to us. Well really, you , but you know what we mean. See the complete weightlifting playlist…

  12. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  13. Christina Perri 'Head or Heart' Video Q&A: Turning Heartbreak Into Hit Ballads

    May 30, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Christina Perri is pop music's queen of romance. Her seething 2010 breakout single "Jar of Hearts," which hit No. 17 on the Hot 100, dove into love's bitter lows. "A Thousand Years," which has sold 3.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, after being…

  14. Stevie Nicks Preps New '24 Karat Gold' Album

    May 14, 2014 4:48 PM EDT It's proving to be a very busy year for the legendary Stevie Nicks. Not only is she about to head out on tour with a reunited Fleetwood Mac, but she's also in the midst of finishing up her own new solo album.  Tentatively titled "24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault," Nicks…

  15. 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…

  16. Prince's Paisley Archives: 10 Items From the Warner's Vault We'd Love to See Released

    April 18, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Warner Bros. archive represents the most significant catalog of unreleased material of the past 40 years At 9 a.m. ET on Good Friday morning, a press release sallied forth announcing a new partnership between Prince and Warner Bros. – a newsflash that actually almost lives up to the drama…

  17. Play Ball: City and Colour Talks Toronto Blue Jays' 2014 Season

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Dallas Green discusses Canada's favorite (and only) baseball club April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of…

  18. Pharrell, Jay Z and Beyonce Among Webby Nominees

    April 08, 2014 4:54 PM EDT This year's list of nominees for Webby awards celebrating Internet achievement range from celebrities such as Beyoncé and Ellen DeGeneres to Google and GoPro, the maker of popular mountable video cameras. The organizations with the most nominations are Vice Media with 11, The New York…

  19. Future Islands On New Album & 'Letterman' Buzz: 'We Want To Spark A Reaction'

    April 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT "We want to be that band that you instantly fall in love with, or you don't give a shit about," says singer Samuel T. Herring. Calling from the glamorous location of a laundromat in Billings, Montana last week, Samuel T. Herring shrugs off the fact that he has become Future…

  20. Prince Brings His Publishing In-House

    April 04, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Fresh from releasing "FALLINLOVE2NITE,” his latest single, on Epic Records, Prince has announced that he is assigning the rights to his catalog to NPG Music Publishing, which means he will be doing it himself, with the help of “some of the best talent in the industry,” according to the…

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