1. HIM to Release Limited-Edition Vinyl Boxed Set, Remastered Catalog in November

    September 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Previously unreleased live version of Right Here in My Arms playing only at Billboard for 24 hours. Finnish “love metal” band HIM is releasing a limited-edition boxed set, Lashes to Ashes, Lust to Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective ’96-’03 , through the End Records on Nov. 25. It will contain four…

  2. 'Eden' Circles Daft Punk's Success in New Film About Struggle in the 1990s French Touch Scene

    September 14, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Daft Punk figures prominently in the French film Eden , but if it were about the French robot duo it would probably be a much happier tale.  Instead, the story which captures the burgeoning French touch/French house movement of the 1990s, centers around a DJ named Paul and his 20-year…

  3. Watch Spike Jonze's Surprise Karen O Video Featuring Elle Fanning

    September 13, 2014 2:59 PM EDT Director Spike Jonze took a few minutes during New York Fashion Week to film a surprise music video for "Ooo," the lead song from Karen O ’s solo debut, Crush Songs . Karen O Brings ‘Crush Songs’ to Life at New York's Manderley Bar Jonze shot the nearly two-minute video, which…

  4. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  5. Karen O Brings ‘Crush Songs’ to Life at New York's Manderley Bar

    September 11, 2014 12:43 PM EDT A neon sign shone through the smoke-filled haze of the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, where a small standing crowd, with smartphones at the ready, awaited the evening’s headliner, Karen O . Crush Palace, the heart-shaped sign read, a nod to Karen O’s first solo album, Crush Songs ,…

  6. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  7. How Has K-Pop Performed on Billboard's Twitter Charts So Far?

    September 03, 2014 10:44 PM EDT Despite K-Pop's dominance on social media, Girls' Generation is the only act to send a "traditional" K-pop release to Billboard's weekly Twitter chart, Billboard Twitter Top Tracks. Why? On May 27  Billboard  and Twitter announced their  first ever real-time charts…

  8. 20 Best High School Music Videos

    September 03, 2014 3:45 PM EDT If high school had existed in Shakespeare’s day, he’d have set every battle on a football field, each stolen kiss under the bleachers. That’s because when it comes to drama, neither rotten Denmark nor fair Verona holds a candle to the modern American high school. While the Bard missed out on…

  9. Ariana Grande Quiz: 10 Questions about the 'Problem' Star

    August 29, 2014 1:49 PM EDT How well do you know pop's biggest new star? Take our quiz to find out! With the release of her sophomore album My Everything , Ariana Grande has elevated herself into a special class of pop star, among the big names capable of conjuring inescapable radio hits, must-see awards show…

  10. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours…

  11. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  12. Chris Walla Leaves Death Cab For Cutie

    August 13, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Meanwhile, the band's follow-up to 2011's "Codes & Keys" is now slated for early 2015. Death Cab For Cutie's founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer, Chris Walla, will quit the long-running indie rock group following the remaining dates on their summer festival…

  13. Karen O Hypes New LP ‘Crush Songs’ With Intimate Shows & Secret Listening Sessions

    August 13, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Karen O , the show-stopping front woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs , will release her solo debut Sept. 9 -- and she’s announced a stream of intriguing live events to get her fans even more excited. In the month following the Sept. 9 release of Crush Songs , Karen will perform a series of gigs in…

  14. Exclusive: Sinead O'Connor on the Catholic Church and Why She Stepped Back From Being a Priest

    August 12, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Pope Francis bores Sinead O’Connor, but that doesn’t mean she’s let him off the hook.    While talking to the unflinchingly honest singer/songwriter about her new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss , Billboard asked O’Connor, 47, what she makes of Pope Francis, who succeeded Pope Benedict…

  15. Rick Springfield Nixes Australia Tour To Make Movie

    August 10, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Rick Springfield’s long-awaited homecoming tour of Australia has been canceled because of his acting commitments.  Springfield, the artist behind such hits as "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart," was originally due to…

  16. Sinead O'Connor on Celebrity Crush Dave Chappelle: 'If He Were a Bike, I'd Be Riding Him'

    August 08, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Through the years, Sinead O'Connor -- who is featured on the cover of Billboard's Aug. 16 issue -- hasn't been shy about expressing unbridled lust for comedian Dave Chappelle and actor Robert Downey Jr., but she has never really gone into detail about her crushes. Until now.…

  17. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  18. Who Will Join Beyonce For Her VMA Performance?

    August 07, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Bow down Everyone better have their freakum dress at the ready. The Internet turned in on itself earlier today, when it was announced  Beyonce would be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award and performing at the Video Music Awards. In the wake of some unfortunate tabloid rumors,…

  19. Rick Springfield Joins Meryl Streep's Band in 'Ricki and the Flash'

    August 06, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Meryl Steep will have a musician with more than four decades of experience appearing by her side in her upcoming film, Ricki and the Flash. Rick Springfield , the musician behind hits like "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart,…

  20. Max Schneider Charts on Billboard Twitter Trending 140 With 'Mug Shot'

    August 06, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Singer-songwriter and YouTube star Max Schneider charts on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140  this week after releasing a tour compilation video for his single, “Mug Shot.”  During his “Say Max” tour, Max and his team filmed the crowd in more than 24 cities each singing a different line of…

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