1. 'Californication' Soundtrack to Feature Pete Townshend, Sid Vicious

    April 11, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Spirit Music Group and Showtime Networks will release the soundtrack for the seventh and final season of "Californication" during the show's premiere on April 13. Related Articles 'Californication' Set For June Release David Renzer Named Chairman of Spirit Music Group…

  2. Ed Sheeran Un-Zipped: On His Pharrell-Produced Single, Being a Sex Symbol and Turning Betrayal Into Song (Cover Story)

    April 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sensitive singer-songwriter grapples with the big time as Taylor Swift's pal, a hot Pharrell collaborator and a new status as a one-man arena band Ed Sheeran has found the perfect way to shield himself from fans: He is walking down lower Broadway carrying a load of five boxes…

  3. 'Glee' Recap: Scaling Great Heights With 'New New York' Episode

    April 02, 2014 4:23 AM EDT “New New York“ is hands-down the best episode of “Glee” to date. There’s barely any contest.  Season 1 purists will hold up the Pilot as an ideal episode, and you admittedly couldn’t get to here without those inventive and inspiring beginnings, but that’s just building blocks and not…

  4. 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…

  5. Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)

    March 21, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching an on-demand streaming service that would rival Spotify and Beats Music, according to three people familiar with the talks. Apple is also thinking about adding an iTunes App for Android phones,…

  6. Blondie, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Cee Lo Green Rock Rachael Ray's SXSW Feedback Party

    March 15, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Rain apparently does not dampen the appetite for free food and music -- at least  not when it’s the offerings at Rachael Ray’s annual Feedback party and concert. The line snaked literally the entire block around Stubbs before the gates opened Saturday morning, as Feedbackers braved off-and-on…

  7. SXSW: John Doe of X, Kieran Leonard Give Accounts of Fatal Incident

    March 13, 2014 2:37 PM EDT "It seemed like he was deliberately swerving to try to hit people, sort of like a video game," Leonard says of the suspect Billboard has spoken with artists and others who were at or around the scene of the fatal car crash on Red River Street in Austin during South By Southwest.…

  8. SXSW Swag Blamed for Activating Airport Alarms

    March 12, 2014 11:06 PM EDT Swag given to attendees of the South By Southwest festival set off airport security alarms Wednesday, leaving passengers complaining of long delays as they tried to head home. Jason Zielinski, an Austin-Bergstrom International Airport spokesman, said that a particular type of ink on some item…

  9. Keith Urban Embarks on Raise 'Em Up Tour This Summer

    March 08, 2014 4:32 PM EST After concluding his judging gig on "American Idol," Keith Urban will hit the road in North America this summer -- with the Raise 'Em Up tour. According to Radio.com , Urban plans to play multiple shows in the United States and Canada beginning in July, with shows stretching to…

  10. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  11. 'K-Pop Night Out' Returns for SXSW 2014 With HyunA, Jay Park & More

    February 24, 2014 7:30 PM EST Crying Nut, Nell, Kiha and the Faces, Idiotape and Jambinai will represent Korean rock and EDM at the world's premiere festival for new talent Following the success of 2013's inaugural "K-POP NIGHT OUT at SXSW,"  Korean Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) will again…

  12. Pharrell Williams' Reps Talk Strategy Behind 'G I R L' Album: Exclusive

    February 20, 2014 9:24 AM EST Prior to the release of Pharrell Williams' "G I  R L" on March 3, his music will be heard in a Red Bull TV ad, promos on ABC's "Good Morning America"  and, quite possibly, on eBay. The wildly popular first single, "Happy," will definitely be heard on…

  13. Daft Punk Darts Up Dance Charts Post-Grammys

    February 07, 2014 5:02 PM EST Daft Punk’s "Random Access Memories," Grammy winner for Album of the Year and best dance/electronica album, holds atop Dance/Electronic Albums and vaults 39-10 on the Billboard 200 with its highest sales frame since July 13 (30,000 units, up 300%, according to Nielsen SoundScan). A…

  14. Happy 5th Anniversary, After School! Top 5 Must-Watch Performances By the K-Pop Girl Group

    February 03, 2014 10:20 PM EST Five years is a tough time to remain relevant in pop music -- particularly in K-pop, where five years is considered the expiration date for idols. But Korean girl group After School has not only been able to prosper through its first half-decade -- latest single "First Love" …

  15. Poll: Who Should Perform at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show?

    February 03, 2014 2:20 PM EST Vote now! With Bruno Mars' epic Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show now in the books, it's officially time to start speculating about next year's big game, and which artist will be the one to take center field at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona…

  16. GRAMMYs Spur Early Sales Gains for Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves, Pink

    January 27, 2014 5:15 PM EST The official sales figures aren't in yet, but industry sources suggest that some of the GRAMMY Awards' biggest winners could be Kacey Musgraves, P!nk and Daft Punk -- all of which might see sales gains of more than 100% for the week ending January 26. All of those artists -- plus…

  17. 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…

  18. Top 10 Best GRAMMY 2014 Moments: Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Beyonce and More

    January 27, 2014 1:07 AM EST The 56th GRAMMYs provided both the expected and unexpected. Sure, Jay Z was an announced performer, but who knew he'd say the funniest line of the night. Taylor Swift sat at the piano for her entire time on stage, but somehow still stole the show with her dance moves. And there were…

  19. Daft Punk Jams With Stevie Wonder, Pharrell & Nile Rodgers at GRAMMYs

    January 26, 2014 11:16 PM EST Daft Punk performed on national television for the first time in six years, celebrating a year of disco-inspired hits on the Hot 100 at the 56th GRAMMYs Sunday (Jan. 26). GRAMMYs: News, Winners, Photos & More The performance began in a set designed like a posh, high-budget studio,…

  20. Zedd, Cedric Gervais Take Home First GRAMMYs

    January 26, 2014 10:10 PM EST Daft Punk won two trophies early at the 56th GRAMMY Awards for Best Dance/Electronica Album for "Random Access Memories" and Best Engineered Album (non-classical). Zedd earned his first GRAMMY ever in the Best Dance Recording category for his breakthrough hit "Clarity"…

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