1. Paul Weller Talks New Menswear Line Real Stars Are Rare

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT "I thought music was complicated, but it's a f-ing breeze compared to this," says a laughing Paul Weller as he surveys the surrounding clothes rails on which hangs the debut collection of his first stand-alone menswear label, Real Stars Are Rare. It's a line heavily…

  2. Outkast, Fatboy Slim, Sleigh Bells & More To Perform at 2014 Mad Decent Block Party: Exclusive

    April 07, 2014 12:06 PM EDT The Mad Decent Block Party, Diplo and Co.'s annual multi-city bacchanal, is coming of age. This year the touring show will hit 22 cities, up from 13 last year and eight the year before that, and include an A+ headliner that puts it in the company of this summer's big boy festivals:…

  3. Nile Rodgers To Be Honored With IMS Legends Award

    April 04, 2014 3:12 AM EDT Nile Rodgers will next month receive the International Music Summit’s top honor – the Legends Award. The multi-Grammy winning disco pioneer will be feted at the IMS Legends Dinner, to be held May 21 at the Sessions restaurant within Ibiza’s Hard Rock Hotel. Rodgers will need to find room in…

  4. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  5. Eminem Marks Sales, Hot 100 Milestones

    March 21, 2014 5:14 PM EDT The rap superstar tallies two key sales achievements and notches his landmark 50th Hot 100 hit It's a monster week for rap god Eminem, who scores two significant sales feats and marks a milestone on the Billboard Hot 100.   SALES SURGE   Eminem's latest album reaches a notable…

  6. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  7. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

  8. 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…

  9. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Hits No. 1 On Hot 100

    February 26, 2014 1:26 PM EST After two weeks at No. 2, the song rises to the top, dethroning Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, after four weeks at the summit. Plus, John Legend lands his first top 10 Clap for Pharrell Williams, whose bouncy single "Happy" reaches the top of…

  10. Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Ekes Out Hot 100 Win Over Pharrell's 'Happy'

    February 19, 2014 2:39 PM EST The songs rank at Nos. 1 and 2 again, respectively, while the former takes over atop Radio Songs and the latter crowns Digital Songs. Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, scores a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, although Pharrell Williams' "…

  11. Sting Musical Heading to Broadway

    February 12, 2014 8:30 PM EST "The Last Ship" will premiere Oct. 26, with previews beginning Sept. 30 Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" has found a nice berth on Broadway. Producer Jeffrey Seller said Wednesday that the show -- inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in…

  12. Betty Who Announces 'Slow Dancing' EP, U.S. Tour

    February 03, 2014 4:18 PM EST Betty Who, the rising Australia-born singer and Pop Shop favorite, told Billboard last summer that a follow-up EP to her sparkling four-song debut "The Movement" would be out in early 2014, and Ms. Who is delivering on that promise. "Slow Dancing," the 22-year-old's…

  13. Arlo Guthrie Remembers Pete Seeger: 'He Brought Humanity Together With His Actions'

    January 31, 2014 11:50 AM EST The first time I ever got involved in anything that could be called controversial was when my class in the fifth or sixth grade took a trip to hear a Pete Seeger concert. I was going to school in Brooklyn, and the class went to the venue in a little school bus, and outside the concert, the…

  14. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Sunday

    January 27, 2014 12:44 AM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate the GRAMMYs at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards have just been handed out, so tonight (Jan. 26), the GRAMMY parties are in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as we give you real-time…

  15. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Friday

    January 24, 2014 11:57 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  16. Sundance 2014: Nick Cave Performs at '20,000 Days on Earth' Premiere Party

    January 22, 2014 2:46 AM EST The line moved very slowly into Main Street's Downstairs Monday night, with a colorful bunch of characters trying to prove they were on the list for a party celebrating "20,000 Days on Earth." Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's unconventional music doc stars Nick Cave,…

  17. David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' Returns To NY

    January 22, 2014 1:27 AM EST David Byrne's splashy disco musical "Here Lies Love" is coming back to the Public Theater - but with a twist. The Talking Heads frontman told fans Tuesday that his show about Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, will return to the same space in the Public&…

  18. Top 10 Biggest GRAMMY Upsets Of The Past 10 Years

    January 21, 2014 1:40 PM EST Esperanza Spalding, Bon Iver, Herbie Hancock and more artists who shocked the world with GRAMMY wins in the past decade. One of the more enjoyable reasons to watch the GRAMMY Awards each year is because of the shocking upset victories -- the artists, songs and albums in the running that…

  19. Avicii Doubles Up In Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Top Five

    January 17, 2014 1:14 PM EST The superstar DJ scores another top five on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Plus, Fatboy Slim and One Republic break into the  top 10 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay and Deborah Cox collects her 12th Dance Club Songs No. 1 Avicii becomes the second artist to simultaneously place two songs within the…

  20. Beats Music Streaming Service Launching January 21

    January 11, 2014 3:56 PM EST Beats Music , the premium streaming service developed by Trent Reznor, Ian Rogers and the creators of Beats By Dre headphones, is launching on Jan. 21, with AT&T as the exclusive carrier partner, the company said. Santa Monica-based Beats will join a parade of competitors, including…

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