1. 'The Colbert Report': 8 Great Music Moments From Daft Punk Dancing to Black Keys Fighting

    December 18, 2014 3:45 PM EST Bring on the tears: The Colbert Report ends its run with tonight's episode. While Stephen Colbert the person will of course be fine -- he's taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show -- "Stephen Colbert" the character's future is much less certain. One thing…

  2. Clementine and the Galaxy, 'When The Night Is Over': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Clementine and the Galaxy 's triumphant new single "When The Night Is Over" might sound a bit familiar: an instrumental of the track was featured in a Victoria's Secret advertisement. However, the New York-based electro-pop duo -- composed of Julie Hardy and Mike…

  3. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST On his label's 10th anniversary, the man behind breakouts by Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Dislosure on juggling two titles, A&R'ing Sting and the streaming debate: "The equation has to be fair." For Martin Kierszenbaum -- Cherrytree Records founder, Interscope…

  4. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  5. Robert Ellis, Hamilton Leithauser, Caitlin Rose Heading to Deer Tick's Newport Folk Fest Afterparties (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For the past several years, Deer Tick takes over the town of Newport, R.I.'s Blues Cafe for their legendary Newport Folk Festival afterparties, which have featured such luminaries as Jackson Browne, Jim James, and Dawes. They're doing it again this weekend, bringing with them…

  6. Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: The Indie-Rock Dad Awards

    July 21, 2014 11:10 AM EDT From "Worst Manners" to "Festival MVP," check out what Pitchfork Fest's resident father (& his son) thought of this year's fest. On the crowded subway ride home from the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, a kid in glasses, gauges and a D.A.R.E. shirt asked my…

  7. Polaris Prize 2014: Drake, Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre Make Short List

    July 15, 2014 11:19 AM EDT The short list for the 2014 Polaris Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with a mix of commercial hits via Arcade Fire and Drake, as well as indie favorites by Timber Timbre ("Hot Dreams") and Mac DeMarco ("Salad Days") among the ten acts in the running for Canada&…

  8. Jay Brannan, 'Blue-Haired Lady': Exclusive Video Premiere

    June 25, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Jay Brannan's "Blue-Haired Lady" is a sparse and intimate song off the singer-songwriter's new album, "Always, Then, & Now," which will be released July 15. As the ballad chronicles a woman's final days, its new video shows Brannan playing the peaceful…

  9. Stephen Colbert Comes To 'The Late Show,' and Jimmy Fallon Finally Finds a Music Rival

    April 11, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Following yesterday's announcement that Stephen Colbert will be inheriting "The Late Show" from David Letterman in 2015, "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon posted on Twitter , "I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also…

  10. Kate Bush Announces First String Of Live Dates Since 1979

    March 21, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Kate Bush will make a rare return to the stage later this year for a series of live shows in London. The enigmatic and uniquely British singer has announced she’ll play 15 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo under the banner “Before the Dawn”. The residency will begin Aug. 26 and run through to…

  11. SXSW 2014: 10 Artists to Watch

    March 10, 2014 2:24 PM EDT Tomorrow (March 11), thousands of bands, journalists and music fans descend onto Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW Music Conference. Like always, there will be tons of parties, lines, food, and too many decisions to make about which acts to catch. Here are Billboard's 10 best bets for…

  12. Beck's 'Morning Phase': The Billboard Cover Story

    February 14, 2014 12:25 PM EST Beck explains his first album in five years: "I'm not controlling where [the car] is going... just making sure it doesn't crash." Turns out Beck can make heartbreaking music , even when he actually is doing fine. Dressed in all black except for the tiny white polka…

  13. James Blake: GRAMMY®s Best New Artist Nominee Spotlight

    January 15, 2014 11:36 AM EST "Overgrown," James Blake's second album, earned the U.K.'s Mercury Prize in October, trumping albums by more high-profile British artists like David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys. The experimental electronic singer/producer will try to repeat that surprise success at the…

  14. Ed Sheeran & Macklemore Stroll Down ‘Sesame Street’: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

    November 22, 2013 10:00 AM EST Get a first look at the chart-topping stars' upcoming guest appearances "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?" For Ed Sheeran and Macklemore, a couple Hot 100 hits and good publicists did the trick. For its upcoming 45th season, which will premiere…

  15. Newport Folk Festival Wrestles Weather, Evolving Legacy With Beck, Avett Brothers, Feist

    July 29, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As the summer festival economy continues to enjoy its boon era at the same time the wider music industry remains unsure what it's going to be when it grows up, every promoter has no doubt felt the pressures that force fests to either make room for outside controlling interests -- big…

  16. Feist Raising Money for Calgary Flood Victims

    July 26, 2013 3:41 PM EDT Calgary native Leslie Feist will return to her home province on August 7 to hold a benefit concert for victims of the floods that devastated the area late last month. In addition to donating all of the proceeds from her performance at the Shaw Amphitheatre in Banff, Alberta on August 7, the…

  17. Pitchfork Music Festival 2013: A Father-Son Dialogue

    July 22, 2013 1:30 PM EDT My dad had no idea that A$AP Rocky was coming. But he was ready for Lil B. Last summer, I brought my father to the Pitchfork Music Festival, that annual indie-rock utopia in Chicago's Union Park, and the first artist he watched in full was Lord Flacko and the rest of the A$AP Mob, back…

  18. Bobby Bare, Jr., Jason Isbell Heading to Deer Tick's Newport Folk Afterparties

    July 22, 2013 10:58 AM EDT Langhorne Slim, Justin Townes Earle and others will be among the six acts playing the charity concerts Deer Tick's Newport Folk Fest afterparties will bring six acts to the Newport Blues Cafe this summer. As is their tradition, the band has curated three nights at the intimate venue,…

  19. Newport Folk Festival's Popularity Soars As it Celebrates 54th Edition

    July 21, 2013 11:54 PM EDT Tickets for the main two days of this year's Newport Folk Festival sold out five months early and before anyone knew who was playing -- another indication of how the 54-year-old event is staying fresh and relevant with a mix of musical icons and young artists looking for their big…

  20. Tegan and Sara, Metric Make the Polaris Music Prize Short List

    July 16, 2013 12:12 PM EDT The short list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with Metric, METZ, Purity Ring and Tegan and Sara among the ten acts in the running for Canada's best album of the year. The announcement was made at a media event at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, by…

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