1. Rain Makes Grand Return With Sixth Album 'Rain Effect'

    January 07, 2014 7:40 PM EST The K-pop veteran bounces back with two blazing singles "30Sexy" and "La Song." Singer/actor Rain -- a pioneer of the "Hallyu Wave" (aka Korean Wave) -- has released his hotly-anticipated sixth full-length album "Rain Effect," reassuring fans and…

  2. Bruce Springsteen, 'High Hopes': Track-By-Track Review

    January 05, 2014 9:00 PM EST BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN High Hopes Producers: Ron Aniello, Brendan O'Brien Label: Columbia Release Date: Jan. 14 "High Hopes" is Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album. In a first for the artist, the record is a collection of cover songs previously performed live, originals…

  3. Alicia Keys Ends One-Year BlackBerry Deal: Inside The Troubled Partnership

    January 02, 2014 5:56 PM EST When Alicia Keys was first named global creative director at BlackBerry on January 30, much derision was made at her expense for tweeting from an iPhone just days before the announcement - and maybe even once again a few days after, in an apparent hack scandal .   But Thursday (Jan. 2)’s…

  4. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST 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 your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  5. 'Beyonce' for Men: 5 Things Guys Can Love and Learn From Queen Bey's New Album

    December 20, 2013 3:30 PM EST Without question, Beyoncé is for the ladies first. For more than a decade now, she’s made music that’s assisted in powering their self-esteems, sent bad boyfriends to the left , and made them sweat out their hairdos on the dance floor. Sure, she’s had little nuggets here and there for the…

  6. Sara Evans Sets Date for 'Slow Me Down' Album, Talks Duets With Gavin DeGraw & Vince Gill

    December 09, 2013 3:40 PM EST Sara Evans has been making hit music for fifteen years now, since "No Place That Far" became her initial chart-topper in 1999. Talk to her these days, and she sounds like an artist reborn. The singer announced today that she'll release her seventh RCA studio album, "Slow…

  7. R. Kelly Talks 'Black Panties,' Possible Cruise & Best '12 Play' Memory

    December 02, 2013 12:18 PM EST The singer-songwriter/producer will film 10 more installments of 'Trapped in the Closet' in 2014. It's as if R. Kelly has stepped out of a time machine. He was previewing his upcoming 12th studio album, "Black Panties," out Dec. 10 on RCA Records, at New York's…

  8. Danny Howard Q&A: The UK DJ Announces His First Stateside Radio Show for SiriusXM

    November 12, 2013 12:39 PM EST Like the Pilgrims before him, this Thanksgiving, one brave Brit will land on the American shores of the Atlantic: Danny Howard is bringing a new EDM radio show to SiriusXM. We asked Howard about the show, his influences and what it’s like to have Paul Oakenfold as one of his managers.…

  9. Buena Vista Social Club Plots Farewell Tour

    November 07, 2013 5:30 PM EST The global Cuban phenomenon will say "Adios" with world tour in 2014-2015 Buena Vista Social Club, which began as a group of Cuban senior citizens who rose to global stardom after being recruited by Ry Cooder for a historic recording session in Havana, will reportedly say "…

  10. Catch a Fire: Label Tweaks Formula for 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Soundtrack

    October 30, 2013 4:30 PM EDT In early October, executives from Republic Records were attending a film premiere and discussing the promotion of a soundtrack. As much as they were proud of the film receiving its Los Angeles debut that night-Greg Camalier's documentary "Muscle Shoals"-and its Republic…

  11. The Who's 'Quadrophenia' At 40: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    October 19, 2013 4:52 PM EDT The Who's second rock opera, "Quadrophenia," released 40 years ago in October 1973, was Pete Townshend's homage to an earlier moment in British youth culture. Composed entirely by Townshend, the 17-song opus told the story of Jimmy, a member of the Mods -- a U.K.…

  12. Brian Wilson Says Album With Jeff Beck Is 'Different Than Anything I've Ever Done'

    October 14, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Album is two-thirds done; Beck says, "There's a style about the melody and the chords that I think he wants to recapture some of the 'Pet Sounds' flavor" Brian Wilson is well aware of all those rumors about three different albums he's working on. But, Wilson…

  13. Jeff Beck Exploring Middle East on Next Album, Talks Stalled Rod Stewart Project

    October 11, 2013 2:30 PM EDT The legendary guitarist, currently on the road with Brian Wilson, talks next album and offers a sharp assessment of Stewart: "He prefers (soccer), and maybe that's the problem. I'm not holding my breath" Noting that he "could easily do a rock album, but so could a…

  14. Legends and Rising Stars Share Stage at 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 10, 2013 7:14 AM EDT With performances by Gerardo Ortiz, Los Tigres del Norte, Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga, Joan Sebastian, Roberto Tapia, and many more, the 2013 Mexican Music Awards brought a remarkable line-up of legends and leading young artists together on stage for a night of live television…

  15. Dogfish Head Releasing Grateful Dead-Themed Beer

    October 09, 2013 10:06 PM EDT The Grateful Dead lives on with Cherry Garcia, an ice cream flavor offered by Ben & Jerry's that is named after Jerry Garcia, the band's late frontman. Now, the legendary rock band finds itself part of a drink -- an alcoholic beverage, at that. Delaware craft brewery Dogfish…

  16. Prince Royce Takes Major Step With 'Soy el Mismo': Watch a Track-By-Track Interview

    October 08, 2013 10:30 AM EDT In 2002, when he was 13 years old, Geoffrey Rojas decided he wanted to be a singer. It took him six years to develop a sound, a look and an identity, to turn himself into Prince Royce. It took him another two years to top the charts, and one more to release the top-selling Latin…

  17. Steven Curtis Chapman, 'Something Beautiful': Exclusive Song Premiere

    September 24, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Christian music star talks about his 18th album, "The Glorious Unfolding," and the surprising support he's received from One Direction's drummer With an unprecedented 57 Dove Awards to his credit as well as five Grammys and dozens of No. 1 singles, Christian music…

  18. Country Singer Marvin Rainwater Dies at 88

    September 22, 2013 8:30 PM EDT Marvin Rainwater, a popular country recording artist of the 1950s, died on Sept. 17 after a brief illness. He was 88. Born July 2, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas, Rainwater grew up during the Great Depression. He was enamored by music – but it wasn't country that captivated him initially. He…

  19. Cooking With 2 Chainz: Eating Our Way Through His 'Meal Time' Recipes

    September 18, 2013 4:40 PM EDT Chainz was my therapist this past weekend and he didn't even know it. From Friday night to Sunday night (September 13-15), omitting mornings (2 Chainz apparently sleeps through breakfast), I cooked dishes from his and Chef Aleem's cookbook, "#Meal Time." The 15…

  20. Black Label Society, 'In This River' Live: Exclusive Video Premiere

    September 17, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Zakk Wylde tees up a live album of "intense" acoustic metal, talks union musicians, Beck's "Sea Change" and what's in store for BLS' next studio LP: "It'll have all the heavy riffs" Whatever you do, don't refer to "Unblackened…

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