1. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:25 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned album of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. These five artistic statements are in the running for the album of the year honor at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). Jump To: Song of the Year |…

  2. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Record of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:20 PM EST A closer look at the songs that earned record of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards. These songs are all vying for record of the year at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014). Jump To: Song of the Year | Album of the Year BILLBOARD GRAMMY® BEST NEW ARTIST NOMINEE…

  3. Ani DiFranco Cancels Songwriting Retreat at Former Plantation

    December 30, 2013 9:09 PM EST Ani DiFranco has canceled an upcoming artist retreat that was scheduled to be held at a resort in Louisiana. The reason? The resort in question is a former slave plantation. DiFranco's "Righteous Retreat in the Big Easy," a four-day workshop for artists that focuses on…

  4. Kanye West Sued Over Sample in 'Bound 2'

    December 25, 2013 5:20 PM EST Ricky Spicer, singer from The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, sued West over a sample in the song's chorus While Seth Rogen, James Franco and Ellen Degeneres got plenty of laughs for spoofing Kanye West's "Bound 2" single, one former soul singer is less than pleased by the…

  5. Chart Highlights: OneRepublic Tops Adult Pop Songs, Beyonce Bows At R&B/Hip-Hop

    December 16, 2013 4:35 PM EST Plus, new No. 1s for late legend Donna Summer, Eli Young Band, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on…

  6. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  7. Kanye West's 'Bound 2' Hits Top Five on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    December 05, 2013 8:16 PM EST Kanye West’s “Bound 2” shakes up an otherwise quiet top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with a 24-3 catapult in its fourth week. The impressive lift is due primarily to a double-barreled streaming surge. After a two-week run on the list in July coinciding with the No. 1 debut of host album …

  8. Kanye West Slams Nike During Concert Rant

    November 28, 2013 11:00 AM EST Kanye West continued to vent at former partner Nike, taking to the mic during a concert again this week to complain about his treatment by the sports apparel company. West spent more than 6 minutes talking and singing about the company during his "The Yeezus Tour" stop Wednesday…

  9. James Franco and Seth Rogen Recreate Kanye West's 'Bound 2' Video

    November 25, 2013 3:20 PM EST "While on the set of their movie, 'The Interview,' James Franco & Seth Rogen felt inspired to recreate their favorite new video. Shot. For. Shot." From "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to "SNL's" "Waking Up With Kimye," The Kanye West…

  10. Chart Highlights: Cage The Elephant Returns To No. 1 On Rock Airplay, Alternative Songs

    November 11, 2013 7:30 PM EST Cage the Elephant hits No. 1 on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs, One Direction debuts on Pop Songs and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  11. Kanye West, Selena Gomez Among Artists in 30 Seconds to Mars' 'City of Angels': Watch

    October 29, 2013 8:07 PM EDT Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, James Franco and Selena Gomez are among the famous faces waxing poetic about Los Angeles in "City of Angels," a 10-minute short directed by 30 Seconds To Mars' Jared Leto. With clips spliced between performance shots of the band, Hollywood icons --…

  12. CMJ 2013: 10 Can't Miss Acts And Panels

    October 14, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The CMJ Music Marathon can be great for discovering that hot new buzz act with the most preposterous name so you can joke about it with your friends. And yeah, there's a lot of great, you know, music , to be seen across New York City from Oct. 15 to 20. There's also an awful lot…

  13. Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' & 12 More Two-Album/One-Year Releases

    October 01, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Justin Timberlake released “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2,” the other half of his comeback spring album yesterday (Sept. 30). With the singer performing at both the iTunes and iHeartRadio Music Festivals recently, recent talk show appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ”Late Night with Jimmy…

  14. Arcade Fire Debuts New Music, Recruits Celebrity Friends for 'SNL,' Concert Special

    September 29, 2013 2:04 AM EDT Arcade Fire owned NBC's Saturday night. The rock band took to the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" for the live debut (outside secret shows) of its newest single, "Reflektor," as well as the full debut of "Afterlife" -- both songs from the group&…

  15. Justin Bieber Gets Slapped Around on 'Between Two Ferns': Watch

    September 26, 2013 12:12 PM EDT "When you're in the recording studio, do you ever think to yourself 'Hey what if I don't make something shitty?' Does that pop into your mind in the process?" That's just a taste of the verbal (and physical?) lashing that Justin Bieber receives from…

  16. Julio Iglesias Turns 70: Celebrate With Some of His Best Loved Songs

    September 23, 2013 10:00 PM EDT Julio Iglesias turns 70 today (Sept. 23), and pop music's archetypal Latin lover is still busy romancing fans around the world. Julio Iglesias turns 70 today (Sept. 23), and pop music's archetypal Latin lover is still busy romancing fans around the world. The first U.S. date on…

  17. Ricky Martin to Fans: Write My World Cup Song

    September 13, 2013 4:34 PM EDT Sony will launch "Super Song" contest in December to create a track for upcoming World Cup album, but it will NOT be the official anthem Ricky Martin is inviting fans to enter an international contest created by Sony to write a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil song which he will record.…

  18. Mecano’s José María Cano Addresses Berklee College of Music Valencia's First Graduating Class

    July 23, 2013 11:31 PM EDT Pioneering pop artist says “Getting into the music world today is very brave.” José Maria Cano, the songwriter and musician who founded the pioneering Spanish pop group Mecano with singer Ana Torroja and his brother Nacho, gave the commencement address to the first graduating class at the…

  19. Good Rats Singer Peppi Marchello Dies

    July 11, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Long Island rock legend Peppi Marchello, who for decades fronted The Good Rats, lovingly dubbed "the world's most famous unknown band," died on Wednesday of an apparent cardiac arrest. He was 68. The news of his death was first announced on the band's Facebook page ,…

  20. Beyonce Headlines 'Chime for Change' Charity Concert for Women in London

    June 01, 2013 10:30 PM EDT Beyonce and a few famous friends — including John Legend , Jennifer Lopez and Madonna — turned the home of English rugby into a fortress for women's rights at a star-studded charity concert . Beyonce headlined a concert at Twickenham rugby stadium in London in support of Chime for…

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