1. 'Source Energy and Universal Truths': Exploring The New Music of Jaden & Willow Smith

    November 26, 2014 3:55 PM EST The world focused on an outlandish interview, but what about the music the interview was promoting? It's been a little over a week, and yet, I still can’t get over this . Jaden and Willow Smith 's joint exclusive with the New York Times ' T Magazine is difficult to wrap one&…

  2. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  3. Darius Rucker's First Christmas Album a Mix of Crooner & Modern

    November 25, 2014 5:31 PM EST Home for the Holidays is the first holiday album from Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker . The Grand Ole Opry member tells Billboard it was something he had been considering for awhile. "The label has been asking for the last four or five years if I was going to do a…

  4. Bob Dylan Plays 'Unbelievable' Show for One Superfan

    November 25, 2014 11:42 AM EST On Sunday (Nov. 23), Bob Dylan performed for just one person -- probably the smallest audience the singer has encountered since his days as Robert Zimmerman. Who was the lucky guy? Fredrik Wikingsson, a Swedish TV personality. He was told Dylan would play for him, but given the empty room,…

  5. Rewinding the Charts: 25 Years Ago, Milli Vanilli Made History on the Hot 100

    November 25, 2014 11:05 AM EST The duo was famously revealed for its lip-synching and stripped of its Grammy, but not before achieving a Billboard first. MILII VANILLI – French-born Fabrice Morvan and German Rob Pilatus – was on a historic roll, as, on Nov. 25, 1989, "Blame It on the Rain" became the duo's…

  6. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  7. Corner Office: Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, on Surviving Scandal and Setting Up Shop on the Sunset Strip

    November 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST The guitarist-turned-CEO on reimagining a 118-year-old company, surviving scandal and setting up shop on the Sunset Strip. A conversation with Henry Juszkiewicz , chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, is as colorful as his office and conference room -- peppered with rustic asides and anecdotes…

  8. Code Picks of the Week: Brodinski, Frank & Tony, Giraffage

    November 21, 2014 5:17 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Brodinski ft. SD – I Can't Help Myself [Bromance] The Bromance boss does not disappoint on his forthcoming album's first single,…

  9. Get in the Ring With Skrillex For Bare-Knuckled New ‘F--- That’ Video

    November 21, 2014 3:24 PM EST Nabil -- the tastemaking director who’s directed great videos for the likes of Frank Ocean , FKA Twigs , and Antony and the Johnsons -- is back with a cinematic take on Skrillex’s “Fuck That.” FKA Twigs Plays A Goddess In 'Two Weeks' Video: Watch Follow the streetfighting…

  10. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  11. Jason Isbell Asked to Audition for 'The Voice', Mockingly Denies Offer

    November 20, 2014 1:06 AM EST After more than a decade in the business, Jason Isbell might be good enough for primetime NBC. This year's Americana Music Awards Album of the Year winner was recently asked to audition for The Voice by one of the show's talent producers, an email of which Isbell posted to…

  12. Top Booking Agents On Double-Weekend Festivals: 'It's Bad' For Young Bands

    November 19, 2014 11:05 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, six top execs spoke up about mega-festivals adding second weekends to their programming. Adding a second weekend has led to record grosses and attendance for mega-festivals Coachella and Austin City Limits, where acts are often paid…

  13. Zooey Deschanel Keeps Dancing on Her Own in She & Him's 'Stay Awhile' Video

    November 19, 2014 9:37 PM EST Zooey Deschanel is a great physical actress, as evidenced by her slapstick antics on New Girl , but she clearly needs a little digital help pulling off the visual tricks in the just-released She & Him video for "Stay Awhile." How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She &…

  14. Inside the Brooklyn Pizzeria That Has Hip-Hop Artists From A$AP Rocky to Action Bronson Salivating

    November 18, 2014 6:56 PM EST What would a hip-hop pizzeria look like? From the outside, Williamsburg's Best Pizza is indistinguishable from any other Brooklyn dollar-slice joint, but chef-owner Frank Pinello 's acclaimed pies and an ear-splitting hip-hop playlist that includes The Notorious B.I.G. , Nas and…

  15. Veteran Concert Promoter Ron Delsener Dishes on His Milestone-Packed Career Booking David Bowie, The Beatles and More

    November 17, 2014 3:00 PM EST The recipient of Billboard's Golden Circle Award discusses his milestone-packed 50-year career as a concert promoter. What are some of the memorable shows you’ve booked? Ron Delsener: There are thousands of them: the Halloween celebrations that Frank Zappa did at the Palladium; David…

  16. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Doobie Brothers Earn Highest Charting Album Since 1980

    November 14, 2014 10:05 PM EST Also debuting: Ellen DeGeneres’ new holiday compilation On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 , selling 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Only two new albums started in the top 10: Bette Midler’s It’s the…

  17. Exclusive Sneak Peek From The Rolling Stones' $10,000 Photo Book

    November 14, 2014 5:10 PM EST The Rolling Stones are not just the world's greatest rock 'n, roll band, they also are its most well-documented. That's not just a mattter of longevity (52 years and counting). The Stones recognized the power of the camera right from the start: the U.K. cover of their…

  18. Billboard Legend of Live Honoree Lionel Richie Remembers His Time With The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson (and His Snake)

    November 14, 2014 3:54 PM EST Lionel Richie splays his body over an armchair in his palatial Beverly Hills mansion, with a scarf wrapped around his neck and The Police playing on the sound system. "I don't need five or six homes," he says. "I just need one good one." In fact, Richie, 65, owns…

  19. Tomorrow's Hits: MisterWives, Raskins & Kyle Dion

    November 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. MisterWives New York-based MisterWives cruise onto Alternative Songs with their first airplay chart hit, "Reflections." The quirky alt…

  20. Album Review: T Bone Burnett Gathers All-Star Bob Dylan Tribute With 'Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes'

    November 12, 2014 3:09 PM EST "They were just songs we had done for the publishing company," Bob Dylan once said of the music he recorded with The Band (some of it in his living room, some of it in their basement) over six months in 1967. Whatever else those sessions might have been -- an exploration of the…

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