1. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  2. Gorgon City, BJ the Chicago Kid & Gregory Porter: Billboard Twitter Emerging Picks of the Week

    October 10, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Heading into autumn, Billboard brings you three tracks from our Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart with one theme in mind: feeling good. Whether an inspiring DJ-backed beat, a slow R&B groove, or a lively jazz tune, this week's selections are certain to relax and enliven.…

  3. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  4. Dean Wareham & Eleanor Friedberger Talk Live-Scoring 'Unseen Warhol Films'

    September 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Live music meets Warhol's 'home movies' at an upcoming series of shows. Jeff Koons can make statues of pop stars like Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga until the end of time, but it's safe to say no art world figure will ever mean as much to rock music as Andy Warhol . And…

  5. 10 Biggest 'Shake' Singles in Billboard Hot 100 History

    August 27, 2014 2:30 PM EDT After leaving country music in the dust and crafting her first unabashed pop single, Taylor Swift scored her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Shake It Off." Aside from the fact that "Shake It Off" is an undeniable earworm, you can credit part of its…

  6. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 27, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Swift's new single blasts in at No. 1, thanks to hefty sales, streaming and airplay. Plus, Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' vaults 39-2 following the premiere of its video. Taylor Swift rockets onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 1 with "Shake It Off."…

  7. Lenny Kravitz to Play iTunes Festival in London

    August 20, 2014 11:43 PM EDT Apple's iTunes Festival in London has added Lenny Kravitz , Rudimental , Elbow and Paolo Nutini to its lineup of headliners. The eighth annual event will once again take place throughout September at The Roundhouse in the Camden neighborhood of the British capital. Listen to Lenny…

  8. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  9. Lindsey Stirling Partners With Maker Studios

    August 19, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Maker Studios has partnered with violinist Lindsey Stirling , whose top-rated YouTube channel boasts more than 5 million subscribers who have watched videos of her unique style of classical dubstep more than a half-billion times. The partnership will afford Stirling access to production…

  10. Ryan Adams, Jessie Ware & More Added to London iTunes Festival

    August 19, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Sam Smith, Maroon 5, 5 Seconds of Summer & more already announced as headliners. Ryan Adams , Jessie Ware , Lenny Kravitz and another dozen-plus artists have been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London, joining previously announced headliners Maroon 5 , Sam Smith and 5…

  11. Bob Hine, Founder of U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, Dies

    July 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT 'He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years,' producer Robin Millar says. Bob Hine, a founder of the Music Producers Guild, died Saturday in New Milton, U.K., after a two-year struggle with cancer, according to the…

  12. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  13. Herb Jeffries, Pioneering Black Singing Cowboy of the Movies, Dies at 100

    May 26, 2014 4:02 AM EDT Herb Jeffries, the first black singing cowboy of the movies who starred in such 1930s films as Harlem on the Prairie and The Bronze Buckaroo, has died, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 100. Jeffries, who later became a recording star as a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, died…

  14. The Best & Worst Dressed Artist of The Week: Kat Graham and Zendaya Coleman

    April 25, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Kat Graham Kat Graham, you do flirty spring style so well.  Rocking a colorful number, Kat snatched our attention at ELLE’s 5th annual Women In Music concert celebration on…

  15. Drake Lint-Rolled His Pants Courtside at the Raptors-Nets Game

    April 24, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Drake, getting clean courtside on April 22 Social media went a little crazy this week after a clip (and then GIFs) of Drake (or “Champagne Papi” on Instagram ) lint rolling his pants courtside at the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets playoff game surfaced on the interwebs. In Drizzy’s defense…

  16. The Best & Worst Dressed Artist of The Week: Solange Knowles & Justin Bieber

    April 18, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Solange Knowles Solange Knowles is truly a daring dresser. The singer can pull off bright color combinations and bold looks like no one else. However, she recently has been…

  17. Adam Levine Designs Women’s Fashion Line for Kmart With Fiance

    April 18, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Fashion industry experience may not be required to make a splash in it as a designer. Adam Levine proved this notion as he took on womenswear for Kmart. The Maroon 5 frontman is celebrating the launch of his new summer women’s collection for Kmart after the successful release of the menswear…

  18. Selena Gomez Launches Adidas NEO Summer Collection

    April 17, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Selena Gomez has officially launched her new Summer 2014 collection with Adidas NEO. Our thoughts on the new collection: totally rad. It’s not a shock the line is cool considering Gomez has recently been spotted hanging with Anna Wintour and Donatella Versace. Photos provided by Adidas The …

  19. Pharrell Williams’ 'i am OTHER' UNIQLO Line on Sale Now

    April 15, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Pharrell Williams recently cried tears of joy on OWN’s “Oprah Prime” while watching fan-made "Happy" videos . Aside from that infectious beat that seems to make the world a better place, the singer has an equally contagious sense of style. Coachella 2014: Pharrell Williams Rules…

  20. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Taylor Swift and Rita Ora

    April 11, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Taylor Swift Taylor Swift ditched the sparkly romantic look for an ultra sexy number at the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday,…

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