1. Kings Of Leon Loosen Up In 'Supersoaker' Video: Watch

    August 06, 2013 12:46 PM EDT Kings Of Leon's forthcoming "Mechanical Bull" album is very much a comeback record, after their 2008 breakout "Only By The Night" was followed by the disappointingly heavy-handed "Come Around Sundown." The music video for solid first single "…

  2. Essence Festival 2013: Beyonce, Tamia, Janelle Monae Take Over The Superdome

    July 08, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The last day of the 19th annual Essence Music Festival started around 8 a.m. CDT at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, with an all-star gospel tribute to Donnie McClurkin and Tramaine Hawkins, and finished around 1 a.m. Monday morning (July 8) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when…

  3. Mayer Hawthorne Talks 'Fun' New Album, 'Where Does This Door Go'

    July 01, 2013 12:58 PM EDT Known for his creative control, Mayer Hawthorne invited superstar producers to boost 'Where Does This Door Go.' Plus: Watch exclusive clips of Hawthorne discussing three of the album's tracks. A camera follows Mayer Hawthorne through a dark corridor and into a bar. "I…

  4. Remember The Time: Barenaked Ladies Describe Writing 'One Week' As A 'Freestyle'

    June 20, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Fifteen years ago, Canadian pop-rockers Barenaked Ladies scored one of the strangest Top 10 hits of all time with "One Week," a half-sung, half-rapped ode to watching "X Files" with no lights on, Sailor Moon, and of course, chinese chicken (and that's just the…

  5. Barenaked Ladies: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    June 18, 2013 11:15 AM EDT The quartet chats about its new album 'Grinning Streak' and its 25-year history as a band known for humor (as well as the financial climate of New Brunswick …) "I think the record is more upbeat. It's our second as a four-piece. When we made the last record, it was…

  6. Barenaked Ladies Chart Their Five Favorite Songs

    June 13, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Sure, we could rank Barenaked Ladies' top five songs. But ... why not go right to the source - the group members themselves - and ask them to pick their faves? We did. Hear what they chose. At Billboard, we like to think we know a little bit (and hopefully a lot more) about how to…

  7. Queens of the Stone Age Get First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    June 12, 2013 11:00 AM EDT 0 Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" debuts at No. 3 on the Digital Songs chart As forecast last week, rock band Queens of the Stone Age earns its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The group's new album, ". . . Like Clockwork," opens atop the…

  8. Hanson Go Big on New Album 'Anthem'

    May 22, 2013 10:45 AM EDT New album features collabs with Fitz and the Tantrums, a throwback sound Hanson had their fans in mind when writing their sixth studio album, "Anthem."  "It's got a lot of big sounding songs," Taylor Hanson tells Billboard about the album, out June 18. "We…

  9. Daft Punk, 'Random Access Memories': Track-By-Track Review

    May 13, 2013 6:43 PM EDT There's a point on "Doin' It Right," the penultimate track on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," where the album's utter lack of post-modern ambitions smacks the listener in the face. "Everybody will be dancing and be feeling all right!…

  10. 615 Spotlight: Mickie James 'Excited to Kick Ass' Outside the Ring

    May 08, 2013 3:10 PM EDT Professional wrestler releases her debut album, "Somebody's Gonna Pay," on E1 Mickie James releases her debut album, "Somebody's Gonna Pay," this week, and she says getting the disc out is bringing about a full slate of emotions. "The full album is out, it…

  11. As I Lay Dying Frontman Tim Lambesis Arrested over Plot to Kill Wife

    May 07, 2013 11:23 PM EDT As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis has been arrested for allegedly conspiring to have his estranged wife murdered. In a press release titled "Murder for Hire Plot Foiled," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Lambesis was arrested "without incident" on…

  12. Willie Nelson: Still a Country Maverick After 80 Years

    April 29, 2013 3:35 AM EDT America loves its outlaws, and few are as admired and lionized as Willie Nelson. As the enduring American icon's 80th birthday has approached, he's been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances and saluted by musicians from every genre of music.…

  13. Rod Stewart: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 26, 2013 5:25 PM EDT This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. Rod Stewart does not disappoint-even his driveway befits a rock star. Actually, it's a gated road, and it sprawls uphill toward a chateau-like Beverly Hills manse, its considerable expanse lined…

  14. Rod Stewart Thrills at L.A. Club Show: Live Review

    April 26, 2013 2:32 PM EDT "I think I'm Rod Stewart." Those were the first words uttered to the audience at the iconic rocker's semi-private concert on Thursday (April 25) at Los Angeles' legendary Troubadour club; the 10-song set (and one reprise) that followed was much more declarative.…

  15. Coachella Analysis: Phoenix Punks The Daft Rumors, Creates Magic with R. Kelly

    April 14, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Daft Punk, a group that is not scheduled to perform at the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, has hovered over this year's Indio gathering like a robotic specter the whole world is waiting to become human. There was Friday's impromptu teaser trailer for the French…

  16. Future: A Day in the Life At SXSW

    March 18, 2013 12:25 PM EDT 'From the beginning, I treated myself like a superstar,' the Atlanta rapper says. Future would rather be known as a rock star, if anything. The Atlanta rapper rarely roams outside his comfort zone, his very own outer space. He chooses to stay secluded unless interacting with…

  17. Joey Bada$$ Talks New Album, Performs With Pro Era: Video

    February 26, 2013 11:30 AM EST Joey Bada$$ adjusts to life as a hip-hop's new golden boy. In January, the same month he celebrated his 18th birthday, lanky rapper Joey Bada$$ was named creative director of Ecko Unltd., the pioneering streetwear brand founded by Marc Ecko in 1993. As creative director, Bada$$, born…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: As 'Girls' Joins 'Glee' On Billboard Charts ... What If They Got Together?

    February 08, 2013 10:05 AM EST HBO's 'Girls' is having more of an influence on Billboard charts lately than Fox's 'Glee.' Chart Beat offers a solution to reverse the latter series' chart fortunes – and make the former's even stronger. HBO's "Girls" has quickly…

  19. Grammys 2013 Preview: Song of the Year

    February 06, 2013 6:23 PM EST A closer look at the stellar tunes that earned Song of the Year nominations for the 2013 Grammy awards. These five tunes are nominated for Song of the Year at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (February 10). Jump To: Album of the Year | Record of the Year | Best New Artist…

  20. Rolling Stones Start Up Reunion With London Blowout

    November 26, 2012 11:30 AM EST th Anniversary Kicks Off at O2 ... Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor Make Rare Cameos ... Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck Guest Star ... 150 Minutes of Sweaty Rock n' Roll "It took us 50 years to get from Dartford to Greenwich," said Mick Jagger to 20,000 close friends on Sunday night, at…

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