1. Le1f Signs to Terrible Records/XL Recordings, Listen to New Single 'Boom': Exclusive

    February 21, 2014 10:42 AM EST The New York rapper and producer Le1f – who with the release of standout 2012 Internet single "Wut" became one of the most visible members of hip-hop’s queer, left wing – has signed a multiple-album recording agreement with Terrible Records as a part of its joint venture deal with…

  2. NEEDTOBREATHE Announces Tour, Debuts New Track 'State I'm In' (Exclusive)

    February 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST When NEEDTOBREATHE kicks off their upcoming tour May 1st  at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO most fans will have no idea what a rocky road it was for the band to get there. In fact, lead vocalist Bear Rinehart admits they came very close to calling it quits, but somewhere in making…

  3. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  4. Ruben Studdard Talks New Album, Big Weight Loss: 'This Time It's for Me'

    February 11, 2014 10:44 AM EST Ruben Studdard, aka the Velvet Teddy Bear, formally returned to the music scene this month with a new album, new single and new label.  Released Feb. 4 by Verve Records, "Unconditional Love" marks Studdard's sixth album since claiming the "American Idol" crown in 2003…

  5. Girls' Generation Announces Comeback Single 'Mr.Mr.,' New Album

    February 10, 2014 9:59 PM EST Anticipation is high for the girl group's new visual after winning the YouTube Music Awards' inaugural Video of the Year Girls' Generation has announced its return to the K-pop scene with a 40-second teaser video for new single "Mr.Mr." that will lead off…

  6. Sasquatch! Music Festival: Outkast, Soundgarden, Robyn Top Separate Lineups

    February 04, 2014 10:36 AM EST Washington state festival now taking place on Memorial Day weekend and Fourth Of July weekend. The Sasquatch! Music Festival, located at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash., is expanding to two patriotic weekends in 2014, with completely unique lineups for its standard Memorial Day weekend and new…

  7. Chart Highlights: Passenger Rides To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Let Her Go'

    February 03, 2014 6:30 PM EST The song tops another chart, months after breaking through in the U.K. Plus, new No. 1s for John Legend, Lorde, Luke Bryan 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…

  8. Bob Dylan, U2, Drake Among Super Bowl Ads - Watch All Music Commercials

    February 03, 2014 12:52 AM EST Diddy, Sarah McLachlan and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider were also in ad cameos. Music dominated Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night (Feb. 2) just as much at the Seattle Seahawks did -– and not just Bruno Mars’ soulful halftime performance with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers . U2, Bob Dylan, Diddy,…

  9. John Cacavas, Composer for 'Kojak' and 'Hawaii Five-O,' Dead at 83

    January 31, 2014 5:05 PM EST Film and TV composer John Cacavas, whose scores include the television series "Kojak" and "Hawaii Five-O," died Jan. 28 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 83.  A member of ASCAP’s Board of Directors from 1993 to 2001, Cacavas began writing for television and then…

  10. Enrique Iglesias Gets His 'Freak' On In Fleshy Video With Pitbull: Watch

    January 31, 2014 2:45 PM EST Enrique Iglesias' new video for "I'm a Freak," featuring Pitbull, is an eye-popping smorgasbord of skin and booze, employing a bar-raising level of twerking that would make Miley Cyrus blush, all set to a relentless disco-pop beat and starring a few dozen of the Latin…

  11. Ask Billboard: Disney's Biggest Billboard Hits

    January 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST Readers check in on 'Frozen,' Aloe Blacc's fast-rising 'The Man' and the best-selling 'American Idol' singles As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  12. Lorde on Her First GRAMMYs: 'Sounds Like Prom on 'Roids' (Q&A)

    January 26, 2014 4:39 PM EST Were it not for indie bands Bon Iver and Grizzly Bear, we might not have Lorde (nee Ella Yelich-O'Connor), the 17-year-old phenom whose harmony-mashing "Royals" topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts for nine weeks in 2013 and garnered a half-million plays on U.S. radio. Her…

  13. Kris Kristofferson, Beatles Honored at Special Merit Awards Ceremony

    January 26, 2014 1:19 PM EST The unofficial theme for the Recording Academy's laughter-filled Special Merit Awards ceremony could easily have been old friends. When Ringo Starr and Kris Kristofferson ran into each other on the red carpet Saturday, they bear-hugged it out. "I'm just going to hug you first,…

  14. Beyonce Tipped to Perform at Michelle Obama’s 50th B’day Bash

    January 18, 2014 3:27 AM EST Michelle Obama turned 50 on Friday and promptly showed off her AARP card. "Excited to join Barack in the 50+ club today ... check out my @AARP card!" the first lady told her more than 600,000 Twitter followers in a post that included a photo of her smiling and holding up the red…

  15. Bubbling Under: Swon Brothers Set Sail At Country Radio

    January 17, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Swon Brothers, Kodaline, Bear Hands and Bando Jonez Swon Brothers Although the Swon Brothers gained valuable exposure as finalists on the…

  16. Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' Tour: 8 Things to Expect

    January 16, 2014 3:13 AM EST After Miley Cyrus dominated 2013's headlines with shocking awards show moments on international stages -- twerking with teddy bears in Brooklyn, smoking a joint in Amsterdam and singing with space kittens in Los Angeles -- the possibilities are unlimited for what the singer will do on…

  17. Miley Cyrus: Marc Jacobs Photographer Refused to Shoot Star

    January 10, 2014 3:45 PM EST Miley Cyrus retracted her tongue and bubbly persona for Marc Jacobs new spring/summer 2014 campaign. While we’ve become quite accustomed to seeing Miley twerking on teddy bears and wearing unitards that are three sizes too small, we actually love the toned down look she rocks in the…

  18. Black Sabbath, Converse Kick-Off New Line of Sneakers

    January 10, 2014 12:30 AM EST Converse has just announced a Black Sabbath collection based on its classic Chuck Taylor All-Star sneaker design, which may be more of a brilliantly synergistic marketing concept than anyone could have ever guessed. A quick look at the lives of Chuck Taylor and Ozzy Osborne would seem to bear…

  19. William Hurt to Play Modern-Day Gregg Allman in 'Midnight Rider' Biopic

    January 06, 2014 11:18 PM EST William Hurt will play current-day Gregg Allman in the biopic “Midnight Rider” that is scheduled to begin shooting in February in Savannah, Ga. Tyson Ritter, lead singer of the All American Rejects, is playing young Gregg Allman with Wyatt Russell as guitarist Duane Allman. Hurt, most…

  20. Rick Ross Allowed to Keep Stage Name Under First Amendment

    December 30, 2013 8:33 PM EST The rapper was challenged in court by drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross With a First Amendment bullet, hip-hop superstar Rick Ross has shot down a lawsuit from a former drug kingpin who ruled Los Angeles during the 1980s. That drug kingpin was "Freeway" Ricky Ross, who…

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