1. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  2. NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors

    February 23, 2014 8:19 AM EST "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards, which honor the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The historical epic's four…

  3. Wig Designer: Nicki Minaj Stole His Designs

    February 21, 2014 9:46 PM EST A former wig designer for rapper Nicki Minaj sued the performer Friday, accusing her of walking away from business plans, then making money by selling wigs based on his designs without permission. Related Articles Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj: Whose New Video Is Best? Nicki Minaj…

  4. Amid Violence, La Vida Boheme Frontman Turns to Twitter Activism as His Songs Become Protest Anthems

    February 21, 2014 9:14 PM EST Henry D’Arthenay, the leader of Venezuelan rock group La Vida Boheme, has spent most of the past week inside his home in Caracas, communicating with bandmates who live on neighboring streets via Skype and tweeting videos of street violence, blockade alerts and lists of names of student…

  5. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Talk 'Common Ground' Album, Premiere 'All By Myself' Song: Listen Exclusively

    February 19, 2014 10:25 AM EST For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records, and today (Feb. 19) Billboard…

  6. St. Vincent Performs at Diane Von Furstenberg’s 40th Anniversary Show

    February 10, 2014 11:50 AM EST “If I can’t show it / you can’t see me / What’s the point of doing anything?” St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, sings on “Digital Witness,” a musical thinkpiece about life in the age of Instagram. That lyric, from her self-titled fourth solo album (due Feb. 25) on Loma Vista/Republic, doubled…

  7. CODE Picks of the Week: Banks, Henry Fong, Sam Smith, And More

    January 31, 2014 4:35 PM EST Banks, “Brain” [Harvest] With production courtesy of Shlomo, “Brain” becomes yet another intoxicating perfume from the singer we still can’t get enough of. Henry Fong, “Stand Up” [OWSLA] Buzzy newcomer drops a bomb on Skrillex's OWSLA. It's got festival-sized taste with none of…

  8. Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Gallops to No. 1 On Hot 100

    January 29, 2014 12:00 PM EST The song, featuring Juicy J, becomes Perry's ninth leader and the second from 'PRISM,' among other notable achievements. Plus, Jason Derulo soars into the Hot 100's top 10 Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, races into the Billboard…

  9. Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch in 2014: Ladies' Code, GOT7 and More

    January 28, 2014 4:30 PM EST It's not easy to predict who's going to breakout in K-pop. Backed by one of South Korea's top record labels, twelve-member boy band EXO finally broke big time with "Growl," that helped them  compete with established K-pop acts' YouTube views and single…

  10. How Anne Hathaway, Jenny Lewis Built Johnny Flynn's Musical Identity in 'Song One'

    January 22, 2014 2:41 PM EST Among the scripted films making their premieres at Sundance, one film stands out as the most musical: "Song One." Set in Brooklyn and including cameos from locals Elizabeth Zinman of Elizabeth and the Catapult, DJ Dan Deacon and gospel-blues singer Naomi Shelton, "Song One"…

  11. Bruce Springsteen's Son Joins New Jersey’s Fire Department

    January 22, 2014 1:52 AM EST Bruce Springsteen’s youngest son, Sam, was just 8 years old when his father released "The Rising," a reflection on the 9/11 attacks with songs of brave firemen going into the fire to save lives while risking their own. from the Monmouth County Fire Academy in Howell, NJ. Springsteen…

  12. 56th GRAMMY Awards Preview: Song of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:15 PM EST A closer look at the stellar tunes that earned song of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards. These five tunes are nominated for song of the year at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014). Jump To: Album of the Year | Record of the Year BILLBOARD GRAMMY® BEST NEW…

  13. Funeral Held for Fallen Poet and Activist Amiri Baraka

    January 18, 2014 6:50 PM EST A cacophony of bagpipes, African drums and jazz riffs creatively blended -- much like the elements of an Amiri Baraka poem -- at the Saturday funeral for the activist-writer and a founder of the Black Arts Movement, who died earlier this month . The service, held at Newark Symphony Hall,…

  14. Joe Henry Has New Solo Album, Johnny Cash Project Lined Up for 2014

    December 17, 2013 8:00 AM EST After spending the past few years producing albums for Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Bragg, Hugh Laurie, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, Over the Rhine and others, Joe Henry plans to return to the artist realm in 2014 with a new set called "Invisible Hour." "I'm…

  15. Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall Dead at 83

    December 10, 2013 7:51 PM EST Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said. Hall died in his sleep after a short illness…

  16. One Direction Joins Up With 'Anchorman' Co-Stars on 'Saturday Night Live'

    December 08, 2013 1:29 AM EST The boys of One Direction got the chance to test out their acting abilities, appearing alongside the stars of "Anchorman" on "Saturday Night Live" last night (Dec. 7). The band appeared in two sketches in addition to performing two cuts from new No. 1 album "…

  17. 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…

  18. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  19. CODE First Play: MAKJ & Henry Fong, 'Encore'

    November 26, 2013 11:25 AM EST Mackenzie Johnson is on a roll. The 23 year-old DJ and producer known as MAKJ played TomorrowWorld’s main stage, opened for Bingo Players on their Rattle & Roll Tour, and wrapped up an official remix for Nervo. And that’s just since September. He teams with another rising star producer…

  20. CODE Picks of the Week: Baauer & RL Grime, HNNY and More

    November 15, 2013 3:01 PM EST Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below and tell us what you think in the comments section. Baauer & RL Grime, “Infinite Daps” [Priority Records] “Epic” and “trap” don't usually go together, but young princes…

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