1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  2. Meet Indiana, Your New Favorite Pop Artist

    July 01, 2014 1:41 PM EDT With the scorching single "Solo Dancing" already an overseas hit, the U.K. singer-songwriter is ready to break big. Indiana's "Solo Dancing" is a song about constant movement that eliminates heat from the physical equation. Ostensibly, it is a song about joyously…

  3. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  4. Macy Gray Boards Lee Daniels' Hip-Hop Drama 'Empire'

    March 18, 2014 6:03 PM EDT She'll recur in the Fox project starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Grammy winner Macy Gray is joining Fox's "Empire." The singer-actress has boarded the network's hip-hop drama pilot "Empire," The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From "The…

  5. Oscars Performances: 10 Awesome Academy-Awards Music Moments

    February 28, 2014 3:30 PM EST When the Oscars roll out the red carpet this Sunday (March 2), it will be a show whose musical oomph is heavy. This year's awards will be packed with singing from Pharrell Williams, Karen O., and U2. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' The…

  6. 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…

  7. Ed Sheeran & Macklemore Stroll Down ‘Sesame Street’: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

    November 22, 2013 10:00 AM EST Get a first look at the chart-topping stars' upcoming guest appearances "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?" For Ed Sheeran and Macklemore, a couple Hot 100 hits and good publicists did the trick. For its upcoming 45th season, which will premiere…

  8. Avril Lavigne Reveals Self-Titled Album Release Date, Tracklist

    September 05, 2013 11:36 PM EDT Avril Lavigne has set a date for her self-titled set. The pop-punk singer will release her fifth studio album on Nov. 5, Lavigne announced Thursday. The Epic Records release will be available for pre-order beginning Sept. 24. Avril Lavigne Reveals New Album Title, Cover Art Co-produced…

  9. Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt': Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 03, 2013 7:44 AM EDT Release Date: Oct. 15 Label: Monkeywrench/Republic Pearl Jam launched "Lightning Bolt," its first studio album since 2009's Billboard 200 No. 1 "Backspacer," with a July announcement as well as with the snarling whiplash of lead single "Mind Your Manners,"…

  10. Jay Z Premieres 'Picasso Baby' Video: Watch

    August 03, 2013 10:54 AM EDT Last night (August 2), Jay Z premiered the performance art film for his "Magna Carta Holy Grail" song, "Picasso Baby" on HBO. The Mark Romanek-directed, 10-minute video captures Jay Z performing "Picasso Baby" at NYC's Pace Gallery, which took place last…

  11. Drake Leads 2013 BET Awards With 12 Nominations

    May 14, 2013 3:22 PM EDT Chris Brown announces an upcoming Aaliyah-assisted single. He started from the bottom, but now he's on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations. The BET nominees were announced today (Tuesday, May 14) at a press conference on the rooftop of L.A.'s Icon Ultra Lounge, just up…

  12. Daft Punk: How the Pioneering Dance Duo Conjured 'Random Access Memories'

    May 10, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Shrouded in calculated mystery and unveiled gradually via traditional media, the act's first album in eight years is a bold, high-end effort to make everything old new again It started with a Facebook post: Two helmets, one gold and one silver, halved and fused down the center, set…

  13. 'American Idol': The Randy Jackson Era Is Over

    May 09, 2013 6:03 PM EDT It’s official: Randy Jackson is leaving American Idol. The longtime judge and last remaining member of the original panel, which featured Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, exits the program after 12 seasons. "Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of…

  14. Daft Punk on EDM Producers: 'They’re Missing the Tools'

    May 06, 2013 1:37 PM EDT Daft’s Thomas Bangalter explains why no laptops were used in the making of “Random Access Memories.” CODE’s Kerri Mason had the rare chance to speak with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter last week for an extended feature in this week’s issue of Billboard. The conversation was so rich…

  15. Beyonce, Katy Perry & Kelly Clarkson Star at Packed Inauguration

    January 18, 2013 5:00 PM EST Kelly Clarkson is a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards, but what she's really excited about is another event where she'll be joined by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher and Brad Paisley. Oh, and the president. President Barack Obama's…

  16. Britney Spears Joins Whitney Houston Grammy Special

    October 10, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Britney Spears has joined the lineup for the CBS one-hour special "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston." The pop star won't be performing, however. She along with Oscar-winner Halle Berry, actress Taraji P. Henson and rapper LL Cool J will introduce…

  17. Ben Folds Five and 'Fraggle Rock' Team Up for 'Do It Anyway' Video

    September 18, 2012 3:00 PM EDT In what has to be the ultimate five minute anti-depressant, the '90s-favorite piano rock band Ben Folds Five has teamed up with the Jim Henson Company's jolly subterranean "Fraggle Rock" in the worlds-colliding video for the song "Do It Anyway." It's the…

  18. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided the emotional highlight of Sunday's…

  19. Kanye West, the Throne, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2012 7:44 PM EDT BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year ("N***as in Paris" and "Otis"). (West earned…

  20. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 26, 2012 11:50 PM EST Ludovic Bource's Music for 'The Artist' Takes Best Original Score The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards…

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