1. 'Rising Star' Recap: Brad Get Serious, Contestants Culled On Quarter-Finals Night

    August 11, 2014 4:57 AM EDT In the quarter-finals of Rising Star , Josh Groban -- in addition to wearing a very dangerous pair of barracuda socks -- kept telling us that eight singers would be competing for our votes tonight, but what he probably should have been saying is, “Three singers are competing for your votes,…

  2. 'Rising Star' Recap: The Wall Looms Large As New Solo Round Begins

    August 04, 2014 6:42 AM EDT No matter the show, no matter the judges, no matter their chairs’ ability to spin or rise…it always comes down to song choice, doesn’t it?  Alas, in the first round of solo performances following the Duels, the contestants of Rising Star couldn’t choose a song that suited their voice and the…

  3. 5 Seconds of Summer's Briefs Boom: Skivvy Sales Up 10% at American Apparel

    June 16, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Jake Sinclair was standing in line at his local American Apparel shop, waiting to buy underwear, when inspiration struck. The producer-composer had 14 pairs of the brand's signature briefs in tow. "I just thought, 'Oh, it'd be cool if my girlfriend wore these,' …

  4. Adidas' Music Gamble: Why They're Betting on Pharrell Williams and Kanye West

    April 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT More than just a marketing coup, Kanye West's defection from Nike -- where he helped design the coveted Air Yeezy sneaker -- to Adidas in December signaled a redoubling of the 64-year-old publicly traded German brand's fashion-focused strategy for sneaker dominance. Although…

  5. Counting Crows' Duritz: New Album Will Be 'More Imaginative'

    April 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT "We've got eight or nine labels interested," the singer tells Billboard of the band's first LP since 2008. Counting Crows are planning to end a six-year gap between new albums with a set of new songs that frontman Adam Duritz is "kind of flipped out about." "…

  6. Coachella 2014: Pharrell Williams Rules With Hits, The Hat & Huge Guest Stars

    April 13, 2014 7:08 AM EDT Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Diddy and others help the singer/rapper/producer own Indio. Pharrell Williams continued his impossibly long hot streak during his performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday (Apr. 12), recruiting some of his most famous friends and…

  7. Johnny Marr Blasts Spotify As The 'Opposite To Punk Rock'

    December 19, 2013 5:03 AM EST Johnny Marr isn’t a fan of Spotify. The British guitar great has slammed the streaming service by suggesting it hinders the artist community. “I'm not a supporter,” the former Smiths guitarist tells the NME. “I think it entirely hampers new bands, and the situation that Thom Yorke and…

  8. Hinder Loses Lead Singer Austin Winkler

    November 20, 2013 1:05 PM EST Singer had entered rehab for drug addiction following the recording of their 2012 album "Welcome to the Freakshow" Austin Winkler, lead singer of the hard rock band Hinder, has officially left the band due to personal reasons. While the band toured earlier this year, Winkler took a…

  9. 'American Idol's' David Cook, James Durbin Asked to Fill In with Hinder

    July 11, 2013 9:53 PM EDT The "Idol" vets were unavailable to help the rock group, whose frontman has entered rehab for the second time. "American Idol" season seven winner David Cook was approached to be the frontman of hard rock band Hinder, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Cook turned down…

  10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Billboard Cover Story

    May 17, 2013 2:00 PM EDT They aren't just making records, they're setting them: biggest-selling download of 2013, the first duo to send their first two singles to No. 1 on the Hot 100. And they've done it all their way This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of…

  11. 'American Idol': It's an All-Lady Top Five as Lazaro Goes Home

    April 11, 2013 10:48 PM EDT For the first time in "American Idol" history, the top five of the show is all one gender -- in this case, female. After making it to the top six despite poor reviews by judges, Lazaro Arbos received the lowest number of votes Thursday night (April 11), forcing the 22-year-old…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Oh, How The Years Go By

    March 22, 2013 10:52 AM EDT Jason Aldean's '1994' enters the Billboard Hot 100, marking the chart's latest hit whose title doubles as a year. "I was a junior in high school in '94 and Joe Diffie was huge," Jason Aldean told Billboard last year. "I went to the Cherry Blossom…

  13. Brian McKnight, '4th of July': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 05, 2013 4:35 PM EST Two years after releasing "Just Me" -- sans last year's viral sensation, "If You're Ready to Learn" -- Brian McKnight returns with his 15th studio album, "More Than Words" (March 19). In anticipation for the release of the full-length, The Juice is…

  14. Top 10 EDM Moments of 2012

    December 27, 2012 11:10 AM EST From Madonna hitting a rave, to a billionaire financier buying one, 2012 was full of unbelievable moments for EDM and its artists. Here we touch on 10 top moments in the genre's most formative year thus far.   Best of 2012: Billboard's Year-End Charts & More | The Year in EDM   …

  15. The Beat 11/15: Rihanna's Nude GQ Cover, Matchbox Twenty's U.S. Tour

    November 15, 2012 5:20 PM EST Welcome to the Thursday, November 15 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. has the latest…

  16. Hinder's New Album Inspired By Singer's 'Really Dark Drug Binge'

    November 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST Frontman Austin Winkler headed to rehab after the rock group finished recording "Welcome to the Freakshow." Hinder frontman Austin Winkler says that "a really, really dark drug binge" drove the songs for the group's forthcoming fourth album, "Welcome to the…

  17. Brian McKnight Preps New Album, Calls Recent Raunch a 'Parody'

    November 08, 2012 12:00 AM EST Brian McKnight is readying a new album for release in early 2013 -- and is somewhat surprised to be doing so. "I hadn't really planned on making another one," McKnight tells Billboard about the tentatively titled "Words." But he says E1, which put out 2011's …

  18. Calvin Harris, '18 Months': Track-By-Track Review

    October 29, 2012 9:30 AM EDT When listening to Calvin Harris' new full-length "18 Months," it's easy to be reminded of David Guetta's 2009 album "One Love." Like that fourth studio album, which featured hits like "Sexy Bitch," "When Love Takes Over" and "Gettin&…

  19. CMJ 2012's Top 5 Bad Band Names: Good Music?

    October 21, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Vagina Panther, Mr. Muthafu*kin eXquire, Hard Nips, the Harmonica Lewinskies & Butter the Children have CMJ's worst names, but were their gigs any good? The annual CMJ Music Marathon, which took over many of New York's smaller venues from Oct. 16-20, is not for the faint of…

  20. Owl City Eyes 'Shooting Star' as Next Single

    October 03, 2012 4:05 PM EDT After the Top 10 success of "Good Time," Owl City's summer smash duet with Carly Rae Jepsen from "The Midsummer Station," Adam Young is eyeballing a second single that's already had a bit of history. Young tells Billboard the odds-on favorite is "Shooting…

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