1. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  2. Miley Cyrus Gets Moody For New Marc Jacobs Campaign

    January 09, 2014 12:19 AM EST Marc Jacobs has found his latest muse for his spring 2014 campaign -- and it's none other than Miley Cyrus. The moody ad, which Nylon magazine first spotted, features the "Wrecking Ball" singer sitting on sand, wearing a navy jacket with black embellishment, maroon shorts and…

  3. Composer Wojciech Kilar Dies at 81

    December 29, 2013 12:00 PM EST Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning "The Pianist" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula," died Sunday. He was 81. The composer died in his hometown…

  4. YouTube Music Awards Director Spike Jonze Says 'Even If It's Messy, It'll Be Live'

    November 01, 2013 6:30 PM EDT The YouTube Music Awards air this Sunday, Nov. 3, live at 6 p.m. on YouTube -- and creative director Spike Jonze still isn't quite entirely sure what to expect. "None of us have done anything live before or an awards show -- in a way we're all like amateurs on YouTube…

  5. Daft Punk's Visual Evolution: Why 'Random Access Memories' May Not Require Music Videos

    May 21, 2013 12:49 PM EDT From iconic "Homework" clips to dialogue-free abstract films, check out this breakdown of Daft Punk's visual history. Not since pre-unveiled glory days of KISS back in the '70s has there been an artist in popular music that puts as much of an emphasis on visuals -- while…

  6. Phoenix, 'Bankrupt!': Track-by-Track Review

    April 15, 2013 4:12 PM EDT For their April 2013 Billboard cover story , Phoenix were billed as Coachella's breakout kings. And that they have, though their path to success has proven just how slow and methodical a "breakout" can be. Prior to the release of 2009's "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,…

  7. Phoenix: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 05, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The French group's last album made it a festival headliner. For a follow-up, the band is using that attention to bring its offbeat impulses to the masses. On April 13, when Phoenix takes the stage to headline the first Saturday of Coachella, it will be the linchpin moment in the…

  8. Jim James Q&A: How a Near-Death Experience and a 1929 Graphic Novel Saved His Life

    February 12, 2013 10:00 AM EST My Morning Jacket frontman talks debut solo album, getting fired from a Mel Gibson movie & why Catholic school was hell In October 2008, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James fell off a stage in Iowa City, suffering severe torso injuries and ending up being rushed to a nearby hospital.…

  9. John Lennon's Killer, Mark David Chapman, Denied Parole

    August 23, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Mark David Chapman, who killed John Lennon, was denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said. Chapman, 57, was denied parole by a three-member board after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said Thursday.…

  10. Skrillex Composing New Music For Movie Score

    June 29, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Sonny Moore, the superstar DJ better known as Skrillex , is taking a quick break from concocting rave bangers to contribute new music to Harmony Korine's upcoming film, "Spring Breakers." In an interview with Pitchfork , "Moonrise Kingdom" music supervisor Randall…

  11. 'American Idol' Group Round: Not for the Faint of Heart

    February 16, 2012 11:45 AM EST Finally, some singing! Following the most disease-stricken episode "Idol" has ever seen , the show returned Wednesday (Feb. 15) with that all-important element that sets this competition apart from, say, a straight-up reality show: talent. The evening was spread out over two hours,…

  12. 12 No. 12 Rock Hits for 2012

    January 24, 2012 4:15 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking country hits, including T.G. Sheppard's novelty track "Make My Day"…

  13. Girls on Film: Top 10 Supermodel Videos

    November 10, 2011 3:50 PM EST The fashion and music worlds have never exactly stayed in their separate corners, so it comes as little surprise when models become the visual muses for our favorite rockstars. Sometimes the result is little more than a pretty face playing an artist's love interest. Other times, however,…

  14. Mary J. Blige Performs Classics, Tatyana Ali Returns to Music & More at 'Black Girls Rock'

    October 17, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Stars gathered at the famed Paradise Theater in NYC Saturday night (Oct. 15) to celebrate the talents, lives, and strength of Black women for the 6th Annual Black Girls Rock Awards, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King. The award show was produced by BET and B.G.R. Enterprises Inc. and…

  15. Fashion Week: Farm Fantasy Looks For Spring & Kevin Jonas Watches Anna Sui's Diva Dance Party

    September 15, 2011 2:38 PM EDT The final days of fashion week are upon us. Designers are still going strong, exhibiting some of the most bizarre and regal creations of the week. From Jeremy Scott's farm fantasy looks to Douglas Hannant's glamour of Shanghai in the 1930s, Spring will blossom as a time of escapism…

  16. Keyshia Cole Talks New Album, Upcoming Reality Show and Kevin Liles

    August 30, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Fans will get a sneak peak into the making of Keyshia Cole 's fifth studio album in her upcoming reality show, Family First. "We're in the studio now, working on a new album and doing [Family First] now too," Keyshia Cole told Billboard.com's The Juice. Keyshia Cole,…

  17. Billboard Bits: T.I. May Be Released Wednesday, Sebastian Bach's House Destroyed

    August 29, 2011 6:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. T.I. To Be Released on Wednesday? T.I. is reportedly leaving the Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas for a halfway house on Wednesday (Aug. 31), after spending 11 months in prison for a parole violation.…

  18. Lady Gaga Honored As Style Icon at CFDA Awards

    June 07, 2011 10:35 AM EDT It seems the fashion crowd, especially when fully decked out for Monday night's Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, can be pretty intimidating: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said so, actress Naomi Watts said so, and even Lady Gaga said so. On stage to accept her award as the…

  19. Mumford & Sons: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2011 2:18 PM EST On Dec. 1, the day that the nominations were announced for the 2011 Grammy Awards, Glassnote Records founder Daniel Glass sat in a New York screening room with his family watching the new Sofia Coppola film, "Somewhere." Phoenix , the alt-rock band that Glass transformed during the…

  20. Keyshia Cole Fires Manager in Wake of Declining Sales

    January 21, 2011 5:51 PM EST In the wake of disappointing first-week sales for her latest album, "Calling All Hearts," singer and former reality show star Keyshia Cole announced she has fired her longtime manager, Manny Halley. On the afternoon of Jan. 17, Cole, 29, wrote on Twitter : "Would like for u…

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