1. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  2. SFX Stock Price Rebounds After Wild Ride Following Bankruptcy Rumors

    October 09, 2014 12:15 PM EDT SFX Entertainment's stock price rebounded Thursday after an anonymous online article led to a sharp decline Wednesday morning. At 10:05am ET, shares of the EDM-focused concert promoter were up 9.8 percent to $4.77 and had gained 33.8 percent from Wednesday's low of $3.52.  The…

  3. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  4. The Wytches Invade The U.S. with Epic Hangovers & Couch-Surfing Strategy

    September 08, 2014 6:08 PM EDT “I ask after the loudest applause… ‘I hate to be that guy, but can we stay at your house?' says guitarist Kristian Bell. Midway through this interview with his bandmates, Wytches drummer Gianni Honey bursts through the door of Otto's Shrunken Head in lower Manhattan more than a…

  5. Justin Bieber Pleads No Contest in Egg-Throwing Vandalism Case

    July 09, 2014 9:31 PM EDT Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home. Bieber also was ordered to complete five days of community labor and a 12-week anger-management program…

  6. Scooter Braun Responds to Justin Bieber's Racist Videos

    June 04, 2014 7:50 PM EDT It's been a rough few days for Justin Bieber's team, following now two videos of the pop idol making racist jokes have been released to the public. In response to criticisms, Bieber's manager Scoot Braun took to Instagram today to some words on the subject.  Justin Bieber…

  7. Justin Bieber Sings Racist Slur, Jokes About KKK in Undated Video (Watch)

    June 04, 2014 2:45 PM EDT A second video of Justin Bieber making racist jokes has surfaced. British tabloid newspaper  The Sun  was first to  report  on the new footage, which features the singer using the N-word in "One Less Lonely Girl" (altering the hook to be "One Less Lonely N-----"),…

  8. Justin Bieber's Racist Joke: Understandable or Unforgivable? (Poll)

    June 02, 2014 2:55 PM EDT Vote now to express your reaction to the Biebs' latest controversy. Over the weekend, a video surfaced that found pop superstar Justin Bieber telling a racist joke where the punchline included the N-word. The video in question was a few years old, and Bieber quickly issued an apology…

  9. Justin Bieber's Apology for Racist Joke in Video: 'I Made a Reckless and Immature Mistake'

    June 01, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Justin Bieber has apologized for a racist joke heard during a years-old video clip of the singer that was widely circulated online. In the clip, which was originally recorded five years but was newly surfaced by a British tabloid newspaper on Sunday, the pop star is heard telling a joke…

  10. Weezer's 'Blue Album' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 09, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Roughly a month after Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide , bummed-out rocker kids everywhere met a new potential hero. His name was Rivers Cuomo, and he was a Connecticut-born L.A. transplant with a fetish for melody and secret love of cheesy metal. He worshipped Nirvana but also shredding…

  11. Matrimony Announces Album Title, Release Date: Hear 'Southern Skies' Song (Exclusive)

    March 10, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Listen to a new track from the group's debut Columbia full-length, premiering on Billboard.com. The alternative folk troupe Matrimony will release its debut album, "Montibello Memories," on May 6 through Columbia Records, Billboard can exclusively announce. Before the Charlotte…

  12. 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…

  13. 'You Got Served' 10th Anniversary: Omarion & Marques Houston Look Back On Their Dance Hit

    January 30, 2014 2:35 PM EST "It became more than just a movie -- it became a part of culture," Omarion tells Billboard about the 2004 dance film. Before there was the "Step Up" franchise, or "So You Think You Can Dance," or  "Dancing With The Stars," there were a few suckers,…

  14. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Demi Lovato & Pixie Lott

    November 22, 2013 5:07 PM EST Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Demi Lovato Demi Lovato went rocker chic while attending the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ premiere of “Frozen” held at the El Capitan Theatre on November 19 in Hollywood.…

  15. Eminem, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2': Track-By-Track Review

    November 04, 2013 12:15 PM EST Eminem’s demons are as present on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” as they were on its 2000 predecessor -- except 13 years later, they have mutated from being his prey to now being his muse. Familiar affairs  — revenge, resentment and heartbreak — re-emerge as heavy-breathing voices which…

  16. Justin Bieber Not Charged for Alleged Threat Against Neighbor

    October 02, 2013 9:55 PM EDT Justin Bieber won't face criminal charges for allegedly threatening a neighbor who complained about his driving. City News Service says Los Angeles County prosecutors decided Wednesday that there's insufficient evidence to charge the pop star. A neighbor in Bieber's gated…

  17. Jars of Clay, 'Inland': Exclusive Album Premiere

    August 20, 2013 1:17 PM EDT Jars of Clay are celebrating their independence with the release of 11th studio album "Inland" next week. The set, produced by Tucker Martine and debuting exclusively below , marks the alt-rock band's first via their own Gray Matters label. The Illinois-based combo, who…

  18. Beyonce, 'Dangerously In Love': Classic Track-By-Track Review

    June 22, 2013 1:55 PM EDT Fall crazy back in love with Queen B's first solo album on the 10th anniversary of its release. Ten years ago, Beyoncé decided to make a move that would ultimately help her become one the most accomplished artists in music. The singer, while the R&B group Destiny's Child…

  19. What's Next for Randy Jackson After 'American Idol'?

    May 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT The goal of “American Idol,” a dozen seasons ago when it started, was to create stars out of unknowns. It did so for Simon Cowell, perhaps the most famous A&R man on the planet, who has surrounded himself with television and music projects here and in the U.K. since his days as a judge…

  20. One Direction Q&A: Louis Tomlinson

    December 14, 2012 8:55 AM EST The elder statesman of the group, Louis Tomlinson, 20, is also known in inside circles as the defacto leader and resident perfectionist in One Direction . In our conversation about being named Billboard's Top New Artist of 2012 , Tomlinson doesn't exactly dispute the labels. "I…

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