1. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  2. Jimmy Fallon: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2014 11:35 AM EST Between bookings from U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and music booker Jonathan Cohen reveal how they turned late night into one of music's hottest stops Little-known fact: Before he had his own NBC talk show or landed a gig with "Saturday Night Live,…

  3. 10 Musicians With Clothing Lines: Are Rihanna, Beyonce, Pharrell and More Hot or Cold?

    February 06, 2014 7:10 PM EST Trumpeting the start of New York Fashion Week today (Feb. 6), we decided to check in with musicians who have given the fashion industry a go. From Madonna’s Material Girl collection, to Kanye West’s DW runway line, see where these lines are now and get our vote on whether these labels are…

  4. Third World Reggae Star William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke Dead at 65

    February 05, 2014 11:45 AM EST William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, the husky-voiced lead singer of internationally popular reggae band Third World, died of leukemia at his home in Florida, longtime friends and colleagues said Monday. He was 65. Former bandmate Colin Leslie said the singer died Sunday in Orlando a week…

  5. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  6. 7107 International Music Festival: Kendrick Lamar, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

    February 04, 2014 8:51 PM EST Empire of the Sun, Kaskade also set to appear at Philippines festival There's been a flux of festival announcements in the United States over the past month or so, but turns out America isn't the only country getting into the festival spirit. The 7107 International Music…

  7. Black Keys, Maroon 5 Highlight Friday's NYC Super Bowl Shows

    February 01, 2014 12:50 PM EST The blitz of music taking over New York City during Super Bowl week continues with a pair of concerts at legendary venues The Black Keys didn't mess around on Friday night (Jan. 31), in what was likely their final show at New York City's legendary Roseland Ballroom, slated to…

  8. John Legend, Fall Out Boy Highlight Wednesday's NYC Super Bowl Shows

    January 30, 2014 12:27 PM EST The R&B star played hits new and old in Manhattan, while FOB brought out Hayley Williams in Brooklyn. John Legend has already enjoyed an active touring and promotional cycle for his new album "Love In The Future," including the first leg of a U.S. tour last fall and…

  9. Obama, Clinton Pay Tribute to Pete Seeger

    January 28, 2014 11:40 AM EST President Barack Obama released a statement Tuesday morning praising Pete Seeger as a force for music and social justice. The folk hero, one of America's most important figures of the 20th century, died yesterday in New York at 94. "Once called 'America's tuning fork,&…

  10. Super Bowl Music Guide: NYC-Area Concerts

    January 27, 2014 2:46 PM EST Nevermind the Farmers Almanac, which has been calling for a blizzard to arrive during the New York City area’s first time hosting a Super Bowl weekend since last summer. A different blizzard -- of the musical variety -- has been brewing as artists, corporate sponsors and media companies prep…

  11. Lorde, Robin Thicke Lead Pre-GRAMMY Universal Music Showcase

    January 25, 2014 8:25 PM EST Kacey Musgraves, Zedd, Juanes also performed at Hollywood showcase Robin Thicke, Lorde and another 11 acts signed to Universal Music Group acts performed Saturday afternoon at Lure nightclub in Hollywood for an audience of label and publishing executives as well as media. Related Articles…

  12. CNBLUE Talks Maroon 5 Comparisons & Defining Their Sound at Debut NYC Show

    January 24, 2014 8:40 PM EST The Korean rock band say their first solo U.S. show "is much more meaningful for us and for our fans." CNBLUE has all the qualities of your typical K-pop boy band: Charismatic, good-looking and talent in singing, acting, rapping, playing instruments and beyond. But the…

  13. Video of Justin Bieber's Alleged Drag Race Surfaces Online: Watch

    January 24, 2014 8:18 PM EST Surveillance footage of Justin Bieber's alleged drag race with rapper Khalil Sharieff has found its way online. Footage taken early Thursday morning shows a yellow Lamborghini barreling down Miami Beach's Pine Tree Drive, followed by a red Ferrari and a black Cadillac Escalade. The…

  14. Beyoncé, Jay Z Top Billboard's Power 100 List

    January 23, 2014 8:00 PM EST What is power? At its base, it's the ability to reshape the world around you according to your vision. And who in the music industry did so better in the last year than this power couple? FULL LIST OF THIS YEAR'S POWER 100 BUY THE ISSUE Leveraging their star power to release…

  15. U2 to Premiere 'Invisible' Song in Super Bowl Ad for (RED) and Bank of America

    January 23, 2014 3:28 PM EST U2 will premiere a new song, "Invisible," via a commercial from (RED) and Bank of America that will air during next Sunday's Super Bowl (Feb. 2.) As previously reported by Billboard , the song will set up U2's forthcoming album – a follow-up to 2009's "No…

  16. Young Money Announces New Compilation, 'Rise of an Empire'

    January 22, 2014 9:50 PM EST The new album will arrive March 11 After releasing its last compilation over four years ago, Young Money Entertainment has announced a new release for 2014. "Young Money: Rise of an Empire," the label's second compilation featuring its roster of artists -- and third overall,…

  17. Sundance 2014: Watch Matisyahu Perform at Park City Live, Discuss 'Akeda' Album

    January 18, 2014 10:55 AM EST "Welcome to Sundance," Matisyahu said as he took his seat to open the concert series at Park City Live during Sundance 2014 on Jan. 16. His time on stage was extremely relaxed, with two guitarists by his side. ‘Yahu began with “Crossroads,” a pensive cut that finds him both…

  18. GRAMMYs Hall of Fame: The Stories Behind 2014's Inductees

    January 17, 2014 6:04 PM EST The backstories to this year's GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees -- including music by Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton, The Drifters, and B.J. Thomas -- are as memorable as the music itself.  The legends behind some of those 27 recordings revisit their sessions chapter and verse. 56th GRAMMYs:…

  19. Governors Ball 2014: Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes

    January 15, 2014 10:39 AM EST Governors Ball announced its lineup Wednesday not with a tweet or a press release, but with a full-page ad in The New York Times . As expected, reunited rap duo Outkast will headline the annual festival on Randall's Island in NYC, being held June 6-8. Joining them atop the bill are…

  20. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

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