1. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  2. Chart Highlights: 'Bang Bang' Debuts, Sia, Billy Currington & Big Data Score New No. 1s

    August 04, 2014 8:13 PM EDT Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fly onto multiple airplay lists as the trio's "Bang Bang" bounds onto Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay. Meanwhile, an array of acts -- including Sia and Hozier -- notch new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select…

  3. Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

    July 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated, behemoth events that litter the summer calendar. Featuring as assortment of 43 left-of-center acts across its three stages, Pitchfork offered a…

  4. Ariana Grande's 'Sam & Cat' TV Show Canceled

    July 14, 2014 10:53 AM EDT "Sam & Cat," the Nickelodeon sitcom starring Ariana Grande, has been canceled after one season, the network confirmed on Sunday (July 13). The pop superstar wrote a lengthy note about the news on Sunday, expressing gratitude toward Nickelodeon, show-runner Dan Schneider…

  5. Mayer Hawthorne: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Take a closer look at Mayer Hawthorne, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it was only natural that Mayer Hawthorne would fall in love with both soul and hip-hop.…

  6. Eminem's Daughter Hailie Graduates High School With Honors

    June 28, 2014 12:43 PM EDT “My baby girl keeps getting older, I watch her grow up with pride,” Eminem sings in “Hailie's Song,” the ode to his daughter from 2002’s “The Eminem Show.” Eminem First to Receive Two RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards With an impressive list of achievements, the rapper is surely proud…

  7. Sonar 2014 Preview: Lykke Li, Royksopp & Robyn and More

    June 12, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Sonar 2014 kicks off today (June 12) in Barcelona, offering attendees an awe-inspiring collection of artist talent and Sonar+D industry and technology panels. CODE takes a look at some of the concert and event highlights that the three-day Spanish festival has to offer this year. Thursday,…

  8. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  9. World Cup Songs: 7 International Team Anthems With Pop Star Mojo (Listen)

    May 30, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The World Cup brings plenty of border-bridging hymns that salute the global spirit of soccer. But when it comes to choosing a song for a country's national team, it's time to cut the "Kumbaya" and go for something closer to "We Are The Champions." Pop stars…

  10. Mick Jagger Becomes A Great-Grandfather

    May 20, 2014 1:29 AM EDT The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is a great-grandfather. His 21-year-old granddaughter Assisi -- the daughter of his daughter Jade, with ex-wife Bianca Jagger -- gave birth to a baby girl with her boyfriend, chef Alex Key, 25, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Rolling Stones…

  11. Gimme Five: Little Mix's Favorite Boy Bands (Video)

    May 15, 2014 5:34 PM EDT The British group members each list their all-time favorite boy bands. With their rock-solid harmonies, lock-step choreography and rhythmic sound, the U.K.'s Little Mix is one of the more promising girl groups to emerge in recent years. The quartet, which won the British "X Factor…

  12. Jaded Inc., 'Monster': Mayer Hawthorne & 14KT Snag J Dilla Beat for Debut Album

    May 05, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Being able to make an album together as Jaded Inc. would have been good enough for Mayer Hawthorne and 14KT, who grew up together in Michigan. But being able to include a track from the late J Dilla made the project a, well, "Monster" for the two music makers. "Monster"…

  13. Little Mix Live: Watch Studio Session & 'Salute' Q&A

    May 01, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The U.K. girl group discusses its upcoming musical direction after performing "Move" and "Little Me." Girl Group Week! • Top 40 Girl Group Songs Ever • Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs • Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Videos • Fantasy Girl Group Draft • 10 K…

  14. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes and all the sordid stuff going on just below…

  15. Breathe Carolina, 'Chasing Hearts': Exclusive Video Premiere

    April 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT The genre-blending act's new studio album "Savages" drops today on Fearless Records Breathe Carolina's genre-blending, party-starting fourth album "Savages" drops today and Billboard has an exclusive premiere of the music video for one of its focal tracks. The…

  16. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  17. Porter Robinson's Tired of 'Electro Bangers,' Will Switch Things Up on 'Worlds' Debut Album

    March 28, 2014 7:47 PM EDT Just 21, Porter Robinson is rounding the corner on his first decade of dancefloor domination. He's been producing tracks since he was 13 and been a touring DJ almost as long, at first accompanied by his father and playing clubs he wouldn't have been permitted to enter were he not…

  18. Mick Jagger, Children Honor L'Wren Scott at Funeral

    March 25, 2014 10:02 PM EDT After delivering a poignant statement on his Facebook last week, Mick Jagger and his family said goodbye today to girlfriend L'Wren Scott, who was laid to rest in Hollywood. According to CNN , Jagger, joined by his daughters and grandchildren, spoke briefly at the funeral, as did the…

  19. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  20. Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves Talks Life in the Hype Machine & Debut Album: Q&A

    March 18, 2014 2:15 PM EDT "Maybe it’s just the universe sprinkling a little bit of fairy dust on five shitty kids from the rust belt," she says. It’s been less than a year since Perfect Pussy originally posted a four-track demo tape to Bandcamp, but Meredith Graves, 26-year-old frontwoman of the Syracuse…

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