1. Disclosure Discusses Direction of Debut Album: Video Interview

    April 09, 2013 2:35 PM EDT Disclosure, the U.K. electronic duo composed of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, have been earning acclaim over the past year for their winning instrumentals and soulful pop singles. Songs like "White Noise" featuring AlunaGeorge and "Latch" with Sam Smith have…

  2. Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup: Mumford & Sons, The Killers, The Cure Headlining

    April 01, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Phoenix, Nine Inch Nails, the Postal Service all heading to Grant Park this August. Following weeks of rumors , the 2013 Lollapalooza lineup was officially revealed on Monday (Apr. 1), with a lot of expected names at the top of the bill. The Cure, Mumford & Sons, the Killers, Nine…

  3. MS MR Talk Debut LP 'Secondhand Rapture,' Meeting Usher

    March 22, 2013 3:12 PM EDT New York-based gloom pop duo MS MR are readying their debut album, “Secondhand Rapture,” for release on May 14 via Columbia and revealed the album’s artwork on Friday. The album was produced by the band’s Max Hershenow, with additional mixing and production from Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse…

  4. Parker Ighile, First Signing to Nicki Minaj's Label, Talks 'So Beautiful’

    March 04, 2013 6:28 AM EST Parker Ighile is stepping away from the mixing desk to grab his own piece of the spotlight. Ighile produced "What Now" by Rihanna and "Do it like a Dude" for Jessie J, and has worked with Chip, Angel and Nicki Minaj. But it’s the music man’s association with Minaj which is…

  5. Beyonce, Kings of Leon To Headline U.K.'s V Festival

    February 25, 2013 6:28 PM EST Dual city fest set for Aug. 17 and 18 at Chelmsford and Staffordshire V Festival, the U.K. music extravaganza sponsored by Virgin Media, got a major dose of diva power when it announced its headliner would be the star of the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show -- Beyonce. The festival's other…

  6. Sound City Players: Opposites Attract (And Don’t) in New York

    February 14, 2013 10:00 AM EST Stevie Nicks. John Fogerty. Fear’s Lee Ving. Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. Rick Springfield. It’s hard to imagine those people having much of anything in common beyond a) being musicians of a certain age, b) having recorded at L.A.’s legendary, now-shuttered Sound City studio and c) being…

  7. Gimme Five: Charli XCX on Her Musical Obsessions

    February 12, 2013 5:10 PM EST Over the course of a few mixtape singles, Charli XCX has established herself as a face to watch in the indie-pop realm: tracks like "Nuclear Seasons," "You're The One" and the recently released "You (Ha Ha Ha)" demonstrate an intrinsic understanding of…

  8. Runway Jams: Songs Played at Day 3 of 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week Shows

    February 10, 2013 3:30 PM EST Fashion editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on fall NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates. DAY 3 (Feb. 9) Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" at Cushnie et Ochs The famed breakup song by Adele always adds…

  9. Dave Grohl's 'Sound City': The Billboard Cover Story

    February 04, 2013 12:25 PM EST With a unique release strategy for his film, the Foo Fighters frontman intends to spread his rock gospel far and wide This is an excerpt. Click here to buy a copy and check out the iPad edition . In 1982, the Los Angeles band Fear released The Record, a pounding document of punk snarl…

  10. Charli XCX Talks Spring Album & Staying Punk in The Pop World

    January 29, 2013 4:45 PM EST Rising pop star has worked with producers like Ariel Rechtshaid and Clams Casino. Charlotte Aitchison didn't listen to Top 40 when she was first exploring her musical interests in her early teens. Instead, the Hertfordshire, England native better known as Charli XCX was rummaging…

  11. Dave Grohl's Sound City Players Tear It Up at Sundance

    January 19, 2013 1:15 PM EST Hours after his "Sound City" documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Dave Grohl took 800 fans on a three-hour musical odyssey at Park City Live that emphasized his personal connection to the Van Nuys, Calif., recording studio his film chronicles.   Taking the stage at 9…

  12. Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons Lead BRIT Award Nominations

    January 10, 2013 7:05 PM EST British music stars Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and Rita Ora lead the nominations for the 2013 BRIT Awards, which were announced on Thursday (Jan. 10). The annual salute to U.K. artists will be held on Feb. 20, with performances from One Direction, Muse, Sande, Mumford & Sons,…

  13. Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill, Jessie Baylin Have a Daughter

    December 27, 2012 3:20 PM EST There's a new Princess in the Kings of Leon family. Nathan Followill and wife Jessie Baylin welcomed a daughter Violet Marlowe on Wednesday in Nashville. According to the band's rep, Violet was born at 4:01 p.m. and weighed 7 lbs., 13 ounces. It's the first child for the Kings…

  14. 20 Best Songs of 2012: Critics' Picks

    December 18, 2012 11:07 AM EST Chart Article A year of singles has come and gone, but when it came time for the Billboard.com staff to choose our 20 favorites we thought, fought and lobbied -- and most of all we listened. These 20 tunes cover the gamut from hip-hop (Nas, G.O.O.D. Music) and pop (Carly Rae Jepsen) to…

  15. 10 Best Albums of 2012: Critics' Picks

    December 17, 2012 2:45 PM EST Chart Article From aggressive indie-rock to mainstream superstars exploring new ground to a handful of revolutionary R&B discs, 2012 saw a bevy of classic albums released in an era where the album is supposed to be dying. After months of blasting these LPs throughout our office, the…

  16. Jessie Ware Plays U.S. Debut In New York, Talks Meeting Katy Perry

    December 12, 2012 11:30 AM EST Jessie Ware , a 28-year-old U.K. soul singer, may be popping up all over critics' year-end lists for 2012, but her debut U.S. gig at New York's The Box Monday night (Dec. 10) gave a glimpse into why the rest of America will be raving about her well into 2013. Performing an intimate…

  17. Jessie Ware, Mercury Prize Nominee, Preps EP for U.S. Release

    December 08, 2012 3:55 PM EST For Jessie Ware , the past few years have been a series of happy accidents. "There are so many great singers out there," says the 28-year-old London-born singer, whose U.K. debut, "Devotion," was recently nominated for a Mercury Prize and whose domestic debut, EP "If…

  18. Katy Perry Q&A: Billboard's Woman of the Year 2012

    November 30, 2012 12:00 PM EST Sitting back on a comfy sofa at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, What was your first reaction to being chosen Billboard's Woman of the Year? I'd thought my year was over, that it was time to pass the baton. But I guess I get to hold onto it until the end of the year [laughs].…

  19. Jesse & Joy Are Big Winners at Latin Grammy Awards

    November 16, 2012 1:05 AM EST Mexican pop/rock duo Jesse & Joy ran away with the night as four-time winners of the Latin Grammy Awards, taking home trophies for best record, song and contemporary pop vocal album. "Thanks to the best fans in the world," said Jessie, who with his sister also won for best short…

  20. Nicki Minaj's 'American Idol' Buzz and Fragrance Launch Stirs Social Buzz

    October 05, 2012 7:27 PM EDT Nicki Minaj 's continued media exposure due to her judging role on "American Idol" has generated substantial social returns. An appearance on "The View," coupled with the launch of her own fragrance, brings 130,000 new fans to Minaj and lifts her 23-14 on Billboard&…

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