1. SZA Talks 'Z' Album & Being the Only Girl In Top Dawg Entertainment

    April 07, 2014 10:45 AM EDT A year ago , if you lived in New York and were running low on moisturizer, SZA might have been your girl. Back then she was working the floor at the cosmetics retail chain Sephora, "standing around with an ear piece in [and] helping people out with their face cream." Today, her job…

  2. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Crash the Party and Win Big at ACM Awards

    April 06, 2014 11:20 PM EDT It was Las Vegas' night to celebrate country music, as the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated the format in party fashion tonight with Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban reigning as the big winners with three trophies on the night, while George Strait repeated his…

  3. ACM Awards 2014: Full Winners List

    April 06, 2014 8:00 PM EDT FULL ACM AWARDS COVERAGE Complete list of ACM Awards Winners: Entertainer of the Year George Strait Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line New Artist of the Year Justin Moore Vocal Group of the Year…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Reagan Boggs Talks 'Quicksand' Album, Pearl Jam Cover

    April 02, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Reagan Boggs is what one might call a "throwback artist." Her music definitely sounds like what you might have heard on country radio in the 1970s and 1980s, bringing to mind such legendary ladies as Emmylou Harris or Jessi Colter. It's a sound that definitely shows up in her…

  5. Gwar's Top 5 Mainstream Moments: Fox News, 'Beavis & Butt-Head' & More

    March 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Gwar was never meant for the mainstream. Since founding the band in 1984, singer Oderus Urungus (aka David Brockie) was on an unrepentant mission to be as outrageous and socially unacceptable as possible. Costumes of oversized battle armor, offensive lyrics and brutal music were his…

  6. Madonna Producer Patrick Leonard Talks 'Like A Prayer' at 25

    March 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna's classic hit singles like "Live to Tell," "Open Your Heart," "Frozen" and "…

  7. 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…

  8. Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT To celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 21, here's our track-by-track look back at Madonna's classic studio album, 1989's "Like A Prayer." By early 1989, the world had come to know Madonna as a dance-pop provocateur with quirky-sexy style. She was the…

  9. FX's 'Archer' Goes Country With 'Cherlene' Album

    March 17, 2014 5:32 PM EDT "Archer" has gone country. Well, sort of. Viewers of the popular FX series have watched this season as the animated series has featured a plot line that follows the character of Cheryl Tunt into "Cherlene," a full-fledged country superstar. The plot has proven to be so…

  10. CODE Picks of the Week: Disclosure and Eats Everything, Jessie Andrews and More

    March 14, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Each Friday CODE brings you the best new tracks in dance music. Listen to these cuts for a good weekend. Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige, “F For You” (Eats Everything remix) [PMR] If Mary J. put the hurt on this tune, Eats Everything put the dirt on it. The Dirtybird DJ makes a…

  11. Eric Paslay’s ‘Song About A Girl’ Makes Clichés Sound Fresh

    March 13, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Pickup trucks, tailgates, back roads, bonfires and alcohol: commercial country has been obsessed with a handful of topics for several years, and just about every sector of the business -- from the songwriters to the labels to radio -- has voiced some level of frustration about what seems…

  12. Rick Springfield Announces Tour With Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

    February 28, 2014 9:00 AM EST Rick Springfield will take a break from his own solo tour this summer to co-headline a multi-city trek with old friends and fellow hitmakers Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Springfield, Benatar and Giraldo will launch the tour June 29 at Raleigh's Red Hat Amphitheater with additional dates…

  13. Kids' Choice Awards: One Direction, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande Score Nominations

    February 24, 2014 3:30 PM EST One Direction, Katy Perry and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are among the top nominees at the 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards. This year's fan-voted event will be hosted by Mark Wahlberg,who stars in the fourth installment in the Transformers franchise. The Kids'…

  14. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Pharrell Williams & Jessie J

    February 21, 2014 5:14 PM EST Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams proved you can still look ultra smooth while wearing glitter. The “Happy” singer hit the red carpet sans his Vivienne Westwood hat at the…

  15. Miguel Has A 'Very Clear Goal' For Next Album

    February 18, 2014 2:21 PM EST "I know what I want, and I'm getting there," says the R&B crooner about his "Kaleidoscope Dream" follow-up. Miguel is hard at work on the follow-up to his breakout 2012 album "Kaleidoscope Dream," which featured the Top 20 hit "Adorn" and…

  16. Debby Ryan Announces Debut Album 'One'

    February 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Like many Disney Channel stars and starlets, Debby Ryan doesn't just act. The lead on the TV show "Jessie" and formerly of "The Suite Life on Deck," Ryan formed a band -- Debby and the Never Ending -- in 2013. Now, Billboard has learned the release of her debut…

  17. Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw Lead ACM Awards Nominations

    January 29, 2014 10:46 AM EST The nominations were announced for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday morning (Jan. 29), and two of the format's veteran performers found at the top of the nominations list. ACM AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE 2014 ACM Awards! Billboard's ACM Awards Live Blog! ACM…

  18. Miley Cyrus, Lorde & More Perform at Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Party

    January 26, 2014 3:37 PM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston, the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And between sets, co-host and icon himself Clive…

  19. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Saturday

    January 25, 2014 10:00 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards won't be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page…

  20. Daley Talks 'Days and Nights' Debut, Performs 'Look Up' and 'Love & Affection': Watch Here

    January 24, 2014 6:12 PM EST Alt-soul singer Daley slowly but surely is bubbling up to the level of some of his fellow U.K. singing peers. With his lithe, honeyed vocals and R&B ways, his is a style far different from the likes of Jessie Ware, Emeli Sande or Ed Sheeran.  “It’s really nice to see everybody getting…

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