1. Vance Joy, Birds of Tokyo Top APRA Awards Nominations

    May 29, 2014 7:06 AM EDT With four nods each, Vance Joy and Birds of Tokyo lead the nominations for this year’s APRA Music Awards. Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) is up for breakthrough songwriter of the year, and his international hit “Riptide” is in the hunt for most played Australian work, pop work of the year,…

  2. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  3. Herb Jeffries, Pioneering Black Singing Cowboy of the Movies, Dies at 100

    May 26, 2014 4:02 AM EDT Herb Jeffries, the first black singing cowboy of the movies who starred in such 1930s films as Harlem on the Prairie and The Bronze Buckaroo, has died, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 100. Jeffries, who later became a recording star as a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, died…

  4. Beyonce's Memorial Day Playlist Is Full of Classic Summer Soul

    May 25, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Now, don't ever say the Queen Bey never did anything for you There's a crazed thirst that befalls this country on Memorial Day weekend. It's a thirst that can only be quenched by sunlight, grilled food items, and music -- not just any music, but the kind that can't help…

  5. Pharrell Calls Arrest of 'Happy' Video Dancers in Iran 'Beyond Sad'

    May 21, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Three men and three women were arrested in Tehran, Iran for their choreographed take on the No. 1 hit Six young Iranians have been arrested for dancing to "Happy" in a viral YouTube hit and Pharrell Williams isn't pleased. "It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested…

  6. 'Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: To the Maks!

    May 21, 2014 4:53 AM EDT “It’s just plastic, but it means so much.” In that one sparkle-teary sentence, Maks summed up both his FINALLY completed quest to win the coveted mirrorball trophy and loyal viewers’ commitment to “Dancing With the Stars” itself. This one’s for all of us: Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy…

  7. 'Dancing With the Stars': And the Winner Is ...

    May 20, 2014 11:19 PM EDT "Dancing With the Stars" has crowned a new winner. Meryl Davis and professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were named champions of the ABC dancing competition show's 18th season during Tuesday's live results show. "It is just plastic, but it means so much,…

  8. Miley Cyrus Covers The Smiths' 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out': Listen

    May 20, 2014 2:22 PM EDT As well as being on her Bangerz tour, Miley Cyrus is on a tour through the history of rock music. After covering the Beatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" with the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards , Cyrus covered the Smiths' "There…

  9. Ciara Becomes a Mom

    May 20, 2014 5:58 AM EDT Ciara has become the proud mother of a baby boy. The R&B artist and her fiancé Future welcomed their bundle of joy into the world “very early” Monday morning in L.A., according to the New York Post's Page Six column. This is the first child for Ciara, and the fourth for Future. Their…

  10. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    May 17, 2014 11:50 AM EDT “How lucky are we that we get to be here together?” Martina McBride asked the sold-out crowd on board the Carnival Ecstasy this week, where she was performing the first of two shows in Cozumel, Mexico, as part of the cruise line’s new Carnival Live concert series. “This has been a new…

  11. Phish Announces New Album 'Fuego'; Hear Song 'Waiting All Night'

    May 15, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Trey Anastasio and company are at it again. Jam rock legends Phish have announced plans for a brand new studio album titled "Fuego." The ten-song collection will drop June 24 via JEMP. "Fuego" is the veteran band's 12th studio album to date and its first since 2009&…

  12. Michael Jackson's 'Xscape': Track-By-Track Review

    May 13, 2014 1:29 PM EDT To answer your first question: Yes, it is any good. And about your second: Better than you think.   To be sure, it's a strange project: a Michael Jackson record of vocals out of the vault and all-new music from Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Stargate, Rodney…

  13. Eurovision Audience Jeers Russia's Entrant (Watch)

    May 09, 2014 3:02 AM EDT Europe's most popular annual televised talent competition, the Eurovision Song Contest, became a proxy battleground for the clash between Russia and the West over Ukraine at the semifinals Tuesday night. With acts from both Russia and Ukraine giving all they had to their live…

  14. Street Joy Song Premiere: Listen To The Promising L.A. Group's 'Moon'

    May 07, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Street Joy, a new Los Angeles-based alternative duo, will self-release its self-titled debut album on June 1 on its own Trick Pony Records after issuing a series of sumptuous rock tracks over the past few months. One of the group's standouts is the crisply produced track "Moon,"…

  15. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 'You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 07, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Ahead of the release of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Goin' Home," Billboard today exclusively premieres the track, "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover." As its title suggests, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new album "Goin' Home" brings the guitar…

  16. Lykke Li Dives Into Heartbreak on 'I Never Learn': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Lykke Li has described her third album, "I Never Learn," as the final installment in a trilogy, but the lonely woman at the center of the new set is almost unrecognizable compared with the honeydew-voiced pixie who arrived with 2008's "Youth Novels." Back then, the…

  17. Chart Highlights: Beyonce Scores 20th Dance Club Songs No. 1 With 'Partition'

    May 05, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Queen Bey tallies her latest landmark leader. Plus, new No. 1s for John Legend, Jhene Aiko, Linkin Park, Eric Church and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  18. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  19. Robert Plant Signs With Nonesuch for New Album

    May 02, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Rock legend Robert Plant has signed a deal with Nonesuch Records ahead of the release of a new album. The label announced that the Led Zeppelin alum's upcoming release, his tenth solo effort, will feature his roots and psychedelic-inspired backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters. …

  20. Hans Zimmer on Creating the Music of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' With Pharrell, Johnny Marr

    April 30, 2014 4:54 PM EDT "The first day [in the studio] was hard," Zimmer says. "It was chaos because I had too many people in the room" One of the first requests Hans Zimmer received from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb was for a fanfare. Zimmer's initial response? …

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