1. Janelle Monae Performs at Hollywood Fundraiser, 'Relaxed' Barack Obama Joins the Party

    July 24, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Barack Obama took the stage shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Shonda Rhimes' Hancock Park-area home, where the Scandal creator praised the president for "doing his job like a boss." "Nice-looking crowd," Obama joked, looking out into the star-studded audience. "…

  2. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Lera Lynn Debuts 'La Di Da' Off Next Album (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, Billboard is excited to debut "La Di Da" from Lera Lynn. It's the lead track from her upcoming project The Avenues, which is set for a Sept. 9 release. "It's a song I started writing really late one night a couple of years ago,"…

  4. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Shakira Shakes Her 'Hips' To No. 1

    June 16, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2006, the Latin pop superstar topped the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rick Astley, the Four Tops, Carrie Underwood and Robin Thicke Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 16, 1990…

  5. 615 Spotlight: Steven Padilla Releases Debut 'Good At Goodbye'

    June 12, 2014 7:08 PM EDT The debut album from newcomer Steven Padilla, "Good At Goodbye," has been released, and the talented newcomer tells The 615 that he is glad to finally have it out for his fans. That being said, the singer admitted to Billboard that one person who definitely isn’t listening to the…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Carissa Leigh Wants a 'Bad Boy'

    June 05, 2014 1:26 PM EDT It's a magical time for country newcomer Carissa Leigh: the Canada native has a new single, "Bad Boy," her first release in the U.S. "I'm one of those people that if I see an opportunity, I go for it," she tells Billboard. "Music has always been something I…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Jill & Julia Talk 'Wildfire' Single, Vegas Life

    May 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT No pun intended, but the Nevada-based sister duo known as Jill and Julia have caused a "Wildfire" with their latest single. OK, that just happens to be the title of their brand new single release. The duo's Jill told The 615 that they are happy with the attention the song has…

  8. Julia Sheer Stars in 'Blackbird Sings' on YouTube

    May 05, 2014 5:23 PM EDT YouTube's Country Now channel launching new series starring the viral star The music business is an ever-changing model. What the rules are might very well be old hat by next week. That novel approach to the business shines very brightly with this week's launch of a new…

  9. Ray LaMontagne Goes 'Supernova': The Folk Singer Talks New Album

    May 02, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The blues of "Trouble" hinted at a sad existence for LaMontagne. A decade on, the joyous, just-released 'Supernova,' flips the script. It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after…

  10. OutKast Headlines Australia's Splendour in the Grass Fest

    April 22, 2014 11:56 PM EDT OutKast’s comeback trail will extend as far as Australia. The Atlanta hip hop duo were today confirmed to the bill for this July’s Splendour in the Grass festival, where they’ll deliver their only performance on Aussie turf this season. OutKast leads a line-up that includes Two Door Cinema…

  11. 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…

  12. SXSW: The Blasters' Phil and Dave Alvin Reunite at the Continental Club

    March 14, 2014 5:57 PM EDT The two brothers perform together for the first time in over a decade. With over 2,000 acts performing at the 2014 SXSW Music Festival, every conceivable venue in downtown Austin is being utilized in some way. That means modern halls like Austin City Limits as well as makeshift tents with…

  13. Oscars 2014: Pharrell, Liza, Pink and Gaga Bring Fashion Edge to the Academy Awards

    March 03, 2014 1:25 AM EST PHARRELL BETTE MIDLER P!NK Leave it up to music artists to bring edge to the Oscars. The Academy Awards kicked off Sunday night March 2 in California. While Charlize Theron stunned in Christian Dior, and Julia Roberts wowed in Givenchy, singers were the ones who brought raw swagger to the…

  14. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time

    February 27, 2014 4:45 PM EST In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a side-splitting comedy, the…

  15. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Talk 'Common Ground' Album, Premiere 'All By Myself' Song: Listen Exclusively

    February 19, 2014 10:25 AM EST For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records, and today (Feb. 19) Billboard…

  16. Chart Highlights: A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Beyonce & Jay Z Add New No. 1s

    February 18, 2014 11:20 AM EST The former pair's 'Say Something' tops Adult Pop Songs, while the latter's 'Drunk in Love' dominates Rhythmic Songs. Plus, more new leaders for Jason Aldean, Arctic Monkeys, Enrique Iglesias and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of…

  17. Primavera Sound Festival 2014 Lineup Announced: Nine Inch Nails, Slowdive + More

    January 28, 2014 3:16 PM EST Barcelona’s waterfront will get loud this May. Nine Inch Nails, Disclosure, and Laurent Garnier join already confirmed headliners Arcade Fire for the 14th annual Primavera Sound Festival May 29-31 at Barcelona’s waterfront Parc del Fòrum. Unveiling it’s the lineup through a short film,…

  18. Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears Win Big at People's Choice Awards

    January 08, 2014 11:17 PM EST Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" scores Favorite Album, while Spears gets nod for Favorite Pop Artist Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" was 2013's top-selling album, and at the 2014 People's Choice Awards, he continued his hot streak…

  19. Janice Min to Head Billboard, THR as Co-President of Entertainment Group for Guggenheim

    January 07, 2014 10:40 PM EST Guggenheim Media today announced that Janice Min has been tapped to lead Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter as Co-President/Chief Creative Officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media. In her expanded role, which is effective immediately, Min will be responsible for all…

  20. Justin Bieber Arrives in the Philippines

    December 10, 2013 3:16 AM EST Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber arrived Tuesday in the Philippines, where he has launched a campaign to help victims of last month's killer typhoon. Bieber, adored by young fans worldwide for hits like "Baby," arrived on a special flight, Immigration officer Jerome Ollet said.…

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