1. Kanye West Blasted for ‘Distasteful’ Parkinson's Lyric

    June 21, 2013 1:57 AM EDT Another day, another Kanye West controversy. The rapper is now being criticized for a "distasteful" lyric from his "Yeezus" album, in which he makes a reference to Parkinson's. In the song "On Sight," West claims he'll make a woman tremble as if she&…

  2. Fifth Harmony Bows 'Miss Movin' On' Lyric Video: Watch

    June 18, 2013 10:25 PM EDT See the 'X Factor' stars' Vine-style video for their debut single. "The X Factor" alumni Fifth Harmony have shared their debut video. The video for "Miss Movin' On" -- part sing-along party, part fun with markers, features the fresh-faced quintet…

  3. NBA Crowd Roars for Young Mariachi Targeted with Racist Tweets

    June 13, 2013 11:34 PM EDT An 11-year-old Latino boy whose singing of the national anthem at the NBA Finals set off a barrage of racist tweets earned a roaring ovation in an encore performance before Game 4 between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat on Thursday night. Sebastien De La Cruz, a mariachi singer who…

  4. Thundercat Q&A: Coping With Loss, Surprising Snoop, and the Jazz Roots of Mac Miller

    June 11, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Stephen Bruner, a.k.a. Thundercat, isn’t the man he used to be. Once a renowned bass player with acts ranging from Suicidal Tendencies and Snoop Dogg to Sa-Ra and Erykah Badu, Bruner has slowly but surely stepped into the role of a frontman on his first two solo albums -- “The Golden Age of…

  5. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  6. Jazz Bassist Ben Tucker Killed in Car Crash

    June 05, 2013 9:56 AM EDT Musician Ben Tucker performed with stars from Quincy Jones to Peggy Lee before he settled in the 1970s in Savannah, where the jazz bassist became one of the city's best-known working musicians. He was killed in a car crash Tuesday at age 82. Tucker was driving a golf cart across a road…

  7. Naughty By Nature, Macklemore & More Perform at 6th Annual Roots Picnic: Live Review

    June 02, 2013 11:49 AM EDT The Roots close the one-day festival with surprise guest, Meek Mill. The Roots Picnic took over the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing yesterday (June 1) with its annual celebration of music. Last year’s festival was an experiment, as the event was spread out over two days, the second of which…

  8. Pink's Australia Tour Breaks Melbourne Venue Record

    May 27, 2013 4:05 AM EDT Pink’s upcoming tour of Australia is officially a record-breaker. The pop superstar’s “The Truth About Love Tour” of Australia has swelled to 46 arena shows, including a record-busting 18th date at Melbourne’s 15,000 capacity Rod Laver Arena. The new Melbourne show (on Aug. 26) was added to…

  9. Little Mix, Emblem3, Fifth Harmony: Which Pop Group Will Rule The Summer?

    May 23, 2013 3:15 PM EDT 0 Vote now! Following a year in which pop groups like One Direction, the Wanted and fun. made notable leaps to stardom, the summer of 2013 promises to raise the profile of a new batch of radio-friendly collectives. Three up-and-coming groups -- Little Mix, Emblem3 and Fifth…

  10. Martin Garrix, 'Animals': Exclusive

    May 20, 2013 2:47 PM EDT Revealed here for the first time, the anonymous festival banger burning up the Internet belongs to the young Dutch producer. The blogs have speculated. The fans have doubted. Now CODE is pleased to reveal that, yes, the hard-hitting track called “Animals” currently making its way around the…

  11. Say Lou Lou On Debut Album, Scoring a Breakout Hit with a B-Side

    May 16, 2013 2:07 PM EDT Swedish/Australian sister duo readying a full-length full of elegant dream-pop. That description of Say Lou Lou members Elektra and Miranda Kilbey -- "Swedish/Australian" -- doesn't make a lot of sense, does it? The 21-year-old twin sisters, who have been gaining blog…

  12. Classixx Releases 'Hanging Gardens' Album, Dudes and Dudettes

    May 14, 2013 12:49 PM EDT The Cali duo’s irresistible debut is infused with their beachy hometown. Michael David, one half of Los Angeles DJ and production duo Classixx, is enduring one of the great injustices of living in the City of Angels: he is getting a rental car because his own vehicle is being repaired…

  13. Daft Punk, 'Random Access Memories': Track-By-Track Review

    May 13, 2013 6:43 PM EDT There's a point on "Doin' It Right," the penultimate track on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," where the album's utter lack of post-modern ambitions smacks the listener in the face. "Everybody will be dancing and be feeling all right!…

  14. Daft Punk: How the Pioneering Dance Duo Conjured 'Random Access Memories'

    May 10, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Shrouded in calculated mystery and unveiled gradually via traditional media, the act's first album in eight years is a bold, high-end effort to make everything old new again It started with a Facebook post: Two helmets, one gold and one silver, halved and fused down the center, set…

  15. David Bowie Releases 'The Next Day' Video

    May 08, 2013 1:19 AM EDT UPDATE: YouTube has removed Bowie's new video because it violated the site's Terms of Service. Billboard has reached out to YouTube and Bowie's rep for comment and clarification on the decision. UPDATE 2: The video is back on YouTube. A spokesperson told Billboard via email…

  16. Fifth Harmony 'Really Far Along' On Debut Album: Video

    May 01, 2013 10:20 AM EDT Fifth Harmony, the female pop quintet formed on this year's edition of "The X Factor," is "really far along" with its debut album, which is due out later this year on Epic Records. At the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday (April 27), the act said that they…

  17. Neutral Milk Hotel Reunites, Announces Tour Dates

    April 29, 2013 5:40 PM EDT Neutral Milk Hotel, the beloved indie band that has been on hiatus for a decade and a half, is finally getting back together for a brief tour later this year. The reunited group -- featuring Jeff Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster and Jeremy Barnes -- has announced five shows for fall…

  18. The Presets Reset: The Aussie Twosome's Over the Pressure of Success and Back

    April 25, 2013 1:21 PM EDT On the eve of their North American tour, the Aussie band talks EDM, expectations, and becoming career artists. It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that recording the follow-up to a massively successful album is the most difficult thing a band can do. That was the challenge…

  19. Snoop Lion, 'Reincarnated': Track-By-Track Review

    April 23, 2013 1:22 PM EDT Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, announced his embracement of the Rastafarian way of life following a visit to Jamaica in 2012. While there he took part in reasoning sessions with Rastafarian elders, among them The Wailers’ sole living founding member Bunny Wailer. The elders’…

  20. Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' Sets Record on Spotify

    April 20, 2013 2:44 PM EDT Daft Punk has set a record on Spotify . The music service, which launched in 2008, says the French electronic duo's song "Get Lucky" had the biggest streaming day for a single track on Friday in the U.S. and the United Kingdom . Spotify wouldn't release the number of…

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