1. Pharrell, 'G I R L': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 7:46 PM EST It’s hard not to feel happy for Pharrell Williams. The eternally boyish producer, 40, is currently enjoying a career renaissance on the level of Mariah Carey in 2005 or Bryan Cranston in 2008, emerging after a presumed definitive career arc to star in a dazzling second act. If he had…

  2. Backstage With St. Vincent: New Style, New Label and a Bold New Album

    February 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST The alt-goddess strikes a new pose with her first major-label album: "The music industry is the wild west" Inside a dimly lit and cavernous studio space in Manhattan's SoHo district, assorted members of the world's fashion elite jostle for rickety chairs while Annie…

  3. 'Frozen' Targeting Longest No. 1 Run for a Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'

    February 21, 2014 5:01 PM EST The "Frozen" soundtrack is about to meet "Titanic" in the history books. Industry sources forecast the "Frozen" album to sell around 85,000 copies in the tracking week ending on Sunday, February 23. That could be enough to secure the No. 1 slot on next week'…

  4. P!nk To Perform At Oscars

    February 21, 2014 2:20 PM EST The 86th Academy Awards have added P!nk to its list of performers at this year's ceremony, set to air live on ABC on Mar. 2. The pop singer, who was named Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2013, announced the news on Friday (Feb. 21). Last month, P!nk and fun.'s Nate Ruess…

  5. Arcade Fire's Will Butler Q&A: On Scoring 'Her' & The 'Intimidating' Sex Scene

    February 21, 2014 2:06 PM EST "We're just rock musicians; we don't know how to do it. It just happens," he says. Arcade Fire took a break from recording its fourth studio album, "Reflektor," so a few of its members could score the Spike Jonze stunner "Her." The film is nominated for…

  6. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O & 'Frozen' Fight for Academy Awards Gold

    February 21, 2014 2:00 PM EST Pharrell has a No. 2 hit, the "Frozen" soundtrack reached No. 1, Karen O is the indie ‘It’ girl and U2 is... just cool. The Academy’s sleepy little Best Original Song category turns shockingly competitive and surprisingly commercial as the nominees open up about what they…

  7. Karen O Performing 'Her' Song at Oscars

    February 13, 2014 3:40 PM EST Karen O will perform "The Moon Song" from "Her" during the Oscars, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Thursday. "The Moon Song" was written by Karen O and "Her" director Spike Jonze and is a best original song nominee. The upcoming…

  8. Odd Future Banned in New Zealand by Immigration Authorities

    February 13, 2014 10:21 AM EST New Zealand immigration authorities Thursday banned Los Angeles rappers Odd Future from entering the country after deciding they pose a threat to public order. The group was due to play an open-air concert with headline act Eminem on Saturday in Auckland. Border Operations Manager Karen…

  9. Angel Haze Reviews Alexander Wang’s Fall 2014 Runway Show

    February 12, 2014 5:15 PM EST Angel Haze’s quirky, but no-nonsense style has caught our attention. So we tapped the edgy rapper to be the latest fashion week correspondent for The Hook. We had Angel cover the Alexander Wang show held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard last Saturday (Feb. 8). The “Werkin' Girls” singer took us…

  10. Pharrell's 'Happy' Is Highest Charting Oscar-Nominated Song in More Than a Decade

    February 12, 2014 4:39 PM EST This week, Pharrell's "Happy" becomes the highest-charting Oscar-nominated song in more than a decade. The tune, which is nominated for best original song at this year's Academy Awards, jumps from No. 8 to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week . It was written by…

  11. Karen O Performs 'Moon Song,' 'Maps' at THR's Nominees Night Bash

    February 11, 2014 5:36 PM EST The Hollywood Reporter's Nominees Night kicked off in full swing with Oscar hopefuls and top studio executives and producers filling Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills hotspot Spago on Feb. 10. Hosted by Janice Min, co-president/chief creative officer of the Entertainment Group of…

  12. MØ Wants To Dance: Danish Singer Talks Debut Album, Working With Diplo

    February 11, 2014 2:19 PM EST New single "Don't Wanna Dance" is one of the young year's most delectable pop singles. In 2012, Copenhagen native Karen Marie Ørsted, better know by her stage name MØ (pronounced "moo"), released her first single "Maiden," a soulful track with a title…

  13. Karen O & Spike Jonze's Oscar-Nominated 'Moon Song': 'Her' Track Spotlighted in New Featurette

    February 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST A new video lovingly highlights the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman's minimalist track Karen O may be on her way to her first Academy Award. Nominated for an Oscar in the best original song category for the minimalist "The Moon Song," featured in best picture hopeful "Her,…

  14. Arcade Fire Up for Six Juno Awards: Nominees List

    February 04, 2014 4:42 PM EST Michael Bublé, Serena Ryder, Céline Dion, Drake among other top nominees Canadian indie rock heroes Arcade Fire on Tuesday snagged a field-leading six nominations for the Junos, Canada's top music awards. Crooner Michael Bublé and Serena Ryder are each up for five noms, while Céline Dion…

  15. Pharrell Williams to Perform on The Oscars

    February 04, 2014 11:45 AM EST After nabbing three Grammys and singingwith Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers during last month’s awards ceremony, Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The singer-songwriter-producer, who has also served as a music consultant for the…

  16. Oscars: Academy Disqualifies Best Song Nominee 'Alone Yet Not Alone'

    January 29, 2014 7:02 PM EST The Oscar nomination for an obscure song in a lightly seen film has been rescinded. The Academy’s board of governors disqualified Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel’s “Alone Yet Not Alone” after learning that Broughton, a former governor and current Music Branch executive committee member,…

  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. Beyonce’s Stylist Ty Hunter Talks GRAMMY Looks, Reveals Her Favorite Fashion Item

    January 28, 2014 6:30 PM EST Aside from Pharrell’s Vivienne Westwood hat, all eyes were on Beyonce at the 2014 Grammy Awards. From Her ultra sexy La Perla Spring 2013 performance number to her white sheer Michael Costello fishnet gown, Bey stole the show. That sexy wet performance will not soon be forgot. Those moves…

  19. Pharrell Enters Social 50 Thanks to 'Happy' Hit

    January 24, 2014 10:53 AM EST His new single, from 'Despicable Me 2,' spurs his debut. Plus, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira soar up the chart Pharrell Williams debuts on the Social 50 chart at No. 43, thanks to the surging popularity of his single "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack.…

  20. U2 to Premiere 'Invisible' Song in Super Bowl Ad for (RED) and Bank of America

    January 23, 2014 3:28 PM EST U2 will premiere a new song, "Invisible," via a commercial from (RED) and Bank of America that will air during next Sunday's Super Bowl (Feb. 2.) As previously reported by Billboard , the song will set up U2's forthcoming album – a follow-up to 2009's "No…

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