1. Beck & Warby Parker Glasses Now Available

    July 29, 2014 8:52 PM EDT The eyewear company partners with the singer for a pair of limited-edition frames. No stranger to creating cool capsule collections -- from  Man of Steel -inspired   frames  to a recent collab with Victoria's Secret angel Karlie Kloss -- Warby Parker is back at it again with a new…

  2. Garth Brooks Taps Chicago for Start of Tour

    July 15, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Garth Brooks announced the first date this morning for his upcoming world tour: Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago, a market Brooks hasn't played in 17 years. There is no word on when the rest of the tour will be announced, but it appears the door has been…

  3. 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever

    July 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Getting booked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a major event is an honor for any artist. Many will try anything -- whether it's fiddling with the arrangement or striving for the glory notes that only five-octive powerhouses like Whitney could hit -- to put their own…

  4. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  5. Lady Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Shape-Shifts Through Atlanta

    May 07, 2014 11:02 AM EDT "Atlanta, how weird can you make us?" Gaga asked her screaming arena. Then, things got weird. Lady Gaga is a post-pop musician with a serious oral fixation. Her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball, which opened earlier this week in Fort Lauderdale before stopping at Atlanta's Philips…

  6. Hurray for the Riff Raff's Political Americana Brings Genre Back to Its Roots

    February 12, 2014 12:30 PM EST Led by a Bronx-raised, Puerto Rican ex-punk rocker, Hurray for the Riff Raff is bringing folk back home Just a few years ago, Alynda Lee Segarra, the engaging frontwoman for New Orleans folk outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff, was hitching freight trains, playing washboard in a French Quarter…

  7. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:25 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned album of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. These five artistic statements are in the running for the album of the year honor at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). Jump To: Song of the Year |…

  8. Holy Ghost!: Working 'Dynamics' and a Steady Career

    November 01, 2013 9:00 AM EDT A few weeks back, the audience at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles enthusiastically sang “Happy Birthday” to Holy Ghost! frontman Alex Frankel. It was a victorious moment right before the encore of a show that had the typically too-cool-for-school LA crowd dancing and singing along…

  9. 'Cruise' Co-Writer Chase Rice Goes 'Bigger' With 'Ready Set Roll'

    October 15, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Regardless of what happens next in his career, Chase Rice knows that he will be attached to one of the biggest country chart singles in Billboard history: Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise." Rice, one of the co-writers of the song, says that making his initial impact on the…

  10. Daft Punk Sends 'Dance' Into Top 10 on Dance Chart, Gaga's 'Applause' Remains at No. 1

    September 06, 2013 6:07 PM EDT The duo follows "Get Lucky" with another Pharrell-featuring anthem. Plus, Lady Gaga reigns, Krewella debuts and dance vets Kylie Minogue and Howard Jones add to their chart histories. Daft Punk zooms into the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Lose…

  11. Rachel Holder Embraces 'Lord Help Me' Single, Courtesy of a Famous Trio

    August 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Katrina Elam, Ashley Monroe and Carrie Underwood co-wrote the Curb artist's rocking new single Curb recording artist Rachel Holder -- who made an appearance in the 615 Spotlight in 2012 -- has a new single out entitled "Lord Help Me." The release is noteworthy for several…

  12. Lil Wayne Releases 'God Bless Amerika' Video

    July 16, 2013 10:08 AM EDT Lil Wayne's bleak video for "God Bless Amerika," released by the rapper on Monday night, is filled with scenes of urban devastation in his native Hollygrove, New Orleans. There are closeup views of poverty, decked-out riot police and abandoned homes, one with "They…

  13. Panic! At The Disco Returns with New Album, 'Miss Jackson' Single

    July 15, 2013 1:20 PM EDT Alt-rock group will join Fall Out Boy on tour following headlining dates. Panic! At The Disco is back a new album and a single to preview its fourth studio full-length. On Monday (July 15), the group released the official music video for "Miss Jackson," the first single off…

  14. Lil Wayne Dances On American Flag in 'God Bless Amerika' Video

    June 17, 2013 2:30 PM EDT Even before the premiere of the music video for new single "God Bless Amerika," Lil Wayne has already sparked controversy after behind-the-scenes footage from song's video leaked earlier today (June 17). Shot in his hometown of New Orleans, the footage features Weezy singing…

  15. Kanye West: How the Rapper Grew From 'Dropout' to 'Yeezus'

    June 14, 2013 11:40 AM EDT The college dropout is now an icon. Read up on Kanye's musical journey to "Yeezus." It's been nearly a decade since Kanye West--elite artist and at times social pariah--released his debut album "The College Dropout," a soulful multi-platinum album. Since then…

  16. Beyonce Takes Bum-Grab in Stride at Copenhagen Concert: Watch

    May 28, 2013 11:00 AM EDT You can like it, but you shouldn't put your hand on it. Some guy had the gall to slap Beyonce's derriere at her concert in Copenhagen on Sunday, and thanks to the internet, video documentation of his foolish behavior has gone viral. As you will see in the clip above, the slap…

  17. 'American Idol': Top 12 Moments of Season 12

    May 16, 2013 6:10 PM EDT It's between Kree Harrison and Candice Glover for the "American Idol" season 12 crown. But remember, two came out of thousands who auditioned to begin with, giving viewers plenty of performances and moments throughout the year that made this season of "Idol"…

  18. My Bloody Valentine to Headline L.A.'s FYF Fest

    May 13, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine will play their first U.S. gig since 2009 at Los Angeles' FYF Festival. Also on hand for the fest -- which runs Aug. 24-25 at L.A. State Historic Park -- are acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Solange, and MGMT. The decade-old punk and…

  19. Ray J Recruits Kim Kardashian Look-Alike For 'I Hit It First' Video: Watch

    April 29, 2013 12:01 PM EDT Ray J, who's more (in)famous for his 2007 sex tape with ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian than for his recording career, has a charming message for Kardashian's partner Kanye West: "I Hit It First." The song's accompanying music video, directed by J.R. Saint, features a…

  20. Burnell Taylor Eliminated as 'American Idol' Judges Avoid Save Again

    April 04, 2013 11:19 PM EDT Ever since its introduction in season eight, the "American Idol" judges save has been a major player in each season once fan voting comes into play. Matt Giraud got the save in season eight during the top seven show, with Michael Lynche earning redemption in season nine while nine…

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