1. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and…

  2. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight…

  3. Exclusive: Bloc Party's Kele Okereke Premieres New Solo Album 'Trick'

    October 07, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Kele returns to house and DJ influences while Bloc Party takes time off. Bloc Party is on another break following 2012’s Four , but frontman Kele Okereke isn’t taking any time off from music. He’s returned with a new solo album -- his second following 2010’s The Boxer -- and is premiering…

  4. Kele On His ‘Intimate, Immersive’ New Album & The Future of Bloc Party

    September 25, 2014 3:07 PM EDT “I don’t think I ever want to make a record completely in isolation,” says the U.K. artist. Trick is the second solo album from Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke, and the second full-length in which the 32-year-old singer-songwriter-DJ-producer deviates from Bloc Party’s guitar-packed…

  5. RAC 'Cheap Sunglasses' Remix Premiere: Hear Amtrac’s Take on the Dance Cut

    September 08, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Hear the new remix before RAC's raucous headlining tour kicks off next month. Andre Allen Anjos, the acclaimed dance-pop producer/remixer better known as RAC, is releasing an EP of remixes of his latest single, “Cheap Sunglasses” featuring Matthew Koma, later this month. The Cheap…

  6. Pawws 'Sugar' EP Premiere: Stream The U.K. Electro-Pop Artist's Debut Release

    June 09, 2014 12:04 PM EDT In January , Pop Shop profiled Lucy Taylor, the enchanting pop singer-songwriter who is now playing under the name Pawws after performing as a backing musician for MGMT and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. After releasing her debut single, "Time To Say Goodbye/Slow Love," last year…

  7. RAC feat. Peter Moren, 'All I Got': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 31, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Hear the latest great cut from the producer's "Strangers" album project. RAC has remixed tracks by Lana Del Rey, The Shins, Phoenix and many others, and on Tuesday (Apr. 1), the acclaimed producer will release the second half of his debut album, "Strangers," through…

  8. Meet Pawws, A Former Backing Musician Making Gorgeous Pop Music On Her Own

    January 27, 2014 4:17 PM EST The classically trained flute player has impressed the blogosphere with affable pop tunes. Last July, Lucy Taylor -- the U.K. singer-songwriter who plays under the name Pawws -- played a show at Birthdays, a 250-capacity venue in east London that opened in May 2012. At that point, Taylor had…

  9. Bubbling Under: Celeste Buckingham Begins 'Run'

    January 10, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Celeste Buckingham, RAC, Que and Signature Celeste Buckingham Eighteen-year-old singer Celeste Buckingham is poised to make her airplay…

  10. Kele Okereke Goes Techno in New Mix: Listen Here

    December 05, 2013 4:14 PM EST Last week, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke dropped “Heartbraker,” a vinyl-only EP on Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels label. Before “Heartbreaker” comes to digital on December 9, Okereke is sharing a new mix that offers some insight into how the indie-dance-band singer has morphed into a…

  11. CODE Picks of the Week: Sam Smith, Basement Jaxx and More

    August 23, 2013 3:28 PM EDT Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what this week’s CODERs have to say. Sam Smith: “Safe With Me” (Tourist Remix) Even if Sam Smith wanted to escape his destiny as the consummate voice of the house music…

  12. Martin Solveig Feels Smashing After Madonna Pairing

    August 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT DJ talks new album ("Smash"), plans to produce and direct films, plus the "maturity" gained from working with Madonna French DJ Martin Solveig says that being Madonna 's latest musical boy toy has given him some welcome education and seasoning. "It's given…

  13. Bloc Party Shakes Off Breakup Rumors, Comes Back Strong on 'Four'

    August 21, 2012 1:00 PM EDT ''Come on, New York City, we didn't come back from the dead for this!" Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke chided the stock-still crowd two songs into the U.K. band's set at Terminal 5 on Aug. 7. The taut, hit-strewn performance was the first of three nights headlining…

  14. Track Review: Bloc Party, 'Octopus'

    July 23, 2012 8:30 AM EDT BLOC PARTY "Octopus" (3:07) Writers: Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong Producers: Alex Newport Publishers: EMI Music Publishing Frenchkiss Fans of angular indie-rock suffered a major scare when Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke hinted at the possible demise…

  15. Bloc Party Gets Colorful in 'Octopus' Video: Watch

    July 10, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Following a four-year hiatus that saw more than a few break-up rumors, Bloc Party is back with "Octopus," the first single off its new record, "Four." The number four holds a lot of meaning for the U.K. indie rockers -- not only is it the number of years since they…

  16. Bloc Party To Release Album Number 'Four' in August

    May 31, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Angular rock savants Bloc Party will release its fourth album and first full-length in four years, the aptly titled "Four," on Aug. 21 through Frenchkiss Records. The U.K. group announced the title and release date on Thursday morning (May 31) and released an "album trailer…

  17. Skrillex, Jay-Z, Black Keys Up for Woodie Awards

    February 09, 2012 4:10 PM EST MTV has announced the nominees for the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards. Skrillex , Kanye West and Jay-Z , The Black Keys , Mac Miller , M83 , and Cloud Nothings are among those up for awards, which include Woodie of the Year, Performing Woodie, Best Video, Breaking Woodie, and the new dance-oriented…

  18. Bloc Party 'Still Bloc Party,' Despite Shakeup Rumors

    September 28, 2011 2:40 PM EDT Bloc Party , the British angular rock quartet that exploded onto the scene with 2005 debut "Silent Alarm," is not breaking up or looking for a singer to replace frontman Kele Okereke, despite rumors of a lineup change. The band has not issued an album since 2008's electronica…

  19. Hercules and Love Affair Adds New Treats To 'Blue Songs' U.S. Release

    August 14, 2011 10:00 AM EDT With the stateside release of "Blue Songs", Hercules and Love Affair's long-awaited sophomore album and first release since its self-titled 2008 debut, the band finally gets new music to fans at home. "Blue Songs" -- which has been out in Europe since January -- will…

  20. Martin Solveig Says 'Hello' To Hot 100, September Album Release

    June 12, 2011 9:00 AM EDT It's taken nearly a year for French DJ/producer Martin Solveig 's single, "Hello," to gain traction in America. But now both he and Canadian electro-pop band Dragonette -- which is featured on the song -- are enjoying their first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100. Video:…

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