1. Mara Hruby Talks 'Archaic Rapture' EP, Performs Two Songs: Watch

    February 05, 2014 2:12 PM EST Mara Hruby's voice has the strength to transport you to another era. The singer-songwriter, born and raised in Oakland, Calif., stopped by our NYC Billboard studios last week (Jan 27) to not only leave us speechless but also share details about her upcoming EP, "Archaic Rapture.…

  2. Nas to Be Honored at Vibe Impact Awards

    January 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum rapper Nas will be the honoree at Vibe magazine’s second annual Impact Awards. The pre-Grammy, invitation-only gala will be held Jan. 24 at a private location in downtown Los Angeles. Additional details will be announced closer to the gala date.…

  3. Aretha Franklin Recording Album of Classics From Fellow Iconic Female Singers

    December 20, 2013 8:40 AM EST Franklin is working on a "concept" album with Babyface, Don Was and Clive Davis. "They're records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-'round with" The Queen of Soul plans to give the royal treatment to some…

  4. The Sounds, 'Hurt The Ones I Love': Video Premiere

    December 12, 2013 12:11 PM EST Sweden's The Sounds tackle pain and loss with a neat trick -- crisp indie rock. On "Hurt the Ones I Love," the group explore the darker emotions in life. They don’t paint their textures in black, but don’t expect a happy-clappy singalong either. The video, lifted from their…

  5. Top 10 American Music Awards Moments: Past AMAs' Video Highlights

    November 20, 2013 11:43 AM EST Watch the AMAs Red Carpet Show Live Tonight at 5PM ET Along with planned performances from Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and many more and Rihanna set to receive the 'AMA Icon award' , the 2013 American Music Awards this Sunday (Nov. 24…

  6. Colbie Caillat Talks 'Game Changer' New Single, 'Hold On'

    November 19, 2013 4:20 PM EST "I'm so impatient I just want it to be out already," pop singer-songwriter says of the follow-up to 2011 album "All Of You." Colbie Caillat was supposed to have her fourth album out by now, but an abundance of material kept getting in the way. "The hardest part…

  7. Ariana Grande Updates 'Last Christmas' For First Holiday Release: Listen

    November 19, 2013 11:18 AM EST Ariana Grande has opted to put a thoroughly modern R&B spin on Wham!'s holiday staple "Last Christmas" as the first entry in her Christmas song release series. Listen below: The iconic refrain of "Last Christmas" remains in Grande's update, with some…

  8. M.I.A. Finds Peace On 'Matangi' Album: 'It's A Bit Emo In Places'

    November 01, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Boundary-pushing artist rides out battles with the NFL, her child's father -- and herself -- with fourth studio effort. By 2010, M.I.A. had a top 10 single, a gold-selling album, an Academy Award nod and a Grammy performance under her belt. What she didn't have, however, was…

  9. Beck, Dan Deacon Headline L.A.'s Station to Station Railway Car Exhibit

    September 28, 2013 6:24 PM EDT By Maxwell Williams, The Hollywood Reporter At around 8 p.m. at Union Station in Los Angeles, artist Doug Aitken stood on tiptoes, inspecting through a camera lens indie-rock artist Dan Deacon’s spasmodic set. Under the cavernous Art Deco ceilings of the old ticket lobby, audience members…

  10. Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same' Album Leaks: 10 Sad (and Hilarious) Tweets It Inspired

    September 16, 2013 3:24 PM EDT Sunday (Sept. 15) night was a regular one in the Twitter world, filled with some “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Newsroom” HBO spoilers, NFL fodder and other randomness. And then Drake’s forthcoming “Nothing Was the Same” album came (out Sept. 24), via leak. It’s no secret that the rapper…

  11. CHVRCHES' Hype Dreams: Can Blog Buzz Produce A Hit Album?

    September 16, 2013 11:50 AM EDT The Scottish alt-pop trio captured the Internet's attention with its first singles. Next up: a Glassnote debut with high expectations. On July 18, the members of Chvrches strode onstage at the Stadio San Siro football stadium in Milan for a sold-out show with nearly 58,000 people in…

  12. Alternative Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    September 09, 2013 11:37 AM EDT The alternative radio format is built upon the promise of what's coming next, so it's no surprise that the music played by alternative stations has experienced multiple changes during the last 25 years. The wide-ranging format of 1988 (when the chart debuted  with the name, …

  13. Sting's Wife Trudie Styler To Star in Off-Broadway Production

    August 29, 2013 2:50 AM EDT Actress and producer Trudie Styler, the better half of pop singer Sting, will star this fall in a new off-Broadway adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull." Producers said Wednesday that Styler will portray the fading actress Irina Arkadina in the Culture Project's…

  14. Ariana Grande's Grand Entrance: Inside The Nickelodeon Star's Debut Album

    August 16, 2013 1:03 PM EDT Two huge singles have propelled the singer to an audience beyond her TV fans. Ariana Grande was a star before she released her single "The Way" last spring. The co-star of Nickelodeon's hit series "Victorious" had accrued 5.4 million Twitter followers and 2.6…

  15. Haim Make the Boys Cry In 'The Wire' Video: Watch

    August 13, 2013 2:07 AM EDT The Haim sisters play a convincing trio of heartbreakers in the fun new video for “The Wire.” The cameo-filled clip sees siblings Este, Danielle, and Alana dump their respective boyfriends – producing withering, shameless reactions from their spurned ex-partners. Lonely Island's Jorma…

  16. 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&…

  17. 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…

  18. Cyndi Lauper, 'Kinky Boots' Runaway Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2013 11:42 PM EDT The feel-good musical "Kinky Boots," with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won a leading six 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical, best score and best leading man. Christopher Durang's comical "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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