1. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

  2. Hole, 'Live Through This': Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 11, 2014 2:10 PM EDT The first thing you need to know about “Live Through This,” Hole’s sophomore effort and major-label debut, is that the album arrived on April 12, 1994, four days after Kurt Cobain was found dead. That means none of these songs—all about fame and familial drama and even suicide—were written…

  3. Chevelle Scores First No. 1 on Rock Albums Chart

    April 11, 2014 11:58 AM EDT The band returns with its first topper, 'La Gárgola.' Plus, Passenger and Future Islands debut on Hot Rock Songs Chevelle scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, and highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 (No. 3), as "La Gárgola" starts with…

  4. TLC’s Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas Reflects On the 15th Anniversary of 'No Scrubs'

    April 10, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Here's the thing about deadbeat dudes: They're not going anywhere. In 500 years, when we're all living on Mars, the moon or wherever, some guys will still be acting like horny idiots, "hanging out the passenger side of his best friends' ride," trying to holler at…

  5. Michael Cera Readies Broadway Debut In 'This Is Our Youth'

    April 10, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, which has been a magnet for top talent since it was first produced in 1996, is headed for Broadway, with Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and fashion media darling Tavi Gevinson set to play the three adrift characters in the caustic but compassionate…

  6. 'Frozen' May Chill For Ninth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 04, 2014 7:18 PM EDT The "Frozen" soundtrack may maintain its icy grip on the Billboard 200's No. 1 slot for a ninth week, so say industry forecasters. Forecasters suggest the Disney film soundtrack could sell another 140,000 to 145,000 copies in the week ending April 6. That may be enough to…

  7. Lorde's Boyfriend on Singer's Accomplishments: 'I Couldn't Be Prouder'

    March 27, 2014 8:07 PM EDT Lorde's boyfriend is coping just fine with watching the New Zealand pop star succeed around the world. Auckland photographer James K. Lowe mused on his Ono Field blog, “Everybody Returns Someday,” about how his life has changed since his 17-year-old girlfriend, real name Ella Yelich O…

  8. Manchester Orchestra to Play Interactive Tumblr IRL Showcase In Atlanta (Exclusive)

    March 27, 2014 3:17 PM EDT Atlanta rockers Manchester Orchestra will celebrate the release of their fourth album “Cope,” out Tuesday (April 1) via Loma Vista/Republic, with a twist on a hometown show next Thursday (April 3). The group will take over Atlanta’s Gallery L1 for the latest installment of Tumblr IRL , a…

  9. Michael McDonald Talks Doobie Brothers' Country Album: 'It's Like Old Times'

    March 25, 2014 10:34 AM EDT Country A-listers lead busy lives, and when the Doobie Brothers decamped to Nashville to cut a star-studded album featuring twanged-up versions of their classic hits, they found themselves playing "musical chairs" with their high-profile collaborators. That's according to…

  10. CODE First Play: Alex Metric with Oliver, 'Hope'

    March 25, 2014 10:10 AM EDT An uncredited 12-inch record released back in 1992 inspired “Hope,” Alex Metric’s new collaboration with L.A. duo Oliver on Skrillex’s OWSLA label via Big Beat. It premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC radio show on Friday, but CODE beat the rip to share it here first. Metric’s excellent three-track …

  11. Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT To celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 21, here's our track-by-track look back at Madonna's classic studio album, 1989's "Like A Prayer." By early 1989, the world had come to know Madonna as a dance-pop provocateur with quirky-sexy style. She was the…

  12. Tove Lo Debuts Talks 'Truth Serum' EP, Working With Adam Lambert

    March 19, 2014 3:02 PM EDT  "When you live in a safe environment like I grew up in, you need the adrenaline to come from somewhere," says the Swedish pop artist. Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo first made a major Stateside impression last April with the self-release of her single "Habits," an…

  13. Foster the People, 'Supermodel': Track-By-Track Review

    March 17, 2014 1:16 PM EDT What's harder than making America dance to a song that's ostensibly about a school shooting? Figuring out how to follow that out-of-nowhere success, of course. With the 2010 single "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People mastermind Mark Foster proved he could do the former,…

  14. Beyonce Backs Campaign to ‘Ban Bossy’: Watch

    March 13, 2014 3:04 AM EDT Beyonce’s not bossy. She’s “the boss.” That’s the difficult-to-dispute line from Bey herself, as she joins the likes of actors Jennifer Garner and Jane Lynch, fashion designer Diane Von Fürstenberg and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for a viral campaign which calls for a ban…

  15. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

  16. Ricardo Arjona Delivers New Single 'Apnea'

    March 05, 2014 6:05 PM EST One of the most successful Latin singer-songwriters presents his new single “Apnea,” a powerful ballad from upcoming studio album “Viaje.”   Ricardo Arjona debuted new single “Apnea” on March 4 after revealing it in pieces throughout the past week by posting clues surrounding the track to his…

  17. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time

    February 27, 2014 4:45 PM EST In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a side-splitting comedy, the…

  18. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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.…

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