1. Kitty Cash & SZA, 'Moodring': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The DJ announces 'Love The Free II' mixtape, featuring SZA, Yuna, Dev Hynes & more. It's slated to drop on July 22. A year after turning heads with her debut mixtape, "Love The Free," Kitty Cash preps its sequel, "Love The Free II." The 24-year-old DJ…

  2. Jean Shepard Reflects on Her Life 'Down Through The Years'

    June 26, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard is in a reflective mood these days, and much of that stems from releasing her long-awaited autobiography, "Down Through The Years." She admitted to Billboard that it has been a work in progress – for a while. “I’ve been working on it…

  3. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony Debuts on HBO

    June 01, 2014 12:39 PM EDT The hullabaloo Kiss raised over the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony gave HBO an added bonus to promote its three-hour, 15-minute edited version of last month’s ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ROCK HALL CEREMONY • Review:   Debts Repaid at…

  4. Top 30 Summer Songs

    May 22, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Chart Article The sun is shining, and the beaches will soon be crowded, which can only mean one thing: Summer is underway. To celebrate the return of our favorite season, we've scoured the Billboard chart archives and updated this definitive list of the most popular songs about…

  5. Katy Perry Channels Her Inner Lisa Frank For Prismatic World Tour

    May 08, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Katy Perry is keeping the '90s alive with her Prismatic world tour costumes. The pop star’s show is full of outfits that look like a mashup of My Little Pony and Lisa Frank. Along with the kitty cat costume -- or shall we say “Katy” cat? -- the singer also rocked a Lisa Frank-ified…

  6. Glenn Danzig Sues Former Misfits Bandmate Over Iconic 'Fiend Skull' (Report)

    May 07, 2014 9:21 PM EDT The Misfits' unnecessarily plentiful merchandise could be taken as the ultimate symbol of capitalism's shameless commodification of punk rock, but it's also worth a lot of money -- money founding singer Glenn Danzig is suing former bassist Gerald Caiafa, a.k.a. Jerry Only, for…

  7. John Legend's 'All Of Me' Tops Hot 100, Ariana Grande Debuts At No. 3

    May 07, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Legend dethrones Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' after 10 weeks on top, while Grande storms in at No. 3 with 'Problem,' featuring Iggy Azalea. John Legend takes over the Billboard Hot 100 at last, as his piano ballad "All of Me" unseats Pharrell Williams…

  8. 'Frozen' Spends Lucky 13th Week At No. 1, Lindsey Stirling Bows At No. 2

    May 07, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ray LaMontagne also debuts in the Top 5, while Ariana Grande's "Problem" nets a huge digital debut. As expected, Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a lucky 13th nonconsecutive week at No. 1…

  9. Avril Lavigne Charges $400 for Awkward Fan Photos in Brazil

    May 03, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Who needs Awkward Family Photos when you can pay hundreds of dollars to take your own with Avril Lavigne? For a string of performances in Brazil as part of her 30-date South American tour, Lavigne has been giving fans the option to purchase $400 (R$800) "Meet-and-Greet" tickets …

  10. Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' Video Gets 'Favorable' Reactions in Japan

    May 02, 2014 6:01 PM EDT No offense taken in Tokyo, where the controversial video has received positive reviews. While Avril Lavigne's "Hello Kitty" video has raised the hackles of plenty of Western pundits, thanks to imagery that many perceive as culturally insensitive -- robotic, creepy girls in a…

  11. Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' Claws Onto Hot 100 Chart

    May 01, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Controversy translates to chart action for Avril Lavigne, whose "Hello Kitty" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 75 following the track’s Vevo video debut on April 23. It’s her second-highest charted song from her recent self-titled album; "Here's to Never Growing Up,…

  12. Pop Shop Podcast: Little Mix Interview, Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' & More

    May 01, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  13. Little Mix Live: Watch Studio Session & 'Salute' Q&A

    May 01, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The U.K. girl group discusses its upcoming musical direction after performing "Move" and "Little Me." Girl Group Week! • Top 40 Girl Group Songs Ever • Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs • Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Videos • Fantasy Girl Group Draft • 10 K…

  14. DJ Rashad Remembered by Chance the Rapper, Jay Electronica, Disclosure, Others on Twitter

    April 27, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Following news on Saturday that Chicago footwork mastermind DJ Rashad died of a drug overdose at age 35, numerous artists have been paying their respects to the late DJ on Twitter. DJ Rashad Dies of Drug Overdose On April 26, DJ Godfather was scheduled to perform with Rashad, along with DJ…

  15. Avril Lavigne Responds To 'Hello Kitty' Video Criticism: 'RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!!'

    April 24, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Avril Lavigne's new music video for "Hello Kitty," which features the singer parading around Tokyo with a group of four expressionless Asian women, has taken its share of rightful criticism since first popping up online on Tuesday (Apr. 24). On Wednesday night, the pop…

  16. Avril Lavigne 'Hello Kitty' Video Is An Embarrassment In Any Language

    April 22, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Why, Avril? Why? "Hello Kitty" is the weakest song on Avril Lavigne's fifth studio album, a grating earworm that squeezes Gwen Stefani's Japan fetishization into an even more unseemly package. But in a lot of ways, its music video, which wormed its way onto…

  17. Bruce Springsteen Makes It Right, Inducts The E Street Band Into Rock Hall

    April 11, 2014 10:20 AM EDT The long-awaited induction of Bruce Springsteen's veteran sidemen, the E Street Band, took place at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The bandleader himself inducted his bandmates past and present, taking the crowd through the long history of friendship and comradeship, hard times…

  18. Rock Hall Ceremony Wraps With Worthy Performances, Hatchets Buried

    April 11, 2014 4:25 AM EDT The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held Thursday night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, honored Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, KISS and Hall and Oates. It would be an evening of debts repaid, honor restored…

  19. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  20. Bruce Springsteen Wraps Australia Tour With Marathon Set, Bee Gees Cover and a Group Twerk

    February 26, 2014 8:10 PM EST After all these years, Bruce Springsteen still manages to surprise. The Boss’ evangelical rock 'n' roll experience has just completed another lap of Australia, where each city has been rewarded with some rare musical gems -- not all of them his own. On this trip he’s been…

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