1. Damon Albarn Goes It Alone: 'I Drive Myself To The Edge of Insanity Most Days'

    April 25, 2014 4:29 PM EDT The Grammy winner behind Blur, Gorillaz and much more plumbs his dark side for his first solo album. Sitting on a deceptively uncomfortable sofa in the inner sanctum of his West London studio, Damon Albarn is recounting the often torturous creative process that led to his long-awaited solo…

  2. Tiësto Unveils Details for Upcoming 'A Town Called Paradise' Album: Watch 'Wasted' Video

    April 25, 2014 10:14 AM EDT Dutch dance music megastar Tiësto today announced that his fifth artist album “A Town Called Paradise” will be released June 16 on Musical Freedom/Casablanca Records. Tiësto’s first full-length album since 2009’s “Kaleidoscope” will feature notable production collaborations with Hardwell,…

  3. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  4. 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' Explores the Mythology of Rock's Jekyll and Hyde

    April 17, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Alice and "Super" director talk about the new "doc opera" premiering at Tribeca. "You can't just do a documentary on Alice Cooper" You wouldn't expect a film about Alice Cooper to be a normal documentary, would you? Of course not. So here comes "…

  5. Golden Gods to Air in May on VH1 Classic; Axl Rose and Joan Jett Lead Honorees

    April 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT The Golden Gods Awards, a ceremony devoted solely to hard rock and heavy metal, is returning to TV on Saturday, May 24 via VH1 Classic at 8 p.m. ET/PT, produced by Dick Clark Productions and Revolver magazine. The four-hour live show will tape Wednesday, April 23, at Los Angeles' Club…

  6. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  7. Jo Dee Messina Goes on 'Rant' About New Single, Indie Status: 'It's Been a Long Road'

    April 14, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For many musical artists, the music business has turned into a DIY model. That's the reality these days for Jo Dee Messina. After a decade-and-a-half on the Curb Records roster, the CMA award winner is on her own label, Dreambound. She does have a promotion team working her music, but…

  8. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    April 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, with Kiss and Nirvana bristling over the…

  9. Les Claypool Talks Twangy Duo, Primus' Future

    March 27, 2014 2:59 PM EDT The bassist-vocalist grew up listening to "hillbilly stuff" and found a natural fit in the roots-flavored Duo de Twang; also says Primus is talking about recording their version of the "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" soundtrack With Les Claypool, you have to…

  10. Luke Bryan, Randy Houser Crack Hot Country Songs Top 10

    March 27, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The singers score their 15th and fourth top 10s, respectively. Plus, moves for Dan + Shay, Brantley Gilbert, Jo Dee Messina and more Luke Bryan and Randy Houser freshen up the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart , as Bryan's "Play It Again" flies 18-9 and Houser&…

  11. Pop Shop Picks: Allie X, Sia, CuckooLander & More

    March 21, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Pop Shop Picks is back! Each Friday, we'll showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up our speakers. These can include a brand-new song or something that's been simmering; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! Allie X, "Prime" Allie X had…

  12. Top 10 Quotes of the Week: Lorde, Justin Bieber, Cher, Jennifer Lopez & More

    March 14, 2014 2:30 PM EDT From Lorde's fear of adulthood to Keith Richards' views on being a grandpa, a look at who's saying what in music. "I'd let both those motherf*ckers drown!" - Jennifer Lopez The singer, replying to an L.A. radio DJ question asking whether she'd rescue Ben…

  13. 50 Cent Talks 'Animal Ambition,' Tony Yayo Slight and More Backstage at SXSW Show

    March 12, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Something is different about 50 Cent. Four hours before the rapper takes the stage at this year's first Hang W/ SXSW live streamed performance, the rapper/businessman, sits backstage in a calm state, smiling widely. SXSW 2014: 10 Hottest Shows | 10 Bands to Watch Jay Z, Kanye to Play…

  14. SXSW 2014: 10 Artists to Watch

    March 10, 2014 2:24 PM EDT Tomorrow (March 11), thousands of bands, journalists and music fans descend onto Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW Music Conference. Like always, there will be tons of parties, lines, food, and too many decisions to make about which acts to catch. Here are Billboard's 10 best bets for…

  15. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Drake Lead Hot Rap Songs' 25th Anniversary Rankings

    March 06, 2014 2:08 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have had a monumental run since the 2012 release of their debut album, "The Heist." The duo has performed numerous sold out-shows and recently garnered four Grammy Awards. Now, there's another achievement that the rapper and producer can tuck…

  16. Wale Debuts 'Game of Thrones' Song; 'Catch the Throne' Mixtape Tracklist Revealed (Exclusive)

    March 06, 2014 10:06 AM EST "Game Of Thrones"’ third season solidified the fantasy drama status as HBO's second most-watched series of all time (next to "The Sopranos"). But to draw even more viewers in time for the April 6 premiere of the show’s fourth season, HBO has tapped 10 rappers for…

  17. Cody Simpson, Big Time Rush Singer Tapped for 'Dancing With the Stars'

    March 04, 2014 12:43 PM EST "Dancing With the Stars" unveiled the 12 new couples to compete on the series when it returns for its 18th season this month. Appearing on "Good Morning America," one of the biggest names was returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The fan favorite is back, starting with the…

  18. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  19. 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…

  20. One Direction, Katy Perry, Austin Mahone Among Nominees for 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards

    February 26, 2014 9:17 PM EST One Direction is among the major nominees at the Kids' Choice Awards announced earlier this week, and now the boy band is included as a potential award winner at the Radio Disney Music Awards. The Brits are one of many nominees at the awards -- to be held April 26 in Los Angeles --…

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