1. You'll Never Guess Killer Mike's Favorite Michael Jackson Song

    August 04, 2014 3:55 PM EDT When Billboard sat down with Run the Jewels at Lollapalooza 2014, we got Killer Mike and El-P to play a few rounds of "How Well Do You Know Your Bandmates?"  In the process, we learned about Killer Mike's leftfield favorite Michael Jackson song. Hint: It's a Paul McCartney…

  2. Jenny Lewis on Rocking Out, Ryan Adams and Saying Goodbye to Rilo Kiley

    July 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT "I just stumbled out of my Ford Focus in these mules,” says Jenny Lewis, pointing to her purple-bowed footwear. Settling into an airy cafe near her Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the one-time child actor who turned indie rock “It” girl evokes a glam version of Seinfeld ’s Elaine:…

  3. Damon Albarn Says He's Working on a Musical

    July 21, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Blur and Gorrillaz frontman Damon Albarn has revealed he is working on a musical.  Damon Albarn Up Close: Photos, Interview, Timeline & More This perhaps shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as NME reports , given Albarn has already written two operas: "Dr Dee: An English Opera…

  4. f(x) Solidifies Brand of Quirky, Hipster Pop With 'Red Light' Album

    July 08, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The girl group bring hip-hop chants, animal noises, twinkling synths, horror-movie screams and more on their new LP Last July, f(x) dropped new single "Rum Pum Pum Pum" – a mix of samba, funk and yuletide carols that (somehow brilliantly) blended to give the girl group its first No.…

  5. What's Your Favorite Film Soundtrack? 'Guardians,' 'Purple Rain,' 'Almost Famous' & More (Poll)

    July 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT The tracklist for the official soundtrack of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" just dropped and it's awesomely different than your typical superhero movie soundtrack. There are no fine-tuned collaborations from Top 40 artists and, as a matter of fact, there's not any…

  6. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  7. Susan Boyle 'So Excited' for First U.S. Tour

    May 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Susan Boyle is ready to conquer America. The Grammy-nominated singing sensation, who burst to fame after singing "I Dreamed a Dream" on the TV show Britain's Got Talent in 2009, will undertake a 21-date U.S. tour to begin Oct. 8 in San Diego at the Balboa Theatre before…

  8. Kanye West's 2014 Album: Everything We Know So Far

    May 22, 2014 2:13 PM EDT "Yeezy season approaching/ Fuck whatever y'all been hearing." Last year, Kanye West dropped his left-field, sixth studio album, "Yeezus" with little notice and minimal marketing. Since November, when West first shared his plans to release his seventh studio album…

  9. Future Talks 'Honest' Album & Becoming 'A Better Man'

    April 07, 2014 2:06 PM EDT Worried about turning off rap fans, Future scratched a song with Miley Cyrus from his album. Future doesn't get caught up in the nuances of his growing fame. Despite a packed promo schedule for his second album, "Honest" (due April 22 on Freebandz/Epic), it's his future…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Def Leppard Revisits Overlooked Album: 'It Went Against the Grain'

    February 10, 2014 11:02 AM EST "Slang" (1996) gets an expanded edition... "We could've put out 'Sgt. Pepper's' and I think it would have been the same because it was Def Leppard and we had gotten lumped in with all the crap metal bands of the 80s" Nearly 18 years later, the members…

  13. GRAMMYs Predictions: Who Will & Should Win the 2014 Awards

    January 22, 2014 4:00 PM EST The GRAMMY Awards are just a few days away -- taking place this Sunday night (Jan. 26) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles -- which means it's time to at long last finalize our predictions for the top prizes. At Billboard.com, we obsess over guessing which artists will win the…

  14. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  15. Grammys 2014: R&B and Rap Nominations Feature Genre Mainstays and Left-Field Surprises

    December 07, 2013 11:22 AM EST An overview of the Grammy nominees in R&B and rap reveals several left-field surprises and snubs alongside such genre mainstays as Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton and John Legend, plus Jay Z (who leads all nominees with nine nods), Drake, Kanye West and Eminem. One of…

  16. N.W.A, 'Straight Outta Compton' at 25: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    August 08, 2013 12:43 PM EDT N.W.A formed out of the ashes of the Los Angeles electro group World Class Wrecking Cru, which counted Dr. Dre and DJ Yella among its membership. In 1987, Dre found himself in jail pleading for help from group manager Alonzo Williams, who refused to bail him out because of an unpaid debt…

  17. Susanne Sundfør, 'White Foxes' (Big Black Delta mix): First Listen

    June 25, 2013 12:26 PM EDT The eerie-voiced M83 collaborator gets a droning makeover. Susanne Sundfør is an uneasy artist. Her latest album “The Silicone Veil” is leftfield pop, a thrilling effort that has hit No. 1 in her native Norway. It’s icy, gothic, and strange, with moments of intentional dissonance. Her…

  18. The Summer Song Of 2013: Will Daft Punk 'Get Lucky'?

    June 13, 2013 9:03 AM EDT … Or will it be Florida Georgia Line's crossover "Cruise"? Robin Thicke? Icona Pop? Let the race begin Barring a sudden run of bad luck this summer, radio programmers think Daft Punk will claim the 2013 Song of the Summer title. But predictions also include remixed…

  19. Boards of Canada Return with ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’

    April 30, 2013 12:26 AM EDT Boards of Canada are breaking an extremely long drought with confirmation today of a new album, “Tomorrow’s Harvest." The influential electronic duo, comprising Scottish sibling producers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin, announced their Warp Records effort will land this June --…

  20. James Blake, 'Overgrown': Track-By-Track Review

    April 09, 2013 5:15 PM EDT As a 22-year-old in early 2011, James Blake became a cult hero in indie and electronic circles thanks to his eponymous, virtuosic and genre-bending debut album. He was a producer at the bleeding edge of syncopated electronic music who also happened to be a classically trained pianist with…

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