1. Ezra Koenig's Ray-Bans get Dissed in ILoveMakonnen's 'Down 4 So Long' Remix

    December 22, 2014 10:23 AM EST Is there anyone getting as many remix requests right now as ILoveMakonnen ? These remixes work two ways: through association with a rising youngster from Atlanta, an established rapper -- take, for example, Wiz Khalifa -- gets to boost his credibility and prove he keeps his ears open.…

  2. Katy Perry's Australia Tour Sells 350,000 Tickets, Could Have 'Easily' Added a Dozen Shows

    December 19, 2014 2:53 AM EST Katy Perry’s Prismatic tour has left Australia, but it won’t be forgotten anytime soon.  The pop star broke the venue record at Sydney’s Allphones Arena on the weekend, en route to shifting more than 350,000 tickets  across the 23-date Prismatic World Tour Australia , Billboard can reveal.…

  3. T.G. Sheppard on the Evolution of Music, Tricking Elvis & More

    December 18, 2014 6:45 PM EST It was four decades ago that T.G. Sheppard began his initial ascent up the Billboard country charts with "Devil in the Bottle." The song helped the singer transition from a successful career as a record promoter for RCA into his own musical career. All these years later, the…

  4. Rihanna Takes Fans Inside Diamond Ball: See the Glamorous Pics

    December 13, 2014 6:23 PM EST Couldn't score a ticket to Rihanna 's first-ever Diamond Ball ? Well, she is now taking fans behind-the-scenes on social media. The event, which took place in Beverly Hills, California on Dec. 11, was held to benefit Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation. She founded the charity,…

  5. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Barbra Streisand on Her No. 1 Album 'Partners' Proving 'That I've Stood the Test of Time'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Comeback Queen Partners 1 Week on Billboard 200 Hello, Gorgeous! This summer, at 72, Barbra Streisand joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote her 34th studio album, Partners . Her second album of duets, several of which are interpretations of her iconic works, saw her team…

  6. Kanye Auctions off a Pair of $15,000 Tickets for Charity

    December 04, 2014 6:06 PM EST Kanye West has partnered with Gavel&Grand to auction off a special pair of tickets to his 2015 North American tour. The tickets will cost $15,000, and the money will benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation , which was founded by Rihanna in 2012. Did Rihanna Accidently Announce Kanye West&…

  7. Did Rihanna Accidently Announce Kanye West's 2015 North American Tour?

    December 02, 2014 3:14 PM EST While Kanye West has been recording his seventh solo studio album -- and while we've been impatiently waiting for details -- it looks as if he's also been planning a 2015 tour. Watch Kanye West's 9-Minute Medley From World AIDS Day Concert Rihanna tweeted a link to the…

  8. Glastonbury Festival 2015: Lionel Richie Announced as First Performer

    November 30, 2014 12:45 PM EST Lionel Richie is the first confirmed performer for the 2015 Glastonbury Festival. Richie, who was recently named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, will make his debut U.K. festival appearance in the Sunday teatime slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, according to…

  9. Surprise! One Direction Were All Cute & Goofy on 'Ellen': Watch

    November 21, 2014 4:00 PM EST One Direction (all five of them, thank goodness) stopped by Ellen on Friday (Nov. 21) to discuss their new album -- and Harry Styles learned that no matter how exhausted they must be from the constant promotion, it still pays to think before you speak. One Direction, Lionel Richie &…

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

    November 21, 2014 1:35 PM EST From Miley Cyrus' giant cat to PSY's crazy mash-up with MC Hammer, check out the 10 most memorable AMAs performances ever. Over the past 42 years, the American Music Awards have produced dozens of memorable performances, from the quiet grace of Madonna's duet with…

  11. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  12. One Direction, Lionel Richie & Katy Perry Win at Billboard Touring Awards

    November 20, 2014 9:46 PM EST One Direction , Lionel Richie and Katy Perry lead the list of winners at Billboard 's 11th annual Touring Awards, held Thursday (Nov. 20) at New York's Edison Ballroom. 1D, who was not in attendance, took home the awards for Top Draw and Top Tour, with grosses in excess of $290…

  13. Exclusive: Bassist Nathan East Stars In Hulu Documentary

    November 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST Featuring Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins & more, the film debuts in December. While bassist Nathan East was recording his first solo album last November, a making-of documentary was also part of the mix. But little did East know he would end up starring in a full-blown film…

  14. Taylor Swift Makes Hot 100 History With 'Blank Space'

    November 19, 2014 3:53 PM EST Taylor Swift makes history on the Billboard Hot 100 , where her single "Blank Space" blasts from No. 13 to No. 1 . As the song dethrones her prior smash, "Shake It Off," after four weeks atop the chart, Swift becomes the first woman in the Hot 100's 56-year…

  15. ‘SNL’ Recap: 'Hunger Games' Stars Parody Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space,’ Kendrick Lamar Performs 'i' & More

    November 16, 2014 11:55 AM EST Rapper Kendrick Lamar made his second appearance as musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 15, performing his feel-good single “i” and following up with Jay Rock ’s “Pay For It.”  Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them Host…

  16. Billboard Legend of Live Honoree Lionel Richie Remembers His Time With The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson (and His Snake)

    November 14, 2014 3:54 PM EST Lionel Richie splays his body over an armchair in his palatial Beverly Hills mansion, with a scarf wrapped around his neck and The Police playing on the sound system. "I don't need five or six homes," he says. "I just need one good one." In fact, Richie, 65, owns…

  17. Exclusive: Hear Penguin Prison's Remix of Chuck Inglish & Chromeo's 'Legs'

    November 13, 2014 2:00 PM EST Today Billboard is premiering the Penguin Prison remix of "Legs," a funky collaboration between the rapper  Chuck Inglish (formerly of the duo Cool Kids ) and Chromeo . Inglish tells Billboard that the track, "sounds like you're being electrocuted, beautifully."…

  18. Watch Chris Brown & Trey Songz Talk 'Between the Sheets' Tour

    November 11, 2014 5:43 PM EST Tyga will be the special guest on the pair’s Live Nation tour, which kicks off Jan. 28. After several months of teasing, Chris Brown and Trey Songz formally announced their Between the Sheets Tour during a press conference Monday at Hollywood's House of Blues. The Virginia natives…

  19. Pharrell, John Mayer & More Salute Bill Clinton's Love of Jazz in L.A.

    November 10, 2014 3:37 PM EST Former president received the Thelonious Monk Institute's Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday. Herbie Hancock , Kevin Spacey , Quincy Jones and a litany of major jazz musicians saluted President Bill Clinton on Sunday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater for his efforts in using jazz…

  20. Rihanna Announces Diamond Ball to Support Charity

    November 07, 2014 3:56 PM EST Rihanna will host her first Diamond Ball on Dec. 11 to benefit her foundation that promotes education and arts globally. Rihanna Shares Steamy 'Esquire U.K.' Pics on Instagram Rihanna announced Thursday that she would hold the black tie event at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills,…

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