1. Album Review: 'Brooklyn Country' Group Lone Bellow Distances Itself From the Pack on 'Then Came The Morning'

    January 28, 2015 6:00 PM EST Self-professed "Brooklyn country" evangelists The Lone Bellow arrived on the scene in 2013 with a rootsy self-titled debut. With harmonies borrowed from Fleetwood Mac and gravitas borrowed from The Band , it was instantly lumped in with groups like Mumford & Sons , The…

  2. Ludacris Wins Full Custody of 13-Month-Old Daughter

    January 28, 2015 4:16 PM EST Ludacris has been granted full custody of his 13-month-old daughter, Cai Bridges. Cai Bridges is daughter to Ludacris -- born Cris Bridges -- and Tamika Fuller. They've been involved in an ongoing custody battle, which Ludacris won on Monday. "After review of all the evidence, the…

  3. Rita Ora Performing at the Oscars

    January 28, 2015 2:58 PM EST Rita Ora has joined the lineup of performers at the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. Oscars Performances: 10 Awesome Academy Awards Music Moments The singer will perform the Oscar-nominated song "Grateful" at the 87th annual show. "The mixture of her incredible voice and…

  4. GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Ad After Accusations of Promoting Puppy Euthanasia

    January 28, 2015 12:00 PM EST If you're distracted by "Deflate-Gate," you may be missing out on another Super Bowl-related scandal: GoDaddy's puppy-insensitive commercial. GoDaddy's Super Bowl ad, titled "Journey Home," involves a lost dog finding its way home. Sounds heart-warming,…

  5. Rewinding the Charts: 20 Years Ago, TLC's 'Creep' Crowned the Hot 100

    January 28, 2015 8:05 AM EST 'Creep' became the first of four top five Hot 100 hits that helped make the trio's 'CrazySexyCool' the biggest-selling album by a female pop group in history, but bankruptcy – and worse – were looming. IN 1995, THE FUTURE LOOKED BRIGHT for TLC. After a string of…

  6. The Kinks' Dave Davies Responds to John Carpenter's Comment About His Son

    January 27, 2015 4:17 PM EST On Monday, Billboard ran an interview I conducted with John Carpenter about Lost Themes , the director's first standalone album after crafting film soundtracks for 45 years. In the course of the interview, Carpenter explained that Lost Themes came together through collaborative…

  7. Broadway Braces for Bad Weather

    January 26, 2015 10:29 PM EST Broadway theaters are shuttering as a snowstorm blasts Times Square. The Broadway League said all plays and musicals will be closed on Monday, a traditionally quiet night with only a few shows available. No firm decision about Tuesday has been made. A blizzard warning was issued for a 250…

  8. Rising R&B Singer Wash Talks 'Can't Trust Thots'

    January 26, 2015 5:02 PM EST opened with a bang for R&B singer Wash , who earned his first Billboard credit with "Can't Trust Thots." The French Montana -assisted track first arrived on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 in December, topping out at No. 8 on multiple days. Tomorrow&…

  9. John Carpenter Talks Debut Album 'Lost Themes' & Why Music Is Easier Than Directing

    January 26, 2015 5:00 PM EST Forty-five years after his first music credit (he co-wrote, edited and scored the Oscar-winning short The Resurrection of Broncho Billy ) and 37 years after composing the inimitably eerie Halloween soundtrack, legendary director John Carpenter is releasing his debut album. Entitled Lost…

  10. 'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Files Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts

    January 26, 2015 3:50 PM EST In a move with huge implications, he is seeking to void his recording, management & merchandising deals with 19 Entertainment. For those who would give almost anything for the opportunity of super-stardom, American Idol might be the entertainment industry's version of a Faustian…

  11. Billboard Exclusive Premiere: Lost Kings Remix Imagine Dragons' 'I Bet My Life'

    January 26, 2015 3:03 PM EST Lost Kings are lost no longer. In December, the Los Angeles duo found a fitting home at Disruptor Management, joining breakout " #SELFIE " stars The Chainsmokers as the second artist on the Sony-affiliated agency's roster. Following official remixes of Dirty South 's …

  12. Tom DeLonge Didn't Quit Blink-182: Update

    January 26, 2015 2:33 PM EST The guitarist corrects an earlier report that he'd left the band. Despite reports earlier today (Jan. 26) that Blink-182 had lost its longtime guitarist, Tom DeLonge maintains he hasn't left the band.  DeLonge stated his case via a post on his official Facebook page,…

  13. Russia's Touring Industry Suffers Under Weight of Sanctions, Crumbling Ruble

    January 26, 2015 2:30 PM EST As Russia's economy sinks deeper into recession and the ruble keeps falling against the US dollar and the Euro, the country's touring industry is set to shrink, with promoters focused on lower-tier artists likely to be hit especially hard. Russia's touring industry grew from …

  14. Adam Levine Reveals He's Playing the Oscars

    January 26, 2015 1:18 PM EST For those who just can't get enough Adam Levine on their TV sets, Feb. 22 is looking to be a very good day -- the Voice coach just revealed he's performing at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. So...I'll be singing at the #OSCARS !!! Whaaaat??!?!? Thank you @theAcademy ! …

  15. Gimme Five: Chromeo Name Their Favorite Music Venues

    January 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Watch the electronic duo perform at their U.S. concert spots in the latest edition of our Gimme Five series. On Saturday afternoon (Jan. 26), Chromeo took the stage at the Winter X Games in Aspen and proceeded to crank out a predictably tight set of slick jams while some of the world's…

  16. 6 Secretive Sia Moments: Masked But Far From Anonymous

    January 26, 2015 12:50 PM EST For as much visual mystique as she courts, it's not as if we haven't seen Sia 's face before. It's on her earliest album covers; she used to perform live sans mask; she's even brought her unshrouded face to a red carpet or two. But over the past year, she's…

  17. Production Platform Splice Moves Towards Leveling the Music Creation Playing Field

    January 26, 2015 12:25 PM EST Cloud-based music creation and collaboration platform Splice is working towards becoming the glue which holds together a new framework of music creation and distribution. On Thursday, Jan. 22, the New York-based company announced several new features pertaining to plugins, which are…

  18. Kid Cudi Dishes on His Deleted Male-on-Male Kissing Scenes in New Film 'James White'

    January 25, 2015 10:59 AM EST James White , which premiered Friday (Jan. 23) on the second day of the Sundance film festival, is a hard-hitting drama that takes an unflinchingly close-up look at a twenty-something New Yorker enduring his father's death, his mother's cancer and deep personal demons. Click…

  19. LCD Soundsystem's Self-Titled Debut at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 24, 2015 9:00 AM EST LCD Soundsystem split in 2011, and if bandleader James Murphy keeps his word, that won't be chaining any time soon. If they never play another show, they've left a legacy few bands can touch. They never had any true hits, but they produced three top-notch, critically acclaimed…

  20. Madonna's 10 Most Surprising Collaborations

    January 23, 2015 6:42 PM EST Vanilla Ice, Björk, Deepak Chopra and Sofia Coppola have all entered Madonna's art over the course of her sprawling career. Madonna and Mike Tyson, on a song together? It's true: the pop legend and boxing icon have linked up for "Iconic," a track on her…

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