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. Exclusive Premiere: The Black Eyed Peas' Apl.de.ap Finds Love in His 'Be' Video

    January 28, 2015 5:42 PM EST Will.i.am did it. Fergie did it. Now Apl.de.ap , one of the original founders of the Black Eyed Peas , is doing it as well: stepping out for a solo album. His full-length, AP3 , is due out early this year, and today Billboard is exclusively premiering the video for the  AP3  track "Be.…

  3. Sam Smith on Adele Comparisons: 'It Just Annoys Me'

    January 28, 2015 4:20 PM EST Sam Smith is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone , and in a video accompanying the story, the singer talks about the secrets behind his sudden rise to stardom. "I picture things happening in my head," he says. "And when I picture things happening every…

  4. Hear Charli XCX Sing 'Boom Clap' in Japanese

    January 28, 2015 4:06 PM EST British rule-breaker Charli XCX has already made it in America. Next up, she's out to be huge in Japan. A Japanese edition of her sophomore album Sucker drops Feb. 18, and we've got a snippet of a new version of the single "Boom Clap." Yes, that's Charli…

  5. Benzino Arrested for Loaded Gun at Atlanta Airport

    January 28, 2015 4:01 PM EST Police say hip-hop media executive and former reality television star Benzino was arrested at the Atlanta airport after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on bag. Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, told The Associated Press on Wednesday (Jan. 28) it was an "unfortunate and…

  6. Classical Crossover Star Katherine Jenkins on Going Back to Her Roots: 'Musically I've Come Full Circle'

    January 28, 2015 3:23 PM EST It is just over ten years since Welsh mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins released her debut studio album and embarked on the journey that would take her from school music teacher to multi-million selling classical crossover star. "It feels just like yesterday," says Jenkins looking…

  7. Kiesza, Betty Who Combine for Spring Tour

    January 28, 2015 2:27 PM EST Kiesza and Betty Who , two rising female pop artists with electric stage shows, will team up this spring for the former's Sound of a Woman spring tour, on which Who is a special guest. The festivities kick off on Mar. 30 in Atlanta. "I've been lucky enough so far to tour with…

  8. 'Cabaret' Legend Joel Grey Comes Out As Gay

    January 28, 2015 1:04 PM EST Broadway legend Joel Grey was married for 24 years and raised two children, including Dirty Dancing 's Jennifer Grey, but the 82-year-old actor is just now going public with his sexuality. "I don't like labels," Grey said, "But if you have to put a label on it, I&…

  9. Composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, Setting the Tone for Kristen Wiig, Richard Gere and Jesus

    January 28, 2015 1:00 PM EST Film composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans are starting to put their colleagues to shame when it comes to their prolific output. Four films they scored have premiered at Sundance, and they just wrapped the Richard Gere film Franny , with two more to score when they return home to New…

  10. Shy Girls Song Premiere: Listen to 'Right, Alright' From New Mixtape

    January 28, 2015 12:32 PM EST Shy Girls , the brilliantly emotional R&B project of Portland singer-songwriter Dan Vidmar, will follow the woozy six-song Timeshare EP with the soon-to-be-released 4WZ mixtape. "Right, Alright" takes the viscous beauty of songs like "Second Heartbeat" and "…

  11. 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,…

  12. How Well Do You Know Taylor Swift & Her Famous Friends? Take Our Quiz

    January 28, 2015 10:56 AM EST "It feels like the perfect night to dress up like hipsters...." Nearly every day on the Internet you're seeing a story about Taylor Swift ' s Famous Friends Posse, whether its Instagram shots the stars' share, talk show stories about their latest weekend plans, or a…

  13. Happy Birthday, Sarah McLachlan! Celebrate With Our 5 Favorite Songs

    January 28, 2015 10:30 AM EST Sarah McLachlan turns 47 today and to celebrate, we're revisiting 5 of our favorite songs from the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter. In addition to the praise she's received for her angelic voice, McLachlan has been recognized for her contributions to women in…

  14. Check Out Dr. Dre's New Protégé

    January 28, 2015 4:39 AM EST Dr. Dre has another asset to show off. The multi-millionaire entrepreneur, co-founder of N.W.A. and production mastermind/hip hop svengali who helped launch the careers of Eminem , Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar , is now working closely with Justin Mohrle , a 23-year-old white rapper and…

  15. 'Water for Elephants' Musical Eyes Broadway

    January 27, 2015 11:21 PM EST What would Water for Elephants sound like as a musical? Producers Peter Schneider and Elisabetta di Mambro , in association with Broadway Across America and Mehr! Entertainment, announced Monday that they've acquired the worldwide rights to adapt Sara Gruen's best-selling 2006…

  16. Veteran Label/Management Exec Gary Gersh Joins AEG Live

    January 27, 2015 7:57 PM EST Newly created post makes Gersh an 'excitable boy again.' Former manager and label exec Gary Gersh has joined global concert promoter AEG Live in the newly created position of president of global talent, Billboard has learned. Gersh most recently served as CEO of The Artist…

  17. Tim Heidecker 'Leaks' Katy Perry & Lenny Kravitz's Super Bowl Song

    January 27, 2015 6:33 PM EST Back in 2012, Tim Heidecker leaked an original composition " Madonna" created for her Super Bowl halftime show. And by "leak," we mean he released a completely fake rap track that started out with, "My name is Madonna and I'm here to say \/ I like football…

  18. Bluegrass Legend Dr. Ralph Stanley Teams With Cracker Barrel for 'Man of Constant Sorrow'

    January 27, 2015 5:49 PM EST Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has just partnered up with Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley for the new collection Man of Constant Sorrow: Ralph Stanley & Friends, and the singer told Billboard that he's very humbled to be working with the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant chain. …

  19. L7's Original Lineup Announces 2015 Reunion Shows

    January 27, 2015 5:21 PM EST January 2015: The month riot grrrl returned. Not long after Sleater-Kinney released their killer comeback album No Cities to Love , L7 have confirmed two concerts dates for the original lineup's first show together in 14 years. Back in December, the band teased a reunion of the…

  20. Who Will Play The Next 10 Super Bowl Halftime Shows? An Educated Guess

    January 27, 2015 5:15 PM EST Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake seem like locks... but what about 5SOS and Miley Cyrus? Here are the 10 best bets for the next 10 Super Bowls. Guessing next year's Super Bowl halftime performer is a relatively easy task: after all, there are only a handful of current artists…

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