1. Spain's Sonar Festival Debuting 8-City North American Tour In October

    September 13, 2012 7:08 PM EDT Sonar, Barcelona's cutting-edge music and multimedia arts festival, today announced Sonar on Tour, the event's first-ever road trek. The festival is slated to come to eight North American cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Denver, Oakland, Montreal and Boston --…

  2. Fashion Week NYC: Alicia Keys Wore White to Edun, A$AP Rocky Watched Alexander Wang

    September 09, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Despite the tornado warning, Saturday (Sept. 8) at New York Fashion Week saw some of the hottest collections and front row dwellers yet. Keep your eyes on The Hook to find out which trends and b eats took over the runway each day and see where stars like Alicia Keys, Natasha Bedingfield, Lil&…

  3. First Listen: Breyon Prescott Previews Brandy's 'Two Eleven' Album in NYC

    August 21, 2012 1:05 PM EDT As Brandy preps her first release for RCA Records -- "Two Eleven" (October 16) -- Breyon Prescott, founder of Chameleon Records (which will jointly release the project with RCA) previewed tracks Monday afternoon at Germano Studios in NYC. Prescott had been wanting to work with the…

  4. Blow Me Up: The Man Behind Pink's Monster Hit

    August 17, 2012 3:10 PM EDT "It's a company policy that we can't refer to it without saying, parenthesis 'One Last Kiss,'" RCA Music Group CEO Peter Edge jokes, referring to P!nk 's latest top 10 hit, which without the parenthetical would be titled simply, "Blow Me." But…

  5. Lollapalooza 2012: 15 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    August 06, 2012 11:15 AM EDT After the sweltering heat of Friday and the show-halting storm of Saturday, the closing Sunday of Lollapalooza 2012 struck a balance with the sun shining brilliantly on Chicago's Grant Park for the emotional wallop of Florence and the Machine , the ethereal sounds of Sigur Ros , and…

  6. Miike Snow, 'Happy To You': Video Track-By-Track

    March 29, 2012 3:10 PM EDT Miike Snow , the Swedish indie pop group that released sophomore album "Happy To You" earlier this week, first delivered captivating dance tracks like "Animal" and "Silvia" on their surprisingly successful 2009 self-titled debut album. In retrospect, we should…

  7. SXSW 2012: 10 Acts To Watch

    March 12, 2012 1:40 PM EDT There are thousands of bands that will be hitting stages around Austin, Tex. during SXSW 2012. These are the 10 acts absolutely not to miss. While Austin will be crawling with unproven artists looking for an iota of buzz, these 10 acts head down to SXSW with proven performing credentials and…

  8. Justin Bieber Vows to Party in Far East Movement's 'Live My Life'

    February 24, 2012 10:20 AM EST Justin Bieber's newly matured voice opens and flows throughout Far East Movement's RedOne-produced song "Live My Life," a thumping dance attack that'll be featured off the group's upcoming "Dirty Bass" album. Lyrical duties for Bieber are relegated to…

  9. Paul McCartney: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 10, 2012 11:10 AM EST With A New Album of Standards, The Legend Makes a Left Turn While Looking in the Rearview ''Hello there, this is Paul. Are you expecting my call?" Why, yes, indeed we are, thank you. Sir. Recording began in March 2010, first at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and then Avatar…

  10. Paul McCartney, 'Kisses On The Bottom': Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 12:00 PM EST Paul McCartney Title: Kisses On The Bottom | Release Date: Feb. 7 Paul McCartney 's follow-up to "Memory Almost Full" has been described as a collection of classic songs that inspired the songwriting of the Beatles legend, and on "Kisses On The Bottom," the singer…

  11. Paul McCartney Reveals 'Kisses On The Bottom' Track List

    January 09, 2012 1:00 PM EST Paul McCartney has revealed the full track list to "Kisses On The Bottom," the singer-songwriter's first album since 2007 that is set for a Feb. 7 release on Hear Music/Concord Records. McCartney's follow-up to "Memory Almost Full" has been described as a…

  12. Paul McCartney To Release New Album in February

    December 19, 2011 11:49 AM EST Still-Untitled Full-Length To Feature Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder Paul McCartney will pay homage to some of the songs that inspired his greatest songwriting achievements on a forthcoming, still-untitled album, due out Feb. 7, 2012 on Hear Music/Concord Records. The follow-up to 2007's …

  13. David Lynch Q&A: It's 'Crazy Clown Time'

    November 08, 2011 10:10 AM EST Auteur Explains His Debut Album, an Alt-Blues Experiment in Creaky Falsetto Best known as the surrealist auteur behind "Eraserhead," "Twin Peaks" and "Blue Velvet," David Lynch is one of America's most acclaimed film directors. Having long written and…

  14. Exclusive: Flaming Lips Plan Record Store Day Release

    October 07, 2011 9:30 AM EDT Ardent Record Store Day supporters the Flaming Lips have started to plan next year's release. Wayne Coyne says he intends to create a compilation of tracks the Lips have done with other artists such as Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt and Prefuse 73. Flaming Lips have collaborations in the…

  15. Willow Smith Returns With 'Fireball' Feat. Nicki Minaj: Listen

    October 05, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Close to seven months after debuting her second single, "21st Century Girl," on the "Oprah" Show, Willow Smith returns with "Fireball," featuring Nicki Minaj . The 10 yr. old premiered her newest song this afternoon (Oct. 4) on Hot 97's Angie Martinez Show.…

  16. Lykke Li Performs at DKNY Show: 'I'm Not Into Fashion'

    September 16, 2011 12:30 PM EDT One of the final shows of New York Fashion Week, the DKNY American Express Cardmember Only Show, brought an electrifying and unexpected music/fashion convergence to the tents. Swedish singer, Lykke Li, performed live as models strutted down the catwalk to her blend of pop, indie rock and…

  17. Scars on 45, Cee Lo Green Score 'Grey's Anatomy' Soundtrack Slots

    August 15, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Scars on 45's "Heart On Fire," the song that ABC is using to promote the upcoming season of "Grey's Anatomy," will be exclusively featured on the fourth volume of "Grey's Anatomy Original Soundtrack." Cee Lo Green , Lykke Li , the National and…

  18. Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup Announced: Passion Pit, Slayer, Public Enemy and More

    August 01, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Fun Fun Fun Fest, the annual music festival held in Austin, Tex., has announced the complete lineup for the sixth annual festival, to be held Nov. 4-6 at Auditorium Shores. Headliners include Passion Pit , Slayer , Public Enemy , the Damned and Major Lazer . The fest lineup has been unveiled…

  19. Nadine Coyle Talks Girls Aloud Reunion, U.S. Album Release

    July 14, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Those stateside may not fully feel the fame of Girls Aloud , the reality TV-spawned pop group that holds 20 top ten U.K. singles. But with the 10-year anniversary of the group's founding coming up, fans worldwide have been dying to know whether Girls Aloud will reunite, following a…

  20. Freshman Haze: Lil Playy

    July 12, 2011 5:10 PM EDT You may think you don't know Lil Playy but you've actually heard him a thousand times. The up-and-coming songwriter wrote and appeared on the chopped-and-screwed hook of Ludacris ' Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 2 hit, "My Chick Bad," featuring Nicki Minaj . With…

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