1. Lykke Li Grows Into a Pop Star on 'Wounded Rhymes'

    February 25, 2011 4:30 PM EST In the winter of 2007, a shy young Swedish woman took the stage at New York's Mercury Lounge for an industry showcase. She was pleasant, she was pretty - and she was totally forgettable. A year later, performing at the MTVu Woodie Awards, the same girl was transformed - confident,…

  2. Best Bets 2011: The Year In Music Ahead

    January 21, 2011 6:00 PM EST The burning questions for 2011: who'll win the battle of the blondes, Gaga or Britney? Can the Strokes and Foos revive rock? Will Brad Paisley keep country's reign alive? And how stoked is Willow Smith's chiropractor? It's the top of the new year, and the time is nigh to…

  3. Lykke Li: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 1:15 PM EST Lykke Li "Wounded Rhymes" March 1 The Swedish pop singer/songwriter's follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut album, "Youth Novels," was recorded in Stockholm and produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. Two singles, "Get Some" and "I…

  4. Lykke Li Reveals Darkly Provocative Video for 'Get Some'

    November 16, 2010 5:15 PM EST Swedish songstress Lykke Li revealed her music video for latest single "Get Some" this week, and the clip seems to address more than her lyrics suggest. Video: Lykke Li, "Get Some" Li's video is an edgy yet psychedelic clip that goes well beyond her lyrical theme, and…

  5. Billboard Bits: Madonna Opening 'Hard Candy' Gyms, Lady Gaga Chats with Anderson Cooper

    October 25, 2010 7:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Madonna Opening "Hard Candy" Fitness Centers Madonna has announced the opening of Hard Candy Fitness global fitness centers, which will open in major cities around the world. The first gym, a 30,000…

  6. 'New Moon' Rising: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 23, 2009 2:16 PM EDT Just in case you've been in a sight-, sound- and Twitter-deprivation tank for the past two years, here's the lowdown on the "Twilight" franchise: It's a series of four books written by Stephenie Meyer about Bella, a human girl who hearts Edward, a vampire boy. This is…

  7. Photos of the Week: Lady Gaga, Leona Lewis, Justin Bieber

    October 16, 2009 12:25 PM EDT Lady Gaga took a stand for gay rights. Leona Lewis caused a scene at a London bookstore. Justin Bieber hit the Today show, Justin Timberlake hit the golf course, and Christina Aguilera hit a pumpkin patch. It all happened this week … and we've got the photos to prove it. SEE THE PHOTOS…

  8. 'New Moon' Exclusive Song Premiere: Lykke Li, 'Possibility'

    October 13, 2009 4:25 PM EDT The "Twilight: New Moon" soundtrack's release date was just moved up to Oct. 16 , but you can hear one of the album's standout tracks right now on Billboard.com. Swedish alt-pop singer/songwriter Lykke Li's contribution to "New Moon" is "Possbility,…

  9. Video: Mos Def "Embedded" Preview

    October 13, 2009 1:44 PM EDT "Current Music Presents: Embedded" is a six-part special series that gives fans intimate, behind-the-scenes access to their favorite artists. Billboard.com has an exclusive, extended sneak-peak at the first episode featuring rapper Mos Def right here. "Every time I come to…

  10. 'New Moon' Soundtrack Release Date Moved To Oct. 16

    October 13, 2009 11:56 AM EDT "Twilight" fanatics are in for an early treat. In light of heated anticipation for "The Twlight Saga: New Moon Original Soundtrack" the set's release date has been moved up four days, from Oct. 20 to this Friday (Oct. 16). The release date change is likely due to the…

  11. Tracklist For 'New Moon' Soundtrack Unveiled

    September 21, 2009 2:00 PM EDT The soundtrack for "New Moon" -- the second movie installment of the "Twilight" vampire series -- will feature songs by Thom Yorke , Grizzly Bear , Bon Iver , Lykke Li and the Killers , according to an official tracklist released Monday (Sept. 21). The list was posted on …

  12. Kings Of Leon Ready Remix Album, Live DVD

    August 26, 2009 11:24 AM EDT Even though Kings of Leon continue to tour in the wake of 2008's platinum "Only By Night," the group is planning a couple of new projects for the fall -- and is starting to focus on its next album. Though both are untitled and unscheduled at the moment, the quartet plans to…

  13. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santigold Rev Lollapalooza Day 2

    August 09, 2009 10:53 AM EDT If anyone doubted that Lollapalooza's Saturday-night headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs could ably stand in the Beastie Boys cancelled spot, the band's electric, inspired -- and downright fun-- performance clearly proved otherwise. Backstage at Lollapalooza, Glasvegas tells Billboard…

  14. Top 10 Highlights From ‘American Idol’ Season 8

    May 18, 2009 3:56 PM EDT From Gokey’s scream to Lady Gaga’s live performance, the best, worst, and weirdest moments from this year’s ‘Idol.’  The end of “American Idol” Season 8 is near. Glam rocker Adam Lambert and soulful folk-pop singer Kris Allen will vie for the crown on Wednesday night’s finale (May 20, FOX) ,…

  15. Coldplay, Beasties, Tool Headlining All Points West

    March 30, 2009 7:05 AM EDT Coldplay, Tool and the Beastie Boys will headline the second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival, to be held July 31- Aug. 2 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan. Other bands and musicians confirmed for the multi-stage festival…

  16. Lykke Li / Feb. 2, 2009 / New York (Webster Hall)

    February 05, 2009 5:36 PM EST One of the latest Swedish imports to incite a flurry of blog buzz in the States is Lykke Li, the sweet-voiced 22-year-old whose 2008 debut, "Youth Novels," walks its own quirkily charming line between Feist's simple melodies and Robyn's dance-pop sass. While the set,…

  17. McCartney, Killers, Cure Anchor Coachella Lineup

    January 30, 2009 7:17 AM EST Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure lead the bill for the tenth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. McCartney will…

  18. Peter Bjorn & John Rejoin The 'Living'

    January 15, 2009 4:27 PM EST Swedish rock outfit Peter Bjorn & John will follow-up its breakthrough 2006 album "Writer's Block" with "Living Thing," due March 31 from Almost Gold/StarTime. A video for the track "Lay It Down" was released online in mid-December, while PB&J fan…

  19. Robyn, Lykke Li Guest On New Royksopp Album

    January 05, 2009 3:34 PM EST Norwegian electronica duo Royksoop's first album in three-plus years, "Junior," will arrive March 23 internationally and the following day in the United States via Astralwerks. "Every once in a while we surface to share our music and shed some light in an otherwise bleak…

  20. Paramore Wins Big At MTVu Woodie Awards

    November 13, 2008 2:16 PM EST Perhaps accurately representing the iPod generation, no one artist or genre dominated at the 2008 MTVu Woodie Awards, held last night (Nov. 12) at New York's Roseland Ballroom. Motion City Soundtrack kicked off the night by winning the video of the year Woodie for "It Had To Be You.…

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