1. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  2. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST On his label's 10th anniversary, the man behind breakouts by Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Dislosure on juggling two titles, A&R'ing Sting and the streaming debate: "The equation has to be fair." For Martin Kierszenbaum -- Cherrytree Records founder, Interscope…

  3. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  4. Is It Still Possible To Enjoy Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'?

    September 18, 2014 4:23 PM EDT One writer bravely listens to the biggest song of last summer following the latest piece of controversy, and jots down his many thoughts. (The song starts. Pharrell Williams hollers ‘E’erybody get up!’ after four beats, and the rest of the percussion kicks in at 0:03.) Oh, hey, I…

  5. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  6. Jeezy Talks 'Seen It All' Album, Trap Music & Career Longevity

    September 09, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Like nearly all rappers, Jeezy is the axis of any room; he's the most magnetic person around. During an off day from the Under the Influence of Music Tour, he appears flustered only when the 1980s new wave record "I Melt With You" blasts through the restaurant’s speakers. (…

  7. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  8. 'No Cameras Allowed' Filmmaker Talks Music Festival Break-Ins, Branding

    July 29, 2014 12:52 PM EDT James Marcus Haney snuck into everything from Glastonbury to the Grammys. James Marcus Haney is a USC dropout who has snuck into nearly 50 music festivals over the past four years by hitching rides via Craiglist, recreating tech-equipped wristbands and walking in through press entrances while…

  9. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  10. Remembering Malik Bendjelloul, the Man Who Re-Birthed 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez

    May 14, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Rodriguez had a phrase for Malik Bendjelloul and his film "Searching for Sugar Man." He used it while we were eating lunch at SXSW in March 2012; he would use it again 11 months later over a meal in Los Angeles the day it would win one of its 32 awards. "It's his story,…

  11. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  12. 'Game of Thrones' Character Playlist: 20 Songs For Season 4

    April 02, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tywin is blasting Aloe Blacc, Margaery is channeling Chris Martin, and Joffrey is a nu-metal "freak": check out our picks for season 4 of "GoT." Pack your bags for Westeros: "Game of Thrones" finally comes back on Sunday night (Apr. 6), with the brilliantly…

  13. Ellie Goulding Aches For Downtime: 'I Need To Sort My Life Out'

    March 21, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The electro-dance heroine (and closet bookworm) talks about being "pulled home" as she continues playing shows and collecting hits. "I need to sort my life out," says Ellie Goulding with a sigh, fiddling with her bright blonde hair as she talks. "And if I don'…

  14. Chief Keef Talks Rehab, 'Bang 3' Album & Learning How to Surf

    February 14, 2014 2:10 PM EST Keef's new single, the aptly titled "Fuck Rehab,' is expected soon. It's the end of January, but the Orange County air is balmy — the kind of weather Southern California is enviously famous for. Surfers dot the beach, basking in the remaining moments of sunlight as dusk…

  15. Boston Calling 2014: Jack Johnson, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse To Headline

    January 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST Festival set for Memorial Day Weekend at Boston's City Hall Plaza. After a successful inaugural year, Boston Calling will return for a second go-around with headliners Jack Johnson, Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse. The festival is set for Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25) in Boston&…

  16. Katy B Moves Beyond The Bass: 'I Wanted There To Be A Focus On My Songwriting'

    January 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST After jumping from pirate radio to the pop charts, the U.K. reaches past her dubstep roots even further with new album. In 2010, an unknown BRIT School graduate singing over dizzying bass drops took the U.K. singles chart by storm with the song "Katy on a Mission," a boastful…

  17. U2, Alex Ebert Win Big at Golden Globes

    January 12, 2014 10:48 PM EST U2 and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes took home the music awards at the 71st annual Golden Globes Sunday night, while HBO's film on Liberace continued to add trophies to its mantle. PHOTOS: Golden Globes 2014 U2's "Ordinary Love" from "…

  18. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  19. Metallica Scraps Orion Festival for 2014

    December 03, 2013 10:30 AM EST In September, James Hetfield told Billboard that a '14 festival would depend on finances: "It's not that we're out to make money; we're at least out to break even, and it certainly has not broken even yet. It's an expensive barbecue at this point" Metallica…

  20. 'Walter Mitty' Trailer Gives Of Monsters and Men Song a Lift

    September 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Of Trailers and Hits: An 18-month-old song by Of Monsters and Men is a surprise breakout thanks to its use in the trailer for Ben Stiller's upcoming film Ben Stiller's next film, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," will not be in theaters until Christmas but it's…

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