1. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  2. Lykke Li Faces Twerkers, Bikers in 'Gunshot' Video (Watch)

    July 15, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Bikers, hooligans and twerkers fill Li's post-apocalyptic future You probably never expected to see indie darling Lykke Li alongside a crew of twerkers in one of her own music videos, but it's a post-Miley world, and here we are. In the video for "Gunshot"--one of the…

  3. Swizz Beatz Becomes Muse for Kehinde Wiley Portrait

    June 16, 2014 1:53 PM EDT On set with the art-obsessed hitmaker and artist, Wiley. "Eyes on the camera, lean in, look up." Artist Kehinde Wiley spits out directions so fast that it's hard for a spectator to keep up, let alone one of his models. On an ordinary day the 37-year-old's subject might be…

  4. Hedley, Drake Dominate Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 16, 2014 4:17 AM EDT Hedley, a Vancouver rock band that headlines arenas in Canada and has just released their new album in the U.S., not only kicked off the 25th anniversary broadcast of the MuchMusic Video Awards with a performance of their latest single, “Crazy For You,” but took home the most trophies of the…

  5. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  6. Sugar Sammy Video Q&A: Canada's Hot Comic

    May 05, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Canadian comedian Sugar Sammy has grossed nearly $3 million on the road. That's a lot of laughs. Sugar Sammy sounds exceptionally relaxed for a guy set to hit the stage in an hour, especially since he's still at the furnished apartment he has rented in Old Montreal. After…

  7. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

  8. Paul Weller Talks New Menswear Line Real Stars Are Rare

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT "I thought music was complicated, but it's a f-ing breeze compared to this," says a laughing Paul Weller as he surveys the surrounding clothes rails on which hangs the debut collection of his first stand-alone menswear label, Real Stars Are Rare. It's a line heavily…

  9. Casting Crowns Rock Live at Billboard, 'Thrive' as Christian Music's Biggest Band: Video

    March 03, 2014 2:08 PM EST Watch the band perform two songs, including "House of Their Dreams" from hit album "Thrive," at Billboard's studio. When a band is hammering out its record deal, it's not unusual to have the group's manager in the room and, likely, the act's…

  10. Devo's Bob Casale Dies At 61

    February 18, 2014 1:08 PM EST Bob Casale, a founding member of New Wave pioneers Devo, died at the age of 61 on Monday (Feb. 17). A statement from Casale's brother Gerald, also a member of the group, confirms that the cause of death was heart failure. The Casale brothers formed Devo in Akron, Ohio in 1972 with Mark…

  11. Prince's 'Plectrum Electrum' Preview: Inside The Late-Night NYC Listening Session

    February 03, 2014 5:41 PM EST After appearing on "New Girl," the Purple One held a quick, quirky party in the wee hours of Monday morning. Even after more than three decades as pop music's strangest cypher, Prince still finds new ways to surprise us. On Sunday (Feb. 2), the notoriously private legend was…

  12. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Ciara & Lady Gaga

    January 17, 2014 3:30 PM EST Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Ciara Ciara is music’s comic book hero. With her sartorially inventive garb and keen eye for power dressing, she beats the crap out of all who share the red carpet with her. Our…

  13. Chart Highlights: OneRepublic Tops Adult Pop Songs, Beyonce Bows At R&B/Hip-Hop

    December 16, 2013 4:35 PM EST Plus, new No. 1s for late legend Donna Summer, Eli Young Band, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on…

  14. The Year In Rock 2013: Imagine Dragons Top Billboard's Year-End Rock Rankings

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Mumford & Sons, Lorde, the Lumineers and more also had a big year on the rock charts. Imagine Dragons weren't just hot in 2013. The Las Vegas group was positively "Radioactive," and it winds up the year as Billboard's Top Rock Artist of 2013. Year-End Charts: Top Rock…

  15. The Year In Touring 2013: Beyond The Numbers

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Live and on fire in 2013, the touring business is hottest it has been in years. For the touring industry, these are now —officially— the best of times. "The concert business is basically on fire," says veteran agent Dennis Arfa, president of Artists Group International (AGI). TOP 25…

  16. U2 Bassist Adam Clayton Weds Brazilian Girlfriend

    September 04, 2013 5:45 PM EDT U2 bassist Adam Clayton is a single man no more. The 53-year-old rocker wed his longtime girlfriend, Mariana Teixeira De Carvalho of Brazil, at a Dublin registry office on Wednesday. According to reports , Clayton and Teixeira were expected to tie the knot in France but instead opted for a…

  17. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which you can subscribe to right here . When…

  18. MuchMusic Video Awards: Drake Surprises and Wins Big, PSY Retires 'Gentleman'

    June 17, 2013 9:20 AM EDT Drake made a surprise appearance, Avril Lavigne thanked her dad, and PSY said farewell thee "Gentleman" at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto last night, a massive outdoor celebration that shut down the streets around the Bell Media building and allowed thousands of fans…

  19. Lights Studio Session: Watch Two Acoustic Performances and Q&A

    May 30, 2013 4:05 PM EDT Rising Canadian star discusses her new acoustic album and gives an update on her next full-length. Last month, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Valerie Anne Poxleitner, better known as Lights, released "Siberia Acoustic," an intimate reworking of her 2011 album, "Siberia.…

  20. Marianas Trench, Drake Lead 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2013 6:45 PM EDT Vancouver's pop-rock band Marianas Trench -- now a headlining arena act in Canada after a dozen years of hard work, and whose frontman Josh Ramsay co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" -- leads the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards with six nominations,…

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