1. Coachella 2014: Neutral Milk Hotel Mesmerize, Quietly

    April 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Jeff Mangum, the reclusive artist behind seminal indie folk band Neutral Milk Hotel, spoke just twice to fans gathered at Coachella's Outdoor stage for a rare performance Sunday. Once, at the beginning of the show, to implore the eager audience to resist the urge to immortalize it on…

  2. Yep, Yep: Dustin Lynch's 'Where It's At' Starts Its Chart Trip, Trip

    April 08, 2014 2:30 PM EDT "Yep, yep." It's a two-word throw-away phrase, dropped seven times into Dustin Lynch's new single, "Where It's At," and yet it's the crucial identifier for the song. Before he ever recorded it, Lynch played it for some of his trusted advisers to get…

  3. Smoke DZA Talks 'Dream.Zone.Achieve' Album, Performs Two Songs: Watch

    March 24, 2014 11:58 AM EDT There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Smoke DZA. The rapper and R.F.C. Music Group label head has been in the game for over a decade, and his personal journey has been one to marvel at. On his upcoming album, "Dream.ZONE.Achieve," DZA breaks down his sonic excursion…

  4. 'Jem and the Holograms': Scooter Braun Bringing Toys to Screen

    March 20, 2014 7:03 PM EDT "Jem and the Holograms," the 1980s Hasbro toyline that was also a cartoon, is getting the big-screen treatment. Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions, Scooter Braun Productions and director Jon M. Chu are teaming up to make the movie, which has been fast-tracked to start…

  5. Andre 3000 Is Jimi Hendrix: Watch First Clip

    March 06, 2014 10:15 AM EST A clip from the Jimi Hendrix biopic "All Is By My Side," starring Outkast's Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000) has surfaced online ahead of the film's SXSW screening. In the video, Benjamin's Hendrix is shown flirting with Imogen Poots' Linda Keith, onetime…

  6. Rare Mixes From Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti' Up For Auction: Listen

    February 27, 2014 11:54 AM EST Listen to unreleased demos of "Custard Pie," Kashmir" and "In the Light" A treasure trove of classic rock artifacts is up for auction at next month's Marvels of Modern Music auction. Leading the way are unreleased studio mixes of Led Zeppelin's 1975 classic …

  7. U2, Will Smith Rock Jimmy Fallon's First 'Tonight Show': Minute-By-Minute Live Taping Review

    February 18, 2014 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga also make cameos, as Billboard offers an inside look at Fallon's first night hosting the NBC late-night institution A new era of late-night TV began just after midnight tonight (Feb. 18), when NBC aired the first "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.…

  8. Natalia Kills' New York Fashion Week Diary: The Singer Recaps the HONOR Show and More

    February 14, 2014 2:55 PM EST Natalia Kills is one fiery dresser. The British dark-pop songstress makes wearing Versus Versace and Jeremy Scott a casual affair. So we tapped the edgy singer to be the latest fashion week correspondent for The Hook. From sitting front row at the Honor show to DJing the We the Urban party,…

  9. Angel Olsen Breaks Down Her Smoldering New Jagjaguwar Debut

    February 13, 2014 11:15 AM EST On "Burn Your Fire For No Witness," the alternative folk singer brings in a full band and tests her artistic identity “When you finish an album, you’re not finished,” says Angel Olsen. “You have to keep writing, if that’s what you dream of doing, if that’s what you’ve always…

  10. Olympic Hits: Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 07, 2014 10:05 AM EST Just as Olympic athletes have won over the years, so, too, have musical acts on Billboard charts thanks to the Games As the Olympics reclaim the world's sports spotlight in Sochi, Russia, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (Sticking only to…

  11. Howard Stern: The Billboard Cover Q&A

    January 20, 2014 11:00 AM EST When Howard Stern jumped from terrestrial to satellite radio, Sirius had half a million subscribers. Today it has 25.6 million. As he turns 60, Stern looks back at his career and sees radio on the verge of the next step in its evolution. It doesn't take long to figure out how…

  12. Headstone Project Brings Recognition to Long-Forgotten Blues Musos

    December 30, 2013 3:57 AM EST Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre's royalty, from Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his…

  13. Richard Marx, Heart In Holiday Spirit On AC Chart

    December 23, 2013 10:05 AM EST Their new collaboration scales the tally, granting Marx a second straight year of charting with holiday fare After not appearing on Billboard charts with holiday music for almost 25 years, Richard Marx is now making the practice an annual tradition as predictable as Santa's Christmas…

  14. Is Britney Spears' 'Britney Jean' Really Her Most Personal Album? An Investigation

    December 04, 2013 12:30 PM EST A deep dive into the pop superstar's eight studio albums shows where her newest ranks on a "personal" level. When Britney Spears began setting up her eighth studio album, "Britney Jean," earlier this year, the word "personal" kept popping up. "I can…

  15. American Music Awards 2013: 10 Moments That Made Us LOL, Clap, and Shake Our Heads

    November 25, 2013 1:40 AM EST Award shows are a prime oppourtunity for moments that will spark conversation on social networks and at water coolers alike for days to come. The 2013 American Music Awards were no different, with the expected acts (Hi, Gaga and Miley) giving us something to talk about. American Music Awards…

  16. Daddy’s Groove feat. Mindshake, 'Surrender': First Look

    November 08, 2013 2:54 PM EST The walk an artist takes from the backstage trailer to the EDM festival stage can be fraught with emotion: Anxiety, elation, self-doubt, pride. For young bucks just starting to simmer, it can be a literal passage into a whole new phase of their career. That journey is captured in evocative…

  17. Wu-Tang Clan's 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2013 1:13 PM EST I didn't enter the Wu-Tang on November 9, 1993, the date that "36 Chambers" was released. I, like many others, discovered that they were nothing to fuck with years later -- specifically, 11 years later, when a friend gave me a 2004 compilation album, "Legend of the Wu…

  18. Avril Lavigne, 'Avril Lavigne': Track-By-Track Review

    November 04, 2013 4:33 PM EST "A first taste like honey, you were so yum/Can't wait for a second, cause it's so fun," is a line from the song "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," off Avril Lavigne's self-titled fifth studio album. It's a line that's cutesy and cloying,…

  19. TomorrowWorld: With The Odds Stacked Against It, the Festival Delivers

    September 30, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The stakes were high for TomorrowWorld, the three-day EDM festival that took place this weekend (September 27-29) in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. And so were the risks – some of them self-imposed. The storied European fest, called Tomorrowland in its native Belgium (Disney…

  20. Fred Stobaugh, 96, Becomes Oldest Artist To Appear On Hot 100

    September 04, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Credited on Green Shoe Studio's 'Oh Sweet Lorraine,' the song's writer bests Tony Bennett for an honor for the ages An unassuming love letter-turned-song has become an historic hit, as "Oh Sweet Lorraine" by Green Shoe Studio featuring Jacob Colgan and…

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