1. 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…

  2. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae to Perform at BET Honors

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists set to perform at BET Honors 2014. Premiering Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network, the telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and Wayne Brady. Established to celebrate the…

  3. Broods Stream Debut EP, Announce First U.S. Shows: Listen

    January 30, 2014 4:57 PM EST Looking for some gorgeous pop music to dive into and subsequently peddle to your friends this coming weekend? Look no further than Broods' self-titled debut EP, which was released online on Thursday (Jan. 30), ahead of its Feb. 4 release at digital retail. "Broods" includes the…

  4. Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw Lead ACM Awards Nominations

    January 29, 2014 10:46 AM EST The nominations were announced for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday morning (Jan. 29), and two of the format's veteran performers found at the top of the nominations list. ACM AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE 2014 ACM Awards! Billboard's ACM Awards Live Blog! ACM…

  5. Country GRAMMY: Kacey Musgraves Wins Big, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban Perform

    January 27, 2014 1:22 AM EST The country music portion of the 56th GRAMMY Awards featured some strong performances and winners that definitely didn’t push the shock button, but featured some deserving recipients nonetheless.  The big winner of the night was Kacey Musgraves, who continues to impress the critics. The…

  6. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Friday

    January 24, 2014 11:57 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  7. 10 Songs Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    January 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today (Jan. 20), we remember the life and legacy of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose contributions to the social and political sphere of the United States are innumerable. And over the years, the global musical sphere has become filled with songs inspired by or…

  8. Funeral Held for Fallen Poet and Activist Amiri Baraka

    January 18, 2014 6:50 PM EST A cacophony of bagpipes, African drums and jazz riffs creatively blended -- much like the elements of an Amiri Baraka poem -- at the Saturday funeral for the activist-writer and a founder of the Black Arts Movement, who died earlier this month . The service, held at Newark Symphony Hall,…

  9. 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…

  10. James Blake Remixes Beyonce's 'Drunk In Love': Listen

    January 17, 2014 10:47 AM EST James Blake stopped by BBC Radio 1 on Thursday night (Jan. 16) to play some new music over a two-hour segment, and one of those sonic treats was a spooky re-imagining of Beyonce's Top 20 hit "Drunk In Love." Listen below (via Pitchfork ): The remix, which extends the winding…

  11. Rock on the Range 2014: Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock Headlining

    January 16, 2014 11:11 AM EST In its eighth year, Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range festival has expanded to a full three-day lineup, with Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock serving as the 2014 headliners. The full lineup for the hard rock fest, taking place from May 16-18 at Columbus Crew Stadium,…

  12. Kacey Musgraves: GRAMMY®s Best New Artist Spotlight

    January 15, 2014 11:40 AM EST After displaying her songwriting chops by co-penning Miranda Lambert's hit "Mama's Broken Heart" (nominated for best country solo performance), Kacey Musgraves stepped into the spotlight with her debut single "Merry Go Round," which peaked at No. 14 on the Hot…

  13. James Blake: GRAMMY®s Best New Artist Nominee Spotlight

    January 15, 2014 11:36 AM EST "Overgrown," James Blake's second album, earned the U.K.'s Mercury Prize in October, trumping albums by more high-profile British artists like David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys. The experimental electronic singer/producer will try to repeat that surprise success at the…

  14. Alt-J Parts Ways With Bassist Gwil Sainsbury

    January 11, 2014 4:33 PM EST English indie rock band Alt-J is without its bassist, Gwil Sainsbury. In a Twitter post early Saturday (Jan. 11), the rockers revealed that Sainsbury, the band's bassist and guitarist since its inception, was leaving Alt-J effective immediately. However, the tweet noted that Sainsbury&…

  15. Amiri Baraka, Poet and Activist, Dead at 79

    January 09, 2014 8:02 PM EST The writer authored several nonfiction music books in addition to recording his own music Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died.…

  16. Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige & Erykah Badu Added to Essence Festival Bill

    January 09, 2014 4:36 AM EST   Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu join the lineup for the Essence Festival, which will roll-out over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans. They trio of hitmakers join previously announced headliner Prince for the event’s 20th anniversary edition.  Prince to Headline Essence…

  17. Oscar Isaac Q&A: The 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Star on Finding Folk Music, the Coen Brothers

    January 07, 2014 11:45 AM EST Of all the films in contention for the Academy Awards, none is pushing its musical element stronger than CBS Films' "Inside Llewyn Davis." Commercials for the Coen brothers' tale of a fictional folk singer knocking around Greenwich Village in 1961 have focused on executive…

  18. Bruce Springsteen, 'High Hopes': Track-By-Track Review

    January 05, 2014 9:00 PM EST BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN High Hopes Producers: Ron Aniello, Brendan O'Brien Label: Columbia Release Date: Jan. 14 "High Hopes" is Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album. In a first for the artist, the record is a collection of cover songs previously performed live, originals…

  19. The Everly Brothers' Country Roots Run Deep: A Look at Their Hall of Fame Career

    January 05, 2014 12:24 PM EST As the music world mourns the passing of Phil Everly this past Friday, the impact of Phil and brother Don on the world of country music simply can't be ignored. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, the Everlys' roots run deep in the format. Don was born in…

  20. Lo-Fang, Lorde's Upcoming Tour Opener, Describes Wild Ride Toward First Album

    December 20, 2013 12:34 PM EST "Blue Film," the Maryland singer-songwriter's 4AD debut, is out in late February. There was a special guest at Lo-Fang's Dec. 9 show at the Echo in Los Angeles, a certain New Zealand teenager watching as the soulful electronic artist unpacked the songs from his upcoming…

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