1. James Blake's 'Overgrown' Wins 2013 Mercury Prize

    October 30, 2013 6:19 PM EDT James Blake's sophomore album "Overgrown" has earned the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the annual trophy awarded to the best album by an artist from the United Kingdom over the past year. Blake's follow-up to his 2011 self-titled debut emerged victorious from a…

  2. Jay-Z Defends Barneys Deal: I'm Being 'Demonized'

    October 26, 2013 7:40 PM EDT Jay-Z — under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers — said Saturday he's being unfairly "demonized" for just waiting to hear all of the facts. The rap mogul…

  3. Foxes and Twerking Teddy Bear Costumes Selling Well for Halloween

    October 24, 2013 4:00 PM EDT What does the fox say? Ka-ching at the moment, at least for some Halloween costume sellers and two Norwegian TV hosts who asked the question in a goofy video that landed them on U.S. talk shows and music charts. Funny brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker, known as Ylvis (ILL-vis), elevated…

  4. Teen Top Takes a Bubble Bath to Promote New Single 'Lovefool': Watch

    October 23, 2013 8:40 PM EDT The K-pop boy band jump in the tub and tease a "special video" coming Oct. 25. Well, this is sure to delight Teen Top fans. To rev up anticipation for their new single "Lovebeat," the K-pop sextet stripped down to pose for photos while taking a buble bath. The new track…

  5. Katy Perry Reveals 'Prism' Influences, Adds Stripped-Down Performances at Album Release Event

    October 22, 2013 10:24 PM EDT Katy Perry dished on her new album "Prism," revealed the two people she'd invite to a dinner party and performed a number of new songs at a special album release party with iHeartRadio Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The singer, whose "Prism" came out in stores…

  6. Julie Roberts, 'Good Wine & Bad Decisions': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 22, 2013 11:24 AM EDT Julie Roberts is very excited about her new label affiliation - next Tuesday (October 29), she releases "Good Wine And Bad Decisions," her first album under a new recording agreement with Sun Records. Billboard is excited to present an exclusive stream of the album a week…

  7. Arcade Fire Tricks and Treats Brooklyn to Intimate 'Reflektor' Show

    October 19, 2013 11:08 AM EDT At a full moon masquerade last night in Brooklyn (October 18), Arcade Fire arrived like a phantom of its own opera, materializing when fans least expected it from behind a largely overlooked black curtain set up against the far west wall of a cavernous venue. It was just one of many times…

  8. David Bowie Declared Britain’s Best-Dressed

    October 17, 2013 5:49 AM EDT It’s official: David Bowie is the best dressed Briton in history. The chameleonic singer has topped out a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine . Indeed, he collected 48.5% of all votes, reaffirming he’s as popular -- and cool -- as ever. Bowie’s knack for fashion has been a hallmark…

  9. PSY & Steven Tyler Record Collaboration

    October 16, 2013 8:53 PM EDT "Aerosmith were my lifetime role models and now I'm collaborating with Steven Tyler. What the fuck, man?," the K-pop phenom told Italy's L'Uomo Vogue In what may be the most unexpected, and possibly most epic, East meets West collaboration yet, PSY revealed to…

  10. Vixen Guitarist Jan Kuehnemund Dead at 51

    October 11, 2013 5:35 PM EDT Jan Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitarist for the all-female glam metal band Vixen, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10 after a long battle with cancer . She was 51. An official statement has not been released. Kuehnemund was born on November 18, 1961 in St. Paul, Minnesota…

  11. Kenny Rogers' Ten Biggest Billboard Country Hits

    October 07, 2013 10:00 AM EDT This week, we at The 615 look back on the legendary career of Kenny Rogers. As the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee prepares to release "You Can't Make Old Friends" for Warner Brothers on Tuesday (Oct. 8), we highlight his career with a three-part series. Today, we…

  12. Wisin vs. Yandel: Which Solo Single Is Best?

    October 03, 2013 7:00 PM EDT The popular Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel is back on the charts, but this time with separate solo singles. As a pair, they hold the record for most No. 1s on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, with 14 songs reaching the top. On Latin Airplay, they have notched 10 No. 1s between 2006…

  13. Joan Jett Storms Back With New Album: Go Behind the Scenes of Her 'Any Weather' Video

    October 03, 2013 12:20 PM EDT "It came in fits and starts," Joan Jett says of her eleventh solo album. "I'd think, 'I can't do this anymore' - but the more I just let go, things started pouring out." There's certainly a sense of catharsis to "Unvarnished," Jett'…

  14. V.V. Brown Finds New Strength on 'Samson & Delilah' Album: Exclusive Video

    October 01, 2013 1:25 PM EDT Watch the U.K. singer discusses her label-free reinvention in this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip. V.V. Brown was flying back home to England in November 2011, having just wrapped a U.S. tour in advance of her second album for Capitol Records, "Lollipops and Politics," set for…

  15. David Bowie's 'The Next Day' Gets 3-CD Reissue

    September 30, 2013 7:30 AM EDT David Bowie’s Mercury Prize-nominated album "The Next Day" will be reissued next month as a three-disc collector’s edition with a handful of previously-unreleased tracks. The set, called “The Next Day Extra,” includes the original 14-track CD, a 10-track CD of bonus tracks and a…

  16. Kings of Leon’s 'Mechanical Bull' Rides to Peak of U.K. Chart, Drake Opens at No. 2

    September 30, 2013 3:55 AM EDT Kings of Leon’s “Mechanical Bull” (RCA/Sony) sold 71,000 copies in the U.K. last week to become their fourth No. 1 album in the territory, according to the Official Charts Company. The new singles chart, also published yesterday (Sept. 29), showed Jason Derulo starting a second week at the…

  17. Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty' Cleans-Up on U.K. Singles Chart, Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' Rules Again

    September 23, 2013 5:43 AM EDT In a top ten featuring six new entries, Arctic Monkeys held off all comers to start a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sept. 22) with “AM” (Domino). Jason Derulo scored his third No. 1 single in the territory as “Talk Dirty” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), featuring 2 Chainz,…

  18. iHeartRadio Music Festival Friday: Katy Perry Roars, But The Old School Soars

    September 21, 2013 10:16 AM EDT Queen, Elton John highlight the first day of the annual Las Vegas pop extravaganza. Even the most forward-looking Top 40 diehard switches over to the oldies station every once in a while, and the first evening of the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival acted as that much-appreciated change…

  19. Billy Currington, 'We Are Tonight': Video Premiere

    September 17, 2013 12:00 AM EDT The "Hey Girl" singer talks up his new album, "We Are Tonight" and gives Billboard a first look at his next video If, after listening to Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight" album you are singing along with the lyrics with a smile, then the singer…

  20. David Bowie Nominated for Britain's Mercury Prize

    September 12, 2013 8:44 AM EDT “The Next Day” may yet be remembered as David Bowie’s “award winning” comeback album. The Thin White Duke’s latest set is one of 12 albums nominated for Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize. It’ll face competition with Arctic Monkeys’ “AM,” Disclosure’s “Settle,” Foals’ “Holy Fire,” James…

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