1. TLC's Chilli Talks Their Kickstarter-Funded Final Album: 'We Have to Involve the Fans'

    January 19, 2015 10:25 AM EST Scrubs better run for the hills -- TLC are headed back to the studio. The legendary group just announced plans for a fifth and final album -- to be funded directly by fans. Yep, TLC are going Kickstarter. Sixteen years ago they included thousands of fans' names on a pull-out poster in…

  2. Spike Lee on Finding '12 Gems' From Unsigned Artists for His Kickstarter-Funded Film

    January 15, 2015 6:48 PM EST The director had fans submit potential songs for 'Da Sweet Blood of Jesus' soundtrack. From Radio Raheem pumping "Fight the Power" in Do the Right Thing to the "Baba O'Riley" montage in Summer of Sam to New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard 's score…

  3. 7 Weird Genre-Crossing Hits From Paul McCartney, Eddie Murphy, Hayley Williams & More

    January 15, 2015 1:50 PM EST Last week's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart featured a promising hip-hop game newcomer. Unlike most rising rap stars, he's from Britain, he's over 70 and he's named Paul McCartney . Thanks to Kanye West , the classic rock icon -- who plays organ on "Only One" …

  4. Kool & the Gang Trombonist Clifford Adams Dead at 62

    January 12, 2015 4:36 PM EST Clifford Adams -- a longtime trombonist in  Kool & the Gang -- died at age 62 on Monday morning (Jan. 12). He had been battling liver cancer for a year. According to NJ.com , the Trenton, N.J., native "had no heath insurance to cover medical expenses" during his cancer…

  5. Azealia Banks Blasts Kendrick Lamar's Billboard Cover Interview

    January 09, 2015 4:28 PM EST While the majority of the hip-hop community has been vocal about the disturbing outcome of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, no one has had more to say about other rappers' responses (or lack thereof ) than Azealia Banks. On Friday (Jan. 9), just hours after Billboard 's…

  6. Kendrick Lamar Talks Ferguson: 'What Happened Should've Never Happened'

    January 08, 2015 6:37 PM EST As someone who grew up in Compton, Kendrick Lamar knows about tense exchanges with police officers. By his own reckoning, he was treated unjustly by the LAPD "plenty of times. All the time." But in Billboard's latest cover story, Kendrick isn't going into details of any…

  7. LAPD Investigating Michael Brown Parody Song at Retired Cop's Party

    December 26, 2014 12:44 PM EST Although Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, the Los Angeles Police Department is now investigating a situation pertaining to his controversial death after TMZ released a horrifying video taken at a former cop's party. TMZ uploaded some extremely troubling…

  8. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  9. Must-Hear Music Holiday Podcast: Pentatonix, Idina Menzel, Ariana Grande & More

    December 23, 2014 1:30 PM EST Last week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers shared their personal favorite albums of the year, from D'Angelo 's Black Messiah to Nicki Minaj 's The Pinkprint to Mapei 's Hey Hey . This week, it's all about that Xmas. And (sort of) like Dickens…

  10. Watch Stephen Colbert Sell Michael Stipe at a NYC Yard Sale

    December 18, 2014 12:00 PM EST After nine years on TV, Stephen Colbert is retiring his blustering conservative alter ego Stephen Colbert on Thursday night. So with just hours to go before the end, Colbert rounded up all the junk he's collected over the years on his show and pawned it off at a New York City yard sale…

  11. BSBB Round 2: MKTO, "Classic" vs. Sia, "Chandelier"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Classic MKTO Chandelier Sia DENISE WARNER: It’s a tough call. Sia’s video for “Chandelier” has a ‘Dance Moms’ kid as the star. But Walt from “Lost” makes up half of MKTO. Still, as catchy as “Classic” is, the trite lyrics keep…

  12. BSBB Round 1: Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars" vs. Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules A Sky Full of Stars Coldplay Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake MAURA JOHNSTON: It's not quite "Rock With You," and the addition of Timberlake feels like a superfluous attempt to be…

  13. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bruce Springsteen & More Pay Tribute to 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 08, 2014 1:40 PM EST “Tonight Washington puts the arts above politics. Because no matter what political party you belong to, everyone wants a selfie with Tom Hanks.” So declared host Stephen Colbert on Sunday night as he kicked off the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the ultimate power mash-up of arts,…

  14. Grammys Nominate 'Darkchild Version' of Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me': Here's the Difference

    December 05, 2014 9:13 AM EST If you woke up early on Friday to catch Pharrell and Ed Sheeran announce the first four categories of the 57th annual Grammys , you might've furrowed your brows when they announced the Record of the Year nominations. Sam Smith 's "Stay With Me" got a deserving nod…

  15. 'South Park' Pits Lorde/Randy Against Iggy Azalea, Michael Jackson Hologram

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Earlier this season,  South Park revealed that teenage pop star Lorde is actually middle-aged father Randy Marsh -- and not long after, they  eviscerated Spin's  embarrassing coverage of that episode as part of another Lorde plotline. On Wednesday night, the Comedy Central stalwart…

  16. Ted Nugent Posts Offensive, Illogical Ferguson Rant

    November 25, 2014 11:32 AM EST For better or worse (hint: worse), classic rocker turned conservative pundit Ted Nugent has weighed in on the Ferguson decision that let police officer Darren Wilson walk scot-free after shooting and killing unarmed civilian Michael Brown. While the decision drew outrage from pop stars…

  17. Executive Turntable: Phil Casey Returns to ICM Partners, Vevo Appoints Stacy Moscatelli, BMG Chrysalis US Acquires Vagrant

    November 20, 2014 8:10 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including ICM Partners, Republic Records, Dualtone Music Group and many more. -- Phil Casey returned to ICM Partners as a senior agent in the concerts department, where he began his career in 1984. Casey served at Resolution for a year…

  18. The Case for Adam Lambert as New 'American Idol' Mentor

    November 12, 2014 3:59 PM EST Who should replace Randy Jackson next year? The season 8 runner-up. American Idol fans probably never imagined a day when Randy Jackson would no longer be "in it to win it," but so it seems for season 14 of the Fox show, the first that won't feature the former judge-turned…

  19. Primary Wave Acquires Evolution Management

    November 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Primary Wave has acquired Evolution Management and will merge the company into its talent management division,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The combined personnel — which will include film and TV talent and literary managers — will move to expanded offices next year. Related…

  20. Exclusive Premiere: Deadmau5's 'Maths' (Botnek Remix)

    November 03, 2014 3:15 PM EST It's been five years since deadmau5 's  Random Album Title  album catapulted him to the forefront of the EDM world, a spot he's maintained thanks to his innovative releases and unfiltered public persona. To celebrate his career, Ultra Music is releasing a double-disc…

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