1. 'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Files Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts

    January 26, 2015 3:50 PM EST In a move with huge implications, he is seeking to void his recording, management & merchandising deals with 19 Entertainment. For those who would give almost anything for the opportunity of super-stardom, American Idol might be the entertainment industry's version of a Faustian…

  2. The Ultimate Fifth Harmony Quiz: How Well Do You Know Each Member?

    January 26, 2015 3:45 PM EST Who's the tallest member? Which member has appeared on HBO? Who loves "Beauty & The Beast"? Take our impossible 5H quiz and find out! Fifth Harmony will at long last give its fans a full-length when the girl group releases its debut album, Reflection , on Feb. 3. Since…

  3. Bleachers, Kevin Ross Climb Billboard & Clio Music's Top Commercials, Powered by Shazam

    January 26, 2015 3:14 PM EST "What's the name of the song playing in that commercial?" It's a common question with an easy answer, thanks to Shazam's song-recognition technology. Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales and streaming tracked by Nielsen Music, Billboard has partnered…

  4. The 6 Best Musical Super Bowl Commercials

    January 26, 2015 2:00 PM EST It's almost Super Bowl time! Yes, yes, the actual game is quite exciting, but everyone knows another major reason to tune in is the commercials. Here at Billboard, we get particularly excited when the commercials prominently use iconic songs (like Fleetwood Mac in Budweiser), or even…

  5. Watch PPL MVR, the World's Craziest Band, Invade Sundance 2015

    January 26, 2015 10:43 AM EST It's a rare interview when someone responds to a question with an answer like, "We come from the mouth of God and the all-encompassing oneness," but PPL MVR are an unusual band. They look like three deranged versions Chewbacca from Star Wars , and they communicate largely…

  6. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  7. 'Deadheads' Ask to Camp Out During Band's Chicago Concerts

    January 24, 2015 3:53 PM EST Fans of the Grateful Dead want a campout style atmosphere during three 50th anniversary concerts in July at Chicago's Soldier Field, but whether the venue will allow it is another question. Grateful Dead Reunion Q&A: Bob Weir & Trey Anastasio on How It All Came Together Jeremy…

  8. BPM Festival Highlights: Innervisions, Cadenza Meets Planet E, Vatos Locos & More

    January 23, 2015 4:39 PM EST Since 2008, the international party crowd has congregated in Mexico's Playa del Carmen for 10 days of house and techno parties set against a beautiful paradise backdrop. Drawing more than 55,000 attendees last year (with more estimated this year), the BPM Festival's eighth edition…

  9. CeeLo Green's 'TV on the Radio' Project Surfaces Out of Nowhere: Listen

    January 23, 2015 3:42 PM EST While no one was looking, a new album by CeeLo Green titled TV on the Radio made its way onto the Internet. The nine-song project, uploaded to a CEELO_TVONTHERADIO Soundcloud account two days ago, features Green rapping and singing over famous TV theme songs, including Taxi , Knight Rider ,…

  10. Britney Spears Rules Billboard.com's Best of 2010s (So Far) Readers Poll

    January 23, 2015 1:16 PM EST Lady Gaga, Adele and Beyonce also score big votes in the half-decade fan poll. Last week, Billboard.com celebrated the end of the first half of the 2010s by compiling multiple lists of the best (and the worst) of the half-decade's popular music, including the 20 best songs, 10 worst…

  11. Ariana Grande Reveals Which Harry Potter House She's In

    January 23, 2015 10:01 AM EST It's a question that gets to the core of who you are: What Hogwarts house would you be sorted into? Everyone has pondered it at some point or another, including Ariana Grande . When Tom Felton, who, duh, played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, told Grande on Twitter he…

  12. Michael Jackson's Mother Gets Day in Court

    January 22, 2015 11:17 PM EST Lawyers for Michael Jackson's mother argued Thursday for a new trial in her case against concert promoter AEG Live LLC, but faced a skeptical panel of appellate justices who focused on the superstar's relationship with the doctor convicted of killing him. Attorneys for Katherine…

  13. Fifth Harmony Ladies Have the Perfect Response to Vamps Dis

    January 22, 2015 4:29 PM EST 'The amount of sexism and immaturity is astounding,' one member tweets. Watch out: Fifth Harmony is about to take a sledgehammer to  The Vamps . In a recent interview, a fan asked Brad Simpson from  The Vamps,  "Are you and Lauren [Jauregui, from Fifth Harmony] still together…

  14. 'Empire' Episode Three Recap: The Devil Quotes Scripture

    January 22, 2015 1:25 PM EST If there's one thing we must never forget, it's that Lucious is a gangster. Don't let the sharp suits fool you, lest you want to end up like Mel in the first scene of episode 3 of Empire . Mel is a manager for one of Empire Entertainment's artists, Veronica. He decides…

  15. Watch the 'Broad City' Girls' Incredible Sleater-Kinney Interview

    January 22, 2015 10:25 AM EST Sleater-Kinney returned from a nearly decade-long hiatus to release the fantastic No Cities to Love this week. Broad City kicked off its second season last week. A year layoff isn't quite the same, but the comedy duo and musical trio have a lot more in common than that. How Many…

  16. The NAMM Show: 7 Must-See Events From Moby to Skynyrd to Peavey's 50th Bash

    January 22, 2015 9:12 AM EST The 113th edition of The NAMM SHOW, the annual music products confab staged by the National Assn. of Music Merchants in Anaheim, Calif. Jan. 22-25, will bring together techno star Moby , Lynyrd Skynyrd , George Clinton , Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and gearheads galore. The trade show…

  17. 10 of Taylor Swift's (Recent!) Greatest Tumblr Moments

    January 22, 2015 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift  is really crushing it on Tumblr recently. We  noted this  shortly after she joined the site earlier last year, but she's only becoming goofier and more inspiring on the platform since. As she regularly demonstrates, it's the perfect venue for her to interact with her…

  18. Blake Shelton Had a 'Few Drinks' Before Firing off 'American Sniper' Tweets

    January 22, 2015 6:15 AM EST Blake Shelton has admitted he had a "few drinks" before rolling up his sleeves for a Twitter battle over American Sniper .  The Voice judge and fellow country singer Craig Morgan  made headlines when they took aim at celebrities who questioned the message behind the hit film, and…

  19. Kid Cudi Reunites With A-Trak, Emile Haynie, Plain Pat & More for 'Man on the Moon 3'

    January 21, 2015 4:11 PM EST And so it begins... @EmileHaynie pic.twitter.com/GipXhxZRlI -- Scott Mescudi (@KidCudi) January 21, 2015 It's looking like Kid Cudi is reuniting the old team -- A-Trak , Emile Haynie, Dot Da Genius , MGMT , Ratatat and Plain Pat -- for the third and final installment of his Man on the…

  20. It's Blake Shelton vs. Adam Levine in New 'Saturday Night Live' Promo Video

    January 21, 2015 10:45 AM EST Is Blake Shelton's Voice rivalry with Adam Levine real? Well, the country star couldn't answer the question on this Saturday Night Live promo without asking if he could use "cuss words," so.... Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Shelton will serve…

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