1. Holy Ship Highlights: Skrillex Joins Surprise Guest Kaskade, Destructo's Sunrise Sermon & More

    March 03, 2015 6:39 PM EST Fans who attended Holy Ship's second sailing (Feb. 18-20) could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu.  While the  January sailing  sported mostly first-time bookings drawn from the U.K. deep house and West Coast bass scenes, February's sailing boasted a bevy of familiar faces…

  2. Girl Group Tragedy: Inside G.R.L.'s Slow Healing Process

    March 03, 2015 2:00 PM EST The death of a member forced a promising pop group to hit the pause button. The future is uncertain for G.R.L., but its message remains positive. It's the morning of January 15 , and the members of G.R.L. have woken up to a slew of encouraging social media comments. The music video for…

  3. Ask Billboard: Will 'Uptown Funk!' Be the Hot 100's No. 1 Song of 2015?

    March 03, 2015 11:05 AM EST With an array of honors - including global - for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' smash, has the race for the year's top hit already been won? As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  4. 5 K-Pop Songs Inspired by Hollywood Films

    March 02, 2015 9:56 PM EST From 'Drumline' to a Disney classic, vote for your favorite! Without question, K-pop draws from Western music trends. But sometimes the music gets an extra dose of inspiration from Hollywood. Rainbow are the most recent act to mix a little movie magic into their music with new…

  5. Listen: Wale Releases Usher-Assisted 'The Matrimony (Making Plans)'

    March 02, 2015 6:22 PM EST Wale delivers a gem for the ladies with "The Matrimony (Making Plans)." The new single from his upcoming album, The Album About Nothing , features Usher on the song's hook. Usher kicks off the song by sweetly reassuring his lover that wedding bells are in the near future: "…

  6. Meet Lizzo, the Body-Positive Rapper Opening for Sleater-Kinney

    March 02, 2015 5:49 PM EST She's worked with Prince, gotten props from André 3000, and proudly calls herself a big girl in a small world. "I always say that there's this magnet for weird people." That's how 26-year-old rapper Lizzo describes Minneapolis, the adopted city that helped propel her…

  7. CeeLo Fulfills Probation Requirements in Drug Case

    March 02, 2015 5:01 PM EST A judge says CeeLo Green has complied with the conditions of probation in a felony drug case and will not have to attend any further court hearings in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning singer appeared Monday (March 2) in a Los Angeles courtroom to update Superior Court Judge David Herriford…

  8. Are You a Harmonizer or a Mixer?

    March 02, 2015 4:17 PM EST Little Mix & Fifth Harmony are successful girl groups with great songs -- but which one makes the most sense for you to adore? Make no mistake: We at Billboard enjoy both Little Mix and Fifth Harmony . The two most successful new girl groups of the 2010s have set themselves apart from…

  9. Madonna's 40 Biggest Billboard Hits

    March 02, 2015 3:00 PM EST She's the Queen of Pop and royalty on the Billboard charts. To celebrate Madonna 's career, we've compiled an exclusive ranking of the diva's 40 biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit singles. Madonna's Fashion Evolution: 55 Iconic Looks 'Madonna' at 30: A…

  10. Why Must Country Singles Be 'Worked' By Labels to Be Played on Commercial Radio?

    March 02, 2015 11:02 AM EST A look at how deserving artists are frequently passed over in the country music genre (and everywhere else, too). When Brandy Clark teamed up with Dwight Yoakam on the Feb. 7 Grammy Awards to perform her album track "Hold My Hand," it was a revelatory moment for many in country…

  11. Exclusive: Watch Paul Simon Stop By 'Portlandia' for Awkward Q&A

    March 02, 2015 10:20 AM EST Sadly, the season 5 finale of Portlandia (March 12) is drawing closer by the day. But take solace: Today, Billboard is exclusively premiering a clip from this season's penultimate episode featuring music legend Paul Simon. As with the best Portlandia sketches, this one is absurd and…

  12. Will Smith Tops Box Office Again

    March 01, 2015 5:00 PM EST Will Smith 's con-man caper Focus disrobed Fifty Shades of Grey at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star. According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.' Focus easily topped all…

  13. Sharon Osbourne on Kelly's 'Fashion Police' Departure: 'You Can Never Be Bought'

    February 28, 2015 2:00 PM EST The younger Osbourne confirmed Friday that she is leaving the E! series. Sharon Osbourne is in full support of daughter Kelly Osbourne parting ways with E!'s Fashion Police . Kelly Osbourne's Career: From Reality Star to TV Host, Actress The show confirmed Friday (Feb. 27)…

  14. Country Radio Seminar Closes With Stellar Performances by Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell & More

    February 28, 2015 10:42 AM EST The 2015 New Faces Show, which closes the annual Country Radio Seminar, was held Friday night (Feb. 27) at the Nashville Convention Center. And one thing was apparent -- this isn't your father's country music... or was it? Sam Hunt Talks the 'Power of Country Radio'…

  15. Why Are Albums Released on Tuesday (For Now) in the U.S.?

    February 27, 2015 7:56 PM EST The recent news about the music industry adopting Friday as the global release day for new albums has prompted many questions. One of those is: Why are albums released on Tuesday in the U.S.? Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day For the past few decades, new album releases (and…

  16. Exclusive: San E & 13 International Rappers Team Up for '#HipHopIsHipHop' Charity Single

    February 27, 2015 5:50 PM EST In a day when the question "what is real rap?" stirs heated debates on the regular, an international team of 14 rappers are here to declare that "hip-hop is hip-hop." Billboard  is excited to exclusively reveal that  San E  has enlisted 13 fellow MCs from around the world…

  17. Vanilla Ice on Burglary Arrest: 'It's All Blown Out of Proportion'

    February 27, 2015 5:14 PM EST Vanilla Ice , aka Robert Van Winkle, says his recent burglary arrest is "a mess and I'm dealing with it." Appearing on Good Morning America Friday (Feb. 27) to promote the fifth season of DIY Network's The Vanilla Ice Project , the rapper couldn't say much about his…

  18. Bill Cosby Asserts 'Self-Defense' Rights in Retort to Rape Accusers

    February 27, 2015 2:38 PM EST His lawyers argue it would be "inequitable" to allow the comedian to be sued for defamation over what's been said about the alleged assaults. Bill Cosby has been on the defensive in the past few months over allegations by many women who accuse the comedian of drugging and…

  19. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato & More Weigh In on #TheDress

    February 27, 2015 10:21 AM EST Since yesterday, it's a question that's divided friends, families and strangers on the street. What color is the dress in this photo? Buzzfeed , which popularized the image, has an ongoing poll of gold and white versus blue and black, but other options are cropping up…

  20. Lauryn Hill Performs Two Shows at NYC Blue Note: Live Review

    February 26, 2015 5:59 PM EST Lauryn Hill entranced at Wednesday's back-to-back shows at New York City's Blue Note and unknowingly silenced doubts about her vocal prowess. With a six-person band alongside her, Ms. Hill took the stage, sitting comfortably on a vintage two-person couch with her acoustic guitar,…

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