1. Nicki Minaj Removes Malcolm X Artwork After Family Objects, Threatens Lawsuit

    February 15, 2014 8:34 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Malcolm X's family and estate said Nicki Minaj's use of a famous photo of the black nationalist with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her new song's artwork is disrespectful and offensive. In an exclusive statement to The…

  2. Heartbreak Hits: Top 30 Breakup Songs

    February 14, 2014 9:05 AM EST Not everyone equates Valentine's Day with red hearts and roses. For those that have not found cupid to be so kind, February 14 can be a reminder that sometimes, love really can suck. This fact has not been lost on pop musicians; for every whimsical song about love's dizzying…

  3. 20 Best Love Songs By Real-Life Couples

    February 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Whether it’s a chart-topping pop pair, an R&B/hip-hop power couple or a country king and queen, it’s the natural inclination for a musically inclined romantic couple to collaborate – or for a platonic pair of singer to find love during heated recording sessions. In honor of Valentine’s…

  4. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  5. (Don't) Call Me: Blondie Rejects Offer to Perform at Sochi Olympics

    February 10, 2014 9:30 AM EST Blondie has revealed that they rejected an offer to perform at the Sochi Olympics because of Russia's violations against human rights, including the country's recent anti-gay laws.  On her Twitter account, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry published a scan of the printed offer to…

  6. Cher Says Her Label Doesn't 'Care' About Her Latest Album

    February 06, 2014 3:37 PM EST Cher says her record label "hasn't got a great deal of interest in my CD" and that the "decision makers" at the company "don't seem to care that much." Cher released her most recent album, "Closer to the Truth," last September on Warner Bros.…

  7. Madonna Introduces Pussy Riot at Amnesty Concert; Lauryn Hill, Yoko Ono, Flaming Lips Perform at Benefit in Brooklyn

    February 06, 2014 10:48 AM EST "The truth will always win. Even if it dies in battle." Two freed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot brought International clout and an intense message of hope and struggle to Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert Wednesday at Brooklyn's…

  8. Elton John's Film Company Acquires Rights to Animated 'Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Film

    February 05, 2014 7:37 PM EST Elton John's Rocket Pictures has acquired the film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's global hit play "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and will adapt it as an animated family feature in association with Webber's the Really Useful Group. Based…

  9. Nile Rodgers Talks New Chic Album, Premieres Solo Track in Google Hangout: Watch

    February 05, 2014 5:10 PM EST The living legend talks Madonna, Guetta, GRAMMYs and more Days after winning three GRAMMY awards for his guitarwork on Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," music legend Nile Rodgers stopped by for a Google+ Hangout with Billboard on Wednesday (Feb. 5). While chatting with…

  10. Toni Braxton Reunites With 'Musical Husband' Babyface on Duets Album: Q&A

    February 04, 2014 11:05 AM EST "We broke up and got back together," Braxton says of Babyface. The R&B duo talks "Love, Marriage & Divorce" with Billboard They first sang together on the 1992 R&B/pop hit "Give U My Heart" from the "Boomerang" soundtrack. Now Toni…

  11. Franz Ferdinand Frontman Accuses Pharrell of 'Borrowing' 'Take Me Out' Riff

    January 31, 2014 9:39 PM EST Alex Kapranos notes similarities in Paloma Faith's "Can't Rely on You" Pharrell Williams was involved in his share of lawsuits last year -- from a spat with will.i.am over his i am OTHER brand to his part in a suit from Marvin Gaye's family concerning his work on…

  12. Anna Gordy Gaye, Motown Songwriter and Ex-Wife of Marvin Gaye, Dead at 92

    January 31, 2014 4:13 PM EST Anna Gordy Gaye, the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and former wife of the late Marvin Gaye, with whom she co-wrote songs for his "What's Going On" album, died at her home in Los Angeles early Friday morning. She was 92. An official family statement said Gordy Gaye was…

  13. Lady Gaga, Vampire Weekend, Elton John Up for GLAAD Media Awards

    January 30, 2014 10:03 AM EST Elton John, Lady Gaga and Vampire Weekend are among the music nominees for awards presented by the gay advocacy group GLAAD. The outstanding music artist category also includes Goldfrapp and Tegan and Sara. The 25th annual  GLAAD Media Awards  celebrate fair and accurate representation of…

  14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Collaborators Talk 'Same Love,' Upcoming Projects

    January 28, 2014 7:10 PM EST Catching up with Mary Lambert, Ray Dalton and Wanz Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had a big night at the 64th GRAMMY Awards, but the collaborators from their three biggest singles were on hand too, and Billboard caught up with them on the red carpet. The hot topic was the looming performance of …

  15. GRAMMY Awards: Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk Earn Wins At Pop's Outer Edges

    January 27, 2014 2:15 AM EST The three artists that earned the four biggest wins of the 56th GRAMMY Awards -- Daft Punk, Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- are not, first and foremost, "pop" artists. Daft Punk, which won album of the year for "Random Access Memories" and record of the year…

  16. Top 10 Best GRAMMY 2014 Moments: Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Beyonce and More

    January 27, 2014 1:07 AM EST The 56th GRAMMYs provided both the expected and unexpected. Sure, Jay Z was an announced performer, but who knew he'd say the funniest line of the night. Taylor Swift sat at the piano for her entire time on stage, but somehow still stole the show with her dance moves. And there were…

  17. Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Top Winners at 56th GRAMMY Awards

    January 27, 2014 12:40 AM EST A pair of duos win big on music's biggest night... Lorde surprises with Song of the Year nod... Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Jay Z among performers At a GRAMMY ceremony that will be forever known for a marriage ceremony with 33 couples presided over by Queen…

  18. Macklemore and Madonna Perform 'Same Love' As 33 Couples Wed Live on Air During GRAMMYs

    January 26, 2014 11:37 PM EST The music giants joined forces to promote marriage equality as both gay and straight couples were married at the same time Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" anthem became the theme song for 33 newlyweds during the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). The gay…

  19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Same Love' GRAMMY Performance to Feature On-Air Weddings

    January 26, 2014 11:29 AM EST Queen Latifah will act as officiant during the ceremony, with Madonna joining the duo's performance Macklemore & Ryan Lewis cap off an enormous year at tonight's GRAMMYs, garnering nominations in multiple categories -- including for Song of the Year for "Same Love."…

  20. Lou Pearlman Clings to His Boy-Band Dreams: The First Prison Interview

    January 24, 2014 3:28 PM EST The 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys impresario insists he'll find the next Justin Timberlake when he's released in 2029. Here, he speaks for the first time from prison where he's serving 25 years for a Ponzi scheme This article first appeared in the new issues of The…

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