1. Charlotte Church Slams the ‘Culture of Demeaning Women in Pop Music’

    October 15, 2013 6:06 AM EDT U.K. singer Charlotte Church late Monday criticized the hypersexualization of young female music stars, lashing out at the likes of Miley Cyrus and Rihanna for their raunchy performances. The 27-year-old Welsh musician, who was one of the British celebrities who sued Rupert Murdoch's…

  2. Sinead O'Connor Says Miley Cyrus Supporters Are Urging Her to Commit Suicide

    October 08, 2013 10:10 PM EDT It's round four of a week-long exchange between Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus, with the former penning a new and lengthy letter claiming that the pop singer's actions have led cyber-bullies to urge her to commit suicide. O'Connor spends a great deal of the 1,770-word…

  3. Miley Cyrus Deflects Criticism on 'Today': 'This Is Just Who I Am'

    October 07, 2013 2:48 PM EDT Not long after her "Saturday Night Live" gig this past weekend, Miley Cyrus took to "Today" Monday morning (Oct. 7) to debrief following "SNL," the VMAs and her spat late last week with Sinead O'Connor, one day before the release of her newest album, …

  4. Miley Cyrus Parodies Government Shutdown, Performs the Hits on 'SNL'

    October 06, 2013 2:10 AM EDT Saturday night with Miley was neither the trainwreck nor the twerk-filled spectacle many expected it to become. Instead, the second episode of the new season of "Saturday Night Live" was just the right amount of audacious and, at best and worst, your usual episode of the NBC…

  5. Sinead O'Connor Threatens Legal Action If Miley Cyrus Doesn't Apologize

    October 04, 2013 11:37 AM EDT Sinead O'Connor has reacted forcefully to online taunting by Miley Cyrus in the wake of her impassioned letter to the singer, demanding an apology and threatening legal action for potentially damaging her career. Following O'Connor's much-discussed open letter, in which…

  6. Miley Cyrus Mocks Sinead O'Connor: 'Before Amanda Bynes There Was...'

    October 03, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Miley Cyrus has received your open letter, Sinead O'Connor, with its warnings against "selling your body" for attention and profit. In response the 20-year-old pop singer, fresh off her first Hot 100 No. 1 with "Wrecking Ball," has decided to mock you. O'Connor…

  7. Miley Cyrus' 'Can't Be Tamed' Revisited: Why Her First Rebellion Didn't Work

    October 03, 2013 11:42 AM EDT Three years before "Bangerz," the pop star tried to distance herself from her Hannah Montana image. Inside the false start of Miley's adult career. Miley Cyrus has done a pretty good job of shocking people recently. First, there was her comeback single "We Can't…

  8. Sinead O'Connor To Miley Cyrus: Don't Allow Yourself 'To Be Pimped'

    October 03, 2013 10:29 AM EDT "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer cautions pop star against exploitation in new open letter. Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" music video has garnered its fair share of online comparisons to Sinead O'Connor's iconic 1990 clip for "Nothing Compares 2 U…

  9. William Shatner Gathers Stellar Line-up for Prog-Rock Set 'Ponder the Mystery'

    October 03, 2013 2:09 AM EDT William Shatner, 82, who startled Star Trek fans by recording tunes like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" on his 1968 debut "The Transformed Man," will release a new album -- his fifth -- on Oct. 8. “Ponder the Mystery,” a prog-rock effort with Billy Sherwood of Yes,…

  10. 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar Shine At 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 29, 2013 4:30 PM EDT On Saturday afternoon (Sept 28), the BET Hip-Hop Awards commenced at Atlanta’s Civic Center for another year of cyphers, performances and fashion faux pas. The energy could be felt from the red carpet as stars like Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, this year's host Snoop Dogg and more made their…

  11. Kurt Cobain's Childhood Home Goes on the Market

    September 26, 2013 1:18 AM EDT This month marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's final studio album, and fans aren't just able to buy a new "super deluxe" box set to celebrate the occasion. They also can buy the childhood home of late frontman Kurt Cobain, complete with his mattress. Cobain's…

  12. Lorde, 'Pure Heroine': Track-By-Track Review

    September 25, 2013 4:15 PM EDT LORDE "Pure Heroine" Lava/Republic Producer: Joel Little Release Date: Sept. 30 Ten months after floating out her debut EP online for free in her native New Zealand, Ella Yelich-O'Connor, the teenage singer-songwriter known as Lorde, has conjured an immense amount of…

  13. 6. Lorde: 21 Under 21 (2013)

    September 25, 2013 9:44 AM EDT Last Year's Rank: N/A Birthdate: November 7, 1996 (Age 16) Why She's Hot: At this time last year, Ella Yelich-O'Connor was an unknown 15-year-old in New Zealand, still two months away from releasing her debut EP for free on the Internet. Fast forward one calendar frame, and…

  14. Toby Keith's Tornado Recovery Benefit Raises $2M

    September 12, 2013 12:46 AM EDT A tornado relief concert organized by country performer Toby Keith has raised $2 million that will go to a fund run by the United Way of Central Oklahoma - and there's still more money to be counted. Organizers told the Norman Transcript newspaper that some donations from the July 6…

  15. Lorde Q&A: New Zealand Star On Next Single, Nicki Minaj & Staying Mysterious

    September 10, 2013 3:15 PM EDT "I'm definitely an observer in social situations -- I like to listen, and figure out what's being said and what's happening," the 16-year-old singer tells Billboard. Little was known of Lorde when her mesmerizing debut single "Royals" first entered…

  16. Miley Cyrus Strips, Swings Around Naked in 'Wrecking Ball' Video: Watch

    September 09, 2013 12:40 PM EDT Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" music video has arrived, and the second single from her upcoming "Bangerz" album has arguably a more provocative video than its predecessor, "We Can't Stop." Oh, there will be online chatter about Cyrus making out…

  17. Lorde: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 06, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Meet your new alt-rock heroine: how an unknown 16-year-old from New Zealand became the most sought-after new artist of the year This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. "In a perfect world, I would never do any interviews," Ella…

  18. Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias' 'Loco' Launches At No. 1 On Latin Airplay

    September 02, 2013 1:05 PM EDT Plus, Kylie Minogue scores her seventh consecutive No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, Eminem bows with 'Berzerk' and Paul McCartney debuts on Adult Contemporary Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  19. Lorde, ‘Pure Heroine’: Fall Music Preview 2013

    August 30, 2013 3:14 PM EDT Release Date: Sept. 30 Label: Lava/Republic The stateside ascent of Lorde—the 16-year-old whose single “Royals” has become the first Alternative chart-topper from a lead solo female artist since 1996—ahead of her debut album has been astonishingly rapid. But the artist born Ella Yelich O…

  20. Lorde First Woman In 17 Years To Top Alternative Songs With 'Royals'

    August 12, 2013 1:05 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, is the first lead solo female to rule the ranking since Tracy Bonham in 1996 (months before Lorde was born) With the aptly-titled "Royals," Lorde becomes the first lead solo female to crown Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based…

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