1. Chilly Gonzalez Explains Why the Classical Music World Should Stop Resisting Rap & Pop Music

    March 26, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Why are pop hits so effective? Last year, the musician Owen Pallett wrote a couple of popular posts about this topic for Slate ,where he explained the technical structure underpinning several radio juggernauts ( Katy Perry 's "Teenage Dream" and Daft Punk 's "Get…

  2. Owen Pallett: 'Jian Ghomeshi Is My Friend, And He Beats Women'

    October 28, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The indie singer-songwriter speaks out on the claims against the Canadian broadcaster. Days after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation fired nationally beloved broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi -- host of a radio arts program called Q -- amid allegations of sexual misconduct, his friend, musician…

  3. Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Win Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 23, 2014 2:40 AM EDT Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism  (Six Shooter Records) was named Canadian album of the year at the Polaris Music Awards Monday night (Sept. 22) in Toronto, beating out albums by Arcade Fire , Drake , Owen Pallett and six others. She collected the top honor having just…

  4. 'I Feel a Little Weird About It': What 2014's Polaris Prize Short-Listers Think About the Voting Process

    September 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT “They can just listen to the same thing we’ve listened to a bunch of times and they’ll probably hate it just as much.” Billboard told each artist about Polaris’ grand jury duty -- then asked: How does it make you feel knowing that, behind closed doors, while the gala is happening, that the…

  5. Arcade Fire Wins Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 20, 2011 1:31 AM EDT After taking home the Grammy award and Juno award for Album of the Year, Arcade Fire 's "The Suburbs" has been named the best Canadian album of the past 12 months by earning the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, it was announced on Monday (Sept. 19). The indie rock collective's…

  6. Billboard Bits: Rihanna's Wax Figure, Green Day's Live Album

    August 31, 2010 7:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Gets Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Rihanna is the latest star to receive a wax replica at Madame Tussauds museum in Washington D.C., according to MTV. The pop singer joins other celebrities like Barack…

  7. Caribou, Broken Social Scene Make Polaris Prize Shortlist

    July 07, 2010 7:45 AM EDT The 10 Canadian albums that made the shortlist for the annual Polaris Music Prize have been unveiled. Five previous nominees make the shortlist - the Besnard Lakes , Broken Social Scene , Caribou , Owen Pallett and Shad . Pallett won in 2006 as Final Fantasy and Caribou won in 2008. The 10…

  8. Arcade Fire Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    June 01, 2010 3:47 PM EDT A rcade Fire , the celebrated Canadian rock band that last week unveiled the first songs from its much anticipated album "The Suburbs," has announced a brief U.S. tour to coincide with the release. Between Aug. 1-11, the band will play headlining shows in Boston, Philadelphia, New…

  9. Arcade Fire Unveil 'The Suburbs'

    May 27, 2010 1:31 PM EDT Canadian rock band Arcade Fire 's new album, "The Suburbs," is set for release on Aug. 3, the group's label Merge announced today. The album's first single, also entitled "The Suburbs" and backed with "Month of May," will be released as a 12-inch…

  10. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 10:25 AM EST J ay-Z , Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem , Faith No More , Thom Yorke , Pavement and the Specials . Other bands and DJs confirmed for the…

  11. Arcade Fire Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:11 PM EST Arcade Fire, Title TBD (Merge) Release Date: Second half of 2010 Merge confirms that an Arcade Fire album should be out in the second half of the year, but as yet there's little concrete info on the follow-up to "Neon Bible," which hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in March 2007…

  12. F---ked Up Wins Polaris Music Prize

    September 22, 2009 10:53 AM EDT Of the all the acts on the shortlist for Canada's Polaris Music Prize, Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up seemed the least likely to take the $20,000 award. But that's exactly what happened as a jury of 10 Canadian music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters awarded the band the prize…

  13. Pet Shop Boys Spread The 'Love'

    January 16, 2009 11:15 AM EST Synth-pop veterans the Pet Shop Boys will release a new album, "Yes," March 23 internationally through Parlophone/EMI. A North American release has yet to be announced. First single "Love Etc" arrives March 16. The album is a collaboration with production team Xenomania,…

  14. 'Bible' Study

    February 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Arcade Fire takes it sound to new and exciting places on its slavishly anticipated new album, "Neon Bible," due this week via Merge. The 11-track set was primarily recorded in a church outside the The Arcade Fire takes it sound to new and exciting places on its slavishly…

  15. The Arcade Fire Aims High On 'Neon Bible'

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Arcade Fire takes it sound to new and exciting places on its slavishly anticipated new album, "Neon Bible," which, as previously reported, is due March 6 via Merge. The 11-track set was primarily The Arcade Fire takes it sound to new and exciting places on its slavishly…

  16. FINAL FANTASY, "He Poos Clouds"

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With nothing but a brief break to record a second album accounting for the slightest wane in Arcade Fire mania, the time seems right for all the inevitable side-projects to take center stage. With nothing but a brief break to record a second album accounting for the slightest wane in Arcade…