1. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  2. Paul Kalkbrenner Says 'Guten Tag' with New Album and Tour

    September 25, 2013 5:27 PM EDT Few DJs are as synonymous with a city’s music scene as Paul Kalkbrenner is with Berlin techno. But this December, the DJ and producer will cross the Atlantic for a six date live tour in support of his recent album, “Guten Tag.” While Kalkbrenner teased audiences with his set at Coachella…

  3. Country Singer Marvin Rainwater Dies at 88

    September 22, 2013 8:30 PM EDT Marvin Rainwater, a popular country recording artist of the 1950s, died on Sept. 17 after a brief illness. He was 88. Born July 2, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas, Rainwater grew up during the Great Depression. He was enamored by music – but it wasn't country that captivated him initially. He…

  4. Roberto Tapia, Calibre 50 to Perform in Concert Series for Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    September 19, 2013 11:28 AM EDT Following the continued success of its Billboard En Concierto, the concert series linked to the Billboard Latin Music Awards, Billboard, Telemundo and Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) will launch a new edition of the series leading up to the Billboard Mexican Music Awards. The invitation…

  5. CBGB Film Festival Lineup Announced

    September 18, 2013 6:45 PM EDT This year's CBGB Music & Film Festival will travel from the Bowery to Broadway with "CBGB" and "Broadway Idiot," the documentary on Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and the making of the musical "American Idiot."  Taking place Oct. 8-13, about 60…

  6. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  7. Justin Bieber Instagrams 'Batman vs. Superman' Script

    September 14, 2013 4:58 PM EDT Forget Batfleck. Will Justin Bieber be the next Man of Steel sequel casting choice to set the Internet ablaze? The singer posted a photo of himself Friday night with a script for Batman VS. Superman, written by David S. Goyer and Zack Snyder. The cover page features a "Bieber"…

  8. Village People's Victor Willis Wins Copyright Victory

    September 10, 2013 8:15 PM EDT The songwriter and his lawyers says he's won a closely watched copyright case and recovered the rights to 33 of his songs. Victor Willis, the lyricist and performer of such songs as "Y.M.C.A." and "In the Navy" with the Village People, says he's reclaimed the…

  9. Billy Bragg Newly Crowned for 'Outstanding Contribution,' Vows He'll Never Quit

    September 05, 2013 6:18 AM EDT Billy Bragg has no plans to hang up his guitar. Ever. The troubadour’s great career has just been recognized by Britain’s Assn. of Independent Music, which bestowed the singer and activist with its “outstanding contribution to music” award. An “outstanding contribution” accolade from the…

  10. KCON 2013: 15 Things Seen & Heard

    August 27, 2013 10:23 PM EDT KCON was the Mecca for K-pop this past weekend. Here are 15 key sights and sounds that characterized the convention. This year, KCON -- the second annual convention devoted to all things K-pop and "Korean wave" -- promised to be bigger and better by expanding to two days and…

  11. Henry Releases "1-4-3 (I Love You)" featuring f(x)'s Amber: Watch

    August 21, 2013 8:13 PM EDT Henry Lau, professionally known as Henry and a member of Super Junior M (a sub-unit group of Super Junior), has released his music video for new single "1-4-3 (I Love You)" featuring label mate Amber of f(x).   "1-4-3 (I Love You)" is a playful electro-pop banger off…

  12. Hugh Laurie Makes It 'Rain': Video Interview

    August 21, 2013 11:30 AM EDT The "House" actor talks to Billboard about his new album, "Didn't It Rain," the blues and the genius of Hank Sr. Hugh Laurie's second album, "Didn’t It Rain," debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 last week, selling 14,000 copies, according to…

  13. Madonna's 40 Biggest Billboard Hits

    August 16, 2013 10:55 AM EDT 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…

  14. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry & The Perils of Impossible Hype (Opinion)

    August 14, 2013 1:40 PM EDT 0 "Applause" and "Roar" are strong pop singles. But with all the pre-release buildup, is that enough? Is it possible for two sky-high-profile, sure-to-be-smash pop songs to both be undervalued? Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Katy Perry's "…

  15. Nick Jonas To Appear in 'Hawaii Five-0'

    August 14, 2013 12:30 AM EDT Having put in quite a bit of time on Broadway, Nick Jonas' next acting stop is on "Hawaii Five-0." CBS announced Tuesday that the Jonas Brother will appear in an episode of its exotic procedural this fall, playing a computer hacker whose motives complicate the case du jour.…

  16. Katy Perry, 'Roar': Track Review

    August 12, 2013 11:30 AM EDT KATY PERRY Roar (3:42) Producers: Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Cirkut Writers: Katy Perry, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter Publishers: various Capitol Record s Katy Perry kicks off her hotly anticipated "Prism" era with a stylistic return to the arena-sized…

  17. Rihanna Captures 20th Dance Club No. 1; Lana Del Rey and Cedric Gervais Debut

    August 08, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Rih earns another chart-topper this week. Rihanna elevates from No. 2 to the top spot on Dance Club Songs with "Right Now,” marking her 20th No. 1. This puts her alone in second place for the most No. 1s in the 37-year history of the chart, trailing only Madonna, who leads with 43. …

  18. Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, 'The Long Way': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 06, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds have come a long way since 2008, as exemplified in their new song "The Long Way." The track is the first single off the soul-rock band's upcoming EP "Fight," produced by Randy Jackson and expected for release in the fall.  On…

  19. Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in Messy Divorce

    August 06, 2013 10:02 AM EDT While his Nashville neighbor and sworn enemy Jack White battles it out with his ex-wife over custody of their kids, Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach is reportedly in an even messier situation with his own divorce, from estranged wife Stephanie Gonis. According to documents obtained by TMZ ,…

  20. MGMT Return With ‘Your Life Is a Lie’ Video: Watch

    August 06, 2013 6:02 AM EDT MGMT has dropped an oddball video for their new song “Your Life Is a Lie” The two-minute-long clip shows a fun side of the psychedelic group – but it won’t be to everyone’s taste.  It’s filled with coloful characters and eye-catching absurdities, and the lyrics are spelled-out literally…

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