1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  2. Remembering Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow … on ‘Real Housewives of Orange County?’

    June 29, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Terry Dubrow, brother of the late “Bang Your Head” rocker, keeps his memory alive with the help of reality TV. A recent episode of Bravo’s "Real Housewives of Orange County" featured one real-life househusband bragging not about fancy cars or expensive houses but Billboard chart…

  3. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  4. Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence': The 5 Most Tragic Lyrics on the Abum

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Even when she’s singing about Coca Cola, prom queens, Hollywood, and video games—stuff Americans are supposed to like—Lana Del Rey has a way of bumming everyone out. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review Her 2012 breakthrough, “Born to Die,” more than lived up…

  5. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 16, 2014 2:25 PM EDT After the critical drubbing she withstood from late 2011 through early 2012, Lana Del Rey would have been well justified in packing up her party dresses and heart-shaped sunglasses and secluding herself in some Hollywood mansion, "Sunset Boulevard"-style. Branded an…

  6. Could One Direction Be Banned From the Philippines After Pot-Smoking Video?

    June 04, 2014 9:55 PM EDT The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines fears that the footage of Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson in Peru will poison the country's youth. One Direction may have lost a few fans following the recently-posted video of members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson allegedly smoking a…

  7. Bret Michaels Suffers Medical Emergency During Concert

    May 30, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The singer, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child, was abruptly dragged offstage during a gig in New Hampshire after his blood sugar became dangerously low. Singer Bret Michaels abruptly ended a concert in New Hampshire after suffering a medical emergency. Guitarist Pete Evick…

  8. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  9. Lily Allen Hospitalized Following 'Projectile Vomiting'

    May 08, 2014 7:47 PM EDT Lily Allen was hospitalized Thursday morning following symptoms of dehydration, queasiness and projectile vomiting. The singer had appeared on British comedy show “Chatty Man” before falling ill, and had been tweeting her symptoms along the way:    Prepping for chattyman feeling a little…

  10. Why Girl Groups Rule: The Donnas' Brett Anderson On Why 'Being a Girl' Isn't A Genre

    May 02, 2014 4:12 PM EDT "We're girls! But we're not trying to be an 'all-girl' band," says the "Take It Off" singer. Girl Group Week! • Top 40 Girl Group Songs Ever • Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs • Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Videos • Spice Girls' Biggest…

  11. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 'It's Rubbish'

    March 27, 2014 4:21 AM EDT After Joe Elliott’s 35 years fronting Def Leppard, fans might think they know the charismatic vocalist.  But there is another side to one of the most successful front men in hard rock history, one that listens to Tom Waits in the bath, would love to do an acoustic record and can barely…

  12. Top 50 Single Word Songs: One-Word Wonders

    March 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT "Roar." "Royals." "Radioactive." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered tracks now making up nearly a third of the Billboard Hot 100 each week. To explore this…

  13. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  14. Who Is Allie X? 'Catch' Singer Talks Katy Perry Shout-Out, Her Pop Takeover Plan

    March 10, 2014 1:50 PM EDT "I have been locked in my bedroom for two years making music," the Canadian artist tells Billboard in her first interview. It's the moment that so many unknown musical artists have desperately attempted to secure: the recognition of his or her artistry from an influential…

  15. Nine Inch Nails' 'The Downward Spiral' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 07, 2014 4:46 PM EST Before Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor did upstanding things like marry, procreate, get ripped, and win an Academy Award , he made one of the most upsetting, misunderstood, and enduring album of the ‘90s, “The Downward Spiral,” which turns 20 on March 8. With bleak cover art based on a…

  16. Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert Pop Corks On Country Charts

    March 06, 2014 4:54 PM EST The former's 'Riser' shines at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and the latter's 'Bottoms Up' is the toast of Hot Country Songs Dierks Bentley nets his fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as "Riser" arrives with 63,000 sold, according…

  17. ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST On his 2012 independent release "Habits & Contradictions," ScHoolboy Q was dangerous -- and not in the boasting-about-your-guns type of way, but in the I-love-drunk-driving type of way. He was fiendish and self-sabotaging, sinking into the simple indulgences of sex, money…

  18. Howard Stern's 60th Bash: The Full Report From The Birthday Blowout

    February 01, 2014 11:18 AM EST Rock A-listers, among a throng of other celebrities, feted the King of All Media at his 60th-birthday celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night. In an exclusive interview with Billboard last month, Howard Stern executive producer Gary Dell'Abate noted that, last year,…

  19. Mexican President Denies Meeting Justin Bieber

    November 19, 2013 2:55 PM EST Mexico's president has denied a tweet by Justin Bieber saying the singer met with the president and his family prior to a show. It was the latest sour note in Bieber's controversy-filled Latin American tour. President Enrique Pena Nieto's office put out a tweet late Monday…

  20. Justin Bieber Confirms R. Kelly Collaboration, Addresses Argentina Flag Controversy

    November 14, 2013 12:28 PM EST "I'm so sorry for anyone who took my actions the wrong way," Bieber writes about inadvertently sweeping flag offstage. Justin Bieber is still going strong with his downbeat, R&B-driven 'Music Mondays' release series, and it appears that next week's track…

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