1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  2. Scars on 45 Song Premiere: Listen To New Single 'Crazy For You'

    June 27, 2014 12:07 PM EDT This fall, British alt-pop collective Scars on 45 will release their sophomore album, "Safety In Numbers," through new label Nettwerk. Lead single "Crazy For You" is set to be released digitally on July 15, but you can hear the song in full now, exclusively on Billboard…

  3. Barbra Streisand Duets Album Almost Finished, Says Babyface

    June 26, 2014 1:24 PM EDT "It's a beautiful, beautiful record," says the legendary producer of the upcoming all-star album. Barbra Streisand's upcoming all-star duets album is nearing completion, according to one of its producers. "It took a long time to get it done, but we're…

  4. Jeff Bridges on Touring, Austin City Limits, and His 'Pretty Eclectic Show'

    June 24, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Jeff Bridges is going on the road. The actor, famous for roles in films such as "Crazy Heart," "The Big Lebowski," and "True Grit," is taking his music to fans in the midwest and the east coast this summer, along with his band, The Abiders. The tour, which…

  5. Shakira's World Cup-Inspired 'La La La' Storms Charts

    June 20, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Shakira's "Dare (La La La)" makes great gains on Billboard's charts this week, thanks to the surging popularity of its World Cup-inspired remix and music video.  It rises 32-5 on Latin Airplay, 33-18 on Streaming Songs and jumps 83-53 on the Billboard Hot 100. (On the…

  6. MoMA Announces Björk Retrospective Exhibit for 2015

    June 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT The Museum of Modern Art announced today that it will present a retrospective of musician Björk’s career in 2015. The exhibition will follow the Icelandic musician, composer, and artist from her first album, Debut to her ventures into fashion and photography. The exhibition will feature a…

  7. St. Lucia Debuts Three New Tracks, Announces Fall Tour: Exclusive Quote

    June 17, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Fresh off a headlining North American tour that saw them selling out all 23 shows, Brooklyn-based electro-pop band St. Lucia has re-issued debut "When The Night" with three new tracks. The deluxe edition, out today on iTunes and other digital services, features the propulsive,…

  8. Drake & Lil Wayne Announce 31-City Co-Headlining Tour

    June 12, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Drake and Lil Wayne are going on tour together, finally. The two Young Money rappers will embark on a co-headlining  U.S. tour on August 8 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY. The Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour, which will stop through 31 cities, will run through September 27…

  9. Grouplove, Portugal. The Man Headline Expanded Honda Civic Tour

    June 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Grouplove and Portugal. The Man are among the performers booked for the 2014 Honda Civic Tour, which this year evolves into a triple threat with three successive tours, each with a distinct music flavor. The alternative rock outfits are billed as summer co-headliners, with Tokyo Police Club…

  10. Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles Perform on ‘PFC3: Songs Around the World’: Album Premiere (Exclusive)

    June 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and songstress Sara Bareilles are among the musicians throwing their considerable skills behind “PFC3: Songs Around the World,” the third instalment of the Playing for Change project. Billboard has an exclusive stream of the new album below. Pre-Order…

  11. New Pornographers Announce 'Brill Bruisers' Album, Share New Song & Tour Dates

    June 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The New Pornographers are finally back. Four years since the release of their last album (2010's "Together") the power-popping supergroup today announced plans to release its sixth studio album -- titled "Brill Bruisers" -- Aug. 26 via Matador. Check out the title…

  12. Miley & Noah Cyrus Dance to Bob Marley's 'Could You Be Loved' (Video)

    June 10, 2014 11:47 AM EDT You know what’s to love? Miley & her sister Noah Cyrus doing a choreographed dance to Mr. Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.” And what’s more summer than a little Bob Marley in your life, Miley & Noah get it, that’s for sure. This isn't the first time the sister's have shared…

  13. BET, Louder Than Life Partner For 'Music Matters' Compilation Series

    June 09, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Miguel, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Mack Wilds, The Internet among featured acts BET Networks and its new artist program Music Matters has partnered with Louder Than Life/Red Associated Labels to launch the new compilation album series, "BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1." Featuring…

  14. Governors Ball 2014: Glitch Mob on Being ‘Oddballs’ of EDM, Hardcore Fanbase (Video)

    June 08, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Los Angeles electronic trio the Glitch Mob doesn’t like to be pigeonholed when it comes to where they fit into the world of electronic dance music. Governors Ball 2014 • PHOTOS: Live at Governors Ball! • Jack White's Red Hot Saturday Set • The Strokes Return to NYC • Skrillex Brings…

  15. Cults, Jagwar Ma, Charles Bradley Headline Santa Monica Pier Concert Series

    June 05, 2014 1:43 AM EDT It’s probably the coolest thing you can do on a summer evening in Los Angeles. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier, which gets underway Thursday, July 10, with Cults and opening act James Supercave at 7 p.m. Other acts scheduled to…

  16. Lorde Announces North American Fall Tour Dates

    June 02, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Recent Billboard Music Awards star Lorde continues a massive 2014 with a new string of North American tour dates this fall. Beginning Sept. 5 at Philadelphia's Mann Center, Lorde will tour the northeast, then the south, before heading out west by the start of October. After trekking…

  17. 15& Show Major Promise, Talent on 'Sugar' Album

    May 30, 2014 9:02 PM EDT The teenage K-pop duo's extraordinary vocals shine brighest when tracks are kept more simple Last month , female K-pop duo 15& revealed new song "Can't Help It" via a slew of live TV performances. Despite no music video, the slick, '90s R&B-inspired single hit…

  18. Nicki Minaj's 'Pills N Potions' Pushes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 29, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Nicki Minaj continues her rise up the Social 50 chart, moving 5-2 after releasing a new single, “Pills N Potions,” on May 21. It matches her peak on the tally, registered on the Feb. 25, 2012 list, after she performed with Madonna on that year's Super Bowl. The Social 50 incorporates the…

  19. Sam Smith Opens Up About Love & Sexuality

    May 28, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Sam Smith's LP "In the Lonely Hour" promises to be one of 2014's standout debuts. In a new interview with the Fader , the British singer-songwriter opened up about his love life like never before. "'In the Lonely Hour' is about a guy that I fell in love with…

  20. Nicki Minaj Says 'The Pink Print' Album 'Sounds More Stripped'; Open To Remy Ma Collaboration

    May 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Nicki Minaj is revealing more of herself – and no, I'm not talking about her sexy shots on Instagram. Today (May 21), Nicki Minaj released the first official single off "The Pink Print," which features her alternating between sweetly singing and ferociously spitting of a…

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