1. 'The Voice' Recap: The Coaches Fight for Their Favorites

    March 02, 2015 10:51 PM EST Heading into tonight's Blind Auditions on The Voice , Pharrell Williams led the coaches with five artists, followed by Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton with four each, and Adam Levine trailing behind with only three singers on his team so far. Kelsie May gets part three of the Blind…

  2. Marvin Gaye Family Says Jury Has Been 'Poisoned' By 'Blurred Lines' Trial Testimony

    March 02, 2015 6:36 PM EST The judge is asked to do something about 'confusing, wrong & entirely prejudicial' comments by Robin Thicke's side. As the Blurred Lines trial enters its second week, attorneys for Marvin Gaye 's children are seeking relief from what they argue are prejudicial…

  3. Album Review: Kelly Clarkson's 'Piece by Piece' Doubles Down on Songs That Put Her Voice First

    March 02, 2015 5:09 PM EST Kelly Clarkson  has never achieved  the cultural relevance of would-be peers like  Beyoncé  or  Katy Perry , but the 32-year-old American Idol alum was an indisputably dominant force at her mid-2000s commercial peak. With her sixth studio album,  Piece by Piece , Clarkson looks to recapture…

  4. Op-Ed: If Skrillex and Diplo Can't Get Us Off Our Phones, Who Can?

    February 27, 2015 4:55 PM EST We’re all responsible for keeping our culture of capturing memories from killing the moment. Thursday night, Skrillex and Diplo released their debut Jack U album by playing an 18-hour set for an L.A. crowd that seemed to value the idea of its presence more than actually being present.…

  5. Bill Cosby Asserts 'Self-Defense' Rights in Retort to Rape Accusers

    February 27, 2015 2:38 PM EST His lawyers argue it would be "inequitable" to allow the comedian to be sued for defamation over what's been said about the alleged assaults. Bill Cosby has been on the defensive in the past few months over allegations by many women who accuse the comedian of drugging and…

  6. FCC Votes to Preserve Open, Neutral Internet

    February 26, 2015 1:00 PM EST Following a protracted debate that drew millions of public comments, a White House endorsement and some GOP opposition, the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday (Feb. 26) to enforce proposed rules that protect the agnostic treatment of data over the high-speed Internet. The…

  7. Guest Post: Here's a Plan to Achieve Equal and Transparent Streaming for All

    February 26, 2015 12:38 PM EST Legal streaming is something I had been awaiting for years as a music fan. It took our industry over a decade to finally release platforms that are seamless for consumer use as opposed to suing fans in the Napster era. As I'm all about things that make sense, as a fan, I couldn't…

  8. 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Breaks Down Jamal's Coming Out

    February 26, 2015 12:00 PM EST [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the eighth episode of  Empire's  first season, "The Lyon's Roar."] Jamal Lyon ( Jussie Smollett ), the middle son of hip-hop mogul Lucious ( Terrence Howard ) on  Lee Daniels  and  Danny Strong 's  Empire,  is now an out and…

  9. Seven Things to Know About the Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & Marvin Gaye 'Blurred Lines' Trial

    February 26, 2015 9:00 AM EST Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams & Marvin Gaye's 'Blurred Lines' Trial: Seven Things to Know With the "Blurred Lines" trial underway in Los Angeles this week, songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are defending their 2013 smash song against claims it was…

  10. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 12 Guys Sing for America's Vote

    February 26, 2015 1:54 AM EST It's the guys' turn to sing for America's vote tonight on American Idol. So much more has to go into the contestants' choices now that they're performing live and not just for the deliberations of judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban , and Harry Connick Jr . Everything…

  11. Brit Awards 2015: Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith Win Big, But Madonna & Kanye West Steal the Show

    February 25, 2015 7:25 PM EST The Brit Awards may be the biggest night in the U.K. music industry calendar, but it was U.S. stars Madonna , Taylor Swift and Kanye West who provided the show's standout moments. All three artists performed at the 35th Brit Awards, held at London's O2 arena, with Madonna's…

  12. 'The Voice': New Artists Fight to Stand Out During Blind Auditions

    February 24, 2015 10:56 PM EST The Blind Auditions resume tonight on The Voice as season-eight coaches Christina Aguilera , Pharrell Williams , Blake Shelton , and Adam Levine continuing to shape their teams of artists, with Levine particularly feeling the pressure after turning up empty last night. The first artist of…

  13. Ask Billboard: It's 2015 … and Madonna & Paul McCartney Are in the Top 40

    February 24, 2015 11:35 AM EST The icons continue to add new chapters to their incomparable careers. Plus, more albums that have produced bigger hits with each subsequent single. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  14. Oscars 2015: Common & John Legend Deliver Powerful Performance of 'Glory'

    February 22, 2015 10:27 PM EST Common and John Legend delivered the most powerful performance of the 87th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 22, with the Selma theme song, "Glory." The 87th Academy Awards The two artists performed "Glory" alongside a group of men and women marching underneath an…

  15. Garth Brooks on Making a Concept Album, Taylor Swift's Success & Duetting With His Late Mom

    February 20, 2015 7:06 PM EST Garth Brooks expects his next album to come out sooner rather than later -- and to be different than what fans might expect. "I'm gonna stay an album guy," Brooks told Billboard prior to starting a six-show run Friday [Feb. 20] at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. "In fact,…

  16. PETA Slams Chris Brown's NYFW Fur: 'More of the Same From Him: Ugly Violence'

    February 17, 2015 9:42 PM EST After Chris Brown and his girlfriend Karrueche Tran appeared at the Michael Costello runway show during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday evening, PETA is blasting the singer for his choice of clothing.  Musicians Who've Posed for PETA (and Sometimes Stripped Down): Pink, Sia and More …

  17. Ask Billboard: Jonas Brothers Want to Know Their Album & Song Sales

    February 17, 2015 11:05 AM EST and they're not shy about asking. Plus, thoughts about Ed Sheeran and more. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside…

  18. Billboard Cover: Imagine Dragons on Being 'Atypical' Rock Stars, and Singer Dan Reynolds on His Depression Struggles and Conflicts With His Mormon Faith

    February 13, 2015 9:00 AM EST At this year's Grammys, during which artists from Katy Perry to Beyoncé sang earnest devotionals, Imagine Dragons staged a bold experiment in how to promote an album: They performed live in a four-minute TV ad for Target. Using 22 cameras, music video director Jonas Akerlund…

  19. Los Angeles City Council Votes to Reject Live Nation's Bid for The Greek Theatre

    February 11, 2015 5:19 PM EST The Los Angeles City Council today rejected the recommendation of the Department of Recreation and Parks to accept Live Nation's bid for a contract to run the city's iconic Greek Theatre. The motion passed by a vote of 11-3.. Though the recommendation is non-binding, the news is…

  20. Exclusive: WayHome Music and Arts Festival to Debut in Ontario This Summer, Aims for 'the Scale of Coachella'

    February 11, 2015 10:46 AM EST Inaugural event fo feature Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, Modest Mouse and Hozier. Canadian promoter/producer Republic Live will join forces with Bonnaroo co-producer AC Entertainment in launching the inaugural WayHome Music and Arts Festival, a three-day immersive destination fest, set…

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