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. Tupac Shakur's Mom Files Lawsuit Over Royalties

    September 26, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Afeni Shakur is demanding more than $1.1 million in royalties from the exploitation of her son's work. As the co-administrator of Tupac Shakur's estate, she filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in LA Superior Court against Entertainment One, reported to have purchased the catalogue of…

  3. British Pop Star Leona Lewis to Make Film Debut

    September 24, 2013 1:48 AM EDT "X Factor U.K." winner Leona Lewis will make her big-screen debut in "Holiday!," a British musical directed by the StreetDance franchise team Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini. The movie, produced by U.K. indie production and distribution banner Vertigo Films, stars fresh…

  4. Courtney Love Looks to Sue Ex-Attorney Over Bizarre Kurt Cobain Estate Fraud Claims

    September 18, 2013 2:07 AM EDT Courtney Love's unfettered love of social media has gotten her into much legal trouble over the years. In January, she is scheduled to go to trial for allegedly defaming her ex-attorney Rhonda Holmes in tweets and press interviews. The singer is charged with damaging the attorney'…

  5. Frankie Valli Q&A: Looking Back at 50 Years of The Four Seasons

    September 03, 2013 4:30 PM EDT There is a scene in the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" that represents the sustained success of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio and their group, the Four Seasons, for more than 50 years. It portrays a pact made by Valli, the singer, and Gaudio, a founding performer who soon stepped…

  6. Marvin Gaye's Family Rejected Robin Thicke's Six-Figure Offer

    August 23, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Billboard has learned that Robin Thicke’s team offered a six-figure sum to members of Marvin Gaye family in order to preempt a copyright infringement showdown, but the family turned it down. From This Week's Billboard For a detailed legal analysis of the lawsuit -- and how it could…

  7. Robin Thicke Sues to Protect 'Blurred Lines' From Marvin Gaye's Family

    August 16, 2013 3:20 PM EDT In order to shield "Blurred Lines," the hottest hit of the summer, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Clifford Harris, Jr. are going to court. A lawsuit was filed Thursday in California federal court by the trio against Marvin Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music, which owns…

  8. 'CBGB' Trailer Arrives Online: Watch

    August 08, 2013 12:11 AM EDT After months of teaser posters and on-set photos, CBGB, Randall Miller's film chronicling the rise of New York's famed punk rock music venue, is finally letting audiences inside the club with an official trailer. Alan Rickman leads an all-star cast as Hilly Kristal, the…

  9. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  10. Van Dyke Parks Takes Artful Approach on First Solo Album in Decades

    July 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT On "Songs Cycled," acclaimed composer enlists artists Art Spiegelman, Klaus Voorman and others The artwork inside the booklet for Van Dyke Parks' first solo album in 20 years is as important as the music itself, the songwriter-composer arranger says. With contributions from…

  11. Billboard Music Awards: The 10 Best Backstage Moments

    May 21, 2013 5:24 PM EDT Ariana Grande raps, Celine Dion discusses her album, Miguel brings along a special fan, and more action from behind the scenes. While the 2013 Billboard Music Awards dazzled with superstar performances, surprising award wins and host Tracy Morgan yukking it up all evening, the backstage…

  12. Billy Bragg, Forever the Activist But Never A Luddite

    May 06, 2013 6:49 AM EDT After releasing his first new album in five years -- "Tooth & Nail" in June -- British troubadour Billy Bragg says he feels "re-engaged with the record industry" and anticipates we'll be hearing more from him sooner rather than later. "I kind of spurned…

  13. Remember The Time: Jimmy Eat World's Adkins Breaks Down 'The Middle' Video

    May 02, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Frontman describes shooting the iconic 2001 clip as "a crazy-ass party." Jimmy Eat World's single "The Middle" was a great teen film compressed into an under-three-minute pop song. Lyrically, singer Jim Adkins' message echoes what director John Hughes was…

  14. Sigur Rós Announce New Album 'Kveikur'

    March 22, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Icelandic ambient-pop auteurs Sigur Rós will release "Kveikur," their seventh studio album, on June 18. It's their first release with XL Recordings and comes close on the heels of last year's top-10 set, "Valtari." A goth-tinged video was also released today to…

  15. RZA On the Offensive Over Sampling Infringement Allegations

    March 01, 2013 3:45 PM EST RZA, the acclaimed Wu Tang Clan member, record producer and budding filmmaker, is attempting a new offensive tack against those who accuse him of sampling theft. This week, he filed a lawsuit against JVC Kenwood Holdings, a multinational company whose holdings include Teichiku Entertainment,…

  16. NFL 2012 Kick Off Anthems: 15 Songs For The New Season

    September 05, 2012 6:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Gotye and more Hot 100 artists soundtrack our favorite teams and most notable players of 2012. With the champion New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys squaring off at the Meadowlands on Wednesday night (Sept. 5), another NFL regular season -- and its myriad story lines …

  17. Dave Mustaine: Obama Staged Aurora, Sikh Temple Shootings

    August 16, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Rocker behind Megadeth gems like "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" says we're "turning into Nazi America" Nope, nothing to see here… just Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine , a noted birther, adopting a freshly concocted conspiracy claiming President…

  18. Marvin Hamlisch's Impact: From Ragtime to Broadway Riches

    August 07, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Scott Joplin was a footnote in American musical history before Marvin Hamlisch got ahold of his ragtime music from the 1890s and early 20th century. Hamlisch arranged Joplin piano rags for "The Sting" to create a song-based score that connected with American audiences in a way…

  19. Cult Singer Rodriguez Risen in New Film 'Sugar Man'

    July 29, 2012 9:00 AM EDT "Searching for Sugar Man" is a documentary about a musician very few people had heard about prior to this year. In the last six months, film festivals from January's Sundance in Utah through the Hamptons in New York on July 21 have played a central role in introducing a…

  20. Olympics Opening Ceremony: Union Jack Jukebox With McCartney, Arctic Monkeys + Best of Britain

    July 28, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Getty Images It's not a concert, Danny Boyle stressed. It's about the athletes. In a very real way, though, the director of the Olympic opening ceremony was wrong. While sports are the heart of the Olympics, music - loud, bold, world-conquering British music, amplified in the most…

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