1. Brian May Warns of Asteroid Strikes, Joins Danger Mouse and Others in Call to Action

    December 05, 2014 10:43 AM EST Noted astrophysicist and rock guitarist Brian May has joined a group of astronomers, scientists and other artists to raise awareness about the threat of asteroids on our planet, warning at a news conference this week that Earth is headed for destruction if global action isn't taken. …

  2. Oh Land Album Premiere: Stream ‘Earth Sick’ In Full

    November 06, 2014 12:42 PM EST Listen to the Danish pop star's new album exclusively at Billboard.com! Danish singer-songwriter Oh Land has fashioned a career out of warm synth-pop arrangements and starry-eyed lyrics, and her progression continues on fourth album Earth Sick , to be released through the artist’s own…

  3. Acker Bilk, Jazz Clarinetist Behind 'Stranger on the Shore,' Dead At 85

    November 02, 2014 5:34 PM EST English clarinet player Acker Bilk , who beat the Beatles and other British rockers to the top of the U.S. music charts with the instrumental "Stranger on the Shore," has died at the age of 85. Manager Pamela Sutton said Bilk died Sunday at a hospital in Bath, southwestern England…

  4. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  5. Watch El-P Audition Cats For Run the Jewels’ Meow Remix Album

    October 21, 2014 3:19 PM EDT El-P has been reading angry messages from Taylor Swift superfans ever since he dissed her new song “Welcome to New York” yesterday (Oct. 20), but we think we’ve found one thing they could agree on -- cats. Back on Oct. 15, El and Killer Mike’s keep-it-real hip-hip collaboration Run the…

  6. Brad Paisley Still Stinging From 'Accidental Racist' Uproar

    September 01, 2014 12:31 AM EDT Brad Paisley is taking control of the conversation about Brad Paisley with the release of his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk . The unexpected criticism he and rapper LL Cool J received over the song "Accidental Racist, " which was leaked ahead of Paisley's 2013 album…

  7. MTV VMAs 2014 Preview: Creating the Next Miley Moment, Ariana Grande's 'Space Glam' Plan & More

    August 22, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Before last year's MTV Video Music Awards, viewers had no idea what Miley Cyrus was about to unleash on the world , with her twerking and her flesh-colored latex bikini and her tongue wagging. But Dave Sirulnick did. So heading into this year's VMAs, airing live Sunday at…

  8. A 'Wild Boys' Reunion: Duran Duran and Nile Rodgers Working on New Album

    August 10, 2014 8:26 PM EDT Duran Duran and Nile Rodgers have reunited — along with Mark Ronson — to collaborate on the band's forthcoming new studio album. The trio were pictured together in an in-studio photograph, shared through Duran Duran's social networks on Aug. 10. The band's 14th studio…

  9. Former MTV Head Judy McGrath Elected to Amazon Board of Directors

    August 01, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath has been elected to Amazon's board of directors. An SEC filing for the appointment, which goes into effect on Oct. 1, says that Amazon will assign McGrath to the board's Leadership Development and Compensation Committee. More on Amazon Billy…

  10. Beck Faces Grim Reaper & His 'Loser' Past in 'Heart Is a Drum' Video

    July 29, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Beck 's "Heart Like a Drum" video is a lovely, eerie and meditative clip that finds the master singer-songwriter wandering around an abandoned farm with the Grim Reaper, astronauts (or at least the '50s comic book version of astronauts) and a swagged-out version of himself…

  11. Industry Reacts to Casey Kasem's Death

    June 15, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Just as some "Star Trek" viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and…

  12. Comedy Issue: Tenacious D's Kyle Gass On Guitar Licks & Laughs

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT There has been an explosion in comedy music lately, but I think it always has been around.  If you went back to the ancient Greek satyr plays, I bet you they were playing some kind of janglies. Court jesters? They were definitely getting jingly and jangly. To me, comedy and music are not even…

  13. 23 Hot Coachella Moments: Ellie Goulding Cheers, Beyoncé Covers & Prince Sightings Day 1

    April 12, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Coachella 2014 got underway in Indio, Calif. Friday (April 11) with huge sets by The Replacements , Ellie Goulding, Girl Talk and headliners OutKast among the dozens of acts rocking the desert. Take a time-stamped look at the 23 hottest happenings on the festival's first day. Find…

  14. Tegan and Sara Win, Justin Bieber Booed at Canada's Juno Awards

    March 31, 2014 3:05 AM EDT With only six awards given out on the televised awards, it looked like there could be no big winner at the 43rd annual Juno Awards, which concluded at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre Sunday evening for the two-hour televised broadcast. The 35 awards given out the night before all went to single winners…

  15. Oscars 2014: 'Frozen' Ballad Wins Best Song, Giving Robert Lopez the EGOT

    March 02, 2014 11:45 PM EST Robert Lopez became the latest member of the EGOT family, adding an Oscar to his three Tonys, two Emmys and a Grammy. Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won the Best Song Oscar Sunday for "Let it Go," the hit single from Disney's animated feature "Frozen."…

  16. CODE Picks of the Week: Klaxons, Claptone and More

    February 28, 2014 6:27 PM EST Klaxons, “There Is No Other Time” (Claptone remix) [Akashic] Claptone reworks this Gorgon City-produced comeback single for the original nu-ravers that harkens to the intergalactic vibes of their early work. Psychemagik featuring Renegade, “Black Noir Schwarz” [Crosstown Rebels] The multi…

  17. Jill Scott, 'Frozen' Writers Perform at First-Ever Oscar Concert

    February 28, 2014 1:43 PM EST This year's five Oscar-nominated composers delivered the first-ever Oscar concert Feb. 27 at UCLA's Royce Hall, creating suites for orchestra from their film work. And between the light bounce of Alexandre Desplat's "Philomena" and the heaviness of John Williams'…

  18. 10 Musicians With Clothing Lines: Are Rihanna, Beyonce, Pharrell and More Hot or Cold?

    February 06, 2014 7:10 PM EST Trumpeting the start of New York Fashion Week today (Feb. 6), we decided to check in with musicians who have given the fashion industry a go. From Madonna’s Material Girl collection, to Kanye West’s DW runway line, see where these lines are now and get our vote on whether these labels are…

  19. NASA on Beyonce's Challenger Sample: Tragedy 'Should Never Be Trivialized'

    January 02, 2014 8:58 PM EST NASA has officially responded to Beyonce's use of audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion in her new song "XO," saying that the tragedy "should never be trivialized." "The Challenger accident is an important part of our history, a tragic reminder that…

  20. Beyonce's Use of Challenger Disaster Audio Angers NASA Astronauts

    December 30, 2013 2:00 PM EST Former NASA astronauts and their family members are calling Beyonce "insensitive" for using audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion in her new song, "XO," off her surprise, self-titled album. "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation.…

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