1. Lou Pearlman Clings to His Boy-Band Dreams: The First Prison Interview

    January 24, 2014 3:28 PM EST The 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys impresario insists he'll find the next Justin Timberlake when he's released in 2029. Here, he speaks for the first time from prison where he's serving 25 years for a Ponzi scheme This article first appeared in the new issues of The…

  2. Shakira and Rihanna's Single Rollout: How Their Social Networks Reacted

    January 16, 2014 7:42 PM EST Both artists experienced changes on the Social 50 -- but which one experienced a gain? Even though Rihanna is the featured act on Shakira’s new single, "Can't Remember to Forget You," the former’s online fan base reacted much stronger to the tune’s announcement, as measured by…

  3. Neil Young Tackles Canada's Leaders Over Oilsands Project

    January 15, 2014 3:42 AM EST Rock stars don't need oil. That's the word from Neil Young after a spokesman for Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper said rock stars depend on the oil industry to sustain their celebrity lifestyle. "Of course, rock stars don't need oil. I drove my electric car from…

  4. Bruno Mars Announces Second Leg of Moonshine Jungle Tour, Featuring Select Dates With Pharrell

    January 14, 2014 7:50 PM EST Aloe Blacc will support Mars at majority of 40-date tour Bruno Mars has revealed the next leg of his Moonshine Jungle tour -- and on select dates, he'll be joined by a fellow hitmaker in Pharrell. The pop singer will kick off the newest set of concerts this May, following two April shows…

  5. Neil Young Slams Canada's Leaders, Big Oil for 'Killing' First Nation Communities

    January 13, 2014 4:29 AM EST It has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood thriller: Big Oil mines Canada's vast oil reserves upstream from a First Nation community, while one man, a rock legend, spearheads a legal fight to avert environmental catastrophe. That rock legend is Neil Young, who on Sunday said Canada's…

  6. Have Pop Stars Made The Post-Christmas Break Obsolete?

    January 10, 2014 3:22 PM EST With Miley and Gaga releasing new content the week after Christmas, the end of December might not be such a quiet time anymore. The music industry usually shuts down the week after Christmas, but as 2013 came to a close, some huge stars nonetheless provided fans with belated stocking…

  7. Jagwar Ma Get Groovy at Billboard Studio, Perform Two Songs: Watch

    January 07, 2014 11:42 AM EST The Australian trio discusses their debut album "Howlin'" and how they're already working on new music A few dates into their North American tour, Australian psych-rockers Jagwar Ma swung by Billboard's New York studio to share some music and tell their story. "…

  8. Bruno Mars: Billboard Artist of the Year Cover Story

    December 13, 2013 8:02 AM EST Jukebox Hero: How did Bruno Mars become Billboard’s Artist of the Year? He grabbed hold of the album and single charts and never let go It's a few days before the Grammy Award nominations are announced, and Bruno Mars is shaking off predictions with an easy laugh.…

  9. Kings of Leon Confirm Second Leg of 'Mechanical Bull' Tour

    December 09, 2013 8:21 PM EST Kings of Leon announced the first leg of the band's "Mechanical Bull" Tour in October, with 16 dates stretching across the United States and Canada from Feb. 5 to March 8, all the while assuring fans from areas for which the tour hadn't announced dates that more would be…

  10. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

  11. Drake Previews New Aaliyah Collaboration: Watch

    December 03, 2013 5:57 PM EST While on his tour bus for 24 hours straight, Drake took advantage of the time and previewed a new collaboration with Aaliyah. The rapper took to Instagram to post a video of himself listening to a duet with him and the late singer. "24 HOURS ON THIS BUS," read the caption. There&…

  12. How Rap Genius Won The SEO Game

    December 03, 2013 11:24 AM EST Inside the company's triumphs over legal traps, PR disasters... and cancer. It's an early-October afternoon in the penthouse offices of Rap Genius. The floor taken up by the 4-year-old startup -- in a modern glass building on the waterfront in Brooklyn's Williamsburg…

  13. Bubbling Under: AMAs Help Introduce The Ceremonies

    November 29, 2013 3:24 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Ceremonies, Lily Kershaw, Lindsay Ell and SoMo. The Ceremonies The Ceremonies got a big introduction at the Nov. 24 American Music Awards…

  14. Steve Angello Discusses Life After Swedish House Mafia

    November 26, 2013 4:16 AM EST On a windy late autumn night atop the W Hotel in Hollywood, EDM deity Steve Angello was bestowed the 2013 Eliason Merit Award by his Scandinavian peers at the Los Angeles branch of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce. The red carpet event was awash with svelte figures enjoying Swedish…

  15. Arcade Fire Announce 'Reflektor' Arena Tour

    November 14, 2013 5:32 PM EST After playing a handful of undersell gigs as the Reflektors, indie rock heroes Arcade Fire will now bring their new album to the masses. Today, they announced a 28-date North American tour beginning March 6 in Louisville. KY. Related Articles Arcade Fire, 'Reflektor': Track-By…

  16. Lily Allen on 'Hard Out Here' Dancers: 'It Has Nothing To Do With Race'

    November 13, 2013 2:06 PM EST U.K. singer addresses music video controversy in lengthy post. Lily Allen returned on Tuesday (Nov. 12) with new single "Hard Out Here" as well as a music video that takes aim at gender objectification within the music industry. While the video has been well-received (it has 1.3…

  17. Esperanza Spalding Has 'Big Project' In Mind to Follow Grammy-Winning 'Radio'

    November 13, 2013 1:45 PM EST Esperanza Spalding says she has "a big project in mind" for her follow-up to 2012's Grammy Award-winning "Radio Music Society." But don't hold your breath waiting for it. "It's evolving outside of any timeline, free of any timeline," Spalding --…

  18. J. Cole Announces Additional Tour Dates for 2014

    November 12, 2013 10:03 PM EST J. Cole has extended his What Dreams May Come tour with 10 additional dates in 2014. The rapper, who originally began the tour last September in Miami, Fla., will venture north of the border to Canada for seven dates in January before returning to the U.S. for three additional shows in New…

  19. The 'Blacklist' Playlist: NBC's Dark Drama a Surprise Hit for Music Supervisors

    November 11, 2013 7:00 PM EST Procedural dramas, the dominant form in scripted network TV, rarely provide a platform for recorded music. "The Blacklist," NBC's breakout hit of the fall season, has been a newsmaker for its ratings success, particularly in the numbers generated by DVR viewing in the seven…

  20. Austin Mahone Talks MTV EMA Nomination, 'Feisty' New Single 'Banga Banga'

    November 04, 2013 3:57 PM EST Of the nominees for MTV's first Rising Star category at this weekend's European Music Awards, a category voted on by fans via hashtags on social media, Austin Mahone has something of an unfair advantage. Not only does he have 6.2 million fans on Facebook and another 4.5 million…

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