1. 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…

  2. 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 --…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Lou Reed Remembered by Blondie's Debbie Harry & Chris Stein: 'His Hypnotic Voice Will Live Forever'

    October 28, 2013 4:00 PM EDT As members of the pioneering downtown New York City band Blondie, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein were part of the ‘70s punk movement that owed a substantial debt to Lou Reed and his cohorts in the Velvet Underground, as well as Lou's groundbreaking, early solo work. Harry and…

  7. Oliver, Remixed and Ready: Listen to Exclusive Dillon Francis-Mixed 'Night Is On My Mind'

    October 21, 2013 4:48 PM EDT It’s a sunny Monday afternoon in Los Angeles and Oliver, the DJ and production duo of Oliver Goldstein and Vaughn Oliver, are tucked inside their Silver Lake studio. Greg Kurstin previously occupied their particular space, now chock full of Goldstein’s formidable keyboard collection and…

  8. Hot Tours: Iron Maiden No. 1, Wraps Maiden England Tour

    October 17, 2013 7:38 PM EDT Veteran English metal band Iron Maiden has ended its Maiden England world tour that began in June 2012 and played in the Americas and Europe during the past two summers. Leading this week’s Hot Tours tally with $15.2 million in ticket sales, the band scores the top ranking with revenue…

  9. Eminem's 30 Biggest Songs

    October 17, 2013 2:16 PM EDT Eminem's birthday is today (Oct. 17), and to celebrate the midwestern rapper who rose to the national stage a decade and a half ago, we're taking a look at Em's 30 biggest hits on the Billboard Hot 100. He may go by a handful of names -- Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady …

  10. Pearl Jam's 'Lightning Bolt': Billboard Cover Story

    October 11, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Pearl Jam load the bases with an inspired new album, new tour, and a deal to soundtrack the World Series This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. The setting was perfect in ways both good and bad. About to debut songs from "Lightning…

  11. Michael Jackson Estate Sues Over Products in Japan

    October 09, 2013 4:25 PM EDT Michael Jackson's estate is suing a man and three companies in Japan, alleging they are using the name and likeness of the late pop star on key chains, mugs and other products without permission. The lawsuit filed in Tokyo District Court last month does not seek money but demands the…

  12. Los Tigres del Norte, Diana Reyes to Perform at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 02, 2013 4:21 PM EDT Kevin Ortiz, Los Primos MX and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez also added to the Oct. 9 show Los Tigres del Norte, Diana Reyes, Kevin Ortiz, Los Primos MX, and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez are scheduled to perform at the 2013 Billboard Mexican Music Awards show, to be…

  13. 'Metallica Through the Never': Film Review

    September 27, 2013 6:15 PM EDT "Metallica Through the Never" Director: Nimrod Antal Cast: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, Dane DeHaan Release Date: Sept. 27 (IMAX), Oct. 4 (wide) Running Time: 92 minutes The immersive, 360-degree, 3-D photography of Metallica in performance makes …

  14. Tyler Farr Goes 'Redneck Crazy' Ahead of Debut

    September 27, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Tyler Farr has fond memories of his hometown of Garden City, MO, a "very rural town" he says, with a population of about 1,000. In Garden City you'll find "no red lights, no fast food, one diner, two gas stations – one beer, bait, and ammo shop – where you can go in and…

  15. Jack Johnson Talks 'From Here to Now to You' and 'Surreal' Fourth No. 1 Debut

    September 25, 2013 6:30 PM EDT So, as Jack Johnson began to record his new album "From Here to Now to You," what exactly did he have in mind? "At the risk of sounding completely un-ambitious," says Johnson, "I never really have an idea of what the record is going to be like. They're really…

  16. Gerardo Ortiz, Joan Sebastian to Perform at Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    September 23, 2013 5:36 PM EDT The Billboard Mexican Music Awards 2013 will feature some of the biggest names in the business who will take to the stage including Joan Sebastian, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga, Gerardo Ortiz and Banda Los Recoditos.  The show, airing live on Telemundo and taking place at the Dolby…

  17. Ylvis Q&A: What 'The Fox' (Viral Stars) Say About Their Surprise Hit

    September 07, 2013 8:27 AM EDT "Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow!" is the sound of all the offers pouring in for the Norwegian comedy duo behind the absurd smash On Friday morning, the Internet went off the rails over the video for a new song called "The Fox" by an unknown (in the U.S. anyway) Norwegian…

  18. Daft Punk Sends 'Dance' Into Top 10 on Dance Chart, Gaga's 'Applause' Remains at No. 1

    September 06, 2013 6:07 PM EDT The duo follows "Get Lucky" with another Pharrell-featuring anthem. Plus, Lady Gaga reigns, Krewella debuts and dance vets Kylie Minogue and Howard Jones add to their chart histories. Daft Punk zooms into the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Lose…

  19. Keith Urban Lights a Creative Fire With 'Fuse'

    September 05, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Urban takes creative risks on first album since vocal scare. "I really enjoyed just not having a clue. What did George Harrison say? 'If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.' It was very much that kind of liberation for me" If a…

  20. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which you can subscribe to right here . When…

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