1. 'SNL' Recap: Ed Sheeran Previews 'x' Songs, GOP Invades Coachella, Taylor Swift Pops In

    April 13, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who recently graced the cover of Billboard , paid a visit to "Saturday Night Live" on April 12 to preview two new tracks from his upcoming sophomore album, "x," due June 23 on Atlantic Records. Ed Sheeran's Pre-'SNL' Day in…

  2. Yep, Yep: Dustin Lynch's 'Where It's At' Starts Its Chart Trip, Trip

    April 08, 2014 2:30 PM EDT "Yep, yep." It's a two-word throw-away phrase, dropped seven times into Dustin Lynch's new single, "Where It's At," and yet it's the crucial identifier for the song. Before he ever recorded it, Lynch played it for some of his trusted advisers to get…

  3. Shakira, 'Shakira': Track-By-Track Review

    March 25, 2014 11:12 AM EDT Love, motherhood, rock roots, a dab of country here, a drop of reggae there, and of course, Latin dance rhythms. Shakira's "Shakira," her first studio album in four years, may at first blush sound as if it could be a disparate affair, but instead, it's a cohesive,…

  4. Avicii Goes Country: 'Hey Brother' With 'Less Thump' Crosses Over on Radio

    March 21, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Swedish DJ Avicii makes his introduction to Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Hey Brother" bows at No. 59.  Avicii … country? Certain country programmers say that despite Avicii's status as one of EDM's cornerstones, the bluegrass-tinged "Hey Brother"…

  5. Avicii Tops Avicii on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart; Beyonce 'Blow's Up

    March 14, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The DJ replaces himself at the summit with "Hey Brother" after leading for 26 weeks with "Wake Me Up!" Plus, Beyonce adds another No. 1 on Dance Club Songs and the Chainsmokers keep soaring with "#SELFIE" Avicii replaces himself at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot…

  6. Kongos Scores Fastest Top 10 Alternative Debut Single Since Lorde's 'Royals'

    March 14, 2014 11:25 AM EDT Drummer Jesse Kongos says that the band almost moved on to pushing new material before "Come With Me Now" caught fire. Kongos, an Arizona-based quartet comprised of the four sons of South African singer-songwriter John Kongos, are racing up the charts with "Come With Me Now…

  7. SXSW 2014: 10 Artists to Watch

    March 10, 2014 2:24 PM EDT Tomorrow (March 11), thousands of bands, journalists and music fans descend onto Austin, Texas for the annual SXSW Music Conference. Like always, there will be tons of parties, lines, food, and too many decisions to make about which acts to catch. Here are Billboard's 10 best bets for…

  8. Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 08, 2014 5:05 PM EST Soundgarden was anything but 'superunknown,' when it unleashed its epic album of that name 20 years ago today on March 8, 1994. The Seattle quartet had existed for a decade: they were among the first acts to record for Sub Pop and a leading band in the Seattle scene that would…

  9. Diplo, the Clash's Mick Jones, Paul Simonon Talk Collaborating with Frank Ocean on Converse's Three Artists, One Song

    March 07, 2014 7:08 PM EST For its first "Three Artists, One Song" campaign in nearly two years, Converse is teaming with Diplo, Frank Ocean and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for “Hero,” a reggae-tinged tale of urban bravado. The song will be available for free download on Monday, March 10, at…

  10. Bubbling Under: Rixton Readies U.S. Invasion

    March 07, 2014 1:45 PM 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: Rixton, Big Data and Cashius Green  RIXTON Manchester, U.K., boy band Rixton makes waves stateside with "Me and My Broken Heart,"…

  11. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

  12. Rihanna's Paris Fashion Week Style Diary: 7 Photos of the Bad Gal's Haute Looks

    March 04, 2014 5:35 PM EST Rihanna hit Paris Fashion Week Fall 2014 in that bad girl style only she can swing. She brought serious looks to the Parisian runways. From a sleek little black dress at the Dior show, to a sheer lace number front row at Jean Paul Gaultier, check out our roundup of the singer’s hottest looks…

  13. 25 Movie Stars Turned Musicians

    February 26, 2014 5:30 PM EST First we watched them on the big screen, many of them -- like Kevins Bacon and Costner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp -- reaching mega-star success. But that wasn't enough. No, these movie stars-turned-musicians wanted to express themselves with a mic or a guitar, parlaying their…

  14. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  15. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Lands Hot 100's 1,000th No. 1

    February 24, 2014 8:05 AM EST Three years ago this week, 'Born This Way' debuted as a landmark leader. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Celine Dion and Baauer Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Feb. 24, 1973 Roberta…

  16. Glitch Mob Grabs Top Spot On Dance/Electronic Albums Chart

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST The Glitch Mob arrives atop Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart with "Love Death Immortality," its first No. 1 on the tally. With 22,000 units scanned, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the set by far surpasses the trio's (Justin Boreta, Ed Ma and Joshua Mayer)…

  17. Kanye West to Radio DJs: 'Shut the F--k Up!'

    February 14, 2014 4:30 PM EST Kanye West interrupted a performance of "Touch the Sky" at last night's performance in University Park, PA for what the critics would call a "rant" and what he's been known to call a "visionary stream of consciousness." Without warning, West cuts off…

  18. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  19. B.A.P Try Out Gospel-Rock on '1004 (Angel)', New Genres With 'First Sensibility' LP

    February 07, 2014 9:40 PM EST The K-pop boy band tries out new genres on its first full-length album 'First Sensibility' Since their January 2012 debut, K-pop boy band B.A.P has been one of the hardest-working groups in South Korea, promoting four singles in both 2012 and 2013. Wasting no time in 2014, the…

  20. Fashion Week: 10 Epic Music Moments

    February 05, 2014 9:54 AM EST With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week taking over New York City Thursday (Feb. 6), we dug through the archives and stitched together a list of 10 legendary moments where music and fashion converged during fashion weeks the world over. As was proved last fall during Spring 2014 shows, when…

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