1. Blake Shelton Uses R&B Effect to Make a Country Impression on Latest Hit

    January 22, 2014 10:34 AM EST The new Blake Shelton single is a study in contrasts. "Doin' What She Likes" features a guy who's mostly been tamed but still harbors a wild streak. It's a love song that was written in the middle of a hunting expedition. And it's a country single that might…

  2. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:25 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned album of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. These five artistic statements are in the running for the album of the year honor at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). Jump To: Song of the Year |…

  3. Oscars: Surprise Song Nom 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Riles Up Contenders

    January 17, 2014 9:29 AM EST How did a song few people have heard in a movie nearly no one has seen beat out Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Beyonce and Jay Z for an Oscar nomination? "I can't figure any of this shit out with the music branch," said someone who missed out on a best original song Oscar…

  4. Bruce Springsteen, 'High Hopes': Track-By-Track Review

    January 05, 2014 9:00 PM EST BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN High Hopes Producers: Ron Aniello, Brendan O'Brien Label: Columbia Release Date: Jan. 14 "High Hopes" is Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album. In a first for the artist, the record is a collection of cover songs previously performed live, originals…

  5. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Breaks Record For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

    December 09, 2013 6:05 PM EST Eminem's 'The Monster,' on which she's featured, becomes her 11th leader, pushing her past Katy Perry (10) for the list's top total. Plus, new No. 1s for Icona Pop, Parmalee, tobyMac and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  6. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  7. Bruce Springsteen to Release 'High Hopes' Studio Album in January

    November 25, 2013 8:17 AM EST Columbia Records announced Monday that Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio album, "High Hopes," will be released on Jan. 14, 2014. The record is an eclectic combination of cover songs, new songs, and songs previously performed by Springsteen in some format. The album was…

  8. Bruce Springsteen Announces 'High Hopes' Single; New Album in January?

    November 18, 2013 6:38 PM EST Bruce Springsteen has announced he'll release a new single on Nov. 25. Titled "High Hopes," the vibrant song is actually a cover of a track by short-lived Los Angeles band The Havalinas, and fans will note that Springsteen included an earlier version on the 1996…

  9. Catch a Fire: Label Tweaks Formula for 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Soundtrack

    October 30, 2013 4:30 PM EDT In early October, executives from Republic Records were attending a film premiere and discussing the promotion of a soundtrack. As much as they were proud of the film receiving its Los Angeles debut that night-Greg Camalier's documentary "Muscle Shoals"-and its Republic…

  10. Pearl Jam Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    October 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney, the Avett Brothers and more score Top 10 debuts Pearl Jam captures its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lightning Bolt" strikes atop the chart, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pearl Jam's '…

  11. Aaron Paul and Zen Freeman Explain the Origins of 'Dance Bitch'

    October 14, 2013 5:34 PM EDT Before literally riding off into the desert, Jesse Pinkman (via actor Aaron Paul) uttered his signature one-liner a final time, this time on a dance track. “Dance Bitch,” a track produced by Tom Neville and Zen Freeman, featuring the voice of Paul, has become an unlikely underground…

  12. Stevie Nicks, Lady Antebellum Meet At 'Crossroads'

    September 13, 2013 2:10 AM EDT Lady Antebellum may be on hiatus, but fans are still getting a chance to see something new from the Nashville trio. Lady A will join Stevie Nicks on Friday night's episode of "CMT Crossroads," the show that matches country stars with partners from different musical genres. …

  13. Singles Lady: Bonnie McKee Is Looking Out for Number One

    August 13, 2013 7:00 PM EDT She's helped write some of the biggest multimillion-selling hits in recent history -- including four Hot 100 No. 1s for Katy Perry. But now Bonnie McKee wants to sell a few more for someone else: herself "Welcome to Casa de Bambi!" Bonnie Mc­Kee exclaims as she makes her way…

  14. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  15. Jay-Z, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail': Track-By-Track Review

    July 04, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail," which became available thrugh the Samsung app (but also leaked elsewhere) late last night, is a lot to get through on a holiday... and not just if you have a Samsung phone. (Samsung users faced difficulties when downloading the album at…

  16. The Summer Song Of 2013: Will Daft Punk 'Get Lucky'?

    June 13, 2013 9:03 AM EDT … Or will it be Florida Georgia Line's crossover "Cruise"? Robin Thicke? Icona Pop? Let the race begin Barring a sudden run of bad luck this summer, radio programmers think Daft Punk will claim the 2013 Song of the Summer title. But predictions also include remixed…

  17. CMT Music Awards: 10 Things You Didn’t See on TV

    June 06, 2013 2:08 AM EDT The Color Purple: The red carpet is clearly passé. The Academy of Country Music used to have an orange rug, the Country Music Assn. favors black, and the CMTs – you’re lookin’ at purple. What shade of purple? That was up for debate. Kip Moore said it was “dark purple,” Katie Armiger…

  18. The National Stop Fighting the 'Dad Rock' Label: 'This Time, We Didn't Care'

    May 20, 2013 11:00 AM EDT "When we took the pressure off, making the songs became really fun," admits frontman Matt Berninger of the group's fifth LP, "Trouble Will Find Me" The National's frontman Matt Berninger will be taking a nap after this interview. "I was up at 6 o'…

  19. Gimme Five: How To Dress Well's Pre-Show Staples

    April 01, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Check out the five songs How To Dress Well's Tom Krell listens to before every live show. Should you happen to catch How To Dress Well's Tom Krell on his current tour with Sky Ferreira (and hurry, because it wraps April 11 in Los Angeles), you'll likely hear five of the…

  20. Nicki Minaj Tosses the Makeup on the April Cover of Elle

    March 14, 2013 2:16 PM EDT Usually costumed, Nicki dresses down and reveals plenty about herself in the latest issue of Elle. Nicki Minaj rocks a sultry look on the April cover of Elle Magazine . We're not used to seeing Minaj so dressed down. Where did the bright pink lipstick and leopard tights go? And what…

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