1. Madonna To Launch 'Rebel Heart' World Tour in August

    March 02, 2015 1:00 AM EST Madonna will embark on an international tour in support of her new album Rebel Heart , an all-arena trek that will take the artist to territories she hasn't visited in decades, if ever, Billboard has learned. An announcement from tour producer Live Nation is expected today. The…

  2. Drake Tops Billboard Artist 100, Imagine Dragons Fire Up to No. 2

    February 26, 2015 1:58 PM EST Drizzy's No. 1 for a second week, while Imagine Dragons roar 22-2 thanks to the start of their album 'Smoke + Mirrors.' Drake is the top artist in the U.S. for a second week, as he holds atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The rap titan fends off alt-rockers Imagine Dragons,…

  3. Lady Gaga's 7 Best Live Performances

    February 24, 2015 2:00 PM EST A.K.A. those times she left us speechless. Still thinking about  Lady Gaga 's Oscar performance? Us too -- and so is the rest of the Internet. After performing a medley from The Sound of Music during Sunday's (Feb. 22) ceremony, it seemed like everyone decided that this would be…

  4. Lady Gaga's Comeback Plan: Remind Everyone She Can Really, Really Sing

    February 23, 2015 2:05 PM EST Her ARTPOP era firmly in the rearview mirror, Gaga's Oscars showcase may have been a turning point in her career. Lady Gaga has delivered two awards show performances in the span of one month, and the most shocking thing about each was how sedate they both were. Eye-popping…

  5. Kendrick Lamar & Katy Perry Debut in Top 10 on Twitter Tracks Chart

    February 20, 2015 6:08 PM EST Kendrick Lamar grabs a No. 2 debut as Katy Perry lands in the Top 10. Plus, Taylor Swift brings 'Style' to the helm. Fresh off a pair of Grammy wins on Feb. 8, Kendrick Lamar squeezes into the runner-up slot on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart with the debut of "The…

  6. John Mayer Praises Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' on Twitter, Gaga Responds

    February 20, 2015 10:23 AM EST "Carry on Gaga. I can dig it. Everyone else should, too," Mayer writes to Gaga about her divisive 'ARTPOP' project. Remember 15 months ago, when the pop blogosphere endlessly debated and dissected Lady Gaga 's ARTPOP album? John Mayer is trying to bring that…

  7. Starbucks to Stop Selling CDs

    February 19, 2015 9:44 PM EST Starbucks, the coffee giant with over 21,000 retail stores throughout the world, will stop stocking and selling physical compact discs, Billboard has confirmed, with the CD clean-out due to start next month. "We will stop selling physical CDs in our stores at the end of March," a…

  8. Van Morrison Returns with 'Duets' Album featuring Michael Bublé, Bobby Womack & More

    February 17, 2015 11:22 AM EST Like Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand before him, Van Morrison is returning to the songs he made famous with the help of classic and contemporary music stars. Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue will be released on Mar. 24 through RCA Records, it was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 17). The album&…

  9. Stevie Wonder Talks New Album, Fairness For Artists Ahead of Recording Academy Concert

    February 15, 2015 12:19 PM EST When the Grammys throw a post-awards party to honor Stevie Wonder , just about everybody shows up. Watch Usher Cover Stevie Wonder's 'If It's Magic' at 2015 Grammys That's as it should be for Wonder, 64, who wanted the artists honoring him at a tribute concert to be a…

  10. Lady Gaga Will Perform at 2015 Oscars

    February 12, 2015 1:34 PM EST Lady Gaga announced today she'll be performing at the 2015 Oscars , which means the countdown to figuring out what the heck she'll wear begins now. No further details were available (producers are just calling it "a very special performance"), so it's not known if she…

  11. Barry Manilow on His Final Tour: 'For Me, It's Enough'

    February 11, 2015 1:35 PM EST Barry Manilow says he's not kidding about the One Last Time! title of his latest -- and, he maintains, final -- concert tour. Barry Manilow Scores 50th Hit On Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart "It's the last big tour," Manilow tells Billboard. The trek starts…

  12. Beyonce & Ed Sheeran Duet at Stevie Wonder Grammy Tribute Concert

    February 11, 2015 12:10 PM EST Songs in the Key of Life , Stevie Wonder 's 1976 double LP that would top the Billboard 200 , sit on the chart for 46 weeks and garner him four Grammy Awards, was the starting point for the CBS/Grammy tribute concert at L.A.'s Nokia Theater on Tuesday (Feb. 10) night. Six of the…

  13. Grammy Breakdown By Label: Majors Sweep Major Awards, Indies Have Strong Collective Showing

    February 09, 2015 4:08 PM EST At the Grammys on Sunday evening, major labels won big across the most popular genres, and Universal Music Group nudged out Sony Music for the most wins -- 13 to 12 -- across 50 recorded music categories. Major label-associated companies brought in 17 of the 20 Grammy categories -- 85 percent…

  14. Grammys 2015: Kanye West's Stage Crash Was Top Twitter Moment

    February 09, 2015 11:01 AM EST Sure, trophies were distributed during last night's telecast, but who really won the Grammy Awards? According to social media, it was Kanye West , Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran . On Twitter, two-time performer (and, once again, stage crasher) West was the most mentioned artist of the night,…

  15. Review: The Grammys Go to Church, Feature Powerhouse Vocal Moments

    February 09, 2015 12:43 AM EST AC/DC got the devil out of the way with a spirited introduction to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday, performing their recent "Rock or Bust" and their classic "Highway to Hell" with the Staples Center audience donning devil horns. The three-plus hours that followed, all…

  16. Grammys 2015: 51 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 09, 2015 12:27 AM EST You saw Sam Smith accept four awards and dozens of performers hit the stage on Sunday's Grammy Awards telecast, but that was only part of the story. To see when Taylor Swift had to get up and dance -- and read about her surprise lovefest with Kanye West -- Billboard is here to help.…

  17. Grammys 2015: All Performances Ranked From Worst to Best

    February 08, 2015 11:59 PM EST Obviously several Grammy Awards were given out at the 2015 Grammys Awards, but the focus of the night -- other than Beck's surprise victory -- was on live music. From Madonna to Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett to Beyonce , here are all this year's Grammy performers ranked from…

  18. Grammys 2015: And the Winners Are ...

    February 08, 2015 11:12 PM EST See the full list of winners from the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sam Smith was the big winner at the 2015 Grammys , taking home four awards for best new artist, best pop vocal album, record of the year and song of the year. In an upset, Beck took home album of the year for Morning Phase …

  19. Grammys 2015: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Perform 'Cheek To Cheek'

    February 08, 2015 10:25 PM EST Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett brought some throwback glamour to the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8 with a performance of "Cheek To Cheek," the title track from their 2014 duets album of the same name.  The 2015 Grammy Awards While many artists worked with string sections and…

  20. Grammys 2015: The Awards You Didn't See

    February 08, 2015 6:40 PM EST Not all of the 2015 Grammys were given away on camera. Here are the prizes awarded before the ceremony hit TV. Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta Grammys…

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