1. 'Beyonce' for Men: 5 Things Guys Can Love and Learn From Queen Bey's New Album

    December 20, 2013 3:30 PM EST Without question, Beyoncé is for the ladies first. For more than a decade now, she’s made music that’s assisted in powering their self-esteems, sent bad boyfriends to the left , and made them sweat out their hairdos on the dance floor. Sure, she’s had little nuggets here and there for the…

  2. The Year In Touring 2013: Beyond The Numbers

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Live and on fire in 2013, the touring business is hottest it has been in years. For the touring industry, these are now —officially— the best of times. "The concert business is basically on fire," says veteran agent Dennis Arfa, president of Artists Group International (AGI). TOP 25…

  3. '12 Years a Slave' Leads a Soundtrack Revival

    December 11, 2013 9:38 AM EST Film studios are providing a rare fourth quarter in which honest-to-god musical history is explored in fact-based scripted films. "Saving Mr. Banks," the story of how Walt Disney turned the Mary Poppins stories into a musical with Richard and Robert Sherman, and "Inside…

  4. One Direction Scores Historic Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 04, 2013 10:12 AM EST One Direction's "Midnight Memories" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 546,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The act makes history as the first group to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums. "Midnight Memories"…

  5. A Perfect Circle's Best-of Collection 'Nice, Nostalgic Walk Down Memory Lane,' Guitarist Says

    December 01, 2013 10:00 AM EST For Billy Howerdel, A Perfect Circle's upcoming best-of collection and live box set has been "a nice, nostalgic walk down memory lane, for sure." The group -- currently inactive while frontman Maynard James Keenan focuses on the next Tool album and guitarist Howerdel makes a…

  6. Switchfoot Hopes Surf Documentary Will Help It Crest the Charts Again

    November 29, 2013 2:00 PM EST Last year, while touring for 2011 album "Vice Verses," Switchfoot visited famous surfing locales in New Zealand, Indonesia and South Africa, looking to inspire a new album and document how the Southern California Christian rock band's passions for waves and soundwaves collide. …

  7. Eric Church: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 29, 2013 9:30 AM EST With "The Outsiders," due in February, Church is bringing his harder-rocking country sound to the next level. "It's important for the health of the format that we all don't follow the leader, that we branch out" This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy…

  8. Cut Copy Talk Loosening Up for 'Free Your Mind' Album

    November 22, 2013 1:57 PM EST Cut Copy is enjoying their second week in the Top 10 of the Dance/Electronic album charts with their latest, “Free Your Mind,” based largely on the support of a loyal fanbase and the success of a few innovative marketing efforts. You can watch their performance on “Late Night with Jimmy…

  9. CODE Picks of the Week: Groove Armada & Brodanse, Borgore & Victor Niglio and More

    November 08, 2013 5:18 PM EST Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below and tell us what you think in the comments section. Groove Armada & Brodanse featuring Cari Golden: “Sweat” [Armada Music]   Even run through several distortion effects, Golden…

  10. Arcade Fire, 'Reflektor': Track-By-Track Review

    October 28, 2013 10:33 AM EDT Arcade Fire has been touted as Generation Y's answer to U2, and ever since their 2004 debut "Funeral" tipped off indie rock to strings, sweeping musical arrangements and wholly relatable anthems, it seems they've been aspiring to make a statement like "Reflektor.…

  11. Pharrell Talks eBay Collab, Beyonce's Album, Scoring the 'Spider-Man' Sequel and More

    October 24, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Pharrell Williams likes to spread the wealth and the credit. As a music producer and all-around tastemaker, he’s played key roles on two of the year’s biggest songs (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” duh). BBC Black, his collaborative clothing line with renowned…

  12. 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…

  13. Throwing Muses Buck the Label System: 'We're Dancing on Its Grave'

    October 18, 2013 2:15 PM EDT The last time Throwing Muses released an album was a decade ago. But the influential band-U.K. label 4AD's first American signing in 1986-hasn't been on hiatus. Leader Kristin Hersh, drummer David Narcizo and bassist Bernard George were still writing and gigging together, weaving…

  14. Kelly Clarkson Sees 'Red': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 18, 2013 11:30 AM EDT For Clarkson, making a Christmas album was a chance to defy genre limitations and just be herself This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. Cradling a cherry red guitar and decked in a tartan plaid dress, poinsettia jacket and matching studded,…

  15. Usher to Exec Produce Education Documentary 'Undroppable'

    October 18, 2013 3:59 AM EDT Usher has joined on as an executive producer for "Undroppable," the documentary exploring the dropout epidemic in the U.S. educational system. Directed and written by Jason Pollock, the film will be completed this year and released in 2014. Usher was introduced to the film by…

  16. CMJ 2013: 10 Can't Miss Acts And Panels

    October 14, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The CMJ Music Marathon can be great for discovering that hot new buzz act with the most preposterous name so you can joke about it with your friends. And yeah, there's a lot of great, you know, music , to be seen across New York City from Oct. 15 to 20. There's also an awful lot…

  17. Alter Bridge Q&A: On Building a Metal 'Fortress,' Taking Risks and Future Projects

    October 08, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti talk about their aggressive-sounding new album, plus upcoming solo and Slash-related releases Since it announced itself with its debut, "One Day Remains," in 2004, hard rock band Alter Bridge has built its audience with such hits as "Open Your…

  18. Sinead O'Connor Threatens Legal Action If Miley Cyrus Doesn't Apologize

    October 04, 2013 11:37 AM EDT Sinead O'Connor has reacted forcefully to online taunting by Miley Cyrus in the wake of her impassioned letter to the singer, demanding an apology and threatening legal action for potentially damaging her career. Following O'Connor's much-discussed open letter, in which…

  19. Kacey Musgraves Loves That She's Turning You On to Country Music

    September 12, 2013 1:15 PM EDT "Merry Go 'Round" singer talks about her whirlwind year, which includes six nominations for the CMA Awards The past 12 months are ones that Kacey Musgraves won't be forgetting anytime soon. She's enjoyed success with the singles "Merry Go 'Round" and…

  20. Janelle Monae Talks 'Electric Lady' Origins & Prince Collaboration

    September 09, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Janelle Monáe says a series of paintings she made on tour gave birth to the concept for her forthcoming second studio album, "The Electric Lady." "I would paint and I would sing at the same time, and every night I painted this female silhouette... for like three, four months…

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