1. Beck's 'Morning Phase': The Billboard Cover Story

    February 14, 2014 12:25 PM EST Beck explains his first album in five years: "I'm not controlling where [the car] is going... just making sure it doesn't crash." Turns out Beck can make heartbreaking music , even when he actually is doing fine. Dressed in all black except for the tiny white polka…

  2. Debby Ryan Announces Debut Album 'One'

    February 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Like many Disney Channel stars and starlets, Debby Ryan doesn't just act. The lead on the TV show "Jessie" and formerly of "The Suite Life on Deck," Ryan formed a band -- Debby and the Never Ending -- in 2013. Now, Billboard has learned the release of her debut…

  3. One Direction Named Most Popular Recording Artist for 2013

    January 30, 2014 11:13 PM EST They’ve already chalked-up “U.S. chart-toppers,” “box-office sensations” and “touring juggernauts.” One Direction can also add “most popular artist in the world” to their list of achievements for 2013. The British-Irish pop band nudged out Eminem and Justin Timberlake to be named by the IFPI…

  4. Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw Lead ACM Awards Nominations

    January 29, 2014 10:46 AM EST The nominations were announced for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday morning (Jan. 29), and two of the format's veteran performers found at the top of the nominations list. ACM AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE 2014 ACM Awards! Billboard's ACM Awards Live Blog! ACM…

  5. Mötley Crüe to Retire Following Massive Tour

    January 28, 2014 5:11 PM EST One last tour for the metal misfits -- they mean it. Also announced: A country tribute album and film adaptation of "The Dirt" After 30-plus years of world-class debauchery and spinning drum kits, Motley Crue is calling it quits with a 72-city North America tour and a legally…

  6. New Hip-Hop Dance Craze: 'Drop That #NaeNae'

    January 27, 2014 6:06 PM EST From Atlanta -- the city that taught you how to crank that Soulja Boy, shake that laffy taffy, lean with it, rock with it, and walk it out -- comes a new dance that’s spreading across the country: the Nae Nae. Developed by teen quintet We Are Toonz, the dance is loosely based on Martin…

  7. GRAMMYs Hall of Fame: The Stories Behind 2014's Inductees

    January 17, 2014 6:04 PM EST The backstories to this year's GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees -- including music by Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton, The Drifters, and B.J. Thomas -- are as memorable as the music itself.  The legends behind some of those 27 recordings revisit their sessions chapter and verse. 56th GRAMMYs:…

  8. Kip Moore Eyes Spring Launch for Second Album, Says 'It's Not Going to Be for Everybody'

    January 07, 2014 2:45 PM EST Kip Moore is hoping for a spring release for his sophomore album, which the country hitmaker promises will "only be stronger" than his 2012 debut, "Up All Night." "It's a very, very intense record," Moore tells Billboard. "I feel like the first…

  9. Top Breakout Stars of 2013: 10 Artists With Unforgettable Years

    December 30, 2013 4:38 PM EST Had you heard of Lorde at the end of 2012? Could you rattle off a Chance The Rapper verse this time last year? Did you know that the No. 1 Hot 100 song of 2013 would be a debut single that included the phrase "dookie brown leather jacket"? That's the beautiful part of…

  10. 10 Best Country Albums of 2013: 615 Picks

    December 20, 2013 4:55 PM EST With best singles established, it's time for The 615 to shine a spotlight on 2013's best albums. This year featured a little bit of something for everyone, with some dazzling performances all around. At the end of the day -- or year -- we had a feeling it would come down to two…

  11. Johnny Marr Blasts Spotify As The 'Opposite To Punk Rock'

    December 19, 2013 5:03 AM EST Johnny Marr isn’t a fan of Spotify. The British guitar great has slammed the streaming service by suggesting it hinders the artist community. “I'm not a supporter,” the former Smiths guitarist tells the NME. “I think it entirely hampers new bands, and the situation that Thom Yorke and…

  12. Kiss Frontman Paul Stanley Hails Rock Hall 'Victory,' Talks Ace Frehley and Peter Criss

    December 17, 2013 4:56 PM EST Kiss is letting bygones be bygones with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After years of some charged rhetoric from the band members over Kiss' exclusion, Paul Stanley tells Billboard that news the group will be inducted as part of the class of 2014 is "terrific" and…

  13. Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood Among Newest Cancellations at SeaWorld

    December 14, 2013 6:18 PM EST Justin Moore, Scotty McCreery and .38 Special among the only artists left on the bill. SeaWorld continues to come under scrutiny as more and more musicians back out of its Brews, Bands and BBQ concert series amid petitions and protests stemming from the documentary film "Blackfish."…

  14. Demi Lovato Inspired, Kanye West Teased at THR's Women in Entertainment Event

    December 11, 2013 8:04 PM EST "Don't even try to take Oprah's award away," Jimmy Kimmel joked at annual breakfast, which this year honored Oprah Winfrey with a leadership award The Hollywood Reporter gathered some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry Wednesday morning at the Beverly…

  15. St. Vincent Announces 2014 Tour, New Album

    December 10, 2013 9:54 PM EST One day after announcing a new album and releasing its first single, St. Vincent has confirmed a tour in 2014 in support of the record. According to Pitchfork , the indie singer-guitarist, real name Annie Clark, will embark on a 30-date North American tour, beginning Feb. 26 at New York'…

  16. 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…

  17. Jon Pardi Keeps Country's Good Times Rolling With 'Up All Night'

    December 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST Earlier this year, after his first single, "Missin' You Crazy," fizzled out at No. 25 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, developing Capitol Nashville singer/songwriter Jon Pardi went to Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) chairman/CEO Mike Dungan with a big question.…

  18. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

  19. Skrillex Announces 2014 String of 'Takeovers' in Brooklyn, San Francisco

    December 02, 2013 9:58 PM EST Skrillex introduced his concept of 'takeovers' -- multi-day jaunts in large cities during which the EDM artist and a score of supporting characters play various venues -- with sets in Los Angeles and New York in 2012. For 2014, he'll reintroduce multiple takeovers across the…

  20. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

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