1. Backstage With St. Vincent: New Style, New Label and a Bold New Album

    February 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST The alt-goddess strikes a new pose with her first major-label album: "The music industry is the wild west" Inside a dimly lit and cavernous studio space in Manhattan's SoHo district, assorted members of the world's fashion elite jostle for rickety chairs while Annie…

  2. Kiss Says It Won't Play at Rock Hall Induction

    February 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST Kiss won't rock and roll all night -- or at any point during the day, either -- when they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, the band said Sunday. The 40-year-old group is unable to agree on which lineup should perform during the April 10 ceremony in New York City…

  3. NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors

    February 23, 2014 8:19 AM EST "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards, which honor the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The historical epic's four…

  4. 10 Best Beats From New York Fashion Week: AlunaGeorge, Barbra Streisand, and More

    February 18, 2014 10:10 AM EST Models have strutted out of town, fall 2014 fashions are packed away, and the tents are being deconstructed at Lincoln Center. Yes, New York Fashion Week has come to a close. But no need to frown, we rounded up our picks for the best beats from last week. From Lil Kim playing (and sitting…

  5. 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…

  6. Angel Olsen Breaks Down Her Smoldering New Jagjaguwar Debut

    February 13, 2014 11:15 AM EST On "Burn Your Fire For No Witness," the alternative folk singer brings in a full band and tests her artistic identity “When you finish an album, you’re not finished,” says Angel Olsen. “You have to keep writing, if that’s what you dream of doing, if that’s what you’ve always…

  7. St. Vincent Performs at Diane Von Furstenberg’s 40th Anniversary Show

    February 10, 2014 11:50 AM EST “If I can’t show it / you can’t see me / What’s the point of doing anything?” St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, sings on “Digital Witness,” a musical thinkpiece about life in the age of Instagram. That lyric, from her self-titled fourth solo album (due Feb. 25) on Loma Vista/Republic, doubled…

  8. Merle Haggard to Headline MerleFest (Exclusive)

    February 10, 2014 9:01 AM EST The music festival known as MerleFest is a celebration of Traditional Music, and the organizer of the North Carolina event have pulled off a major coup with the announcement of a country music legend who defines that term perfectly. Billboard has learned that Merle Haggard has been added to…

  9. Igloofest Defies Winter Weather with Game-Changing, Month-Long Event

    February 04, 2014 6:07 PM EST It’s the dead of winter. Snow is falling and it’s 20 degrees and dropping, but instead of snuggling up at home, 10,000 people are dancing to some techno, outside, under the stars, in the snow. It’s a surprising sight to behold, let alone partake in, but it’s that exact shock to the system…

  10. Sarah McLachlan Signs to Verve; New Album 'Shine On' Coming May 6

    January 30, 2014 3:15 PM EST The singer-songwriter will perform a new song on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has signed with Verve Records and will release her eighth studio album -- titled "Shine On" -- May 6. Tonight (Jan. 30) the Lilith Fair founder will…

  11. Primavera Sound Festival 2014 Lineup Announced: Nine Inch Nails, Slowdive + More

    January 28, 2014 3:16 PM EST Barcelona’s waterfront will get loud this May. Nine Inch Nails, Disclosure, and Laurent Garnier join already confirmed headliners Arcade Fire for the 14th annual Primavera Sound Festival May 29-31 at Barcelona’s waterfront Parc del Fòrum. Unveiling it’s the lineup through a short film,…

  12. Bruce Springsteen Nabs 10th Chart-Topper in Britain with 'High Hopes'

    January 20, 2014 5:40 AM EST Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. yesterday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.  Springsteen’s total of ten album…

  13. Rhonda Vincent Satisfies Both Her Country and Bluegrass Sides on 'Only Me'

    January 17, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Only Me," the new 2-CD set from Rhonda Vincent, answers a question that many have been asking for over two decades: "Are you a country or a bluegrass singer?" "I sing bluegrass. I sing country. But, yet, it's only me," she told Billboard. Vincent admits…

  14. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  15. 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…

  16. Max Frost, 'White Lies': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 13, 2013 3:00 PM EST "White Lies," the new single from promising Atlantic Records singer-songwriter Max Frost, injects some soul into a recent Beats by Dre TV commercial, and has now been paired with a stark new music video. Watch the "White Lies" clip, premiering exclusively on Billboard.com,…

  17. 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'…

  18. Josh Homme, Duff McKagan Among Musicians Set for 'Portlandia' Cameos

    December 10, 2013 9:05 PM EST A given episode of hit TV show "Portlandia" might feature a flurry of celebrity cameos in addition to a rotating cast of players, and the new season of the IFC sketch comedy show should prove to be no different. Today (Dec. 10), IFC confirmed the fourth season of "Portlandia,…

  19. 'Simply Bluegrass' DVD Takes Flight After Ricky Skaggs Gets On Board

    December 10, 2013 11:40 AM EST Fans of bluegrass music will be excited about the recent taping of "Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass," a DVD collection that will feature many of the masters of the genre – as well as many of the format's most exciting newcomers like super duo Dailey & Vincent and…

  20. 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…

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