1. Kim Deal Quits The Pixies

    June 14, 2013 9:28 AM EDT Kim Deal is a Pixie no more. The beloved and infinitely influential alt-rock band announced Friday that their bassist of 25 years has "decided to leave." In a statement signed by Black Francis, Joey Santiago and David Lovering, the remaining members wished her the best and left…

  2. Megan & Liz Studio Session: Watch 'Release You' Performance and Q&A

    June 11, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Earlier this month, twin-sister duo Megan & Liz released one of the most meticulously constructed, joyfully executed singles of the year, "Release You," and stopped by the Billboard studios to present a stripped-down take on the track. The Max Martin- and Shellback-helmed…

  3. Governors Ball 2013: Kanye West, The xx, Haim Shine on Sunday

    June 10, 2013 1:53 PM EDT Grizzly Bear, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, and Deerhunter rock Randall's Island on the fest's final, sunniest day. With Friday's rain long gone and Saturday's mud settled, Governors Ball wrapped Sunday (June 9) with a day of perfect weather that culminated with…

  4. Pop Shop Picks: Megan & Liz, Bruno Mars, Kacey Musgraves & More

    June 07, 2013 2:10 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! MEGAN & LIZ "…

  5. Christian Rich Producer Talks Earl Sweatshirt Work, House EP, and Chris Brown's 'X'

    June 05, 2013 4:35 PM EDT Christian Rich, the production duo behind Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt’s “Chum” single, is a bit more diverse than the average set of beatmakers. Through their nearly 10 years crafting sounds for acts like Diddy and working alongside hitmaking peers like The Neptunes, they’ve taken…

  6. The Wanted's Siva Kaneswaran Signs Modeling Contract with Next Models

    June 05, 2013 4:10 PM EDT The singers returns to his model upbringing. Model-turned-singer Siva Kaneswaran from the famed British boyband The Wanted will return to his modeling roots, signing a contract with top London modeling agency Next Model Management. "Next are delighted to have signed Siva worldwide and…

  7. Judas Priest at 40: Rob Halford Talks 'Epitaph' in Very Metal Video Q&A

    May 28, 2013 2:00 PM EDT "I first saw Judas Priest at the Birmingham College of Food and Art," remembers singer Rob Halford in reference to his earliest encounter with the band he would help bring to the world stage as one of the greatest heavy metal groups ever assembled, back in their embryonic…

  8. Mike Stud Talks Digital-Only 'Relief' Album & Grassroots Fan Base

    May 25, 2013 4:00 PM EDT The baseball player turned rapper breaks onto the charts with digital-only album, 'Relief.' From the mound to the mic, former baseball player Mike Stud, born Michael Seander, is on the charts with his new album, "Relief." The digital-only release debuted last week at No.…

  9. 'Arrested Development' Character Playlist: 9 Songs For The New Season

    May 24, 2013 1:15 PM EDT From T.I. to Vampire Weekend to the (original) George Michael, check out the songs that best capture the Bluth clan. Seven years after being cancelled by Fox, "Arrested Development," the cult series so popular you can hardly call it a cult series, is at long last returning. On…

  10. Daft Punk's Visual Evolution: Why 'Random Access Memories' May Not Require Music Videos

    May 21, 2013 12:49 PM EDT From iconic "Homework" clips to dialogue-free abstract films, check out this breakdown of Daft Punk's visual history. Not since pre-unveiled glory days of KISS back in the '70s has there been an artist in popular music that puts as much of an emphasis on visuals -- while…

  11. French Montana Talks 'Excuse My French' Album & Success

    May 21, 2013 11:13 AM EDT Even among rappers, French Montana's love of money runs deep. Here's a short list of things that come before his bank balance: his family (both parents, now separated, and two younger brothers) and his friend the rapper Max B, who was incarcerated in 2009 for conspiracy to commit…

  12. Janet Jackson, 'janet.': Classic Track-By-Track Review

    May 18, 2013 9:12 AM EDT Which of 'janet.''s 28 tracks (there's a lot of interludes) has endured the most? Read on for our classic track-by-track review. "Control" may have been her breakout, and "Rhythm Nation 1814" her breakthrough with a whopping seven singles reaching the…

  13. 13 Awesome Songs About Las Vegas

    May 17, 2013 2:58 PM EDT With the 2013 Billboard Music Awards coming up Sunday, May 19th at 8|7c on ABC live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, we thought it's the perfect time to pay homage to the many songs that have been penned in the city's honor. Some express the joys of hitting the…

  14. Superchunk Announce New Album, Departure of Bassist Laura Ballance

    May 16, 2013 4:30 PM EDT There's some good news and some bad news from seminal indie rockers Superchunk. First with the good news -- on August 20, they'll release their 10th studio album, an LP (hopefully) playfully titled "I Hate Music" via Merge Records, the label they founded back in 1989 to…

  15. Say Lou Lou On Debut Album, Scoring a Breakout Hit with a B-Side

    May 16, 2013 2:07 PM EDT Swedish/Australian sister duo readying a full-length full of elegant dream-pop. That description of Say Lou Lou members Elektra and Miranda Kilbey -- "Swedish/Australian" -- doesn't make a lot of sense, does it? The 21-year-old twin sisters, who have been gaining blog…

  16. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  17. Austin City Limits Lineup: Depeche Mode, The Cure and Kings of Leon Are Texas Bound

    May 07, 2013 1:01 AM EDT Muse, Lionel Richie, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix and Wilco will also headline the two-weekend event Austin City Limits' two-weekend debut will have plenty of music to go around. The Texas festival, which will run Oct. 4-6 and 11-13, will see headlining performances from Depeche Mode, the…

  18. 10 Reasons to Get Excited About K-Pop in May

    April 30, 2013 6:30 PM EDT April was one exciting month for K-pop: Wonder Girls’ Sun revealed her pregnancy, the 2NE1/will.i.am collaboration was released worldwide , Lee Hi grabbed her 2nd No. 1 before turning 17 , G-Dragon launched his world tour and, of course, PSY continued to make history with his new single …

  19. LouFest 2013: The Killers, Wilco and The National Top the Lineup

    April 30, 2013 1:27 AM EDT There's more to love about LouFest this year. The lineup for the two-day festival in St. Louis was released early Tuesday, with The Killers, Wilco, The National, Alabama Shakes and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros atop the bill. The growing festival, now in its fourth year and…

  20. Boards of Canada Return with ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’

    April 30, 2013 12:26 AM EDT Boards of Canada are breaking an extremely long drought with confirmation today of a new album, “Tomorrow’s Harvest." The influential electronic duo, comprising Scottish sibling producers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin, announced their Warp Records effort will land this June --…

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