1. Tinashe & FKA Twigs Go Topless on V Magazine Covers

    January 05, 2015 8:19 PM EST Tinashe and FKA Twigs will grace the cover of V Magazine 's new music issue  that's out Jan. 15, and are going topless for it.  So You Know You Can't Dance: Watch Tinashe Teach 'The Whip' in New Episode The two rising singers join Sam Smith and Jessie Ware as a…

  2. XXL Magazine to Print Quarterly Issues

    December 18, 2014 1:34 PM EST Townsquare Media has signaled that XXL Magazine , which it acquired earlier this year , will now publish print editions on a quarterly basis. Following its just-released winter issue, with Kendrick Lamar on the cover, the hip-hop magazine will return in March, followed by its annual…

  3. Oh Là Là: Spotify Reportedly Turns First Profit in France

    November 19, 2014 2:30 PM EST Bust out some champagne, Spotify is profitable in France. L'Express is reporting that the Swedish subscription music service grew its revenue by 66 percent in 2013 and now accounts for over a third of the streaming market in that country, which is home base to rival Deezer. Spotify U.K…

  4. Watch Band of Merrymakers' 'Must Be Christmas' Video

    November 18, 2014 2:57 PM EST Get into the holiday spirit with the latest from Band of Merrymakers , a rotating-cast Yuletide supergroup that currently features  Charles Kelley of  Lady Antebellum ,  Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees ,  Fitz of  Fitz & the Tantrums ,  Nick Hexum of 311 , Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra …

  5. Lollapalooza South America Announces 2015 Festival Lineups For Chile, Brazil & Argentina

    November 16, 2014 8:39 PM EST Lollapalooza South America has revealed the artist lineups for the upcoming festivals in Chile, Brazil and Argentina. The three fests are scheduled to take place in March 2015. Lollapalooza Heading to Berlin in 2015 Jack White , Kings of Leon , Calvin Harris , Skrillex , Robert…

  6. From Diddy to Alanis Morissette, These Musicians Have Turned Marathon Runners

    October 29, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Pop music and distance running aren't so different. Both reward tenacity, hard work, and the willingness to wear skimpy clothing and push your body to its physical limits. No wonder so many rock stars have done marathons. There are few athletic contests more badass than the 26.2-mile…

  7. Kanye West Hits Vegas To Party With Kim Kardashian

    October 25, 2014 5:10 PM EDT It wouldn't really be a party if Yeezy didn't show up. For Kim Kardashian 's 34th birthday bash, her hubby, Kanye West , joined his wife in Las Vegas to celebrate her big day. The Sin City fete took place at the Venetian Hotel and Casino's TAO nightclub on Friday (Oct.…

  8. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  9. XXL Bought by Townsquare, to End Print Edition Next Month

    September 22, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Townsquare Media, the media and entertainment company that operates 311 radio stations in 66 North American markets, has announced its acquisition of legacy hip-hop publication XXL , as well as men's magazine King and lifestyle website Antenna . Online, the company also owns music…

  10. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Brad Paisley & The Ever-Elusive No. 1 Album

    September 05, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Paisley, who has yet to earn a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, nets his fifth No. 2 set. Also: Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' sells a half-million & Ed Sheeran's new EP debuts. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Ariana Grande 's My Everything debuted…

  11. Dirty Heads Extend Fall & Winter Tour Dates

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Change -- and the Sound of Change -- has been good for Dirty Heads . The genre-blending California group's fifth album logged its first-ever No. 1 release, on the Top Alternative Albums chart in July, as well as career-high No. 2 and No. 8 slots on the Top Rock Albums and Billboard 200…

  12. The Weeknd Charts At No. 1 On Trending 140 With 'King Of The Fall'

    July 21, 2014 1:23 PM EDT This morning (July 21), The Weeknd charts at No. 1 on Billboard's Trending 140 chart with the debut of his new song, "King Of The Fall." "King Of The Fall" stays within The Weeknd's realm of compelling and progressive R&B/soul, with scintillating production.…

  13. She & Him Signs With Columbia Records

    June 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A new album by the indie duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel is expected in the fall, a rep for the Sony label confirms. She & Him, the indie duo comprised of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have just joined the majors. Columbia Records, the Sony Music subsidiary run by chairman Rob…

  14. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  15. Pitbull & Jennifer Lopez Open the Billboard Music Awards With 'We Are One (Ole Ola)'

    May 18, 2014 8:19 PM EDT Pitbull and  Billboard Award Icon Award winner Jennifer Lopez , along with Claudia Leitte, performed 'We Are One (Ole Ola)" at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, opening the show with a bang. Pitbull began the tune with several scantily clad dancers backing him up, then kicked…

  16. KCON 2014 Grows to 2 Days of Concerts, More Artists to Perform at the U.S. K-Pop Convention

    May 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The Los Angeles festival lineup will begin its reveal next week To supplement the swelling interest of K-pop in America, KCON is growing. The U.S.-based convention devoted to all things K-pop culture will boast two separate nights of concerts. KCON says more artists will perform at…

  17. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  18. Idina Menzel's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the (Not So) New 'It' Girl

    March 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT It's taken her 18 years, but Idina Menzel has finally cracked the top 10 with "Let It Go," her soaring ballad from "Frozen." The singer-actress is flawless on the cover of our issue dated March 29. She talks about her long road to stardom -- from "Rent…

  19. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  20. 'Frozen' Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200 For Sixth Week

    March 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT New albums by Aloe Blacc, 311, Young Money & Sara Evans arrive in the Top 10. Spring is just around the corner, but don't tell the "Frozen" soundtrack. The wintry Disney album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 99,000 copies in the week ending March 16 (down…

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