1. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Taylor Swift to David Bowie

    October 17, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Taylor Swift "Out Of The Woods" Big Machine/Republic The vast chorus of Taylor Swift's new single combusts like the closing sequence of a 1980s action movie, a muscular chant that finds Swift asking, "Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet?"…

  2. Rick Ross Masterminds Death-Defying Return: Video Q&A + Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes

    February 28, 2014 12:36 PM EST A murder attempt and now "Mastermind," an album back from the dead. Rick Ross is proud and warm. In a blue chinchilla jacket, black sweatshirt and a Saint Laurent belt hoisting up his jeans, he sits at the head of the table in a conference room in Def Jam’s New York offices,…

  3. 25 Movie Stars Turned Musicians

    February 26, 2014 5:30 PM EST First we watched them on the big screen, many of them -- like Kevins Bacon and Costner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp -- reaching mega-star success. But that wasn't enough. No, these movie stars-turned-musicians wanted to express themselves with a mic or a guitar, parlaying their…

  4. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  5. Ask Billboard: Why Do Some Songs Fade Out And Others End Cold?

    July 05, 2013 9:05 PM EDT In our newest mailbag, insight into the minds of artists as to how they decide to end recordings. Plus, sales updates on Selena Gomez and Avril Lavigne and ... Is Lady Gaga's new single on the way soon? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  6. Justin Timberlake's Music Return: Where Has He Been?

    January 10, 2013 6:38 PM EST As JT readies new music, we look back at his guest features, film/TV roles, business deals and love life.   2,312 days -- that's how long it has been since a new Justin Timberlake album arrived in CD stores (remember those?). Since the September 2006 release of Timberlake's…

  7. Lil Wayne's 30 Biggest Billboard Hits

    September 27, 2012 2:19 PM EDT Chart Article   It's indisputable that Lil Wayne is among an elite group of artists that can turn an ordinary song into a hit, whether the song is his own or another's. Since stepping into the rap game at nine years old, the rapper has garnered a heavy pocketful of fans with his…

  8. Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup: Run DMC, Girl Talk, Against Me! + More

    July 12, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced the full lineup for the 2012 festival, to be held November 2-4 at Auditorium Shores. The 7th annual festival will feature big name acts like the reunion of Run D.M.C. , Santigold , an appearance from De La Soul , Girl Talk , and Explosions…

  9. State of Independence: 15 Artists Impacting the Indie Scene

    July 01, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Every indie artist, band and label is independent in its own way. The strategies for success are as varied as the styles of music, the executives and the attitudes -- these are the very states of independence. Labels and artists from Texas to Denver to Missouri to Los Angeles; genres from…

  10. Explosions in the Sky Play B-Ball with Arcade Fire, Release 'Take Care' Album

    April 22, 2011 1:56 PM EDT Austin. Early last year. Explosions in the Sky guitarist Munaf Rayani got a phone call from a 6-foot-4-inch basketball enthusiast asking, "Do you have time for a pickup game?" The caller didn't know who Rayani was, but he'd heard from a friend of a friend that Rayani was a…

  11. Trail of Dead Returns with Two-Part 'Tao of the Dead'

    January 28, 2011 3:00 PM EST After reclaiming its independence following a rough streak at Interscope for 2009's "The Century of Self," Austin art rock band ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead continues blazing its own path for its latest release, the two-part "Tao of the Dead." The set,…

  12. Billboard Bits: Christina Aguilera to Get Star on Walk of Fame, 'Glee' to Gain Cast Member

    November 10, 2010 5:45 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera Getting Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Christina Aguilera will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Nov. 15. The singer is the 2,423rd start to receive a star on the Walk…

  13. Trail Of Dead Readies New 'Century'

    December 09, 2008 1:10 PM EST And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead has put the finishing touches on its next album, "The Century of Self," which is due Feb. 17. It will be the first release on the band's Richter Scale imprint in conjunction with Justice Records. The tracks "Bells of Creation…

  14. T.I. / Sept. 30, 2008 / New York (Highline Ballroom)

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I.'s curfew may have kept him from indulging in a conventional album release party that extended well past the morning hours, but the time constraint (part of his sentence for federal gun charges) d T.I.'s curfew may have kept him from indulging in a conventional album release…

  15. My Bloody Valentine Brings The Noise At ATP

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Decibel levels ran into the red last night (Sept. 21) as My Bloody Valentine played its first U.S. concert in 16 years to bring the All Tomorrow's Parties festival to an ear-splitting close in Montice Decibel levels ran into the red last night (Sept. 21) as My Bloody Valentine played its…

  16. Trail Of Dead Storms Back On New EP, Album

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is putting the finishing touches on its sixth album in New York with producer Chris Coady. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is putting the finishing touches on its sixth album in New York with producer Chris Coady. The as-yet-untitled…

  17. Trail Of Dead Launches Imprint, Preps New Album

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock outfit ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is launching its own label, Richter Scale Records, in association with Justice Records, which is distributed by Fontana/Universal. Rock outfit ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is launching its own label, Richter Scale…

  18. Billboard Bits: Nicole Scherzinger, Polvo, MySpace

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Originally expected Oct. 16 and then bumped to Nov. 20, Pussycat Doll vocalist Nicole Scherzinger's Interscope debut, "Her Name Is Nicole," has been shifted to a February release. Originally expected Oct. 16 and then bumped to Nov. 20, Pussycat Doll vocalist Nicole Scherzinger&…

  19. Trail Of Dead Camp Discusses Interscope Split

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead frontman Conrad Keely celebrated Halloween not by dressing up or eating candy, but by posting an angry message on his band's blog, lambasting Interscope he ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead frontman Conrad Keely celebrated Halloween…

  20. Nickelback: A View From The Top

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nickelback's Chad Kroeger recalls the words of caution he received at the end of the cycle for 2001's "Silver Side Up"—a five-times-platinum juggernaut that launched three hit singles including the Nickelback's Chad Kroeger recalls the words of caution he received at…

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