1. Vance Joy Makes Progress on Debut Album, Cracks U.K. Top 40

    January 14, 2014 12:36 AM EST Vance Joy’s surname pretty-well nails it. Just 12 months ago, the Australian singer-songwriter was well-off the radar in his homeland. Fast forward to now, and his young career has truly lifted off. Standing at 6’5,” Joy (real name James Keogh) had a big 2013. He signed a multi-album…

  2. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Breaks Record For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

    December 09, 2013 6:05 PM EST Eminem's 'The Monster,' on which she's featured, becomes her 11th leader, pushing her past Katy Perry (10) for the list's top total. Plus, new No. 1s for Icona Pop, Parmalee, tobyMac and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  3. Robin Thicke, Avicii, Lorde Top Shazam's Most Tagged Songs of 2013

    December 03, 2013 3:45 AM EST Music tagging service Shazam has released its 2013 year in review, revealing the top "Shazamed" songs and artists. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” tops Shazam's worldwide and U.S. tally. The song was "tagged" (identified sonically) 17.8 million times worldwide, and 5.6…

  4. Tame Impala, Flume Clean Up At The ARIAs

    December 01, 2013 11:49 PM EST Tame Impala and Flume were the big winners at the 27th ARIA Awards, taking out the bulk of the night’s biggest categories between them. Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala was named best group, and its critically-lauded “Lonerism” (Modular Recordings) won for best album and best rock album. The…

  5. Lorde To Perform At ARIA Awards

    November 27, 2013 9:19 PM EST Lorde will perform at this Sunday’s ARIA Awards in Sydney. The timing is immaculate; the announcement came just hours after confirmation Lorde’s smash single “Royals” had held the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week. Surprisingly, the ARIAs will be the 17-year-old New…

  6. Jay-Z Defends Barneys Deal: I'm Being 'Demonized'

    October 26, 2013 7:40 PM EDT Jay-Z — under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers — said Saturday he's being unfairly "demonized" for just waiting to hear all of the facts. The rap mogul…

  7. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  8. Flume Grabs Eight ARIA Award Nominations

    October 15, 2013 4:26 AM EDT With eight nominations, electronic producer and artist Harley Streten -- aka Flume -- is the runaway favorite to sweep the 27th ARIA Awards in Sydney. Tame Impala is close behind with seven nominations, while Birds of Tokyo and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds grab six nods. The Australian…

  9. Flume Wins Four At Australia's Independent Music Awards

    October 09, 2013 10:01 AM EDT With four trophies, electronic music producer Harley Streten -- aka Flume -- was the big winner at Australia’s eighth annual Independent Music Awards on Wednesday night. Flume’s self-titled debut won for best independent album and best independent dance/electronica album. He also went on to…

  10. Willie Nelson On the Hunt for Toy Armadillo Stolen At NY Concert

    September 25, 2013 1:49 AM EDT A missing toy armadillo with a connection to Willie Nelson has sparked a search in the New York suburbs. A stuffed armadillo beloved by a member of Nelson's crew was stolen from the stage at The Capitol Theatre, in Port Chester, after a Nelson concert last Thursday, theater general…

  11. Liberace’s One-Time Las Vegas Mansion Sells For Just $500,000

    August 30, 2013 12:20 AM EDT A 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion once owned by Liberace was sold for $500,000 in cash to a British businessman who said he learned to play the piano after being inspired by the flamboyant performer. The buyer - Martyn Ravenhill - closed the deal on Aug. 23 for $29,000 below its list…

  12. Jenni Rivera Crash Case Defendants Challenge Lawsuit

    August 23, 2013 6:41 AM EDT Owners of the plane that crashed last December killing Regional Mexican star Jenni Rivera are challenging a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on behalf of the families of the four members of her entourage who traveled with her, Billboard has learned.   “Defendants are challenging…

  13. Outside Lands Webcast: Watch Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers & More Perform Live

    August 09, 2013 4:47 PM EDT Outside Lands 2013 is bringing three huge days of music featuring Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix and more to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend (August 9-11) and thanks to fest's live webcast, you can watch many of the performances from the comfort of…

  14. Cyndi Lauper, 'Kinky Boots' Runaway Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2013 11:42 PM EDT The feel-good musical "Kinky Boots," with songs by pop star and Broadway newcomer Cyndi Lauper, won a leading six 2013 Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical, best score and best leading man. Christopher Durang's comical "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"…

  15. Andrew Stockdale Kills Off Wolfmother Name, New Solo Album Out Soon: Exclusive

    April 25, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Wolfmother is to be put-down. The Australian rock band’s frontman Andrew Stockdale has decided to kill off the Wolfmother moniker and go forward in his music career using the name he was born with. The Australian rocker is now prepping the June release of a self-produced album “Keep Moving,…

  16. Outside Lands 2013: Paul McCartney, Phoenix and Nine Inch Nails Top Lineup

    April 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, D'Angelo, The National, Willie Nelson are also going to San Francisco, Aug. 9-11 Paul McCartney is adding to his busy summer with top billing at the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will take root in San Francisco's…

  17. Quincy Jones, YouTube Star Launch Music Education App

    February 19, 2013 9:07 PM EST The legendary producer calls Playground Sessions a 'Rosetta Stone'-style product Quincy Jones says he has co-created the music version of Rosetta Stone. The 79-year-old composer-producer launched a new music education application Tuesday called Playground Sessions, which teaches…

  18. Grammys 2013 Preview: Album of the Year

    February 06, 2013 6:24 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned Album of the Year nominations for the 2013 Grammy awards. These five artistic statements are in the running for the Album of the Year honor at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (February 10). Jump To: Record of the Year | Song of the…

  19. Green Day Drops 'Twilight - Breaking Dawn' Ballad: Watch the 'Forgotten' Video

    October 31, 2012 11:35 AM EDT The first anthem for "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" has officially arrived. Green Day debuted the video for "The Forgotten," the lead single off the film's forthcoming soundtrack, Tuesday on MTV. In the clip, footage of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre…

  20. Jim Jones Arrested After Casino Brawl

    February 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST Rapper Jim Jones was arrested Saturday in a brawl that broke out after a party hosted by Sean "Diddy" Combs at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, police said. A total of five people were charged in the fight that started after 2 a.m. in the foyer of the MGM Grand casino, where Combs…

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