1. 50 Cent's Super Bowl Sipper: Recipe

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST The rapper, who co-owns Effen Vodka, shares an exclusive cocktail recipe that's perfect, he says, for "watching Cam Newton dab all over the end zone." Tiki Touchdown 1 part Effen Vodka 1 part pineapple juice 1 part lemonade 1/2 part ...

  2. Nick Jonas Goes to the 'Dark Side' in New Movie 'Goat'

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST The music-cum-movie star takes on "sadistic" fraternity hazing in the Sundance fave -- and learns about his own brothers along the way. Need another reminder that Nick Jonas ain't on Disney anymore? In the first few minutes of new m ...

  3. Brand-New Face: Fleur East, Simon Cowell's New Direction

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST Name: Fleur East From: London Age: 28 Back story: At 17, East (yes, that's her real name) made it past X Factor U.K. auditions with her girl group Addictiv Ladies in 2005 -- much to judge Simon Cowell's skepticism -- but only lasted a we ...

  4. The Billboard Cover Story: Grammy Watch 2016 -- Chris Stapleton, The Accidental Star

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST Chris stapleton was content writing songs and playing in this band or that. Then his father died, and he was driven to record 'Traveller.' A No. 1 album and three grammy nominations later, he's the king of country. "The secret ...

  5. The Billboard Cover Story: Grammy Watch 2016 -- Who Will Win, And Whom to Root For

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST Two Billboard critics survey the field, from Lamar vs. Swift to Dylan vs. Manilow, with a wary eye on the "Beck factor." Jody Rosen: Is this Kendrick Lamar's year? The stars seem to be aligned for Lamar, who has a near-record 11 ­no ...

  6. Album Review: Rihanna Bears the Burden on 'Anti'

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST Being Rihanna must be exhausting. In America's estimation of the pop princess -- who research agency the NPD Group recently reported to be the most marketable brand spokesperson alive -- she exists on the languorous edge of Carefree Black Gir ...

  7. Elton John Has a Quiet, 'Wonderful Crazy Night': Album Review

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST "What a wonderful crazy night that was," sings Elton John on the title track of his 33rd studio album -- a song that is neither crazy nor, to be frank about it, wonderful. It's a jaunty piece of piano-pop about a night of youthful a ...

  8. Savages Get Edgy (If Occasionally Monotonous) on 'Adore Life': Album Review

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST If British rockers Savages tried to pass as contemporaries of Bauhaus and Siouxsie & The Banshees, no one would have doubted them: They too have bat-cave sonics, an eccentric but hard-pummeling rhythm section, a monomaniacally warbling ­vocali ...

  9. St. Lucia Make Heartbreak Sound Huge on 'Matter': Album Review

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST The early-'80s movement known as new romanticism got its name in part because of its fixation on ­grandeur -- the electrified hooks sounded ­impossibly huge, but the heartbreak and yearning embedded within somehow loomed even larger. The Broo ...

  10. CNCO, 'Tan Facil': Single Review

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST CNCO "Tan Facil" Sony Music Does a Latin boy band have a prayer? CNCO, the product of Univision and Simon Cowell's reality show La Banda , isn't taking chances with this catchy hit, built on the current chart-winning equation o ...

  11. Akon, 'Hypnotized': Single Review

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST Akon "Hypnotized" Atlantic Records The Senegalese-American singer, best known for his mid-aughts R&B hits, takes a different tack with this slow-wine Afropop-influenced tune, mellow enough for AC yet still worthy of a dance remix. Af ...

  12. Zayn, 'Pillowtalk': Single Review

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST Zayn "Pillowtalk" RCA Records Dropping One Direction's MOR pop for the more critically respected PBR&B, Zayn Malik tries for a slow-grinding sex jam with his first solo single. His delivery, however, full of leftover pop-star ea ...

  13. Backstage Pass / Earth, Wind & Fire's Rich Legacy

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST 'We Wanted a Band That Could Do Everything': From 'Shining Star' to inspiring 'Uptown Funk!,' Earth, Wind & Fire's rich legacy. Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey, 64, is in his car, driving on an er ...

  14. Rewinding the Charts: 7 Years Ago Power Hitmakers Revived Kelly Clarkson With 'Life'

    February 05, 2016 12:00 PM EST The 'Idol' winner reclaimed pop glory when her Max Martin and Dr. Luke collaboration made an unprecedented vault on the Hot 100. The original American idol Kelly Clarkson took no risks with the release of "My Life Would Suck Without ...

  15. Ramones 40th Anniversary Targets Retail and Museums With Marketing Blitzkrieg

    February 03, 2016 3:30 PM EST As the 40th anniversary of The Ramones' 1976 debut album approaches, the pioneering punk band will be celebrated with a hefty slate of products and events heralding its legacy, including a documentary, reissues and a traveling exhibit. The ca ...

  16. Hot 100 Chart News: Justin Bieber Dethrones Adele

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Apology (finally) accepted: Justin Bieber's "Sorry" is the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Jan. 23 after eight total weeks at No. 2, where it played runner-up to Adele's blockbuster single "Hello." The latte ...

  17. Locash Q&A on 'I Love This Life'

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST How did "I Love This Life" come together? Chris Lucas: We wanted to write a hit for Garth Brooks -- we were like, "This has to be an anthem." To make it positive, for three minutes we just said things we loved about life. For a ...

  18. The Over/Under: Martin Bandier

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier signs a contract extension for an additional three years. News Magazine Magazine 1453525200 ...

  19. The Over/Under: Kendrick Lamar

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Kendrick Lamar treks to the White House to meet Barack Obama and discuss youth mentorship initiatives. News Magazine Magazine 1453525200 ...

  20. The Over/Under: Cameron Strang's Warner Bros. Records

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Cameron Strang's Warner Bros. Records sues metal band Avenged Sevenfold over a contractual dispute. News Magazine Magazine 1453525200 ...

  21. The High-Wire Act of a Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST The band is said to be asking $3 million per show, and ITS unpredictability leaves a lot to chance. But the upside is high, and sources say AEG and Live Nation are in the ring. Fans were overjoyed when news broke that a reunited Guns N' Roses ...

  22. Bought in Translation: An Adele 'Hello' Cover Is Still a Cover, No Matter What Language

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Adele's "Hello" video, which is nearing 1 billion views on YouTube, has spawned a slew of covers on the Internet including several foreign-language ­versions that have found their own audiences. Spanish singer Leroy Sanchez's c ...

  23. 'Jurassic Park' Symphony: The 1993 Blockbuster Gets a Live Orchestral Makeover

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Jurassic Park is the latest blockbuster to get the orchestral-concert treatment in what has become a popular new form of entertainment: watching a movie while listening to a live performance of its score. The 1993 Steven Spielberg film, with music ...

  24. The Box Set Boom: How Long Will the Party Last?

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST As CDs continue their long decline, labels are releasing lavish, expensive collections like never before. During the third week of November, the No. 1 title on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart was The Cutting Edge , a two-CD set of 50-year- ...

  25. Noted Music Business Events: January 4-January 14, 2016

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Jan. 4 Animator Robert Balser, who co-directed the cartoon sequences in The Beatles' 1968 film Yellow Submarine , died of complications from respiratory failure in Los Angeles. He was 88. Jan. 5 Nicholas Caldwell, an original member of the R& ...

  26. Musician Birthdays: January 15-January 21

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Jan. 15 Howie Day (35) Jan. 16 Nick Valensi (35) Sade (57) Jan. 17 Kid Rock (45) Steve Earle (61) Mick Taylor (67) Francoise Hardy (72) Jan. 19 John Wozniak (45) Dolly Parton (70) Jan. 20 Gary Barlow (45) Paul Stanley (64) Jan. 21 Spider Loc (37) ...

  27. 7 Days on the Scene: The Golden Globes in Los Angeles, January 10, 2016.

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Famously no-holds-barred host Ricky Gervais lent an aura of biting playfulness to the 73rd annual Golden Globes. While presenting the award for best score, Jamie Foxx, whose daughter Corinne served as Miss Golden Globe, jokingly announced the ­win ...

  28. 7 Days on the Scene: Celebration for the Film 'Freeheld' in Los Angeles, January 5, 2016

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Hollywood emerged from its postholiday haze for a star­studded party hosted by producer-musician Linda Perry. The cause for celebration? The film Freeheld , for which Perry penned the song "Hands of Love" (sung by Miley Cyrus). Among the ...

  29. Meet Anderson Paak, Dr. Dre's Golden Child

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST After helping the hip-hop legend get his swagger back on 'Compton,' the singer that everyone from Macklemore to T.I. wants to record with is set to jump from protege to solo star after years of personal struggle. A nasty El Nino-fueled s ...

  30. Anderson Paak's 3 Must-Stop Places in Malibu

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST The singer's go-to spots in and around the Pacific-side town that inspired his LP,  Malibu . 1. Duke's Malibu "The Poke tacos are flame. I passed this place all the time growing up but I actually only just went, and it's fire.& ...

  31. Panic at the Disco Gets Frank (Sinatra, That Is) on 'Death of a Bachelor'

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST The chart-topping rock band is down from quartet to solo act, but frontman Brendon Urie is as confident as ever in his new, Ol' Blue Eyes-inspired music. Sitting in Billboard 's New York offices and grinning like a kid who has got a secr ...

  32. Spike Lee Q&A on 'Michael Jackson's Journey' Documentary: 'He Never Doubted Himself'

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST On the eve of Sundance, the director talks his revealing new MJ doc, "bananas" candidate Donald Trump and the best scene in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.' Your new documentary, Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off ...

  33. Best Music Events at 2016 Sundance Film Festival

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST More than 50,000 people will descend on Park City, Utah, for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Jan. 21-31. Movies are the main draw, but music is everywhere too. MUST-SEE MOVIE Music docs will make a splash: Aside from Spike Lee's Michael Jacks ...

  34. Brothers Osbourne List Their Inspirations: Cars, Country & Kacey Musgraves

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST One of Nashville's hottest new acts, the duo didn't even need an album to get a Grammy nod. Single "Stay a Little Longer" (No. 4 on Country Airplay) nabbed a best country duo/group performance nomination weeks before their EMI ...

  35. Overheard: Katy Perry + Orlando Bloom, Madonna & More Gossip

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST In Pursuit of Perry Orlando Bloom locked onto Katy Perry just minutes after her arrival at the Weinstein Company's Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills on Jan. 10. The actor was flirting with actress Rooney Mara at the soiree, until he s ...

  36. 4 Songs Wild Belle Is Wild About

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST . "He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart)" Levon & The Hawks "A really great soul song that I've been listening to 10 times a day lately," says Elliot. 2. "A Mighty Good Lover" The Vashonet ...

  37. Style: All About Wild Belle's Vintage Look (And Sound)

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST The Motown- and reggae-tinged folk-rock siblings on their fashion essentials. When it comes to their prized possessions, siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman, better-known as the band Wild Belle, likely have lost them at some point. There was the o ...

  38. The Billboard Cover Story: David Bowie, 1947-2016

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST He changed the look, sound, style, even the sexual identity of rock'n'roll, and did so with otherworldly fearlessness, impeccable flair and a profound intellectual curiosity. And when he died on Jan. 10, he did so with unparalleled grace ...

  39. The Billboard Cover Story: David Bowie's Otherworldliness

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Friend Nina Simone once said he was "not human; David ain't from here." Indeed, before any earthling set foot on the moon, the performer was deep in outer space, standing at his own crossroads and transfixing generations of fans too ...

  40. The Billboard Cover Story: David Bowie, 19 Stars on His Legacy

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Friends, lovers, collaborators and admirers remember Bowie's genius for invention and generosity of spirit. Phil Collins: Everybody seemed to like David. You never knew what to expect, and that made him one of a kind. Nile Rodgers: Had it not ...

  41. The Billboard Cover Story: David Bowie's Muses

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Bowie inspired artists of all kinds but he, too, had his muses -- two of whom he married. David Bowie was a theatrical production of David Jones, and like all theater, he required many people behind the scenes, ­pulling up the curtains and ­sewing ...

  42. The Billboard Cover Story: David Bowie's Strange Sexuality

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST When homosexuality was still considered a shameful secret to many, Bowie told the world he was gay, and music -- and the lives of many of his fans and followers -- would never be the same. "I'm gay," declared David Bowie, "and ...

  43. The Billboard Cover Story: David Bowie as the Funk Soul Brother

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST "Of course David Bowie had funk!" attests George Clinton, as Bowie's lifelong (and career-changing) love affair with black music -- from R&B to disco to rap -- made abundantly clear. David Bowie called R&B and soul "the ...

  44. The Billboard Cover Story: David Bowie, The Televisionary

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST From chatting with Dick Cavett to his career-rejuvenating videos on a new venture called MTV, he unabashedly embraced the massest of mediums. In 1967, when David Bowie was a scuffling 20-year-old folk singer, he got his first letter from an Americ ...

  45. The Billboard Cover Story: David Bowie's Roles of a Lifetime

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Music's greatest-ever visual artist was, not surprisingly, an unpredictable and arresting film presence. or proof of how David Bowie's roiling creativity flowed between music and movies, one doesn't have to look further than his fir ...

  46. The Billboard Cover Story: The Business of David Bowie

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Nearly as inventive in the boardroom as onstage -- remember "Bowie bonds"? -- the singer was savvy, fearless and forward-thinking. David Bowie learned about the music business the hard way -- from a notoriously bad deal with early manage ...

  47. David Bowie: A Timeline

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST Jan. 8, 1947 David Robert Jones is born in the Brixton section of London to Margaret "Peggy" Burns and Heywood "John" Jones. The couple marry eight months later. June 5, 1964 Bowie's first band, Davie Jones & The King ...

  48. Billboard 200 Chart News: David Bowie Bound for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST The late legend's 'Blackstar,' released two days before his death on Jan. 10, could open atop the chart dated Jan. 30, according to industry forecasters. David Bowie achieved many milestones during his legendary five-decade career. ...

  49. Chart Numbers: The Sweet Rise of DNCE's 'Cake'

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST The Joe Jonas-led band DNCE climbs the Billboard Hot 100 with debut single "Cake by the Ocean" (Republic). The cut sweetens up the chart's top 40 for the first time, rising 41-26, and is making headway on top 40 radio as well. 18 &q ...

  50. Tomorrow's Hits: Shawn Hook, 'Sound of Your Heart'

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST CATCHY HOOK:  Canadians have overtaken the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 of late, together claiming seven songs for six straight weeks around the new year. Now a new face from north of the border is making a play: Shawn Hook. The pop singer (fro ...

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