Louis and George Johnson of The Brothers Johnson

Prolific Bassist Louis Johnson, of the Brothers Johnson, Dies at 60

Prolific funk and R&B bassist Louis Johnson died at 60 yesterday (May 21). Johnson was a founding member of the Brothers Johnson, and a longtime collaborator of Quincy Jones'. He worked with the legendary producer on albums like Michael Jackson's Thriller and Off The Wall, as well as Jones' own Mellow Madness.
Chris Weaver

Chris Weaver Hopes Brazil Adventure Leads to More Nashville Exposure

As a relatively new artist, Chris Weaver has spent a lot of time on the road in the United States getting acquainted with fans and radio programmers. However, this spring, the West Virginia native took his music on the road like never before -- all the way to Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Axwell and Ingrosso

Global EDM Market Hits $6.9 Billion

There are two easy ways to gauge the popularity of EDM: look at what events people attend and what musical gear they buy. EDM isn't known for its sales numbers, and branding information can be hard to obtain.
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Joey Badass on Balancing His Mind and 'Riding Life's Waves' From Crystals: Exclusive Video

​Joey Badass, standing opposite a tree branch draped with feathered dream catchers, closes his eyes and inhales deeply. It’s a Monday afternoon and inside Stick Stone & Bone, a new-age specialty store on New York’s Christopher Street, the rapper, born Jo-Vaughn Scott, is surrounded by baskets of jagged geodes. He clenches one called a “spirit amethyst” in his left hand. “The energy from it... I actually feel it,” he says, opening his eyes.
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Steve Aoki Shares His Secrets for Staying Buff, Stem-Cell Harvesting and How He Plans to 'Look as Young as Martin Garrix One Day'

As someone who spent 300-plus days traveling to more than 50 countries in 2014, DJ-producer Steve Aoki​, 37, has become an expert at navigating the late, alcohol-fueled nights often associated with the EDM scene. While gearing up to promote his third studio album, 'Neon Future II' (Dim Mak/Ultra), which arrived May 12, the Las Vegas-based artist let Billboard in on his strict fitness and diet routine.
Hillsong United

'Jesus Is the Ultimate Crossover': Christian Act Hillsong United on Why Their Message Is for Everybody (Including Justin Bieber)

Church goin' up -- on a Saturday!" yells Carl Lentz, the toned, tattoo-covered co-pastor of the New York outpost of Hillsong Church. It's a timely reference to rapper-singer ILoveMakonnen's hit "Tuesday," and one that the 5,000 diverse, mostly young attendees of the first of two Saturday services at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on a cloudy May afternoon knowingly laugh at. With a hip haircut and leg-hugging black pants, Lentz, 36, spiritual adviser to celebs like Justin Bieber​ and Kevin Durant, could easily be mistaken for a rock star. "If I dive, would you catch me?" he asks, perched at the edge of the stage and ­clutching a Bible brandishing an "Occupy All Streets" sticker.
The Alt in Our Stars: Meg Myers

The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: Meg Myers Opens Up on New Album, Childhood, Hipster Hats

Meg Myers’ debut album is almost here. She was in a pre-coffee state when she stopped by Billboard’s New York office, but the excitement was there. After a couple EPs, a bunch of videos, and turning heads with singles like “Desire” and “Sorry,” Meg is about to unleash her first full length of electric cello-backed rockers, ragers, and…. vibey vibes?
No Doubt performs on the opening day of Rock in Rio USA 2015

Rock in Rio's Shaky Las Vegas Debut: Inside the Numbers

Whatever might be debated about the inaugural Rock in Rio USA -- an uneven lineup and fuzzy attendance numbers are among the contested issues -- no one could argue that the two-weekend gathering in Las Vegas wasn't as comfortable as any ever produced.