Nashville and country have been synonymous for decades. But in recent years, Music City recording studios like Blackbird and RCA Studio A have become unlikely homes to a different sound: contemporary soul.
EDM has already taken over clubs and festival grounds. Now the dance genre is exploring a new frontier: movie screens. On Aug. 28, We Are Your Friends, the first feature film distributed by a major movie studio (Warner Bros. Pictures) that is focused on the EDM world, opens nationwide on 2,300 screens.
For her first-ever TV performance in July, on 'The Tonight Show' no less, Alessia Cara opted not to wear a designer -- or even slightly showy -- look. The stage lights rose to reveal the singer, 19, in the casual, woke-up-like-this uniform favored by teens everywhere: ripped jeans, Chuck Taylors and an ironic T-shirt (it read "Life of the Party").
Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Shira Karsen hits the studio for episode 64, which delves into the latest hits from The Weeknd, Nick Jonas, Becky G & Justin Bieber!
Fifteen years ago, a record label would pitch its new releases to a record store or chain like Tower Records. Ten years ago, they were pitching their priority releases to digital download stores like iTunes. Now they pitch streaming services.
Phil McIntyre sits at the head of a growing mini-empire in West Hollywood. This past spring, he joined Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas to launch SafeHouse Records, which aims to develop artists with "360-degree franchises of pop relevance."
The unintentional gap between the February release of Rastafarian sing-jay Kabaka Pyramid’s hit single “Well Done” (Ghetto Youths/Bebble Rock Music) and the mid-August completion of the song’s video is largely due to the Jamaican artist’s steadily ascending career.
Felix Jaehn's metallic gold shirt reads "Everything Under Control," but inside, the 20-year-old Hamburg native is bursting with excitement. It has been scarcely a month since the dimpled German learned, in a Billboard tweet, that his remix of Jamaican singer OMI's "Cheerleader" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. "I was home with my manager; it was 2 a.m.," he says, sitting in Billboard's New York offices on a steamy August day. "I couldn't believe it. We were cheering and toasting."
Nicki Minaj's debut foray into headlining large venues in North America on the Pinkprint tour was a complete success on every level, the next phase of an ongoing strategy to position the artist as an elite headliner for years to come.
The 2015 VMAs are airing this Sunday (Aug. 30), and as usual there's a whole slew of A-list performers slated to perform at the always unpredictable awards show. From Pharrell to Macklemore to Twenty One Pilots, there's someone for everyone -- but who are you most excited to see? Vote for the performance that's going to have you glued to your TV below!