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.
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.
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.
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.
Brandon Flowers has always been a connoisseur of all things ‘80s, and those influences are all over his new solo album, The Desired Effect. Playing London’s O2 Academy Brixton last night (May 21), the Killers frontman went one better, collaborating with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders.
Earlier this year, Pierce Fulton landed on everyone's radar with his surging single "Runaway," which topped the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart. Today his latest release, the euphoric "Kuaga," gets another boost thanks to a new vocal mix premiering exclusively on Billboard.
It was only a matter of time until someone tracked down where all the "Bad Blood" video's memorable costumes came from. And it turns out -- surprise! -- the outfits in Taylor Swift's clip come from a fetish fashion boutique.
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?
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.
“I was always aware of kind of where women were at, or the lack of [female voices], but for me I always try to focus on what I was doing,” Ballerini says. “I just wanted to make good music, and I prayed and hoped that it would work.”
Jamie xx's brand-new single "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" with Young Thug and Popcaan features a sample from classic a capella group The Persuasions' 1972 song "Good Times." The sample lends the song both its title and its hook, much like Rod Stewart's recording "In A Broken Dream" did for the recent A$AP Rocky release "Everyday." The difference? The Persuasions are uncredited on the track, and according to original member/de facto manager Jimmy Hayes, were never contacted about clearing the sample.