Sweetlife, a music-meets-gastronomy festival held at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md., continued on Sunday, May 31 with performances by Calvin Harris, The Weeknd, Charli XCX and many others. Here are the highlights from day two.
The guys of Florida Georgia Line are so excited about striking a deal with Mountain Dew that they’re literally singing it from the rooftop. At least that’s the premise of their brand new commercial for the soft drink brand, which Billboard is premiering exclusively today.
Apple’s revamped music service -- expected to be unveiled during Apple’s 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference next week (June 8-12) -- has at least two confirmed faces: Drake and Pharrell Williams, according to multiple sources familiar with negotiations.
The Fratellis are not above adhering to the adage, "If at first you don't succeed..." The Scottish rockers' upcoming Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied (due out Aug. 21) actually represents the second iteration of their fourth album. "We tried to do it in January of last year, on our own, kind of right in the middle of touring, but it didn't quite work out then," frontman Jon Fratelli (nee John Lawler) tells Billboard.
Milli Vanilli's "Blame It On The Rain" was blasting from the speakers as 1,000 sopping wet guests arrived at New York's Pier 26 on Sunday for the (RED) Supper, a dinner launching the Bono-led charity's month long fundraising campaign for AIDS relief.
Galactic is always happy to work with well-known singers -- and the group's forthcoming album, Into The Deep, into the deep certainly has them, including Mavis Staples, Macy Gray and JJ Grey. But, according to bassist Robert Mercurio, "there's something really cool about bringing somebody out that is unknown" -- such as Charm Taylor, who sings on the track "Right On" that's premiered below.
The T.J. Martell Foundation has ambitious plans for its 40th anniversary year. The organization announced on Monday that it will hold several high-profile events to raise awareness and funds for leukemia, cancer and AIDs research.
Here's the unexpected boy band news of the day: Backstreet Boys' Howie Dorough and Brian Littrell, along with Littrell's wife Leighanne Littrell, all took a blessed dip in the Jordan River as part of a baptism ceremony.