The first night of the fourth annual iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas had many surprises up its sleeve, but no unexpected artist earned as many screams as when Usher brought out Chris Brown to perform the latter's current single "New Flame," an appearance that almost didn't happen due to Brown's probation terms.
Instead of taking the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as country's undisputed queen, Swift opened this year's show as a music superstar pivoting unambiguously toward pop music, an effort punctuated by another live performance of her new smash "Shake It Off."
Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically shake off a tumultuous month in the area.
Rita Ora, Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab, John Mayer, Steve Aoki and Kanye West all turned in notable performances on day two of Los Angeles' Made in America. Read on for Billboard’s minute-by-minute highlights.
Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Aug. 30, featuring headliners the National, Steve Aoki and Kanye West. Here’s a minute-by-minute recap.
After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made national headlines, the New York electronic music festival returned on Friday, hyper-aware of the microscope it's under.
Listen to any SPICA record and one can instantly tell their pipes were inspired by the big divas who came before them. With singles that range from funk-pop to EDM to straight-up R&B, we decided to pick Jiwon, Boa, Narae, Bohyung and Juhyun's brains to discover the singers they deem most inspirational in Billboard's 'Gimme Five' series.
Backstage at KCON 2014, K-pop boy band VIXX played a rousing game of Billboard's "How Well Do You Know Your Band Mates?," in which Leo, N, Ken, Ravi, Hong Bin and Hyuk were quizzed on each other's reading habits, go-to dance moves and favorite songs.
The Uforia Music Festival had plenty of big names in the incredibly eclectic lineup, designed to bring together Latin music and hip-hop artists. The L.A. fest featured Dirty South sandwiched between Latin headliners La Arrolladora Banda El Limon and Ludacris.
Backstage at KCON 2014, the K-pop boy band B1A4 played a rousing game of "How Well Do You Know Your Band Mates?," in which Jinyoung, Baro, Sandeul, CNU and Gongchan were quizzed on each other's cooking habits, least-favorite foods and top Chris Brown songs.
SPICA explain differences between recording in America and Korea, their global aspirations, hopes for their "I Did It" single and filming their "You Don't Love Me" video with inflated butts in a video interview at KCON 2014.
Those itching to snap a music festival selfie in feathered headdresses may be in for a rude awakening. Many festivals have expanded their lists of prohibited items from traditional safety hazards (like fireworks and glass bottles) to include fashion accessories that are seen as culturally insensitive, racist or in bad taste.