1. 615 Spotlight: Johnny Orr on New EP 'Down South' & How Music Cost Him His Marriage

    July 02, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Johnny Orr admits that his formative musical years were quite diverse. In addition to country that was so prevalent around his home in North Carolina, he was exposed to a wide variety of music. “I was a big John Cougar and Bryan Adams fan in my younger days. Then, I became a big fan of Edwin…

  2. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  3. Ryan Adams Announces New Self-Titled Album

    July 02, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Singer/songwriter releases new solo set Sept. 9. First single “Gimme Something Good” now streaming on Spotify. Ryan Adams will release his self-titled 14th solo album on September 9. The 11-track self-produced album was recorded at Adams’ Pax-Am Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and…

  4. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

  5. Adam Levine Faces Death in Maroon 5's New 'Maps' Video: Watch

    July 01, 2014 9:51 AM EDT The music video from Maroon 5's brand new single "Maps" is here. Adam Levine puts his acting skills to the test in the clip, as he retraces his footsteps in a disastrous night that ends in a hospital emergency room. The video follows a backwards narrative format, beginning with…

  6. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Top Pop, Rhythmic Songs Charts With 'Problem'

    June 30, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Grande grabs her first No. 1 on each tally, while Azalea earns the honor of replacing herself at the top of each ranking Ariana Grande's "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea," rises 2-1 on both the Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs radio airplay charts,…

  7. Woman's Hour Guitarist Talks 'Conversations' Album & The xx Comparisons

    June 30, 2014 1:09 PM EDT With an airtight dream-pop aesthetic and a handful of gorgeous visuals attached to debut album "Conversations," London four-piece Woman's Hour is slowly making its presence felt in the States. Their swooning sound has garnered comparisons to the xx -- an understandable parallel…

  8. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  9. 10 Things Seen and Heard at the 2014 BET Awards

    June 30, 2014 1:03 AM EDT From Lionel Riche’s tribute to Nicki Minaj’s onstage bunny co-star, Billboard runs down what you didn’t see on TV. The BET Awards red carpet was hot—literally—at about 80 degrees, but that didn’t stop the entertainment industry from sashaying in style and looking mighty fab -- from…

  10. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  11. BET Awards 2014: Lionel Richie Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award, Performs Own Hits

    June 29, 2014 10:41 PM EDT The BET Awards honored Lionel Richie with the Lifetime Acheivement award, before the singer performed himself. Pharrell introduced the tribute to Richie, which included clips of the singer's career. Afterward, John Legend sang a medley of Richie's "Hello," and "…

  12. Mariachi USA Festival: Founder Rodri Rodriguez Talks Hollywood Bowl, New Day of the Dead Festival and Being Julio Iglesias’ Boss

    June 29, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Just as Rodri Rodriguez is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the producer is already busy making plans for an new festival themed around Day of the Dead.  The Cuban-born Rodriguez first made her mark in the music business in the mid-1970s when…

  13. Univision Ratings Scandal: 'Someone Needs to Put These Cheaters In Check'

    June 27, 2014 3:01 PM EDT A Univision radio executive manipulated Nielsen’s ratings devices, upending the lucrative Los Angeles market. The damage control is in full swing, and rivals are circling. The West Coast radio world was rocked in mid-June by revelations that a Univision executive had manipulated the ratings…

  14. Australia’s Big Day Out Fest Canceled for 2015, Owners Promise ‘We Will Be Back’

    June 26, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Australia’s once mighty Big Day Out has been scrapped for 2015. But its new sole owners, the U.S. live event promoters C3 Presents, insist it’ll return in future in some configuration.  Execs at Austin, Texas-based C3, which produces Lollapalooza, say BDO will take a year off to rejig the…

  15. Chris Brown's Plea Deal Negotiations Fall Apart

    June 25, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Singer Chris Brown was close to resolving his assault case in a deal that would have kept him out of jail, but talks fell apart Wednesday when attorneys couldn't agree on what Brown would acknowledge happened during a scuffle that led to his arrest. Brown was arrested in October and…

  16. Imagine Dragons Discuss 'Battle Cry,' Breaking Records & Making New Music (Q&A)

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT “I remember two years ago we played this same festival and we were thrilled to get a 12:30pm slot,” says Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon, reminiscing about the band’s 2012 appearance at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival . “When we play tonight, we’re going on before Outkast.…

  17. Jay Brannan, 'Blue-Haired Lady': Exclusive Video Premiere

    June 25, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Jay Brannan's "Blue-Haired Lady" is a sparse and intimate song off the singer-songwriter's new album, "Always, Then, & Now," which will be released July 15. As the ballad chronicles a woman's final days, its new video shows Brannan playing the peaceful…

  18. Bill and Hillary Clinton Musical to Make U.S. Debut

    June 25, 2014 5:59 AM EDT Bill and Hillary Clinton are headed to New York City—in a musical. The former president and first lady are the center of a production that is set to open for a week of performances in mid-July, as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Hillary Clinton Praises Pussy Riot As ‘Strong …

  19. Norah Jones' 'It Was The Last Thing On Your Mind' Video From 'They Came Together' (Exclusive)

    June 24, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Norah Jones provides the musical centerpiece of the romantic-comedy spoof “They Came Together” that opens Friday (June 27) in theaters and on demand and stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Rudd and Poehler tap the rom-com clichés in the film, scenes of which pepper the new music video for "…

  20. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

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