1. BPM Festival Highlights: Innervisions, Cadenza Meets Planet E, Vatos Locos & More

    January 23, 2015 4:39 PM EST Since 2008, the international party crowd has congregated in Mexico's Playa del Carmen for 10 days of house and techno parties set against a beautiful paradise backdrop. Drawing more than 55,000 attendees last year (with more estimated this year), the BPM Festival's eighth edition…

  2. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Hot 100, Maroon 5 Debuts at No. 8

    January 21, 2015 3:13 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' rules for a third week. Plus, the police helps escort Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' back into the top five and Maroon 5's 'Sugar' sweetens the chart at No. 8. Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads…

  3. Chet Faker's 'Built On Glass' Shortlisted for Australian Music Prize

    January 21, 2015 12:23 AM EST Chet Faker has another chance to add to his bulging collection of industry awards for Built On Glass , which has made the shortlist for the 10th annual Australian Music Prize. The electro-soul singer's debut album is one of nine records which will progress to the final of the AMP, with…

  4. Exclusive: Turbo Fruits to Release Patrick Carney-Assisted Album, Share New Track

    January 20, 2015 11:10 AM EST In seven years, Nashville's raucous garage-rawk royalty  Turbo Fruits have upgraded like car models: increasingly streamlined without losing their power. Their 2007 debut's supernova of thrashing tempos and crashing snares has been slowing down and growing up, injecting 2009'…

  5. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  6. Holy Ship! Highlights: Griz, ODESZA, Disclosure & Armand Van Helden and More

    January 09, 2015 11:19 AM EST With a lineup that largely catered to West Coast live acts and U.K. deep house, broken beats and funk bass were in vogue on 2015's first Holy Ship! sailing (Jan. 3-6). HARD Events' beloved cruise party entered its fourth year by honoring its fervent "Shipfam" fan base,…

  7. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  8. Cloud Control's Bass Player Quits to Pursue 'Civilian Life'

    January 05, 2015 6:04 AM EST Cloud Control's founding bass player Jeremy Kelshaw has left the band citing a desire for a "return to civilian life." In a post on Facebook, Kelshaw says he's departing the award-winning group in good spirits, and he thanks his fellow bandmembers -- Alister Wright,…

  9. Who Hacked Sony Becomes Internet's New Mystery

    December 26, 2014 11:28 AM EST North Korea? An inside job? Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama 's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony…

  10. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  11. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959 …

  12. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  13. Reggae Pioneer Miss Pat Chin of VP Records Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S.

    November 26, 2014 1:09 PM EST When Patricia Chin , cofounder of Queens, N.Y.-based reggae indie VP Records, ponders the changes in the music industry since she started out six decades ago, she exudes a spirited resiliency that is inextricably linked to VP's survival for nearly 60 years in a competitive…

  14. Beach Boys' Mike Love Writing a Memoir

    November 19, 2014 5:59 PM EST Mike Love , a founding member of the Beach Boys and lead singer on such hits as "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Little Deuce Coupe," has a book deal. Mike Love 'Upset' Over Direction Of Beach Boys Reunion & Tour Love has an agreement with Blue Rider Press for…

  15. Music Legend Glyn Johns Recounts Mick Jagger's Close Call With Cops in His New Memoir

    November 11, 2014 2:16 PM EST By now it was quite normal to have sessions go all night, a habit started by The Rolling Stones in 1966 while we were making Between the Buttons , with almost every session starting at 8 p.m. and going till 7:30 or 8 the following morning. On a Sunday afternoon in studio one at Olympic …

  16. 'The Voice' Recap: Playoffs Pay Off for Stripped-Down Ballads

    November 11, 2014 10:12 AM EST Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's singers took the stage for their first live, viewer-voted performances of the season. The Voice 's season-seven playoffs began on Monday, which has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach. The…

  17. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  18. ZHU Delivers Audiovisual Odyssey in North American Debut

    November 05, 2014 5:29 PM EST Faceless artist plays HARD Day of the Dead. Towering palm trees frame gray and lavender tones while purple lights dance in stuttered steps below. "This is the Nightday," says Jake Udell, ZHU 's manager. "Look at the sky." The setting couldn't have been better…

  19. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  20. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

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