1. ACM Awards Preview: Who Will Win The Top Categories?

    April 04, 2014 3:18 PM EDT The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will take this place this Sunday night (Apr. 6) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Billboard will be there, providing coverage from the show – as well as aspects of the evening that you won't see on the CBS telecast. Blake…

  2. Kaskade Remembers Frankie Knuckles, Godfather Of House: 'He Was Flawless'

    April 04, 2014 3:00 PM EDT DJ and fellow Chicagoan Kaskade remembers the man who “built the foundation” of EDM. I discovered Frankie Knuckles at age 15 when I was living in Chicago. It was around 1984 or 1985, and house music was really cutting its teeth. I had started going to these juke bars and teen bars, one of…

  3. DJ Snake and Lil Jon Slither Up to No. 1 with 'Turn Down' on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    April 04, 2014 1:42 PM EDT DJ Snake and Lil Jon crown Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Turn Down For What" (2-1), which earns triple honors as the chart's top Airplay, Digital and Streaming Gainer. The track hits the top of Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (2-1; 96,000 downloads…

  4. Nirvana's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    April 04, 2014 11:30 AM EDT The iconic Seattle trio's top 10 Alternative Songs chart triumphs. Nirvana didn't invent alternative rock, but they were one of the bands foremost in bringing it to the masses. The Seattle trio had an unmistakeable sound - a genius blend of Kurt Cobain's raspy voice and…

  5. '78 Project,' Cash and Carter Docs on the Road to Nashville Film Festival

    April 03, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Two films that connect the roots of recorded music with contemporary performers are among the music documentaries playing the Nashville Film Festival in April. "The 78 Project Movie" and "The Winding Stream," both of which had their world premieres at SXSW and include…

  6. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  7. Brad Paisley to Debut New Single at ACM Awards

    April 02, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow are set to perform together and Brad Paisley will show off his new single at this weekend's 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Other newly announced performers include Lee Brice, Tim McGraw and Darius Rucker. More presenters for the CBS…

  8. Death of 21-Year-Old Tied to Ultra Music Festival (Report)

    April 01, 2014 4:09 PM EDT A young man has died in connection to the Ultra Music Festival in Miami over this weekend, local news outlets are reporting. The young man died late in the evening Saturday or early morning Sunday. According to NBC 6 South Florida, 21-year-old Adonis Pena Escoto was feeling ill when his…

  9. Giorgio Moroder Talks About Daft Punk's Dedication to Him: Watch

    April 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Giorgio Moroder, the godfather of disco, took a break from the Ultra Music Festival to hang with Billboard at the Red Bull Guest House to talk to Kerri Mason about last year’s collaboration with Grammy-winning disco revivalists Daft Punk. “I was absolutely thrilled and surprised,” Moroder…

  10. Frankie Knuckles: Remembering a Chicago House Icon

    April 01, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The international dance music community is mourning the loss of one of its founders and most beloved figures today. Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ Frankie Knuckles unexpectedly died last night due to complications from diabetes. Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Mourned by Dance…

  11. Swedish House Mafia to Drop 'One Last Tour' Live Album & 'Leave The World Behind' Doc on Same Day

    April 01, 2014 1:23 PM EDT Dance trio Swedish House Mafia may have wrapped their time together last year, but they still have some gifts to share, which are available to all in just over two weeks. Steve Angello and his Size Crew Talk Upcoming EP and More: Watch SHM announced today (April 1) that they’ll release “One…

  12. Blake Shelton Sets No. 1 Record, Debuts Duet With Shakira On Country Airplay Chart

    April 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Shelton scores an unprecedented 11th consecutive leader with 'Doin' What She Likes,' while his and Shakira's 'Medicine' arrives Blake Shelton rewrites the record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles in the history of the Nielsen BDS-based Billboard Country…

  13. Marvin Gaye's 30 Biggest Billboard Hits

    April 01, 2014 10:30 AM EDT years ago today (April 1) Marvin Gaye was killed, shot dead by his father Marvin Gay, Sr. in his Los Angeles home. Gaye was one of Motown’s most soulful and socially aware artists, standing tall amongst peers and label mates like Stevie Wonder by igniting spirits with politically…

  14. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  15. Ultra Music Fest 2014’s Sunday Highlights: Steve Angello Returns, Afrojack & Martin Garrix Pair

    March 31, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Saturday’s bad weather was made up for by Sunday. With picturesque breezes and sunny skies, it was the kind of day Ultra’s promoters must dream about 362 days of the year. And fans took advantage of it, arriving early and staying late. From GAIA’s hooded performance in the Mega Structure to…

  16. Sam Bailey Tops U.K. Albums Chart With Year-Best Sales

    March 31, 2014 5:32 AM EDT Sam Bailey, the U.K. winner of the 2013 season of “The X Factor,” sold close to 73,000 units last week to debut atop the British album chart yesterday (March 30) with her first set “The Power Of Love” (Syco Music/Sony). Australian teenage pop quartet 5 Seconds Of Summer went straight in at No…

  17. Steve Angello and his Size Crew Talk About Upcoming EP and More: Watch Here

    March 30, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Steve Angello and his Size artists stopped by during their Ultra trek for a brief Miami interview with Billboard’s Zel McCarthy at the Red Bull Guest House, sharing a bit of the guidance he provides to the crew. “It’s their music,” Steve says of how he doesn’t control the creative direction…

  18. Martin Garrix, Scooter Braun and Eelko van Kooten Talk 'Animals,' Tease Collabs at Ultra: Watch

    March 30, 2014 1:30 PM EDT What a difference a year makes. In 2013, young dance stud Martin Garrix was at Ultra in a totally different capacity. “I was actually in the crowd last year,” he told Billboard’s Kerri Mason during an interview at the Red Bull Guest House, just an hour removed from performing at the…

  19. Ultra Music Fest 2014's Saturday Highlights: Deadmau5’s 'Old MacDonald' 'Animals' Games, Armin van Buuren in the Rain

    March 30, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Watch clips of Deadmau5, Krewella and more perform at day two of this year's dance fest. Before most fans had even arrived at downtown Miami’s Bayside Park yesterday for the second day of Ultra Music Festival on March 29, a tragic and unnecessary injury had already occurred. The…

  20. Sam Smith Performs 'Lay Me Down' and 'Stay With Me' on 'SNL': Watch Here

    March 30, 2014 10:28 AM EDT NBC's "Saturday Night Live" provides a huge stage and opportunity for artists of usually high wattage to perform. So when the show-runners announced that relative unknown and newbie UK vocalist Sam Smith would take the stage on March 29 , many were left scratching their heads. …

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