1. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  2. Jane Lynch Talks ‘Glee,’ New Cabaret Act

    June 19, 2014 12:19 AM EDT Jane Lynch has zipped off the tracksuit and left the Cheerios behind. The "Glee" star is going cabaret. The Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winner makes her nightclub debut this week with a four-night stand in front of a three-piece band at 54 Below, a club in the cellar of what was a…

  3. Wade Hayes Shares Good News on Cancer Fight, Begins Work on New Album

    June 13, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Wade Hayes was still barely a newcomer on the charts when he filmed the video for his third single, "Don't Stop," back in the spring of 1995. Though he had made videos for his prior two singles – this one was a little different. The clip required some flirtatious scenes with an…

  4. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers" producer Buddy Cannon to get him…

  5. Plácido Domingo to Sing Before World Cup Final

    June 11, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Placido Domingo will sing before a World Cup final for the sixth time, announcing Wednesday he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11. The concert featuring the 73-year-old classic musical star will take place two days before the final at Maracana Stadium. The show also…

  6. Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles Perform on ‘PFC3: Songs Around the World’: Album Premiere (Exclusive)

    June 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and songstress Sara Bareilles are among the musicians throwing their considerable skills behind “PFC3: Songs Around the World,” the third instalment of the Playing for Change project. Billboard has an exclusive stream of the new album below. Pre-Order…

  7. Spoon Signs to Loma Vista; Album Expected Soon

    May 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Austin-based indie rock band Spoon has signed to Loma Vista, the label started by former Warner Bros. Records' chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Loma Vista declined to comment on the signing but two sources verified the deal though exact terms were not disclosed. Since 2000 the band has been…

  8. Mysteryland USA: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Acres of Music Rule EDM Fest on Woodstock's Grounds

    May 26, 2014 9:46 AM EDT Tens of thousands of attendees descended upon the original Woodstock grounds May 23-25 for the Mysteryland electronic music festival featuring Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Moby, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis and many more. The Bethel Woods, New York event, produced by the Dutch company ID&T …

  9. Summer Music Album Preview 2014: 30 Must-Hear LPs

    May 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT As hot as the season, these are the albums set to scorch this summer. As the weather warms and the debate over the "song of the summer" starts to rage, the new season is already jam-packed with great albums on the horizon. There are the returns of J. Lo and Mariah, highly…

  10. Pharrell Williams Plots Fall European Tour

    May 20, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Pharrell Williams' second studio album, "G I R L," is getting a proper solo tour -- in Europe, for now, at least. The "Happy" star has announced an overseas trek that kicks off on Sept. 9 in Manchester, per Capital FM . The Europe dates mark the first extended run for…

  11. Rihanna Insults Teenage Fan For Wearing Similar Outfit

    May 16, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Sure, Rihanna may be getting honored with a CFDA Fashion Icon award in June and has been named an icon at the American Music Awards, but that doesn't mean she's exactly the friendliest role model around. At least, not after she cyberbullied a fan for wearing a prom ensemble modeled…

  12. Afrojack Says 'I'm Not EDM' As He Crosses Over Into Pop: Video Q&A

    May 14, 2014 8:12 PM EDT "99 percent of New York has no clue who the f--- I am!" At 6 foot 9, Nick van de Wall, the DJ-producer known as Afrojack, is the easiest person to see exiting Soho House in New York's Meatpacking District. But that doesn't mean he's the easiest to identify. Passers-by…

  13. The Julie Ruin Cancels Tour Dates Over Kathleen Hanna's Lyme Disease

    May 13, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna is doing her best to recover from a nasty bout with Lyme Disease. But getting better means canceling a slew of North American and European tour dates this summer. Today, the Julie Ruin announced the cancellation of 27 tour dates so their singer can focus on…

  14. CODE Guest Playlist: Galantis

    May 09, 2014 10:57 AM EDT CODE caught up with Galantis this week to discuss the duo’s creative process and Coachella debut, as well as provide a glimpse into the music they’re currently listening to. Here’s the diverse playlist that the seafoxes assembled. RY X, " Berlin" Australian signer/songwriter Ry…

  15. Electric Zoo First Phase Lineup Announced: David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Kaskade Headlining

    May 07, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Made Event’s Electric Zoo festival today announced the first round of artists for its sixth edition this fall. Electric Zoo 2014's Friday Lineup David Guetta, Dada Life, Nicky Romero, and Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike will headline on Friday August 29; Armin van Buuren, Zedd, Knife…

  16. DJ Rashad's First-Ever Germany Show Released By Leisure System

    May 07, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Berlin dance label Leisure System has added to the late DJ Rashad's catalog, recently releasing a recording of his first-ever performance in Germany. We are happy to now share a recording of DJ Rashad's first-ever performance in Germany...thanks for the memories: https://t.co…

  17. CODE First Play: Claude VonStroke, 'Urban Animal' Remixes

    April 30, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Claude VonStroke always has an ear to the ground for forward-thinking sounds, and the forthcoming remix package for his third album “Urban Animal” reflects it. The Dirtybird boss tapped Berlin-based Detroit product Jimmy Edgar to rework “Lay it Down Re-Smoked,” the bumping track by DJ Nehpets…

  18. Cherub, 'Freaky Me, Freaky You': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 29, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Nashville’s fertile music scene has a lot more going for it than just country. Ask Cherub. The duo, comprising Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, combine a solid live show with a knack for dancefloor-friendly pop tunes. They've got the attention of big-league festival bookers, and they'…

  19. OutKast Headlines Australia's Splendour in the Grass Fest

    April 22, 2014 11:56 PM EDT OutKast’s comeback trail will extend as far as Australia. The Atlanta hip hop duo were today confirmed to the bill for this July’s Splendour in the Grass festival, where they’ll deliver their only performance on Aussie turf this season. OutKast leads a line-up that includes Two Door Cinema…

  20. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

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