1. Shawn Mendes, Vine Superstar, Signs with Island Records: Exclusive

    June 04, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Last August, Shawn Mendes noticed that of all the six-second videos uploaded to the sharing service Vine -- from a tutorial on making steak tartare  to RiFF RaFF's ode to his shampoo bottle -- no one had uploaded a clip of a simple song. Sensing an opportunity, the Toronto 15-year-old,…

  2. Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at 30: Classic Track-By-Track Album Review

    June 04, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen released the record that would become his biggest-selling album of all time thirty years ago on June 4, 1984. "Born In The U.S.A." would skyrocket Springsteen to global success, get misappropriated by a President, and turn his ass into an international icon…

  3. Doc Neeson, Frontman with Australia’s The Angels, Dies At 67

    June 04, 2014 2:41 AM EDT Bernard "Doc" Neeson, the frontman of hitmaking Australian rock group the Angels (also known as Angel City and The Angels from Angel City), has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 67. At its peak, the Angels was the quintessential Aussie pub-rock band; a group blessed with…

  4. The Never Ending Song Premiere: Hear 'Mulholland Drive' From Debby Ryan's Band

    June 03, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Listen to the preview of the group's upcoming "One" EP, launching at Billboard.com. Debby Ryan, the star of Disney Channel's "Jessie" and formerly of "The Suite Life on Deck," also has grand musical ambitions as the leader of the band the Never…

  5. G-Unit Reunite on 'Nah I’m Talking Bout': Listen

    June 02, 2014 9:39 PM EDT The day after Sunday’s G-Unit reunion at Hot 97′s Summer Jam , the 50 Cent-fronted rap crew has released its first song in six years with the new track “Nah I’m Talking Bout”.   The song's not entirely original. It’s a remix of Hit Boy and his HS87 crew’s “Grindin My Whole Life” with 50…

  6. Aaron Lewis Scolds Grabby Audience in Onstage Rant: 'Your Mothers Should Be Ashamed' (Video)

    June 02, 2014 5:37 PM EDT In defending a crowd-surfing teen, the Staind frontman admonished the audience at a concert for Kansas City radio station 98.9 The Rock: "That f---ing girl is, like, 15 ... and you f---ing pieces of shit are molesting her!" Word to the wise: respect women at Staind shows or face…

  7. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

  8. Justin Bieber's Racist Joke: Understandable or Unforgivable? (Poll)

    June 02, 2014 2:55 PM EDT Vote now to express your reaction to the Biebs' latest controversy. Over the weekend, a video surfaced that found pop superstar Justin Bieber telling a racist joke where the punchline included the N-word. The video in question was a few years old, and Bieber quickly issued an apology…

  9. Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige Team Up For New Version of 'Stay With Me': Listen

    June 02, 2014 11:53 AM EDT After Mary J. Blige gave Disclosure's "F For You" a makeover earlier this year, the R&B queen has stopped by Sam Smith's latest single, "Stay With Me," and contributed vocals to the gospel-tinged track. Listen to the new version, which premiered Monday…

  10. Sam Smith, SecondCity Top U.K. Charts

    June 02, 2014 5:04 AM EDT Twenty-two-year-old rising British star Sam Smith followed the No. 1 U.K. singles chart debut of “Stay With Me” last week with a chart-topping start for the Capitol/Universal album “In The Lonely Hour.” Techno/house producer SecondCity scored an instant No. 1 single with “I Wanna Feel” …

  11. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More at Summer Jam 2014: Live Blog

    June 01, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Summer Jam – New York radio station Hot 97's annual celebration of hip-hop and R&B – is just getting under way at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The concert series, historically never short on big surprises, will be live-blogged here, so keep checking back for…

  12. Justin Bieber's Apology for Racist Joke in Video: 'I Made a Reckless and Immature Mistake'

    June 01, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Justin Bieber has apologized for a racist joke heard during a years-old video clip of the singer that was widely circulated online. In the clip, which was originally recorded five years but was newly surfaced by a British tabloid newspaper on Sunday, the pop star is heard telling a joke…

  13. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  14. KROQ Weenie Roast 2014: Avicii, Capital Cities Infuse Dance Music Into Annual Alternative Fest

    June 01, 2014 3:07 PM EDT Avicii, Capital Cities, Fitz and the Tantrums, Beck and more show the new blend of dance and alternative at Weenie Roast Given Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s lofty status in the broadcasting pantheon, its annual summertime kick-off show, the Weenie Roast, is usually a pretty strong…

  15. One Direction's Liam Payne Apologizes to Fans for Pot-Smoking Video

    May 31, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Following the leak of a video in which members of One Direction, on tour in Peru, can be seen smoking and talking about lighting joints, member Liam Payne has taken to Twitter, speaking out about the video's contents for the first time since the UK's Daily Mail posted the video on…

  16. Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Releases New Songs Ahead of Opening: Listen

    May 31, 2014 2:47 PM EDT "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur, is only days away from beginning previews at New York’s Palace Theatre on June 2. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical To help stir up buzz, three tracks from the Broadway show have been…

  17. Pioneering Radio DJ Dave Herman Dies While in Federal Custody for Sex Charge

    May 29, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Dave Herman, a pioneering New York City radio personality who was in a New Jersey jail awaiting trial on charges in a child sex sting, died Thursday. He was 78. Herman died at University Hospital in Newark, attorney Marc Agnifilo said. Herman was rushed to the hospital late Wednesday from…

  18. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Takeover: 10 Key Ingredients To a Summer Smash

    May 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT From her social media presence to her "Clueless" tribute, check out the 10 biggest reasons why Iggy Azalea is now ruling the Hot 100. It will be months before Billboard officially names the 2014 Song of the Summer , but if one song has a better shot than any other at following Robin…

  19. Foxes' Louisa Rose Allen Tapped for Appearance on BBC's 'Doctor Who'

    May 29, 2014 9:42 AM EDT The young songwriter, who won a Grammy this year and will support Pharrell Williams on his U.K. tour later this year, will perform a track and appear on an episode of the new season of the sci-fi hit. Young British singer-songwriter Foxes will perform a song and guest star in an episode of…

  20. Vance Joy, Birds of Tokyo Top APRA Awards Nominations

    May 29, 2014 7:06 AM EDT With four nods each, Vance Joy and Birds of Tokyo lead the nominations for this year’s APRA Music Awards. Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) is up for breakthrough songwriter of the year, and his international hit “Riptide” is in the hunt for most played Australian work, pop work of the year,…

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