1. Exclusive: Art Department Talk New Album, Premiere 'Cruel Intentions' ft. Seth Troxler

    October 21, 2014 7:18 PM EDT The underground Canadian duo dish on late night emails from Seth Troxler and how bands and DJs differ Since joining forces as Art Department in 2009, veteran Toronto producers and DJs Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White have emerged as a true double threat. From enthralling fans with their…

  2. Corner Office: Afo Verde, Head of Sony Latin, on Ricky Martin, His Producer Roots and Argentine Pride

    October 20, 2014 11:46 AM EDT The 50 or so ­employees at Sony Music Entertainment’s Miami headquarters are used to seeing Afo Verde walk briskly, fitting for a part-time soccer player. But today, he limps, still recovering from a 3-month-old ankle fracture sustained during his company’s weekly soccer match. “I’d love…

  3. First New Yusuf/Cat Stevens Album in Five Years Is Streaming

    October 20, 2014 8:02 AM EDT In 1977, after ten years as a recording artist, Cat Stevens converted to Islam and took the name Yusuf . Shortly after, he auctioned off all his guitars for charity and left music behind. Until Yusuf came back in 2006 with an album -- An Other Cup -- and then more one, Roadsinger , in 2009.…

  4. Exclusive: Afroman Remixes 'Because I Got High' in Support of Marijuana Legalization

    October 15, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Remember "Because I Got High," Afroman 's 2001 smash about failing to clean his room and graduate high school while managing to lose his wife and children and start sleeping on the sidewalk just because he, you know, got high? Some of you probably (cough) don't, but that…

  5. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  6. Daft Punk & Pharrell's 'Gust of Wind' Video Features Floating Dancers & Flying Robot Heads

    October 07, 2014 11:06 AM EDT Pharrell  and Daft Punk 's new "Gust of Wind" video -- helmed by Shaun of the Dead/Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World director Edgar Wright -- involves plenty of arty dancing and scenes that appear to be inspired by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  (Sadly, Pharrell is not the one…

  7. Jim Urie Announces He Is Stepping Down from Universal Music Group Distribution

    October 03, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Jim Urie , the last of the music industry distribution giants, has announced that he is retiring from Universal Music Group Distribution at the end of the year. Urie joined the company as executive vp/gm in 1998, as the No. 2 to industry legend Henry Droz , and assumed leadership of in 2000…

  8. Blondie, Pharrell Williams Honored at Sarcastic, Self-Aware Clio Awards

    October 02, 2014 11:21 PM EDT We're here to celebrate you -- you should be a little more f---ing excited!" said Whoopi Goldberg to a less-than-enthused crowd while kicking off the 55th annual Clio Awards, held at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday night.  "It's kind of like being…

  9. Code Picks of the Week: Gorgon City, Michael Calfan & More

    September 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Gorgon City ft. Katy Menditta, “Imagination” [Virgin EMI] Between its sexy bass line and chills inducing refrain, the latest cut off the UK…

  10. Yusuf/Cat Stevens Announces First New Music in 5 Years, Tour

    September 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Yusuf , the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer formerly known as Cat Stevens , will release his first music in five years and perform six shows in North America in early winter. Sony's Legacy Recordings will release "Tell ‘Em I’m Gone" on Oct. 27 as part of a deal that will see future…

  11. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  12. Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Adds T.I. to Growing Cast

    August 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Marvel's Ant-Man has announced several new castings, including rapper T.I. , Bobby Cannavale ( Boardwalk Empire ), Judy Greer ( Archer ) and John Slattery ( Mad Men ). The film, directed by Peyton Reed , began principal photography on Monday in San Francisco. It stars Paul Rudd  as its…

  13. Johnny Winter Receives Brotherly Tribute During Rock'n'Blues Fest

    August 01, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The public mourning for Johnny Winter officially began Thursday night (July 31) during the launch of this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest tour. Winter, who died on June 16 in Switzerland at the age of 70, was supposed to co-headline this year's edition of the annual package,…

  14. Nico Vega Premieres Hook-Filled New LP 'Lead to Light' (Listen)

    July 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Nico Vega's sophomore album features some of the most unstoppable pop-rock hooks heard all year and Billboard presents an exclusive early listen to "Lead to Light" in its entirety. Hailing from Los Angeles, Nico Vega are led by frontmwoman Aja Volkman, whose commanding vocals…

  15. Blues Guitar Icon Johnny Winter Dead at 70

    July 17, 2014 8:38 AM EDT Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in…

  16. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  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. Marc Anthony's Big Move: Inside His Salsa Return & Future Plans

    April 21, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Marc Anthony is backstage at the American-Airlines Arena in Miami, hopping from one foot to the other, like a boxer. His feet are clad in black patent leather shoes, and his slim frame dons a starched white shirt, black tailored pants and a fitted tuxedo jacket. He stares at the floor,…

  19. CODE Picks of the Week: Tommy Trash, Gorgon City and More

    April 11, 2014 4:36 PM EDT Chris Lake – “Helium” (Umek & Mike Vale Remix) [Ultra] Slovenian tech house teammates Umek and Mike Vale turn in a high-octane reinterpretation of Chris Lake’s crossover single, bolstering the original’s vocals with shuffling hats and an infectious groove that will feel more than welcome…

  20. Notorious B.I.G.'s 15 Biggest Billboard Hits

    March 09, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Today (March 9) marks 17-years since The Notorious B.I.G.'s untimely death, but the celebrated MC continues to live on through his music. You can hear his influence on every other rapper in the game. And Biggie not only left a mark on fans and fellow hip-hip artists, but also on the…

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