1. Firefly 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys and Weezer all brought their A-games. But who ranks no. 1? Third time was indeed the charm for Delaware's Firefly Music festival. The 2014 edition of First State’s now-massive 4-day event was a weekend punctuated by stellar performances spread…

  2. Insane Clown Posse Can't Sue Feds, Justice Dept. Says

    June 23, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The U.S. Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, which objects to a report that describes its fans as a dangerous gang. The government says the rap-metal duo from the Detroit area and its fans have no standing to sue. It also says it's not liable…

  3. Firefly 2014 Sunday Highlights: Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, World Cup Fever & More

    June 23, 2014 7:51 AM EDT After four days of nearly non-stop tunes and entertainment, the third annual Firefly Music Festival was finally extinguished on Sunday evening (June 22). But before the lights went out, event organizers Red Frog made sure that the 80,000 folks in attendance made a few more memories in the…

  4. Nico & Vinz Goes Top 10: Norwegian Duo On The Making of 'Am I Wrong'

    June 17, 2014 2:44 PM EDT "We always knews it was possible to reach outside of Norway with our music," says Nico Sereba. Nico & Vinz's pop smash is called "Am I Wrong," but so far the song can only do right. The Norwegian duo's debut chart entry leapfrogged into the top 10 of the…

  5. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 16, 2014 2:25 PM EDT After the critical drubbing she withstood from late 2011 through early 2012, Lana Del Rey would have been well justified in packing up her party dresses and heart-shaped sunglasses and secluding herself in some Hollywood mansion, "Sunset Boulevard"-style. Branded an…

  6. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  7. The Neighbourhood Q&A: 'Rock 'n' Roll Is Completely Dead'

    June 04, 2014 5:10 PM EDT Jesse Rutherford talks about the state of rock, his band's mixtape model, and working on a new full-length album "I just think that bands right now have no fucking idea what's going on," the Neighbourhood 's Jesse Rutherford tells Billboard bluntly on the state of…

  8. Beastie Boys v. Monster: Ad-Rock Takes Stand, IDs Mike D In a Sailor Suit

    May 27, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The Beastie Boys' lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp. went to trial today in Manhattan's Financial District. Seated in a large, ornate courtroom in the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse -- which Federal Judge Paul A. Engelmayer described as "ancient... like a haunted house"…

  9. Pharrell Williams to Perform AmEx 'Unstaged' Concert June 3 at NYC's Apollo

    May 27, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has been tapped to kick off the latest installment of “American Express Unstaged” live-streaming concert series, a partnership with Vevo and YouTube. Williams will play a special show at New York’s Apollo Theater on June 3 that will stream live at amexunstaged.com at 9:00 p…

  10. Future Talks Tour, Pharrell's Reluctance to Doing 'Move That Dope'

    May 22, 2014 3:29 PM EDT Future will be doing plenty of rapping during his 45-date tour promoting his sophomore album, "Honest." But he plans to spend some time talking to fans, too. "I want it to be more of an intimate setting," the Atlanta MC, who hits the road on Friday in Milwaukee, tells…

  11. Kanye West's 2014 Album: Everything We Know So Far

    May 22, 2014 2:13 PM EDT "Yeezy season approaching/ Fuck whatever y'all been hearing." Last year, Kanye West dropped his left-field, sixth studio album, "Yeezus" with little notice and minimal marketing. Since November, when West first shared his plans to release his seventh studio album…

  12. CODE Guest Playlist: Yogi

    May 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT CODE caught up with Yogi last week to discuss the outfit’s new production deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, as well as provide a glimpse into the music they’re currently listening to. Here’s the hybrid hip-hop-dance playlist they delivered. Hit Boy ft. Nipsey Hussie, "Alert…

  13. Happy 5th Anniversary, 2NE1! Top 5 Must-See Music Videos From the K-Pop Phenoms

    May 16, 2014 7:20 PM EDT In May 2009, Psy's record label YG Entertainment debuted a four-member girl group 2NE1 . Consisting of CL, Bom, Dara and Minzy, 2NE1 instantly made waves for easily pulling off unconventional tracks. The quartet mixed hip-hop and dance, blended diva belts with quick-spit rapping, each…

  14. Jay Z & Solange's Elevator Fight: Twitter Reacts With Hashtags & Punchlines

    May 12, 2014 3:02 PM EDT On Monday, TMZ released some post-Met Gala footage featuring what appears to be Beyonce's younger sister, Solange, wailing on Jay Z in a hotel elevator . Then the Internet EXPLODED, with hashtag # WhatJayZSaidToSolange trending on Twitter. So while this story develops, we went ahead…

  15. Happy Mother’s Day: Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West Shout-Out Moms on Twitter

    May 11, 2014 3:28 PM EDT In honor of Mother’s Day, musical artists from across all genres are coming out of the woodwork to pay tribute to their moms on this special day. Mother's Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom In addition to Billboard’s Mother’s playlist - which includes everything from from 2Pac…

  16. Courtney Love on Kurt Cobain 'Doping' Note: 'Obviously I Wrote It'

    May 08, 2014 6:43 PM EDT The sarcastic note refers to Love as 'a bitch with zits' Last month the Seattle Police Department  released a note  thought to be written by Kurt Cobain, mocking his wedding vows to Courtney Love. In an interview with The Guardian , Love confirmed what experts had believed -- that…

  17. Note From Kurt Cobain's Wallet Scorning Courtney Love Released by Seattle Police

    April 29, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Twenty years after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was discovered dead in his Seattle home, police have released a note found in his wallet that was kept private until now.  The note, which was obtained by CBS , mocks the rock idol’s vows with his then-wife Courtney Love, adding further…

  18. 'Regulate' At 20: Warren G & Michael McDonald Discuss the G-Funk Jam

    April 28, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Warren G is interested in recruiting Macklemore for a 20-year anniversary version of 'Regulate.' Michael McDonald had just hit the Lower East Side of the N-Y-C, and while he wasn't on a mission trying to find Mr. Warren G, fate was about to intervene. This was 1996 or '…

  19. CODE Guest Playlist: Mr. Scruff’s Digging Floating Points, Max Graef, and More

    April 28, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Billboard CODE spoke with veteran DJ Mr. Scruff to chat about his new album, as well as give a glimpse into the unfathomably deep and diverse music library. Here are his playlist picks, as well as commentary in his own words. Mr. Scruff Talks New 'Friendly Bacteria' Album and…

  20. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

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