1. HARD Events Announces goHARD Spring Festival Tour: Dillon Francis, A$AP Ferg, Rae Sremmurd & More

    February 26, 2015 6:14 PM EST After conquering Los Angeles and the cruise circuit, HARD is taking its show on the road. The Live Nation-owned event promoter today announced its five-date goHARD spring festival tour. Each date will offer a different lineup drawn from a diverse blend of artists, including A$AP Ferg , Big…

  2. 'American Idol' Alum Pia Toscano Goes EDM, Releases New Single via Beatport

    February 23, 2015 9:47 PM EST American Idol season 10 alum Pia Toscano has teamed up with rising EDM star Jenaux for the release of the new single "Renegades." The energetic track, released today on Beatport , will be featured on Tritonal's next compilation CD, Tritonia 002 , out March 9 on Enhanced…

  3. Ship to Ship: HARD CEO Gary Richards Talks Holy Ship's Origins and Horizons

    February 18, 2015 2:10 PM EST Captain D steers his beloved cruise party brand into a new era of expansion. When Holy Ship! sets sail this week for its second voyage of the year, it will signal a new chapter for dance music's premier cruise party brand. Growing popular demand forced HARD Events to schedule two…

  4. Calvin Harris' Underwear Photo Nets 15,000 Instagram Comments

    February 18, 2015 11:40 AM EST Harris' revealing Instagram post is his most talked-about image ever. People really like talking about Calvin Harris in his underwear. The superstar DJ/singer/producer shared images from his new Emporio Armani Underwear campaign through his Instagram account on Feb. 17, and the…

  5. Bobby Shmurda Speaks Out About His Gang-Related Charges: 'That Shit Is Bullshit'

    February 13, 2015 11:39 AM EST When Bobby Shmurda , the charismatic star of the surprise 2014 hit "Hot N---a," emerged from the back of a New York County Supreme Court room in January, the 20-year-old looked sad and serious. Shmurda sat very still at the defense table, showing none of the viral persona that…

  6. Hardwell Discusses Debut Album: 'I Didn't Jump On Any Bandwagon Deep House Trends'

    February 12, 2015 4:51 PM EST Dutch superstar opens up about the state of mainstream dance music & making 'United We Are' on his own terms. When Hardwell released his first artist album United We Are last month, expectations were understandably high. Hardwell Rocks Madison Square Garden: Exclusive Behind-the…

  7. J Balvin, Farruko, Nicky Jam and More to Speak at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    February 12, 2015 11:00 AM EST The panel represents the "New Urban Latin Movement." J Balvin , whose new single "Ay Vamos" completed 10 weeks at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs , will join Farruko , Nicky Jam , Justin Quiles and Plan B at the "New Latin Urban Movement" panel taking…

  8. Remembering Vince Pellegrino: 'A Cheerleader for Artists, Radio and the Record Industry'

    February 06, 2015 9:17 PM EST The story of Vince Pellegrino , founder and president of the Pellegrino Entertainment Group   and publisher of  S.I.N.  (Street Information Network), is one of a man who not only loved music, but clearly loved people a whole lot more, and was loved by everyone he worked with and whose lives…

  9. Avicii Manager Defends Spotify: 'Too Many People Have the Wrong Idea About What Spotify Is' (Guest Column)

    February 06, 2015 12:30 PM EST Avicii 's 2013 hit "Wake Me Up!" is the most-streamed song in Spotify history, with more than 339 million global streams to date. That success is due not only to the fact that it's a great song, but also because from the start, we saw Spotify as our music partner, not…

  10. Bonobo, Animal Collective, Polica, and Others Ride DJ Sets to 'Success'

    February 05, 2015 11:38 AM EST Who needs instruments anyway? In certain internet circles, few things elicit as much of a mixed reaction as the announcement of an artist's DJ tour. "END ALL 'DJ SETS'!!!!!!!!!!!! Who goes to these events? It's like going to see your favorite sports team, play their…

  11. Chart Highlights: New No. 1s for Maroon 5, Hozier, Beyonce, Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, the Decemberists & More

    February 02, 2015 5:20 PM EST It's a super-sized list of new toppers on Billboard charts. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs, which is based on reports submitted by a panel of DJs.) Find out…

  12. Ask Billboard: Can Kanye, Rihanna & Paul Hit No. 1 on the Hot 100?

    February 01, 2015 9:15 AM EST Will 'FourFiveSeconds' clock in atop the Hot 100? Plus, another new McCartney achievement & more everlasting, if not high-charting, hits. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  13. Producer Harmony Samuels Is Bringing Back the '90s With Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony & More

    January 29, 2015 6:30 PM EST When Ciara released "I Bet" a few weeks ago, it received a lot of attention for personal reasons: It's the first track since the singer's breakup with Future . But the song stands out aside from the biographical details; it also represents a new direction for Ciara.…

  14. Cipha Sounds & Hot 97 Parts Ways

    January 27, 2015 3:34 PM EST Cipha Sounds is "no longer with WQHT Hot 97," according to an official statement by Emmis Communications, owner of the station. "Effective immediately, Cipha Sounds is no longer with WQHT HOT 97 FM. We wish him well on his future endeavors," the statement reads. Angie…

  15. Chart Highlights: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Pop Songs, Dance/Mix Show Airplay

    January 26, 2015 5:05 PM EST Hot 100 leader 'Uptown Funk!' tops two more tallies. Plus, new No. 1s for Usher and Eric Church, and Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney debut. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio…

  16. BPM Festival Highlights: Innervisions, Cadenza Meets Planet E, Vatos Locos & More

    January 23, 2015 4:39 PM EST Since 2008, the international party crowd has congregated in Mexico's Playa del Carmen for 10 days of house and techno parties set against a beautiful paradise backdrop. Drawing more than 55,000 attendees last year (with more estimated this year), the BPM Festival's eighth…

  17. Meet Brooklyn Club Producer Brenmar, Freshly Signed to Fool's Gold and Ready for Center Stage

    January 23, 2015 4:03 PM EST The Brooklyn-by-way-of-Chicago producer -- and former chess champion -- released his new EP, 'Award,' on Fool's Gold this week. There's a lot you might not know about Brenmar , one of this year's breakout producers whose new EP, Award , is out this week on Fool'…

  18. Rico Love Talks New Video & Debut Album: 'I Believe That Black Artists Can Sell Millions'

    January 23, 2015 3:53 PM EST What do Romeo Santos ' "Odio," Nelly 's "Just a Dream," and Beyonce 's "Sweet Dreams" have in common? First, they're all hits: "Odio" went to No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs ; "Just a Dream" spent 28 weeks on the Hot 100 ,…

  19. Billboard Cover: Mark Ronson on His Surprise No. 1 Hit, Amy Winehouse and His Neurotic Ways

    January 16, 2015 10:00 AM EST Four hours from now, Mark Ronson will learn, via text, that his song "Uptown Funk" has dislodged Taylor Swift from her perch atop the U.S. singles chart, giving him his first No. 1 hit as an artist. For now, he's in his recording studio in an industrial area of North London…

  20. New Signings: AM Only Signs ILoveMakonnen, Juvenile Returns to Cash Money, WME Inks Passion Pit

    January 16, 2015 8:10 AM EST Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more. RECORD LABELS -- Sub Pop Records signs psychedelic pop artist Morgan Delt and rock band Doldrums . Delt is currently…

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