1. Jay Z's Made In America Expands to Los Angeles, Becomes Bicoastal Music Fest

    April 16, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The Budweiser-sponsored festival will take place in both L.A. and Philadelphia during Labor Day weekend The Budweiser Made In America festival is expanding to Los Angeles - and staying in its birthplace of Philadelphia, with two simultaneous two-day festivals set to take place this Labor…

  2. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  3. Usher Calls 'Voice' Music Director 'Damn Near Perfect': Watch

    April 14, 2014 1:27 PM EDT Count Usher among the "The Voice" coaches and contestants impressed with the NBC show's musical director Paul Mirkovich. "He's damn near perfect," Usher says in a behind-the scenes video that gets the band leader's take on how the coaches Blake Shelton, Adam…

  4. Coachella 2014: Rudimental Delivers And Blood Orange Smooths It Out On Day Three

    April 13, 2014 11:00 PM EDT One of the greatest things about music mega fests like Coachella is the potential for breakout moments -- that instant when a band next-levels strictly on the strength of their live show, hype-be-damned. Coachella 2014 Full Coverage Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos:…

  5. Coachella’s Promoter on Producing the Festival, a Third Weekend, Permanent Toilets

    April 11, 2014 6:52 PM EDT As organizers of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., tee up the event's 2014 run, Paul Tollett, president/CEO of producer Goldenvoice, has some hot news to reveal.   “We’ve built permanent toilets,” Tollett tells Billboard. “We built 96 of ‘em, for women, and we’re…

  6. Summer Festival Safety: The Perennial Issues & New Challenges In 2014

    April 11, 2014 12:46 PM EDT The unofficial start of the North American festivals season begins this weekend with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., amid the usual concerns about the overall safety of live music festivals. Recent events at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and SXSW in Austin…

  7. DJ Snake and Lil Jon Slither Up to No. 1 with 'Turn Down' on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    April 04, 2014 1:42 PM EDT DJ Snake and Lil Jon crown Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Turn Down For What" (2-1), which earns triple honors as the chart's top Airplay, Digital and Streaming Gainer. The track hits the top of Dance/Electronic Digital Songs (2-1; 96,000 downloads…

  8. Jennifer Lopez Bests Sean 'Puffy' Combs in Bid for Fuse TV (Sources)

    April 03, 2014 11:02 PM EDT UPDATE: SiTV Media, parent company to the NUVOtv channel, has acquired the Fuse Network, the Madison Square Garden Company announced Friday. Earlier story: Jennifer Lopez has bested her ex-boyfriend Sean “Puffy” Combs in the contest to acquire cable music channel Fuse TV, say sources…

  9. Ultra Music Festival Wraps in Miami Amid Problems (Analysis)

    March 31, 2014 1:04 PM EDT DJ illness, thunderstorms and crowd control issues dog America's most international music festival, as Miami's mayor resumes his campaign to kick the event out of his city. With another Ultra Music Festival in the books, the 2014 American EDM festival season is officially underway,…

  10. Beyonce Cries Onstage During Last Mrs. Carter Show: Video

    March 28, 2014 2:11 PM EDT "When I first started the tour, my baby was not even walking yet," she told the audience in Portugal on Thursday night. Beyonce said goodbye to her world tour on Thursday, as she broke down into tears while onstage during her last Mrs. Carter Show in Lisbon, Portugal. "This has…

  11. Eric Bellinger Signs With 300 Entertainment

    March 24, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment has signed Grammy Award-winning songwriter Eric Bellinger, Billboard has learned exclusively. Under terms of the new deal, the Warner Music Group-distributed 300 Entertainment will release, market and promote Bellinger’s debut solo album, "The Rebirth."…

  12. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Evanescence's 'Bring Me To Life' Tops Alternative Songs

    March 24, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2003, the band crowned the chart with its breakthrough smash. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, the Supremes and the all-star Voices That Care Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March…

  13. Kylie Minogue Primer: The Top 10 Past Hits You Need To Know

    March 17, 2014 4:09 PM EDT From "Loco-Motion" To "Love At First Sight," here's a re-introduction to the Australian pop star on the eve of her new album. Most North American pop fans know Kylie Minogue as a veteran artist with a few radio hits and a larger fan base overseas. And while those…

  14. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

  15. Ginuwine Reflects on 15th Anniversary of Classic Album '100% Ginuwine'

    March 14, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Everybody knows “Pony.” Ginuwine’s 1996 debut single is synonymous with sex and the timeless art of titillation, immortalized by its own video , Internet meme and the 2012 male stripper drama “Magic Mike.” But the R&B singer born Elgin Lumpkin, Timbaland’s first solo artist and…

  16. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Rick Ross to Hit BET Experience Concert Series

    March 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Jill Scott, A$AP Rocky and Rick Ross are among the first wave of Staples Center performers announced for the BET Experience at L.A. Live music festival (June 27-29). This marks the second year of the event, an alliance between BET Networks and AEG Live, the developer…

  17. SXSW: The New Rules of South By Southwest

    March 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT South by Southwest is the prime environment for a condition known as FOMO -- fear of missing out -- to spread like the incurable contagion that it is. But take it from the old school: In five years, or as many months, that secret set from the fest's rapper-du-jour on the edge of town won…

  18. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  19. Girls' Generation Explains 'Mr.Mr.' Video, Reveals 2014 Resolutions: Exclusive Video Interview

    March 07, 2014 8:30 PM EST The K-pop ninesome earned its best chart position yet on the Billboard 200 this week If exciting chart moves in both the United States and in South Korea weren't indication enough, Girls' Generation's K-pop comeback has been an internationally-recognize event. While the group&…

  20. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

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