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. 615 Spotlight: Jill & Julia Talk 'Wildfire' Single, Vegas Life

    May 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT No pun intended, but the Nevada-based sister duo known as Jill and Julia have caused a "Wildfire" with their latest single. OK, that just happens to be the title of their brand new single release. The duo's Jill told The 615 that they are happy with the attention the song has…

  3. 615 Spotlight: Kelsey Waldon Hits 'The Goldmine'

    May 21, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Kelsey Waldon says that while her style of country offers a more traditional slant, she can certainly identify with many of the lyrics on the radio these days. She just chooses to go a different route.  "I definitely know about those things," she admits. "I grew up on a dirt…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Scott Coner Enlists Tanya Tucker, T. Graham Brown on New EP

    May 14, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Music has always been very important to Indiana native Scott Coner. The singer grew up in John Mellencamp country – near Seymour, which is also down the road from a very popular country music showplace. "I lived close to a place called the Little Nashville Opry in Brown County, Indiana.…

  5. La Roux Teases New Music On Instagram: Listen

    May 09, 2014 10:39 AM EDT "And so we begin..." the London duo captions a post with a snippet of a new song. One month after La Roux announced a North American live return , the synth-pop group has hinted that there might be some new music to support on the tour dates. The "Bulletproof" duo has…

  6. Rich Homie Quan Denies He Had Seizures: 'I Fainted and Hit My Head'

    May 08, 2014 12:35 PM EDT In a statement, the rapper cites exhaustion and the Atlanta humidity -- and not drugs -- for his recent collapse in Atlanta On Tuesday afternoon, a day after his presence on XXL's Freshman Class cover was revealed, Rich Homie Quan came home to Atlanta to shoot the video for his single …

  7. Future Islands, Pusha T Added to Toronto's NXNE Lineup

    April 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Future Islands, Pusha T and AraabMUZIK top the bill for Toronto’s North By Northeast (NXNE), the fully-integrated music, film and interactive conference that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Related Articles NXNE's Michael Hollett on Fest's Expansion, SXSW's…

  8. 'The Voice' Recap: New Coaches In, Nervous Singers Out

    April 30, 2014 5:55 AM EDT   As "The Voice" continues to add coaches and mentors -- this week featured the industry mentorship of Crosby, Stills and Nash's Graham Nash and producers Busbee, Scott Hendricks and Natural, and the official announcement that both Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani will take a…

  9. It's Official: Gwen Stefani Joins 'The Voice'

    April 29, 2014 9:21 PM EDT The No Doubt singer will join the seventh season of NBC's popular singing competition series in the fall, alongside new coach Pharrell Williams and Voice veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. NBC's official Stefani announcement comes more than a week after news leaked that the…

  10. 'The Voice' Recap: Music Biz Mentors Challenge Top 10

    April 29, 2014 1:23 PM EDT The Instant Save may be annoying to half of the country, and the weekly double eliminations might be occasionally harsh, but the best thing about "The Voice" is that it's a show that constantly changes. So far, season six has knocked out an entire round and replaced it with…

  11. From Blur to 'Bots: Damon Albarn's 15 Defining Music Moments

    April 25, 2014 5:54 PM EDT As Damon Albarn gets set to release his first proper solo album, "Everyday Robots," it's easy to forget how versatile and eclectic he's been over the course of his career. Sure he's been at the forefront of Britpop and found crossover success in the U.S. with Blur,…

  12. The Best & Worst Dressed Artist of The Week: Kat Graham and Zendaya Coleman

    April 25, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Kat Graham Kat Graham, you do flirty spring style so well.  Rocking a colorful number, Kat snatched our attention at ELLE’s 5th annual Women In Music concert celebration on…

  13. First 'Jersey Boys' Movie Trailer Debuts

    April 18, 2014 12:57 PM EDT The first trailer for Clint Eastwood's highly anticipated film version of the hit Broadway musicalJersey Boys has debuted online. The clip begins with The Four Seasons singing under a street lamp and follows their rise to performing for cheering crowds. The trailer shows Bob Gaudio …

  14. Wale, Raekwon Heap Praise on Nas at 'Illmatic' Tribeca Premiere: 'My Hat Tips Off to Him'

    April 17, 2014 7:43 PM EDT "Time Is Illmatic" opened the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night, just days before the twentieth anniversary of Nas' breakthrough album, Illmatic. While the ten-track 1994 release has been lauded as one of the most influential and important albums of hip hop -…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Why Wu-Tang's Stunt Could Actually Work

    April 08, 2014 2:58 PM EDT The rap legends claim to have a $5 million bid already on the one and only copy of their next album as its heads to auction. Fans have been waiting for a Wu-Tang Clan reunion record since 2007 — but would one pay millions to hear it? That's what the rap group is counting on by…

  18. Robyn Announces Summer Tour Dates with Röyksopp

    April 07, 2014 12:24 PM EDT "I'm working on a lot of music at the moment," the Swedish pop star says in the tour announcement. Robyn will return to U.S. shores this summer with a string of live shows alongside Norwegian production pair Röyksopp. Watch the official trailer for the tour below: The co…

  19. La Roux Returns With North American Tour

    April 04, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Five years after the release of La Roux's self-titled debut album, a comeback seems to be in the offing: the synth-pop duo will embark on a headlining tour this summer, playing a handful of shows before serving as support for New Order.   The "Bulletproof" group will kick off…

  20. April Fools: The 10 Greatest Music Pranks Ever

    April 01, 2014 9:10 AM EDT As you watch your own back this April Fools' Day, have a look at the 10 greatest pranks ever pulled by musicians -- from Coldplay's smelliness to Nicki Minaj's "nuptials" to John Mayer's bear ego. Justin Bieber: Punking TMZ and #BaldForBieber In last year's…

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