1. Steve Aoki Spoofs 'Breaking Bad' in 'Free the Madness' Music Video (Watch)

    June 25, 2014 2:31 AM EDT If there were ever an EDM theme song for Breaking Bad, it would be "Free the Madness." The video for Steve Aoki's track with Machine Gun Kelly, off his forthcoming album Neon Future I, sees the two performers emulating the AMC show's meth-making duo, played by Bryan…

  2. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, Memphis Soul Songwriter & Guitar Great, Dead at 68

    June 24, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who played a significant role in shaping the sound of Memphis music, has died due to complications from emphysema. He was 68.  Born June 3, 1946 in Germantown, Tennessee, Hodges was always bound to find his place in a…

  3. 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…

  4. The Man Behind Jay-Z and Mariah Carey's New Beverages: Going to 'Disrupt the Consumer Package Goods Market'

    June 22, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Jay-Z and Mariah Carey-brand drinks are coming to a Walgreens and Duane Reade store near you.  Carey's "Butterfly" pink lemonade and Jay-Z's "40/40" Arnold Palmer-like drink are hoping the "disrupt the consumer package goods market" says Kevin Liles of…

  5. Firefly 2014: Foo Fighters Cover Rolling Stones, Queen, Van Halen & More During Hit-Filled Set (Review)

    June 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT At the start of the Foo Fighters headlining show on the Firefly Music Festival’s main stage, Dave Grohl promised the crowd that the band would play “until they tell us to shut the fuck up,” — and he kept his promise. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the…

  6. Mariah Carey & Courtney Love Pose for Awesome Portrait

    June 18, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Mariah Carey and Courtney Love have collaborated… on an awesome photograph together. The R&B girl and the rocker girl got together for a shot at the (deep breath) Clear Channel Media And Entertainment And MediaLink Host Dinner at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France. Love u …

  7. Fantasia Q&A: 'Still Full of Joy' Ten Years In, Talks Fifth Album & 'After Midnight'

    June 18, 2014 11:15 AM EDT It's been a busy seven months for Fantasia . The singer/songwriter began starring in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "After Midnight," which bowed last November. Then she and the cast — with Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle —  opened the Tony Awards . "I was so happy…

  8. Swizz Beatz Becomes Muse for Kehinde Wiley Portrait

    June 16, 2014 1:53 PM EDT On set with the art-obsessed hitmaker and artist, Wiley. "Eyes on the camera, lean in, look up." Artist Kehinde Wiley spits out directions so fast that it's hard for a spectator to keep up, let alone one of his models. On an ordinary day the 37-year-old's subject might be…

  9. NWA Biopic Casts Its Dr. Dre, Eazy-E (Sources)

    June 16, 2014 7:50 AM EDT After more than five years, four writers and a tough-to-please trio that holds cast and script veto power, Universal's N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is finally getting the green light. Sources say the studio has assembled its leading threesome to tackle the roles of…

  10. Bonnaroo 2014: Cage the Elephant’s Matt and Brad Shultz Talk Fest as Band on the Rise (Video)

    June 15, 2014 4:38 PM EDT It's been a big year for Cage the Elephant, the rock quintet out of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The band on the rise released its third album, "Melophobia" , late in 2013 (and hit No. 1 on both the Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs charts) and has since been touring hard, winning…

  11. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  12. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Röyksopp & Robyn, Jon Hopkins, James Murphy & More

    June 14, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Sonar’s second day on June 13 boasted a staggering array of talent at both its By Day and By Night editions, including Röyksopp & Robyn’s electro-pop tour de force, a career performance by Jon Hopkins and stellar showings from German supergroup Moderat and French artist Gesaffelstein. The…

  13. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Plastikman, Trentemøller & More

    June 13, 2014 1:07 PM EDT On Thursday (June 12), Sonar kicked off the first of its three full days of special artist showcases and cutting edge music technology events with a nuanced show by German pianist Nils Frahm, Machinedrum’s new high-octane live set, Trentemøller’s hybrid band brilliance, and a spellbinding…

  14. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 1: Pusha T Reigns, Banks Beams & Rob Ford's Head Floats

    June 13, 2014 4:22 AM EDT Bonnaroo 2014 kicked off in Manchester, Tenn. on Thursday afternoon (June 12) with a half-day's worth of music and general madness. As campers settled in, rising artists like Banks, Real Estate and MS MR welcomed the crowds to the fest with strong performances, and as always, lots of…

  15. Justin Bieber’s Australia Tour Assistant Busted with Pot, Handed Good Behavior Bond

    June 13, 2014 3:55 AM EDT Justin Bieber's executive assistant on the pop star's most recent tour of Australia has been handed a 12-month good behavior bond after he was busted with pot at an airport. Terrence Reche Smalls, who no longer works for the Canadian singer, pleaded guilty via phone on Friday to two…

  16. Sam Smith's Google+ Hangout With Billboard

    June 11, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Watch again! Sublime British vocalist Sam Smith chatted live with Billboard and guests June 18 at 7pm ET. The day after Sam Smith both drops his highly anticipated debut album "In the Lonely Hour" and makes his Apollo Theater debut, the suave Brit singer-songwriter will join…

  17. Alt-J Announces New Album, International Tour Dates

    June 09, 2014 11:27 PM EDT Alt-J, one of the most promising rock bands on the planet, are set to release their eagerly awaited sophomore album. "This Is All Yours," the follow-up to the British now-trio’s million-selling "An Awesome Wave," is available to pre-order now, and will be released Sept.…

  18. '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…

  19. Adam Levine's Label To Release Soundtrack To His Film Debut ‘Begin Again’

    June 09, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Adam Levine’s 222 Records has formed a distribution partnership with Interscope Records that kicks in with the release of the soundtrack to Levine's first film, "Begin Again." "Begin Again," which features songs co-written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Glen…

  20. Governors Ball 2014: Sleigh Bells Rules Sunset With Relentless Set

    June 09, 2014 4:05 AM EDT As helicopters circled above the green at Governors Ball on Saturday (June 7), a flock of fans migrated from the Strokes on the main stage to the small Gotham stage ready in dark blues. As many walked through to catch Spoon on the Honda stage, those that stayed were rewarded with an ominous…

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