1. Taeyang Gives Track-By-Track Review of Record-Breaking 'Rise' Album (Exclusive Video)

    July 09, 2014 8:45 PM EDT In Billboard's first-ever track-by-track review for a K-pop album, the singer/rapper gets deep and reflects on his new tracks While fans around the world knew and loved Taeyang through his group BIGBANG, it wasn't until the release of his second solo album, "Rise," that…

  2. Jerrod Niemann Talks Pitbull Collaboration & New Single 'Buzz Back Girl'

    July 08, 2014 5:25 PM EDT There was definitely something familiar to Jerrod Niemann about the demo of what has become his latest single, “Buzz Back Girl,” as he tells The 615. “Lee Brice was one of the writers on it, and it was pretty funny. I saw the title, heard the intro, and thought it was cool. Then, on the first…

  3. Jeff Koons' Controversial Michael Jackson Sculpture: The Story Behind It

    July 08, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As a major retrospective of the artist's work rolls into New York, the artist talks about the making of one of his most iconic pieces: a larger-than-life rendering of the King of Pop and his beloved pet chimpanzee. Weeks after Michael Jackson's virtual performance at the Billboard…

  4. The Monstercat Label Model: From YouTube Channel to One Million Record Sales

    July 08, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Monstercat CEO and founder Mike Darlington never intended to make a record label. “People don’t need record labels anymore,” he says. “Artists can do everything on their own. So we either had to do it for them better or provide a platform and marketing tool they can’t find on their own.…

  5. Lewis Watson Album Premiere: Stream 'The Morning' In Full

    July 01, 2014 10:53 AM EDT The British artist discusses his first full-length and raising his profile in America. Lewis Watson says that having a full album ready to come out is "quite a weird feeling, to be honest." The British pop singer drops "The Morning" on July 8 after five previous EPs…

  6. Thursday & Lostprophets Ex-Members Form No Devotion, Premiere Debut Single 'Stay'

    July 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Frontman Geoff Rickly will release the new band's material through his Collect Records label When Lostprophets dissolved last year after their lead singer was convicted of sex crimes , the band's other five members found their careers in limbo. Enter Geoff Rickly -- the former…

  7. Mayer Hawthorne: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Take a closer look at Mayer Hawthorne, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it was only natural that Mayer Hawthorne would fall in love with both soul and hip-hop.…

  8. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

  9. Bobby Womack Dead: CeeLo Green, Flea, Big Boi, Q-Tip Pay Tribute to Soul Legend

    June 27, 2014 10:20 PM EDT As news broke of legendary soul singer Bobby Womack's death Friday at the age of 70, the music world paid tribute via social media.  Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70 The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — who was signed to SAR Records by Sam Cooke at an early age and went on…

  10. 'Smooth' at 15: Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas Reflect on Their Billboard Hot 100 Smash

    June 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Back in 1971, guitarist Carlos Santana hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Black Magic Woman.” It would take him nearly three decades to make the top 10 again, but what a comeback it was. “Smooth,” featuring Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on vocals, topped the chart for a stunning…

  11. Imagine Dragons Discuss 'Battle Cry,' Breaking Records & Making New Music (Q&A)

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT “I remember two years ago we played this same festival and we were thrilled to get a 12:30pm slot,” says Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon, reminiscing about the band’s 2012 appearance at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival . “When we play tonight, we’re going on before Outkast.…

  12. Josh Groban Working on Two Albums During 'Rising Star' (Exclusive)

    June 25, 2014 2:04 PM EDT Josh Groban will be working on two albums simultaneously while hosting “Rising Star” on ABC this summer. One will be a standard Groban album, a collection of originals and covers; the other will explore the music of film and the stage. "Rising Star": Josh Groban Photos “Since I…

  13. Bad Suns Talk Fast Rise of 'Cardiac Arrest,' Silencing the Doubters

    June 25, 2014 10:58 AM EDT There's more to a buzz band than meets the eye. Bad Suns are a Californian quartet whose slick neo-new wave hooks earned them a deal with Vagrant Records, an opening slot for the 1975 and -- if you'll forgive the plug -- an appearance in Billboard's ever-prestigious charts…

  14. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  15. Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban Confirmed To Join Harry Connick Jr., Ryan Seacrest in 'American Idol' Return

    June 24, 2014 2:28 AM EDT American Idol has locked down talent for its upcoming 14th season. The long-running singing competition series is bringing back its trio of judges, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban, along with host Ryan Seacrest. The news follows the April announcement that Fox’s reality…

  16. 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…

  17. Bon Jovi Premieres 'Growin' Up the Hard Way' Demo from 'New Jersey' Deluxe Reissue: Listen

    June 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Bon Jovi is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and the band is opening up the vaults to mark the occasion. On July 1, Jon Bon Jovi and company will re-release the landmark 1988 album "New Jersey," which spent four consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and spawned five…

  18. Firefly 2014: Organizers Promise 'Bigger & Better' Festival

    June 19, 2014 1:30 PM EDT There’s a new theme to the upcoming third annual Firefly Music Festival in the lush Woodlands behind the Dover International Speedway in Delaware: “Bigger and better,” says festival director Greg Bostrom. He’s not kidding. In addition to adding a fourth day in 2014, which subsequently means…

  19. Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party': Track-by-Track Review

    June 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies,…

  20. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

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