1. ACM Awards: 15 Things You Didn't See On TV

    April 07, 2014 10:19 AM EDT The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are now in the history books, but the old saying "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" isn't entirely true. You saw the performances and heard the speeches, but there were a lot of interesting comments from the press room and…

  2. Death of 21-Year-Old Tied to Ultra Music Festival (Report)

    April 01, 2014 4:09 PM EDT A young man has died in connection to the Ultra Music Festival in Miami over this weekend, local news outlets are reporting. The young man died late in the evening Saturday or early morning Sunday. According to NBC 6 South Florida, 21-year-old Adonis Pena Escoto was feeling ill when his…

  3. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  4. Paco De Lucia Receives Heartfelt Funeral in Spain

    March 01, 2014 8:36 PM EST Hundreds of people gathered in the rain to mourn the death of virtuoso guitarist Paco de Lucia before a funeral Saturday in his hometown of Algeciras at the heart of flamenco music country in Spain's deep south. As De Lucia's body arrived at the town hall from Madrid early in the…

  5. Amid Violence, La Vida Boheme Frontman Turns to Twitter Activism as His Songs Become Protest Anthems

    February 21, 2014 9:14 PM EST Henry D’Arthenay, the leader of Venezuelan rock group La Vida Boheme, has spent most of the past week inside his home in Caracas, communicating with bandmates who live on neighboring streets via Skype and tweeting videos of street violence, blockade alerts and lists of names of student…

  6. GRAMMY Awards: Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk Earn Wins At Pop's Outer Edges

    January 27, 2014 2:15 AM EST The three artists that earned the four biggest wins of the 56th GRAMMY Awards -- Daft Punk, Lorde and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- are not, first and foremost, "pop" artists. Daft Punk, which won album of the year for "Random Access Memories" and record of the year…

  7. GRAMMYs Predictions: Who Will & Should Win the 2014 Awards

    January 22, 2014 4:00 PM EST The GRAMMY Awards are just a few days away -- taking place this Sunday night (Jan. 26) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles -- which means it's time to at long last finalize our predictions for the top prizes. At Billboard.com, we obsess over guessing which artists will win the…

  8. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:25 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned album of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. These five artistic statements are in the running for the album of the year honor at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). Jump To: Song of the Year |…

  9. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Record of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:20 PM EST A closer look at the songs that earned record of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards. These songs are all vying for record of the year at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014). Jump To: Song of the Year | Album of the Year BILLBOARD GRAMMY® BEST NEW ARTIST NOMINEE…

  10. Top 20 Music Moments of 2013

    December 26, 2013 12:30 PM EST It was a year of blockbuster comebacks, surprise albums, game-changing moves in hip-hop, twerking teddy bears and tearful goodbyes of all kinds. For sure, 2013 kept us busy. These are the 20 biggest music moments in a 12 month span that was crammed with milestones. BEST OF 2013: Year-End…

  11. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  12. 15 Best Albums of 2013: Critics' Picks

    December 19, 2013 1:41 PM EST From ultra-ambitious musical comebacks to hype-surviving debuts to a certain unexpected album released right before the end-of-year buzzer sounded, 2013 contained a beautifully diverse array of full-length statements. After many, many repeated listens, the Billboard staff voted…

  13. Hot Tours: Iron Maiden No. 1, Wraps Maiden England Tour

    October 17, 2013 7:38 PM EDT Veteran English metal band Iron Maiden has ended its Maiden England world tour that began in June 2012 and played in the Americas and Europe during the past two summers. Leading this week’s Hot Tours tally with $15.2 million in ticket sales, the band scores the top ranking with revenue…

  14. Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella on Drugs, Festival Safety, and More

    September 20, 2013 1:30 PM EDT The Insomniac honcho extols his company’s safety systems while decrying the media attention around drugs at dance events. At the tail end of the festival season comes Insomniac Events’ annual Nocturnal Wonderland festival (Sept 21). Featuring Martin Solveig, Porter Robinson and Bingo…

  15. Rock The Bells 2013: Eazy-E's Hologram Takes Over Day 1

    September 08, 2013 10:58 AM EDT Hip-hop newcomers, veterans, and even the deceased, aligned for this year's Rock the Bells festival returning back to the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA Saturday (Sept. 7). With more than two dozen acts on the bill, day one was all about shuffling between three stages…

  16. J. Cole Announces What Dreams May Come Tour

    July 29, 2013 6:52 PM EDT Wale will be joining. J. Cole is embarking on a North American tour titled, What Dreams May Come. The tour, which features Wale, will kick off on Sept. in Miami, Fl. and close on Oct. 30 in Seattle, WA. "It's going to be a wild ride," J. Cole says of the trek. Chart Juice: J.…

  17. Daft Punk Play On As Miniature Action Figures

    July 09, 2013 2:41 AM EDT Daft Punk’s marketing machine has been in hyperdrive this year. There was the buzz-building SNL teaser, a launch party in a remote Australian town, and the robotic tandem stepped-out with their own stylized Formula One car in Monaco. Most conceivable angles have been covered in the quest to…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Kanye West Brings 'God' To Billboard Charts

    June 28, 2013 5:15 PM EDT A theological debate infuses the charts department this week. Meanwhile, Phillip Phillips, Pink and Plumb net more traditional chart honors One of the oddest discussions in memory took place among the members of the Billboard charts department this week. "Is God an artist?" Thanks…

  19. CODER Picks of the Week: Session Victim, MGUN and More

    June 14, 2013 2:39 PM EDT Each Friday, the CODE crew reviews their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Lauren and Elissa have to say. Session Victim: “Yes I Know” (Delusions of Grandeur) Such is the appetite for deep house that the release of a straightforward EP…

  20. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

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