1. John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Dave Matthews to Play 2014 Farm Aid

    July 24, 2014 4:46 AM EDT Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John…

  2. Beatport's New President Lloyd Starr on Download Farms, What EDM Even Is (Q&A)

    July 23, 2014 2:48 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matthew Addell's June 24 exit, the door opened…

  3. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  4. Heroin Bob Returns From the Dead in Trailer to 'SLC Punk!' Sequel

    July 22, 2014 12:15 PM EDT The teaser trailer to "Punk's Dead" is here Warped Tour regulars rejoice! Fifteen years after "SLC Punk!" made its U.S. premiere at Sundance, a trailer for the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic is here. The teaser trailer for "Punk's Dead" opens…

  5. CODE Guest Playlist: Michael Brun

    July 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Billboard CODE featured rising Haitian star Michael Brun last week and gave him a shot at compiling his influences into a compelling guest playlist. Brun did not disappoint, showcasing the unique blend of modern dance music and Caribbean sounds that will characterize his new Kid Coconut…

  6. Doley Bernays, 'Prey': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 14, 2014 12:40 PM EDT The rapper will release his new EP, 'Bond Place Hotel,' on August 26. The Bronx has bred a new promising rapper: Doley Bernays. Close to a year after releasing his EP, "Just In Case," Bernays preps his sophomore EP, "Bond Place Hotel." Check out the first single,…

  7. Cash Cash Talks Growing Up, Dishes on Hit 'Take Me Home' With Bebe Rexha

    July 11, 2014 10:19 PM EDT Billboard’s Andrew Hampp interviewed Cash Cash for the second installation of Samsung Shape Summer Mix Series Wednesday night, Billboard’s Senior Branding Correspondent Andrew Hampp lead an interview with Big Beat/Atlantic production trio Cash Cash at the Mondrian Soho in New York City. …

  8. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  9. Cookies, 'Music For Touching' Song Premiere: Hear Mobius Band's Ben Sterling's New Project

    July 09, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Cookies, the inscrutable new project from Mobius Band co-founder Ben Sterling, has a captivating debut track with "Music For Touching," the title track from its upcoming debut album. Take a listen to Cookies' "Music For Touching," premiering exclusively on Billboard…

  10. ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele Not Pregnant, Twitter Account Gets Hacked

    July 04, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Fans of “Glee” star Lea Michele received some exciting news Friday morning (July 4) after reading on her Twitter account that she’s expecting a baby boy. Soon after the tweet went out, Michele’s representatives quickly pointed out that her account had been hacked and that she’s not pregnant.…

  11. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  12. Alabama Shakes: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:40 AM EDT Take a closer look at Alabama Shakes, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . It took only three years for Alabama Shakes to go from after-school music project to veritable stars. Formed by singer…

  13. Majical Cloudz Talks Tour with Lorde, Premieres Tim Hecker's 'Savage' Remix (Listen)

    June 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Devon Welsh also discusses new music Majical Cloudz has been recording When Lorde heads out on her North American tour this September, she'll be taking along not a polished, major label next-big-thing, but a cult favorite used to playing to a few hundred spectators, or less. But…

  14. '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…

  15. Shooting Involving ScHoolboy Q Likely Not Random, Authorities Say

    June 21, 2014 1:55 PM EDT A shooting involving rapper ScHoolboy Q after a concert at the historic Red Rocks amphitheater west of Denver was likely not a random act of violence, authorities said Saturday. "This is not just a coincidence. We think there is probably more to it than that," said Jacki Kelley, a…

  16. '22 Jump Street' Soundtrack Makes Top 5 Chart Debut on Dance Chart

    June 20, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The soundtrack to the box office champion “22 Jump Street” debuts at No. 4 on Dance/Electronic Albums with 2,000 units sold in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The companion album to the action comedy, starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube, is chock full of…

  17. Bad Suns, 'Language & Perspective': Exclusive Album Premiere

    June 17, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Bad Suns figure it's time to shine. The L.A retro-indie newcomers warmed up for The 1975 on the British alt-rock group's U.S. tour earlier this month, and now they're putting steam into their debut album with a headline tour of their own. "Language & Perspective"…

  18. Kasabian's '48:13' Arrives at No. 1 in U.K.

    June 16, 2014 6:55 AM EDT British rock staples Kasabian notched their fourth U.K. No. 1 album as “48:13” (Columbia/Sony) debuted at the top with 70,000 sales on Sunday (15), according to Official Charts Company data. 2012 “X Factor” contestant Ella Henderson scored an instant No. 1 single with “Ghost” (Syco Music/Sony…

  19. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Massive Attack, Lykke Li, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers, Brodinski & More

    June 15, 2014 9:35 PM EDT On Saturday, June 14, Sonar’s 2014 edition finished strong with another exceptional assortment of diverse talents, including a signature performance by Massive Attack, Lykke Li’s emotional stage show and energetic DJ sets by Brodinski and Boys Noize. 6:50 p.m.: At the SonarPlanta art…

  20. 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…

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