1. Hozier, The Offspring & Elle King Surge on Rock Charts

    February 26, 2015 6:36 PM EST Hozier 's "Take Me to Church" spends a 19th week leading Billboard' s Hot Rock Songs chart, tying Lorde 's "Royals" (2013) for the third-longest reign. Imagine Dragons ' "Radioactive" holds the record, having held the No. 1 slot for 23 weeks…

  2. Code Picks of the Week: Madeon, Autograf, Flosstradamus and More

    February 15, 2015 7:30 PM EST Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the best new tunes in dance/electronic music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Madeon ft. Passion Pit – "Pay No Mind" [Columbia] The second single off the French wunderkind's forthcoming album is an…

  3. Drake's 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' & 14 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    February 13, 2015 11:40 AM EST From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 15 instances of…

  4. Madeon's Debut Album 'Adventure' to Feature Collabs With Passion Pit, Bastille Members

    January 19, 2015 10:00 AM EST France native Hugo Pierre Leclercq, who performs under the stage name Madeon (aka Nantes), may only be 20 years old. But his debut album, Adventure , due March 31 on Columbia Records, is more than three years in the making. Madeon: 21 Under 21 (2014) The electronic producer was signed by…

  5. 10 Artists To Watch in 2015

    December 31, 2014 10:00 AM EST These 10 artists are not household names by any means, but based on their musical output thus far and stated 2015 plans, we're betting that you'll know some (or all) of them by the end of 2015. From rising female pop voices to a faceless EDM whiz to a spunky country duo…

  6. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight…

  7. Ryn Weaver's Semi-Charmed Life: Why The Internet Is Infatuated with the 'OctaHate' Singer

    October 27, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Benny Blanco thinks she’s a sure thing. Charli XCX is working with her on a top-secret project. She cries easily, loves Samuel Beckett and blew up the Web with her debut single. Inside the rise and inevitable takeover of Ryn Weaver. Ryn Weaver is sprawled out on the bed in the cluttered…

  8. CliffLight Song Premiere: Listen To 'Morning Light'

    June 25, 2014 5:33 PM EDT Boston five-piece CliffLight have already released one synth-pop delicacy this year with "Do What You Want To Me," and now the Berklee alums have unveiled another with "Morning Light." Listen to the sunny track first at Billboard.com below: CliffLight makes undeniable…

  9. Ryn Weaver's 'OctaHate' Tweets A Loud Debut

    June 25, 2014 5:07 PM EDT New York and Los Angeles based singer Ryn Weaver’s song “OctaHate”, which premiered on Soundcloud late yesterday afternoon, is heating up the Twitter Charts . The track, which is the first single from her upcoming yet-to-be-named release, experienced quite a bit of love online with tweets…

  10. Skrillex Surprises With 'Recess' Album Release

    March 11, 2014 6:06 AM EDT Skrillex now has more in common with Beyoncé than a pile of Grammys. They both like to release surprise albums. Starting on the evening of March 10, the dubstep prince unlocked access to one song after another until all 11 tracks of his forthcoming debut album, “Recess.” had been…

  11. Passion Pit Announces Fall Tour Dates

    July 15, 2013 1:24 PM EDT It's almost been a full year since Passion Pit's "Gossamer" was released (July 24 marks its one-year anniversary, if you're planning a party), and the indie-pop group will complete a sweeping North American tour this fall in support of the sophomore album. The Joy…

  12. Bonnaroo 2013: Paul McCartney, Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men Highlight Friday

    June 15, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Charli XCX's boy band analysis, Solange's Fugees cover, late-night show surfing, and more from Bonnaroo Day 2. Friday (June 14) at the 2013 Bonnaroo festival began and ended with headliner chatter: in the morning, it was confirmed that Jack Johnson would be taking over for Mumford…

  13. Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos Talks 'Erasing The Stigma' Award, Touring Future

    April 18, 2013 11:45 AM EDT "My goal has always been to try to humanize the concept of having a mental health issue," singer tells Billboard about opening up on bipolar disorder. Passion Pit recently kicked off the second phase of the extensive touring schedule supporting its captivating sophomore album …

  14. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Skrillex, D'Angelo Kick Off Made In America Festival

    September 02, 2012 10:40 AM EDT The first day of the two-day fest featured performances by Jay-Z and many guests, Skrillex, Maybach Music Group, Passion Pit and more. Jay-Z stood sipping champagne with Kanye West while red, white and blue fireworks lit up the Philadelphia night behind them Saturday (Sept. 1) to close out…

  15. Lollapalooza 2012: 15 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    August 04, 2012 11:40 AM EDT The opening day of Lollapalooza 2012 closed with a black celebration. Or the north end of Chicago's Grant Park, devil horns flew and heads banged as Black Sabbath brought forth a metal onslaught of the heaviest form. On the south end, fireworks illuminated fans who swayed and shimmied to…

  16. Passion Pit, 'Gossamer': Track-By-Track Review

    July 24, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Listening to "Gossamer" is only getting half the story of Passion Pit 's much-anticipated sophomore album. As detailed in Larry Fitzmaurice's excellent recent feature on the group for Pitchfork , Michael Angelakos, the frontman and mastermind of the Boston-born electro-pop…

  17. Firefly 2012: Highlights From Delaware's First Major Music Fest

    July 23, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Delaware may be the First State in the union, but it's probably one of the last that you'd associate with cutting-edge rock music. That changed this past weekend when the home of NASCAR races, beachfront condos and tax-free shopping hosted the inaugural Firefly Music Festival , an…

  18. Passion Pit Cancel Tour Dates

    July 16, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Vocalist Michael Angelakos Says He's Taking Time Off To Improve His Mental Health Passion Pit has cancelled all upcoming July tour dates, including a set at Delaware's Firefly Music Festival, the group announced today (July 16). Vocalist Michael Angelakos wrote in a note on the band…

  19. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  20. Listen To Passion Pit's Lively New Single, 'Take A Walk'

    May 07, 2012 12:15 PM EDT The electro-pop maestros of Passion Pit will return with their sophomore effort, "Gossamer," on July 24, and for now, the group has bestowed its fans with its lead single, "Take a Walk." Like "Little Secrets," a standout track from Passion Pit's 2009 debut …

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