1. Bobby Brackins Says 'My Jam,' With Zendaya & Jeremih, Will Be One of the 'Songs of the Summer'

    February 27, 2015 3:14 PM EST If the music industry were a sports league, 2014 marked Bobby Brackins ' breakthrough season. The Oakland, Calif., native helped pen two of the year's most acclaimed R&B tracks -- Tinashe 's "2 On" and Chris Brown 's "Loyal" -- which both reached…

  2. Sleater-Kinney Returns to New York, Rocks Through Past and Present: Live Review

    February 27, 2015 12:51 PM EST The Sleater-Kinney 2015 reunion extravaganza rolled on last night (Feb. 26), with the first of two sold-out shows at New York's Terminal 5, a venue far larger than what the trio would have played prior to its 2006 split. S-K's power goes beyond the goodwill of having them back --…

  3. Conan O'Brien Takes His Show to Cuba Next Week

    February 26, 2015 4:24 PM EST On Wednesday's show, Conan O'Brien will be found in a familiar place: behind a desk. Or, rather, what he describes as a borrowed cafe table. In Havana, Cuba. But for most of the hour (11 p.m. EST on TBS), Conan will find its host footloose and fancy-free, airing a talk show from…

  4. Norah Jones' 'Come Away With Me' Turns 13: Revisit Our 5 Favorite Tracks

    February 26, 2015 11:35 AM EST was a good year for Norah Jones . In addition to her debut album Come Away With Me topping the Billboard 200 chart, she took home eight Grammy Awards (including best new artist, album, song and record of the year). But perhaps the Recording Academy should have spread the wealth. In an…

  5. U2's Joshua Tree Has Been Vandalized

    February 26, 2015 4:27 AM EST The Joshua tree immortalized by U2's  award-winning 1987 album has been deliberately damaged. Countless fans of the Irish band have made the pilgrimage into the Mohave Desert to stand and gawp at the tree, which appeared on the cover for U2's fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree .…

  6. Rising French DJ Worakls Offers a Deep Dive Into Melodic Techno

    February 25, 2015 4:39 PM EST The producer's latest EP, out now on Hungry Music, serves up serious techno with a light touch. The French electronic musician Worakls (pronounced "warrackles") made waves last fall when he performed live at ADE's Pleinvrees and StrafWerks showcase in October and then, two…

  7. Primary Wave Partners With Project Producers' Toya Hankins

    February 24, 2015 5:07 PM EST Longtime manager of Motown artist Kem will also handle daily management for Eric Benét. Primary Wave Entertainment further expands its urban talent management division by partnering with music manager Toya Hankins . Hankins, founder of Detroit-based Project Producers, LLC, is the longtime…

  8. 'American Idol' Alum Pia Toscano Goes EDM, Releases New Single via Beatport

    February 23, 2015 9:47 PM EST American Idol season 10 alum Pia Toscano has teamed up with rising EDM star Jenaux for the release of the new single "Renegades." The energetic track, released today on Beatport , will be featured on Tritonal's next compilation CD, Tritonia 002 , out March 9 on Enhanced…

  9. Watch U2 Tackle Love in Violent 1980s Ireland for 'Every Breaking Wave' Video

    February 23, 2015 8:15 PM EST After U2 teamed with Irish director Aoife McArdle and the Creators Project earlier this month on a short film set in the violent post-punk 1980s Northern Ireland, the iconic Dublin-formed rock band has now condensed the 13-minute Every Breaking Wave to a music video fitting their song by the…

  10. Exclusive Premiere: GRiZ' 'The Anthem' Featuring Mike Avery

    February 23, 2015 2:06 PM EST Modern reworkings of vintage funk and disco have been immensely popular in the last few years -- from Pharrell 's collaborations with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke in 2013 to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars ' current No. 1 hit to the forthcoming album from Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. This…

  11. Holychild Announce Debut Album via Glassnote Records & Tour With Passion Pit

    February 23, 2015 12:40 PM EST 'The Shape of Brat Pop to Come' will arrive in summer 2015. A shimmer of summer's heat wave has arrived in the form of rising Los Angeles duo Holychild, who will release their debut album, cheekily titled  The Shape of Brat Pop to Come , via Glassnote Records. Holychild's…

  12. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Nina Las Vegas' New Mixtape Ahead of Her First U.S. Tour

    February 23, 2015 12:20 PM EST The Australian dance music tastemaker's new mixtape features jams from Rae Sremmurd, Brodinski and SOPHIE. Australian DJ and producer Nina Las Vegas is credited for helping to launch the careers of Flume, Flight Facilities and Wave Racer as a tastemaking radio host for the Sydney station…

  13. Turkish Singer Kicked Off Reality Show for Sexist Tweet

    February 21, 2015 10:51 AM EST A singer has been kicked off the Turkish version of reality show Survivor after suggesting on Twitter that women who wore miniskirts were inviting unwelcome sexual attention from men. Nihat Dogan's tweet about "girls wearing miniskirts and getting naked" was made just days…

  14. Exclusive Video: salute's 'Silver Tides' Is Like Pokémon on LSD

    February 19, 2015 4:55 PM EST To drum up buzz for his forthcoming EP, the U.K. producer wanted a video that was 'colorful, animated and over-the-top.' Over the past year, 18-year-old U.K. producer Felix Nyajo, better known as salute , has been quietly pulling together material for his debut EP, Silver Tides ,…

  15. Watch Sleater-Kinney Join 'Bob's Burgers' Cast for 'A New Wave' Video

    February 19, 2015 4:50 PM EST Sleater-Kinney 's last music video enlisted a bunch of cool people like Sarah Silverman and Andy Samberg singing their own rendition of "No Cities to Love." For the next music video off their kickass new album, the trio has again gone the unconventional route, and we love…

  16. Exclusive: The Avener Premieres 'Hate Street Dialogue' Video ft. Rodriguez

    February 19, 2015 11:30 AM EST The limitations of an artist's environment can have a strong impact on their work -- take the Avener and his song "Hate Street Dialogue." "A friend of mine introduced me to Rodriguez 's music ten years ago," the French producer tells Billboard. "I was…

  17. Cypress Hill's B Real Talks Opening His Medical-Marijuana Dispensary, New All-Star 'Mixtape' and 'Ultimate Stoner Lineup'

    February 17, 2015 2:34 PM EST Cypress Hill 's B Real (whose real name is Louis Freese) has fame and money, but he still needed a lot of luck for his next business venture outside of music: a medical marijuana dispensary in Southern California's Orange County. The musician-actor-TV entrepreneur was one of six out…

  18. Exclusive: Ultra Music Marks 20th Anniversary With 2015 Dance Compilation

    February 17, 2015 12:15 PM EST It's been a good year for Ultra Music, and now fans will have a chance to relive it. The Sony-affiliated record label today announced the release of Ultra Dance 16 , exclusively revealing to Billboard its flagship dance compilation series' latest installment. The two-disc and 24…

  19. Rewinding the Charts: In 1974, Bob Dylan Scored His First No. 1 Album

    February 16, 2015 11:05 AM EST Then 32, Dylan briefly left Columbia for Asylum – then came back, after reuniting with The Band and topping the Billboard 200. BOB DYLAN'S PLANET WAVES BECAME his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 at a time of great change – and enormous publicity – for the singer-songwriter. After…

  20. Christina Aguilera Combines with Nas, Rockettes for NBA All-Star Intro

    February 15, 2015 8:37 PM EST Christina Aguilera , born in Staten Island before finding music superstardom as a teenager, returned to New York to kick off the NBA All-Star Game with an NYC-themed introduction. The Rockettes and surprise guest Nas joined Aguilera at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night (Feb. 15) as part…

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