1. Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 08, 2014 12:40 PM EDT There comes a time in every young man’s life when he must put on a snug tuxedo and gleaming white socks and go his own way. For Michael Jackson , that time was 35 years ago, on August 10, 1979. It was then, weeks shy of his 21st birthday, that Jackson released Off the Wall , the album that…

  2. Napalm Death's Barney Greenway Speaks to Being Loved by Indonesia's New President

    August 08, 2014 11:07 AM EDT The reformer likes his music brutal... not his government. Last week, Indonesia -- a country long embattled and embittered by corruption and violence -- elected Governor Joko Widodo of Jakarta as its new president. His favorite music? Metallica . Slayer . Napalm Death . Randy Blythe , singer…

  3. Diplo’s 'White Dude' Dances To No. 2 Debut

    August 08, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Diplo draws a No. 2 debut on Dance/Electronic Albums with Random White Dude Be Everywhere , selling 2,000 units in the week ending Aug. 3 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, named after a comment posted on YouTube for one of his videos, contains a mix of new and previously released…

  4. Kid Ink's 'I Don't Care' Storms Twitter Trending 140 Chart

    August 07, 2014 6:04 PM EDT Kid Ink makes waves on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart after the release of his new video for "I Don't Care" featuring Maejor Ali , which was released on Kid Ink's YouTube channel on July 31. The song was on the chart for five consecutive days before peaking at No…

  5. Alt-J Finds Summer Fun in 'Left Hand Free' Video

    August 07, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Alt-J's new single "Left Hand Free" is the British group's most brazen rocker to date, and the official music video accordingly captures the raucous spirit of summer, with an Americana twist. Directed by Ryan Staake, the "Left Hand Free" was filmed on the…

  6. Why One Direction Was the Best Show Ever (Even If My Dad Was There)

    August 06, 2014 10:56 AM EDT It may not have been the perfect situation: two teenage girls and their dads at the Aug. 5 show of One Direction’s “Where We Are” tour at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.  But after three years of fangirling over one of my favorite bands -- owning all their music, following them on Twitter…

  7. HARD Summer 2014: Top 10 Performances

    August 05, 2014 1:12 PM EDT For a certain sect of dance music fans, namely those who favor hip hop influences over pop-leaning EDM, HARD Summer is like Christmas. Over the weekend, the annual music festival drew roughly 40,000 people to Los Angeles for a bill that included superstar DJs Skrillex , Diplo and…

  8. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  9. Lollapalooza 2014 Sunday Highlights: Kings of Leon, Skrillex, Chance the Rapper Close Day 3

    August 04, 2014 2:45 AM EDT The rain poured heavily and consistently on the third and final day of Lollapalooza 2014, as downpours turned much of Chicago's Grant Park into a skating rink of sticky mud on Sunday (Aug. 3). The weather was unfortunate, but as the weekend became soggier, the performances turned…

  10. Q&A: Courtney Barnett Talks Recording, Australian Music Scene Backstage at Lollapalooza 2014 (Watch)

    August 02, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Australian songwriter Courtney Barnett is riding ever higher this year on the wave of her 2013 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas,' in particular the song "Avant Gardener," which has gotten a surprising amount of radio play in the States over the past few months. She…

  11. Lollapalooza 2014 Friday Highlights: Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Lorde Rule Day 1

    August 02, 2014 3:10 AM EDT There may have been a little rain on this year’s parade, but the afternoon drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of the thousands of young revelers who flooded Chicago’s Grant Park for the first day of Lollapalooza 2014. Celebrating its 10th year in the Windy City, the annual summer bash…

  12. Israel Conflict Turns a Promising Touring Summer Grim, to the Tune of $20 Million

    August 01, 2014 12:27 PM EDT The conflict in Gaza and insurance challenges have made for a cruel summer for promoters. Neil Young and Backstreet Boys have postponed shows -- are Gaga and Lana next? “This looked like it was going to be one of the best summers in Israel’s history when it came to international acts, but now…

  13. 5 Seconds of Summer's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the 'Perfect' Band

    August 01, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Calum Hood, Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer photographed on June 29, 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Milan by Miller Mobley. Miller Mobley 5 Seconds of Summer couldn't have asked for a more perfect few days. The Australian pop-punk quartet is…

  14. Weird Merch: Devo's Booji Boy Mask

    July 30, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Devo have added an item to their  merchandise that my not be as controversial as their Energy Dome hats , but is certainly more creepy: a Booji Boy mask  (pronounced "boogie") that originally appeared in the New Wave pioneer's first video, 1976's  "The Truth About De…

  15. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Paul Kalkbrenner, Markus Schulz & Maceo Plex

    July 28, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Tomorrowland wrapped up its second weekend in fitting fashion on Sunday (July 27). A few hours of rainfall did nothing to dampen the 10-year anniversary party in Boom, Belgium, where techno and trance dominated the schedule outside of the main stage. Capping off a weekend of coverage,…

  16. Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Remix Premiere: Listen To The Full Remix EP

    July 28, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Check out the premiere of the Punk Party Remix of "Boom Clap," as well as the remix EP in full. Following her success as a featured artist on Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," U.K. songwriting phenom Charli XCX has a solo hit on her…

  17. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Avicii, Dillon Francis, Kygo & More

    July 26, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Tomorrowland kicked off its second weekend honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary on Friday (July 25). Boasting one of the deepest talent pools and arguably the most impressive production value that dance music has to offer, Tomorrowland is an immersive and at times overwhelming experience…

  18. Moogfest Skips Another Year, Will Return in 2016

    July 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT 'We need a year off to focus on Moog Music, our primary business,' brand director tells Billboard. Moogfest , the celebration of art, technology and music in Asheville, N.C., will not return until 2016, says parent company Moog Music. Moog Music invested 3 million into this year&…

  19. Bose Accuses Beats of Patent Infringement

    July 25, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Bose has brought a complaint against Beats Electronics in Delaware today (July 25th), where both companies are incorporated -- Bose also names Beats Electronic International Limited, an arm of the company incorporated in Ireland, a common tactic for businesses to lower their tax burden --…

  20. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

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