1. Lorin Maazel, World-Renowned Conductor, Dead at 84

    July 13, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Lorin Maazel, a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, died Sunday at his home in Virginia. He was 84. Maazel died at Castleton Farms from complications following pneumonia, according to a statement by The Castleton…

  2. DIIV Dazzles with New Music at Hometown Brooklyn Show

    July 12, 2014 2:45 PM EDT DIIV are becoming a special band. Three years removed from playing hometown shows to small crowds of friends, the Brooklyn quintet is now the sort of act that can fill almost half a set with new, unrecorded songs and leave the crowd captivated with anticipation for LP number two. This was the…

  3. Michael Brun On Helping His Homeland & Kid Coconut Label: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Michael Brun doesn’t speak like a typical 21-year-old. There’s maturity in the Haitian artist’s voice that belies his years, perhaps drawn from an adolescence spent surrounded by his Caribbean country's endemic poverty. Though Brun grew up on the green side of Port Au Prince’s deep…

  4. The Monstercat Label Model: From YouTube Channel to One Million Record Sales

    July 08, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Monstercat CEO and founder Mike Darlington never intended to make a record label. “People don’t need record labels anymore,” he says. “Artists can do everything on their own. So we either had to do it for them better or provide a platform and marketing tool they can’t find on their own.…

  5. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  6. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  7. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Josh Groban, Ludacris and a Whole Load More Cat Banter Lights Up Episode 3

    July 07, 2014 9:43 AM EDT ABC hasn’t turned the lights off on Josh Groban, Kesha, Ludacris, Brad Paisley and their motley crew of wannabe stars, which means the wall must still rise, the sad background stories still abound, and the cat banter continue on until Kesha has locked down a fleet of felines and some sort of…

  8. J-Lo, Versace Lead Paris' Haute Couture Revival

    July 07, 2014 1:57 AM EDT Just a few years ago it was on the brink of extinction. Now, haute couture - the 150-year-old Parisian tradition of making unique, astronomically-priced handmade gowns - is back. The fall-winter 2014/15 collections started with brio Sunday with the Atelier Versace show, graced by Jennifer…

  9. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  10. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  11. Tevin Campbell Aims to Reignite Career at First Essence Festival Performance

    July 06, 2014 11:15 AM EDT R&B singer Tevin Campbell, who thrilled fans as a teenager when he asked "Can We Talk," has performed for the first time at the Essence Festival as he seeks to re-ignite his career. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Campbell said he's 37 now, but the voice…

  12. 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…

  13. What's Your Favorite Film Soundtrack? 'Guardians,' 'Purple Rain,' 'Almost Famous' & More (Poll)

    July 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT The tracklist for the official soundtrack of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" just dropped and it's awesomely different than your typical superhero movie soundtrack. There are no fine-tuned collaborations from Top 40 artists and, as a matter of fact, there's not any…

  14. CHVRCHES Respond to Diss From Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda (Video)

    July 02, 2014 10:37 AM EDT "I don't really like being called a corporate sellout by the man that wrote the music for the MTV VMAs." Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda had some harsh words for the indie synthpop band, CHVRCHES, in an interview with Noisey . The LP rapper linkened them (along with Haim and…

  15. Rewinding The Charts: 54 Years Ago, Connie Francis Became 'Somebody'

    July 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT On this date in 1960, the then-21-year-old Jersey girl scored the first-ever Hot 100 No. 1 by a female artist, just one of her 53 career hits Nearly two years into the Billboard Hot 100's existence, the top of the chart was essentially a boys' club. Starting with Ricky Nelson's…

  16. Lewis Watson Album Premiere: Stream 'The Morning' In Full

    July 01, 2014 10:53 AM EDT The British artist discusses his first full-length and raising his profile in America. Lewis Watson says that having a full album ready to come out is "quite a weird feeling, to be honest." The British pop singer drops "The Morning" on July 8 after five previous EPs…

  17. K.Will Unveils 'Day 1' Video Starring SISTAR's Soyou: Watch

    June 30, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Will this groovy new track give the crooner his fifth K-Pop No. 1? Vocal maestro K.Will returns with his highly anticipated new single, "Day 1," paired with a buzzy video. "Day 1" is the lead track lifted off his fifth EP "One Fine Day," released via Starship…

  18. Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz Cap BET Experience Concert Series

    June 30, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Staples Center lineup also features Jennifer Hudson, Mack Wilds, Sevyn Streeter and TGT Mary J. Blige exuberantly and defiantly underscored why she still remains one of music’s top entertainers as she closed out BET Experience at L.A. Live’s (June 27-29) concert series at Los Angeles’ Staples…

  19. Chris Brown Lights a 'New Flame' With Usher, Rick Ross: Listen

    June 29, 2014 9:36 PM EDT Fresh off the stage at the BET Awards Sunday night, where he performed his hit single “Loyal” for the first time on a huge stage since being released from jail, minutes later Chris Brown dropped a hot new single called "New Flame" featuring Usher and Rick Ross.   Chris Brown's…

  20. Drake, Beyonce, Jay Z Atop BET Awards Nominees

    June 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Could this year be a repeat for Drake at the BET Awards? Last year the rapper won video of the year and two more awards, and he could do the same Sunday, where he is nominated for five honors. The only difference: He'll actually be in attendance this year. Man Stabbed at BET Awards Pre…

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