1. Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Stevie Wonder Set for Montreux Jazz Festival

    April 03, 2014 2:43 PM EDT The 48th edition of the Swiss festival spans two weeks at some of Montreaux's most prestigious venues Switzerland's esteemed Montreux Jazz Festival has announced the lineup for its 48th edition, and there's an impressive mix of old masters, modern buzz artists and an awful lot…

  2. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  3. ScHoolboy Q, St. Vincent Added To Pitchfork Fest Lineup

    March 20, 2014 3:26 PM EDT The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival has rounded out its lineup, with an assortment of artists joining previously announced headliners Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and Kendrick Lamar on Thursday (Mar. 20). Lamar's TDE cohort has joined this year's lineup, along with indie rock chanteuse St…

  4. Oscars 2014: Pharrell Williams Gets 'Happy' With Jamie Foxx, Meryl Streep

    March 02, 2014 9:24 PM EST Pharrell Williams rocked out to "Happy" at the Oscars on Sunday, during which he went into the audience to shimmy -- literally -- with Lupita Nyong'o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in the front row. With a black version of his now-signatureVivienne Westwood hat, Williams crossed…

  5. Kevin Fowler Relishes Being the 'Honky Tonk Guy' in the Texas Scene

    February 28, 2014 5:00 PM EST Kevin Fowler is back. The highly-esteemed Texas singer-songwriter returns to form with his new release "How Country Are Ya?" Set for release on Tuesday, he can't wait for his fans to hear the new music. With Texas music being a wide-open musical genre, The 615 asked Fowler…

  6. Red Bull Sound Select in Austin: Sleigh Bells, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt to Perform

    February 26, 2014 10:00 AM EST Red Bull Sound Select will again feature its own set of music showcases in Texas next month, with its "4 Days in Austin" series coming March 12-15 to the Belmont in Austin. This year's lineup features headlining sets from an array of artists spanning multiple genres, including…

  7. George Duke To Be Honored At Playboy Jazz Fest

    February 18, 2014 1:56 AM EST Singer Al Jarreau and bassist Stanley Clarke will celebrate the legacy of their friend and musical partner George Duke on the opening day of the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which is presenting the festival for the first…

  8. Pharrell Williams to Perform on The Oscars

    February 04, 2014 11:45 AM EST After nabbing three Grammys and singingwith Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers during last month’s awards ceremony, Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards, it was announced Tuesday. The singer-songwriter-producer, who has also served as a music consultant for the…

  9. Sasquatch! Music Festival: Outkast, Soundgarden, Robyn Top Separate Lineups

    February 04, 2014 10:36 AM EST Washington state festival now taking place on Memorial Day weekend and Fourth Of July weekend. The Sasquatch! Music Festival, located at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash., is expanding to two patriotic weekends in 2014, with completely unique lineups for its standard Memorial Day weekend and new…

  10. Sundance 2014: Watch The Mowgli's Talk Touring, Plans for the Year

    January 21, 2014 6:05 PM EST Eight-piece rock collective The Mowgli's took time out from their busy Sundance schedule to sit down at the the Sonos Home Theater Lounge in Park City, Utah and speak to Billboard on camera about Sundance and the group's upcoming plans to hit the road. "We've all heard…

  11. 'American Idol' Returns With New Judges, New Attitude in Premiere

    January 15, 2014 10:36 PM EST After securing its lowest ratings ever in a season during which the judges' feuds often took precedence over the actual raw talent, "American Idol" returned to its roots with a different panel, slightly altered production and -- perhaps most importantly -- a zeroed-in focus…

  12. Governors Ball 2014: Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes

    January 15, 2014 10:39 AM EST Governors Ball announced its lineup Wednesday not with a tweet or a press release, but with a full-page ad in The New York Times . As expected, reunited rap duo Outkast will headline the annual festival on Randall's Island in NYC, being held June 6-8. Joining them atop the bill are…

  13. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  14. David Broza, 'Jerusalem' (With Steve Earle): Exclusive Song Premiere

    January 03, 2014 10:30 AM EST The singer-songwriter recorded his forthcoming album, "East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem" (due Jan. 14), with both Israelis and Palestinians David Broza doesn't want the socio-political importance of his new "East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem" -- a Steve Earle co-produced…

  15. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST 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, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  16. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  17. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  18. Anthony D'Amato Signs With New West, Drops 'Ludlow': Exclusive Video Premiere

    November 25, 2013 2:00 PM EST Anthony D'Amato has a way with words. The folk singer has crafted a sideline as a publicist, working with some of the leading lights of rock and pop. Now, having signed a recording deal with New West, D'Amato is keen to break through as an artist in his own right. This fall, D'…

  19. Pharrell Debuts 24-Hour Music Video for 'Happy'

    November 21, 2013 8:28 PM EST Just days after Bob Dylan's highly interactive "Like a Rolling Stone" music video debuted, Pharrell has debuted what's being described as the first 24-hour music video. Today (Nov. 21), the singer/rapper/producer dropped a video for "Happy" that runs 24 hours and…

  20. JFK Playlist: 10 Songs Remembering John F. Kennedy

    November 20, 2013 5:27 PM EST The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was a tragic moment that deeply touched and forever changed a generation. President Kennedy's life, political achievements and untimely death significantly affected artists alive at that time, and his legacy continues to inspire…

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