1. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  2. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  3. Enrique Iglesias, Romeo Santos Dominate Mid-Year SoundScan Latin Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Romeo Santos' 'Formula: Vol. 2' leads as Latin's biggest selling album, while Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' is the top selling song. Romeo Santos easily outpaces the rest of the Latin industry at the top of the mid-year Latin Nielsen SoundScan sales charts.…

  4. 'Frozen,' Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Beyonce, Katy Perry also have big showings at 2014's half-way point. With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively,…

  5. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  6. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  7. Firefly 2014 Saturday Highlights: Outkast, Imagine Dragons, Tegan & Sara and More

    June 22, 2014 11:40 AM EDT “Dover, Delaware, on the first day of summer! I’m so excited I don’t know what to do,” said Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins as the band took the stage for their afternoon set at the third annual Firefly Music Festival.That sentiment was shared by the event’s 80,000 attendees on June…

  8. Lyricist Gerry Goffin Dies: Carole King's Songwriting Partner Was 75

    June 19, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Lyricist Gerry Goffin , who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Halfway to Paradise" and "The Loco-Motion," died Thursday at…

  9. Billboard.com's 2014 Mid-Year Music Poll: Vote Now!

    June 19, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Vote for your favorite songs, albums, artist, music videos and moments of 2014's first half! In a few weeks' time, 2014 will be halfway done -- and a fantastic year of popular music will already be in the books. From Pharrell's "Happy" run to the newfound…

  10. deadmau5, 'while(1 <2)': Track-By-Track Review

    June 17, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Joel Zimmerman – aka deadmau5 – has seen his fair share of strife and success in the two years since his last album release. From a tumultuous ended engagement with tattoo artist Kat Von D to a new record deal with Astralwerks, change has been the only constant for the globetrotting Canadian…

  11. Bonnaroo 2014: Wiz Khalifa Joined By Amber Rose for Father's Day Performance

    June 16, 2014 4:49 AM EDT Wiz Khalifa wants you to smoke weed, but he’s okay if you don’t. He also wants you to express your mind, just like he does. The 26-year-old Pittsburgh native spent his Father’s Day (a day which he, as of recently, now celebrates) at Bonnaroo, taking festival goers through his catalogue of…

  12. Bonnaroo 2014: Lauryn Hill Jams to ‘Miseducation’ & Fugees Favorites

    June 15, 2014 4:08 AM EDT Lauryn Hill's sets may still be based in old songs, but the songs that the hip-hop legend and her ace backing band burned through at Bonnaroo on Saturday night (June 14) sounded anything but familiar. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More For a live act known for her…

  13. Kanye West's Bonnaroo Return: Minimal 'Yeezus' & Maximum Media Hate During Inspiring Set

    June 14, 2014 5:35 AM EDT "Where the press at? Fuck the press!"   This sudden outburst about halfway through Kanye West's Friday night headline performance at Bonnaroo -- during the peaceful, slow-moving outro of "Heartless," no less -- certainly grabbed the attention of this particular…

  14. Wade Hayes Shares Good News on Cancer Fight, Begins Work on New Album

    June 13, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Wade Hayes was still barely a newcomer on the charts when he filmed the video for his third single, "Don't Stop," back in the spring of 1995. Though he had made videos for his prior two singles – this one was a little different. The clip required some flirtatious scenes with an…

  15. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

  16. Governors Ball 2014: Bloody Beetroots Bring Beats, Talk Paul McCartney Collab (Video)

    June 09, 2014 3:20 PM EDT When the Bloody Beetroots, the brain child of Italian DJ-producer Bob Rifo, hits the road, it’s rebranded as “The Bloody Beetroots Live,” and for good reason. Onstage -- as they were at Governors Ball on Sunday (June 8) -- the act is often more like a rock band than an EDM one, with a mosh…

  17. Governors Ball 2014: Bleachers Bring Fun in the Sun, Jack Antonoff Talks New Album (Video)

    June 09, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The Governors Ball 2014 crowd wasn't overly packed yet for the early 1:30 Bleachers set on Sunday (June 8). The dudes of Bleachers, led by fun.'s Jack Antonoff, ran onstage with Antonoff sporting a red ball cap, skinny jeans rolled up and high socks, in a nerd-meets-rock star look…

  18. Governors Ball 2014: Ex-Swedish House Mafia Duo Axwell & Ingrosso Debut New Songs

    June 09, 2014 6:04 AM EDT The Pair played "This Time" with a surprise rap from Pusha T. Just days after announcing they’d be releasing an album together, former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell & Ingrosso closed out Governor’s Ball 2014 on Sunday (June 8) with a high-octane set, their first as a duo,…

  19. Governors Ball 2014: Fitz and the Tantrums Discuss New Single, Challenges of Writing on the Road (Video)

    June 08, 2014 5:09 PM EDT It’s been a little over a year since Fitz and the Tantrums released its second album, “More Than Just a Dream,” but “we’re kind of at the halfway point” of the promotional cycle, lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick tells Billboard at the 2014 Governors Ball in New York. GOVERNORS BALL FULL…

  20. 15 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Outkast Owns, Damon Albarn & De La Soul Team Up Day 1

    June 07, 2014 6:07 AM EDT Far from the mud-splattered ethos of last year's Governors Ball, the 2014 edition took over New York's Randall's Island Friday (June 6) in bright sunshine and ideal temps in 70s, perfect weather for the long-awaited NYC live return of Outkast, Britpop icon Damon Albarn (with…

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