1. Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

    August 18, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40, a format that was itself a one-time halfway point between top 40 and R&B radio. It worked well for KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio) Los…

  2. 'Anything Goes' For Florida Georgia Line's Sophomore Album

    August 18, 2014 12:56 AM EDT Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of country dude duo Florida Georgia Line know all eyes on Music Row are on them as they prepare to release their second album, Anything Goes,  on Oct. 14. Everybody wants to see if country's favorite party boys can keep the festivities rolling, and Kelley…

  3. Leave That Feathered Headdress at Home, Says Canadian EDM Festival

    August 15, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Those itching to snap a music festival selfie in feathered headdresses may be in for a rude awakening. Many festivals have expanded their lists of prohibited items from traditional safety hazards (like fireworks and glass bottles) to include fashion accessories that are seen as culturally…

  4. Beanie Sigel Released From Jail Following Two Years for Tax Evasion, Narcotics

    August 14, 2014 8:37 PM EDT Rapper Beanie Sigel was released from jail Thursday following a two-year federal sentence for tax evasion on more than $700,000 over six years and a congruently served sentence on narcotics possession charges.  TMZ reports law enforcement sources have statedearly the former Roc-A-Fella rapper…

  5. OutKast, YG Bring Few Surprises To First Night of Drake's Two-Day OVO Fest

    August 04, 2014 3:58 AM EDT Drake’s fifth annual OVO Festival, held in his hometown of Toronto, expanded to two days for the first time this year. But for the first of two nights on Sunday, OVO was less about Drake (who was set to headline the following night) and unbilled appearances from his many A-list friends.…

  6. Jhene Aiko Talks Making Of 'Souled Out' Album & Family

    July 28, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Jhene Aiko stands around 5 feet tall and weighs perhaps as much as a decaf macchiato; the 2015 Cadillac Escalade stretches 18-and-a-half feet and tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds. Right now, the buzz-building singer-rapper -- she has performed with her friend Drake on "Saturday…

  7. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Hardwell, Tiësto, Audien & More

    July 27, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Tomorrowland’s second weekend hit its halfway point with another star-studded assortment of talent on Saturday (July 26). Despite early indications of rain, the weather held it together for the enthusiastic masses that descended upon the festival’s otherworldly stages and installations.…

  8. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  9. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Pusha T and More Day 2 Highlights

    July 20, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Following the highs of Beck's diverse headlining set and Giorgio Moroder's disco flashback at Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday night (July 18), festival goers settled in for a full day of alternative music's best and brightest, with long-dormant indie royalty Neutral Milk…

  10. Lady Antebellum's '747' Album Will Take Off On...

    July 18, 2014 3:39 PM EDT Country trio announce September release date, full track list Lady Antebellum's fifth album is almost ready for takeoff: "747" is due Sept. 30 via Capitol Records Nashville. The set is preceded by fast-rising lead single "Bartender," which bullets to No. 36 on the Hot…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. '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,…

  15. 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…

  16. '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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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