1. iHeartRadio Music Festival: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande Lead 2014 Lineup

    July 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore and Iggy Azalea are also part of the fourth annual lineup. The iHeartRadio Music Festival makes its fourth trip to Las Vegas on September 19 and 20, and this year's lineup is appropriately star-studded. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher,…

  2. La Roux Finds Peace on 'Trouble In Paradise': Track-By-Track Review

    July 22, 2014 6:05 PM EDT When La Roux arrived in 2009 with its Grammy-winning self-titled debut album, the U.K. duo's music smacked of the future. Sure, the songs were rooted in British synth-pop, but the steely beats and singer Elly Jackson's unflappability suggested that mainstream music was morphing…

  3. Nelson Mandela: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    July 18, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  4. 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…

  5. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

  6. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  7. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  8. Governors Ball 2014: Interpol Aces Hometown Set, Plays New Songs (Video)

    June 09, 2014 10:14 AM EDT Interpol might seem a little too cool for school with their fancy suits and ties, but Paul Banks and company weren't shy about expressing their adoration for their hometown crowd. During the evening set, Banks repeatedly mentioned how great it was to be playing back home for the first…

  9. 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…

  10. Bono, The Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors

    May 29, 2014 12:43 AM EDT Bono and the Edge have done their bit to shape popular music, and save lives with tunes. Now they’re helping guide the fortunes of Fender. The U2 founders have joined the board of directors for Fender Musical instruments Corporation, the company behind the legendary Fender guitar lines.…

  11. Jimmy Iovine Leaving Interscope Geffen A&M

    May 28, 2014 5:10 PM EDT John Janick to succeed Iovine as chairman and CEO of label group John Janick has been named chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, succeeding Jimmy Iovine, the most successful head of a major label for the last 25 years. The announcement was made to coincide with the finally confirmed…

  12. Ludacris on New 'Ludaversal' Album at Billboard Music Awards 2014: 'We're About 90 Percent Done' (Watch)

    May 18, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Before stepping onto the stage to host tonight's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Ludacris shared some news about his eighth album, “Ludaversal,” due out this fall. “It is almost done, we’re about 90 percent done,” Ludacris tells Billboard. “You’ll probably hear some singles, the…

  13. Ludacris to Host 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are getting a dose of Southern hospitality. Hosting this Sunday's annual music celebration on ABC is one of hip-hop's all-time most successful artists -- Ludacris. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! • Video:  …

  14. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Olympians in Jeopardy

    May 13, 2014 5:04 AM EDT Where were YOU the day that three Olympians were in jeopardy (though not necessarily in the bottom two)? I’ll always remember: I was on the couch. I’m surprised there wasn’t a breaking news ticker on the bottom of the screen to accompany Tom and Erin’s repeated mentions of this American Icon…

  15. Colorado Symphony To Play 'Classically Cannabis’ Concerts

    May 05, 2014 4:08 AM EDT The Colorado Symphony Orchestra has announced it will play a series of "cannabis-friendly" fundraising concerts sponsored by the state's burgeoning pot industry. The state's only full-time professional orchestra hopes the unusual shows dubbed "Classically Cannabis:…

  16. Spice Girls' Top 8 Biggest Billboard Hits

    May 01, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Girl Group Week continues with the biggest Hot 100 hits from planet Spiceworld. Girl Group Week! • Top 40 Girl Group Songs Ever • Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs • Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Videos • Little Mix Studio Session • 10 K-Pop Girl Groups You Need To Know • Girl Group…

  17. Fantasy Girl Group Draft 2014: Vote For The Best Dream Lineup

    April 30, 2014 5:39 PM EDT The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of girl group members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team! After the Billboard.com team conducted the first-ever Fantasy Boy Band Draft last summer in an effort to piece together the best five-person group of…

  18. Latin Conference: Afo Verde, Sony Latin CEO, on the 'Art of A&R'

    April 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT In some ways music executive Afo Verde, who gave a presentation during the Billboard Latin Conference in Miami yesterday, is a rock star. He not only provided keen insights into the industry during his talk, but at one point a member of the audience gave him a demo -- which was followed by at…

  19. Ben Harper & His Mom Perform 'Childhood Home' LP at Tiny NYC Club Concert

    April 22, 2014 5:37 PM EDT A few hundred fans packed into NYC's tiny Rockwood Music Hall to see Ben Harper and his mother Ellen sing all of the songs on their forthcoming joint album, "Childhood Home," on Monday (April 21). Ben, in an off-white hat that shaded his expressive face as he sang, and Ellen,…

  20. Adam Levine Designs Women’s Fashion Line for Kmart With Fiance

    April 18, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Fashion industry experience may not be required to make a splash in it as a designer. Adam Levine proved this notion as he took on womenswear for Kmart. The Maroon 5 frontman is celebrating the launch of his new summer women’s collection for Kmart after the successful release of the menswear…

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