1. Firefly Producers Announce New Big Barrel Country Fest, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Loretta Lynn to Play

    December 18, 2014 7:55 AM EST Red Frog Events, the producers of the Firefly Festival, announce today the launch of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 26-28, the weekend after Firefly, at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., site of Firefly. Headliners include  Blake Shelton , Miranda…

  2. Exclusive: Mod Sun Premieres Ode to Marijuana 'Never Quit' ft. Travis Barker

    December 17, 2014 11:21 AM EST "No matter the amount of negativity you're presented with, five minutes from now could be your best moment," says Mod Sun, and his music reflects this attitude. The rapper's 2012 project was titled Happy As Fuck;  he named his book Did I Ever Wake Up? . Even his artistic…

  3. Nightclub Company Hakkasan to Buy The Light Group in $36 Million Deal

    December 17, 2014 10:06 AM EST One purveyor of swanky Las Vegas Strip nightlife is buying another in a $36 million deal announced Tuesday. Hakkasan Group, whose name is affixed to a five-story nightclub and dining experience at the MGM Grand hotel-casino, is buying The Light Group and its 22 nightclubs, day clubs and…

  4. Tony Bennett Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 16, 2014 9:07 PM EST Tony Bennett is among those being honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a New York gala. Guests gathered at a Manhattan hotel on Tuesday evening (Dec. 16) for the organization's star-studded Ripple of Hope Award ceremony. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett…

  5. Exclusive: Dzeko & Torres Cram 62 Songs Into '2014 in 10 Minutes' Mix

    December 16, 2014 3:06 PM EST 'Tis the season for year-end retrospectives, but Dzeko & Torres have outdone themselves. For those looking to take a quick lap down memory lane, Tiësto 's protégés have stuffed a year's worth of major main stage tracks into one 10-minute mix. It has become a bit of a…

  6. Iggy Azalea Announces 'Great Escape' North American Tour Dates

    December 15, 2014 6:57 PM EST Iggy Azalea has announced dates for her Great Escape North American tour next year, kicking off in Fresno, Calif. on April 14 and wrapping up May 24 in Austin, Texas.  Iggy Azalea Pays Tribute to 'Woman I Owe My Career To' at Women in Music 2014 The "Fancy" rapper will…

  7. Watch Shania Twain's Anti-Family Violence PSA Video

    December 15, 2014 5:01 AM EST Shania Twain has released a public service announcement against family violence on YouTube. The online video for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's YouTube channel has the country music star warning "violence -- especially in your own home -- is never acceptable." Twain did…

  8. Jimmy Kimmel Makes Billboard Chart Debut on the Killers' New Holiday Hit

    December 12, 2014 4:41 PM EST Las Vegas natives the Killers and Jimmy Kimmel teamed up to create a new holiday song and character, "Joel, the Lump of Coal," and it ended up bringing a gift to Kimmel: his Billboard chart debut. The folky track bows at No. 27 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with 11,000…

  9. Vance Joy's ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Obsession and More Insider Scoop

    December 09, 2014 4:49 PM EST Vance Joy’s Buffy Love Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy , whose catchy “Riptide” peaked at No. 29 on the Nov. 29 Hot 100 chart, and who will be touring with Taylor Swift  in 2015, let Overheard in on one of his secret pleasures: He’s a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. “It’s a pretty…

  10. Metal Band Five Finger Death Punch’s Master Plan to Catapult From Club Gigs to Arena Tours

    December 09, 2014 1:30 PM EST How Five Finger Death Punch graduated from clubs to arenas and doubled its gross. Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) doesn’t have the name recognition of a band like Foo Fighters , but that may be about to change. An unusual united strategic marketing effort by the group’s management, label,…

  11. PRhyme Announces North American Tour; Royce Da 5'9" Talks 'Shady XV' Album

    December 09, 2014 1:18 PM EST Slaughterhouse is 'about 60 to 70 percent done' with the follow-up to 2012's 'Welcome to Our House.' Royce da 5'9" says he and DJ Premier do not consider their new collaboration PRhyme -- which released its self-titled debut album this week -- to be a side…

  12. EDM Festivals Keep the Off-Season Buzz Going With Big-Budget Commercials

    December 09, 2014 12:25 PM EST 'Aftermovies' have become festivals’ biggest ticket-sales tactic Winter is a slow time for EDM festivals, but organizers have found one way to keep the buzz going year-round. Aftermovies, or YouTube commercials that recap the events, have emerged as festivals’ preeminent…

  13. Exclusive: Roc Nation Sports Preps 'Throne Boxing,' Set to Feature Live Music at MSG

    December 09, 2014 9:00 AM EST Roc Nation Sports, which announced its first Boxing division in August, will present its debut boxing event, "throne boxing," on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The event, designed to be a hybrid of boxing and live music, will be telecast live from Madison Square Garden in the first of a…

  14. Exclusive Video: 'Dimebag' Darrell Jokes Backstage About Godsmack's Sully Erna in Never-Before-Seen Clip

    December 08, 2014 4:13 PM EST Godsmack is one of many bands paying tribute to the memory of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on the 10th anniversary of the legendary guitarist's death. The Boston group’s members were longtime associates of Dimebag’s, and that meant that they either shared a drink or a jam (or both) with…

  15. Exclusive: Santana & Wyclef Talk Woodstock, Fusion & More

    December 08, 2014 2:25 PM EST Watch an exclusive video excerpt from 'The Living Room Tour' sessions. Carlos Santana sat down for an interview and jam session with Wyclef Jean as part of Bang & Olufsen's The Living Room Tour sessions. In an exclusive excerpt for Billboard , Jean and Santana spoke about…

  16. Does the 'Girls' Season 4 Trailer Make a Joke at Selena Gomez's Expense?

    December 08, 2014 10:16 AM EST The trailer for season 4 of HBO's Girls is here (hurray!) and it features the following hilarious exchange between Lena Dunham and Jemina Kirke 's characters. Jessa: The heart wants what it wants. Hannah: You do know who you're quoting, right? Hannah's reaction mirrors…

  17. Lady Gaga's Viral Dancing Little Monster Brendan Jordan Models for American Apparel

    December 05, 2014 8:41 PM EST The Lady Gaga fan who rose to Internet stardom after a video of him executing the "Applause" choreography in the background of a local news broadcast went viral is now an American Apparel model.  Lady Gaga Approves of Young Fan's 'Applause' Choreography Brendan…

  18. The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: Pete Wentz Talks New Fall Out Boy Album

    December 05, 2014 9:30 AM EST Billboard has a new podcast. We’ve already got you covered on all things pop , hip-hop and new music on the podcast front; now, the alternative music world gets some love, too. Introducing the Alt In Our Stars -- a new weekly podcast covering rock and alternative music. Expect musical…

  19. Bonus 'Beyonce' Bows on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    December 04, 2014 4:57 PM EST 'Beyonce' reissue produces a surge in album sales, while bonus tracks, including '7/11,' enter songs charts. Following a deluxe reissue of Beyonce 's self-titled 2013 album, its sales soar by 713 percent to 22,000 in the week ending Nov. 30, according to Nielsen…

  20. Dave Koz Partners With Spaghettini for New Restaurant & Music Venue

    December 04, 2014 3:48 PM EST Saxophonist Richard Elliot, Santana's Andy Vargas & Las Vegas headliner Matt Goss kick off performance slate. Starting Friday, live music will begin a new residency in Beverly Hills. Adopting the tagline "harmonizing fine dining with world-class musical entertainment,"…

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