1. 5 Seconds of Summer Goes Global - But They're Not The Next One Direction

    April 08, 2014 12:37 PM EDT "We're not a boy band -- we're a band," says the Australian pop-rock group's Ashton Irwin. "We wanted to stay under the radar for as long as we could -- now is the time for us to really show the world what we're about," says Ashton Irwin, the 19…

  2. Girl Talk Q&A: On Sampling, Disney & His First Ever Music Video

    April 07, 2014 9:38 AM EDT Gregg Michael Gillis, known as Girl Talk, has come out with his first ever music video, a collaboration with rappers Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame. Produced by Maker Studios, "Tolerated" is a major departure from Gillis' previous work. For one thing, it has just two samples,…

  3. Ask Billboard: What Hits Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample?

    April 04, 2014 8:05 PM EDT As Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' equals the Hot 100 peak of the song it interpolates, Elton John's 'Your Song,' what other songs with samples or borrowed lyrics have fared as well as - better - than the originals? As always, submit your questions about Billboard…

  4. Austin Mahone's Debut Album 'The Secret' Gets May Release Date

    April 04, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Austin Mahone's long-awaited debut album finally has an official title and release date, just in time for his 18th birthday today. "The Secret" will be shared on May 27, and following the album release, the pop star will embark on a North American headlining tour.   Mahone has…

  5. '78 Project,' Cash and Carter Docs on the Road to Nashville Film Festival

    April 03, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Two films that connect the roots of recorded music with contemporary performers are among the music documentaries playing the Nashville Film Festival in April. "The 78 Project Movie" and "The Winding Stream," both of which had their world premieres at SXSW and include…

  6. Vive Latino 2014: Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Los Tigres del Norte Heat Up Mexico City

    April 01, 2014 7:30 PM EDT Bands like Arcade Fire , Nine Inch Nails and Los Tigres del Norte lit up the sky with music at Vive Latino 2014 . The 15th edition of the music festival continues being one of the biggest and longest events of its type, attracting thousands to the Foro Sol open-air stadium in Mexico City.…

  7. Play Ball: Hold Steady & Baseball Project Members Talk Minnesota Twins' 2014 Season

    April 01, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and the Baseball Project's Linda Pitmon weigh in on Billboard's month-long, musician-guided baseball preview April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball…

  8. Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Mourned by Dance Community

    April 01, 2014 10:08 AM EDT DJ/ producer Frankie Knuckles, widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” passed away last night (March 31) due to complications with diabetes. Having pioneered the sound of house music with his groundbreaking productions and DJ sets at legendary venues such as Chicago's Music Box and…

  9. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  10. Tribeca Film Festival: Music Docs Spotlight Nas, Bjork, James Brown + More

    March 28, 2014 9:51 AM EDT The Tribeca Film Festival has added music documentaries on James Brown and Bjork along with post-screening performances from rapper Nas, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and a tribute to jazz trumpeter Clark Terry featuring Quincy Jones, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, singer Dianne Reeves, pianist…

  11. Foster The People On Following Up A Breakthrough: 'I Was at War with Myself'

    March 26, 2014 2:21 PM EDT For Foster The People, the antidote to writer's block was hiding on the coast of Morocco. "There's something mystical that floats in the air there," says frontman/multi-instrumentalist Mark Foster, calling in from somewhere between France and London on the band's…

  12. 'Roar,' 'Royals,' 'Radioactive': Why Hit Songs Now Have One-Word Titles

    March 26, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Simply named tunes are dominating the Billboard Hot 100. "Roar." "Royals." "Timber." "Demons." "Happy." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered…

  13. Docs on James Brown, Bjork Added to Tribeca Film Festival Lineup

    March 26, 2014 12:30 PM EDT The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival has added two feature music documentaries to its special screenings program: Alex Gibney's work-in-progress, Untitled James Brown Documentary, and the world premiere of Bjork: Biophilia Live. More Tribeca MSG to Take 50 Percent Stake In Tribeca Film Fest…

  14. Linkin Park's New Video is a Game: Inside Look at 'Guilty All the Same'

    March 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT It's a music video. It's a game. It's Linkin Park's latest play on technology -- a six-minute video game debuting on Tuesday (March 25) that's based on the band's latest single, "Guilty All the Same," featuring Rakim.  Band members Joe Hahn and…

  15. CODE First Play: Alex Metric with Oliver, 'Hope'

    March 25, 2014 10:10 AM EDT An uncredited 12-inch record released back in 1992 inspired “Hope,” Alex Metric’s new collaboration with L.A. duo Oliver on Skrillex’s OWSLA label via Big Beat. It premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC radio show on Friday, but CODE beat the rip to share it here first. Metric’s excellent three-track …

  16. Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)

    March 21, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching an on-demand streaming service that would rival Spotify and Beats Music, according to three people familiar with the talks. Apple is also thinking about adding an iTunes App for Android phones,…

  17. 10 Viral Video Hits That Charted On The Hot 100

    March 21, 2014 12:18 PM EDT From "Friday" to "Harlem Shake" to two new smashes, here are 10 songs that crashed the Hot 100 thanks to highly clickable viral clips. This week's Hot 100 chart includes the unlikely Top 10 debut of Soko's "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow," a song that…

  18. Rush Planning Anniversary Tour for 2015

    March 20, 2014 8:53 PM EDT To celebrate over 40 years as a band, Rush is plotting a worldwide tour that would kick off next year. According to Rolling Stone , the prog rock outfit will unite for what it's referring to as a "41th anniversary" tour, tentatively starting in the spring of 2015. "The…

  19. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Sing Billboard Hits By Lady Gaga, One Direction, Avicii + More

    March 20, 2014 12:14 AM EDT From the beginning of the season, all eyes have been on Harry Connick Jr. as the judge to watch. During last night's "Billboard Hits" themed episode of "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez took center stage as she seriously stepped up her judging game, dispensing…

  20. Enrique Iglesias Tapped for Billboard Latin Music Conference Superstar Q&A

    March 18, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Multi-platinum recording artist Enrique Iglesias will appear during a Billboard Superstar Q&A during the 25th anniversary of the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami.  Presented by State Farm in association with Pepsi, Iglesias will be interviewed by Leila Cobo, Billboard's…

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