1. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' and Why Waiting 14 Years For Music Isn't a Bad Thing

    December 16, 2014 4:55 PM EST Imagine going to a steakhouse, ordering the best steak in the restaurant after being told the best steak will take an hour to properly cook, waiting impatiently as everyone around you gets their food before you, angrily wondering why YOUR steak has to take so damn long... and then…

  2. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  3. 2014 Indie Rock Playlist for Pop Fans: 15 Songs That Could Have Cracked Top 40

    December 09, 2014 3:30 PM EST Check out tunes from Tune-Yards, the Drums, Hundred Waters and others that even the staunchest pop fan would embrace. December is always a time for pop fans to feel particularly trepidatious, as the final month of the calendar year doubles as year-end list season — better known as a…

  4. If Mick Jagger Doesn't Like Singing, Why Is He So Good at It?

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On this day in 1969, the Rolling Stones frontman made a strong statement. Now, we debunk it. On this day in 1969 (Dec. 8), Mick Jagger was quoted saying, "I don't really like singing very much, I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar…

  5. Will Butler, Against the Current & Hannah Diamond: Emerging Picks of the Week

    December 04, 2014 7:03 PM EST Warm up this weekend with Billboard's latest triple offering of tracks that all debuted on this week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Take My Side" – Will Butler The Arcade…

  6. Exclusive: Bonobo Premieres New Song 'Return to Air'

    November 24, 2014 1:00 PM EST New York City-via-U.K. producer Bonobo , a.k.a. Simon Green, is as much of an instrumentalist as he is a producer. His lush tracks are just as likely to incorporate surging orchestral strings as they are synthesized pops and clicks, and the result is an alluring mix that draws crowds to…

  7. Joe Mullins on His Latest Radio Ramblers Project, 'Another Day From Life'

    November 13, 2014 8:43 PM EST Joe Mullins is what could be termed a double threat in the business. Musically, he is one of the top bluegrass acts in the business along with his band, the Radio Ramblers , but he also is one of the top radio personalities in the genre. Spend any amount of time with him, and you'll be…

  8. Wrong Direction: Why The Wanted Never Reached The Boy Band Stratosphere

    November 12, 2014 5:35 PM EST There were sonic missteps and album delays, but the boy band war of 2012 was over before it began. In March 2012, there were not one but two U.K. male pop groups on the cover of Billboard magazine , with a story written by Steven J. Horowitz about the impending boy band boom that the…

  9. AC/DC is All About Balls, Bikinis, Bloopers in New Video for 'Play Ball'

    November 11, 2014 8:16 PM EST AC/DC 's video for the new song "Play Ball" is a tribute to all things sports, but with a somewhat unsettling emphasis on female athletes in bikinis.  When the clip isn't focused on the iconic Aussie rock and roll band parading around in front of a green screen…

  10. Watch AOA Play Soulful, Seductive Spies in 'Like a Cat' Video

    November 11, 2014 7:08 PM EST The seven-member girl group return at their most alluring yet for a confident new single. As one of the new girl groups helping K-pop embrace its sexuality in 2014, AOA return with "Like a Cat" -- the lead single off their second EP which marks their third comeback this year. Like…

  11. Who Were 1984’s One-Hit Wonders?

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT So, what was the "Macarena" of 1984? The better question is -- what wasn't? Sexy talk and German anti-war protest songs ruled in the fight to be forgotten. Below, you can hear tracks from lesser-known Jackson siblings and listen to Clint Eastwood in a country song. A Look…

  12. Interpol's 'El Pintor': Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 09, 2014 12:50 PM EDT If you’re Interpol , you must be hearing the words “return to form” a great deal these days. You’ve played the major label game, and retreated back to your original indie home, Matador Records. You lost your iconic bass player, and have struggled to prove you’re still the same band fans fell…

  13. MTV 2014 VMAs: Watch The Best (and Worst) Performances

    August 25, 2014 1:30 AM EDT From Beyonce to Iggy to Sam, check out who shone the brightest at this year's ceremony. The MTV 2014 Video Music Awards were full of Hot 100 smashes, high-wattage team-ups and must-see song debuts, with some stars ascending to new heights and others stumbling on a huge stage. Who…

  14. Lollapalooza's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    August 01, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Eminem or the Arctic Monkeys? Calvin Harris or OutKast? Here's our expert advice. If you’re a pro at the music festival game, you know you’ve got to come prepared. Lollapalooza 2014: Wall-to-Wall Coverage from Billboard Once strictly an alt-rock festival, Lolla now offers a refined…

  15. Waka Flocka Flame, '0 to 100 (Freestyle)': Exclusive Video Premiere & Q&A

    July 31, 2014 11:50 AM EDT 'Drake deserves a Grammy for '0 to 100,'' Waka tells The Juice. After turning heads with feature appearances on Flosstradamus ' "TTU (Too Turnt Up)," DJ Scream's "Always" and Steve Aoki 's "Rage the Night Away," Waka Flocka…

  16. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  17. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes and More Day 3 Highlights

    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Following headlining sets by respected rock deities Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the third and final day (July 20) of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival belonged to hip-hop kingpin Kendrick Lamar, who brought his A-game to Chicago’s Union Park to wind…

  18. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  19. Mark Ronson on East Village Radio's End: 'I'm Shocked It's Closing' (Guest Post)

    May 23, 2014 1:23 PM EDT Influential Internet station East Village Radio closed its doors on May 23, blaming rising rents and the congressional Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which mandates that Web broadcasters pay a performance royalty for every listener. One of the station's best-known DJs,…

  20. Code Picks of the Week: Porter Robinson, Nero and More

    May 16, 2014 1:47 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Nero, "Satisfy" [MTA Records] British trio Nero are back in stunning fashion with “Satisfy,” a dark techno-inspired track whose…

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