1. 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…

  2. Gimme Five: 2PM's Favorite Songs Released

    December 16, 2014 6:00 PM EST Together for more than six years years, 2PM is the first to admit that they "have been through some very hard times." But throughout it all, Wooyoung, Taecyeon, Chansung, Jun.K, Junho and Nichkhun have continued to create music that not only becomes more meaningful to them, but…

  3. Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Weird Al – But Not Beyonce – Top Google's 'Year In Search'

    December 16, 2014 11:00 AM EST Google has unleashed its annual Year In Search results, and the music categories are popping with emerging artists and trendsetting newsmakers. Iggy Azalea makes several appearances, most notably the top spot on the trending music artists tally, beating Lorde , Sam Smith , Meghan Trainor…

  4. 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…

  5. In the Face of Giants, Indie Concert Promoters Outpaced the Industry at Large This Year

    December 15, 2014 5:37 PM EST The grosses of the top six independent promoters in the U.S. combined increased by more than 15 percent, compared to a 7.7 percent increase for overall. Some 20 years after industry consolidation was supposed to wipe independent promoters off the map, these stubborn, savvy and fiercely…

  6. Op-Ed: Vine Became the New Demo Tape in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:34 PM EST Fifteen minutes of fame shrunk by 14 minutes and 54 seconds in 2014. Thanks to the Twitter-owned video app Vine, six seconds were all that a growing number of artists needed to achieve celebrity status. In the same way YouTube took a few years to produce mainstream musical acts from…

  7. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  8. 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…

  9. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  10. Ian McLagan of Small Faces and the Faces Dead at 69

    December 03, 2014 8:43 PM EST Ian McLagan, the electrifying pianist and songwriter of Small Faces and the Faces who became a rock 'n' roll journeyman with stints backing Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and others, died Dec. 3 in Austin, Texas, due to complications from a stroke suffered a day earlier. He was…

  11. Exclusive: Alexander Cardinale Premieres Heartwarming 'Made For You' Video

    December 03, 2014 12:00 PM EST Inspiration strikes artists in different ways at different times. The singer-songwriter Alexander Cardinale is at his most creative when he's barely conscious. "A lot of ideas seem to come to me in a half-asleep fogginess," he tells Billboard. "Music, too. It seems so…

  12. Jimmy Iovine Named to Live Nation Board of Directors

    December 03, 2014 8:08 AM EST Jimmy Iovine , producer, former chairman of Interscope, talent svengali and current Apple employee, has been named to the board of Live Nation, the country's largest concert promoter (with revenues hitting $2.5 billion last quarter ), the company has announced. How Jimmy Iovine Made It…

  13. Billboard Year-End Awards: Best Hater Handler, Indie-est Album, Best Career Save & More

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Grammys , AMAs , CMAs, Oscars -- none of them are as important as the year-end awards you're about to witness. From Best Hater Handler to Most Ironic Arrest to Most Memorable Use of Cheesy '80s Guitar in a 2014 Movie, these are awards that actually mean something. Chosen by peers…

  14. Hardwell Rocks Madison Square Garden: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

    December 01, 2014 6:47 PM EST Hardwell might already be No. 1, but he’ll always try harder.  Right now, the Dutchman is at the vanguard of the EDM world. The progressive and electro-house specialist (real name Robbert van de Corput ) is the reigning victor of DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll , and he’s just toured the…

  15. Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez Talks Shtick, Drug Trips, and Bob Dylan Lyrics on 'Into the Wide'

    November 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Delta Spirit 's fourth full-length, Into the Wide , was conceived in what the then Brooklyn-based five-piece called "the Rat Cave," a Greenpoint studio they had built that was subsequently ruined by Hurricane Sandy. After patching up and packing up, frontman Matt Vasquez,…

  16. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  17. Watch Fifth Harmony Hit Like a ‘Sledgehammer’ In New Video

    November 25, 2014 10:59 AM EST Fifth Harmony ’s “Sledgehammer” is one of the most intrinsically joyful pop singles of the year, and the five members of the girl group appear to be having a blast in the glamorous official music video for the track, which was unveiled on Tuesday morning (Nov. 25): The concept of the video…

  18. Austin Mahone & Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony Split Up, 'Camaustin' is Over

    November 24, 2014 8:36 PM EST Bad news -- or maybe it's good news -- for all the Mohomies and Harmonizers out there: Camaustin is over.  That's the nickname given to the romantic pairing of Austin Mahone and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony , which Cabello told Pittsburgh's KISS 96.1 Monday has ended.…

  19. Idina Menzel to Launch World Tour Next Summer

    November 24, 2014 10:30 AM EST Billboard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Idina Menzel , who sung the smash hit "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen , is hitting the road in 2015. Starting July 7 in Richmond, Va. and continuing through October 3, Menzel will play 39 dates across the United States. Billboard 200…

  20. Exclusive: Hinder Premieres New Song 'Hit the Ground,' Talks 2015 Studio Album

    November 21, 2014 11:15 AM EST Hinder shares the lyric video for the hard rockin' anthem that will appear on its new album. Hinder is back with a new album for 2015, and Billboard has the first peek at the new music. For its fifth studio album, the hard-rocking Oklahoma band introduces the driving guitar ballad …

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