1. RayLand Baxter on His Nashville Dancin' Homecoming

    July 15, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Being raised in Bon Aqua, Tennessee – a stone’s throw from Nashville makes Thursday’s (July 17)  performance as part of the summer concert series Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General a homecoming of sorts for performer RayLand Baxter. “I enjoy the fact that I am living and performing…

  2. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

  3. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  4. Danny Brown, 'Smokin' & Drinkin'' (Boys Noize Smokin' Mix): Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Fool's Gold will release a 4-song 'Smokin' & Drinkin' remix EP digitally on July 22. It will be available on 12" picture disc later this year. Detroit hip-hop and Berlin electro may seem like an odd couple, but Danny Brown and Boys Noize are proving they fit…

  5. Denver Chive Fest Lineup Exclusive: Edward Sharpe, Cold War Kids & More

    July 10, 2014 12:01 AM EDT The inaugural edition of Denver's Chive Fest, hosted by entertainment photo web giant theCHIVE.com in association with C3 Presents, will include performances from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids, Talib Kweli and more, Billboard.com can exclusively announce. The…

  6. Jeff Koons' Controversial Michael Jackson Sculpture: The Story Behind It

    July 08, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As a major retrospective of the artist's work rolls into New York, the artist talks about the making of one of his most iconic pieces: a larger-than-life rendering of the King of Pop and his beloved pet chimpanzee. Weeks after Michael Jackson's virtual performance at the Billboard…

  7. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  8. Lucy Hale: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Audition Was 'Awkward'

    July 02, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Lucy Hale recently talked to MTV News about auditioning for raunchy novel-turned-movie, “Fifty Shades of Grey," explaining that it was "awkward." “It was unlike any audition I have ever done before in my life,” Hale said. “It was like a two-page monologue of dialogue of…

  9. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  10. Glastonbury 2014: The Top 10 Best Acts

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Just under 180,000 people attended this weekend’s Glastonbury festival – the world’s largest green field music and performing arts festival, which is held annually at the Eavis family-owned Worthy Farm,  located just outside the historic British town of Glastonbury. With over 2,200 performers…

  11. EDM Power Players: The DJs

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Skrillex DJ; founder, Owsla Skrillex At this point, Skrillex — born Sonny John Moore in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles — isn’t just…

  12. Steelism on New Album's Influences: 'We Kind of Have Two Sides to What We Do'

    June 30, 2014 5:06 PM EDT For Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum – who comprise the eclectic duo Steelism, their performance at Thursday (July 3) night’s Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General gives them a chance to play in their home city. “We are so thrilled to be playing at Riverfront,” Fetzer told Billboard. …

  13. 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…

  14. Willie Nelson Drops 'Band of Brothers,' His Best Album in Over a Decade (Review)

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT What does an 81-year old country music legend do to keep life interesting for himself? Go back to something he’s good at: writing songs. This is, astonishingly, the first Willie Nelson album to be dominated by self-penned material since the one-two punch of "Spirit" and "Teatro…

  15. Judas Priest On Fall U.S. Tour: 'We're Ready To Go'

    June 27, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Frontman Rob Halford says the legendary metal group is "reconstructing the way we tour." With a 21-date U.S. tour announced for the fall, it's clear that reports of Judas Priest's touring demise after its 2011-12 Epitaph World Tour were greatly exaggerated. The iconic…

  16. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  17. Code Picks of the Week: The Chainsmokers, Duke Dumont & More

    June 20, 2014 12:40 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. The Chainsmokers, “#SELFIE” (Will Sparks Remix) Only cockroaches and “#SELFIE” seem guaranteed to survive the apocalypse. Following Botnek’s…

  18. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

  19. Michael Jackson 'Hologram' Show Triggers New Lawsuit

    June 20, 2014 4:32 AM EDT It's now been a month since a Michael Jackson recreation at the Billboard Music Awards earned heavy buzz. In the days leading up to the spectacle, Hologram USA, owned by firebrand entrepreneur Alki David, attempted to stop it by claiming it infringed patented hologram technology that…

  20. deadmau5, 'while(1 <2)': Track-By-Track Review

    June 17, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Joel Zimmerman – aka deadmau5 – has seen his fair share of strife and success in the two years since his last album release. From a tumultuous ended engagement with tattoo artist Kat Von D to a new record deal with Astralwerks, change has been the only constant for the globetrotting Canadian…

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