1. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  2. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  3. Nikki Lane Talks 'Vulnerable' New Dan Auerbach-Produced Album 'All or Nothin'

    July 09, 2014 4:38 PM EDT Nikki Lane has been getting some rave reviews for her latest disc, "All or Nothin'," and the singer-songwriter admitted to Billboard that it definitely beats the alternative. “It’s a good thing to be on the good side of the press,” she said. “It’s been flattering to see the way…

  4. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  5. CODE Picks of the Week: Usher, Alt-J, Mark Knight & More

    July 04, 2014 1:32 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 long Fourth of July weekend. Usher, “Good Kisser” (Disclosure Remix) The British boys have outdone themselves on their latest rework for Usher, giving…

  6. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  7. 2014 Hasn't Been Half Bad

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT A look at the biggest chart headlines, from Pharrell Williams, Michael Jackson, Iggy Azalea and more, from the first half of 2014 Fourteen chart headlines from the first half of 2014: Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J) wins the race to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot…

  8. Alabama Shakes: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:40 AM EDT Take a closer look at Alabama Shakes, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . It took only three years for Alabama Shakes to go from after-school music project to veritable stars. Formed by singer…

  9. Young the Giant: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Take a closer look at Young The Giant, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Formed in Irvine, California in 2004, Young the Giant were originally known as the Jakes, a combination of the first letter…

  10. Mayer Hawthorne: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Take a closer look at Mayer Hawthorne, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it was only natural that Mayer Hawthorne would fall in love with both soul and hip-hop.…

  11. Imagine Dragons Discuss 'Battle Cry,' Breaking Records & Making New Music (Q&A)

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT “I remember two years ago we played this same festival and we were thrilled to get a 12:30pm slot,” says Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon, reminiscing about the band’s 2012 appearance at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival . “When we play tonight, we’re going on before Outkast.…

  12. ‘Under the Electric Sky’: Preview an Exclusive Tiësto Clip from the Festival Film

    June 25, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Fans won’t have to wait until June 27th to get a glimpse of Live Nation’s Insomniac Events’ Electric Daisy Carnival documentary “Under the Electric Sky.” In a clip provided exclusively to Billboard, attendees can instantly relive a particularly anthemic moment from Tiësto’s Kinetic Field…

  13. Steve Aoki Spoofs 'Breaking Bad' in 'Free the Madness' Music Video (Watch)

    June 25, 2014 2:31 AM EDT If there were ever an EDM theme song for Breaking Bad, it would be "Free the Madness." The video for Steve Aoki's track with Machine Gun Kelly, off his forthcoming album Neon Future I, sees the two performers emulating the AMC show's meth-making duo, played by Bryan…

  14. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  15. 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'…

  16. Firefly 2014 Saturday Highlights: Outkast, Imagine Dragons, Tegan & Sara and More

    June 22, 2014 11:40 AM EDT “Dover, Delaware, on the first day of summer! I’m so excited I don’t know what to do,” said Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins as the band took the stage for their afternoon set at the third annual Firefly Music Festival.That sentiment was shared by the event’s 80,000 attendees on June…

  17. Luis Miguel Announces West Coast Tour with SBS Entertainment

    June 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Latin pop star Luis Miguel, who earlier this year took home the Billboard Latin Music Award for Tour of the Year, is teaming up with SBS Entertainment for a 5-city west coast tour launching Sept. 17 in Phoenix, Ariz. The 44-year-old Grammy winning singer is also scheduled to perform shows in…

  18. Woody Guthrie Home Restoration Project In Trouble Over Financial Dispute

    June 20, 2014 3:00 AM EDT A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy. The spat, an ironic turn considering Guthrie's songs that railed against greed, began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood…

  19. 'Honeymoon in Vegas' Coming to Broadway

    June 19, 2014 5:30 AM EDT Following its well-received tryout last year at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, "Honeymoon in Vegas" has booked a Broadway opening for this winter. Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley will star in the roles played by James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica…

  20. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

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