1. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  2. 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…

  3. The Shins' James Mercer: Zach Braff Soundtrack Song 'One Of The Best Things I've Ever Done'

    June 24, 2014 12:20 PM EDT The Shins leader discusses the "So Now What" and the status of the "Port of Morrow" follow-up. James Mercer says the invitation to write for another Zach Braff movie offered a chance to do something with the Shins while his schedule has been dominated by Broken Bells, his…

  4. 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…

  5. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Clockwork & More

    June 23, 2014 2:06 PM EDT The third and final day of EDC was not for the feint of heart. After a brief respite during day 2, the energy was cranked up to 11 for the grand finale. The Las Vegas Speedway was flooded with thousands of attendees to see the likes of Paul van Dyk, GTA, Zeds Dead and R3hab rumble through…

  6. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  7. Ed Sheeran Drops Longing New Song, ‘I’m A Mess’: Listen

    June 22, 2014 5:46 PM EDT He says he's desperate but Ed Sheeran sounds pretty good on the new track "I'm a Mess" from his highly anticipated sophomore album "x" that's out Monday.  Earlier this week Sheeran told fans at his album release party in Los Angeles, "I'm…

  8. 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…

  9. 'Rising Star': Stakes Are High For Creator Keshet International

    June 20, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Following weeks of promotion for its upcoming singing competition show, ABC has a lot riding on this Sunday’s debut of "Rising Star." But stakes are ever higher for the format’s creators, Israel’s Keshet International. While for the Alphabet network this is the opportunity to get…

  10. Electric Daisy Carnival Preview: Organizer Says 2014 Will Be 'One For The Record Books'

    June 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella discusses what makes EDC unique, how they will minimize drug use and the progress of a dance awards show. Since making its Sin City debut in 2011, Insomniac's flagship Electric Daisy Carnival festival in Las Vegas has become a musical holiday that many…

  11. Naked Ambition: 20 Bare-It-All Music Videos (NSFW)

    June 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's no secret that pop stars like to bare their bodies, whether it's on stage, on the red carpet, or in a music video. Big pop names like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Gotye left little to the imagination in their video hits, and we've also seen nudity (and controversy) pop…

  12. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  13. Prince Royce, Cher Lloyd Ready for Pepsi Summer Solstice Concerts

    June 19, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Online music video site VEVO and Pepsi are teaming up for four separate streamed concerts taking place in different locations, featuring Timeflies, Kid Ink, Cher Lloyd and Prince Royce, this Saturday (June 21), the longest day of the year. Dubbed “Pepsi Summer Solstice Concerts,” all four…

  14. Angie Martinez Resigns From Hot 97

    June 18, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Angie Martinez took to social media today (June 18), announcing that she's resigned from New York radio station, WQHT Hot 97. She posted a photo on Instagram of the words "Life has to move forward. Everything has its time and everything ends" over a pair of sunglasses. She…

  15. Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence': The 5 Most Tragic Lyrics on the Abum

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Even when she’s singing about Coca Cola, prom queens, Hollywood, and video games—stuff Americans are supposed to like—Lana Del Rey has a way of bumming everyone out. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review Her 2012 breakthrough, “Born to Die,” more than lived up…

  16. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit of it in deeply moral terms. For Jobs, that…

  17. Sam Smith, 'In the Lonely Hour': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Not even Disclosure's rise to fame as trendsetters for last year's U.K. garage revival could overshadow Sam Smith, who lent soulful vocals to the Lawrence brother's whiplashing hit "Latch." It was impossible not to notice Smith's heart-rending range, which seemed…

  18. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  19. The Gaslight Anthem Sets Summer Release Date For Fifth Album ‘Get Hurt’

    June 16, 2014 3:03 PM EDT New Jersey rock band the Gaslight Anthem has announced that its fifth album, “Get Hurt,” will be released on Aug. 19 through Island Records. The Gaslight Anthem Readies First Major-Label Debut The new set follows the group’s 2012 major-label debut, “Handwritten,” which peaked at No. 3 on…

  20. TG Sheppard Enjoys Dixie Homecoming (Review)

    June 16, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Since opening in 2005, the Dixie – named after "Designing Women" star Dixie Carter – has played host to some of the top talent in the business – including Lady Antebellum, Ricky Skaggs, and Dailey & Vincent. As the theater closes it's ninth season in Huntingdon, TN, one of…

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