1. IFPI Holds Conference on Global Friday Street Date While U.S. Opposition Mounts

    September 15, 2014 6:04 PM EDT While the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is moving ahead with plans to establish a global new release street date that would see all new releases coming out on Friday, U.S. opposition to moving it from the long-established Tuesday release is mounting. In addition…

  2. Exclusive: Sony Music Forms Disruptor With Chainsmokers Manager

    September 05, 2014 9:52 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris has signed a joint venture artistic development deal with the Chainsmokers ' manager Adam Alpert that will see the formation of Disruptor Management. In addition to a management firm, the new company will field Disruptor Records, an imprint that…

  3. Exclusive: Isaac Hayes Family Pushes Legacy Into the Future With 'Unvaulted' Project

    August 18, 2014 1:18 PM EDT This week marks six years since the untimely passing of music legend Isaac Hayes , but it should also be noted as new beginning of sorts. His family has united to form the Isaac Hayes Enterprises in Atlanta, a project which honors his legacy. Though his discography includes 22 studio albums,…

  4. 10 Reasons Why Chance The Rapper Won Lollapalooza

    August 04, 2014 10:45 AM EDT R. Kelly, "Arthur" and mud fights: congratulations Chance, you owned your hometown festival. No artist defined Lollapalooza 2014 quite like Chancelor Bennett, better known as Chicago MC Chance The Rapper, who performed in Grant Park on Sunday night (Aug. 3) to help close out the…

  5. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Hardwell, Tiësto, Audien & More

    July 27, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Tomorrowland’s second weekend hit its halfway point with another star-studded assortment of talent on Saturday (July 26). Despite early indications of rain, the weather held it together for the enthusiastic masses that descended upon the festival’s otherworldly stages and installations.…

  6. Beatport's New President Lloyd Starr on Download Farms, What EDM Even Is (Q&A)

    July 23, 2014 2:48 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matthew Addell's June 24 exit, the door opened…

  7. Ariana Grande's 'Sam & Cat' TV Show Canceled

    July 14, 2014 10:53 AM EDT "Sam & Cat," the Nickelodeon sitcom starring Ariana Grande, has been canceled after one season, the network confirmed on Sunday (July 13). The pop superstar wrote a lengthy note about the news on Sunday, expressing gratitude toward Nickelodeon, show-runner Dan Schneider…

  8. 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.…

  9. Corner Office: BET CEO Debra Lee Talks Classic BET Awards Moments, Chris Brown & More

    June 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Three decades is a mighty long timeto be in any industry, which makes Debra L. Lee, 58, chairman/CEO of BET Networks, even more of a wonder to behold, having survived and thrived while building the leading cable TV network targeting African-Americans. “I grew up with a small room and a little…

  10. Clean Bandit Puts Classical Music In The House With 'Rather Be'

    June 24, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British quartet hits the Hot 100 with its former four week U.K. No. 1, an unlikely mix of live strings and dance beats "We try not to see boundaries between genres. We believe you can just do whatever you want," says Jack Patterson, multi-instrumentalist of Clean Bandit. For the…

  11. Saba, 'Butter': Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 11, 2014 12:36 PM EDT Saba is up next, part of a crop of new talent from Chicago. The 19-year old rapper/producer, from Chicago’s Westside, began experimenting with music at 9-years old, and soon became a member of the rap collective, Pivot Gang. He's currently working on his second mixtape "COMFORTzone…

  12. Bonnaroo: 10 Most Legendary Moments

    June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT From Beck's puppetry to D'Angelo's comeback to Macca's epic set, these are the 10 most unforgettable moments from the Tennessee fest. The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival , another weekend of heat, porta-potties and hopefully great rock moments out in a field in…

  13. Umphrey's McGee, 'Similar Skin': Exclusive Album Premiere

    June 03, 2014 9:10 AM EDT Umphrey's McGee made a conscious decision to show its "ripping, guitar solo rock band" side on its new album, "Similar Skin," which drops June 10. Bassist Ryan Stasik tells Billboard that the direction for Umphrey's eighth studio release -- and first…

  14. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  15. Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

    April 17, 2014 3:35 PM EDT "Time Is "Illmatic," the documentary about Nas' 1994 debut album, lived up to its name last night. Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that "Illmatic" would be here, at New York's legendary Beacon Theater for the TriBeCa Film Festival's…

  16. 20 Hot Coachella Moments: Jay Z & Beyoncé Cameos, Nirvana Covers & Pharrell's Stars Day 2

    April 13, 2014 1:28 PM EDT Coachella 2014 rolled on Saturday (April 13) with epic performances by Lorde , Muse , Skrillex and headliner Pharrell Williams and guests including Gwen Stefani and Diddy among the dozens of acts rocking the desert. Take a time-stamped look at the 20 hottest happenings on the festival's…

  17. CODE Picks of the Week: Tommy Trash, Gorgon City and More

    April 11, 2014 4:36 PM EDT Chris Lake – “Helium” (Umek & Mike Vale Remix) [Ultra] Slovenian tech house teammates Umek and Mike Vale turn in a high-octane reinterpretation of Chris Lake’s crossover single, bolstering the original’s vocals with shuffling hats and an infectious groove that will feel more than welcome…

  18. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  19. 'Glee' Recap: Focus on 'Frenemies' Hints At a Maturing Series

    February 26, 2014 1:47 AM EST After a lengthy hiatus “Glee” returns to address the prickly topic of Frenemies. Drama is “Glee’s” middle name, and shifting alliances, friendships and relationships is the bread and butter of the series, but this episode deals head-on with this particular dilemma -- what if the enemy you…

  20. Arcade Fire Nominated for Three mtvU Woodie Awards

    February 14, 2014 1:02 AM EST Canadian alternative rockers Arcade Fire leads this year's mtvU Woodie Awards nominations with three. Other artists receiving multiple nominations include Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams, Jay Z, Imagine Dragons, Disclosure and Chance the Rapper, all with two apiece. Arcade Fire will vie…

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