1. Sleater-Kinney Returns to New York, Rocks Through Past and Present: Live Review

    February 27, 2015 12:51 PM EST The Sleater-Kinney 2015 reunion extravaganza rolled on last night (Feb. 26), with the first of two sold-out shows at New York's Terminal 5, a venue far larger than what the trio would have played prior to its 2006 split. S-K's power goes beyond the goodwill of having them back --…

  2. Steve Bug Talks Poker Flat's 15th Anniversary, Blasts Digital Era: 'A Lot of Good Music Gets Forgotten'

    February 25, 2015 6:22 PM EST Steve Bug has never been one to mince words. Pioneering and ever opinionated, the German artist founded Poker Flat Recordings in 1999 and steered it to become one of house music's most respected underground imprints. His edgy yet accessible hit "Loverboy" set the tone for the…

  3. Big Sean, 'Dark Sky Paradise': Track-by-Track Review

    February 23, 2015 3:00 PM EST Close to a year ago, things weren't looking so good for Big Sean . The G.O.O.D. Music rapper was in the midst of a breakup with former fiance and Glee star Naya Rivera ; it seemed to be on the verge of getting very public and very ugly. Kendrick Lamar 's verse off "Control…

  4. Exclusive: The Avener Premieres 'Hate Street Dialogue' Video ft. Rodriguez

    February 19, 2015 11:30 AM EST The limitations of an artist's environment can have a strong impact on their work -- take the Avener and his song "Hate Street Dialogue." "A friend of mine introduced me to Rodriguez 's music ten years ago," the French producer tells Billboard. "I was…

  5. Ship to Ship: HARD CEO Gary Richards Talks Holy Ship's Origins and Horizons

    February 18, 2015 2:10 PM EST Captain D steers his beloved cruise party brand into a new era of expansion. When Holy Ship! sets sail this week for its second voyage of the year, it will signal a new chapter for dance music's premier cruise party brand. Growing popular demand forced HARD Events to schedule two…

  6. Calvin Harris' Underwear Photo Nets 15,000 Instagram Comments

    February 18, 2015 11:40 AM EST Harris' revealing Instagram post is his most talked-about image ever. People really like talking about Calvin Harris in his underwear. The superstar DJ/singer/producer shared images from his new Emporio Armani Underwear campaign through his Instagram account on Feb. 17, and the…

  7. Samuel L. Jackson Channels Russell Simmons and More Insider Scoop

    February 17, 2015 12:00 PM EST Russell Simmons Does Samuel L. Jackson Doing Russell Simmons Def Jam co-founder  Russell Simmons  has been hearing for weeks that  Samuel L. Jackson  channeled him to portray the lisping, baseball hat-and-Adidas-wearing villain Valentine in  Kingsman: The Secret Service . And after seeing the…

  8. Bobby Shmurda Speaks Out About His Gang-Related Charges: 'That Shit Is Bullshit'

    February 13, 2015 11:39 AM EST When Bobby Shmurda , the charismatic star of the surprise 2014 hit "Hot N---a," emerged from the back of a New York County Supreme Court room in January, the 20-year-old looked sad and serious. Shmurda sat very still at the defense table, showing none of the viral persona that…

  9. Will Smith Wants to Make More Music: 'I Got the Bug'

    February 12, 2015 10:43 PM EST Will Smith may be "Gettin' "Jiggy Wit It" again. He says he's hoping to return to hip-hop and never stopped recording privately. Smith, whose last solo album was released in 2005, and Kanye West were photographed in a recording studio together in Brazil last February.…

  10. Hardwell Discusses Debut Album: 'I Didn't Jump On Any Bandwagon Deep House Trends'

    February 12, 2015 4:51 PM EST Dutch superstar opens up about the state of mainstream dance music & making 'United We Are' on his own terms. When Hardwell released his first artist album United We Are last month, expectations were understandably high. Hardwell Rocks Madison Square Garden: Exclusive Behind-the…

  11. Grammys 2015: Here's What Happened at the Parties

    February 09, 2015 3:30 PM EST Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter is on the scene as high-profile musicians and top execs celebrate the 2015 Grammy Awards at L.A.'s most exclusive parties. Sam Smith was the big winner at the 2015 Grammy Awards. But the action didn't stop there. Stay tuned to this page for all…

  12. Remembering Vince Pellegrino: 'A Cheerleader for Artists, Radio and the Record Industry'

    February 06, 2015 9:17 PM EST The story of Vince Pellegrino , founder and president of the Pellegrino Entertainment Group   and publisher of  S.I.N.  (Street Information Network), is one of a man who not only loved music, but clearly loved people a whole lot more, and was loved by everyone he worked with and whose lives…

  13. Avicii Manager Defends Spotify: 'Too Many People Have the Wrong Idea About What Spotify Is' (Guest Column)

    February 06, 2015 12:30 PM EST Avicii 's 2013 hit "Wake Me Up!" is the most-streamed song in Spotify history, with more than 339 million global streams to date. That success is due not only to the fact that it's a great song, but also because from the start, we saw Spotify as our music partner, not…

  14. Big Sean on 'Supercool' Girlfriend Ariana Grande, Working With Kanye and His Personal Heartbreak

    February 06, 2015 11:36 AM EST Here's a list of things that Big Sean admittedly gives an "F" about: his family; his girlfriend, pop star Ariana Grande ; his business; his charitable foundation; "how people feel"; Dragon Ball Z; professionalism; video games; all the Batman movies; the "good as…

  15. How Broad City's 22-Year-Old Music Supervisor Crafts the Show (and Shares a Playlist)

    February 05, 2015 5:08 PM EST Comedy Central's Broad City centers around two twenty-something white women living in New York City, but it's not a Brooklyn show or a hotbed for indie rock, "I think there is a misconception that New York young people are just automatically from Brooklyn now" says the…

  16. Bonobo, Animal Collective, Polica, and Others Ride DJ Sets to 'Success'

    February 05, 2015 11:38 AM EST Who needs instruments anyway? In certain internet circles, few things elicit as much of a mixed reaction as the announcement of an artist's DJ tour. "END ALL 'DJ SETS'!!!!!!!!!!!! Who goes to these events? It's like going to see your favorite sports team, play their…

  17. Exclusive: Red Bull's Miami Guest House to Host Lil Wayne, Seth Troxler, Kygo and More

    February 04, 2015 11:44 AM EST The Miami hotel takeover announced its initial lineup for March 26-29, 2015. Red Bull is returning to Miami next month for its third annual Red Bull Guest House, a weekend of pool parties and label showcases during Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival. This year, the brand will…

  18. Rapper The Jacka Killed in Oakland: Report

    February 03, 2015 12:43 PM EST Rapper The Jacka -- born Dominic Newton -- was killed in a shooting in East Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 2. The 37-year-old is reported to have been shot on MacArthur Boulevard by 94th Avenue at 8:15 p.m., according to CBS San Francisco . There have been no suspects identified. The Bay…

  19. Fifth Harmony Shows Who's Bo$$ on 'Reflection': Track-by-Track Review

    February 02, 2015 5:53 PM EST When "Bo$$" was released as the first single from Fifth Harmony 's debut album, Reflection , the ode to Michelle Obama and purses so heavy resulting from Oprah dollars, hinted at a full-length defined by unflappable self-possession and poise. The five members of the girl group …

  20. Usher Makes an Entrance at the Billboard/THR Super Bowl Party

    February 01, 2015 9:24 AM EST Usher knew how to make an entrance -- and an exit -- when he arrived at Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter's Pre Game Party the night before the Super Bowl on Jan. 31 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The "I Don't Mind" singer arrived by driving himself into the party's…

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