1. Arcade Fire Add Devo, Television & More to Reflektor Tour Lineup: See Dates

    July 21, 2014 12:40 PM EDT The indie rock forefathers will open on select North American dates, along with Dan Deacon, Spoon and others Seeing Arcade Fire's mystical live show as they tour behind 2013's "Reflektor" is good enough, but fans will be treated to a couple extra-special guests when the…

  2. Four Year Strong Prepare to 'Go Down in History' With New EP Premiere: Listen

    July 21, 2014 9:55 AM EDT After a label change, lineup switch and three-year break, breakdown-happy punks Four Year Strong are back with a new EP that Billboard is excited to stream a day ahead of its release date. "These are definitely some of the most riffy songs we've ever written," guitarist…

  3. Mick Jagger Opens Up About L'Wren Scott Death, Saying It's Been a 'Very Hard Year’

    July 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Apart from releasing a statement shortly after the death of his longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger has remained mostly silent about her suicide in March. Mick Jagger Sings Bob Dylan's 'Just Like a Woman' at L'Wren Scott Memorial (Updated)…

  4. Nico Vega Premieres Hook-Filled New LP 'Lead to Light' (Listen)

    July 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Nico Vega's sophomore album features some of the most unstoppable pop-rock hooks heard all year and Billboard presents an exclusive early listen to "Lead to Light" in its entirety. Hailing from Los Angeles, Nico Vega are led by frontmwoman Aja Volkman, whose commanding vocals…

  5. Roméo Testa, 'Still Misunderstood' (Acoustic), Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 18, 2014 10:30 AM EDT "'Still Misunderstood' is one of the most personal songs I've ever written," Roméo Testa tells Billboard. "It's for the people who have been bullied or made to feel like an outcast. It's to let people know that there are other people who can relate and…

  6. Jordan Anderson on Finding Her Way in Nashville

    July 16, 2014 7:13 PM EDT When you hear the heartfelt lyrics of Jordan Anderson's latest single, "American Dream," keep in mind that it is her real life she’s singing about — word for word.  "I wrote it with James Dean Hicks in Nashville. It was an awesome experience. It's about my journey…

  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. 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…

  9. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet For Country Rap

    July 05, 2014 2:17 PM EDT "I think rap gets treated like a dirty word," Clear Channel's Clay Hunnicutt says. When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn't find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

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