1. Late Night Music Roundup: Veruca Salt, Lykke Li, Dierks Bentley Perform (Watch)

    May 22, 2014 8:24 AM EDT Has it really been two decades? Time has flown since Veruca Salt’s grunge-era anthem “Seether” dropped in 1994. Much has changed in that time (the Internet, anyone?), but the Chicago alternative-rock quartet's best-known track still has a kick. A reunited Veruca Salt proved that point…

  2. 615 Spotlight: Kelsey Waldon Hits 'The Goldmine'

    May 21, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Kelsey Waldon says that while her style of country offers a more traditional slant, she can certainly identify with many of the lyrics on the radio these days. She just chooses to go a different route.  "I definitely know about those things," she admits. "I grew up on a dirt…

  3. Jordin Sparks' 2014 Billboard Music Awards Best Dressed List

    May 20, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Singer and 2014 BBMAs red carpet host Jordin Sparks lists her favorite looks of the night. I had such a blast co-hosting the 2014 Billboard Music Awards "Samsung (thanks for my phone!!!) Red Carpet LIVE!" with Lance Bass on Sunday! My feet still hurt! Yikes! We got to talk…

  4. How to Do the Montauk Music Scene, Where Willie Nelson, Courtney Love and More Rock

    May 20, 2014 3:05 PM EDT From Sky Ferriera to 'SNL'-style karaoke, what's new and noteworthy on the laid-back tip of Long Island. From local concerts at Gosman's Dock to big-name headliners at the Surf Lodge, the scene in Montauk has made the formerly sleepy fishing village practically synonymous…

  5. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger, Funny or Die's VP of production and…

  6. Usher Says He's 'Keeping It Sexy' with Next Album and 'Good Kisser' Single

    May 20, 2014 2:48 PM EDT If nothing else, Usher considers himself a facilitator. “I try to make the conversation between men and women easier with my records,” the veteran R&B singer and Cupid of sorts says. His efforts have been fruitful for nearly 20 years, with sultry R&B hit singles like 1998'…

  7. Luis Fonsi '8' Video Q&A: On New Album, Staying Young, Fans & More

    May 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT With the release of Luis Fonsi's new album "8," the Latin Pop singer gets candid in a video interview with Billboard behind the scenes at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference . In 1998, when Luis Fonsi was releasing his first album, he was being pitched as Universal’s…

  8. Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias Extends Latin Airplay No. 1s Record

    May 19, 2014 5:55 PM EDT The superstar scores his 26th topper, doubling the total of runner-up Ricky Martin. Plus, new No. 1s for DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Luke Bryan and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  9. La Roux Returns After 'Burnout' and Vocal Problems: 'I Wasn't As Hardcore As I Thought'

    May 19, 2014 2:32 PM EDT The U.K. singer returns with a bold new look and a thrilling new sound on "Trouble in Paradise." As she glides into an East London photo studio, the first thing you notice about Elly Jackson, better-known as British electro-pop artist La Roux, is invariably her radiant auburn…

  10. R.E.M. Has a 'Lot of Stuff in the Vaults'

    May 19, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The defunct band packages its complete "Unplugged" sessions, with plans to make future releases special. "I mean, if we've been sitting on stuff for this long, why go cheap with it now?" says Mike Mills A continuing series of vault-trolling archival releases, with…

  11. How the F--- Do You Market a Band Called F---ed Up?

    May 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT This is an extended version of an article first published in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparked their nomenclatorial creativity. Yet the…

  12. Jamiroquai's 'Canned Heat' Jams on Dance Charts Thanks To Viral Video

    May 16, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Jamiroquai returns with a 15-year-old song following YouTube action. Plus, Disclosure hits the top five on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Cascada is back and Avicii adds another Dance Club Songs No. 1 Jamiroquai jams its way onto Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (No. 10) and…

  13. How Chelsea Handler & Irving Azoff Became Comedy's Dynamic Duo (Cover Story)

    May 16, 2014 12:31 PM EDT The superstar comedian and her (legendary) new manager plot her next moves, from tours to books to something "a little more mindful, and not as stupid" as what she’s doing at her soon-to-end E! gig On Oct. 8 of last year, Irving Azoff got a call from Kevin Huvane, managing partner…

  14. Michael Eavis, Founder of Glastonbury Festival, To Receive U.K.'s MITs Award

    May 16, 2014 2:36 AM EDT Michael Eavis, the dairy farmer who turned a small concert on his property into the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Music Industry Trust’s Award.  Eavis will be recognized for his “outstanding contribution to the U.K.’s live music industry and…

  15. 'American Idol' Turns 500 as Top 3 Battle

    May 15, 2014 9:57 AM EDT With just one week to go before the finale, the top three "American Idol" finalists went for broke in the race to be the final two on Wednesday night. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top…

  16. Afrojack Says 'I'm Not EDM' As He Crosses Over Into Pop: Video Q&A

    May 14, 2014 8:12 PM EDT "99 percent of New York has no clue who the f--- I am!" At 6 foot 9, Nick van de Wall, the DJ-producer known as Afrojack, is the easiest person to see exiting Soho House in New York's Meatpacking District. But that doesn't mean he's the easiest to identify. Passers-by…

  17. Bastille Billboard Music Awards Q&A: On Beyonce, Haim, Banks & More

    May 14, 2014 7:30 PM EDT With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Dan Smith of Bastille to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught his ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS •…

  18. 615 Spotlight: Scott Coner Enlists Tanya Tucker, T. Graham Brown on New EP

    May 14, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Music has always been very important to Indiana native Scott Coner. The singer grew up in John Mellencamp country – near Seymour, which is also down the road from a very popular country music showplace. "I lived close to a place called the Little Nashville Opry in Brown County, Indiana.…

  19. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  20. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 6:55 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once declared “is the kind of opening act that makes…

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