1. f(x) Solidifies Brand of Quirky, Hipster Pop With 'Red Light' Album

    July 08, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The girl group bring hip-hop chants, animal noises, twinkling synths, horror-movie screams and more on their new LP Last July, f(x) dropped new single "Rum Pum Pum Pum" – a mix of samba, funk and yuletide carols that (somehow brilliantly) blended to give the girl group its first No.…

  2. Taylor Swift Shares Optimistic View of the Music Industry In Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

    July 07, 2014 8:53 PM EDT Taylor Swift believes there’s still hope for the music industry. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard's 2014 Money Makers In fact, she’s “one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive,” the superstar wrote…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever

    July 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Getting booked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a major event is an honor for any artist. Many will try anything -- whether it's fiddling with the arrangement or striving for the glory notes that only five-octive powerhouses like Whitney could hit -- to put their own…

  6. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  7. 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…

  8. Majical Cloudz Talks Tour with Lorde, Premieres Tim Hecker's 'Savage' Remix (Listen)

    June 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Devon Welsh also discusses new music Majical Cloudz has been recording When Lorde heads out on her North American tour this September, she'll be taking along not a polished, major label next-big-thing, but a cult favorite used to playing to a few hundred spectators, or less. But…

  9. Mariachi USA Festival: Founder Rodri Rodriguez Talks Hollywood Bowl, New Day of the Dead Festival and Being Julio Iglesias’ Boss

    June 29, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Just as Rodri Rodriguez is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the producer is already busy making plans for an new festival themed around Day of the Dead.  The Cuban-born Rodriguez first made her mark in the music business in the mid-1970s when…

  10. Lifetime Faces Skeptical Fans, Angry Family For Aaliyah, Whitney Houston Biopics

    June 27, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Lifetime is hoping fans of the late Aaliyah and Whitney Houston will deliver ratings gold when the network airs biopics about the singers’ lives and tragic deaths in the coming year. Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, 17, best known for her work on the hit Disney show "Shake It Up"…

  11. Why Is 'We Are One' A Flop?

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT There’s been a lot of spirited debate on the merits (or not) of “ We Are One (Ole Ola),” the official FIFA World Cup Song , performed by Pitbull with guests Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian Claudia Leitte. Reviews of the track run the gamut, with some calling it spirited, festive and…

  12. Vanessa Carlton Announces Pregnancy, New Album In 2015

    June 26, 2014 4:22 PM EDT It’s no "ordinary day" for Vanessa Carlton, who announced on social media that she and husband John McCauley are expecting their first child. Because of the happy news, Carlton's next album, "Liberman," has been pushed to the summer of 2015. The singer/songwriter…

  13. ‘Under the Electric Sky’: Preview an Exclusive Tiësto Clip from the Festival Film

    June 25, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Fans won’t have to wait until June 27th to get a glimpse of Live Nation’s Insomniac Events’ Electric Daisy Carnival documentary “Under the Electric Sky.” In a clip provided exclusively to Billboard, attendees can instantly relive a particularly anthemic moment from Tiësto’s Kinetic Field…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. NBC's Beatles Series Tripped Up Over Music Rights, Competing Project

    June 20, 2014 12:23 PM EDT News leaked June 13 that NBC has a team developing an eight-part mini-series on The Beatles . At the outset, it has two big challenges: no music rights and a competing project at Sony Pictures Television. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, publisher of all but six of…

  17. Billboard.com's 2014 Mid-Year Music Poll: Vote Now!

    June 19, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Vote for your favorite songs, albums, artist, music videos and moments of 2014's first half! In a few weeks' time, 2014 will be halfway done -- and a fantastic year of popular music will already be in the books. From Pharrell's "Happy" run to the newfound…

  18. Paul Oakenfold Covers Trance Classics on 'Trance Mission' Album: Listen to Mini-Mix (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Paul Oakenfold has never suffered from a shortage of ambition. The English dance veteran brought acid house to Ibiza and helped turn an obscure Iberian backwater into a global clubbing mecca. He became the first DJ to play the main stage at Glastonbury, and his chart-conquering remixes have…

  19. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  20. Lady Gaga 'Judas' Plagiarism Lawsuit Dismissed

    June 17, 2014 7:23 PM EDT A judge has dismissed a plagiarism lawsuit against Lady Gaga that claimed the pop star's hit single "Judas" ripped off elements of Chicago musician Rebecca Francescatti's 1999 track "Juda." Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett Surprise NYC School on Last Day of Classes In his…

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