1. Nothing More: Texas Rockers Persevere With Hit Single 'This Is The Time (Ballast)'

    July 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When Nothing More singer/percussionist Jonny Hawkins was in grade school, his tiny class of a dozen students all tried out for the choir. When only Hawkins and one other child weren't accepted, it made a painful impression on him. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm not a…

  2. Becky G's 'Shower': 10 Things You Need To Know

    July 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT From music video cameos to the fan army name, here's what you need to know about Becky G's instantly appealing new hit. Becky G, a 17-year-old Mexican-American artist who has been trying to break into the mainstream over the past year, may have found her golden ticket in the…

  3. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  4. Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran Backed By The Roots at Philly 4th of July Jam

    July 05, 2014 12:09 PM EDT The Roots worked as the house band for top-selling acts like Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran for its annual free concert Friday in Philadelphia celebrating Independence Day. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show The Roots Join…

  5. 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…

  6. Katy Perry, John Legend Lead 2014 Mid-Year Streaming Chart

    July 03, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Six months into the year, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" leads the pack as 2014's most-streamed track in the U.S., according to Nielsen BDS. Since January, the title has received more than 188 million plays across streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, YouTube and more. MID…

  7. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Vault To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 03, 2014 12:05 PM EDT With 'Somethin' Bad,' the stars score the first No. 1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades. Plus, Kenny Chesney achieves his 45th top 10 with 'American Kids' Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood put on an impressive display of girl power on Billboard'…

  8. 'URL Badman' Video Kicks Lily Allen to No. 1 on Trending 140

    July 02, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Lily Allen blew up the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart at 11am ET this morning, hitting No. 1 . This was in response to her fans buzzing on Twitter about the release of her music video “URL Badman” on YouTube, July 2.  “URL Badman” appears on Allen’s album “Sheezus”, which debuted on…

  9. 3rd Bass Rapper Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

    July 02, 2014 3:45 AM EDT Peter Nash, whose stage name was 'Prime Minister Pete Nice,' pleaded guilty in Albany County Court to failing to pay state income taxes. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A rapper from the 1990s hip-hop group 3rd Bass has pleaded guilty in Albany County Court to failing to pay state income taxes…

  10. Baauer Releases New Track, 'Clang,' with 'Body Percussion' Samples

    July 01, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Brooklyn DJ and producer Baauer, he of eternal "Harlem Shake" fame, has released a new track that's a little bit of a departure from his earlier material. "Clang," which was posted to his official website , samples '70s German artist Buedi Siebert's "…

  11. Arty, 'Up All Night': Exclusive Premiere

    July 01, 2014 1:00 PM EDT When it sees release this fall, Arty’s debut album will represent a litany of firsts. As well as being the 24-year-old Russian artist’s first major foray into songwriting, it will also mark the first album released by Live Nation’s Insomniac’s fledgling record label in partnership with…

  12. Glastonbury 2014: The Top 10 Best Acts

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Just under 180,000 people attended this weekend’s Glastonbury festival – the world’s largest green field music and performing arts festival, which is held annually at the Eavis family-owned Worthy Farm,  located just outside the historic British town of Glastonbury. With over 2,200…

  13. EDM Power Players: The DJs

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Skrillex DJ; founder, Owsla Skrillex At this point, Skrillex — born Sonny John Moore in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles — isn’t just…

  14. 'I Expected a Backlash': Porter Robinson Talks 'Virtual' Music, Denouncing EDM, and Online Games

    June 30, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Porter Robinson still misses the digital worlds he grew up in. The 21-year-old breakout star of the post-EDM “beatsy” scene, as he describes it, spent most of his adolescence immersed in so-called massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like Star Wars Galaxies and City of…

  15. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

  16. Nicki Minaj Brings 'Pills N Potions' to 2014 BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 9:58 PM EDT Nicki Minaj opened with menacing rhymes on the back of a motorcycle at the 2014 BET Awards, but that lasted all of 30 seconds. Then came tambourines and a slow bass line for her new single “Pill N Potions.” 2014 BET Awards: Red Carpet Photos Contortionists, bunny rabbits, giant mushrooms…

  17. Prince Welcomes 'Purple Rain' Co-Star Apollonia to Paisley Park for First Time: Listen

    June 29, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Prince celebrated the 30th anniversary of his iconic album and film, "Purple Rain," this weekend with co-star Apollonia Kotero on her first trip to his Paisley Park estate.  Saturday night, as Consequence of Sound reports, His Purpleness and his band 3RDEYEGIRL treated Apollonia to…

  18. Willie Nelson Drops 'Band of Brothers,' His Best Album in Over a Decade (Review)

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT What does an 81-year old country music legend do to keep life interesting for himself? Go back to something he’s good at: writing songs. This is, astonishingly, the first Willie Nelson album to be dominated by self-penned material since the one-two punch of "Spirit" and "Teatro…

  19. CODE Picks of the Week: Porter Robinson, Hardwell & More

    June 27, 2014 1:50 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 weekend. Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars" (Hardwell Remix) After Avicii unexpectedly lent his talents to the original song, Dutch dance star…

  20. Grimes Drops News Song 'Go' (Listen)

    June 26, 2014 2:35 PM EDT It's been some two-and-a-half years since Claire Elise Boucher — a.k.a. Grimes — set the indiesphere alight with her *Visions* LP, and now we've got the first song from her hotly anticipated new album: "Go," which was originally written for (and reportedly rejected by)…

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