1. Bonnaroo 2014: Frank Ocean Provides Much-Needed Mellow on Saturday Night

    June 15, 2014 5:13 AM EDT Quick: if you were the 2014 Bonnaroo festival organizers, what would you book at the same time as the Skrillex Superjam, a three- hour extravaganza featuring every genre, artist and musical texture you could possibly imagine? If your answer was an act that was the polar opposite, you might…

  2. Bonnaroo 2014: Jack White Rolls Through Discography in Chatty Performance

    June 15, 2014 3:21 AM EDT Bonnaroo has seen flashier and more famous headliners, but Jack White put on a clinic on how to close out the main stage on Saturday night (June 14). On the third night of the Manchester, Tenn. fest, White proved his A-list rock star status with a passionate set that repped his two solo…

  3. Bonnaroo 2014: Cake, First Aid Kit Among Early Saturday Highlights

    June 14, 2014 6:42 PM EDT With festival goers still recovering from a late night of dancing to Skrillex, rapping along with Chance The Rapper and head-banging to Meshuggah, Bonnaroo brought the heat early Saturday (June 14) with artists like Cake, First Aid Kit, Seasick Steve and HAERTS performing while the…

  4. Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' in Paris Exhibit Pays Tribute to Women

    June 13, 2014 9:13 PM EDT Pharrell Williams is putting on a show -- an art show in Paris, that is. Following the March release of his album, "G I R L", the singer continues to celebrate women with his new art exhibit of the same name at Galerie Perrotin in Paris. The display features 48 pieces handpicked or…

  5. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

  6. 5 Seconds of Summer and Diddy Hit New Highs on Social 50 Chart

    June 12, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Diddy notches his best week yet on the three-and-a-half-year old Social 50 chart, as a teaser for his new video “I Want the Love” spurs a re-entry for the hip-hop mogul at No. 23. The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions of fans across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and…

  7. Bonnaroo's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See) 

    June 11, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Frank Ocean or Flaming Lips? Zedd or Lauryn Hill? Here are the most painful set overlaps, and which artist to see. Picture this: it's Friday night at Bonnaroo. The daytime heat has broken and you just filled your stomach with something from a nearby food truck that's healthy,…

  8. Brian Wilson Tells Doubters to Back Off, It ‘Kind Of Bums Me Out’

    June 11, 2014 5:32 AM EDT Brian Wilson doesn’t dig negativity. It kind of, well, bums him out. The Beach Boys great has hit back at detractors who’re putting out bad vibes on his current recording project. According to a Rolling Stone article re-published by Wilson on his official Website , the new album is tipped to…

  9. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. With Pride Month here, Billboard reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT…

  10. Darius Rucker Talks Kenny Rogers, Mötley Crüe & Recording His Next Album

    June 10, 2014 11:02 AM EDT For Darius Rucker, the CMA Music Festival is not only a chance to hang out with fans for a week, it also serves as a reminder that he is one. "When you're on the road a lot, you don't get to see a lot of shows. I still remember the first CMA event I came to with Brooks &…

  11. 'Dust & Grooves' Author on OCD Record Collectors and Comfort Albums

    June 06, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Eilon Paz spent nearly six years photographing record collectors, starting in New York's East Village at the store Tropicalia in Furs before moving onto the private rooms where collections are kept in all manner of order and chaos. What began as a blog became the book "Dust &…

  12. Governors Ball Emerges From the Mud: Fest's Booker Talks 'Cracking' NYC, Weather Prep

    June 05, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Prior to the successful launch of Governors Ball in 2011, some in the music industry had lost hope that New York could have a large-scale music festival to call its own. “Our business had grown accustomed to saying that a music festival could not succeed in New York City,” Tom Windish,…

  13. Cults, Jagwar Ma, Charles Bradley Headline Santa Monica Pier Concert Series

    June 05, 2014 1:43 AM EDT It’s probably the coolest thing you can do on a summer evening in Los Angeles. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier, which gets underway Thursday, July 10, with Cults and opening act James Supercave at 7 p.m. Other acts scheduled to…

  14. The Neighbourhood Q&A: 'Rock 'n' Roll Is Completely Dead'

    June 04, 2014 5:10 PM EDT Jesse Rutherford talks about the state of rock, his band's mixtape model, and working on a new full-length album "I just think that bands right now have no fucking idea what's going on," the Neighbourhood 's Jesse Rutherford tells Billboard bluntly on the state of…

  15. 50 Cent Blames Awful Pitch on 'Excessive Masturbation' Injury in Reddit AMA

    June 04, 2014 1:36 PM EDT He also has some cautionary words for Aziz Ansari 50 Cent took part in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session yesterday, looking to promote his new album "Street King Immortal." But of course, Fiddy's gloriously bad first pitch at the New York Mets' Citi Field…

  16. Don Henley Slams 'Arrogant' Frank Ocean for Using 'Hotel' Music

    June 04, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Don Henley is having a "Hey kids, get off-a my lawn!" moment. In a new interview, the Eagles frontman tweaks R&B singer Frank Ocean and indie band Okkervil River for using master tracks or covering two of his songs in recent years without permission. Henley's issue with…

  17. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  18. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More at Summer Jam 2014: Live Blog

    June 01, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Summer Jam – New York radio station Hot 97's annual celebration of hip-hop and R&B – is just getting under way at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The concert series, historically never short on big surprises, will be live-blogged here, so keep checking back for…

  19. Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill & Robin Thicke Debut In Top 40 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 30, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Nicki Minaj debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 13, taking the Hot Shot Debut prize with her latest single "Pills N Potions."  The song – from her upcoming "The Pink Print" album – opens with 84,000 digital downloads sold in the week ending May 25 (according to…

  20. Christopher Lee Delivers Heavy Metal Don Quixote

    May 27, 2014 8:00 PM EDT To mark his 92nd birthday, on Monday actor Sir Christopher Lee released a covers album of heavy metal versions including two numbers from the Don Quixote musical “Man of La Mancha” and two other songs.  “'Impossible Dream', in my opinion, is one of the greatest songs ever written,”…

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