1. Bassnectar Makes 'Noise' At No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums

    July 03, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Bassnectar bangs out his first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as "Noise vs. Beauty," his eighth charted album, debuts with 13,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow marks Bassnectar's best sales week in more than two years; "Vava…

  2. Daft Punk, DJ Snake & Lil Jon Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Dance/Electronic Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:08 PM EDT At the mid-way point of 2014, more than a year after its release, Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" reigns as the top selling dance/electronic album according to Nielsen SoundScan. Through the week ending June 29 -- the mid-way point of the 2014 SoundScan tracking year -- …

  3. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  4. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Sizzles To No. 1 On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    June 27, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Calvin Harris nabs his first leader on the list, while Deadmau5 and Tiesto soar onto Dance/Electronic Albums Calvin Harris kicks off the first official week of summer by capturing his first No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs , as "Summer" heats up with a 2-1 climb.   The anthem…

  5. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  6. Lorde Responds to Iggy Azalea’s Criticism of Her Nirvana Rock Hall Tribute

    June 21, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Lorde has responded to critical comments made by Iggy Azalea to Billboard about her performance with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April. Iggy Azalea On Lorde's Nirvana Rock Hall Tribute: 'She Is Not Kurt Cobain's…

  7. '22 Jump Street' Soundtrack Makes Top 5 Chart Debut on Dance Chart

    June 20, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The soundtrack to the box office champion “22 Jump Street” debuts at No. 4 on Dance/Electronic Albums with 2,000 units sold in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The companion album to the action comedy, starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube, is chock full of…

  8. Katy Perry, Die Antwoord No. 1 On Dance Charts

    June 13, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Die Antwoord achieves the best sales week of its career and first Dance/Electronic Albums No. 1 with the arrival of "Donker Mag" (7,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The South African "zef"-stylized group (akin to hip-hop's subculture elements), on tour in…

  9. 'Philosophy of Phish': Oregon State Offers Course Tied to Band's Summer Tour

    June 11, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Phish fans wanting to get a bit deeper during the band's upcoming summer tour will have a new outlet to explore their favorite jams. As long as they're willing to do some homework. Oregon State University is offering a course this summer called "Philosophy School of…

  10. Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star

    June 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Stephen Trask is adamant. "It's not stunt casting!" the composer affirms over and over about bringing the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to Broadway with headliner Neil Patrick Harris. "There are plenty of people that if we just wanted to do stunt casting, we could…

  11. Mike Myers Pulls Back the Curtain on 'Supermensch' Shep Gordon

    June 06, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Shep Gordon knows more secrets about Hollywood than anybody on the planet, says his good friend Mike Myers, but he has never heard him gossip. The actor, producer and writer of Wayne's World and Shrek chose the personal manager of such talent as Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch…

  12. Iggy Azalea On Lorde's Nirvana Rock Hall Tribute: 'She Is Not Kurt Cobain's Peer'

    June 06, 2014 1:02 PM EDT In this week's Billboard cover story, reigning Hot 100 No. 1 artist Iggy Azalea had some critical words for another young superstar who's no stranger to controversy. The target was Lorde and the topic was her recent collaborative performance with the surviving members of Nirvana at…

  13. Royksopp & Robyn's 'Again,' Idina Menzel's Remixed 'Go' Crown Dance Charts

    June 05, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Norwegian duo Royksopp (Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland) and Swedish singer Robyn team up for each act's first Dance/Electronic Albums No. 1, as the EP "Do It Again" bows with 15,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, the set's title cut single…

  14. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony Debuts on HBO

    June 01, 2014 12:39 PM EDT The hullabaloo Kiss raised over the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony gave HBO an added bonus to promote its three-hour, 15-minute edited version of last month’s ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ROCK HALL CEREMONY • Review:   Debts Repaid at…

  15. Rock Hall of Fame: Dave Grohl on Nirvana Honors, Reuniting with Courtney Love: 'It Was Beautiful'

    June 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On a chilly night in April, 20 years to the month since the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl did what many people thought was unimaginable. Taking the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at New York's Barclays Center, the 43-year-old rocker embraced Courtney…

  16. Justin Bieber & Migos Team Up On 'Looking For You' Track: Listen

    May 30, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Justin Bieber has never been shy about collaborating with hip-hop stars, and the latest rap artist to get some of that Biebs shine is Georgia trio Migos, best known for the 2013 smash "Versace." Late on Thursday night (May 30), "Looking For You," a collaboration between…

  17. Afrojack Stands 'Tall' On Dance, Electronic Charts

    May 30, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Afrojack enters at No. 2 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart with his debut album, "Forget the World" (8,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The set, also new at No. 32 on the Billboard 200, contains the hits "As Your Friend," featuring Chris…

  18. 'Supermensch' Clip: Watch Teddy Pendergrass Go From Tame to Sex God (Exclusive)

    May 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Ever wonder how Teddy Pendergrass went from a singer in Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes to a man women swoon over? Give Shep Gordon some of the credit. Mike Myers' directorial debut, "Supermensch," concerns the life of Gordon, who got into the music management business by…

  19. Tiesto 'Lights' Up Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart With Two Top 10s

    May 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Tiesto takes a second track into the top 10 of Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Wasted" (13-10) joins "Red Lights" (7-5). "Wasted," featuring Matthew Koma, rides a 22 percent sales increase (11,000 downloads in the week ending May 18,…

  20. Marianne Faithfull Becomes the Face of Saint Laurent Music Project

    May 22, 2014 3:41 AM EDT Hedi Slimane has found his new muse for the latest edition of Saint Laurent Music Project: British singer-songwriter and '60s style icon Marianne Faithfull. The 67-year-old follows after musicians Courtney Love, Chuck Berry, Kim Gordon, Marilyn Manson and Christopher Owens, to name a few…

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