1. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  2. Madonna Aiming for 2015 Album Release, 'Having a Lot of Fun' With Diplo

    September 12, 2014 1:13 PM EDT Madonna 's been hard at work on her upcoming new album -- as evidenced by her prolific posts on Instagram -- and is planning for it to be released in 2015, according to a representative. Among those she's working with is super-producer Diplo , who has turned up in multiple…

  3. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  4. Nicki Minaj's High School Won't Let Her Come Back and Talk to Students

    September 12, 2014 10:23 AM EDT People that "don't want none" of Nicki Minaj : Nicki Minaj's high school. According to the rapper, her old high school in NYC doesn't want her coming back to speak to students. "I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined…

  5. Billboard Cover Story Preview: 'The Voice' Coaches Discuss Season Seven & More

    September 08, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Photographed exclusively for Billboard by Smallz + Raskind The four superstar coaches from The Voice will grace the cover of Billboard ahead the singing competition show’s upcoming season seven, which premieres Sept. 22 on NBC. 'The Voice' Season 7 Trailer Features Gwen Stefani,…

  6. New Web Series 'True Trans' Features Laura Jane Grace From Against Me!

    September 04, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Laura Jane Grace , the frontwoman of the band Against Me! and one of the most visible transgender figures in music, will appear in a new web series coming to AOL in October. The series, True Trans , which takes its title from the Against Me! song " True Trans Soul Rebel ," features…

  7. Country Newcomer Danika Portz Talks Eclectic Influences: Katy Perry, Dolly Parton & The Circus

    September 03, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Danika Portz's debut single "Greatest Show On Earth" definitely qualifies as one of the most unique country singles this summer. The dramatic, haunting melody is underscored by the fact that the Iowa native simply sounds like nobody else in Nashville these days, especially on a…

  8. Made in America Los Angeles Day 2 Highlights: Rita Ora, John Mayer, Kanye West & More

    September 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Day two of Los Angeles' Made in America also featured Classixx, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Juanes, R3hab and more. As rain postponed an hour’s worth of performances at day two of Made in America Philadelphia on Sunday (Aug. 31), the closing day of Los Angeles’ inaugural run was greeted with…

  9. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The National , Steve Aoki and Kanye West . Made…

  10. Demi Lovato Thanks DJs for Dance Club Songs No. 1

    August 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Plus: Imogen Heap scores her second leader on Dance/Electronic Albums, Amy Grant bows with her 'Remixes' set, and Deorro dominates at radio. Demi Lovato lands at No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart with "Really Don't Care," which rises 2-1. It's her…

  11. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  12. Watch Sara Bareilles Sing 'Smile' Over Emmys In Memoriam Tribute

    August 25, 2014 10:25 PM EDT Sara Bareilles graced the Emmys 2014 stage on Monday (Aug. 25) night to perform "Smile" for the In Memoriam segment. Billy Crystal Honors Robin Williams at the 2014 Emmys The tribute included Casey Kasem , Don Pardo , Lauren Bacall , Maya Angelou , and many more. When Bareilles…

  13. 2014 MTV VMAs: Best & Worst Moments, From Political Pleas to Fashion Flubs

    August 25, 2014 1:00 AM EDT The 2014 VMAs won't go down in MTV history as one of the best, but this year's show did give us a few touching and genuinely surprising moments, from Miley's plea for homeless youth to Blue Ivy's flawless hands. Sunday night also had its fair share of screwups: Production…

  14. Sam Smith Stuns VMAs With Gorgeous, No Frills Performance

    August 24, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Sam Smith didn't have the craziest or the flashiest VMA performance, but when he took the stage to deliver the gentle, gorgeous "Stay With Me," he didn't need tricks to wow the Forum crowd. Get More: 2014 VMA , Artists.MTV , Music , Sam Smith There was no twerking,…

  15. Coldplay's 'True Love' Video: Watch Chris Martin Play an Inflatable Janitor

    August 22, 2014 3:04 PM EDT "True Love" may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Chris Martin these days, but it is the title of the latest video from Coldplay 's Ghost Stories. Should Coldplay, Katy Perry or Rihanna Play 2015 Super Bowl Halftime? In the clip, Martin plays a mild…

  16. Crossfaith, Phoenix & More Hit Japan's Summer Sonic

    August 21, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Ellie Goulding, Arctic Monkeys, Queen with Adam Lambert & more also grace the Tokyo & Osaka stages. Summer Sonic, the biggest music festival in Japan devoted to international repertoire, was held Aug. 16 and 17 simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka. The event has recently seen industry…

  17. Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood': Track-by-Track Review

    August 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Since the release of his mixtape in 2005, Wiz Khalifa has evolved from a rising Pittsburgh rapper to a pop icon. While his easygoing persona makes him come off like one of hip-hop's most casual rappers, his work ethic speaks otherwise, spanning from a ceaseless touring schedule to a…

  18. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  19. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Keeps Bounding

    August 15, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The song achieves a feat last managed almost two decades ago. Plus, a new (literally) Katy Perry fan spurs a rebound for 'Dark Horse.' As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Rude" and Charli XCX charges into the top 10 with "…

  20. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

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