1. Gypsies, Amps and Beats: Crystal Fighters Get Remixed

    October 25, 2013 2:32 PM EDT A new remix EP takes the UK buzz band to the club for their track “Wave" At its roots, the English-by-way-of-Spain’s Basque Country band Crystal Fighters is a dance-rock band. Fusing elements of Basque rhythms with electronic folkadellic traditions, their shows are a foot-stomping,…

  2. Drake Celebrates Birthday With Emotional Toronto Show: Live Review

    October 25, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Drake is not the type of person to say, "Birthdays? Nah, I don't like to celebrate my birthday."  Even non-diehard fans of the Toronto-born rapper know his birthday is in October — October 24, to be exact. His company brand is OVO, an acronym for October's Very Own,…

  3. Swedish House Mafia Asks, 'Who Walks Away from Success?' in Doc Trailer: Watch Here

    October 24, 2013 1:32 PM EDT Selling a million tickets ain’t easy. “You get sick of people after a while,” says the voice of one Swedish House Mafia member in a trailer for a forthcoming documentary about the group’s One Last Tour tour. The trio of Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso officially broke up in…

  4. Air Supply to be Entered Into ARIA Hall of Fame

    October 24, 2013 3:01 AM EDT Australian ‘80s soft-rock hitmakers Air Supply are to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. The duo of Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell will be inducted during the 27th annual ARIA Awards , which will be held Dec. 1 at Sydney’s The Star Event Centre. Hitchcock was thrilled to hear the…

  5. Fallulah, Danish Pop Star, Packs Her Bags & Heads To America Alone

    October 18, 2013 6:02 PM EDT "I've actually invested all of the money that I've made in Denmark into going to America," says the striking singer-songwriter. "If you want to do it the easy way, you should definitely not go to America." This admission is made by Maria Apetri, better known as…

  6. Matt Redman, TobyMac & Jason Crabb Win Big at Dove Awards

    October 16, 2013 6:12 AM EDT Matt Redman, TobyMac and Jason Crabb were the top winners at the 44th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards held last night (10/15) in Nashville at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University. Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin hosted the show, which was taped to air on Up! Oct. 21 at…

  7. Ghostface Killah, ScHoolboy Q & More Take Over 2013 A3C Festival

    October 09, 2013 12:00 PM EDT For five consecutive days (October 2-6), the A3C Festival gave Atlanta a stream of straight hip-hop in a variety of forms -- from live broadcasts of the Combat Jack Show to screenings of indie films like 'Rats & More.’ There were showcases for independent artists and bigger stages …

  8. 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar Shine At 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 29, 2013 4:30 PM EDT On Saturday afternoon (Sept 28), the BET Hip-Hop Awards commenced at Atlanta’s Civic Center for another year of cyphers, performances and fashion faux pas. The energy could be felt from the red carpet as stars like Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, this year's host Snoop Dogg and more made their…

  9. Black Label Society, 'In This River' Live: Exclusive Video Premiere

    September 17, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Zakk Wylde tees up a live album of "intense" acoustic metal, talks union musicians, Beck's "Sea Change" and what's in store for BLS' next studio LP: "It'll have all the heavy riffs" Whatever you do, don't refer to "Unblackened…

  10. Robin Thicke Will Tour in 2014: See Dates

    September 13, 2013 10:32 AM EDT Robin Thicke announced on Friday he'll hit the road next year for a 15-city tour in support of his chart-topping "Blurred Lines" album. The soul-pop crooner will kick things off Feb. 21 in Atlanta and weave through the U.S. and Canada, ending in San Francisco on March 29. For…

  11. Carson Daly to Join 'Today' Show, Likely Leaving Late Night

    September 12, 2013 11:33 PM EDT The host of "The Voice" will host "Today's" new digital studio, the Orange Room. Carson Daly is joining NBC's "Today" show, it was announced on Thursday morning, hosting the show's brand-new Orange Room, part of the revamped set scheduled to be…

  12. Drake's 'Wu-Tang Forever' Pays Tribute to Shaolin: Listen

    September 12, 2013 8:33 PM EDT The hip-hop star's latest single samples the legendary New York crew. Drake's new album may be called "Nothing Was the Same," but he's confident one thing's permanent. New single "Wu-Tang Forever" pays titular tribute to the long-lived New York rap…

  13. Karmin Live: Watch The Duo's Two-Song Tastemakers Performance and Style Q&A

    September 11, 2013 12:52 PM EDT Karmin talks stage style and performs "Acapella" and "Brokenhearted" live on Tastemakers rooftop. Karmin has come a long way since rising into the spotlight a couple of years ago via surprisingly adept hip-hop covers posted to YouTube. The colorful duo transitioned to…

  14. Rich Homie Quan Talks 'Type of Way' Success & Career Start

    September 06, 2013 1:14 PM EDT About a year ago, independent label Think It's a Game nurtured the career of Trinidad James, prodding him into stardom off the strength of the single "All Gold Everything." Now, Think It's a Game is doing the same with Atlanta native Rich Homie Quan, who possesses a…

  15. Bridgit Mendler Live: Watch Her Acoustic Tastemakers Performance and Q&A

    September 04, 2013 1:40 PM EDT Watch the singer and Disney Channel star perform two songs and talk music & style. "I felt I had a lot to get out of my system," Bridgit Mendler said of creating her first album "Hello My Name Is…" as she sat down in front of Billboard's New York studio recently…

  16. Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same': The Billboard Cover Story

    August 30, 2013 12:12 PM EDT From the bottom to the voice of his generation, Drake has sold 4.5M albums in less than four years, won a Grammy and left his mark on popular culture -- all by 26 This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's hard enough to make a hit…

  17. Tori Kelly Live: Watch Her Acoustic Tastemakers Performance and Q&A

    August 15, 2013 1:49 PM EDT Watch the singer/songwriter (and YouTube star) perform two songs and talk new music and style. Nuanced, soulful singer/songwriter Tori Kelly has garnered over 45 million YouTube views, Justin Bieber's manager Scooter Braun tweeted she was "the truth" earlier this year,…

  18. Kate Nash Live: Watch Her Tastemakers Performance and Style Q&A

    August 08, 2013 2:20 PM EDT "The period between "My Best Friend Is You" and "Girl Talk" was really strange," Kate Nash divulged about the time between her last album and her latest, which was released this spring. At Billboard's pre-Lollapalooza bash at Chicago's Double Door…

  19. Ultra and Flywheel Link Up for 'Dance Your Ass Off (Salsoul Remixes)': Exclusive

    August 08, 2013 12:44 PM EDT Spin parties mark the release of Salsoul remix compilation. Disco’s love affair with roller skates is well-documented (thanks, Heather Graham). Now, the grooviest genre is getting some bigger wheels -- and bigger beats. Ultra Music is partnering with premium spin studio Flywheel to host a…

  20. Drake's OVO Fest Surprises With Kanye West, Lil Wayne, TLC and J. Cole

    August 06, 2013 11:55 AM EDT Drake outdid himself at the 4th annual OVO Fest at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto last night -- even before the two-hour show ended. TLC, Diddy, Mase, Miguel, J. Cole, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Wale, Lil Mama and The Weeknd would have been more than enough to rival past OVOs…

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