1. 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 -- …

  2. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  3. Beatles' Mono LPs Given a First Listen: Catalog Box Set Preview

    June 26, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Five years after the Beatles' mono recordings were released on CD, Capitol Records and Universal Music are fostering the notion that to hear the Beatles music the way John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 1960s, a mono LP is mandatory listening.   To illuminate that point,…

  4. Beyonce Pens Poignant Tribute to Michael Jackson: 'You Could Hear His Soul'

    June 26, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Yesterday (June 25), Michael Jackson fans large and small observed and reflected on the fifth anniversary of the King of Pop's unexpected passing. One of the most touching odes to MJ came from just about the biggest voice imaginable. In a post on her official site, Beyoncé reminisced…

  5. Casey Kasem Reached The Stars: A Tribute

    June 25, 2014 11:39 AM EDT From my days as a young boy pressing my nose against the studio glass and watching Alan Freed--in overdrive --giving rock and roll the fuel to become the most important and powerful music in broadcast history, I was fortunate to have witnessed and taken part in the development of the golden…

  6. Jay Brannan, 'Blue-Haired Lady': Exclusive Video Premiere

    June 25, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Jay Brannan's "Blue-Haired Lady" is a sparse and intimate song off the singer-songwriter's new album, "Always, Then, & Now," which will be released July 15. As the ballad chronicles a woman's final days, its new video shows Brannan playing the peaceful…

  7. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  8. Michael Jackson 'Hologram' Show Triggers New Lawsuit

    June 20, 2014 4:32 AM EDT It's now been a month since a Michael Jackson recreation at the Billboard Music Awards earned heavy buzz. In the days leading up to the spectacle, Hologram USA, owned by firebrand entrepreneur Alki David, attempted to stop it by claiming it infringed patented hologram technology that…

  9. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Röyksopp & Robyn, Jon Hopkins, James Murphy & More

    June 14, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Sonar’s second day on June 13 boasted a staggering array of talent at both its By Day and By Night editions, including Röyksopp & Robyn’s electro-pop tour de force, a career performance by Jon Hopkins and stellar showings from German supergroup Moderat and French artist Gesaffelstein. The…

  10. Governors Ball 2014: Glitch Mob on Being ‘Oddballs’ of EDM, Hardcore Fanbase (Video)

    June 08, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Los Angeles electronic trio the Glitch Mob doesn’t like to be pigeonholed when it comes to where they fit into the world of electronic dance music. Governors Ball 2014 • PHOTOS: Live at Governors Ball! • Jack White's Red Hot Saturday Set • The Strokes Return to NYC • Skrillex Brings…

  11. 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…

  12. Shawn Mendes, Vine Superstar, Signs with Island Records: Exclusive

    June 04, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Last August, Shawn Mendes noticed that of all the six-second videos uploaded to the sharing service Vine -- from a tutorial on making steak tartare  to RiFF RaFF's ode to his shampoo bottle -- no one had uploaded a clip of a simple song. Sensing an opportunity, the Toronto 15-year-old,…

  13. Rihanna Sparkles In See-Through Gown at CFDA Awards

    June 02, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Rihanna wowed the crowds at the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA) Awards in New York, where she walked the red carpet in a see-through gown. RiRi, who was honored at Monday's gala with the Fashion Icon of the Year award, wore a custom Adam Selman sheer gown…

  14. Fitz & The Tantrums Singer: 'The Walker' Riff Is 'Like Crack Cocaine'

    May 27, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick discusses the success of "More Than Just a Dream" and the band's possible next singles From the time it was conceived, Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick was confident Fitz & the Tantrums had something special with "The Walker…

  15. Naomi Pilgrim, 'House of My Dreams': Exclusive Video Premiere

    May 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Swedish-Barbadian singer Naomi Pilgrim is making moves in 2014. She's prepping her second EP of the year of forward-thinking pop/R&B. The set features the warm, sentimental cut "House of Dreams," and Billboard has the exclusive premiere of the song's music video. "…

  16. D'Angelo's Voodoo Still Transfixing at Red Bull Music Academy: Review

    May 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Over 14 years after his last album, the seminal neo-soul text, "Voodoo," defined an era, D'Angelo sauntered on stage in a classroom-sized theater at the Brooklyn Museum – as if he hadn't been gone a day. His signature cornrows dangled beneath a black fedora, cocked to the…

  17. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger, Funny or Die's VP of production and…

  18. Billboard Chart Record-Breakers: The Longest Music Moments Ever

    May 09, 2014 5:32 PM EDT The days are getting longer, summer is almost here, and stars like Hunter Hayes and Jack White are trying their hands at music record-breaking. We're celebrating the best way we know how: with a long, long look at the record-breaking "longest" moments on the Billboard charts.…

  19. Tune-Yards Explores Her Daring Side On 'Nikki Nack': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 5:32 PM EDT About a year-and-a-half after Merrill Garbus, who records under the moniker Tune-Yards, released her breakthrough 2011 sophomore record, "whokill," a groove-inducing tour de force of looped vocals and African-inspired polyrhythms that made critics and crowds take notice, she couldn&…

  20. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: Celebrity Dance Duel Sees Danica & Val Head Home

    May 06, 2014 4:23 AM EDT Week 8 featured the first-ever Celebrity Dance Duel — a cool idea, I suppose, even though it kept sounding like “Dance Stool” as Tom Bergeron announced it in Spooky Voice. Plus: an actual stool, incorporated into an Argentine tango. And last and most certainly least, guest judge Abby Lee…

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