1. Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella Fires Back at Tom Petty's Dismissal of Dance

    July 30, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Will fans see Tom Petty at Nocturnal Wonderland this year? He now has an open invitation, thanks to Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella . Let's back up: A few days ago, Petty gave an interview with  USA Today , where he was asked about Electric Daisy Carnival and EDM. Petty…

  2. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  3. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  4. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

  5. Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: The Indie-Rock Dad Awards

    July 21, 2014 11:10 AM EDT From "Worst Manners" to "Festival MVP," check out what Pitchfork Fest's resident father (& his son) thought of this year's fest. On the crowded subway ride home from the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, a kid in glasses, gauges and a D.A.R.E. shirt asked my…

  6. Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

    July 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated, behemoth events that litter the summer calendar. Featuring as assortment of 43 left-of-center acts across its three stages, Pitchfork offered a…

  7. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Beck, SZA, Giorgio Moroder and More Day 1 Highlights

    July 19, 2014 9:27 AM EDT Now in its ninth year in Chicago's Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a hodgepodge of alternative music approved by the long-running reviews hub, but the 2014 incarnation boasts perhaps the most diverse lineup ever. Although the opening night of Pitchfork Fest only took…

  8. 'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour

    July 04, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Is Caleb Johnson the Jack White of “American Idol”? The season 13 winner will release his new album, “Testify,” on Aug. 12, marking the fastest turnaround in “Idol” history (the album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes ). “It’s been crazy,” says Johnson of shuttling back-and-forth…

  9. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Drake Begins R&B/Hip-Hop Domination

    June 23, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week five years ago, the rapper/singer scored his first No. 1 with 'Best I Ever Had.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for M.C. Hammer, Carole King and Nelly Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 23…

  10. Prince Royce, Cher Lloyd Ready for Pepsi Summer Solstice Concerts

    June 19, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Online music video site VEVO and Pepsi are teaming up for four separate streamed concerts taking place in different locations, featuring Timeflies, Kid Ink, Cher Lloyd and Prince Royce, this Saturday (June 21), the longest day of the year. Dubbed “Pepsi Summer Solstice Concerts,” all four…

  11. Summer of Iggy Azalea: 'Fancy' Rapper Defends Her Cred, Talks Lorde (Cover Story)

    June 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The say-anything, foulmouthed, lightning rod rapper suddenly owns summer as she ties a Beatles chart record (but she doesn't even care): "I'd rather be the Stones" Late one early-summer Saturday night, Iggy Azalea , one of the hottest pop stars on the planet,…

  12. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Hootie & The Blowfish Enjoy 'View' From The Top

    May 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1995, the Darius Rucker-fronted band ruled the Billboard 200. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Irene Cara, Gretchen Wilson and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history May 26, 1984 Give it up for…

  13. Fans Mistake Meat Loaf for 'American Idol' Winner, Congratulate on Facebook

    May 23, 2014 5:11 PM EDT "You guys are funny," wrote the the singer on his Facebook page. All throughout season 13, Caleb Johnson drew comparisons to his rock doppelganger Marvin Lee Aday, otherwise known as Meat Loaf. Shortly after his American Idol win , there were plenty of kudos to Meat Loaf on his…

  14. 'Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson to Release Debut Album In August

    May 22, 2014 12:11 PM EDT Newly crowned "American Idol" winner Caleb Johnson will release his debut album this summer. The self-titled effort is scheduled to be available Aug. 12 via 19 Recordings/Interscope Records and will include first single "As Long As You Love Me," a rock-and-roller written…

  15. 'American Idol': Caleb Johnson Wins Season 13

    May 21, 2014 10:07 PM EDT It came down to Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene on "American Idol" on Wednesday, and before naming a winner of the thirteenth season, the two enjoyed a slew of performances. Johnson and Irene first opened the show with a head-banging medley of Queen's "We Will Rock You,…

  16. 'American Idol' Turns 500 as Top 3 Battle

    May 15, 2014 9:57 AM EDT With just one week to go before the finale, the top three "American Idol" finalists went for broke in the race to be the final two on Wednesday night. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top…

  17. Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top 3

    May 15, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Wednesday night's 500th episode of American Idol has plenty to celebrate: Harry Connick, Jr. has confirmed that he will be back for the show's fourteenth season. "I have had a blast,” he said of his experience so far. Although he could not speak for fellow judges Jennifer Lopez…

  18. 'American Idol' Announces 2014 Tour Dates

    April 17, 2014 5:06 AM EDT Host Ryan Seacrest announced that tickets for the American Idol Summer Tour are going on sale on May 9. The 41-city tour will kick off June 24 in Binghamton, N.Y. and will wrap in Redmond, WA, on Aug. 23.  This summer's tour is a smaller affair than usual, foregoing typical stops at…

  19. Juno Awards 2014: Serena Ryder, Arcade Fire, Drake, Tegan and Sara Win Early Awards

    March 30, 2014 8:44 AM EDT Serena Ryder won Artist of the Year at the first night of the 43rd annual Juno Awards honoring Canadian music, Saturday night in Winnipeg, beating out category-mates Drake, Michael Bublé, Robin Thicke and Céline Dion. The majority of the 41 awards — 35 in all — were given out at the private…

  20. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Sing Billboard Hits By Lady Gaga, One Direction, Avicii + More

    March 20, 2014 12:14 AM EDT From the beginning of the season, all eyes have been on Harry Connick Jr. as the judge to watch. During last night's "Billboard Hits" themed episode of "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez took center stage as she seriously stepped up her judging game, dispensing…

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