1. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (July 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across our most…

  2. Jerrod Niemann Talks Pitbull Collaboration & New Single 'Buzz Back Girl'

    July 08, 2014 5:25 PM EDT There was definitely something familiar to Jerrod Niemann about the demo of what has become his latest single, “Buzz Back Girl,” as he tells The 615. “Lee Brice was one of the writers on it, and it was pretty funny. I saw the title, heard the intro, and thought it was cool. Then, on the first…

  3. Kanye Sermonizes on Racism in Fashion, Dangers of Celebrity at London's Wireless Festival (Video)

    July 05, 2014 6:38 PM EDT We knew Kanye West was celebrating the Fourth of July by performing at the Wireless Festival in London, ironically in the country from which America won its independence, but now we know that he spent the day doing what he does best: preaching to fans about the dangers of fame, fashion and…

  4. EDM Power Players: The DJs

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Skrillex DJ; founder, Owsla Skrillex At this point, Skrillex — born Sonny John Moore in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles — isn’t just…

  5. This Week In Billboard Chart History: New Kids On The Block 'Step' To No. 1

    June 30, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1990, the boy band completed its five-step program to the summit. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and Phil Collins Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 30, 1990…

  6. BET Experience 2014: Outkast, A$AP Rocky & Rick Ross Pack the House on Day 2

    June 29, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Duo headlines second night of BET Experience concerts, joined by A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, August Alsina and more It was all about Outkast Saturday night (June 28) as the pair brought their 20th anniversary celebration to Los Angeles. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles…

  7. Judas Priest On Fall U.S. Tour: 'We're Ready To Go'

    June 27, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Frontman Rob Halford says the legendary metal group is "reconstructing the way we tour." With a 21-date U.S. tour announced for the fall, it's clear that reports of Judas Priest's touring demise after its 2011-12 Epitaph World Tour were greatly exaggerated. The iconic…

  8. 36 Hours With Steve Aoki: 'I'm Really Bad At Taking Directions'

    June 27, 2014 12:54 PM EDT The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep. Aoki is in such demand that he averages 300 shows a year, and as one of the…

  9. Bassnectar Talks 'Noise Vs. Beauty' LP & Being the 'Frank Zappa' of EDM

    June 26, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Lorin Ashton, the 36-year-old DJ-producer known as Bassnectar, makes millions from touring, having spent 11 months on the road at festivals, arenas and amphitheaters in 2013 alone. So when he took the first five months off of 2014 to make an album, he told friends he was on vacation. …

  10. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, however, that entered him into the…

  11. Amnesty International Apologizes To Iggy Pop For Unauthorized Anti-Torture Ad

    June 25, 2014 7:07 AM EDT Iggy Pop was the poster child for punk rock. Amnesty International has made the mistake of making him the face of torture…without asking him.  The human rights organization’s Belgian affiliate ran a French-language campaign which featured an image of the Stooges frontman’s face beaten and…

  12. Julian Casablancas Announces Punky New Album With Backing Band The Voidz, 'Tyranny'

    June 23, 2014 8:51 PM EDT The Strokes' frontman Julian Casablancas has announced a new album he'll release Sept. 23 with backing band The Voidz. It's called "Tyranny" and the announcement comes with an explanative anti-corporate statement.  Julian Casablancas + The Voidz LIVE at Governors Ball…

  13. Firefly 2014 Sunday Highlights: Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, World Cup Fever & More

    June 23, 2014 7:51 AM EDT After four days of nearly non-stop tunes and entertainment, the third annual Firefly Music Festival was finally extinguished on Sunday evening (June 22). But before the lights went out, event organizers Red Frog made sure that the 80,000 folks in attendance made a few more memories in the…

  14. 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…

  15. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the Rapper & More

    June 21, 2014 11:30 AM EDT When the Firefly Music Festival held its inaugural event in Delaware in 2012, it was a charming, almost intimate event that drew 30,000 nearby music lovers and 47 bands to an 87 acre plot of wooded land behind the Dover International Speedway. But three on, the Firely festival has ballooned…

  16. Woody Guthrie Home Restoration Project In Trouble Over Financial Dispute

    June 20, 2014 3:00 AM EDT A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy. The spat, an ironic turn considering Guthrie's songs that railed against greed, began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood…

  17. N.W.A Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Shares Cast Photo & Release Date

    June 19, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Starring O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E, the Universal film takes the slot originally reserved for the next "Bourne" installment. Universal Pictures announced Wednesday that its N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta…

  18. Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence': The 5 Most Tragic Lyrics on the Abum

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Even when she’s singing about Coca Cola, prom queens, Hollywood, and video games—stuff Americans are supposed to like—Lana Del Rey has a way of bumming everyone out. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review Her 2012 breakthrough, “Born to Die,” more than lived up…

  19. NWA Biopic Casts Its Dr. Dre, Eazy-E (Sources)

    June 16, 2014 7:50 AM EDT After more than five years, four writers and a tough-to-please trio that holds cast and script veto power, Universal's N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is finally getting the green light. Sources say the studio has assembled its leading threesome to tackle the roles of…

  20. Casey Kasem: The Man Who Made Countdowns “Coast To Coast"

    June 15, 2014 7:14 PM EDT “American Top 40,” the syndicated program currently heard worldwide on hundreds of radio stations, has been around so long that it’s easy to assume all countdowns began with the show co-created and hosted by Casey Kasem starting in 1970. Kasem, who died today at 82 after a long battle with…

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