1. K-Pop Trend: Beast, INFINITE & Henry Add Classical Musical to the Mix

    August 21, 2014 8:23 PM EDT The popular acts are bringing orchestras to modern-day dance beats. But who did it best? Typically, Western pop and K-pop stay on the same page with their trends. Recent hits have been born out of stark piano ballads ( John Legend 's "All of Me" and  Taeyang 's  "Eyes…

  2. SPICA Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Bandmates?': Video

    August 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Watching SPICA   onstage at KCON 2014 , the girl group seem like they're cut from the same cloth of K-pop star: gorgeous gals all carrying big, soulful voices. But how well have the soul sisters gotten to know one another in their two years together? Backstage at the L.A. festival, the K…

  3. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  4. The K-Pop Makeup Craze: 2NE1, SPICA & More Share Favorite Products & Tips

    August 20, 2014 8:52 PM EDT As the popularity of Korean music acts soars, its effect on the beauty industry kicks into full gear. It's undeniable that K-pop is taking over the world. YouTube reports viewership of K-pop videos has grown from around 700 million views in 2010 to more than 5.5 billion in 2013. No…

  5. Mikky Ekko Talks Debut Album 'Time,' Previews New Tracks in Intimate Concert

    August 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT "I feel like we took the time to put together a really, really strong album," says the "Stay" singer-songwriter. In many ways, Mikky Ekko couldn't have chosen a better title for his debut album than Time .   Set for release on RCA this fall, Time will arrive nearly…

  6. Market for Tablets Is Changing and Declining, But What Does That Mean for Music?

    August 20, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Tablet sales are slowing. The types of tablets sold are changing, too -- and these trends will change how people experience music on mobile devices. News of the tablet's fall has been everywhere. Apple announced year-over-year iPad unit sales dropped about 9 percent in the second quarter…

  7. Play 'Where's Waldo?' With Orange Caramel in 'My Copycat' Video

    August 19, 2014 9:55 PM EDT The saxobeat single's visual boasts spot the differences and 'I Spy'-like games. Orange Caramel wowed earlier this year when the trio played mermaids and human sushi in their "Catallena" video . Now, the After School splinter group return less than six months later as…

  8. From Jay Z and Beyonce to the Stones: A Look at 6 Top Tours of 2014

    August 19, 2014 5:33 PM EDT These A-list road warriors logged major miles this year: They grossed a staggering $843 million, set career and live-event records, and reached more than 8 million fans. Read on to find out who's ruled the concert circuit so far in 2014: Kevin Kane/WireImage BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE…

  9. 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…

  10. Gimme Five: SPICA's Most Inspirational Singers (Video)

    August 18, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Listen to any SPICA  record and one can instantly tell their pipes were inspired by the big divas who came before them. With singles that range from funk-pop ( "I Did It," "You Don't Love Me" ) to EDM ( "Tonight" ) to straight-up R&B ( "Painkiller…

  11. K-Pop Star Siwon Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Fellow Super Junior Members

    August 18, 2014 8:22 PM EDT Korea's most-followed person on Twitter is doing his part to raise awareness about Lou Gehrig's disease The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has officially hit Korea. K-pop star Siwon , a member of long-running boy band Super Junior , shared a video where he dumped two vats of water on…

  12. Nick & Drew Lachey's New Reality Series 'Lachey's Bar' Gets Greenlight

    August 18, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Degrees singer Nick Lachey will return to reality TV next year, and this year will bring his little brother and bandmate Drew along with him.  98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons Inks Deal for Reality Show About Male 'Strip' Show A&E has greenlighted the siblings' new series,…

  13. VIXX Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Band Mates?': Video

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Onstage at KCON 2014, VIXX were totally in-sync nailing tough choreography (like group body rolls) had the American crowd screaming. But while the "Eternity" singers may be totally together while performing...how well do they  really  know each other on a more intimate level?…

  14. Madonna Refuses to Let Instagram Ruin Her Nipple Pic Birthday Fun

    August 18, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Instagram's infamous anti-nipple policy has a new enemy: Madonna . On the Queen of Pop's 56th birthday, she posted an image of herself in 1920s garb next to a topless (well, unless you consider a pearl necklace a top) woman. Instagram swiftly removed the nipple pic, which Madonna…

  15. Watch Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff Reunite, Perform 'Summertime'

    August 17, 2014 6:18 PM EDT Will Smith surprised fans in Las Vegas Friday, joining his longtime friend and collaborator DJ Jazzy Jeff for a few guest Fresh Prince reunion jams including the duo's 1991 hit "Summertime" and a dance-along to Sugarhill Gang's "Apache," often called "Jump…

  16. B1A4 Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Band Mates?': Video

    August 15, 2014 7:30 PM EDT With a set that brought out super soakers and heel-clicking choreography , B1A4 proved onstage at KCON 2014 that they have a natural knack for having fun together. While performing K-Pop Hot 100 hits like "Solo Day" and "What's Happening," B1A4 sure looked like a…

  17. SPICA Explain Recording in America vs. Korea, Global Aspirations at KCON 2014: Video Interview

    August 15, 2014 5:00 PM EDT SPICA premiered their debut English single "I Did It" with Billboard days before performing it in front of thousands at KCON 2014. Ahead of its biggest live performance to date, the talented girl group sat down to reflect on preparing for their U.S. debut and talk about what's…

  18. Gimme Five: IU's Favorite Singers (Video)

    August 14, 2014 7:30 PM EDT Though she's only 21,  IU  has proven in her six years on the K-pop scene that she has a musical taste far beyond her years. The singer has earned No. 1s on the K-Pop Hot 100 after dabbling in everything from big band swing  to  classic Korean tunes . After telling Billboard she'd…

  19. How Did Fans Hype Up B1A4 for KCON 2014?: Video Interview

    August 14, 2014 5:15 PM EDT When most people get off an airplane, they're tired or jetlagged (maybe both) and yearning to get their final destination. But the boys of B1A4 tell Billboard they were overjoyed to be greeted by so many fans at the airport upon their arrival. The K-pop boy band added that the energy…

  20. Watch Microsoft Brilliantly Shade Apple With 2NE1's K-Pop Hit in New Ad

    August 13, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Microsoft lets the girl group do the talking to declare (in Korean) 'I Am the Best.' Technology companies doing side-by-side comparisons in TV ads is nothing new. But subtly shading your competition by soundtracking the ad with a foreign language hit is rather brilliant. For its new…

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