1. Dillon Francis: Five Questions with the 'Stressed' Dance Man

    March 21, 2013 6:23 PM EDT Francis is trying to wrap up his new album. Also, he's "holy now." Dillon Francis is not only one of the most creative producers in dance music, he’s also delightfully strange. Billboard sat down with the ever-entertaining Francis in advance of the release of his new single …

  2. Ultra Music Festival Weekend 1, Day 2: 11 Things Seen and Heard

    March 17, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Zedd strips, Chuckie shouts, Porter Robinson rocks and Yeasayer make it awkward in Miami ... A Recap of Day 2 As if Friday's eight-hour opening day wasn't enough, Ultra Music Festival stretched from noon to midnight on Saturday, offering fans twelve jam-packed hours of…

  3. Ultra Music Festival Weekend 1, Day 1: 10 Things Seen and Heard

    March 16, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Afrojack loses power, Swedish House Mafia heads toward its finale, AraabMUZIK and BoysNoize draw crowds As South by Southwest wraps up in Austin, Miami Music Week is just getting underway. Kicking off the festivities is Ultra Music Festival, now in its 15 th year but celebrating its first…

  4. DJ Muggs Talks About Playing It 'Safe' with Belle Humble: Exclusive

    March 14, 2013 6:32 PM EDT Producer tells CODE about the unexpected vocal cut off his new bass-heavy dance album. DJ Muggs is nothing short of a hip-hop luminary. The Queens native has been producing and spinning since the late ’80s -- first as a member of Cypress Hill and later under the Soul Assassins moniker. He…

  5. CODER Crew's Picks of the Week: Little Freaky Things, Iggy Azalea and More

    March 08, 2013 1:33 PM EST Each Friday, the CODE crew will review their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob, Lauren and Elissa have to say. Today CODE premieres an exclusive stream from Little Freaky Things. Little Freaky Things, “Nightfall” (Donovan's…

  6. CODER Crew's Picks of the Week: Tiesto, Major Lazer and More

    March 01, 2013 1:00 PM EST Each Friday, the CODE crew will review their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob, Lauren and Elissa have to say. Martyn, “Bad Chicago” (Nonplus) Picking a standout track from London label Nonplus's five-piece vinyl compilation …

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade

    February 22, 2013 7:05 PM EST While Baauer's new Hot 100 leader, the viral 'Harlem Shake,' encapsulates the Hot 100's evolution to include YouTube data, the New York neighborhood has a rich chart history. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 this week, as…

  8. CODER Crew's Picks of the Week: Afrojack, Quadron and more

    February 22, 2013 1:18 PM EST Each Friday, the CODE crew will review their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob, Lauren and Elissa have to say. Tocadisco feat. Lennart A. Salomon, "Get Away” (TOCA45 Recordings) Maybe I have a case of winter-induced wanderlust.…

  9. Calvin Harris Takes His DJ Talents to Hakkasan Las Vegas: Exclusive

    February 20, 2013 11:07 AM EST When the superclub opens this spring, DJ and producer Calvin Harris will be its first exclusive resident. After a two-year stint at Wynn Resorts, superstar DJ Calvin Harris has found love in a new place: the MGM Grand’s soon-to-open Hakkasan Las Vegas. Harris has signed on for an…

  10. CODER Crew's Picks of the Week: Alesso, Mad Decent, Purity Ring and More

    February 15, 2013 1:27 PM EST Each Friday, the CODE crew will review their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob, Lauren and Elissa have to say. Purity Ring, “Grammy” Purity Ring's debut album “Shrines”was unquestionably one of my favorite albums of 2012.…

  11. 'American Idol' Recap: The 'Zoanette Era' Begins

    February 15, 2013 12:46 PM EST This "American Idol" contestant continuously defies expectations by putting in stranger performances each effort. Her vocals are on the border between kind of great and exceedingly over-the-top. She played a song that she made up on the spot about the judges, playing drums…

  12. John Dahlback, 'Life (Diamonds in the Dark)': Exclusive Song Premiere

    January 31, 2013 12:50 PM EST Swedish DJ John Dahlback puts a fresh new spin on his single with singer Agnes Carlsson. What do you do when you have a hit instrumental track on your hands? For many EDM producers, the answer lately has been a simple one: “Get Pitbull.” But if Pit isn’t available, why not try a…

  13. Black Boots, 'Flash of Light': Video Premiere

    January 30, 2013 4:45 PM EST     New Ultra Records signees Black Boots aren’t the typical EDM outfit. The Las Vegas-based duo--producer Lightknife and vocalist/producer Mikey Francis--eschews neon for black leather, abandons mainstream polish for a punk aesthetic, and aims not only to move crowds but to create a…

  14. 'Glee' Recap: Baby It's Back... and Awkward

    January 25, 2013 10:55 AM EST Hiatus over, we're dropped back into a world of "Glee" that's ready to remind you just how embarrassing youth can be If you ever wanted to experience a bucketload of secondhand embarrassment, this episode of "Glee" was the one for you. A lot of things happened…

  15. Trance DJ Armin van Buuren Sells Out Madison Square Garden

    January 23, 2013 9:05 PM EST The Dutch artist is second EDM act to fill the world-famous arena. Welcome to the club, Armin van Buuren. The Dutch trance DJ/producer joined an exclusive fraternity today, becoming the second EDM act ever to sell out Madison Square Garden. And he did it in under an hour. (Swedish House Mafia…

  16. Frank Ocean, Chely Wright Up for GLAAD Awards

    January 16, 2013 10:00 AM EST th Annual GLAAD nominations revealed. R&B star Frank Ocean, country singer Chely Wright and the NBC series "Smash" are among the nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which were announced Wednesday morning.   The "Bad Religion" crooner was nominated in the…

  17. Kanye West's Style: Why You Should Love His Wild Stage Threads

    December 31, 2012 3:50 PM EST "Don't talk about style," Kanye West orders on "Cold," the emphatic single from his G.O.O.D. Music album "Cruel Summer." "I'll motherfuckin' embarrass you." It's a bold statement. Still, it hasn't stopped many from making West…

  18. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 21, 2012 11:05 AM EST Taylor Swift broke a longstanding record on Country Songs, as did Lil Wayne on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, new artists continued to break through. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Yesterday, we heralded…

  19. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 1

    December 20, 2012 11:35 AM EST Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Today: January through June. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. We'll start with highlights…

  20. The Year In Country 2012: Georgia Rules With Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum & More

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Georgia has long been a hotbed for country music, producing such stars as Alan Jackson , Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood , but perhaps never before have Peach State artists dominated the Billboard charts the way they did in 2012. Four Georgia acts -- Luke Bryan , Jason Aldean , Zac Brown…

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