1. BPM Festival Highlights: Innervisions, Cadenza Meets Planet E, Vatos Locos & More

    January 23, 2015 4:39 PM EST Since 2008, the international party crowd has congregated in Mexico's Playa del Carmen for 10 days of house and techno parties set against a beautiful paradise backdrop. Drawing more than 55,000 attendees last year (with more estimated this year), the BPM Festival's eighth edition…

  2. Why the Rap Veterans Behind Atlanta Indie Label Quality Control Music Are the Smartest Guys in Hip-Hop

    January 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST Two middle-aged guys in hoodies named Coach and Pee run what may be the most important hip-hop label in America. This spring, they'll release 2015's most anticipated rap debut, a Lil Wayne -featuring full-length from trap-rap trio Migos , who have already collaborated with Justin…

  3. Chase Bryant on Hearing Himself on the Radio: 'You Don't Know Whether to Cry or What to Do'

    January 14, 2015 7:56 PM EST Country newcomer Chase Bryant has a lot to be excited about these days -- including his new cell phone. Though the RED BOW artist considers himself an old soul in his approach to listening to music, he loves the technological advancements that make his job a little easier, including using…

  4. Macy Martin Is Finding Her Melody on New Album

    January 07, 2015 7:55 PM EST is shaping up to be a year to remember for Texas native Macy Martin. "So many great things are happening, like my new album, Find My Melody, " the songstress tells Billboard. "There's a lot of great radio material and I am so excited to see how the public reacts to…

  5. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  6. Paul McCartney Worked on a Song About Police Killings: 'I'm Not Giving Up On It'

    December 19, 2014 1:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for The Ed Sullivan Show , his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans and…

  7. Syria's Hazem Shareef Wins 'Arab Idol'

    December 14, 2014 12:52 PM EST Hazem Shareef of Aleppo beat contestants of Saudi Arabian and Palestinian descent Weeks before American Idol returns to its 14th season on Fox, the pan Middle Eastern edition of the show has just crowned its latest winner. Palestinian ‘Arab Idol’ Winner Gets Permission For West Bank Move…

  8. Exclusive: Seymour Stein Signs Teen Rock Band to Sire/Warner

    November 05, 2014 11:38 AM EST A lot of big names are backing some little (in size, but not sound) rockers. Billboard has learned that teen rockers Residual Kid are joining an impressive list of acts signed by industry veteran and Warner VP Seymour Stein to Sire, the label he co-founded, including Madonna , the Talking…

  9. SBS Names Eric Garcia Radio Revenue Chief, GM of New York Market

    October 21, 2014 8:18 PM EDT The longtime SBS executive will oversee local and national radio divisions. Eric Garcia has been named radio revenue chief of SBS' radio division, according to a spokesperson. Garcia will manage local and national radio divisions along with event sponsorships, among other duties that…

  10. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 17, 2014 6:31 AM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music school in the impoverished South African…

  11. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  12. UMG Partners with Science Fictional Ad Placement Company Mirriad and Havas Agency

    September 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group artists have a new way to make money from their music videos following a three-way pact between the label, in-video advertising company Mirriad and global ad agency Havas. With the deal, Mirriad will use its digital product placement technology to offer Havas clients,…

  13. Exclusive: The Orchard Acquires Frenchkiss Label Group and Frenchkiss Records

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The Orchard has acquired Frenchkiss Label Group and Frenchkiss REcords, Billboard has exclusively learned. The independent music and video distribution, marketing, and sales organization has handled digital and physical distribution for the New York-based boutique label group and the record…

  14. Gridiron Grooves: Fans of Every NFL Team Reveal Their Favorite Artists

    September 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Football season is in full swing, and as always, music is playing a big part, blaring in stadiums to pump up home crowds (and keep the "Gangnam Style" horsey dance alive and well). To find out what each fan base was bumping, Billboard hit up Facebook's data crunchers, who…

  15. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  16. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  17. Country Newcomer Danika Portz Talks Eclectic Influences: Katy Perry, Dolly Parton & The Circus

    September 03, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Danika Portz's debut single "Greatest Show On Earth" definitely qualifies as one of the most unique country singles this summer. The dramatic, haunting melody is underscored by the fact that the Iowa native simply sounds like nobody else in Nashville these days, especially on a…

  18. BMG Chrysalis Acquires Infectious Music Label, Home to Alt-J, These New Puritans

    September 02, 2014 11:15 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis U.K. has acquired British independent label Infectious Music for an undisclosed sum. As part of the deal, Infectious will move its operations into BMG Chrysalis U.K.'s central London offices with Infectious chairman and founder Korda Marshall reporting to BMG Chrysalis U.K.…

  19. Seymour Stein to Keynote Tel Aviv Event, Says He'd 'Love to Sign Another Israeli Act'

    August 18, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Hey Israeli artists, the man who discovered the Ramones , Talking Heads and other rock icons wants to sign you. Seymour Stein , co-founder of Sire Records and current vice president of Warner Bros., will deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Tune In Tel Aviv , an annual conference for…

  20. KCON 2014 Day 2: Girls' Generation, CNBLUE, SPICA & More Close L.A. Festival With Loud Bang

    August 12, 2014 2:03 AM EDT BTS, Jung Joon Young, Danny Im and more were on hand to close the K-pop festival KCON 2014 picked up right where it left off Saturday with another day of K-pop paradise featuring panels, workshops, artist meet-and-greets and a marketplace dedicated to all things "Hallyu" (aka Korean…

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