1. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  2. Nikki Lane Talks 'Vulnerable' New Dan Auerbach-Produced Album 'All or Nothin'

    July 09, 2014 4:38 PM EDT Nikki Lane has been getting some rave reviews for her latest disc, "All or Nothin'," and the singer-songwriter admitted to Billboard that it definitely beats the alternative. “It’s a good thing to be on the good side of the press,” she said. “It’s been flattering to see the way…

  3. Fifth Harmony Name-Drops Michelle Obama, Kanye West on Confident New Single ’Bo$$’: Listen

    July 06, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Fifth Harmony is letting everyone know who’s “Bo$$.” After teasing the confident new single — the first from Fifth Harmony’s upcoming debut album — through Instagram on July 4, the “X Factor” finalists released “Bo$$” in full through MTV.com on Sunday. Fifth Harmony To Focus on Finishing…

  4. Firefly 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys and Weezer all brought their A-games. But who ranks no. 1? Third time was indeed the charm for Delaware's Firefly Music festival. The 2014 edition of First State’s now-massive 4-day event was a weekend punctuated by stellar performances spread…

  5. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Steve Angello, Diplo, Hardwell, Steve Aoki & More

    June 21, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Ahead of this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, which kicked off Friday night (June 20), Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella told Billboard that the festival’s fourth edition would be “one for the record books.” Electric Daisy Carnival Preview: Organizer Says 2014 Will Be 'One For…

  6. 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…

  7. TG Sheppard Enjoys Dixie Homecoming (Review)

    June 16, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Since opening in 2005, the Dixie – named after "Designing Women" star Dixie Carter – has played host to some of the top talent in the business – including Lady Antebellum, Ricky Skaggs, and Dailey & Vincent. As the theater closes it's ninth season in Huntingdon, TN, one of…

  8. Tink Talks Working With Sleigh Bells, Timbaland; Premieres 'Used 2 Know' Video

    June 16, 2014 12:23 PM EDT With a Timbaland-produced album on the way, and collaborations with Jeremih, Kelela and Sleigh Bells under her belt, Tink has come across a huge rush of success recently. It's safe to say the 19-year old Chicago rapper has begun to carve out a space for herself. But to Tink, she's…

  9. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

  10. Bob Weir and Ratdog Lead All-Star HeadCount Jam in Brooklyn

    June 05, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Bob Weir and Ratdog hit the lanes of Brooklyn Bowl last night for an intimate club gig in celebration of participatory democracy organization HeadCount's 10th Anniversary Benefit. The two sets were packed with a host of Grateful Dead classics and special guests, including appearances by…

  11. Sam Smith, SecondCity Top U.K. Charts

    June 02, 2014 5:04 AM EDT Twenty-two-year-old rising British star Sam Smith followed the No. 1 U.K. singles chart debut of “Stay With Me” last week with a chart-topping start for the Capitol/Universal album “In The Lonely Hour.” Techno/house producer SecondCity scored an instant No. 1 single with “I Wanna Feel” …

  12. Kid Ink Sets Record For Most Weeks at No. 1 on Rap Airplay Chart

    May 22, 2014 6:04 PM EDT On Rap Airplay, Kid Ink scores the record for most weeks at No. 1 as his breakout hit "Show Me," featuring Chris Brown, spends its 18th consecutive week at the top (31 million audience – down 6 percent – in the week ending May 18, according to Nielsen BDS). The California…

  13. D'Angelo's Voodoo Still Transfixing at Red Bull Music Academy: Review

    May 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Over 14 years after his last album, the seminal neo-soul text, "Voodoo," defined an era, D'Angelo sauntered on stage in a classroom-sized theater at the Brooklyn Museum – as if he hadn't been gone a day. His signature cornrows dangled beneath a black fedora, cocked to the…

  14. Jordin Sparks' 2014 Billboard Music Awards Best Dressed List

    May 20, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Singer and 2014 BBMAs red carpet host Jordin Sparks lists her favorite looks of the night. I had such a blast co-hosting the 2014 Billboard Music Awards "Samsung (thanks for my phone!!!) Red Carpet LIVE!" with Lance Bass on Sunday! My feet still hurt! Yikes! We got to talk…

  15. Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ Debuts At No. 1 In U.K.

    May 19, 2014 5:28 AM EDT Michael Jackson’s “Xscape” (MJJ/Epic/Sony Music) debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 18), as Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down” (Roc Nation/Universal) opened at the singles summit. Sony’s previous posthumous Jackson collection, “Michael,” peaked at No. 4 in a ten-week…

  16. Ask Billboard: What's 2014's Song Of The Summer?

    May 16, 2014 4:05 PM EDT A (sort of) confident attempt to (hopefully) pick the 40 biggest hits of the (hopefully) warm months 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 well as your city, state and…

  17. Rascal Flatts Press 'Rewind' and Emerge With Another Hit

    May 15, 2014 2:15 PM EDT With "Rewind," the band looks poised to score their eighth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart This past Tuesday, Rascal Flatts released their ninth studio album, "Rewind." The group has quite an impressive streak going with their sales success over the…

  18. Florida Georgia Line Billboard Music Awards Q&A: On 'Cruise,' Nelly & Blackjack

    May 15, 2014 12:38 PM EDT With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Florida Georgia Line to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught their ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS •…

  19. Lily Allen’s 'Sheezus' Bows At No. 1 In U.K.

    May 12, 2014 5:12 AM EDT British pop favorite Lily Allen’s “Sheezus” (Parlophone/Warner Music) has become her second U.K. No. 1 album. The Official Charts Company’s new sales data, published Sunday (May 11), also showed Dutch hip-hop star Mr. Probz reclaiming the singles chart crown with “Waves” (Left Lane Recordings…

  20. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Sizzles On U.K. Singles Chart, Paolo Nutini Continues Albums Streak

    May 05, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Calvin Harris scored his fourth U.K. No. 1 single as a lead artist, and sixth overall, yesterday (May 4) as “Summer” (Columbia/Sony) went straight to the top.  Paolo Nutini, meanwhile, started a third straight week at the album summit “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music), beating off the…

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