1. DIIV Dazzles with New Music at Hometown Brooklyn Show

    July 12, 2014 2:45 PM EDT DIIV are becoming a special band. Three years removed from playing hometown shows to small crowds of friends, the Brooklyn quintet is now the sort of act that can fill almost half a set with new, unrecorded songs and leave the crowd captivated with anticipation for LP number two. This was the…

  2. Taeyang Gives Track-By-Track Review of Record-Breaking 'Rise' Album (Exclusive Video)

    July 09, 2014 8:45 PM EDT In Billboard's first-ever track-by-track review for a K-pop album, the singer/rapper gets deep and reflects on his new tracks While fans around the world knew and loved Taeyang through his group BIGBANG, it wasn't until the release of his second solo album, "Rise," that…

  3. 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…

  4. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales 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,…

  5. Nothing More: Texas Rockers Persevere With Hit Single 'This Is The Time (Ballast)'

    July 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When Nothing More singer/percussionist Jonny Hawkins was in grade school, his tiny class of a dozen students all tried out for the choir. When only Hawkins and one other child weren't accepted, it made a painful impression on him. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm not a…

  6. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  7. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Johnny Orr on New EP 'Down South' & How Music Cost Him His Marriage

    July 02, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Johnny Orr admits that his formative musical years were quite diverse. In addition to country that was so prevalent around his home in North Carolina, he was exposed to a wide variety of music. “I was a big John Cougar and Bryan Adams fan in my younger days. Then, I became a big fan of Edwin…

  9. Video for World Cup Anthem 'Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)' Debuts (Watch)

    July 01, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Santana, Wyclef and Alexandre Pires to perform the song at the July 13 closing ceremony in Rio. The new video for “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)” Santana, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires’s official World Cup Anthem, promises a performance at the World Cup Closing Ceremony that will…

  10. Snoop Dogg Hosts 'Plizzanet Earth' on 'Kimmel'

    July 01, 2014 11:57 AM EDT It looks like Snoop Dogg is taking up a new profession: narrator of a nature show. Last night, on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the rapper premiered a new skit, “Plizzanet Earth.” “I'm fascinated by the planet and all the creatures that crawl all over it,” Kimmel told the audience. "That&…

  11. Mayer Hawthorne: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Take a closer look at Mayer Hawthorne, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, it was only natural that Mayer Hawthorne would fall in love with both soul and hip-hop.…

  12. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  13. Willie Nelson Drops 'Band of Brothers,' His Best Album in Over a Decade (Review)

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT What does an 81-year old country music legend do to keep life interesting for himself? Go back to something he’s good at: writing songs. This is, astonishingly, the first Willie Nelson album to be dominated by self-penned material since the one-two punch of "Spirit" and "Teatro…

  14. The Sun Sets On ‘Californication’: David Duchovny Discusses the Show’s Rock n’ Roll Connection (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT This Sunday night (June 29th at 9:30p ET/PT), after seven memorable seasons, Hank Moody and his very distinctive ‘Californication’ crew will say farewell. When the credits come up on that last episode of the popular Showtime series, it will also mark the end of one of the most authentically…

  15. Scars on 45 Song Premiere: Listen To New Single 'Crazy For You'

    June 27, 2014 12:07 PM EDT This fall, British alt-pop collective Scars on 45 will release their sophomore album, "Safety In Numbers," through new label Nettwerk. Lead single "Crazy For You" is set to be released digitally on July 15, but you can hear the song in full now, exclusively on Billboard…

  16. Beatles' Mono LPs Given a First Listen: Catalog Box Set Preview

    June 26, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Five years after the Beatles' mono recordings were released on CD, Capitol Records and Universal Music are fostering the notion that to hear the Beatles music the way John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 1960s, a mono LP is mandatory listening.   To illuminate that point,…

  17. Zola Jesus Returns With Pop Ambitions: 'I Want To Be Number 1'

    June 26, 2014 11:55 AM EDT The experimental singer-songwriter discusses her brave new album "Taiga," leaving her longtime label and why she's never been more excited than right now. "I want to be No. 1 on Billboard," declares Nika Roza Danilova, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter behind the…

  18. Drai’s Entertainment, Turn First Artists & Capitol Records Unveil After Hours Label (Exclusive)

    June 26, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Three major EDM industry players have joined forces to provide a new all-in-one record label on the Las Vegas Strip. Formed in a partnership between Drai’s Entertainment, Turn First Artists and Capitol Records, the new After Hours label will draw on each business’ strengths in offering…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Kaitlyn Baker & Her Debut Single 'Burn'

    June 25, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Things are definitely going at a quick pace for newcomer Kaitlyn Baker as of late. The songstress has just released her debut single, “Burn,” which hit iTunes Tuesday (June 24). She’s taken to the airwaves to promote it. “We had a TV interview this morning in Nashville, and did two songs…

  20. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 25, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The minute Dave Chappelle walked out on stage at Radio City Music Hall, the sold-out audience smiled, cheered loudly, and laughed. These are the reactions to feelings we have when we’re reunited with a long lost friend, and to many, that is who Chappelle is to us: A friend we have missed…

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