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. 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…

  4. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  5. Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 3 (Watch)

    June 20, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  6. Hedley, Drake Dominate Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 16, 2014 4:17 AM EDT Hedley, a Vancouver rock band that headlines arenas in Canada and has just released their new album in the U.S., not only kicked off the 25th anniversary broadcast of the MuchMusic Video Awards with a performance of their latest single, “Crazy For You,” but took home the most trophies of the…

  7. Casey Kasem’s Death: Musicians and Celebrities React on Twitter

    June 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT With the sad news that legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem died on Sunday (June 15) at the age of 82, musicians and celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the American Top 40 radio who brought them great music for nearly four decades. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82…

  8. Darius Rucker Talks Kenny Rogers, Mötley Crüe & Recording His Next Album

    June 10, 2014 11:02 AM EDT For Darius Rucker, the CMA Music Festival is not only a chance to hang out with fans for a week, it also serves as a reminder that he is one. "When you're on the road a lot, you don't get to see a lot of shows. I still remember the first CMA event I came to with Brooks &…

  9. Comedy Issue: The Next Generation of Comics Answer Our Questions

    May 16, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Tig Notaro, Chris D'Elia, Nikki Glaser, Rory Scovel, Rikki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Michael Che, and Nick Kroll may have started out on the club circuit, but now they have Hollywood hot for them — and a slew of NSFW war stories. They answer a few of our questions below. Who are your comic…

  10. Paramore Tops Hot Rock Songs With 'Ain't It Fun'

    May 15, 2014 7:00 PM EDT The pop-punk band posts its first No. 1 on the ranking. Plus, chart action for Black Stone Cherry, the Black Keys and Linkin Park Paramore scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart, as "Ain't It Fun" rises 3-1, bumping Bastille's "Pompeii"…

  11. Motley Crue Reveals 'Dirt' Movie Details, Previews Final Tour & New Music

    May 15, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Tommy Lee talks new Crue song, band's final tour, leaving the door open to more music in the future, plus other pursuits, like drumming for Smashing Pumpkins. "These are like epic, goose-bump songs" Motley Crue is saying a well-publicized farewell to the road starting this…

  12. Tune-Yards Explores Her Daring Side On 'Nikki Nack': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 5:32 PM EDT About a year-and-a-half after Merrill Garbus, who records under the moniker Tune-Yards, released her breakthrough 2011 sophomore record, "whokill," a groove-inducing tour de force of looped vocals and African-inspired polyrhythms that made critics and crowds take notice, she couldn&…

  13. 'American Idol' Alum James Durbin Ready to 'Celebrate' With Sophomore Release

    April 21, 2014 5:09 AM EDT Season 10 alum James Durbin’s second album blasts onto four Billboard charts this week, but the "American Idol" finalist started thinking about his sophomore set quite a while ago. "Celebrate" is a new entry on The Billboard 200 at No. 83, and also bows on Top Rock Albums…

  14. Martin Garrix and Scooter Braun Discuss Collab with Ed Sheeran, Future at Miami Press Conference

    March 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Flanked by his manager Scooter Braun and his label rep, Spinnin's Eelko van Kooten, Martin Garrix held a press conference today (March 26) at Miami's Nikki Beach club to discuss his upcoming projects including a recently recorded collaboration with Ed Sheeran.  While Garrix says…

  15. Who Are Broadway's Next Great Singers & Songwriters?: Top 10 Picks

    March 24, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Singer Idina Menzel's stage-to-screen crossover bodes well for Broadway's would-be stars, while the Lopezes scored Oscar gold for writing "Let It Go" and kicked open the door for future composers of stage and screen. Here are 10 picks for the Great White Way's…

  16. Ryan Tedder Can't Stop: Working With U2, Elton John (and Everyone Else) While OneRepublic Enjoys Career Highs: Cover Story

    March 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer Ryan Tedder is well over an hour into a high-voltage…

  17. Robin Thicke To Headline Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba: Exclusive

    February 06, 2014 9:00 AM EST Robin Thicke has been locked-in as the first headliner for the Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba, taking place again over Memorial Day weekend, Billboard.com can exclusively reveal. Thicke will play the Nikki Beach Amphitheatre on the closing night of the fest, May 25.  The multi-platinum,…

  18. Mötley Crüe to Retire Following Massive Tour

    January 28, 2014 5:11 PM EST One last tour for the metal misfits -- they mean it. Also announced: A country tribute album and film adaptation of "The Dirt" After 30-plus years of world-class debauchery and spinning drum kits, Motley Crue is calling it quits with a 72-city North America tour and a legally…

  19. 'American Idol' Recap: Harsh Harry Connick Jr. Schools Auditioning Twins

    January 17, 2014 10:56 AM EST It's only the second night of season 13, and Harry Connick, Jr. already has three nicknames. He was dubbed "Harsh Harry" during Wednesday night's season premiere, and was also called "Hatchet Harry" and "Dr. No" by Jennifer Lopez throughout the two-hour…

  20. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST 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 country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

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