1. Exclusive: Skrillex's Rising Star Etnik Premieres 'Take a Shot'

    October 20, 2014 4:00 PM EDT From his Hamburg origins to signing with Skrillex 's label, Etnik's path to the ranks of future techno's rising stars has been short and steep. Skrillex Talks Diplo, Dubstep & Adding 'Craziest Skrillex Sounds' to 'Transformers' Movie Mixing the German…

  2. Rock Exhibit Coming to Country Hall of Fame

    October 13, 2014 5:53 PM EDT While country music has long been synonymous with Nashville, rock and folk musicians in the late '60s and early '70s made the Southern city the new hip spot to record. The city's talented session musicians helped create some of the seminal country-influenced rock albums of…

  3. Guest Post: 'Just Trust Us' Is Not Good Enough for Songwriters

    September 16, 2014 1:10 PM EDT "Occasionally, our artist focus puts us in the crosshairs of influential trade industry groups and their corporate members." The Future of Music Coalition responds to an op-ed published last week by the Nat'l Music Publishers Assoc.'s David Israelite. The following is in…

  4. Sergio Mendes & will.i.am Make 'Magic' on New Album: A Joint Q&A

    September 12, 2014 3:10 PM EDT As a 17-year-old, will.i.am fell in love with the music of Sergio Mendes after a fellow crate-digger turned him on to Equinox , Mendes' 1967 album with the Brazil 66. That appreciation led to the Black Eyed Peas leader buying all of Mendes' albums, tapping the pianist to play on the…

  5. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  6. Code Picks of the Week: Knife Party, Fehrplay & More

    September 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen! Knife Party, “Resistance” [Earstorm/Big Beat] If Knife Party’s high-octane new single is any indication, the duo’s forthcoming album Abandon Ship should see no shortage of twisted…

  7. Jay Z Argues Sound Engineer's Song Rights Lawsuit Came Too Late

    September 05, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Jay also explains why Chauncey Mahan shouldn't be considered a joint author of 45 songs. Jay Z has filed a motion to dismiss Chauncey Mahan 's lawsuit that asks a judge to declare the sound engineer to be a joint author of 45 songs, including "Big Pimpin" and "Things…

  8. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  9. In Defense of the 'Step Up' Movies

    August 08, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The dance film series is secretly the most fun movie franchise out there. Here's why I'm all in on "Step Up." You can keep your X-Men, your Spider-Men, your Transformer-Men. Every other summer, a Step Up movie will be released, and that movie will be my summer jam.…

  10. CODE Picks of the Week: Pryda, Joe Goddard, Autograf & More

    August 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Pryda, "Backdraft" [Pryda Recordings] Eric Prydz revived his Pryda alias this week with a four-track eponymous EP. While upbeat…

  11. Billboard Music Cities: The Future of Nashville

    August 07, 2014 4:14 PM EDT Five tech startups that represent Music City's new cutting edge. Nashville is more than country music. Yes, the region of 1.7 million people is ground zero for cowboy-hatted superstars, legendary Music Row songwriters, major labels and publishers, and, of course, the Grand Ole Opry and…

  12. Exclusive Premiere: Nicole Moudaber's Remix of Carl Cox's 'Kommen Zusammen'

    July 31, 2014 5:27 PM EDT Prepare the motorcade and cue the champagne. Techno's royalty have reunited. Returning to Carl Cox 's Intec court, where she released her Beatport chart-topping "Roar" last year, dark techno queen Nicole Moudaber has delivered a nuanced and hypnotic remix that marks one of…

  13. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Paul Kalkbrenner, Markus Schulz & Maceo Plex

    July 28, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Tomorrowland wrapped up its second weekend in fitting fashion on Sunday (July 27). A few hours of rainfall did nothing to dampen the 10-year anniversary party in Boom, Belgium, where techno and trance dominated the schedule outside of the main stage. Capping off a weekend of coverage,…

  14. Code Picks of the Week: deadmau5, Sander Kleinenberg, Ali Love & More

    July 25, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Sander Kleinenberg,"We-R-Superstars" [Spinnin'] The Dutch dance star completes his comeback this week with the release of his…

  15. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  16. Benoit & Sergio's 'Your Darkness' EP: Exclusive Video Premiere and Q&A

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT A new Benoit & Sergio release is always an event for the deep house world. While their contemporaries typically value dance floor fluency over nuanced narrative, the DC and Berlin-based duo consistently incorporate a songwriting sensibility in their tracks, rendering them equally suited…

  17. Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo & Future Perform At Reggae Sumfest 2014: Live Review

    July 23, 2014 4:18 PM EDT "I'm always nervous performing at home because Jamaicans are tough people to please but I am very happy with tonight's outcome," revealed Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin – and NBC’s The Voice season five winner – minutes after delivering a flawless, headlining set at Reggae…

  18. How Shawn Mendes Is Turning Vine Fame Into a Music Career

    July 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Shawn Mendes — a sweet-voiced, dreamy-faced 15-year-old Canadian singer whose name, at the moment, is inextricably connected with the words "Vine sensation" — sits on a stool in a rehearsal room on Manhattan's West side. Tom Jackson, a long-haired veteran "performance…

  19. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  20. The Monstercat Label Model: From YouTube Channel to One Million Record Sales

    July 08, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Monstercat CEO and founder Mike Darlington never intended to make a record label. “People don’t need record labels anymore,” he says. “Artists can do everything on their own. So we either had to do it for them better or provide a platform and marketing tool they can’t find on their own.…

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