1. Jordan Anderson on Finding Her Way in Nashville

    July 16, 2014 7:13 PM EDT When you hear the heartfelt lyrics of Jordan Anderson's latest single, "American Dream," keep in mind that it is her real life she’s singing about — word for word.  "I wrote it with James Dean Hicks in Nashville. It was an awesome experience. It's about my journey…

  2. CODE Guest Playlist: Monstercat

    July 16, 2014 4:06 PM EDT Billboard CODE featured forward-thinking independent dance label Monstercat this week and handed off the Guest Playlist reins to CEO and founder Mike Darlington. He provided five key Monstercat tracks alongside insightful commentary into each one’s importance for the Vancouver-based imprint.…

  3. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

  4. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Tops Hot 100; Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Falls to No. 2

    July 16, 2014 12:06 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group ends Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign with 'Fancy.' Plus, Disclosure's 'Latch,' featuring Sam Smith, reaches the top 10 Maybe this will finally impress the father in the song?   MAGIC!'s "Rude," the Canadian pop…

  5. RayLand Baxter on His Nashville Dancin' Homecoming

    July 15, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Being raised in Bon Aqua, Tennessee – a stone’s throw from Nashville makes Thursday’s (July 17)  performance as part of the summer concert series Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General a homecoming of sorts for performer RayLand Baxter. “I enjoy the fact that I am living and performing…

  6. 'Weird Al' Yankovic On Getting Pharrell's Permission: 'He Could Not Have Been Nicer'

    July 15, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "This is the first time where I've gotten everybody that I wanted, and I couldn't be happier about it," says Yankovic of new album "Mandatory Fun." "Weird Al" Yankovic is pleased to report that he had no issues with the artists whose songs he parodies…

  7. CODE First Play: Viceroy ft. Penguin Prison, 'The Life'

    July 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Looking for a summer anthem? Viceroy has you covered. The San Francisco artist has teamed up with Penguin Prison’s Christopher Glover on the first sun-soaked single off his forthcoming full-length debut. Glover provides a calming, carefree narrative over Viceroy’s trademark bumping bass…

  8. Polaris Prize 2014: Drake, Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre Make Short List

    July 15, 2014 11:19 AM EDT The short list for the 2014 Polaris Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with a mix of commercial hits via Arcade Fire and Drake, as well as indie favorites by Timber Timbre ("Hot Dreams") and Mac DeMarco ("Salad Days") among the ten acts in the running for Canada&…

  9. Pop Art By Robert Christgau: In It For The Art

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five…

  10. Pharrell Williams To Curate 'NBA 2K15' Soundtrack: 'I'm Pumped & Excited'

    July 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT "I couldn't believe my name got tossed in the hat!" the "Happy" creator exclaimed during a press conference about the game. Pharrell Williams is putting on yet another hat -- that of a video game soundtrack curator. The "Happy" singer/producer has been…

  11. Ricky Martin Announces 2015 Australia Tour

    July 15, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Ricky Martin’s One World Tour will swing into Australian arenas next year. Martin, who is a coach on the ratings blockbuster “The Voice Australia,” will kick-off his trek in north Queensland with an April 25 show at Townsville’s 1300 Smiles Stadium. The tour then visits Brisbane (April 28),…

  12. 'American Psycho' Musical to Make U.S. Run

    July 15, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Patrick Bateman is bound for New York. The musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel American Psycho, about the arrogant Wall Street broker by day and sexually deranged serial killer by night, will make its U.S. debut this season, Second Stage Theatre announced…

  13. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  14. The Hudson Project Festival's First Year Had a Good Start, Got Muddy, Canceled Final Day

    July 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The inaugural Hudson Project, a music festival in New York's Hudson Valley inspired by Woodstock, experienced an eerily similar finale as the infamous '94 fest. It was the first music festival to be held on Winston Farm in Saugerties since "Mudstock" was held twenty years…

  15. NBC's 'Peter Pan': 5 Picks for the Starring Role

    July 14, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Who should play the boy who wouldn't grow up? NBC announced over the weekend that Christopher Walken will portray Captain Hook in the live production of "Peter Pan," airing this December. The unexpected choice is sure to attract eyeballs -- much like when Carrie Underwood put…

  16. Rome Ramirez Talks Sublime, Solo Album & Linkin Park Twitter Feud

    July 14, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "I'm not new to the band, standing next to my idols, anymore," he says of Sublime With Rome's next project. Currently on the road, Sublime With Rome is planning a November return to the studio to record a follow-up to its 2011 album "Yours Truly." "We…

  17. Tove Styrke, "Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking To You" (RAC Mix): Exclusive Premiere

    July 14, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Sweden's Tove Styrke has become latest artist to receive the RAC treatment. Fresh off the release of his first full-length "Strangers," Remix Artist Collective's André Allen Anjos bolsters the 21-year-old singer's sassy vocals with a varied arsenal of stomping analog…

  18. Para One Talks Party-Starting New LP 'Club,' Favorite Rappers & More

    July 14, 2014 11:34 AM EDT As chart-topping EDMers continue to gain clout with major labels, doors are opening for global stars still looking to break through in America. Enter Para One -- the brainchild of French DJ Jean-Baptiste de Laubier. When to making music, the 35-year old de Laubier is nothing new, as he's…

  19. Kenny Chesney Unveils 'The Big Revival' Album Cover: Exclusive

    July 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "I wanted an album cover that was surprising," says the country giant on his new album. Country superstar Kenny Chesney will return this September with a new studio album, "The Big Revival," and the veteran singer-songwriter has revealed the upcoming full-length's…

  20. 'Rising Star' Recap: Kesha Brings the Whimsy As Duel Round Kicks Off

    July 14, 2014 6:26 AM EDT What’s the saying—every party has a pooper, and every reality singing competition has a frontrunner? (Something like that.) It seems Rising Star’s frontrunner is Jesse Kinch, and this party’s pooper is the judges' voting power in the Duel rounds. That these “duels” are actually two side…

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