1. Austin Mahone On Those Justin Bieber Comparisons: ‘It's Kind Of Obnoxious’

    June 06, 2014 12:18 AM EDT Austin Mahone is over the Justin Bieber comparisons. Like Bieber, Mahone got his start on YouTube and catapulted to teen heartthrob status with his female-centric pop sound and dance moves. But the 18-year-old says enough is enough. "I can kind of see where they're coming from, but…

  2. Jimmy Iovine's 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:25 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with most Beats promotional spots, is the song. The…

  3. Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at 30: Classic Track-By-Track Album Review

    June 04, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen released the record that would become his biggest-selling album of all time thirty years ago on June 4, 1984. "Born In The U.S.A." would skyrocket Springsteen to global success, get misappropriated by a President, and turn his ass into an international icon…

  4. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

  5. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  6. Jimmy Iovine Part of Group Bidding For L.A. Clippers (Report)

    May 29, 2014 6:46 PM EDT The Beats by Dre founder, who cashed out for a cool $3 billion yesterday, is already putting that windfall to work, according to ESPN.com, which cites him as part of a group bidding for the L.A. Clippers along with Guggenheim Partner principals, co-founder Mark Walter and president Todd…

  7. The Black Keys' Biggest Beefs: Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson & More

    May 27, 2014 1:03 PM EDT These days, it's not too hard being the Black Keys. The Ohio-bred duo of singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney earned its first No. 1 album this week, as new LP "Turn Blue" beat out Michael Jackson's posthumous album "Xscape" by about 7,000…

  8. Mysteryland USA vs. Electric Daisy NYC: EDM Festival Previews

    May 22, 2014 2:30 PM EDT It’s a good weekend to be a New York dance fan. This Memorial Day, top dance acts will descend on the Empire State where two marquee dance music festivals are squaring off in serious fashion. CODE breaks down all the necessary details and differences between ID&T’s Mysteryland USA and…

  9. Austin Mahone Rejects Crazy Managers in 'Funny Or Die' Video: Watch

    May 20, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Ever wonder how a artist management deal goes down in fancy record label office?  Probably not like this -- in a brand new "Funny or Die" sketch, Austin Mahone listens to the pitch of two prospective managers (Paul Scheer and Mel Cowan) who pledge to get Mahone neck tattoos and brag…

  10. 'Frozen' To Become A Disney on Ice Show (Report)

    May 20, 2014 5:16 AM EDT "Frozen" has already made over $1.2 billion worldwide and is now sent to hit the road in September as a Disney on Ice show. The animated blockbuster, which helped the Walt Disney Co. beat expectations with second quarter earnings, will cash in on its popularity even more by becoming…

  11. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  12. Sturgill Simpson Shuns 'Tailgating and Spring Breaks' on New Album

    May 16, 2014 2:12 PM EDT Sturgill Simpson's latest album, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music," has been garnering some great early reviews. Not that he's had a lot of time to read them, as he's got other things on his mind. "Our first child is coming in about a month, and everything…

  13. Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Robert Ellis Top Americana Awards Nominations

    May 12, 2014 2:48 PM EDT The Americana Music Association celebrated the nominees for their 2014 Americana Honors & Awards this afternoon in downtown Nashville with a music-filled event at the SiriusXM Music City Theatre. The satellite radio network’s Elizabeth Cook (Apron Strings) announced the nominations during…

  14. Billboard Chart Record-Breakers: The Longest Music Moments Ever

    May 09, 2014 5:32 PM EDT The days are getting longer, summer is almost here, and stars like Hunter Hayes and Jack White are trying their hands at music record-breaking. We're celebrating the best way we know how: with a long, long look at the record-breaking "longest" moments on the Billboard charts.…

  15. Mysteryland USA Set to Become First Cashless Multi-Day Music Festival in North America (Exclusive)

    May 07, 2014 10:10 PM EDT Prepared festival-goers won’t need their wallets to enjoy Mysteryland USA this year. At the EDM festival’s inaugural American edition, SFX Entertainment’s ID&T is partnering with leading cashless payment provider Intellitix to exclusively deploy their electronic IntelliPay payment system.…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Hannah Aldridge Flexes Muscle Shoals Sound on Debut Album 'Razor Wire'

    May 07, 2014 7:16 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Hannah Aldridge will release her debut album, "Razor Wire," on Tuesday (May 13). While she has had experience writing and performing before, putting it all together on a record of her own was quite an experience, as she tells The 615. "It was my first…

  17. Scotty McCreery Robbery Suspect Arrested

    May 07, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Authorities have arrested a suspect in the home invasion robbery of country singer Scotty McCreery and his friends. Mikkail Jamal Shaw, 19, has been charged with armed robbery and conspiracy after he turned himself in Tuesday night, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said in a statement. It wasn&…

  18. Scotty McCreery Victimized By Home Invasion

    May 05, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Police say country music singer Scotty McCreery was the victim of an early morning home invasion near the campus of North Carolina State University, where he is a student. Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says officers were called shortly before 2 a.m. today (May 5) to an apartment about…

  19. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  20. Top 10 Regional Mexican Musicians 2009-2014: A Cinco De Mayo Celebration

    May 05, 2014 10:34 AM EDT Happy Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate, we went back five years (get it?) on our Regional Mexican Albums and Regional Mexican Airplay charts — from May 2, 2009 through May 3, 2014 — and ranked the top 10 artists, based on a formula incorporating accumulated radio and sales for the period. So, sip…

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