1. CODE Guest Playlist: Kygo's Feeling Avicii, Chromeo and More

    April 18, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Billboard CODE caught up with Kygo this week to discuss the 22-year-old artist’s emergence , as well as provide a peek into the music he’s currently listening to. Here’s the melody-laden playlist that the young producer assembled. Give it a listen below. Kygo Talks Mixing for Diplo, Coldplay…

  2. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  3. P. Reign, 'Pon Tour': Watch Backstage Footage of Drake's Tour in New Video

    April 17, 2014 11:05 AM EDT When Drake wrapped his “Would You Like A Tour?” in London last month, the best seat in the house belonged to P. Reign. In “Pon Tour” the rapper and OVO affiliate gives us a bird’s-eye view of Drizzy’s massive performances at The O 2 Arena including backstage cameos from Rihanna, The Weeknd…

  4. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Donny Osmond Guest Judges Disney Night

    April 15, 2014 2:23 AM EDT Welcome, dear gem hunters and DANCMSTR refugees!  Tonight’s theme was both appropriate and preposterous — much like the bedazzled series itself — as we all know that in many ways, EVERY night is Disney Night on "Dancing With the Stars." How many times has Bruno screamed “Youuuu…

  5. Nick Cannon Talks 'White People Party Music' & 'Soul Train': Exclusive

    April 01, 2014 5:45 PM EDT In the last few days, Nick Cannon has raised controversy and eyebrows by first going white-faced and now sporting cheetah-spotted hair. The attention-grabbing moves coincide with today's release of Cannon's first music album in 11 years, "White People Party Music" (April 1…

  6. Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Mourned by Dance Community

    April 01, 2014 10:08 AM EDT DJ/ producer Frankie Knuckles, widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” passed away last night (March 31) due to complications with diabetes. Having pioneered the sound of house music with his groundbreaking productions and DJ sets at legendary venues such as Chicago's Music Box and…

  7. Hardwell, Dyro & Dannic Talk Upcoming Projects: Watch the Ultra Interview

    March 29, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Dutch DJ Hardwell and two of his most promising understudies hung out with Billboard's Zel McCarthy at the Red Bull Guest House to chat about their big plans for the coming months. Accompanying Hardwell were Dyro and Dannic, whom he calls "two of the biggest up and coming DJs in…

  8. It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    March 27, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Expansive dancing and DJs are erupting all over Brooklyn's hot nabe -- albeit with an egalitarian ethos The burgeoning Williamsburg nightclub scene just got more crowded. The trendy Brooklyn neighborhood's Wythe Avenue, previously known for stereotypical hipster bars, is looking a…

  9. Gwar Frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, Found Dead at 50

    March 24, 2014 9:15 AM EDT The frontman for gore-loving heavy metal band Gwar has died. Police have confirmed earlier reports that Dave Brockie, known to fans as Oderus Urungus, was found dead at his Richmond, Va. home on Sunday evening. The singer was 50. A Richmond police spokesperson told CBS 6  and the…

  10. Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)

    March 21, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching an on-demand streaming service that would rival Spotify and Beats Music, according to three people familiar with the talks. Apple is also thinking about adding an iTunes App for Android phones,…

  11. Madonna Producer Patrick Leonard Talks 'Like A Prayer' at 25

    March 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna's classic hit singles like "Live to Tell," "Open Your Heart," "Frozen" and "…

  12. Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT To celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 21, here's our track-by-track look back at Madonna's classic studio album, 1989's "Like A Prayer." By early 1989, the world had come to know Madonna as a dance-pop provocateur with quirky-sexy style. She was the…

  13. Red Bull Guest House in Miami Announces Lineup: Skrillex, Giorgio Moroder and More

    March 19, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Artists have been revealed for Red Bull’s second installment of its Miami Beach hotel takeover during the weekend of Ultra Music Festival, March 27-30. As previously announced , labels like Skrillex’s OWSLA and Richie Hawtin’s M-nus Records have been tapped to curate a slate of artists for…

  14. Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton Dead at Age 64

    March 16, 2014 7:38 PM EDT Scott Asheton, drummer for legendary punk-rock band the Stooges, died Saturday evening (March 15) at age 64. No cause of death has yet been announced. Asheton's death was confirmed by Stooges frontman Iggy Pop on Sunday via a statement on his Facebook page . "My dear friend Scott…

  15. SXSW: The Blasters' Phil and Dave Alvin Reunite at the Continental Club

    March 14, 2014 5:57 PM EDT The two brothers perform together for the first time in over a decade. With over 2,000 acts performing at the 2014 SXSW Music Festival, every conceivable venue in downtown Austin is being utilized in some way. That means modern halls like Austin City Limits as well as makeshift tents with…

  16. Scott Kalvert, 'Basketball Diaries' Director, Dead at 49

    March 08, 2014 8:47 AM EST The filmmaker's death is being investigated as a possible suicide by the L.A. Coroner's Office. Scott Kalvert, best known for directing 1995's "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was found in his home in Woodland Hills on…

  17. Kings of Leon Bring the Kids for Super 8 'Temple' Music Video: Watch

    February 28, 2014 6:28 PM EST It's a production of NachoVision, the new all-access KoL video initiative from Christopher "Nacho" Followill, cousin of the band's Followill brothers Kings of Leon break out the family on their latest music video, a Nashville-centric adaptation of "Temple," the…

  18. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & 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, as well as…

  19. John Oates on New EP Series: 'It Came Together Out of Necessity'

    February 27, 2014 9:33 PM EST John Oates would love to tell you that there is some kind of master plan behind the upcoming release of "Good Road To Follow," his forthcoming three-EP set, which is due March 18 on PS / Elektra. Honestly -- he would love to. “It came together out of necessity,” he tells Billboard. …

  20. International Artists Pay Tribute to Paco de Lucia

    February 27, 2014 8:57 PM EST The flamenco guitar master, who left behind an unreleased album, will be laid to rest this weekend in Southern Spain Paco de Lucia, who revolutionized flamenco guitar and influenced musicians around the world, will be laid to rest this weekend in his native Algeciras, after a public wake…

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