1. Frank Ocean's Dad Sues Russell Simmons for $142 Million: Report

    September 14, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Frank Ocean 's father is suing hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons for calling him a deadbeat dad, requesting $142 million in damages.  Frank Ocean Nabs Three Six Zero's Mark Gillespie as Manager Ahead of New Album Ocean's dad, Calvin Cooksey, has been absent from his son's…

  2. 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…

  3. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review

    September 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Jhené Aiko 's songs are intimate conversations, which have flourished since the release of her 2011 mixtape Sailing Soul(s ). Her vocals are lithe enough to seduce, while her sharp lyricism and wordplay are tools to knife through a man's crap. On Aiko's major label debut,…

  4. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  5. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  6. The Knife Cut Their Time Short, Announce Breakup

    August 21, 2014 9:02 PM EDT Swedish duo formed in 1999. Fans have always hedged their expectations when it comes to the Knife , the reclusive Swedish duo who have jumped in and out of the music world since 1999. But it sounds like the party is really over this time. The Knife Ends 7-Year Hiatus With Politically Charged…

  7. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  8. Flavor Flav Battery Case Closed in Las Vegas

    August 18, 2014 8:26 PM EDT A Nevada judge has closed a criminal case against Flavor Flav after she was told the 55-year-old rapper and reality TV star completed a required domestic violence counseling course. The entertainer, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., wasn't in court Monday (Aug. 18)…

  9. Exclusive: The Knocks Share Awesome Mix of Classic Songs to Fete Their "Classic" Single

    August 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The electronic duo's 40-minute mix includes jams from Paul Simon, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk. New York electronic band The Knocks have a new single titled “ Classic ,” featuring the band Powers , that is  available to buy today through Big Beat records. To fete the song’s release,…

  10. Man Arrested After Altercation With Pocket Knife at Country Music Festival

    August 11, 2014 2:58 PM EDT Violence at music festivals continues. A man named Aaron Williams was arrested Thursday morning at the WE Fest country musical festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Billboard has confirmed. The three-day festival featured headliners such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley,…

  11. Morrissey’s ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’: Track-by-Track Review

    July 08, 2014 12:26 PM EDT To paraphrase Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, if we don’t know Morrissey by now, we will never, ever, ever know Morrissey. Last year, the famously self-absorbed former Smiths frontman released the memoir “Autobiography,” his 457-page attempt to let fans into the weird little world he…

  12. Industry Reacts to Casey Kasem's Death

    June 15, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Just as some "Star Trek" viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and…

  13. 2014's Most Anticipated Dance Festival: Whose Lineup is Most Exciting? (Poll)

    June 04, 2014 2:28 PM EDT With Mysteryland USA, Movement and EDC New York in the books, summer festival season is officially upon us. Following EDC Las Vegas' lineup announcement last week, CODE takes a peek at some of the most highly anticipated upcoming festivals and offers you an opportunity to pick which…

  14. Robyn & Royksopp Primer: 10 Songs To Know Before 'Do It Again'

    May 27, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Listen to these 10 tracks before exploring the new mini-album from the Scandinavian pop auteurs. This week, Swedish pop princess Robyn and Norwegian production duo Royksopp teamed up to ignite the pop blogosphere, as their collaborative "mini-album," "Do It Again," was…

  15. Sia Announces '1000 Forms of Fear' Release Date & Track List

    May 14, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Sia's new solo album "1000 Forms of Fear" has been pegged with a summer release for months, but on Wednesday (May 14), the full-length finally received a concrete release date. "1000 Forms of Fear" will be out on July 8 through RCA/Monkey Puzzle Records. Produced by…

  16. Coldplay's Haunted 'Ghost Stories' Album: Track-By-Track Review

    May 14, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Coldplay's sixth studio album will forever be tied to frontman Chris Martin's out-of-the-blue announcement that he and wife Gwyneth Paltrow were separating , nearly two months before the full-length's release. The timing of the breakup hovers over "Ghost Stories," a…

  17. Tomorrowland Announces Lineup & Stage Hosts: Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, David Guetta and More

    May 08, 2014 6:20 PM EDT ID&T’s Tomorrowland festival today unveiled its full artist lineups and hosts for each of the 12 stages in operation during its two weekend events. Both weekends’ main stage highlights will include Armin van Buuren, Eric Prydz, and Knife Party on Friday; Kaskade, Alesso, and Hardwell’s…

  18. Electric Zoo First Phase Lineup Announced: David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Kaskade Headlining

    May 07, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Made Event’s Electric Zoo festival today announced the first round of artists for its sixth edition this fall. Electric Zoo 2014's Friday Lineup David Guetta, Dada Life, Nicky Romero, and Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike will headline on Friday August 29; Armin van Buuren, Zedd, Knife…

  19. Flaming Lips Drummer Says He Was Fired for Criticizing Wayne Coyne's Friend

    May 02, 2014 4:46 PM EDT But a current member insists the band and Scurlock "parted ways because of the usual band musical differences. The rest has been blown way out" New information on the March firing of Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock is exposing an alleged dark side of frontman Wayne Coyne. A…

  20. Kristeen Young, 'The Pictures of Sasha Grey': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 30, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Listen to the exclusive premiere of Kristeen Young's song, "The Pictures of Sasha Grey," which features Dave Grohl. When it came time for Kristeen Young to record her seventh album, "The Knife Shift," she got help from a very unexpected source: Dave Grohl. The…

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