1. A-Trak Talks New Solo Material, DJ Set Transparency, and 'Youth on the Come-Up'

    November 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST By this point in his career, A-Trak should probably be known as Multi-Track. The former Billboard cover star  (real name Alain Macklovitch, a last name you might recognize from his brother Dave, who goes by Dave 1 in the electro-funk duo Chromeo ) is a DJ and producer, scratcher and…

  2. American Music Awards 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 24, 2014 12:17 AM EST One Direction's Harry Styles & Niall Horan make sure to stay in the audience for J.Lo & Iggy's 'Booty' fest, and more behind-the-scenes action. At Sunday night's American Music Awards , you saw Selena Gomez bare her heart -- and Iggy Azalea and…

  3. Rixton Discuss Their Bizarre Pre-Show Ritual and Treating Every Concert Like It's at Wembley

    November 21, 2014 12:57 PM EST Compared to their compadres Mary Lambert and Betty Who , British band Rixton are the babies of the AmEx AIR bunch. While the female Artists in Residence are riding high on the success of their first major-label albums, the young lads from Manchester are still a few months away from the…

  4. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  5. Exclusive: RiFF RAFF Wants to Be the 'EDM Justin Bieber'

    November 20, 2014 3:00 PM EST RiFF RAFF is going EDM. The eccentric Houston rapper confirms with Billboard that he'll be joining Golden Hare Management Group, home to rising tropical house artists Kygo and Thomas Jack . After meeting Kygo, Jack and manager Myles Shear at Mad Decent Boat Party over the…

  6. Exclusive Premiere: Grandtheft Remixes Alesso & Tove Lo's 'Heroes (We Could Be)'

    November 18, 2014 10:00 AM EST Tuesday mornings can be tough, so we’ve got a little electronic pick-me-up headed your way -- a heroic remix of Alesso and Tove Lo’s “Heroes (We Could Be),” courtesy of DJ/producer Grandtheft . The dramatic reworking is premiering exclusively right here: "Tove Lo has an amazing voice……

  7. Mad Decent Boat Party Highlights: Skrillex's Surprise, Dillion Francis' Alter Ego & More

    November 17, 2014 6:00 PM EST Ever since HARD's Holy Ship! set a lofty standard for dance music cruises, few have succeeded in meeting it. However, Diplo 's label Mad Decent has the star power and curatorial credibility necessary to field a serious contender. Fans from across the globe clamored aboard the…

  8. Diplo Celebrates 'Flor1da' with a Paid BitTorrent Bundle (Which Are Now Available to the Public)

    November 17, 2014 2:08 PM EST Following in Thom Yorke's footsteps, Diplo is the second artist to release a pay-gated bundle on the platform. To celebrate 10 years since the release of his debut album, Florida , Diplo is re-releasing the LP today by way of a BitTorrent bundle, or a digital box set. The 11-track…

  9. Report: Diplo Welcomes His Second Son With Ex-Girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart

    November 16, 2014 7:29 PM EST Congratulations are in order for Diplo , who welcomes his second son with his ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart, according to Us Weekly . Lorde Perfectly Disses Diplo After He Insults Taylor Swift Diplo (real name: Wesley Pentz) and Lockhart have named their new baby Lazer Lee Louis Pentz. The…

  10. Quotes of the Week: Taylor Swift Defends Her Art, Taylor Hawkins Trashes U2 and More

    November 14, 2014 9:23 PM EST "I'd never condone Nazism in my art." -- NICKI MINAJ The rapper, apologizing on Twitter after the Anti-Defamation League said that the new lyric video for "Only" "disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda." Nicki Minaj's 'Only' Video…

  11. Throwback Thursday: The LOX vs. Diddy in 2005 Hot 97 Interview

    November 13, 2014 5:44 PM EST Nine years ago this month (November 2005), the LOX 's Jadakiss and Styles P turned it up on Diddy while being interviewed on NYC’s Hot 97. It feels like ages ago, doesn't it? I bet it doesn't for the LOX though. Diddy has a reputation for allegedly mistreating his artists. We…

  12. The Ultimate One Direction Playlist for Dads

    November 13, 2014 5:08 PM EST Want to get your dad into 1D without telling him that he’s listening to a boy band? Here’s how to turn pops into a Directioner. Say you’re a One Direction fan, like we are over here at Billboard. You talk about them with your friends, debate Zayn vs. Harry with your older sister, and sing…

  13. One Direction's 7 Most WTF Music Video Moments

    November 11, 2014 4:45 PM EST One Direction 's fourth album, Four , is almost here! In the leadup, we're looking back on their music videos, from "What Makes You Beautiful" to "Steal My Girl." While they all have their charming moments ( Hiiii, Harry Styles & Louis Tomlinson in the …

  14. From Train to Motorhead, Inside the Big Business of Music Cruises

    November 10, 2014 4:57 PM EST Cruise organizers are rockin’ the boat -- literally -- as they cater to a rising tide of fans eager to set sail with their favorite artists. When Lynyrd Skynyrd helmed its inaugural Simple Man Cruise in 2007, the ship ran out of Jack Daniel’s on the first night. “We drank the boat dry,”…

  15. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  16. Soul Train Awards 2014: Chris Brown Wins Big, Jodeci Brings '90s R&B Nostalgia, Kool & The Gang Honored

    November 08, 2014 12:53 PM EST Chris Brown took home “Best Hip Hop Song” and “Best Collaboration” at the ceremony. When the silhouettes of K-Ci , JoJo , DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin appeared on the stage Friday night (Nov. 7), nobody over the age of 25 would remain in their seats. After years of rumors that the bad boys…

  17. The Doors' John Densmore Calls 'Feast of Friends' Documentary 'A Real Deal & Then Some'

    November 07, 2014 3:52 PM EST John Densmore acknowledges that over the years, the Doors have "cherry-picked" Feast of Friends , the unfinished documentary the group commissioned in 1968, "for lots of different film projects." But on Nov. 11, the much-bootlegged film comes out as it was intended, with…

  18. OK Go's Latest Video Triumph Impacts Hot Rock Songs Chart

    November 07, 2014 11:55 AM EST "We're that f---ing video band," OK Go frontman Damien Kulash said in a keynote speech at the Future of Music Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27. Earlier that day, the group debuted its latest video, "I Won't Let You Down," on NBC's Today , and…

  19. Hear the Full Version of Future & Drake's 'Never Satisfied'

    November 07, 2014 10:28 AM EST The track was cut short on Future's album because Drake didn't like his verse. When Future 's highly anticipated Honest album hit stores in the spring, one of the biggest collaborations -- between Drake and Future -- was strangely cut short, fading out before the two minute…

  20. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

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