1. The Man Behind Jay-Z and Mariah Carey's New Beverages: Going to 'Disrupt the Consumer Package Goods Market'

    June 22, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Jay-Z and Mariah Carey-brand drinks are coming to a Walgreens and Duane Reade store near you.  Carey's "Butterfly" pink lemonade and Jay-Z's "40/40" Arnold Palmer-like drink are hoping the "disrupt the consumer package goods market" says Kevin Liles of…

  2. ScHoolboy Q May Have Been Target of Red Rocks Shooting

    June 20, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Rapper ScHoolboy Q was in a vehicle that was fired on after a concert at the popular Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater in Colorado, but he was not injured, investigators said Friday. Three other people were hurt in the shooting late Thursday in the parking lot at Red Rocks, but their injuries…

  3. Passenger Hits Top Five on Rock Albums Chart

    June 19, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Passenger scores its best sales week. Also, chart action from Lorde, Linkin Park and HellYeah Passenger 's "Whispers" debuts at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums and notches its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 12) earning its best sales week yet (19,000 in the week ending June 15…

  4. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  5. deadmau5, 'while(1 <2)': Track-By-Track Review

    June 17, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Joel Zimmerman – aka deadmau5 – has seen his fair share of strife and success in the two years since his last album release. From a tumultuous ended engagement with tattoo artist Kat Von D to a new record deal with Astralwerks, change has been the only constant for the globetrotting Canadian…

  6. 5 Seconds of Summer's Briefs Boom: Skivvy Sales Up 10% at American Apparel

    June 16, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Jake Sinclair was standing in line at his local American Apparel shop, waiting to buy underwear, when inspiration struck. The producer-composer had 14 pairs of the brand's signature briefs in tow. "I just thought, 'Oh, it'd be cool if my girlfriend wore these,' …

  7. Jay-Z Gets Into the Game on 'Jungle' Remix in New Beats Commercial (Video)

    June 15, 2014 10:11 PM EDT By now any American sports fan with a television knows the track "Jungle" that's been featured with an all star cast in a Beats by Dre commercial and short film designated to pump you up. Now hip-hop champion Jay Z has entered the ring, adding a heavy hitting verse to a remix…

  8. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash…

  9. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  10. Bonnaroo 2014: Cake, First Aid Kit Among Early Saturday Highlights

    June 14, 2014 6:42 PM EDT With festival goers still recovering from a late night of dancing to Skrillex, rapping along with Chance The Rapper and head-banging to Meshuggah, Bonnaroo brought the heat early Saturday (June 14) with artists like Cake, First Aid Kit, Seasick Steve and HAERTS performing while the…

  11. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Röyksopp & Robyn, Jon Hopkins, James Murphy & More

    June 14, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Sonar’s second day on June 13 boasted a staggering array of talent at both its By Day and By Night editions, including Röyksopp & Robyn’s electro-pop tour de force, a career performance by Jon Hopkins and stellar showings from German supergroup Moderat and French artist Gesaffelstein. The…

  12. Top Ten Alternative 2014 World Cup Songs

    June 13, 2014 6:53 PM EDT With the opening of the global tournament, competition is heating up not only on the soccer field but in that of futebol-related songs too, with the tones of these rallying tunes ranging from synth-rock reflections to dance floor raves, satiric selections to protest songs, and the many…

  13. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Plastikman, Trentemøller & More

    June 13, 2014 1:07 PM EDT On Thursday (June 12), Sonar kicked off the first of its three full days of special artist showcases and cutting edge music technology events with a nuanced show by German pianist Nils Frahm, Machinedrum’s new high-octane live set, Trentemøller’s hybrid band brilliance, and a spellbinding…

  14. 615 Spotlight: Steven Padilla Releases Debut 'Good At Goodbye'

    June 12, 2014 7:08 PM EDT The debut album from newcomer Steven Padilla, "Good At Goodbye," has been released, and the talented newcomer tells The 615 that he is glad to finally have it out for his fans. That being said, the singer admitted to Billboard that one person who definitely isn’t listening to the…

  15. Shakira Takes to Instagram to Rally World Cup Supporters

    June 12, 2014 6:17 AM EDT Global pop icon Shakira is looking to stir up interest in the World Cup 2014 soccer tourney which kicks off Thursday in Brazil with the host nation taking on Croatia in the opening match. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On? Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a Flop? World Cup Panel…

  16. Plácido Domingo to Sing Before World Cup Final

    June 11, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Placido Domingo will sing before a World Cup final for the sixth time, announcing Wednesday he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11. The concert featuring the 73-year-old classic musical star will take place two days before the final at Maracana Stadium. The show also…

  17. 'Philosophy of Phish': Oregon State Offers Course Tied to Band's Summer Tour

    June 11, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Phish fans wanting to get a bit deeper during the band's upcoming summer tour will have a new outlet to explore their favorite jams. As long as they're willing to do some homework. Oregon State University is offering a course this summer called "Philosophy School of…

  18. Watsky Announces 'All You Can Do' Album, Unveils New 'Whoa, Whoa, Whoa' Video: Watch

    June 10, 2014 1:43 PM EDT San Francisco rapper Watsky today announced the release of his third studio album “All You Can Do” on August 12th. well, i was gonna wait until we dropped the video later today but since some folks did some digging and found this on their own... — Watsky (@gwatsky) June 10, 2014   i'm…

  19. BET, Louder Than Life Partner For 'Music Matters' Compilation Series

    June 09, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Miguel, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Mack Wilds, The Internet among featured acts BET Networks and its new artist program Music Matters has partnered with Louder Than Life/Red Associated Labels to launch the new compilation album series, "BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1." Featuring…

  20. Governors Ball 2014: Bleachers Bring Fun in the Sun, Jack Antonoff Talks New Album (Video)

    June 09, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The Governors Ball 2014 crowd wasn't overly packed yet for the early 1:30 Bleachers set on Sunday (June 8). The dudes of Bleachers, led by fun.'s Jack Antonoff, ran onstage with Antonoff sporting a red ball cap, skinny jeans rolled up and high socks, in a nerd-meets-rock star look…

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