1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,' …

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. '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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Governors Ball 2014: Chance the Rapper Blazes Through Mixtape Favorites, ‘Arthur’ Cover (Video)

    June 08, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Chicago hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper’s Saturday set at Governors Ball on Randall’s Island in New York was overflowing with fans — including many tweens — in the Gotham tent. Sporting a Chicago White Sox jersey over a Superman T-shirt, the energetic rapper blazed through hits from his…

  19. Jamie Lynn Spears, Florida Georgia Line Crack Hits at City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

    June 08, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Team Opry edges Team iHeart with 13-11 victory at the 24th annual match during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Chase Rice, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer and Bobby Bones also hit the field Chase Rice is currently making waves these days with his current EP Ready Set Roll, but should he…

  20. 'Ghostbusters' At 30: A Soundtrack Appreciation

    June 08, 2014 9:10 AM EDT It's spooky and it's kooky...and, no, we're not talking about the Addams Family. Thirty years ago this weekend on June 8, 1984, the world got its first taste of "Ghostbusters" -- the Ivan Reitman film starring Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis (who co-wrote the script) as…

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