1. BPM Festival Highlights: Innervisions, Cadenza Meets Planet E, Vatos Locos & More

    January 23, 2015 4:39 PM EST Since 2008, the international party crowd has congregated in Mexico's Playa del Carmen for 10 days of house and techno parties set against a beautiful paradise backdrop. Drawing more than 55,000 attendees last year (with more estimated this year), the BPM Festival's eighth edition…

  2. Billboard Exclusive Album Premiere: Nashville-Based Band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors' 'Medicine'

    January 22, 2015 1:16 PM EST Nashville-based band Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors are set to release their new studio album,  Medicine,  on Jan. 27 on Holcomb's own Magnolia Music Group.  "Honestly, I couldn't be more thrilled with a record than I am with this one," Holcomb tells Billboard. "…

  3. The 10 Worst Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 4:30 PM EST Woman-hating, Instagramming and Achy Breaky-ing were among the worst musical offenses of the half-decade. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, and although the half-decade has included some soaring highs for popular music, the past five years has also…

  4. Gerardo Ortiz's 'Eres Una Nina' Hits No. 1 on Latin Airplay

    January 09, 2015 5:18 PM EST The singer collects a new No. 1, while Puerto Rican acts Christian Daniel and Plan B climb Latin charts. Regional Mexican star Gerardo Ortiz earns his second Latin Airplay chart-topper as "Eres Una Nina" steps 2-1 in its 13th week. Audience impressions reached nearly 10 million…

  5. Bonnaroo Wants Fans to Unlock the Lineup

    January 09, 2015 5:23 AM EST Bonnaroo's promoters are taking the festival's big-reveal to the next level.  They're testing a so-called "megathon" announcement, in which anyone keen to find out the names on the bill earlier than everyone else can do so. So long as they've got a phone…

  6. SXSW Announces 2015 Film Premieres, Including Russell Brand, Mavis Staples Docs

    January 08, 2015 3:00 PM EST A documentary on Russell Brand , Ondi Timoner's BRAND: A Second Coming , will open the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival on March 13. In addition, a documentary on Mavis Staples , Mavis! , will make its world premiere at SXSW, festival organizers announced on…

  7. Did Iggy Azalea or Igloo Australia Win a People's Choice Award?

    January 07, 2015 9:47 PM EST Presenter Monica Potter uses Azealia Banks' favorite Iggy moniker before presenting the MC with Favorite Hip-Hop Artist. Iggy Azalea beat some pretty impressive competition for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist at Wednesday's (Jan. 7) People's Choice Awards, but what really caught…

  8. Vine Stars Shawn Mendes and Us the Duo Storm Social 50 Chart

    January 01, 2015 6:51 PM EST With just barely any time left in 2014, Vine stars-turned-major-label-signed-act Us the Duo caps their breakthrough year by debuting on the Social 50 chart at No. 45. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and…

  9. Watch Justin Bieber Show Off His Skateboard Skills in NYC

    December 29, 2014 11:00 AM EST Justin Bieber hasn't released much music lately, but hey, a pop star's got to stay in the headlines somehow. Yesterday (Dec. 28), Biebs showed a New York City crowd that he's got some skateboard skills, too. Go 'Home to Mama' With Justin Bieber & Cody Simpson:…

  10. Niall Horan's Underwear Dancing Owns 'One Direction: The TV Special'

    December 24, 2014 10:57 AM EST Any One Direction fans who missed the band's NBC special on Tuesday night should thank their lucky stars Vine exists, because One Direction: The TV Special had a major early Christmas present for Directioners. Namely, Niall Horan dancing around in his tighty-whitey underwear.…

  11. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  12. Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez: Top 10 Moments of the Year in Ass

    December 17, 2014 1:53 PM EST Pop culture has been infatuated for the derrière for some time now, but 2014 was surely the year of ass. Nicki Minaj , Beyoncé , Meghan Trainor , Cody Simpson and more celebrities gave the world wide web a sneak peak of their assets with pride… and then some continued doing so. I mean, why…

  13. Op-Ed: How Mobile Finally Took Over the Music Industry in 2014

    December 16, 2014 3:55 PM EST With explosive growth in streaming, social media, artist apps and more, mobile finally took over the music industry. Like smart watches and cars that drive themselves, the celestial jukebox is no longer science fiction. Thanks to the supercomputers that 71 percent of Americans now keep in…

  14. Op-Ed: Vine Became the New Demo Tape in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:34 PM EST Fifteen minutes of fame shrunk by 14 minutes and 54 seconds in 2014. Thanks to the Twitter-owned video app Vine, six seconds were all that a growing number of artists needed to achieve celebrity status. In the same way YouTube took a few years to produce mainstream musical acts from…

  15. BSBB Round 4: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, "Drunk in Love"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z JAMIESON COX: At this stage in the competition, it’s harder and harder for me to point to musical qualities when making decisions. I like all of these songs,…

  16. BSBB Round 2: Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle" vs. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down for What"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Wiggle Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg Turn Down for What DJ Snake & Lil Jon JAMIESON COX: I praised Derulo’s “easy debauchery” last round when deciding in favor of his other big hit this year, “Talk Dirty,” and “Wiggle” is…

  17. BSBB Round 2: Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda MEAGHAN GARVEY: I’m going to come clean: I had never heard “Rather Be” before this bracket (it hasn’t seemed to make significant waves on NYC radio, and certainly not…

  18. BSBB Round 1: Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, "Black Widow" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Black Widow Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda CRAIG JENKINS: “Black Widow” began life as a Katy Perry song and, as such, is designed almost entirely to buttress its titanic hook. Iggy Azalea’s just treading water…

  19. BSBB Round 1: American Authors, "Best Day of My Life" vs. Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Best Day of My Life American Authors Wiggle Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg MAURA JOHNSTON: “Wiggle" wasn't even the best Derulo offering of 2014, but it wins by default here, as the brand of sync-ready jangle that…

  20. BSBB Round 1: Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" vs. Sam Smith, "I'm Not The Only One"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Anaconda Nicki Minaj I'm Not The Only One Sam Smith CRAIG JENKINS: Nicki’s Pinkprint smash “Anaconda” is deadly clever, a feminist judo flip of one of rap’s most beloved sexual objectification anthems that achieves its…

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