1. Steelism on New Album's Influences: 'We Kind of Have Two Sides to What We Do'

    June 30, 2014 5:06 PM EDT For Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum – who comprise the eclectic duo Steelism, their performance at Thursday (July 3) night’s Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General gives them a chance to play in their home city. “We are so thrilled to be playing at Riverfront,” Fetzer told Billboard. …

  2. Jennifer Lopez's 'A.K.A.' Debut: An Icon Reaches a Crossroads

    June 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT With a lackluster sales debut for her latest album, Lopez should consider a musical makeover. Jennifer Lopez is an icon. We knew that long before she won the Icon Award last month . But musically, Lopez sounds trapped in a different era.   Her eighth studio album, "A.K.A.," starts…

  3. Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz Cap BET Experience Concert Series

    June 30, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Staples Center lineup also features Jennifer Hudson, Mack Wilds, Sevyn Streeter and TGT Mary J. Blige exuberantly and defiantly underscored why she still remains one of music’s top entertainers as she closed out BET Experience at L.A. Live’s (June 27-29) concert series at Los Angeles’ Staples…

  4. Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' Track List: The Weeknd, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg & More

    June 30, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Ariana Grande announced her hotly anticipated sophomore album "My Everything" over the weekend , and while that title is the name of an underrated 98 Degrees single , it is also the name of an album with a whole lot of hip-hop guest artists. Along with Iggy Azalea…

  5. Woman's Hour Guitarist Talks 'Conversations' Album & The xx Comparisons

    June 30, 2014 1:09 PM EDT With an airtight dream-pop aesthetic and a handful of gorgeous visuals attached to debut album "Conversations," London four-piece Woman's Hour is slowly making its presence felt in the States. Their swooning sound has garnered comparisons to the xx -- an understandable parallel…

  6. 'I Expected a Backlash': Porter Robinson Talks 'Virtual' Music, Denouncing EDM, and Online Games

    June 30, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Porter Robinson still misses the digital worlds he grew up in. The 21-year-old breakout star of the post-EDM “beatsy” scene, as he describes it, spent most of his adolescence immersed in so-called massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like Star Wars Galaxies and City of…

  7. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

  8. 10 Things Seen and Heard at the 2014 BET Awards

    June 30, 2014 1:03 AM EDT From Lionel Riche’s tribute to Nicki Minaj’s onstage bunny co-star, Billboard runs down what you didn’t see on TV. The BET Awards red carpet was hot—literally—at about 80 degrees, but that didn’t stop the entertainment industry from sashaying in style and looking mighty fab -- from…

  9. Mariachi USA Festival: Founder Rodri Rodriguez Talks Hollywood Bowl, New Day of the Dead Festival and Being Julio Iglesias’ Boss

    June 29, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Just as Rodri Rodriguez is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the producer is already busy making plans for an new festival themed around Day of the Dead.  The Cuban-born Rodriguez first made her mark in the music business in the mid-1970s when…

  10. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  11. Vine Star Shawn Mendes Set For Big Debut With 'Life Of The Party'

    June 27, 2014 6:38 PM EDT The teen could sell 200,000 first-week downloads of his ballad, setting up a likely top-25 debut on the Hot 100 next week Shawn Mendes is getting the "Party" started in a big way.   The 15-year-old Canadian pop singer, who first gained acclaim by performing cover songs on…

  12. Corner Office: BET CEO Debra Lee Talks Classic BET Awards Moments, Chris Brown & More

    June 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Three decades is a mighty long timeto be in any industry, which makes Debra L. Lee, 58, chairman/CEO of BET Networks, even more of a wonder to behold, having survived and thrived while building the leading cable TV network targeting African-Americans. “I grew up with a small room and a little…

  13. Why Is 'We Are One' A Flop?

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT There’s been a lot of spirited debate on the merits (or not) of “ We Are One (Ole Ola),” the official FIFA World Cup Song , performed by Pitbull with guests Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian Claudia Leitte. Reviews of the track run the gamut, with some calling it spirited, festive and…

  14. The Sun Sets On ‘Californication’: David Duchovny Discusses the Show’s Rock n’ Roll Connection (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT This Sunday night (June 29th at 9:30p ET/PT), after seven memorable seasons, Hank Moody and his very distinctive ‘Californication’ crew will say farewell. When the credits come up on that last episode of the popular Showtime series, it will also mark the end of one of the most authentically…

  15. 36 Hours With Steve Aoki: 'I'm Really Bad At Taking Directions'

    June 27, 2014 12:54 PM EDT The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep. Aoki is in such demand that he averages 300 shows a year, and as one of the…

  16. Disclosure's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the UK Dance Duo

    June 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Disclosure's Guy and Howard Lawrence on the cover of Billboard, out now. It’s been a slow-cooker, but electro-soul dance duo Disclosure’s “Latch” is officially a hit record at No. 12 on the Hot 100 chart. Brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are on the cover of this week's Billboard as…

  17. Angaleena Presley Announces Debut Solo Album 'American Middle Class'

    June 27, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Kentucky native Angaleena Presley first made waves as one-third of Pistol Annies along with Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert. Now, the traditional stylist will follow in the paths of her Annies partners with the release of her very first solo album, "American Middle Class," on…

  18. Enrique Iglesias’ Tops Tropical Songs With 'Bailando'

    June 26, 2014 9:08 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias lands his seventh No. 1 on Tropical Songs, as his summertime hit "Bailando" featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona steps 2-1 on the Nielsen BDS-based airplay chart. The song is up by 2 percent in plays at the format in the week ending June 22. Enrique Iglesias…

  19. Linkin Park Gets 'Party' Started At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    June 26, 2014 5:34 PM EDT The band scores its fourth leader on the list, while OK Go and Arctic Monkeys ride new videos to chart advances Linkin Park's "The Hunting Party" starts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with 110,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  20. Man vs. Machine: Richie Hawtin on the Return of Plastikman

    June 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT No pomp or ceremony can be seen on the bustling streets of Barcelona. But within the half-shaved head of one of our times’ foremost electronic musicians, a changing of the guard is underway. Reclining on a leather sofa every bit as black as his clothing, Richie Hawtin may not look like a man…

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