1. Jennifer Nettles Previews Solo Album: 'I Wanted There to Be Space, Nuances, Emotion'

    July 23, 2013 4:45 PM EDT It might have been a rainy morning in Nashville, but Jennifer Nettles' mood was quite the opposite on Monday morning. The singer played five tracks from her forthcoming debut solo album for an invite only crowd at HOB Studios. She says the album touches on the very diverse list of her…

  2. Earl Sweatshirt Performs 'Doris' Songs At NYC Show

    July 16, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Earl Sweatshirt's "secret" show yesterday (July 15) was at Ludlow Garage -- an auto repair shop. Cameras on tripods, microphones and DJ equipment replaced automobile tools; FADER affiliates replaced oil-covered mechanics; and Odd Future fans and media-related persons replaced…

  3. Radiohead Producer Nigel Godrich Trashes Spotify's Business Model

    July 15, 2013 6:24 AM EDT In a series of Tweets on Sunday, famed producer Nigel Godrich called Spotify "bad for new music" and said three of his projects had been pulled from the ad-supported subscription service.   Godrich takes issue with the economics of Spotify and the royalties that flow to artists. …

  4. CODER Picks of the Week: A-Trak, Machinedrum, Krewella, and More

    July 12, 2013 1:37 PM EDT Each Friday the CODE crew reviews their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob, Tshepo and Eric have to say. Phoenix: “Trying To Be Cool” (A-Trak Remix) [Glassnote] “Trying To Be Cool” is the closest Phoenix has come to their “United” and…

  5. Ask Billboard: Why Do Some Songs Fade Out And Others End Cold?

    July 05, 2013 9:05 PM EDT In our newest mailbag, insight into the minds of artists as to how they decide to end recordings. Plus, sales updates on Selena Gomez and Avril Lavigne and ... Is Lady Gaga's new single on the way soon? As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  6. Australian EDM Veteran Andy Van Launches Music App for iPad

    July 02, 2013 3:47 AM EDT Australian EDM artist and label chief Andy Van has enjoyed a thumping career. He’s had a No. 1 in the U.K. with his act Madison Avenue, his international touring career is going strong with his current group Vandalism, and the label he co-founded (Vicious Recordings) has had more than 500…

  7. Mayer Hawthorne Talks 'Fun' New Album, 'Where Does This Door Go'

    July 01, 2013 12:58 PM EDT Known for his creative control, Mayer Hawthorne invited superstar producers to boost 'Where Does This Door Go.' Plus: Watch exclusive clips of Hawthorne discussing three of the album's tracks. A camera follows Mayer Hawthorne through a dark corridor and into a bar. "I…

  8. Jason Boland & The Stragglers Head Down a 'Dark and Dirty Mile'

    June 14, 2013 5:15 PM EDT When listening to the music of Jason Boland & The Stragglers, you might be prone to call them a Texas band, an Americana act, or edgy rock and roll. But, take a listen to their newest project, "Dark And Dirty Mile," and you might be reminded of some of the great traditional…

  9. The Wanted Discusses E! Series & Why They Scrapped A Finished Album

    May 31, 2013 1:32 PM EDT Watch two clips from their reality series "The Wanted Life," which premieres on June 2. When the Wanted moved into a Los Angeles mansion for E!'s unscripted show "The Wanted Life," the English-Irish quintet was deep into recording sessions that, to date, have only…

  10. Hanson to Debut Mmmhops Pale Ale; Merch Sales Going to Oklahoma Tornado Relief

    May 28, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Sooner State natives will sell the beer on their upcoming tour to promote new album "Anthem" Hanson, the band, is turning 21 so naturally the trio is celebrating with a beer. Their own beer. The long-in-the-works brew, a pale ale dubbed Mmmhops after their signature hit "…

  11. Kid Rock, Rolling Stones Talk Scalping & Summer Shows

    May 24, 2013 7:48 AM EDT Kid Rock is a scalper. The 42-year-old Grammy winner, who is launching a summer tour where most tickets are priced at $20, said he's scalping about 1,000 tickets from each show to make up for the cheaper regular price. "I'm in the scalping business, but you know what? We told…

  12. Hashtag Music: Do Twitter-Friendly Song Titles Make a #Difference?

    May 22, 2013 1:25 PM EDT Mariah and Will.i.am have infused their artistic works with hashtags -- but they weren't the first ones to do so. A look at the history, and legitimacy, of hashtag titles. Hashtag songs are here. Just in the past month, we've seen three major artists -- Busta Rhymes, Mariah…

  13. Miguel Talks Kendrick Lamar, Whitney Houston, & Las Vegas in Billboard Music Awards Q&A

    May 15, 2013 1:42 PM EDT With the 2013 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Miguel to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught his ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Madonna To Be…

  14. Portugal. The Man and Danger Mouse Forego 'Bag of Tricks' on New Album

    May 14, 2013 9:30 AM EDT After touring extensively for its 2011 album, "In the Mountain in the Cloud," produced by John Hill, Portland, Ore., band Portugal. The Man hoped to take total control of its next release. The group decamped to Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, in February 2012, aiming to craft an…

  15. Italian Trio Il Volo Cross Over to Latin Stardom

    May 12, 2013 9:30 PM EDT The 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired April 25 on Telemundo, had its share of uptempo reggaeton and dance, regional Mexican music, daring duets and song premieres, most featuring major Latin stars. In the midst of that was Il Volo, a trio of operatic tenors, singing "El…

  16. Daft Punk on EDM Producers: 'They’re Missing the Tools'

    May 06, 2013 1:37 PM EDT Daft’s Thomas Bangalter explains why no laptops were used in the making of “Random Access Memories.” CODE’s Kerri Mason had the rare chance to speak with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter last week for an extended feature in this week’s issue of Billboard. The conversation was so rich…

  17. Kenny Chesney Brings 'Rock' to NYC Club

    May 03, 2013 1:07 PM EDT Kenny Chesney's rare, small-venue performance Wednesday night at the Highline Ballroom in New York marked his first SiriusXM subscriber-only concert, as part of his release-week promotion tour for his new album, "Life On A Rock." Chesney, a country mega-star not known for…

  18. Frank Ocean, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga Among Webby Award Winners

    April 30, 2013 8:58 PM EDT Ocean was named person of the year, while indie musician Grimes was named the Webbys' artist of the year. Netflix's groundbreaking "House of Cards" may be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby. The Webby Awards are…

  19. DJ Duo Sepalcure Talks Influences

    April 22, 2013 2:10 PM EDT Autechre, Pete Rock, Untold, and more Inspire the bass duo’s Rattle & Hum. The term "post dubstep" doesn't go over well with Sepalcure. "If you consciously try to make a genre, especially if it’s some new trendy genre, you’re kind of missing the point," said…

  20. A History Of Hit Piano Ballads On The Hot 100

    April 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Bruno Mars' new Hot 100 leader 'When I Was Your Man' joins Adele's 2011 smash 'Someone Like You' as the only piano-and-vocal-exclusive No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. Amid a boom of hi-NRG EDM club anthems, stomp-and-clap folk/rock sing-alongs and…

Pages