1. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  2. The-Dream Releases 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP: Listen

    July 08, 2014 1:14 PM EDT As promised, The-Dream releases his new EP, "Royalty: The Prequel." The 7-song EP features The-Dream doing what he does best: singing and writing about the bad, the good and the ugly of love. "Royalty" reunites Terius Nash with longtime collaborator, producer/songwriter…

  3. The-Dream Announces 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP, Launches Contra-Paris Label

    July 07, 2014 12:16 PM EDT The singer-songwriter/producer got married on 4th of July weekend. A week after releasing the powerful music video for his song, "Black," The-Dream announces the release of his new EP, "Royalty: The Prequel." The singer-songwriter/producer premiered the album cover and…

  4. 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…

  5. Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence': The 5 Most Tragic Lyrics on the Abum

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Even when she’s singing about Coca Cola, prom queens, Hollywood, and video games—stuff Americans are supposed to like—Lana Del Rey has a way of bumming everyone out. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review Her 2012 breakthrough, “Born to Die,” more than lived up…

  6. Bonnaroo's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See) 

    June 11, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Frank Ocean or Flaming Lips? Zedd or Lauryn Hill? Here are the most painful set overlaps, and which artist to see. Picture this: it's Friday night at Bonnaroo. The daytime heat has broken and you just filled your stomach with something from a nearby food truck that's healthy,…

  7. Hunter Hayes Performs Surprise Show, Hits Studio With John Legend

    June 08, 2014 7:05 AM EDT Quite a bit of what fans see during the CMA Music Festival is scripted and planned. However, there are always a few surprises that filter into the week's worth of activities. Hunter Hayes definitely gave his fans a little something extra on Friday with a surprise performance downtown.…

  8. Justin Bieber Loses Again: How His Racist Jokes Will Impact His Career

    June 05, 2014 5:40 PM EDT The leaked videos are a short-term disaster for Bieber -- but don't necessarily spell doom for his long-term outlook. Remember when Justin Bieber was a precocious pop star, peddling inoffensive hooks and religious-leaning autobiographies , lookalike dolls and tween-friendly fragrances ?…

  9. Sinead O'Connor Announces 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss' Album

    June 03, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Irish singer-songwriter is inspired by 'Ban Bossy' campaign and changes album title. Sinead O'Connor is back with a new album title that was inspired by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Ban Bossy campaign. "I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss," the singer…

  10. Rock Hall of Fame: Dave Grohl on Nirvana Honors, Reuniting with Courtney Love: 'It Was Beautiful'

    June 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On a chilly night in April, 20 years to the month since the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl did what many people thought was unimaginable. Taking the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at New York's Barclays Center, the 43-year-old rocker embraced Courtney…

  11. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On?

    May 30, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Instead of the sound of contemporary Brazil, it's the same old Samba for World Cup songs. "The Girl From Ipanema" turns 50 this year, and Verve/Universal is celebrating with a reissue of "Getz/Gilberto," the Grammy-winning Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto album that…

  12. Nicole Scherzinger Returns With 'Your Love' Single: Listen

    May 29, 2014 12:44 PM EDT To say that Nicole Scherzinger has struggled to sustain a solo career in the United States since the dissolution of the best-selling girl group the Pussycat Dolls is a gross understatement; the 35-year-old still has yet to release a solo album in the U.S., nearly five years after PCD…

  13. Down, 'We Knew Him Well': Exclusive Video Premiere

    May 13, 2014 12:06 PM EDT As Phil Anselmo & co. prep the May 13 release of "Down IV - Part Two," Billboard exclusively premieres the video for the song, "We Knew Him Well." On the eve releasing "Down IV -- Part Two," the latest EP by the all-star metal group Down, frontman Phil…

  14. From Blur to 'Bots: Damon Albarn's 15 Defining Music Moments

    April 25, 2014 5:54 PM EDT As Damon Albarn gets set to release his first proper solo album, "Everyday Robots," it's easy to forget how versatile and eclectic he's been over the course of his career. Sure he's been at the forefront of Britpop and found crossover success in the U.S. with Blur,…

  15. Say Anything 'Six Six Six' Song Premiere: Max Bemis Talks Ambitious New 'Hebrews' Album

    April 24, 2014 11:59 AM EDT "It's a grandiose-sounding record about the small things that kind of eat away at you," says the frontman. Some admitted "freaking out" over fatherhood inspired Max Bemis to make Say Anything's most ambitious album yet -- and a project unlike any other he'…

  16. 'Glee' Recap: 'Opening Night' Tells Us To Never Ever Read The Comments

    April 23, 2014 5:54 AM EDT Meta might as well be "Glee’s" middle name, as the series is no stranger to commenting on itself frequently and somewhat ferociously. Last week, the gang was even watching the credits for a "Glee" episode in the loft, joking about how Season 7 is when the series gets good,…

  17. Enrique Iglesias' Emotional Life: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT No topic is off limits as the singer opens up about that strained relationship with Dad, Anna Kournikova, the recent death of his dog, and the pressure to keep building his empire. It's a rare occasion that Enrique Iglesias is actually at the offices of his Mr. 305 Productions in…

  18. The Soul of 'Scandal': How Shonda Rhimes Soundtracks TV's Most Dramatic Show

    April 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT "Finding that moment where you placed that perfect song -- there's nothing like it," Rhimes tells Billboard. During season three of ABC's hit show "Scandal," a montage scene closes out the eighth episode, "Vermont Is For Lovers, Too," where we see a…

  19. Kaskade Remembers Frankie Knuckles, Godfather Of House: 'He Was Flawless'

    April 04, 2014 3:00 PM EDT DJ and fellow Chicagoan Kaskade remembers the man who “built the foundation” of EDM. I discovered Frankie Knuckles at age 15 when I was living in Chicago. It was around 1984 or 1985, and house music was really cutting its teeth. I had started going to these juke bars and teen bars, one of…

  20. Madonna Producer Patrick Leonard Talks 'Like A Prayer' at 25

    March 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Mention the name Patrick Leonard to a Madonna fan, and their ears should immediately perk up. After all, it was Leonard who co-wrote and/or co-produced many of Madonna's classic hit singles like "Live to Tell," "Open Your Heart," "Frozen" and "…

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