1. CODE First Play: Will Sparks, 'This Is What The Bounce Is'

    July 24, 2014 2:30 PM EDT After inventing the Melbourne Bounce sub-genre last year, Will Sparks is back to make sure no one mistakes it for anything else. The 21-year-old Aussie’s aptly named new single, “This Is What The Bounce Is,” is a rollicking Melbourne Bounce blueprint centered on his trademark upbeat bass…

  2. Benoit & Sergio's 'Your Darkness' EP: Exclusive Video Premiere and Q&A

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT A new Benoit & Sergio release is always an event for the deep house world. While their contemporaries typically value dance floor fluency over nuanced narrative, the DC and Berlin-based duo consistently incorporate a songwriting sensibility in their tracks, rendering them equally suited…

  3. CODE First Play: Two Fresh, "Blimpus (Starkey Remix)"

    July 23, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Starkey has long been a low-end pioneer, so it’s no surprise that his new remix doesn’t easily fit any genre other than his own “street bass” label. Showing off his studio stripes, the Philadelphia veteran gives the latest single by Denver duo Two Fresh his own spin with crunchy bass throbs…

  4. Tomorrowland 2014: Top Picks for Weekend Two

    July 23, 2014 2:44 PM EDT It’s halftime for Europe’s most hyped music festival. With the first weekend in the books, Tomorrowland gears up for its second round this weekend. Before heading to Boom, Belgium to check out the scene, Billboard makes artist picks for each day of Weekend Two in light of Weekend One’s best…

  5. What's Your Song of the Summer? Vote Now

    July 22, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Vote below and recieve a free song download from the Billboard Music Store! Later this year, Billboard will officially crown one hit single the Song of the Summer , the smash hit that dominated the dog days, based on Hot 100 chart performance. So far, Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" …

  6. Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

    July 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated, behemoth events that litter the summer calendar. Featuring as assortment of 43 left-of-center acts across its three stages, Pitchfork offered a…

  7. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes and More Day 3 Highlights

    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Following headlining sets by respected rock deities Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the third and final day (July 20) of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival belonged to hip-hop kingpin Kendrick Lamar, who brought his A-game to Chicago’s Union Park to wind…

  8. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Pusha T and More Day 2 Highlights

    July 20, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Following the highs of Beck's diverse headlining set and Giorgio Moroder's disco flashback at Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday night (July 18), festival goers settled in for a full day of alternative music's best and brightest, with long-dormant indie royalty Neutral Milk…

  9. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Beck, SZA, Giorgio Moroder and More Day 1 Highlights

    July 19, 2014 9:27 AM EDT Now in its ninth year in Chicago's Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a hodgepodge of alternative music approved by the long-running reviews hub, but the 2014 incarnation boasts perhaps the most diverse lineup ever. Although the opening night of Pitchfork Fest only took…

  10. CODE Guest Playlist: Michael Brun

    July 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Billboard CODE featured rising Haitian star Michael Brun last week and gave him a shot at compiling his influences into a compelling guest playlist. Brun did not disappoint, showcasing the unique blend of modern dance music and Caribbean sounds that will characterize his new Kid Coconut…

  11. CODE First Play: Viceroy ft. Penguin Prison, 'The Life'

    July 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Looking for a summer anthem? Viceroy has you covered. The San Francisco artist has teamed up with Penguin Prison’s Christopher Glover on the first sun-soaked single off his forthcoming full-length debut. Glover provides a calming, carefree narrative over Viceroy’s trademark bumping bass…

  12. Tove Styrke, "Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking To You" (RAC Mix): Exclusive Premiere

    July 14, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Sweden's Tove Styrke has become latest artist to receive the RAC treatment. Fresh off the release of his first full-length "Strangers," Remix Artist Collective's André Allen Anjos bolsters the 21-year-old singer's sassy vocals with a varied arsenal of stomping analog…

  13. Code Picks of the Week: Guy Gerber & Diddy, Oliver Heldens & More

    July 11, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Guy Gerber & Diddy – My Heart This curious collaborative pairing unveiled the first track off their forthcoming album “11 11.” Gerber…

  14. CODE First Play: Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill, “Gecko (Overdrive)” (Kaz James Remix)

    July 11, 2014 11:36 AM EDT After conquering the UK singles chart, “Gecko (Overdrive)” now gets the festival treatment courtesy of Australia’s Kaz James. The soulful crossover hit by Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill became the top-selling single in the UK last month and has been a club staple this summer. James adds…

  15. 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson on Enation, Songwriter Co-Stars and Avery's Fate (Q&A)

    July 10, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The angst-ridden rocker talks about filming the ABC country music drama that's somewhat critical of the major labels his band has never tried to chase. ABC's country music drama 'Nashville' continues to center on a handful of musicians, each uniquely struggling for their…

  16. Laidback Luke Reboots Mixmash Records; Listen to Blasterjaxx’s “Legend Comes to Life” (Exclusive)

    July 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT To celebrate his record label’s 10th anniversary, Laidback Luke is giving it a makeover. The Dutch dance star today (June 10) unveiled his reboot of Mixmash Records, providing both the new logo and its first new release exclusively to Billboard. Luke tapped Dutch duo and Mixmash mainstay…

  17. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (July 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across our most…

  18. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  19. Alabama Shakes: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:40 AM EDT Take a closer look at Alabama Shakes, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . It took only three years for Alabama Shakes to go from after-school music project to veritable stars. Formed by singer…

  20. Young the Giant: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Take a closer look at Young The Giant, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Formed in Irvine, California in 2004, Young the Giant were originally known as the Jakes, a combination of the first letter…

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