Dan Rys is a Billboard staff writer who has written for Rolling Stone, Vice and the Village Voice, and most recently worked as the Senior Editor of XXL Magazine. He probably likes funk music more than you do.
Teyana Taylor, better known to most music fans as the voice behind some of the hooks on Kanye West's Grammy-winning album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, will again be linking up with Mr. West after signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, a subsidiary of Island Def Jam.
Coachella got a little technological boost from 30,000 of its own attendees, as the festival's wristbands included a radio-frequency identification (or RFID) enabled device that allowed the wearer to check in and update their status on Facebook at various checkpoints around the festival grounds
Live Nation today acquired Cream Holdings Limited, a pillar of the EDM entertainment scene, which also gives Live Nation the exclusive rights to Creamfields Festivals, which have been held all over the world since the company's launch in 1998.
Artists of all ages and genres are getting into the toy business, as near-polar opposites such as boy band One Direction and influential reggae and dub artist Lee "Scratch" Perry are both getting dolls.
AMC's "Mad Men" has a hard-earned reputation for historical accuracy, and it turns out that production studio Lionsgate is more than willing to finance that. The company reportedly shelled out as much as $250,000 to license the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" for last night's episode "Lady Lazarus."
It's the tenth anniversary of Jam Cruise, and Jam Cruise founder and Cloud 9 Adventures managing partner Mark Brown spoke with Billboard.biz about the eleventh installment of Jam Cruise, the issues involved with bringing a five day festival and 3,000 fans along on a ship, and the growth of the music cruise industry over the past decade. Holy Ship! EDM-based cruise, which featured artists such as Skrillex, Diplo, Rusko and more.