1. Meet Orville Peck, the Masked Gay Crooner Revitalizing Classic Country's Spirit

    April 23, 2019 2:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Orville Peck wants to let you in, but not too closely. The rising country star, known for the leather-fringe mask he wears, is both a persona and a person. He won’t tell you his real name or where he’s from, but he'll allow you inside the world ...

  2. How Kelsey Lu Processed a Painful Past Into a Message of Hope on Her Debut Album 'Blood'

    April 22, 2019 12:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kelsey Lu doesn’t care for your labels. Whether it’s through her music, her sexual identity, or even her own name (she prefers to go by “Lu” rather than “Kesley”), the 28-year-old vocalist and cellist is more interested in the in-between. “My identi ...

  3. Sean Paul On His All-Time Favorite Collaborations & The Importance of Keeping Dancehall Mainstream

    April 18, 2019 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Since the early 2000s, Sean Paul has continued to push dancehall into spaces that reach far beyond its native Jamaican borders. From 2000's "Deport Dem" up until this year's "Shot & Wine" single with Stefflon Don, t ...

  4. Billboard Dance's Ones to Watch: April 2019

    April 09, 2019 4:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's that time of the month again, so grab your headphones and set aside some time for music discovery. Ones to Watch April 2019 is no joke. First off, Australia definitely seems like the country to watch. This month's class of noise maker ...

  5. Brandi Jackson on 'Neverland' and Wade Robson: 'It's Very Upsetting to See What He Would Do to a Friend'

    April 04, 2019 3:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Almost 10 years have elapsed since Michael Jackson died, and his niece  Brandi Jackson  says it's time to let him rest in peace. “My uncle endured investigations, trials and humiliation, and he was found not guilty," says the 37-year-old p ...

  6. Despite Transportation Issues, Ultra Music Festival Wants to Return to New Virginia Key Location

    April 02, 2019 6:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 The electronic music event has already announced its 2020 dates. Despite a torrent of transportation issues and noise complaints from neighbors, Ultra Music Festival is looking to return to its new Virginia Key location in 2020.  In a press conferen ...

  7. Kailee Morgue Talks Working With Hayley Kiyoko, Queer Artistry & the Importance of Authenticity

    March 25, 2019 12:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Kailee Morgue was looking for a collaborator to work with on her new track, she had one important qualification — they had to be another queer woman. The 20-year-old singer felt that finding proper representation was important for the authentic ...

  8. Vocal Producer Kuk Harrell Reflects On Crafting Mega-Hits for Rihanna, Cardi B, Beyoncé and More

    March 22, 2019 1:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Before Kuk Harrell became the go-to hitmaker for pop heavyweights like Rihanna , Beyoncé , Celine Dion and Justin Bieber (among many others), the Grammy-winning vocal producer and songwriter experienced humble beginnings in his native Chicago. Growi ...

  9. Billboard Dance's Ones to Watch: March 2019

    March 14, 2019 12:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival about to be in full swing, it's time to bring to your attention some talented, buzzing artists to pay attention to in the months and years to come. Billboard Dance   is proud to present a tight cro ...

  10. Label Look: How LVRN Is Building a Next Gen Hip-Hop/R&B Roster

    March 08, 2019 1:29 PM EST 0 0 0 From Top Dawg Entertainment to Quality Control Music, the industry’s black-founded record labels are focused on fostering cultural bonds. The latest to do so: Atlanta’s LVRN (short for Love Renaissance). “It felt like music was getting into a very d ...

  11. Hozier Knows the World Is Ending, So He Wrote Apocalyptic Love Songs For 'Wasteland, Baby!'

    March 05, 2019 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 We’re all going to die eventually, but Andrew Hozier-Byrne, a.k.a. Irish singer-songwriter Hozier , has been reckoning with his mortality -- and the fate of humanity in general -- by writing through it. “There’s something Tom Waits said about bad ne ...

  12. Carnage on the American Dream, His Friendships With Avicii and Mac Miller & More

    March 04, 2019 12:21 PM EST 0 0 0 It was Friday, April 20th, 2018…I was home in Vegas when my boy Panda woke me up and said we needed to rush to the airport or we would miss our flight to Miami. I scrambled to get ready, threw my stuff together, and hopped into an Uber. As we approa ...

  13. TLC's 'FanMail' Turns 20: A Track-By-Track Retrospective With the Girl Group and Behind-the-Scenes Collaborators

    February 22, 2019 7:42 AM EST 0 0 0 As the world approached the brink of the new millennium in the year 1999, no one knew what to expect. This fear of the unknown crept into the music of our favorite late-'90s pop stars, from the baby robot voice embedded throughout Britney Spear ...

  14. *NSYNC Co-Writer Kandi Burruss Talks Ariana Grande Borrowing 'It Makes Me Ill' Hook For 'Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored'

    February 19, 2019 4:32 PM EST 0 0 0 There's a few plausible reasons why Ariana Grande 's  Thank U, Next  highlight "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" is currently the No. 2 song in the country . It could be due to the singer owning her newfound savage ...

  15. Brynn Elliott Searches For Relationship Authenticity With New Song 'Internet You': Exclusive

    February 15, 2019 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Rising pop singer-songwriter Brynn Elliott is debuting the lyric video for her inquisitive song “Internet You,” premiering exclusively on Billboard today (Feb. 19). The synth-pop track is the latest single off of Elliott’s debut EP, Time of Our Live ...

  16. Mavis Staples Has Plenty to Say About Her '60s Spirit of Protest: 'I'm Still Singing My Freedom'

    February 13, 2019 8:59 AM EST 0 0 0 A new album, ‘Live in London,’ and a schedule full of 80th birthday celebrations demonstrate the power of the soul legend speaking her truth. Mavis Staples ’ deep, generous chuckle always breaks the surface when she tells stories about the rock star ...

  17. Ariana Grande, Zedd, Billie Eilish and More React to Coachella 2019 Lineup

    January 03, 2019 10:01 AM EST 0 0 0 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced their epic 2019 lineup on Wednesday (Jan. 2), with headliners Childish Gambino , Tame Impala  and Ariana Grande , and breakout stars Ella Mai ,  Billie Eilish and Juice WRLD, set to take the stage. ...

  18. Swae Lee On His Prolific 2018, His Imminent 'All Bangers' Solo Project & Why He's 'The King of Melodies'

    December 21, 2018 9:45 AM EST 0 0 0 He tells Billboard about his new Christmas song and his personal highlights from 2018 As 2018 winds down, Billboard is asking some of the artists who helped define the year in music to look back on their accomplishments, favorite memories and pop-cu ...

  19. Why Didn't More Female Rappers Get Their Due Shine In 2018?

    December 19, 2018 11:06 AM EST 0 0 0 There were dozens of rule-breaking and provocative female rappers making waves in 2018 -- so why did all the mainstream attention go to Cardi B and Nicki Minaj? If you take a look at  Billboard 's Year-End Hot 100 chart , it’s abundantly clear ...

  20. 12 Dance Artists Who Dominated in 2018

    December 18, 2018 4:45 PM EST 0 0 0 It's one thing to create a moment as an artist; it's a whole other thing to capitalize on that moment, build upon it and make it a jet-setting year where you simply fly by the competition.  Billboard Dance  has rounded up 12 artists who ha ...

  21. Billboard Dance's Breakout Artist Of 2018: Alison Wonderland

    December 18, 2018 12:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Honorable mentions Fisher and Loud Luxury became two of dance music's hottest tickets this year on the strength of breakthrough releases. Emerging artists are shaking up dance music's starting rotation of headliners, who are pushing the en ...

  22. Billboard's 10 Best Dance/Electronic Remixes of 2018: Critics' Picks

    December 17, 2018 5:52 PM EST 0 0 0 What's better than a great song? A great song that's given a second life -- and sometimes made even better -- with a killer remix. Silky grooves become club bangers, hip hop hits become dynamic dance explosions, and Latin flavors mix with ...

  23. The 5 Best Independent Dance Labels of 2018

    December 17, 2018 1:09 PM EST 0 0 0 How many times did you listen to Loud Luxury's "Body" this year? How excited are you about Above & Beyond's second Grammy nomination for "Northern Soul"? Wasn't San Holo's  album1  a beautiful triumph? All ...

  24. Dance Music Curators From Around the Industry Share Their Favorite Songs of 2018

    December 12, 2018 5:27 PM EST 0 0 0 Data and metrics will always have their place in the music industry -- in any industry, for that matter -- but they don't always tell the full story in a field as subjective as music. Certain songs strike different chords with different people, ...

  25. Billboard's 30 Best Dance/Electronic Songs of 2018: Critics' Picks

    December 10, 2018 4:43 PM EST 0 0 0 In 2018, dance music's forefront featured both bubbling up-and-comers making their headline debuts and respected veterans breaking long musical hiatuses. House music enjoyed a mainstream resurgence, landing crossover success in the charts and d ...

  26. Billboard's 10 Best Dance/Electronic Albums of 2018: Critics' Picks

    December 10, 2018 3:14 PM EST 0 0 0 Dance and electronic music saw a resurgence of storytelling in 2018. With the market remaining saturated by an overwhelming stream of weekly releases, the need to cut through the noise has never been more crucial to artists seeking to make an impact ...

  27. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' at 35: A Look Back at the Iconic Music Video By Those Who Made It

    December 02, 2018 2:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Sunday (Dec. 2) marks 35 years since the debut of Michael Jackson ’s ground-breaking “Thriller” music video, which premiered on MTV and launched a dance craze, a red-jacket fashion favorite, and more pricey and ambitious videos by other top-tier art ...

  28. Dexter Gordon Biography 'Sophisticated Giant' Chronicles a Jazz Life

    November 28, 2018 11:38 AM EST 0 0 0 The new book about the singular tenor saxophonist and his times by Maxine Gordon has sparked tribute concerts, and revival screenings of 'Round Midnight.' Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon , a new book by Maxine Gor ...

  29. Chris Thile Gets by With a Little Help From His Friends to Wrap This Year of 'Live From Here'

    November 28, 2018 11:16 AM EST 0 0 0 Chris Thile  has made it his business -- literally -- to spend his Saturday nights in excellent company. The Punch Brothers mandolin-slinger picked up the mantle of A Prairie Home Companion  in 2016, and turned the public radio institution into a mu ...

  30. Mystery School Goes on Sonic Space Trip With 'Meteor': Premiere

    November 16, 2018 1:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Mystery School (Tony Reed Jr. and Owen Bones) released their otherworldly track "Meteor" on Friday (Nov. 16), premiering exclusively on Billboard. Inviting the listener into a sonic space trip, the duo's edgy track fuses hip-hop, pop ...

  31. Crush Talks New Song 'Lay Your Head On Me,' Touring the World: 'My Life Is Absorbed in My Music'

    November 16, 2018 10:08 AM EST 0 0 0 Crush is a South Korean R&B singer and songwriter who boasts a sophisticated style and grooves. He writes songs about youth and love, which are accompanied by his sweet and exquisite voice. Crush’s latest single “None” has been on four different ...

  32. The Future of Cannabis at Concerts Explored at Billboard's Live Music Summit

    November 13, 2018 8:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Top event organizers discussed safe and legal ways to combine marijuana and music during the The Going Green: What Does Cannabis Legalization Mean for Touring panel. Non-combustibles may be the future of cannabis at live events. The Going Green: Wha ...

  33. Jackson Rathbone Breaks Down Reflective 'American Spirit Blues' Album: Exclusive

    November 12, 2018 11:32 AM EST 0 0 0 Jackson Rathbone recently debuted his first solo album  American Spirit Blues , and he's sharing the story behind every track with Billboard  today (Nov. 12).  A collection of songs that span the actor/singer's decade-long career,  America ...

  34. Britney Spears' 'In The Zone' Turns 15: Ranking All the Songs

    November 09, 2018 3:41 PM EST 0 0 0 On 2001's Britney , Britney Spears sang about the struggles of growing up -- she wasn't a girl, not yet a woman . But by 2003's In the Zone , she had clearly arrived as the latter. That album -- released 15 years ago on Nov. 12 -- mar ...

  35. The Beatles' White Album 50th Anniversary Set: 5 Things to Pay Attention To

    November 09, 2018 9:59 AM EST 0 0 0 In 2017,  the Beatles paid voluminous tribute to their  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band  for its 50th anniversary with a multi-disc box set that featured a new remix of the album and multiple discs of outtakes. The set was a huge success ...

  36. Charles Bradley's 'Black Velvet': How the Soul Singer's Collaborators Gave Hidden Grooves Lasting Life on His Posthumous Album

    November 08, 2018 10:28 PM EST 0 0 0 Tom Brenneck’s frequent, 55-mile drives from Los Angeles to Riverside took an hour on most days, maybe 90 minutes on the odd afternoon when the 10 inexplicably came to a standstill. It was a heartbreaking commute, traffic or not, and he had nothing ...

  37. Tory Lanez on Recording 'Love Me Now' Album After Near-Death Experience: 'Now I'm the Puppet Master'

    November 07, 2018 3:34 PM EST 0 0 0 Tory Lanez isn’t a fan of taking things slow. Just five months after he released his sophomore album Memories Don’t Die in March and dropping the sultry “Pa Mi” collaboration with Ozuna in June, the Toronto star quickly emerged with a new project, L ...

  38. Jordan Max Finds Freedom in Soulful 'Tales Of Us' EP, Unveils 'Kingdom' Video

    November 07, 2018 2:16 PM EST 0 0 0 Spanning a multitude of genres, Jordan Max unveiled his sophomore EP  Tales Of Us,  and an accompanying video for the smooth track "Kingdom," exclusively on  Billboard  today (Nov. 8). Showcasing a unique sound, Max's music features s ...

  39. Neyla Pekarek Announces Debut Solo Album 'Rattlesnake,' Debuts First Track: Exclusive

    November 01, 2018 11:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pekarek recently parted ways with the Lumineers. Taking the listener into a sonic trip to western America, Neyla Pekarek has debuted her first solo single "Train," premiering exclusively on Billboard  today (Nov. 1). The song will appear o ...

  40. Stealth Opens Up and Bares All In Revealing 'Chorus' EP: Exclusive

    November 01, 2018 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ignited by his vulnerabilities and deepest emotions, Stealth has unveiled his  Chorus  EP, premiering exclusively on Billboard this Thursday (Nov. 1). Equally revealing and liberating,  Chorus  brings an eclectic assortment of rock, blues and indie- ...

  41. Veteran Music Executives Discuss Where Their Careers Were In Their 20s, 30s and 40s

    October 18, 2018 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard has revealed its annual 40 Under 40 list of music executives, which highlights young talent across the industry.  In conjunction with the list, Billboard asked a handful of the industry's top veterans to chart their respective careers ...

  42. Basement Premieres Infectious 'Be Here Now' Ahead Of Major Label Debut LP: Exclusive

    October 02, 2018 1:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Basement's latest single “Be Here Now” is premiering exclusively on  Billboard  today (Oct. 2) ahead of their LP release next week.  There’s something familiar and deeply satisfying about Basement. The English five-piece strikes a cozy balance ...

  43. Hippo Campus on the 'Indie-Alt' Divide, the Sexist 'Chick Band' Trope & Their Adventurous Second Album 'Bambi'

    September 27, 2018 4:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 The old second album paradox. It’s plagued artists who’ve made a splash with their debut record as long as there have been debuts. Deliver more of what put you where you are, or challenge yourself and ask those that loved your first album to come al ...

  44. Story of the Year & Producer John Feldmann Reflect on Debut Album 'Page Avenue' 15 Years Later: 'It Was A Magic Moment In Time'

    September 12, 2018 4:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 There are various eras of rock that fans can't help but have a nostalgic connection with. For baby boomers, it may be the glory days of ‘70s psychedelic rock. For Generation X, they look back on the grunge movement in the ‘90s. But for millenni ...

  45. Willie Nelson on His Frank Sinatra Tribute Album: 'Sinatra Had the Best Attitude About Everything'

    September 06, 2018 2:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Long before Willie Nelson 's voice, braids and well-worn, well-loved guitar Trigger helped carve out the profile of an American icon, the outlaw country legend was learning how to warble and croon to the suave sounds of Frank Sinatra 's re ...

  46. Hozier Unpacks His New 'Nina Cried Power' EP: 'It's a Thank You Note to the Spirit of Protest'

    September 06, 2018 12:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 In 2014, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his rafter-raising single “Take Me to Church,” a sampling of the Delta blues-inspired rock on his eponymous debut released the same year. The exultant track vaulted him ...

  47. Songwriter Makeba Riddick-Woods Looks Back On Her Biggest Hits for Beyoncé, Rihanna, J. Lo and More

    September 05, 2018 2:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you've ever turned up to a catchy R&B song at the club or family BBQ, there's a good chance that Makeba Riddick-Woods was behind it. The Grammy-winning songwriter and vocal producer has been crafting hits for A-list stars like Beyon ...

  48. Composer Howard Shore Talks 'Lord of the Rings' Scores, His Fusion Band Lighthouse, Working on 'SNL' & More

    August 30, 2018 9:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Howard Shore has one of the most fascinating resumes in Hollywood. While his film scores for the  The   Lord of the Rings  trilogy made him a household name, and earned him three Academy Awards, the composer/orchestrator got his start as the first m ...

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