2019 Billboard Music Awards Winners

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards hit the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1. With Kelly Clarkson hosting and Cardi B leading the nominees with 21 noms in 18 categories (and absolutely dominating the acceptance speech game), it was a massive night for many A-listers. But for Drake, it was history-making: He became the most-awarded…

ARMADA MUSIC HITS BILLBOARD’S DANCE POWER PLAYERS 2019 LIST IN THREEFOLD: MAYKEL PIRON, NADINE VAN BODEGRAVEN AND GEORGE HESS

AMSTERDAM, March 28, 2019 – For many consecutive years, Billboard has been compiling its own annual list of highly influential figures in the dance music industry, honoring those whose efforts helped their respective brands, labels or businesses stay ahead of the curve. Last year’s inclusion of Armada Music CEO Maykel Piron already signified the seven-mile steps…

AVICII REENTERS BILLBOARD’S DANCE/ELECTRONIC CHARTS FOLLOWING HIS DEATH

First, three of his albums and EPs returned to the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart. His debut album True hit #1, its 7th time at #1 since 2014. His final EP AVICI (01) returned at #2, and his second album Stories returned at #4. Meanwhile, several of Avicii’s singles returned to the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. “Wake Me Up” hit #2, “Levels” hit #4,…

Spotify Scores New Licensing Deal With Sony

Spotify has reached a licensing agreement with its second major label this year, Sony Music Entertainment, after months of negotiations. Billboard reports that the new deal follows the music streaming giant’s multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Groupannounced back in April. The agreement terms allowed for Universal’s artists to limit new album releases to paid subscribers only for two weeks, marking a change from…

DEADMAU5 RETURNS TO BILLBOARD DANCE/ELECTRONIC CHART WITH NEW GRABBITZ COLLAB

DEADMAU5 RETURNS TO BILLBOARD DANCE/ELECTRONIC CHART WITH NEW GRABBITZ COLLAB Deadmau5 returned to the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart this week at the No. 11 position after a one-week break with his December-released Grabbitz collaboration “Let Go.” This is an interesting contrast to the album itself, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at the lowest point…

Multiple sources say Swedish House Mafia is reuniting in 2017; manager denies it

Multiple sources say Swedish House Mafia is reuniting in 2017; manager denies it According to Billboard, multiple sources close to Swedish House Mafia say the legendary trio is reuniting in 2017. The group’s longtime manager, Amy Thompson, however, is actively refuting these rumors: “there’s no reunion of Swedish House Mafia planned at all,” Thomson told Billboard. “Even…

KYGO UNVEILS FULL FASHION LINE, SPEAKS ON KANYE INFLUENCES

KYGO UNVEILS FULL FASHION LINE, SPEAKS ON KANYE INFLUENCES Kygo has just taken the next step in his massively expanding career following his closing performance at the Olympics by releasing his very own fashion line on his website. The collection features Kygo-themed clothing for men and women, including hoodies, t-shirts and headphones. In an exclusive…

THE CHAINSMOKERS TOPS BILLBOARD’S DANCE/ELECTRONIC DIGITAL SONGS CHART FOR 10 WEEKS

THE CHAINSMOKERS TOPS BILLBOARD’S DANCE/ELECTRONIC DIGITAL SONGS CHART FOR 10 WEEKS For the last 10 weeks, duo The Chainsmokers have held a steady position on Billboard‘s highly coveted Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart, now sitting at the #1 spot with their track “Don’t Let Me Down,” featuring Daya. The track has remained within the list’s top 25 positions alongside…

Billboard and Spotify team up for exclusive streaming partnership

Billboard and Spotify team up for exclusive streaming partnership The Billboard charts make their way to the streaming sphere, as per today’s announcement that the music platform is teaming up withSpotify for an exclusive partnership. The streaming service giant will enable playback of Billboard’s music charts, which clock in at over 75 different verticals. The…

BANDCAMP HAS PAID ARTISTS $150 MILLION IN EIGHT YEARS

BANDCAMP HAS PAID ARTISTS $150 MILLION IN EIGHT YEARS The independent online music retailer has been self-funded and profitable since 2012 We have said it before in the past, but Bandcamp is proving to be the best outlet for artists and labels to reach their fans and turn a profit. According to Billboard, the online…

Sebastian Ingrosso’s Playlist: Skrillex, Drake, Axwell & More

Sebastian Ingrosso’s Playlist: Skrillex, Drake, Axwell & More Billboard Dance has selected Swedish DJ/producer Sebastian Ingrosso to host this week’s edition of The Guest List. The Stockholm native has contributed to several iconic dance records over the past decade, including “Reload” with Tommy Trash, “Calling” with Alesso, andSwedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child,” which peaked at No….

Kygo Heats Up Grammy Week With Hit-Fueled Performance

Kygo Heats Up Grammy Week With Hit-Fueled Performance Kygo performs at Create in Los Angeles for the MasterCard Billboard pre-Grammy concert series on Feb. 11, 2016. JESSICA CHOU Norwegian tropical house sensation Kygo last night (Feb. 11) provided an upbeat prelude to the Grammys in a rare intimate play at Los Angeles’ Create nightclub for Billboard…

Rihanna’s ‘Work’ Was Radio’s Most-Heard Song in Its First Day

Rihanna’s ‘Work’ Was Radio’s Most-Heard Song in Its First Day Radio has gotten right to “Work,” Rihanna’s new single from her new album,Anti. In its first day (Jan. 27), “Work” (featuringDrake) was the most-heard song on the more than 1,200 stations monitored by Nielsen Music for the Billboard Hot 100. It drew the largest audience…

The Chainsmokers Thrill Billboard Winterfest 2016 With Current and Future Hits

The Chainsmokers Thrill Billboard Winterfest 2016 With Current and Future Hits Opening with an acoustic version of current hit single “Roses,” The Chainsmokers treated Billboard Winterfest at Park City Live to an assortment of recognizable remixes and DJ set standards on Thursday night (Jan. 21).  Following a spirited set from opening act Burns, the first half of the New York duo’s set…

11 Crazy ‘Shipfam’ Costumes We Saw on Holy Ship 2016

11 Crazy ‘Shipfam’ Costumes We Saw on Holy Ship 2016 For its dedicated “Shipfam” fanbase, HARD Events’ Holy Ship represents more than just three days of debauchery and dance music on the high seas — it’s an exercise in community and self-expression. Ship to Ship: HARD CEO Gary Richards Talks Holy Ship’s Origins and Horizons Donning outlandish…

BILLBOARD’S 10 DANCE ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2016

BILLBOARD’S 10 DANCE ARTISTS TO WATCH IN 2016 Billboard Dance just released its artists to watch this year, picking out 10 electronic music names that they are expecting big things from this year. 1. Gallant 2. SNBRN 3. KSHMR 4. ATTLAS 5. Graves 6. Jai Wolf 7. Grey 8. Madeaux 9. Unlike Pluto 10. REZZ…

A Machine Successfully Predicted the Hit Dance Songs of 2015

A Machine Successfully Predicted the Hit Dance Songs of 2015 Hit songs are getting so predictable. No, literally. The recipe for what makes a pop or dance song a hit has apparently become so formulaic, a computer algorithm can predict with above-average accuracy the likelihood that a song will top the charts. Hit prediction science…

The 10 Best Dance / Electronic Albums of 2015

The 10 Best Dance / Electronic Albums of 2015 10. Rockwell – Obsolete Medium Drum ‘n’ bass’s best-kept secret delivered his first full-length this autumn, showcasing the London native’s immaculate production style on 15 slick and frenetic tracks. From the nihilist rampages of standouts “Bait” and “Rave Cult” to “Technoir’s” atom bomb 808s, Obsolete Medium may be the year’s most…

David Guetta Named Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Artist Of The Year

David Guetta Named Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Artist Of The Year Looking back at this year’s top performers, most people would expect the number one electronic artist to be whoever they like the most or thought had the most successful year; for many people,David Guetta would not be the first producer to come to mind. However, Billboard would…

ADELE TOPS BILLBOARD’S DANCE CHARTS

ADELE TOPS BILLBOARD’S DANCE CHARTS Adele‘s hit song “Hello” has just done the impossible, and placed #1 on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. Adele has made an epic surge this week, rising from the chart’s third position and selling over 3 million copies of her album 25 in less than 7 days. She continues to prove time and time again…

Lost Kings Talk Remix Success & ‘Bad’ EP

Lost Kings Talk Remix Success & ‘Bad’ EP on Spinnin’ Records: Exclusive In a competitive field flooded with talent, Los Angeles act Lost Kings have pulled away from the pack with their infectious dance releases. Members Rob and Nick launched the duo project only a year ago but have quickly ascended the ranks of the…

Disclosure Darts Back to No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums

Disclosure Darts Back to No. 1 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums Plus, new leaders for the Chainsmokers & Faithless and a return to the top for Skrillex, Diplo & Justin Bieber. Disclosure follows its Nov. 14 performances on NBC’s Saturday Night Live with a return to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated Dec….

Stanton Warriors & Tony Quattro Premiere ‘Keep It Movin’ ft. Rell Rock

Stanton Warriors & Tony Quattro Premiere ‘Keep It Movin’ ft. Rell Rock on Skrillex’s NEST (Exclusive)   English stalwarts sport a fresh sound on new collaboration. Since launching in 2013, Skrillex‘s free release label NEST has emerged as an open-format tastemaker that showcases rising youngsters and savvy veterans alike. Its latest release comes courtesy of the latter.      …

The 10 Greatest Album Covers of All Time

The 10 Greatest Album Covers of All Time 10. Elvis Presley, ‘Elvis Presley’ (1956) Elvis knew what a killer combo green and neon pink were some 20 years before the Clash copped the cover style for London Calling. There’s something about that mid-strum snapshot of a vocal howl that gets us every time — it…

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200 By Title

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200 By Title Michael Jackson DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images With 37 weeks at No. 1, Michael Jackson‘s smash album Thriller continues to hold the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (1963-2015).Thriller clocked its first week at No. 1 on the list…

Paul McCartney Reveals the Stories Behind The Beatles’ No. 1 Hits

Paul McCartney Reveals the Stories Behind The Beatles’ No. 1 Hits The rock legend tells Billboard the origin stories — some moving, some bawdy — behind eight of The Beatles’ record-breaking 20 No. 1 hits. More than 50 years after the release of their debut single, “Love Me Do,” principally written by a then-16-year-oldPaul McCartney,…

HOW TO KILL THE ALBUM: STOP MAKING SENSE

HOW TO KILL THE ALBUM: STOP MAKING SENSE AUGUST 13, 2015   BY TIM INGHAM We need to have a little word about your language. The mainstream audience that the music biz so desires thinks that ‘curation’ has something to do with preserved ham. A ‘playlist’ remains a relic they stuck onto a cassette in a…