1. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  2. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  3. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  4. Bob Dylan 'Like a Rolling Stone' Draft Sells For Record $2 Million

    June 24, 2014 9:17 PM EDT A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript. A working draft of the finished song in Dylan's own hand went to an…

  5. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, Memphis Soul Songwriter & Guitar Great, Dead at 68

    June 24, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who played a significant role in shaping the sound of Memphis music, has died due to complications from emphysema. He was 68.  Born June 3, 1946 in Germantown, Tennessee, Hodges was always bound to find his place in a…

  6. Julian Casablancas Announces Punky New Album With Backing Band The Voidz, 'Tyranny'

    June 23, 2014 8:51 PM EDT The Strokes' frontman Julian Casablancas has announced a new album he'll release Sept. 23 with backing band The Voidz. It's called "Tyranny" and the announcement comes with an explanative anti-corporate statement.  Julian Casablancas + The Voidz LIVE at Governors Ball…

  7. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's New Album: 10 Song Parodies We'd Like To Hear

    June 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT From Jennifer Lawrence shout-outs to donut odes, here are 10 suggestions for "Weird Al's" upcoming opus. On July 15, master spoofer "Weird Al" Yankovic will return with "Mandatory Fun," his 14th studio album and first full-length since 2011's "…

  8. Weird Al Joins Epic Rap Battles of History as Sir Isaac Newton

    June 18, 2014 8:33 PM EDT With a new Weird Al album coming next month, we may be seeing the joke rocker more than usual in the coming days.  The parodist appeared this week in a new installment of "Epic Rap Battles of History." In it he trades in his trademark curls for, well, even more curls, going a few…

  9. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  10. Kasabian's '48:13' Arrives at No. 1 in U.K.

    June 16, 2014 6:55 AM EDT British rock staples Kasabian notched their fourth U.K. No. 1 album as “48:13” (Columbia/Sony) debuted at the top with 70,000 sales on Sunday (15), according to Official Charts Company data. 2012 “X Factor” contestant Ella Henderson scored an instant No. 1 single with “Ghost” (Syco Music/Sony…

  11. Casey Kasem’s Death: Musicians and Celebrities React on Twitter

    June 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT With the sad news that legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem died on Sunday (June 15) at the age of 82, musicians and celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the American Top 40 radio who brought them great music for nearly four decades. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82…

  12. New Weird Al Album, Possibly Soviet-Themed, Gets July 15 Release Date

    June 14, 2014 6:13 PM EDT After much teasing, Weird Al officially announced this afternoon via Twitter that his follow-up album to 2011's "Alpocalypse" will be released July 15. There's no title yet (unless the album is also improbably titled "July 15"), but if the promo photo is anything…

  13. Brian Wilson Tells Doubters to Back Off, It ‘Kind Of Bums Me Out’

    June 11, 2014 5:32 AM EDT Brian Wilson doesn’t dig negativity. It kind of, well, bums him out. The Beach Boys great has hit back at detractors who’re putting out bad vibes on his current recording project. According to a Rolling Stone article re-published by Wilson on his official Website , the new album is tipped to…

  14. Adult Swim's Single Series Features Giorgio Moroder, Future, Diarrhea Planet

    June 02, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Adult Swim Singles today announced its 2014 series, featuring a slate of artists new and old, including new tracks by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder, reformed stoner metal band Sleep and hip-hop artist Future, among others. For the series' fifth season, which begins June 9 with…

  15. 'Arsenio Hall Show' Canceled After One Season

    May 31, 2014 11:20 AM EDT "The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall's late-night comeback bid after a single season. Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market. Prince Debuts…

  16. Blessthefall Ready Tour, Release 'Off The Record' (Exclusive Video Premiere)

    May 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Weeks out from a substantial U.S. tour, Blessthefall has gone back to where it all began. The post-hardcore act has shot “Off The Record,” a two-part series that maps the paths that brought the Phoenix, AZ quintet together. In it, frontman Beau Bokan talks of his early predilection for…

  17. D'Angelo's Voodoo Still Transfixing at Red Bull Music Academy: Review

    May 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Over 14 years after his last album, the seminal neo-soul text, "Voodoo," defined an era, D'Angelo sauntered on stage in a classroom-sized theater at the Brooklyn Museum – as if he hadn't been gone a day. His signature cornrows dangled beneath a black fedora, cocked to the…

  18. Lance Bass Talks 'Fallon' Skit, New Music at Billboard Music Awards (Video)

    May 19, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Last year, former 'N Sync member Lance Bass got back into a recording studio for the first time in over a decade. On the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards, he spoke to us about what he has in the works. "We're now calling that the teaser," Bass says, speaking about…

  19. Jerry Vale, 'Volare' Crooner, Dead at 83

    May 18, 2014 11:47 PM EDT Jerry Vale, the beloved crooner known for his high-tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, has died. He was 83. Vale, who had been in declining health, died Sunday at his Palm Desert home surrounded by family and friends, family attorney Harold J. Levy said in a…

  20. Shakira's 'Empire' Sizzles at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 9:56 PM EDT Shakira lit up the Billboard Music Awards stage Sunday night with a sizzling rendition of her new hit single "Empire" from her self-titled album. Dressed in a sheer, sparkling dress and thigh high black boots, Shakira stalked the stage complete with a cathedral-like stage set…

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